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Feature: Not all dogs go to heaven

Hounded Out: The adventures of a Minecraft hermit, finale

Previously on Hounded Out: I have brought food, and have made peace with the townies. But after spending the night in the cursed place, my precious dog, Goat, has been taken to Hell. I'd never been to Hell. It seems obvious, right? I never go to hell because of course I don't. Why would I want to? Spare me your "endgame" nonsense. My endgame is…

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Feature: Tillage the village

Hounded Out: The adventures of a Minecraft hermit, part three

Previously on Hounded Out: My dogs and I narrowly survive a heroic rescue of the townies in their sinister underground excavation. Our generosity rebuffed, we head North, seeking peace in the wilderness. Travelling with three easily distracted dogs makes it difficult to get lost, as you retread your path every few minutes to retrieve them. This has probably saved me from getting lost for months,…

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Feature: In on the ground floor

The Basement of Curiosity: Season One – recap and index

Dwarf Fortress might be the most interesting game ever made. It might even be the best. But it’s certainly not the most accessible. It looks weird, its control scheme appears to be lifted from some sort of alien church organ, and a good proportion of its features are in fact collisions between the many, many bugs that have sprung up in its thirteen-year development history.…

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Feature: Nate's going to meet Tarn Adams!

Dwarf Fortress Diary: The Basement of Curiosity – End of Season One

Surprise! This is the end of the first season of the Basement of Curiosity - but it’s not the end of the story. The series is taking a break… but only because Nate needs to get ready to go and chat with Tarn Adams, the creator of Dwarf Fortress, on Sunday 1st September. Read on to find out more... -- On the last day of…

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Feature: Life's a birch

Hounded Out: The adventures of a Minecraft hermit, part one

You may have noticed that some of us have been playing a lot of Minecraft lately, topical, finger-on-the-pulse website that we are. Nate set up an unofficial RPS server, prompting everyone to clack together wood and stone and iron to carve their creative path through the chasm-marked green idyll we appeared in. We'll turn the dangerous ravine into a harmless water feature, the gang said.…

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Feature: Busting makes them feel bad

Dwarf Fortress Diary: The Basement Of Curiosity – Episode 22: Goatbusters

Last time on the BoC: With the fort due to be sealed up from the outside world by Dwarven Christmas, the dwarves spent the autumn getting their belongings underground. A ruinous tavern brawl seemed to be a bad omen for the cabin fever to come, until the increasingly autocratic Lorbam made an example of the perpetrator. Despite being the head of one of the most…

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Feature: Live by the fist, die by the beakdog

Dwarf Fortress Diary: The Basement Of Curiosity Episode Twenty-One – Return of the Interesting Door

Last time on the BoC: Fort founder Lorbam has lost her mind, and ordered the whole fortress - once a thriving tourist destination - sealed off from the surface so that she can breed her beasts in the safety of the Great Beneath. During preparations for the move underground, the fort was very nearly breached by a Werepanda: only the bolts of a sharp-eyed hunter…

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Feature: What fate the molemen?

Wastes of Space: A Space Engineers Diary – Episode Eight: Assault on Bum Eggs Mountain

Previously on Wastes of Space: Science officer Cox went rogue, sabotaging the moving base Loveless while the others slept, and fleeing to set up shop by himself in the distant mountains. After an initial panic, Commander Bee and Security Officer Crowley got the damage under control, and even got the base moving at last. After the inevitable flip onto its back, it got underway properly…

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Feature: Bet u I can eat this whole newspaper

The Deep End: a Zero Context Final Fantasy Diary – Part I: Prologue

It is the height of summer; a lush July evening, and a Friday to boot, with a free weekend stretched out before me like so much blue sky. I’m planning to spend plenty of the next two days outside, with my wife and daughter, enjoying fresh air, laughter and good food. But there’s a dark pit in this fruit of fun; a bitter kernel which…

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Feature: Tiger tiger burning bright, time to have a massive fight

Dwarf Fortress Diary: The Basement Of Curiosity Episode Twenty – Night of the Self-published Werepanda

Last time on the BoC: Having finally achieved her dream of a breeding pair of chimps, at the cost of making a trade deal with the elves go very, very bad, fort founder Lorbam has become… strange. Increasingly distrustful of the outside world, she has decreed that the whole settlement be moved underground, and at midwinter, the overworld gates of the Basement will be shut…

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Feature: The Beagle has landed

At the end of a five-month Elite Dangerous expedition, I looked into the Abyss

My fuel tank might be full, but I can’t say the same for myself. Since leaving the galactic core with such high spirits, my energy levels have plummeted. The journey to the far edge of the Milky Way has become an isolated and grueling gauntlet of star jumps. Jumping from star to star, again and again and again - the repetitiveness is exhausting. I'm no…

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Feature: Chimps can be bad for your elf

Dwarf Fortress Diary: The Basement Of Curiosity Episode Nineteen – Crossing the Rubicon

Last time on the BoC: Due to a prolonged water shortage during a goblin siege, the dwarves finally breached the underground to slake their thirst. Despite attacks by giant bats and a mishap with a captured goblin swordsman, great treasures were unearthed below - basement founder Lorbam retrieved a feather from Tol, the great winged worm, as well as using herself as bait to catch…

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Feature: The jaws that bite, the claws that catch

Dwarf Fortress Diary: The Basement Of Curiosity Episode Eighteen – Drubbings In The Deep

Last time on the BoC: After a wild summer in which the fortress was revamped, a ghost wrestler arrived, and the Bird Hole was finally bricked over, autumn arrived with its traditional goblin siege. This one was heavier than most: despite an attack from within the enemy ranks by a shapeshifting Werepanda, the blockade remained all season, leaving the fort without a supply of water…

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Feature: It only took 17 episodes to acquire a bloody chimp

Dwarf Fortress Diary: The Basement Of Curiosity Episode Seventeen – Ape Expectations

Last Time on the BoC: With the exception of a squad of sharpshooters hurling themselves off a roof to punch an invading army, and a vast two-headed giant muscling its way into the fort (only to get thoroughly Idded), the Basement entered a period of shocking prosperity...

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Feature: Everything gets a bit Attack on Titan this week

Dwarf Fortress Diary: The Basement Of Curiosity Episode Sixteen – The Tide Turns

Last Time on the BoC: The fort’s period of civil disorder came to a bloody conclusion, and a new wave of immigrants bolstered efforts to begin constructing a suite of new living quarters deep underground. Siege defences were also bolstered, with the construction of a new sniper tower.

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Feature: How can you even bite someone's teeth off?

Dwarf Fortress Diary: The Basement Of Curiosity Episode Fifteen – A Miner Inconvenience

Last Time on the BoC: The dwarves partied through a siege. The tantruming Udil claimed her first life, before starting an apocalyptic pub fight. The underground was revealed, in all its dank glory.

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Feature: The Lizards' wildest gig yet

Dwarf Fortress Diary: The Basement Of Curiosity Episode Fourteen – The Fight Before Christmas

Last time on the BoC: The dwarves began digging out some grand new accommodation, and the chef Ushat built a legendary chair called the Hot Thrower, featuring a cool picture of a leopard. The tantrums of the furnacehand Udil grew more intense - and so did conditions in the Basement’s zoo, thanks to the chthonic, squawking sorrow of the Bird Hole.

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Feature: There's gold in them thar hurtling chunks of orbital debris

Wastes of Space: A Space Engineers Diary – Part Six: Secrets of the Ants

Last time on Wastes of Space: In need of a mobile base, the gang started building a colossal metal spider called the Loveless, in homage to Commander Bee's favourite film. Real spiders showed up, causing some consternation, and a lovely bedroom was build inside the giant spider's bum. SECURITY OFFICER’S LOG: SPACE TIME 10438494-3383398 Nate: Today starts like every other day on Horace’s world: I…

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