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Dwarf Fortress

Developer / Publisher: Bay 12 Games
08 August 2006
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A dense, complex colony management game about surly, terminally-alcoholic dwarves struggling to survive against a hostile world and even more hostile neighbors.
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No review could do this game justice. It is a product of a lifelong ambition to create one of the deepest, most all-encompassing colony management simulation games, with all manner of bells and whistles and quirks and unnecessary detail that only a labour of love could produce. I've sunk hundreds and hundreds of hours and I have barely scratched the surface of the surface of this beast.

Now that the 2022 Steam Release, adding graphics and a sane(r) UI exists, there is no better time than ever to pick this up.

Even if this is not the game I have sunk time into the most (there are many alternate universes where I sell my soul exclusively to this game), it is certainly the most artistically ambitious game I have ever seen, and I struggle to see how it could be ever topped in the near-distant future, and the game is still nowhere near "done".
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Jackrb 2023-03-06T21:58:38Z
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An incredible sandbox game, only held back by its frustrating UX. Once they figure out how to incorporate some of the QOL items this game desperately needs in order to actually manage and automate a colony of dwarves at a reasonable scale, I'll be coming back to dwarf fortress.
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Great fun, if you've learned it once you've learned it for life. I learned back in 2011 and was able to jump right back in a couple years ago just googling hotkeys now and then.

Playing in ASCII in public makes you seem very mysterious in public, which may be a good thing
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A life consuming project which is currently under construction.
This game has already stolen thousands of hours from my life, and even more from my friends' lives. It is designed to be an all-encompassing simulation of a fantasy world down to procedurally-generated event-shaped personalities, dungeons, stories, interwoven relationships, battles, and the brutal merciless murder of elves. If there's anything that the countless hours have taught me in this game, it's that anything can happen and will happen, as well as can shape personalities.
It's the potential that this game will be hailed worldwide as one of the highest works of art ever made for a computer, if it does become finished.

In order to understand how rightfully MASSIVE this game's mostly-original engine is, you must first understand how it was made: by two men, the brothers Tarn and Zach Adams. Zach mostly contributed through conceptualizations and storytelling, while Tarn programmed from 2006 to present. (12 years of Dwarf Fortress!!)
Secondly, in order to understand it fully, you must experience it. There is a bunch of footage of Dwarf Fortress in action on several Youtube and Twitch pages, and many of these people who make the footage either have a tutorial or describe what to look for in the Dwarfish sea of ASCII/tiles (eugh). As well, you can actually play the game. For free.

The game is rich with potential stories to tell and in my experience will only get better.
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  • JGar40 2022-12-19 18:17:45.155181+00
    devs really did their 25 year grind to become millionaires
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    • ... 2022-12-19 19:12:13.469594+00
      Funnily enough the only reason they ever made it paid because one of them got cancer and it’s America so there’s no state healthcare and they had to fund his cancer treatment.

      Of all the people in the gaming industry who genuinely deserve the financial windfall, Tarn and Zach deserve it most, when you think of all the massive games DF has heavily influenced and they barely made much from it previously
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  • ... 2023-03-09 12:43:17.42528+00
    лазуритный гном
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  • flims239 2023-04-23 22:53:33.019258+00
    one of the only fun games
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  • hippopcrates 2023-09-27 19:16:42.261661+00
    the noble system is pure genius, I have never seen a game take control out of the player's hands in such an interesting and challenging way
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  • brewkirk 2023-12-16 22:46:46.873254+00
    One of my favorite parts of playing video games is having an experience that is wholly unique. Sure, we can reminisce about how a game ended and how that made us feel, but hearing of the triumphs and (subsequently) ultimate demises of these rotund little fellows is like peering into a history all on its own.
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  • liketocode 2024-02-20 22:26:17.273741+00
    going through the top 100, at what point can i consider this game to be completed
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    • liketocode 2024-02-20 22:27:04.128+00
      or at least rateable
    • YesYes2L 2024-02-26 21:19:51.361613+00
      The thing about DF is that it will likely never be fully completed, nor can you actually complete this game. It's more of a fun program that you return to periodically throughout your life to mess around in. If you want an honest answer, a big bulk of the promised mechanics probably wont be fully implemented for another 5-10 years. You can find a full list of everything they plan on adding on the Dwarf Fortress website. The game currently is sitting around 50% completion, which is enough to experience the core gameplay loop as well as explore the stuff that the world generates.

      I would wait until Adventure Mode, the roguelike mode of the game, gets re-implemented which should maybe be done by the end of the year.
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  • deadass 2024-05-10 17:24:48.502317+00
    go with the steam release or Dwarf Fortress Classic (with Lazy newb pack) for first time?
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    • theamazingxyz 2024-05-13 04:06:52.099038+00
      Steam for sure imo, but the learning curve is very steep no matter what. The new graphics and interface are more polished than any of the old tilesets people made, and the Steam version is easier (in terms of the simulation punishing you). afaik the Steam release also supports all the major third-party tools that you would get with Lazy Newb Pack.

      The old controls had the advantage of being fast, since there was no mouse involved, but if you're not used to old DF then curiosity is the only reason to go back.
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