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Dwarf Fortress

Developer / Publisher: Bay 12 Games
08 August 2006
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#79 All-time
#2 for 2006
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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Just Incredible
This game fills me with pure awe. Generating entire worlds from scratch, reading about the world's storied history and traditions, starting a fortress, planning out logistics and layouts, building megastructures, staging bloody battles and sacrifices, watching as your fortress hilariously implodes, opening up legends mode and reading about your favorite dwarves and what they got up to after the fortress went to shit, looking at the world map and realizing holy shit, all these places actually exist in the game world and i can go into adventure mode to visit them, sack them, or sneak in, dig a hidey-hole and live off stolen food... this game, to me, is the epitome of a sandbox. You have the whole game world at your disposal, and the only constraints on what you can do are your creativity (and sadism).
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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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4.5
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3.0
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5.0
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Kulkas Dwarf Fortress 2022-09-13T15:18:35Z
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roemanlaporte Dwarf Fortress 2022-09-09T04:37:58Z
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3.5
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vladkick Dwarf Fortress 2022-08-30T14:04:33Z
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Czespo Dwarf Fortress 2022-08-26T19:57:00Z
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5.0
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lucas_sq Dwarf Fortress 2022-08-25T00:39:53Z
2022-08-25T00:39:53Z
3.0
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ScrawnyClownSnatch Dwarf Fortress 2022-08-21T19:33:49Z
2022-08-21T19:33:49Z
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  • JGar40 2022-05-26 05:35:41.188767+00
    ill play this when they adapt it from ascii to the steam art
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  • Triturate 2022-05-28 07:09:28.210703+00
    I'll never play this game any other way than ASCII art
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  • TheRealJimMorrison 2022-05-31 07:54:14.637303+00
    I wish I could play this, but I'm too dumb for it
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  • YesYes2L 2022-06-27 05:49:17.19941+00
    Dwarf Fortress is fantastic but it is not the #1 roguelike. Adventure mode is not finished by any stretch of the imagination.
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  • TarotSport 2022-06-28 04:49:13.59362+00
    This being the No. 1 Roguelike is more of a technicality, like yeah maybe adventure mode constitutes as a RL primary but it’s not why the game is 4.12
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  • furniture0 2022-08-08 21:23:02.02529+00
    favorite part of the game is just reading descriptions of things, there is so much detail there, it's insane
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  • Benci 2022-09-15 08:13:18.412173+00
    is this the game where there's like a gizillion possible things?
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  • flims239 2022-09-23 08:39:02.146353+00
    yes. play it and listen to some dungeon synth
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