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Dwarf Fortress
« on: July 24, 2011, 01:47:07 AM »
I want to try this but I think it would eat my life.

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Dwarf Fortress is a single-player fantasy game. You can control a dwarven outpost or an adventurer in a randomly generated, persistent world.



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Though its medieval milieu of besieged castles and mutant enemies may be familiar, Dwarf Fortress appeals mainly to a substratum of hard-core gamers. The game’s unofficial slogan, recited on message boards, is “Losing is fun!” Dwarf Fortress’s unique difficulty begins with its most striking feature: The way it looks. In an industry obsessed with pushing the frontiers of visual awe, Dwarf Fortress is a defiant throwback, its interface a dense tapestry of letters, numbers and crude glyphs you might have seen in a computer game around 1980. A normal person looks at ♠§dg  and sees gibberish, but the Dwarf Fortress initiate sees a tense tableau: a dog leashed to a tree, about to be mauled by a goblin.


Anybody ever tried it?
« Last Edit: July 24, 2011, 01:49:23 AM by Strolen »

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Re: Dwarf Fortress
« Reply #1 on: July 24, 2011, 03:08:23 PM »
I tried it a couple times a while back. It's definitely for the hardcore, and for someone who's prepared to take the time necessary for its learning curve. I gave up when I couldn't figure out how to do much more than walk around.

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Re: Dwarf Fortress
« Reply #2 on: July 26, 2011, 01:27:54 AM »
I've seen it, but the graphics were too primitive to really grab my attention, which combined with the learning curve made it not worth the effort to figure out.
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Re: Dwarf Fortress
« Reply #3 on: July 26, 2011, 03:09:56 PM »
I encourage you to try ADOM - its graphics are ASCII, the learning curve less steep, and you follow only the fate of one hero.
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Re: Dwarf Fortress
« Reply #4 on: July 26, 2011, 03:25:54 PM »
I've never taken the time to try Dwarf Fortress, but I have played NETHACK briefly which is similar in style and death-rate. There are a lot of epic stories that come out of Dwarf Fortress games. Like the immense, multi generation Boatmurdered: http://lparchive.org/Dwarf-Fortress-Boatmurdered/ and my favorite: Bronzemurder (Because it has pictures!) http://df.magmawiki.com/index.php/DF2010:Stories/Bronzemurder#Full_Sized_Images

I'm also going to plug a simple game known as Progress Quest: http://progressquest.com/

This game has fascinated me for a few years now, thought I only "play" once in a blue moon. The "game" claims to remove the tediousness of most mainstream RPGs and allow you to experience the leveling up, selling/buying loot/artifacts, and intense monster griding to complete quests through various acts... All with very little human interaction. Worth a quick download, if you ask me.
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