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Dwarf Fortress

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ASCII game.

 

Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dwarf_Fortress

Gamewiki: http://df.magmawiki.com/index.php/Main_Page

Website listing features: http://www.bay12games.com/dwarves/features.html

 

Dwarfen complex is a game in development since 2002. And is currently still in Alpha in version 0.31.21 ..... it is very playable and new features and updates are being added constantly. It also has a lot of mods including some mods that slightly upgrade the ASCII art to more playable icons.

 

I had heard about this game many times from people whom know that I like games with deep game play, immense complexity and that basically have no defined ending. Also I do not give a rat's ass about graphics or sound effects as they only eat away RAM. Dwarf Fortress is so complex and has so many processes going that it already eats 300 MB RAM .......

 

It is a very difficult game to get into. The amount of possibilities are endless and overwhelming at first. It is not for the faint hearted and people whom want easy game play. It works with your keyboard not with a mouse!

 

In the beginnign you will probably restart a couple of times. The wiki and the newbie tutorials are of great help even though most tutorials were written for previous versions. They still go fairly well with the latest version.

 

Basically in this game almost anything is possible. And many many many different objects can be produced.

 

The goal is to build a prosperous home for your dwarfs. You start out with 7 and immigrants will come later on and new ones can be born. Dwarfs need to eat, drink (they like alcoholic drinks, not water) get into moods, and can go berserk if in a bad mood. You can encounter hundreds of different kinds of animals from cockroaces (and other vermin) to Dragons. All have different effects. There are many plants (and mods that get you 100's more, plants and animals). During the game you can get attacked.

 

I personally downloaded the Lazy Newbies Pack, which include some player mods for the art and a great utility, Dwarf Therapist. Without this utility you will go bonkers in ordering your dwarfs around!

 

Great game, extremely complicated, not for 99% of the people whom like easy games only for the true hardcore gamers.

 

 

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