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2012 in review

December 31, 2012 1 comment

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

About 55,000 tourists visit Liechtenstein every year. This blog was viewed about 590,000 times in 2012. If it were Liechtenstein, it would take about 11 years for that many people to see it. Your blog had more visits than a small country in Europe!

Click here to see the complete report.

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Mutant book signed!

November 14, 2012 1 comment

An O’Reilly customer got a copy of my book that had “mutated” to include about 1/3rd of another book at the start. I volunteered to sign it and, of course, O’Reilly sent him a correct copy. Stuntateous sent me his mutant book, AND his underpants to sign and a demo disk as a gift (er, thanks?!).

Shine on you crazy diamond!

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O’Reilly Dwarf Fortress Webcast – links and info

August 17, 2012 Comments off

Today I completed a webcast with O’Reilly on Dwarf Fortress. In the webcast I talked about a number of forts and features. If you’re interested in following up on any of these forts or checking out the tools I’ve mentioned, have a look at the links below:

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Giant Bomb live Let’s Play of Dwarf Fortress (and my book!)

July 2, 2012 Comments off

The good people over at Giant Bomb had a go at Dwarf Fortress on Friday. Dave, armed only with my book, took Dwarf Fortress in what was probably only his second or third attempt at the game – how very brave! Despite the gentle ribbing of his compatriots Dave did a great job of showing off the craziness and the uniqueness of Dwarf Fortress in what is the first of a few broadcasts on Dwarf Fortress that they are planning.

If you want to watch the video you’ll need to be a premium member of Giant Bomb, which will cost you $5 a month. I’ve signed up to watch it and it was a laugh, and I will stay around until the series completes, at least!

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Book mention on PCGamer.com! And Kotaku!

June 26, 2012 Comments off

Really pleased to see the book, and the fantastic Tim Denee plugged on PCGamer.com today. Like me, they seem to get a big kick out of the idea of a Getting Started With book being 238 pages, and that the book has been published by hard core technical publisher O’Reilly, no less. I’m pleased the book (obviously!) is getting the attention, but also pleased Dwarf Fortress is. It is a game every PC gamer should try at least once to get a sense of just what is possible on a computer, and just how enticing computer generated narratives can be.

edit: Kotaku picked up the story as well!

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Getting Started with Dwarf Fortress – it’s out!

May 28, 2012 6 comments

Great news! My book, “Getting Started with Dwarf Fortress” is available at O’Reilly.com! You can pick it up as an eBook or, at not much extra, an eBook and print book combo. The book will also be available on Amazon next week or so, but the Amazon eBook does not feature the “Real Time” updates that buying through O’Reilly does. Real Time is a feature whereby a book can be rapidly updated by the author and then owners alerted to download the latest version when it is released. I intend to update the book at all major Dwarf Fortress releases, keeping the book relevant to the reader at all time.

Of course, the print book does not get real time upgrades!

For those interested, here’s the chapter list:

  • Foreword by Tarn Adams
  • Preface
  • Chapter 1: Introduction
  • Chapter 2: Playing God
  • Chapter 3: First Steps
  • Chapter 4: Filling Dwarf Bellies
  • Chapter 5: Merchants and Trading
  • Chapter 6: Dwarf Resource Management
  • Chapter 7: Digging Deeper
  • Chapter 8: Industry
  • Chapter 9: Justice, Healthcare and Vampires
  • Chapter 10: The Military
  • Chapter 11: Engineering
  • Afterword: Farther
  • Appendix

The book clocks in at 240 pages or so and 80,000 words. It features nine full-page illustrations and a half-dozen diagrams by Tim Denee. The illustrations are based on stories from Dwarf Fortress submitted by players on the forum. You can see one here. If you buy the book, I hope you enjoy it! And please, feel free to let me know if there are any problems with the book. I’ll be updating it, after all!

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Getting Started with Dwarf Fortress will include minecarts!

May 15, 2012 Comments off

Sneaky Toady got the latest release out on the DAY I am due to finish my draft for Getting Started with Dwarf Fortress. I can’t exactly leave this challenge unmet and so I’m going to include the 34.08 minecart and stockpile changes in the book after all. The book will also feature an illustration on minecarts if Tim manages to finish it in time. Yay!

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