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!
I’ve been messing with minecarts and dwarven computing in Dwarf Fortress and produced these two videos which show the hilarious results of flinging dozens of gold bars at invading trolls and goblins. I’m going to work on some basic dwarf fortress engineering/computing tutorial videos as well in the near future. Enjoy!
Click the link to watch my O’Reilly Dwarf Fortress webcast on YouTube – Quality isn’t great (damn NZ internet), but 28 minutes MINECART SHOTGUN!
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:
- Fortress Kelnimar – fantastic minecart “racetrack” and trader-smashing minecarts. Started by GirlInHat.
- Dwarfputing AI – A keyboard and entry registry in Dwarf Fortress! Work in progress by Bloodbeard.
- Fortress Soitenly – Automated magma defense system by Vjek. Available by request from creator.
- Fortress Skyscrapes 2 – Constructed “rings”, very pretty! Community game kicked off by Sizik.
- Fortress Steelbeard – Simple bedroom design and some surprises deep down below. Started by Aussieevil.
- DF Hack – a tool that contains Stonesense and other command line features.
- Dwarf Fortress File Depot – hosts a lot of handy Dwarf Fortress.
People have been asking about the changes in the July 30 book update. Thought I would post them here!
July 30, 2012
• Fixed all spelling/grammar/content errata on the O’Reilly catalog page.
• In Chapter 1, at the end of “Websites”, Urist is introduced.
• Updated graphic for chicken in Table 3-1 and replaced duplicate image for Figure
10-10 with the correct screenshot.
• Added a tip to Chapter 3 under “Managing Your Workshops”.
• In Chapter 6, added a section on immigrant nobles and a table showing how nobles
progress at different stages to the section “Nobles”.
• Edited last paragraph of “Directing Your Troops” in Chapter 10 to reflect a bug fix.
• Added a “caution” tip on the first page of Chapter 11 due to DF bug.
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!
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!
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
- 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
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!
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!
Below is a sneak peek of one of the Tim Denee illustrations that will be in Getting Started with Dwarf Fortress. The story was told to us by one of the players via a thread on the Dwarf Fortress forums.
The book is out in a couple or three weeks! Hurrah! I have some more news about the book as well:
- THE BOOK WILL BE CURRENT TO v34.08!
- If you buy the ebook through O’Reilly.com you get free updates as I update the manuscript, which I will do at every major release. If you buy the ebook through Amazon, you may end up paying less than O’Reilly but you don’t get the updates for free. You have to go to O’Reilly.com and pay $4.99 to upgrade to a version where you get the book updates for free. I don’t know why this is the case, publishing is weird.
- I am passing all this on to try to ensure that those who have pre-ordered through Amazon or O’Reilly aren’t going to get less than they hoped for.