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Head pulled off by a goat? You’re playing Dwarf Fortress!

April 5, 2010

One of the best things about Dwarf Fortress is the way it lets people tell stories. Fortresses rise and fall on a mis-placed lever, a dwarf accidentally dropping a baby into a well can lead to massive civil works and then emo-death spirals see manic dwarfs bashing each other to death and making fine leather skirts out of each other’s skin.

The good news is that despite the bugs in the just-released version the potential for telling stories is now even greater than before. Take the case of the dwarf whose head was ripped off by a skeletal goat, or the adventure-mode player who stabbed an NPC guard to death with the crossbow bolt that was lodged in the player’s chest.

I can’t wait to play this some more!

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  1. Mariano
    April 21, 2010 at 8:00 pm

    Hi there. I have a problem with the game. I am trying to learn with your tutorials (which are great, btw) but I can’t change z-levels. I can’t use shift+, only shift+5 to go down, and I am not able for the life of me to find the key combination to go up again. I have a Satellite QWERTY keyboard.

    Thank you.

  2. Mariano
    April 21, 2010 at 8:16 pm

    Heh, just figured it out by looking at the interface.txt in data/init and searching for “move”. It is configured like this; ctrl+5 to go 1 level up, shift+5 to go 1 level down. Thanks for the tutorials anyway, I’ll sure be asking something else soon!

    • April 21, 2010 at 8:20 pm

      Well done! Good find! You can get to the same info by hitting esc, in game, and selecting “key bindings”, but ini editing is probably quicker.

  3. Halceon
    April 21, 2010 at 11:32 pm

    If you choose to do new tutorials, make sure to cover te new military, notes/points and burrows systems. And medicine. The rest doesn’t need redoing – where there are changes, they are minimal enough to not matter.

    • April 22, 2010 at 12:42 am

      I hope Toady simplifies the military screen, it is a real prick!

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