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Dwarf Fortress: New Ver. RELEASED! Now in 3 ASCII dimensions! (NSF56K)

BahamutZEROBahamutZERO Space is the PlaceRegistered User regular
edited November 2007 in Games and Technology
THE NEW VERSION IS HERE! AT LONG LAST!
Z-axis, fluid dynamics, and a hell of a lot more than I can remember off the top of my head!


Get it here: http://www.bay12games.com/dwarves/df_27_169_33a.zip
Extract the files from the zip into the folder of your choice, then run dwarfort.exe. Simple!

As of now, a lot of the info in this OP is out of date. I'll fix it someday. Maybe. If I'm not to busy drowning my dwarves.

And I have written a more up-to-date tutorial, which is available here: http://www.dwarffortresswiki.net/index.php/Your_first_fortress
And here's another: http://www.dwarffortresswiki.net/index.php/Quickstart_guide
PA currently has a succession game going on! http://dwarf.lendemaindeveille.com/index.php/PA_Succession:_Kadolmorul (now defunct? -Bzero)

Welcome to the mountainhome of the dwarves! Starting out with a hardy band of seven pioneers, you will be beset on all sides by the threat of starvation, exposure, rampant idiocy, inexperience, tantrums, monkey attacks, hostile goblins, kleptomaniacal kobolds, accidental drownings, those goddamn hippy elves, being set on fire, upper class nobles that will make lives hell for your peasantry, and the mortal enemies of the dwarves, elephants. ELEPHANTS! OH GOD THEY'RE IN THE FORTRESS!

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So what's Dwarf Fortress? It's a rather bizarre little roguelike/ fantasy world generator / colony management sim hybrid. With lots of dead dwarves guaranteed.

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So you start out with a tiny band of 7 dwarves, a few wagons, mules, horses, and enough supplies to make sure you dont starve... maybe.

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With a little luck (and if those goddamn monkeys dont steal all your food off the wagons again), your fortress will make it past the first winter. Or more likely it will collapse and you'll start up a new fortress, avoiding the mistakes of the first.

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...before it all ends in a tide of blood and dwarf parts

And then you start AGAIN!

Get the game here!:STRIKE THE EARTH!

The ever helpful Dwarf Fortress wiki
How not to starve during your first winter.

The previous G&T DF thread
And the SA DF thread, the Goons have plenty of DF chatter too.

And of course THE EPIC SAGA OF BOATMURDERED which is a must-read.

Valkun's exceedingly long, semi detailed, and verbose guide to helping aspiring architects and overlords in playing Dwarf Fortress Mode:
Spoiler:

FAQ
AAAAA LETTERS EVERYWHERE OH GOD HOW DO I DO STUFF?!
A few keys will come up a lot. Pressing these keys will bring up a yellow X cursor which you control using the arrow keys.

Q - assigns orders at workshops and structures, or used to create rooms from a placed structure, like tables, beds, archery targets, etc, or to destroy them.
T - much like Q, but works for sTructures. Use this when you want to examine/destroy a structure that is not a workshop. Also useful for peeking at the contents of a workshop to see how cluttered it is.
V - Examines an individual dwarf, where you can look at their stats, gear, thoughts and alter their job list.
K - If you'd like to see if that U is an attacking Unicorn or a friendly hUman trader, this is the key you want. Pressing enter examines the object in greater detail (if any).
Z - Brings up your fortress report and tells you how depressingly low you are on food.
D - Designates an area for tasks. Hit enter to start dragging out a rectangle, enter to stop. Or hold down the mouse button and draw it in. Everything in this area will now be designated for whatever task you had selected, from Digging out rock, cutting down trees, or picking plants, or whatever else it might have been. Use this to dig out your dwarf-hole.

I built a bridge, but it looked ugly so I demolished it. The new one never gets built because of pathing errors!
Common mistake. Never cut off the fortress. The dwarf builders are trying to get to material/worksites on the other side of the river/chasm, but cant because there's no bridge anymore. Avoid this by always having spare bridges. If this has already happened, build stone blocks at your masonry workshop and use those to build your new bridge, ensuring that you're using accessible materials.

How do I change the game resolution/settings/colours/etc?
In the data/init directory is init.txt, a well documented file which contains all sorts of DF settings.

Run this on a Mac?
User Sleep reports that Crossover works fine. I've no experience with this though.

I'd play this if only it had graphics
RARRRGH, but if you must, there's replacement tile and object graphics you can use along with install instructions on these pages:
http://dwarf.lendemaindeveille.com/index.php/Tilesets
http://dwarf.lendemaindeveille.com/index.php/Object_Tilesets
A repacked version with a tileset ready to go

What happens if I do this?
Just try it first! It's no fun if we tell you that you would have doomed all your dwarves to a horrible agonizing death beforehand. No fun at all!

Besides, it just means you get to do it better next time.

How do I back up my save game?
A good idea, since the game is only in alpha, and does crash (rarely), but if it does, it can corrupt your entire world.
Make a copy of the data/save directory and keep it somewhere safe. To restore, delete your entire data/save directory and replace it with your copy. NOT DELETING IT FIRST WILL CAUSE ERRORS.

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Posts

  • TheKoolEagleTheKoolEagle Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    man i want to play df again but all i have is 3 hours a day to do anything other then work or sleep :|

  • BahamutZEROBahamutZERO Space is the Place Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    Oh awesome, toady just added grates and hatches. Video of them in action: http://mkv25.net/dfma/movie-40-gratehatch

  • MithMith Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    I can't wait for the new version. Using this newly discovered "z-axis" I will burrow beneath the grass and trees to turn it all into a hidden deathtrap, and take revenge on my ancestral nemesis. Those elephants will never know what hit them!

  • RoundBoyRoundBoy Registered User
    edited October 2007
    This thread is exactly a few weeks early. its going to get to 15 pages when the new release hits.

    Then hell will break loose.

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  • A-PuckA-Puck Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    Mith wrote: »
    I can't wait for the new version. Using this newly discovered "z-axis" I will burrow beneath the grass and trees to turn it all into a hidden deathtrap, and take revenge on my ancestral nemesis. Those elephants will never know what hit them!

    Fool, do you think that E will be so easily tricked?

    Soon... soon I will install you, my precious.
  • Walrus PeteWalrus Pete Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    jdarksun wrote: »
    Wait, why did we start a new thread instead of waiting a week or two to coincide with the next release? :?

    'Cause the old thread was 100+ pages long and people still want to talk about Dwarf Fortress?

  • FleebFleeb Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    10/16/2007: Added hatch cover and grate items and associated jobs, added hatch/wall grate/floor grate/vertical bars/floor bars buildings, made sure workers are permitted for each building component before attempting to make a building, reset storage counter on newly designated dump items, fixed problem with projectiles vs. floors/ceilings, added spike tag for trap components, adding ability to place upright spears and spikes, added falling damage and corpse impalement for unretracted spike buildings, tweaked edge sinks

    I came.

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  • Rhan9Rhan9 Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    Dwarf Fortress is great. My biggest issue with it, is the sheer amount of time it requires. Unfortunately I don't have much time to play anymore, though I'll try to arrange something as soon as the new version comes out.
    Fleeb wrote: »
    10/16/2007: Added hatch cover and grate items and associated jobs, added hatch/wall grate/floor grate/vertical bars/floor bars buildings, made sure workers are permitted for each building component before attempting to make a building, reset storage counter on newly designated dump items, fixed problem with projectiles vs. floors/ceilings, added spike tag for trap components, adding ability to place upright spears and spikes, added falling damage and corpse impalement for unretracted spike buildings, tweaked edge sinks

    I came.

    Punji sticks!

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  • BahamutZEROBahamutZERO Space is the Place Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    As I understand it, the 100 page rule is still in effect because when they get that big they become intimidating for people to join in on.

  • Infinity Minus OneInfinity Minus One __BANNED USERS
    edited October 2007
    If people are too intimidated to join a 100 page thread, what the hell makes you think they won't be intimidated to play Dwarf Fortress?

    This thread is waayyy to early. It should be deleted and we should wait till the release.

  • ValkunValkun Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    There's no reason that a new thread can't be created when the new version is released. To be honest, I stopped reading the last thread because it got to be too long, and only came into this one because I thought the new version was finally released :x.

  • Infinity Minus OneInfinity Minus One __BANNED USERS
    edited October 2007
    What the hell do you guys do, manually crawl through every page of a thread until you reach the end, like a climber struggling up mount everest or something? I cannot comprehend why someone would be bothered by a 100 page thread. Or even a 1000 page thread.

    You cannot expect to read every single post ever made in this forum.


    I was excited when I saw this thread because I also thought the new version was released. That's two times now that I've been tricked into believing the new version was released. God damn.

  • GladiGladi Registered User
    edited October 2007
    RoundBoy wrote: »
    This thread is exactly a few weeks early. its going to get to 15 pages when the new release hits.

    Then hell will break loose.

    Bright day
    The general consensus has been "few weeks" for almost two months now.

  • Infinity Minus OneInfinity Minus One __BANNED USERS
    edited October 2007
    Well if people donated money to toady it would be done even faster.

  • RoundBoyRoundBoy Registered User
    edited October 2007
    Gladi wrote: »
    RoundBoy wrote: »
    This thread is exactly a few weeks early. its going to get to 15 pages when the new release hits.

    Then hell will break loose.

    Bright day
    The general consensus has been "few weeks" for almost two months now.

    No.. we could clearly see the tasks left to do, and counted them as they dropped.

    When they all got to zero, people had a shit fit.... and then the testing notes came up.

    At the rate they are dropping, and in Toady's own words to his progress.. a couple weeks is right on.. for an october release

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  • BahamutZEROBahamutZERO Space is the Place Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    Well if people donated money to toady it would be done even faster.
    I'm afraid that's not how it works. He works full-time on it, 7 days a week already. More money won't make him able to work faster than that, although it will help ensure that he will be able to continue working on it full-time.

  • MiglioriMigliori Registered User
    edited October 2007
    I await in fear of what it will do to my free time, and not so free time.

  • peterdevorepeterdevore Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    10/16/2007:added spike tag for trap components, adding ability to place upright spears and spikes, added falling damage and corpse impalement for unretracted spike buildings,

    I like how the thread title was unintentionally a prediction of somesorts. This, grates and screwpumps promises fortresses and dungeons of Indiana Jones quality.

    You could probably make some overpowered traps with the new features easily, but I don't mind. Ridiculous traps of doom are required for any fortress worth it's weight. It would be awesome to pass around a really old well developed world and try to raid each other's long lost fortresses full of daring traps and switch puzzles.

    Does the new version have proper climbing to escape all those pits of doom people will dig? I believe so, but I wonder if ropes will show some use in combination with climbing. Ooh, I hope we get make-shift rope bridges one day, that degrade over time and can snap under weight.

  • WrenWren Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    wait.. a z-axis? how will that work?

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  • BahamutZEROBahamutZERO Space is the Place Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    Does the new version have proper climbing to escape all those pits of doom people will dig? I believe so, but I wonder if ropes will show some use in combination with climbing. Ooh, I hope we get make-shift rope bridges one day, that degrade over time and can snap under weight.
    No climbing in this coming version. I think it's on the list of things to do eventually.

    wait.. a z-axis? how will that work?

    Right now forts are in a flat plane. The z-axis means there will be more planes above and below the starting elevation. So you will be able to dig up and down, and have things like sloped ground on the surface and whatnot. It's like the different floors of a roguelike dungeon, only more so.

  • InfestedGnomeInfestedGnome Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    I cheesed adventure mode accidentally, I had a full party and they all keeled over from the frost, so I traveled over to another town, got another full party, came back to the original town, so now I have double the limit

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  • WrenWren Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    wait.. a z-axis? how will that work?
    Right now forts are in a flat plane. The z-axis means there will be more planes above and below the starting elevation. So you will be able to dig up and down, and have things like sloped ground on the surface and whatnot. It's like the different floors of a roguelike dungeon, only more so.

    but how will it be presented visually? there's already a lot to process already

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  • RoundBoyRoundBoy Registered User
    edited October 2007
    Check out the movies toady linked to on the bay12games.com page... they are in flash, so you don't need to load them into your game to see them.

    They show multiple levels quite well.

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  • Darkchampion3dDarkchampion3d Registered User
    edited October 2007
    Wren wrote: »
    but how will it be presented visually? there's already a lot to process already

    You get used to it. I don't even see it encoded anymore, all I see is blonde... brunette... redhead... err dwarf, elf, goblin.

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  • MetalbourneMetalbourne Tube's Favorite Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    It figures that as soon as I solve my farm problem, monkeys would attack and cause my farmer to get unhappy.

  • InfestedGnomeInfestedGnome Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    Nooo, i was doing good in adventure mode, but now my bow got knocked out of my hand, and I cant re-equip it for some reason, and all my body parts are intact

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  • MechMantisMechMantis Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    You fucks. I thought it had been released, due to new thread and all.



    You got me all excited and then I found out the awful truth. You should all be ashamed. ASHAMED!

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  • GenericFanGenericFan Registered User
    edited October 2007
  • RandomKitRandomKit Registered User
    edited October 2007
    MechMantis wrote: »
    You fucks. I thought it had been released, due to new thread and all.



    You got me all excited and then I found out the awful truth. You should all be ashamed. ASHAMED!

    The exact same thing happened to me. I am impossibly disappointed at the moment. :cry:

  • gilraingilrain Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    GenericFan wrote: »
    So, basically, he built a makeshift silo, pushed a mule into its depths, then filled it with water. D:

    ...

    :D

  • GarthorGarthor Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    I liked when he broke a hole in the side of the silo, but the dwarves still dutifully did their best to keep it filled as the water was gushing out. Left to their own devices, I imagine they would've eventually flooded the world.

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  • Ninja Snarl PNinja Snarl P My helmet is my burden. Ninja Snarl: Gone, but not forgotten.Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    Anyone else see the video where Toady constructs a bridge above ground level outside the mountain? I submit to such possibilities as: firing posts for dwarf archers (obvious but functional), noble disposal (what a nice balcony... with a trap door that drops you twenty stories into an unsuspecting siege army, causing a massive explosion of deadly noble bone shrapnel and viscera), insane dwarf disposal, water cannons which fire stones, magma cannons which fire magma and flame, etc etc etc. Frankly, I am very dissapointed in myself for highly anticipating such hideous actions... but I can live with that. My enemies, however, will not be able live with angry elephant bombs, noble explosions, crushing flood stones, being burned alive well away from my fortress, to name a few things.

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  • Mojo_JojoMojo_Jojo When life gives you lemons... ...eat your delicious lemonsRegistered User regular
    edited October 2007
    This thread is just going to make everybody unhappy, the title should be changed to stop building up my hopes and dreams that somehow the new version was snuck out overnight. Such things could kill a weaker man.
    Wren wrote: »
    wait.. a z-axis? how will that work?
    Right now forts are in a flat plane. The z-axis means there will be more planes above and below the starting elevation. So you will be able to dig up and down, and have things like sloped ground on the surface and whatnot. It's like the different floors of a roguelike dungeon, only more so.

    but how will it be presented visually? there's already a lot to process already
    Like that.

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  • LeumasWhiteLeumasWhite Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    Mojo_Jojo wrote: »
    This thread is just going to make everybody unhappy, the title should be changed to stop building up my hopes and dreams that somehow the new version was snuck out overnight. Such things could kill a weaker man.
    Wren wrote: »
    wait.. a z-axis? how will that work?
    Right now forts are in a flat plane. The z-axis means there will be more planes above and below the starting elevation. So you will be able to dig up and down, and have things like sloped ground on the surface and whatnot. It's like the different floors of a roguelike dungeon, only more so.

    but how will it be presented visually? there's already a lot to process already
    Like that.

    Roguelikes never had that much activity on every level happen simultaneously, though. I suspect a lot of people will stick to one level except for pits/stairs in and out.

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  • GladiGladi Registered User
    edited October 2007
    Hmm, looking at Tragedy Mule, it struck me- we can now built step pyramid... finally those obsidian short swords will get really usefull... ;-)

  • Rhan9Rhan9 Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    Gladi wrote: »
    Hmm, looking at Tragedy Mule, it struck me- we can now built step pyramid... finally those obsidian short swords will get really usefull... ;-)

    Sacrifices for Huitzilopochtli!

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  • RoshinRoshin My backlog can be seen from space SwedenRegistered User regular
    edited October 2007
    Anyone else see the video where Toady constructs a bridge above ground level outside the mountain? I submit to such possibilities as: firing posts for dwarf archers (obvious but functional), noble disposal (what a nice balcony... with a trap door that drops you twenty stories into an unsuspecting siege army, causing a massive explosion of deadly noble bone shrapnel and viscera), insane dwarf disposal, water cannons which fire stones, magma cannons which fire magma and flame, etc etc etc. Frankly, I am very dissapointed in myself for highly anticipating such hideous actions... but I can live with that. My enemies, however, will not be able live with angry elephant bombs, noble explosions, crushing flood stones, being burned alive well away from my fortress, to name a few things.

    I can't shake the idea of somehow launching elephants through the air or at least dropping them onto enemies.

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  • MetalbourneMetalbourne Tube's Favorite Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    jdarksun wrote: »
    ...water cannons which fire stones...
    I :shock:'d at this when you mentioned it, but I don't know physics well enough to say if a large, deep reservoir with a single small tunnel at the bottom would have the kind of explosive force needed to act as an impromptu siege engine.

    It would if you had enough water and enough potential energy.

  • FleebFleeb Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    I'd like to see a steam cannon to fire rocks. A magma resevoir, a tunnel stacked with rocks, dump water in the magma and the rocks come flying out like gods own shotgun.

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  • MaydayMayday made up his mind Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    I'm-ah making-ah those tiles.
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    Not really useful in the next version, but probably the one after it?

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