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Dwarf Fortress Get instructions after 20 years of development


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Dwarf Fortress, a game that has been around forever and will last forever, has never been the most welcoming experience for the average, curious player. Something its developers finally decided to work on for the upcoming Steam release of the game.

Write on the game’s store pageco-creator Zach Adams says:

Dwarf Fortress has the much-loved title of being one of the hardest torture games to learn. There’s a lot going on, even after we changed all the ridiculous keyboard commands and replaced the Matrix-like interface with some cool and understandable pixel art. It still needs something. Something to alleviate the need to go straight to the wiki just to understand what’s going on. The answer is of course.

Zach shared some screenshots of the new one how-to guides, showing things like initial greetings and instructions on basics like woodcarving and stocking up on your resources:

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“To make it all possible, we found the ultimate game tester: my wife Annie,” said Zach. “There are plenty of base building games out there, enough to make Dwarf Fortress easier to get into. She doesn’t play any of them. The closest she got to DF was Overcooked 2. After a failed attempt at the original, the latest version of the guide has allowed her to be good enough in the game to dig tunnels in the quagmire and sink her fortress. me. “

The Adams Brothers first started working on Dwarf Fortress in 2002, so why just turn this around now? The upcoming re-release of the game on Steam sounds like a good excuse as anything, of course, for dropping the game on Valve’s store—which should also yield things like the one pictured. much improved visuals — will introduce the game to a potentially large audience of new and curious players.

“Our aim is to make it accessible to anyone at this level of play,” Zach wrote. “We want the world to be able to lose this game and have fun doing it.”

Steam version of Dwarf Fortress There’s still no official release date yet, although fans scouring through SteamDB think it’ll be out sometime in early 2023.

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