Dwarf Fortress is so loved that it confuses locals on Steam

A press photo of the terrifyingly intricate dungeons of Dwarf Fortress.

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Dwarf FortressMassive graphics overhaul and accompanying Steam release saw the 16-year-old game receive win rating. currently sports 4,634 reviews “Extremely positive” on Steam, people are very excited. But there is one person who is not clear. Posting on Steam roguelike discussions, they ask, “are all those people… waiting for a chance to pay $30?” More than 1,000 people answered: “Yes”.

Since 2006, Dwarf Fortress delivered an ever-deeper simulation of dwarven life, in a realistic way Fake-so now there are NPCs with vivid personalities, complex combat, civilization simulations, and dynamic weather patterns as complex as Mother Nature herself. Ridiculously tough and designed that you will eventually fail, its complexity will make the encyclopedia convey.

Under the heading “see number of reviews,” an EternalNooblet decided something was suspiciously wrong with the sudden popularity of this newly released Steam game.

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Continuing from their title, they say, “and tell me how a sane person can post a 10/10 positive review of the game of the century on day one.” Realizing that the number of reviews is growing extremely rapidly, they add: “20 minutes ago it was 1700, now it is 1900.” And then the author of the article asked the age questions:

have all those people been playing DF for free for 25 years and just waiting for a chance to pay $30?

“Yes,” replied Steam account Frank McFuzz. “Yes,” Jinkl continued. “Yes,” was the reply from Ferien auf dem Innenhof. Meanwhile, dneb2000 replied: “Yes”.

EternalNooblet has not been delayed. “Literally, in the time since posting the thread, the number has gone from 1900 to 2000.”

However, yesses kept coming. And coming. And coming. At the time of this writing, the conversation is on page 84, with 15 replies per page.

A page of people who say "Right" On steam.

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Dwarf Fortress, in development since 2002, was first made available to the public in 2006. At the time, the ASCII rendering game was free to download, although contributions from anyone were welcome. like it. And that was still the case until yesterday.

This early year, Kotaku warning readers that the two brothers team behind the game can actually do it for some cash, after a sudden drop in donations. Wonderful, Kotaku readers gathered, and we heard back that they watched a big The spike in donations comes from our amazing audience, keeping this couple safe from medical bills until their release this month.

What poor EternalNooblet doesn’t realize is how much love is out there for Dwarf Fortress, and brothers Tarn and Zach Adams. This most amazingly complex and huge role-playing game has become a model for a next generation, especially belt world and Minecraft. However, it lacked graphic fidelity and rock-solid difficulty, which may have prevented it from receiving the worldwide popularity of subsequent series. None of that stops a huge community growing around the incredibly complex, ever-growing dungeon-exploring game that’s now happy to throw money at its creators for its own version. This is completely new.

Since I started writing this post, the number of positive reviews has grown to 4,727. Something must be up! Do people really love this game so much?!







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