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[[File:Dwarf fortress by Jonik9i.jpg|thumb|Home Sweet Home]]
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[[Image:Dwarf_Fortress_fun.png|thumb|right|The meek shall inherit what's left of the Earth after I'm done with it.]]
 
There are casual games, and there are serious games.<br />
 
There are casual games, and there are serious games.<br />
 
Then there are hardcore games.<br />
 
Then there are hardcore games.<br />
 
Then there are [[:File:Battletoads_flyer.jpg|Nintendo hard]] games.<br />
 
Then there are [[:File:Battletoads_flyer.jpg|Nintendo hard]] games.<br />
Somewhere beyond that, there's '''Dwarf Fortress'''.<br />
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Somewhere beyond that, there's [[Dwarf Fortress]].<br />
   
 
Even if you don't intend to play the game (and we won't think any less of you if you don't), at least read the stories that have come from people who have played the game.
 
Even if you don't intend to play the game (and we won't think any less of you if you don't), at least read the stories that have come from people who have played the game.
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==Holy Crap, explain this thing to me!==
 
==Holy Crap, explain this thing to me!==
[[Image:Dwarf_Fortress_fun.png|thumb|right|The meek shall inherit what's left of the Earth after I'm done with it.]]
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Dwarf Fortress is an expansive world simulation that goes into incredible detail. The programmers don't waste space/time on pretty pictures so they can get down to business!
 
Dwarf Fortress is an expansive world simulation that goes into incredible detail. The programmers don't waste space/time on pretty pictures so they can get down to business!
   
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===But the menus. Oh god. And the ASCII!===
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==='''But the menus. Oh god. And the ASCII!'''===
 
Yes, Dwarf Fortress is loaded with menus and has ASCII graphics.
 
Yes, Dwarf Fortress is loaded with menus and has ASCII graphics.
   
The ASCII can be fixed with free mods like [http://dwarffortresswiki.org/index.php/Utility:Stonesense Stonesense] made by players like you, so don't worry.
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The ASCII can be fixed with free mods made by players like you, so don't worry.
   
 
The menus are a needful evil as, without them, it would be even more impossible to take care of being basically god. Luckily, many menus have hotkeys. Write a cheat sheet out and stick it next to your computer so you can navigate easier.
 
The menus are a needful evil as, without them, it would be even more impossible to take care of being basically god. Luckily, many menus have hotkeys. Write a cheat sheet out and stick it next to your computer so you can navigate easier.
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Also, for the love of god, [http://df.magmawiki.com/ read the wiki]. Don't just read during play, ''read before you start!'' This will prevent you from getting lost and having your dwarves be slaughtered by'' elves'' of all things within the first few hours of play. You can also learn tricks for making easier worlds, find free modifications (like changing the graphics), and gain a lot of strategic advice.
 
Also, for the love of god, [http://df.magmawiki.com/ read the wiki]. Don't just read during play, ''read before you start!'' This will prevent you from getting lost and having your dwarves be slaughtered by'' elves'' of all things within the first few hours of play. You can also learn tricks for making easier worlds, find free modifications (like changing the graphics), and gain a lot of strategic advice.
   
Only after you have read the wiki and played the game a little can you post in the forums. Doing otherwise makes you look like a fucking idiot, so for the love of god READ THE WIKI FIRST! You may want to look at a few videos as well as those are very useful and often made by forum goers so they can explain things better. Between the wiki, videos, and forums you should be able to grasp this game in no time.
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Only after you have read the wiki and played the game a little can you post in the forums. Doing otherwise makes you look like a retard, so for the love of god READ THE WIKI FIRST! You may want to look at a few videos as well as those are very useful and often made by forum goers so they can explain things better. Between the wiki, videos, and forums you should be able to grasp this game in no time.
   
 
Now get out there and make the best Dwarven civilization ever!
 
Now get out there and make the best Dwarven civilization ever!
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Either way, do not give up! Sometimes just when you thought you were going to die things get better. The Kobold story is an example of that. Keep trying and you'll be having fun before you know it!
 
Either way, do not give up! Sometimes just when you thought you were going to die things get better. The Kobold story is an example of that. Keep trying and you'll be having fun before you know it!
   
[[Image:Dwarf_Fortress.png|frame|center|All this and more can be yours! Are you man enough to lead the Dwarves?]]
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[[Image:Dwarf_Fortress.png|frame|left|All this and more can be yours! Are you man enough to lead the Dwarves?]]<br clear="left" />
   
 
==Dwarf Tales==
 
==Dwarf Tales==
   
===The Kobolds: It doesn't always end badly, really! ===
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==='''The Kobolds''': It doesn't always end badly, really! ===
 
Sometimes, just as it looks like you're screwed, something awesome will happen and suddenly everything will be fine again. This is one of those awesome happenings.
 
 
[[File:Dwarf vs Kobold by MK01.jpg|199px|right]]
 
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I was still learning how to make an army, so I simply loaded up on traps and worked on training soldiers and creating weapons as I went. Everything seemed to be working. Occasionally kobolds attacked, but the traps always kicked their asses so I felt there was time.
 
I was still learning how to make an army, so I simply loaded up on traps and worked on training soldiers and creating weapons as I went. Everything seemed to be working. Occasionally kobolds attacked, but the traps always kicked their asses so I felt there was time.
   
 
Then one smart kobold learned to disarm traps.
 
Then one smart kobold learned to disarm traps.
   
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[[File:Dwarf fortress by Jonik9i.jpg|thumb|Kobold Heads Make Great Decorations!]]
 
The dwarves raised the alarm and ran to the armory, but I didn't have enough weapons and armor for them all. Armed with chair legs, hot pokers, and anything else they could find, the dwarves bravely ran out to face their invaders. The kobolds, however, broke into two parties and sent a second smaller party down to raid our supplies and steal our weapons, going behind the dwarves' backs with the hope of mounting a surprise attack.
 
The dwarves raised the alarm and ran to the armory, but I didn't have enough weapons and armor for them all. Armed with chair legs, hot pokers, and anything else they could find, the dwarves bravely ran out to face their invaders. The kobolds, however, broke into two parties and sent a second smaller party down to raid our supplies and steal our weapons, going behind the dwarves' backs with the hope of mounting a surprise attack.
   
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--- [[User:Kitsuneae|Kitsuneae]] 00:24, June 10, 2012 (UTC)
 
--- [[User:Kitsuneae|Kitsuneae]] 00:24, June 10, 2012 (UTC)
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==='''The Boatmurdered Saga''': What if Lovecraft played DF? ===
===The Boatmurdered Saga: What if Lovecraft played DF? ===
 
 
Sometimes things go awesomely right in Dwarf Fortress. Other times, things go horrifyingly, terribly, wrong. The sleepy little village of Boatmurdered is a shining example of when normal seeming things go very, very wrong.
 
Sometimes things go awesomely right in Dwarf Fortress. Other times, things go horrifyingly, terribly, wrong. The sleepy little village of Boatmurdered is a shining example of when normal seeming things go very, very wrong.
   
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===HeadShoots: Undead Capital of the Dwarven World ===
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==='''HeadShoots''': Undead Capital of the Dwarven World ===
   
 
Sometimes things play nicely and bad things happen suddenly. Other times things start out nice then go bad. On rare occasion, you'll find places where everything was bad from the start. Behold the (very appropriately named) HeadShoots: Zombie & Skeleton Capital of the Dwarven World!
 
Sometimes things play nicely and bad things happen suddenly. Other times things start out nice then go bad. On rare occasion, you'll find places where everything was bad from the start. Behold the (very appropriately named) HeadShoots: Zombie & Skeleton Capital of the Dwarven World!
   
 
The art at right is an artist's interpretation of actual in-game art based on this description:
 
The art at right is an artist's interpretation of actual in-game art based on this description:
[[File:Dwarf Fortress- headshoots.jpg|200px|right]]
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''Engraved on the wall is a masterfully designed image of two dwarves and a skeletal mountain goat by Mofeta. The dwarves are melting. The skeletal mountain goat is laughing.''
 
''Engraved on the wall is a masterfully designed image of two dwarves and a skeletal mountain goat by Mofeta. The dwarves are melting. The skeletal mountain goat is laughing.''
   
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* [http://www.youtube.com/user/51ppycup#grid/user/C1944506E041FE6E 51ppycup Dwarf Fortress video tutorial series]
 
* [http://www.youtube.com/user/51ppycup#grid/user/C1944506E041FE6E 51ppycup Dwarf Fortress video tutorial series]
 
* [http://lparchive.org/Dwarf-Fortress-Boatmurdered/ The Saga of Boatmurdered] a succession game chronicled on SomethingAwful
 
* [http://lparchive.org/Dwarf-Fortress-Boatmurdered/ The Saga of Boatmurdered] a succession game chronicled on SomethingAwful
* [http://www.dfstories.com Dwarf Fortress stories] a stories and pictures about Dwarf Fortress
 
 
* [http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive.html?tags=dwarf+fortress sup/tg/ archived threads] about Dwarf Fortress
 
* [http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive.html?tags=dwarf+fortress sup/tg/ archived threads] about Dwarf Fortress
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