▷Dwarf Fortress is finally coming to Steam ✔️ WM

▷Dwarf Fortress is finally coming to Steam ✔️ WM

Somewhere in a dusty closet, probably in my parents’ house, is a USB stick with a multi-year Dwarf Fortress project on it. I first played Dwarf Fortress in 2008, two years after the first alpha, after someone told me a story on a game forum about a killer fish in their colony. Dwarf Fortress amazed me. I’d never seen anything like it, and as I ventured into the now-defunct forums and Ventrilo servers to find out more about the game, I was bombarded with three hundred pages of text files and more stories about the bizarre bugs that have since become iconic .

Dwarf Fortress is more than just a game, and I mean that in the least pretentious way possible. It’s a living thing, a simulation beyond the intentions of its creators, brothers Tarn and Zach Adams. It’s a game that uses its flaws and famous bugs to create stories that only you could ever have experienced. A personal favorite was the bug, which caused your gnomes and goblins to melt in the rain – they got covered in water, temperatures soared, and then their body fat began to melt from the heated water. Ridiculous, brilliant, bizarre.

There’s more, much more. Well-documented bugs include the infamous killer carp. A flaw in skill development meant that anyone and anything could increase their stats infinitely just by swimming. This is how the Megacarp came about, which could destroy entire fortresses and take your dwarves back to the Stone Age. A beautiful and poetic bug made the game keep crashing – the mountains tried to make music but they had no instruments or mouths so the game just died. I could go on and on about the oddities of Dwarf Fortress for days, but you can read about some of the best bugs in the game here.

Now I finally don’t have to rummage around for old USB sticks or boot up the Dwarf Fortress Launcher. The game will be released on Steam on December 6th, just in time for the Christmas holidays. In a year where I’ve delighted in other colony simulators like Songs Of Syx and Manor Lords, Dwarf Fortress comes at just the right time to claim the crown and probably sneak onto my list for game of the year . I don’t need to question that. This is Dwarf Fortress but with a new coat of paint.

It was always the graphic style that was off-putting to those who have never played Dwarf Fortress. A set of shapes, letters and numbers. That was the only clue as to what was happening in the developing world. It makes the fantastic stories even more outstanding considering the players derived all this nonsense from a few shapes on screen. The Steam version comes with a completely revamped aesthetic, including real trees, rivers, and gnomes. There is also new music.

Dwarf Fortress is also notoriously opaque. I played it over and over again for almost 12 years.

▷Dwarf Fortress is finally coming to Steam ✔️ WM

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