Yes, it's a schizophrenic mess of complex game mechanics and low-tech graphics, but Dwarf Fortress is still fun. With the recent release of DF2010, I think now is a better time than ever for a Destructoid Bloodline Game.
What is Dwarf Fortress?
Dwarf Fortress is a roguelike. Dwarf Fortress is a bit like The Sims but with violent, drunken midgets who live in caves. Dwarf Fortress is basically one big sandbox, where you can do whatever you want within the rules of the game. Except the sand is trying to kill you. Dwarf Fortress is a game where the official motto is "Losing is Fun." Dwarf Fortress is fun.
Where Can I Download It?
Right here! It is available for Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X, so you should have no problem installing and playing it no matter what OS you have.
What is a Succession Game?
A Succession Game is a scenario where people in a group take turns playing the same save file. These turns typically last one year. In this case, each player gets one turn and one turn only before passing their save file on to the next person. If we run out of people, then I will ask players who have already had a turn to come back and play again.
I Don't Want to Play, Can I Still Post In This Thread?
Absolutely! As long as you're discussing Dwarf Fortress or the latest shenanigans from the game and not your long list of sexual conquests, you're welcome to contribute.
What if I've Never Played Dwarf Fortress Before?
That's fine! Despite the roguelike graphics and huge number of menus, the basics of Dwarf Fortress are actually very simple and you should be able to learn them fairly quickly. Dwarf Fortress has a very comprehensive wiki that should tell you everything you need to know.
I'm Interested! What Do I Have To Do?
PM me or post in the thread and I'll put you on the roster! Then, when your turn comes around, all you have to do is play the game and post a log in the thread describing what happened during your turn. It is probably best to divide your log into smaller sections, such as by season, and then post them as you work your way through the turn, instead of all at once. Other than that, you can write it however you like! You might prefer to write it like a diary from your dwarf's point of view, or simply narrate what's happening. It's your choice. Screenshots are preferred, but not required.
Wait, What Do You Mean, "Your Dwarf"?
Although dwarves are named randomly, players have the ability to assign them nicknames which are displayed in place of their first name. Therefore, each dwarf will be named after a member of the Destructoid community! To get a dwarf named after you, simply PM me or post in the thread and I will add you to the list. Please note that it can sometimes take quite a while for more migrants to show up, so it might be a while before you get your own dwarf.
However, there are a couple of rules: 1) you cannot have more than one dwarf named after you at one time. If your dwarf dies, you may apply to be dwarfed again, but you will not be given priority over anyone on the list. 2) you cannot choose which dwarf will be named after you. That decision is up to the player at the time.
So I Can Do Anything I Want During My Turn?
Within reason, yes. You may not deliberately end the game, for example by using a doomsday weapon to flood the fortress with magma. If you accidentally happen to do something incredibly stupid, I would encourage you to start over from the previous save file. You also may not deliberately kill dwarves. Nobles are fair game, though.