Friday, July 4, 2014
Return to the Fortress
I'm going to go out on a limb here any say for a lot of fans of this game, myself included, the real appeal of Dwarf Fortress isn't the game itself, but rather the many stories that come out of it. Some are short, often darkly humorous accounts no longer than a typical blog post (check out a few here). Others, such as Oilfurnace and Akrulatol, are presented in an infographic style. The greatest tales though are the succession games, passed from one player to the next each in-game year, these accounts detail the rise and fall of fortresses from the POV of "overseers." The most famous epic is probably Boatmurdered, renown for the undead mammoth-infested swamp in which it was built. In my opinion though the most entertaining read is Syrupleaf. The tragic chronicle of that fortress' ultimately futile struggle to survive against wave after wave of monsters is truly heart wrenching, but very true to the Dwarf Fortress mantra - losing is fun!
When asked in an interview about the eventual completion of Dwarf Fortress one of the two brothers responded by saying that he expected the game to take another twenty years or so before it would no longer be in the alpha phase of development. So, regardless if you're interested in Dwarf Fortress for the gameplay or stories it sounds like this odd little piece of donationware will continue to endure as long as it sparks the imagination of the fanbase.