Necro-ing my own thread.
Dwarf Fortress was recently announced as “coming to steam: available at ‘time is a relative concept’”
The Magic update has been put on hold, as medical issues have forced the brothers Adams to re-prioritise, and now UI fixes/Mouse Support/Graphics&Music are bumped up the list for the steam release.
Not even counting the “villains” update that was supposed to be a stop-gap while we waited for the Magic update, but has ballooned into it’s own ridiculous massive update.
This is still my favourite game - it’s still constantly surprising me - I still feel like a total newb while playing it.
Allow me to recount a memorable story ;
The Fortress of LanceTufted lay in a pleasant temperate forest, where a group of some 200 dwarves led happy productive lives, when one fateful day the cavern layer got invaded by a Forgotten Beast (Ritas Zagithoth - A Giant Three-Eyed Stegasaurid. It has Four Short Horns and a Gaunt Appearance. It’s Dark-Pink Scales are Blocky and Overlapping. Beware it’s Poisonous Sting!) ; Fearing this beast and having no substantial military, I sealed it up in the cavern layer while I figured out what to do with him. We then got invaded by another Forgotten Beast; Ritas slayed them. Then another, Ritas slayed them. Then another - Ritas slayed them again. Now I decided that the Dwarves should start worshipping Ritas as a Guardian Deity. I installed a glass floor on the roof of the cavern layer - and created a memorial hall full of statues of Ritas, and all of the walls and floors engraved with images of Ritas. I even had my Clothier create Robes and Caps (T-Shirts and Baseball Caps) with Ritas’ image on them… and then opened it up to visitors… essentially turning my fortress into a Ritas themepark. RitasWorld.
And this is why I love Dwarf Fortress.
None of this was scripted, none of it planned - all of it was a random sequence of events, which somehow knitted together to form a perfect narrative.
I’m currently waiting for Crayon story reward of a picture of Ritas on the slowboat from America - which I will of course share.