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  1. Losing is Fun Index for this post: 1.What is Dwarf Fortress? 2.Dwarf Fortress Mode 3.Adventure Mode 4.Legends Mode 5.Easiest way to get in to Dwarf Fortress. Lazy Newb Pack, the Wiki and video tutorials 6.The Lazy Newb Pack 7.The Dwarf Fortress Wiki 8.Video Tutorials 9.Why Should You try Dwarf Fortress? 10.Notable Stories and Experiences That Happened in The Game(None of them were scripted) What is Dwarf fortress? Slaves to Armok II: Dwarf Fortress, or more commonly known as Dwarf Fortress is a free independent game that is currently in development . It aims to be nothing less than a fantasy world simulator and while it's still in development, it has two games worth of content and a lot to it. Not bad for a game just being made by one guy and his brother. The game's setting is in a fantasy world but it's different every time you start a new world. There's a randomly generated world that simulates the rise and fall of civilizations, historical figures and their lives, monsters, wars, marriages, children, deaths, births and so on. The game also realistically places minerals, rocks and trees where they would go in relation to each other in real life. Yes this game is that detailed. There are three main modes to this game. let's start with the most prominent. Dwarf Fortress Mode The game in it's default ASCII art. Don't worry, you can change the graphics to sprites with the Lazy Newb Pack(More info down below) In Dwarf Fortress mode, you select a point in the world with minerals and geography that you think will benefit you best and then prepare your dwarves. You will start out with seven dwarves and you can give them skills. The you must click "Tab" and pick out what they will bring. Fish, Ale, Wine, Sheep, Dogs, Cats, Rat Meat and so on. You can choose a pre-made set of dwarves and equipment if you choose. Now you can embark and the gameplay starts. This mode is from an overhead like perspective. In it, like on the map, everything is represented in ASCII art(Unless you use of the graphic packs which make them sprites. This is helpful). In this mode you must collect resources(Cut down trees, harvest rocks .etc) and dig a fortress. This may sound simple but it is complex and you will need a tutorial bit more on that later. The game has multiple levels but not the kind you think. levels as in "up and down". You can dig down and climb mountains if their are any in the area. The game also takes liquid depth in to account. Levels are the most important thing in this game. You need them. use them. While you build your fortress, you must keep your dwarves happy. it's like The Sims if all your sims were manic depressive alcoholics and you could only give them tasks. Each dwarf has a distinct personality and description if you press "k", hover over them, press enter and enter "Thoughts and preferences". You will also come across caravans which will try to trade with you and sieges which you must defend against. These make the game even harder but so much fun. Remember, losing is fun. All the living things in the game take realistic damage down to skin layers which is all beautifully detailed if you look at an injured dwarves. You will need a doctor.Unlike in the next mode, you can not control combat directly. Your dwarves can do many things. They can make armor, train their combat skills, be doctors and help the injured dwarves, make an artifact that might reference a past event in the world(Yes, it really does take the history of the world in to account ingame), marry, have children or become depressed and go homicidal which is how many forts have ended. Adventure Mode Adventure Mode with one of the graphic mods. In this mode you play as a single character of any race and travel throughout your created world, taking quests, slaying monsters and so on. You can talk to NPCs, become a hero, become hated and so on. Just make sure to have shelter at night or the bogeymen will kill you. Like in Dwarf Fortress, the game is represented with an overhead view with multiple levels like a cube. Unlike Dwarf Fortress, you can travel the whole entire world. You will probably come across references to the randomly generated history of the world, like in Dwarf Fortress mode. You can recruit people and that may be wise if you're going up something really tough like a bronze Colossus which nigh invulnerable(Though you can take off it's head by throwing a Fluffy Wambler at it). The combat is actually controllable unlike in dwarf fortress. You will be given options via text on what to do and you can aim for practically anything with anything. Got your arms ripped off and want to bite your opponents head? Go ahead. You can also pick up objects in the environment to fight with and even use objects in your inventory. The game will tell you what's going on in the fight via text and like in Dwarf Fortress, it is incredibly detailed . It takes in to account, toes, fingers, ear, individual skin layers and your eyelids. You can also retire, make anither adventurer and meet your old one. You're character will also appear in Legends Mode. Legends Mode Legends Mode has no gameplay. It's just a mode that details the whole history of the randomly generated world. Yes, the whole history. there are many sub categories. There are categories for historical figures, artifacts, civilizations, buildings and wars. They all have randomly generated names, reasons for their starts and results. The historical figures have their birth, number of kills, accomplishments, spouse, children and death(If they're not still alive) recorded. Their killer will also be recorded if they were killed. Wars have their start/end(if it's not still ongoing) date recorded, name, reason for the war, and results(If it's not ongoing). Buildings are, well, buildings. Artifacts have their maker and what happened to them recorded. Easiest way to get in to Dwarf Fortress. Lazy Newb Pack, the Wiki and video tutorials Dwarf Fortress has the learning curve of a brick wall that has an anvil always above you held by a tiny rotted piece of wood. But once you get the hang of the game, it is very fun and there is a lot of creative things to be done. So bear with me as I suggest a few things to get you started with Dwarf Fortress. The Lazy Newb Pack http://www.bay12foru...p?topic=59026.0 The Lazy Newb Pack makes it incredibly easy to import or export graphics and change options in the game. All you have to do is download it. it comes with the latest version of Dwarf Fortress so just download and run it to play the game. Of course, this game is very difficult so... The Dwarf Fortress Wiki http://dwarffortress...x.php/Main_Page This wiki explains all the items and controls in the game. Just search through it when you get stuck. it's pretty detailed so it should be helpful. But if you do not like reading... Video Tutorials This is one of the many Dwarf Fortress tutorials by Capt'nDuck. This one is for the latest version of the game. It goes in to the controls and what to do. It is extremely helpful. Why Should you try Dwarf Fortress? -It is generates incredibly complex world with lots of details like the lives and deaths of historical figures, wars, buildings, and artifacts. -The game cam tell incredible stories on it's own, whether in your game or in Legends mode.(Examples down below) -The grass, trees, minerals and rocks are all realistically placed like in real life. -Assign dwarven doctors, nobles, mayors, masons, crafters, carpenters, farmers and cooks. -Build a dwarven fortress any way you want with dining rooms, kitchens, stockpiles, bedrooms, death traps, farms and more. -All the characters have distinct randomly generated personalities. -You have to hold off sieges and monsters while keeping your dwarves happy and building/maintaining a successful fortress. -You can customize the skills and professions of your original seven dwarves. -Be a jerk and cause absolute chaos. Note: Chaos best made with lots of magma and a machine that shoots magma. -The combat system takes incredible details like fingers, toes, eyelids, individual skin layers and ears in to account. -The combat system in Adventure Mode allows you to fight with pretty much any object and hit pretty much anywhere. You can even bite your enemies. -You can go up against Bogeymen, Bronze Colossus, dragons, trolls, goblins, men, elves, dwarves and randomly generated forgotten beats who are randomly generated in appearance and effects. -Dig so deep, you reach hell and fight against and unlimited number of demons. -Colonize Hell. Yes, this is possible and has been done. -Learn about the rich and deep history or your world in Legends Mode. Notable Stories and Experiences That Happened in The Game(None of them were scripted) #1. Cacame Awemeinade the Elven King of Dawrves.(Also given the name ingame, "The Immortal onslaught") Link: http://www.bay12foru...p?topic=39897.0 Summary: An elf randomly appears in Dwarf Fortress mode. he is soon made king after single handedly killing a dragon with only a competent hammer skill and not even getting touched by said dragon. Legends mode shows that he had his wife half eaten by an elf. Video: http://mkv25.net/dfm...camevsthedragon Drawings: Wiki Entry: http://dwarffortress...ame_Awemedinade #2. The Hamlet of Tyranny Link: http://dfstories.com...mlet-of-tyranny Summary: Fortress Unleashes hell. They win but all die. one, alone, draws a wall painting that symbolizes the whole experience.
  2. We all know what the hell this one is, being the world's most popular MMO and all, and in all likelihood there's a fair few people here who like to spend their time on Azeroth. Here we can share all our tales from our adventures, whines about how your class always gets the nerfed to the ground, Cataclysm freakout, links to random crap, heated debates on whether conjured strudels taste better than chocolate cake, marvel at the glory of Epicus Maximus and naturally discuss general news. And let's not do the whole inane Alliance vs Horde here, orcs and humans can frolic hand in hand in love here. (I'm aware there is a millennia-old topic about Cataclysm in the dusts of history here but after a discussion with one of the resident awesomemods here, we came to the decision that it's best to start the whole thing from scratch rather than resurrect an old corpse and twist it to a new shape) In an attempt to start discussion: anyone doing something special now that Cataclysm is about to explode the world? Any last minute attempts at experiencing everything the Old World has to offer before it all gets changed, or are you just living your daily lives? And come Cataclysm, what's everyone's plans? Rolling a worgoblin immediately, enjoying the new race/class combinations instead or checking the new high-level content at first. ************ I've got my main, a dwarf hunter, running around the Old World doing various achievements. I became best buddies with the bears of Timbermaw Hold some time ago, after which I began to volley-spam through dungeons in order to get Classic Dungeonmaster. I finished that earlier this week, after which I went insane and started doing Loremaster. I'm currently nearly finishing Eastern Kingdoms with about 140 quests to do and several zones to find quests from, after which I'll head to Kalimdor where I have significantly more to do. Of course, I am being distracted by my two focus alts at the moment. I've got a draenei paladin currently in Outland where she's busy killing things in One Of The Best Places In The Game (or Nagrand) and I'm absolutely addicted to playing as her, bloody fun. Then there's my human mage who's 77 and who I'm trying to get to 80 before Cata and who's having significantly less fun doing so because after playing with the paladin the frostbolt-frostbolt-frostbolt-frostbolt-ice lance-frostbolt-frostbolt-frostbolt rotation is rather tedious. And leveling tailoring is a pain. Come Cata, I've no idea really what to start with. I'm going to roll a worgen (rogue) but I might wait till the first rush is over and instead just focus on the high-level content at first. Eventually I'll be creating a dwarf shaman as well for three reasons: 1) I want to see more of the old world's changes that my worgen didn't get the chance to see 2) because I have a tauren shaman who I love but never play with so I might as well roll another shammy, and 3) I'll probably be racechanging my dwarf main into a worgen eventually (<.<) so I'd like to have another little man. Anyway, your turn. Discuss whatever, the choice is yours.
  3. Introducing SSMB's Community Party Room, a small project aiming to gear a few maps in Anarchy Arcade for SSMB use. //Currently underworks, The SSMB Community Virtual Party Room is a modified Party House Map for the game "Anarchy Arcade" where SSMBers can totally hang out. Update as of 7/13/15: Check the Version 1 Spoiler Tab, the final update is coming! Using Anarchy Arcade, players can host servers for the map where players can join in, have fun, and play games. Watch Nintendo Directs together, or play virtual games. Whatever you want to do. The SSMB Community Virtual Party Room is the next big step in bringing SSMB to your computer. Download the map here! http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=457292862 Instructions to play the map: 1) Download Anarchy Arcade (http://store.steampowered.com/app/266430/) 2) Subscribe to the Workshop Item for the map 3) Open the game, open custom games. The map should appear among the others given to you. Here's the imgur album for the full thing. http://imgur.com/a/mAadA#0 A few of the screenshots
  4. I love myself a good gadget, something that usually only has one use, and that use is ridiculously specialized, and you'll rarely need it...but it's still a neat thing to have. Makes you feel like a really shit James Bond, maybe one affected by the cuts, having to takeover a submarine with a motorized spoon for eating spaghetti. Anyway, I'm going off on a silly tangent. This thread is for the discussion of all your favorite gadgetry and gizmos, be it a stylus that lets you control your phone with your face, or a iPod dock that doubles as a toilet roll holder. Anything and everything, drop it here and discuss. Also the more sensible stuff like phones...but that's boring, right? Start your gadgets, guys and gals.
  5. Well, there's been alot of negativity lately about Episode 2. So this is a topic to talk about all the positive things about the game, how much you're hyped for it, and what other good things you're hoping for in it. So for starters: I am hyped about the Online Multiplayer for the game. (I've been mentioning that alot haven't I =P) Mostly because now I can play a new Sonic game with Multiplayer in the Main Story again. =D Although I don't talk much about them, Graphics for the game look great. Level themes are vibrant, can't wait to see them all, especally that Oil Desert Level. o3o So that's what I have to say for starters, what do you all think? Anything in particular you're excited for? =D
  6. addictive (uh-dik-tiv) adjective 1. producing or tending to cause addiction: an addictive drug. 2. more than normally susceptible to addiction: an addictive personality. 3. Harvest Moon Harvest Moon is a bit of an enigma. It's a game franchise centered around one of the most boring chores in existence: farming. Yet despite the boring premise, it's been around for over fifteen years and has garnered one hell of a cult following. But why? How does a series about farming end up so successful? Well, like you no doubt already gathered, it's addictive. While the farming itself can be compelling enough, the gameplay here is actually quite deep. Fishing, mining, befriending townsfolk, attending yearly festivals, cooking, minor stat-building, collecting various things and, perhaps most importantly, wooing a potential wife/husband and having kids. And each and every single one of these are more developed then you would initially think. If you haven't played it, imagine a mixture between Animal Crossing and The Sims then add farming. It's just fun and satisfying to raise a miniature farming-empire out of nothing and getting to know the characters. Alright, so for those of you who have played this franchise, which game is your favorite? Which game did you start with? Say anything that comes to mind. I'm actually relatively new to the franchise. I've always known about it, and whenever I saw Harvest Moon covered in Nintendo Power as a kid I'd always read the article. But I didn't actually try it until early 2008, when the original SNES game was re-released on Wii's Virtual Console. Figuring I had waited long enough, I started playing it with only a vague idea of what to expect. After about two and a half days of doing almost nothing else, I cried manly tears as the credits rolled. How could it already be over? So then I started checking out the rest of the franchise, loving pretty much every minute of it. My absolute favorite is Friends of Mineral Town on GBA. It takes absolutely everything that worked in previous games and combines it all into one glorious, portable cartridge. I also have to acknowledge Rune Factory Frontier on the Wii. (Rune Factory is Harvest Moon set in a traditional JRPG setting, basically) The only thing really holding that one back is the annoying ass Runey system, other then that it's the best game in years. Unfortunately, I haven't really been liking newer games in the series, at least on the handhelds. The Wii games are alright, but the DS games have been really lacking as of late. They tend to either be too shallow or too convoluted for their own good. I've been hearing slightly better things about The Tale of Two Towns, but I still can't get ultra excited. Though the upcoming (currently Japan-only) 3DS game has the most potential I've seen in years. (Pretty much everything can be fully customized!) P.S. Sorry, I don't know what the heck is up with the font at the top of the page.
  7. As the end of November approaches, and Advent is about to begin, it's that time of year again, folks! SSMB's Seasonal Festivities! Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or just Happy Holidays with family and friends, we're throwing a party here on SSMB for the whole of December (just like in the good old days!) and every single one of you is invited to join in and spread the season's cheer (: So, basically, what's going to happen is that the staff team are going to run some festive forum games, and there'll be some interesting events popping up on TSS too, so keep an eye on the main site! I'll be kicking things off with a post over there in a couple of days~ How can YOU help? Well! Glad you asked! I'd like some [reasonable - so don't ask for an interactive advent calendar because there's simply not the time or man-power to throw something like that together D:] suggestions for some fun little things we can do on the forum. I can tell you that we WILL be having a return of the popular "Decorate the SSMB Christmas Tree" game, so consider that one already set to go. What else might we be up to? And what else would you like to see? I can't promise that all ideas will be implemented, but we'll do our best to make things as fun as possible here over the coming weeks in the lead up to the festive climax. Also, don't forget to submit your festively themed banners in the banner thread! The next set of banner uploads will be happening in early December, so get cracking. Finally, it would be really neat to see as many of you as possible change up your names to reflect the festive season, starting December 1st. If you require a forced name change (i.e. because you've used up your limit), it's likely that an admin will be willing to help you with that. You don't have to, of course, but it's always fun! So, get your Santa hats and reindeer antlers on, start the fire crackling, grab some Stollen or mince pies and join us for a round of carol sing-- oh, wait, no. It's still ideas and guessing time. So, get to it! ♪
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