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Although Dwarf Fortress is still in a work in progress, many features have already been implemented.

  • The world is randomly generated with distinct civilizations spanning over 1000 years of detailed history, dozens of towns, hundreds of caves and regions with various wildlife.
  • The world persists as long as you like, over many games, recording historical events and tracking changes.
  • Command your dwarves as they search for wealth in the mountain.
    • Craft treasures and furniture from many materials and improve these objects with precious metals, jewels and more.
    • Defend yourself against attacks from hostile civilizations, the wilderness and the depths.
    • Support the nobility as they make demands of your populace.
    • Keep your dwarves happy and read their thoughts as they work and relax.
    • Z coordinate allows you to dig out fortresses with multiple levels. Build towers or conquer the underworld.
    • Build floodgates to divert water for farming or to drown your adversaries... and don't forget the magma!
    • Surgery, sutures, splints, crutches and more: care for your wounded dwarves instead of leaving them to fend for themselves.
    • Much much more...
  • Play an adventurer and explore, quest for glory or seek vengeance.
    • Meet adversaries from previous games.
    • Recruit people in towns to come with you on your journey.
    • Explore without cumbersome plot restrictions.
    • Seamlessly wander the world -- up to 197376 x 197376 squares total -- or travel more rapidly on the region map.
    • Travel by day and search for a place to shelter as night falls.
    • Accept quests from the town and civilization leaders.
    • Retire and meet your old characters. Bring them along on an adventure with a new character or reactivate them and play directly.
    • Z coordinate allows you to move between twisting underground caverns and scale structures, fighting adversaries above and below.
    • Earn a reputation as a hero with the various civilizations in the world.
  • The combat model uses skills, body parts, individual tissues, material properties, aimed attacks, wrestling, one-time opportunities, charging and dodging between squares, bleeding, pain, nausea, various poison effects and much more.
  • A dynamic weather model tracks wind, humidity and air masses to create fronts, clouds, rain storms and blizzards.
  • Over two hundred rock and mineral types are incorporated into the world, placed in their proper geological environments.
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As the Desura version of Dwarf Fortress has finally been updated to the newest, 0.34.11 release (after being stuck with 0.34.02 for quite a few months), it is only prudent to include a list of the newest bug fixes and tweaks included with the update. Strike the Earth!
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Major bug fixes
(*) Stopped crash from forbidden or otherwise lost containers in haul jobs
(*) Stopped crash from naming routes when no routes are present
(*) Stopped crash from renaming non-squads in the military screen
(*) Stopped adventurer from turning into an underground creature when solid ground for placement couldn't be found
(*) Stopped children from having missing/damaged clothing thoughts

Other bug fixes/tweaks
(*) Stopped dwarves from walling/isolating themselves oftentimes
(*)
Worker chooses the closest tile instead of preferring tile at the top
left of each designation job location (they don't use path distance, nor
does this impact global behavior like choosing which designation job is
picked overall)
(*) Removed ramps near natural waterfalls
(*) Added confirmation for burrow deletion
(*) Added generic armor options (like those in the default uniforms)
(*) Stopped haulers from wandering in loops in certain circumstances
(*) Stopped removed constructions from injuring dwarves
(*) Stopped dwarves from looping between civ/squad equipment if they can't follow their orders
(*) Allowed dwarves to ride/push minecarts even when they don't have walking access to destination
(*) Made dwarves equip items based on clothing layering order (there can still be conflicts if some items are already worn)
(*) Made dwarves eat from backpacks/drink from waterskins earlier
(*) Made armor objects count for missing clothing thoughts
(*) Made dwarves drop equipment extra equipment more promptly when they are hungry/thirsty
(*) Stopped empty bags from popping out of minecarts
(*) Cleared kill orders when completed (they can take a few extra clicks to clear up)
(*) Non-fire-immune creatures will dodge out of hot squares
(*) Fixed extra flashing _ problem when naming routes
(*) Random seeds can now be typed up to the proper number of characters
(*) Auto-assign new baby animals to mother's pasture/pond
(*) Stopped certain game actions from advancing when designations are placed
(*) Added indication of items which are already assigned in specific item assignment on military screen
(*) Stopped objects from being forbidden on enemy deaths if they are associated to fort military equipment
(*) Made command line world gen exit without forcing a key press confirmation
(*)
Made command line understand quotes so that parameters with spaces in
their names can be used (doesn't seem to work on linux/osx, not sure how
to fix)
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And there you have it, fellow DF-ers; hope you enjoy! And of course, as always, please feel free to stop by our own Desura Dwarf Fortress Fanpage [ Indiedb.com ] or Bay 12 [ Bay12games.com ] for other Dwarf Fortress news!

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Lazy Newb Pack v9.2 with Dwarf Fortress 0.31.25

Lazy Newb Pack v9.2 with Dwarf Fortress 0.31.25

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This package is for Newbs and those too Lazy to put everything together every new version. It includes the latest version of Dwarf Fortress, Graphics...

Dwarf Fortress 0.31.25 (Intel Mac OS X SDL)

Dwarf Fortress 0.31.25 (Intel Mac OS X SDL)

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Dwarf Fortress 0.31.25 (Mar 28, 2011) with SDL support for Intel Mac OS X, music included.

Dwarf Fortress 0.31.25 (Linux SDL)

Dwarf Fortress 0.31.25 (Linux SDL)

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Dwarf Fortress 0.31.25 (Mar 28, 2011) with SDL support for Linux, music included.

Dwarf Fortress 0.31.25 (Legacy & No Music)

Dwarf Fortress 0.31.25 (Legacy & No Music)

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Dwarf Fortress 0.31.25 (Mar 28, 2011) with legacy support for Windows, music is not included.

Dwarf Fortress 0.31.25 (Legacy & Music)

Dwarf Fortress 0.31.25 (Legacy & Music)

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Dwarf Fortress 0.31.25 (Mar 28, 2011) with legacy support for Windows, music included.

Dwarf Fortress 0.31.25 (SDL & No Music)

Dwarf Fortress 0.31.25 (SDL & No Music)

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Dwarf Fortress 0.31.25 (Mar 28, 2011) with SDL support for Windows, music is not included.

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LuLz4Life
LuLz4Life

I know of a mod called Masterwork Dwarf Fortress on the bay12 forum. It has every thing the LNP has and more. you can get it here Bay12forums.com

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Ignatz
Ignatz

Thanks for posting this, I've checked MDF out and it was totally worth it!

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LuLz4Life
LuLz4Life

I don't know if i can post links like this, just let me know and i'll take it down

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stephenmbanham
stephenmbanham

Hey! We're doing an Indie Of The Year special series on the Top 100! And we featured your game!

Check it out? Youtu.be

Thank you so much in advance! and we hope you like the video!

Alot of team effort went into it! So if you could help us out and spread the word we'd be so grateful and thanks again for your amazing game!!!

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GordonPint
GordonPint

I don't know which one i'm supposed to download :S
SDL or Legacy, what do these meannnn :S

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Piemanlives
Piemanlives

They still talk about development on their site which is a small blessing I suppose, but updates that we can use are still nonexistent...

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Guest
Guest

I would love to see Dwarf Fortress win... however considering that there has been no major updates in some time, I doubt they will win this year.

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grey_goose
grey_goose

There is now an updated version of the Lazy Newb Pack available here:

Dwarffortresswiki.org

I'm new to Desura, so I'm not sure if this is the right place to post this, but it would be probably a good idea to update the LNP here to this updated version.
Though the menu is .jar file instead of an .exe. Don't know if that might be a problem.

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Mossman180
Mossman180

This game is awesome. I laugh out loud each time I play.

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TristonWolf
TristonWolf

The Newb pack isn't working for me, and now when I go to install the other pack it encounters a "Fatal Error"
:(

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