Getting Started with Dwarf Fortress

Getting Started with Dwarf Fortress

Peter Tyson









Dwarf Fortress may be the most complex video game ever made, but all that detail makes for fascinating game play, as various elements collide in interesting and challenging ways. The trick is getting started. In this guide, Fortress geek Peter Tyson takes you through the basics of this menacing realm, and helps you overcome the formidable learning curve.

The book’s focus is the game’s simulation mode, in which you’re tasked with building a dwarf city. Once you learn how to establish and maintain your very first fortress, you can consult the more advanced chapters on resource management and training a dwarf military. You’ll soon have stories to share from your interactions with the Dwarf Fortress universe.

Create your own world, then locate a site for an underground fortress

Equip your party of dwarves and have them build workshops and rooms

Produce a healthy food supply so your dwarves won’t starve (or go insane)

Retain control over a fortress and dozens of dwarves, their children, and their pets

Expand your fortress with fortifications, stairs, bridges, and subterranean halls

Construct fantastic traps, machines, and weapons of mass destruction

Peter Tyson

Peter Tyson created the AfterActionReporter blog in February 2009 for reporting on, listing and writing great after action reports (game reviews through storytelling). He created the online resource "The Complete and Utter Newbie Tutorial for Dwarf Fortress." Tim Denee is an illustrator from Wellington New Zealand.

Chapter 1 Introduction
Two and a Half Game Modes
Losing Is Fun!
Installing Dwarf Fortress
The Keyboard Is Your Friend