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March 18, 2019

Dwarf Fortress Creator’s Favorite Bug Questions The Nature Of God

As wonderful a game as Dwarf Fortress is, it’s a shoestring operation—the game is held together with chewing gum and a dream. If you head over to the Dwarf Fortress bug tracker, you’ll see all sort of weird things Dwarf Fortress does to players unintentionally. Due to the nature of the game, which requires a slavish…

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March 15, 2019

Dwarf Fortress Is Coming To Steam Because Its Developer Needs Healthcare

If you want to know why Dwarf Fortress is coming to Steam, its co-creator Tarn Adams has one answer: health insurance.

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March 13, 2019

Legendary ASCII game ‘Dwarf Fortress’ is coming to Steam

The 17-year-old classic Dwarf Fortress is considered a pioneer in gaming through its massive, highly interactive world, but it’s a tough sell to modern gamers with its ASCII graphics and its absence on modern game stores. That won’t be an issue for…
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March 13, 2019

The legendary and indescribable Dwarf Fortress goes non-ASCII and non-free for the first time

Among the growing field of indie games, one truly stands alone: Dwarf Fortress. The unbelievably rich and complex and legendarily user-unfriendly title has been a free staple of awe and frustration for years. But the developers, in a huge shift to the status quo, have announced that the game will not only soon have a paid version on Steam — it’ll have… graphics.

It may be hard for anyone who isn’t already familiar with the game and community to understand how momentous this is. In the decade and a half this game has been in active, continuous development, perhaps the only thing that hasn’t changed about the game is that it is a maze for the eyes, a mess [...]

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