Hello and welcome to BCB's first Dwarf Fortress Game! This game will focus around the fortress of Raduktecak ("Bittersweet" in the Dwarven tongue) in the world "Tar Satheth" ("World of Hurricanes"). Below you will find my adventures in the world of Dwarf Fortress, full of death, construction, and warfare!
What is Dwarf Fortress?
Dwarf Fortress is a roguelike fantasy sandbox and quite possibly the most intricate video game ever created. It is still being updated and has plenty of features. Gameplay consists of you ordering around your dwarves. Dwarves, while intelligent enough to think on their own, will follow your every order unless they decide not to. You carve your home into the side of a mountain and fend for yourselves, trying to overcome the issues of food, water, war, and internal dispute. With this all on your mind, the game is extremely unforgiving and endless. The final judgement of your fortress will not be measured in how well you did, but in how spectacularly you died.
Day 1 - The Embark
Well, here we go. This is the world of Tar Satheth; our home from now on. Let's take a look:
Let's see... a glacier encroaching from the south, with a halo of landmass creating our world. On the left, a mountain range, on the right, a miles upon miles of jungle and forest. I have decided on a place for our dwarves to settle down!
So here we are; a heavily forested temperate landscape. Wolves, bears, and all sorts of nasties inhabit this terrain, but all sorts of riches await us; flux stones and metals in abundance! We can also tell that there is a stream passing through our area; Inchrelics, I think they call it. Odd.
I think now is the time to gather up some
Rex, BasketCase, Taeshi, Hero, SuperPow, Brocky, and Nik will be our initial inhabitants. More will come, don't worry! That is unless we all get ripped to shreds before any one hears of our establishment; but let's look at the bright side! I distributed our skills!
Rex is the Miner. He is the best at mining in the group, but is also a decent brewer (if I do say so myself). On the side, he has a couple points in mechanical engineering, but otherwise that is his skillset in a nutshell.
BasketCase is the Herbalist and Woodcutter. Her job is dangerous, but it is important. She will supply our fortress with the necessary timber and wild fruits to survive. She also minors in planting farm crops and basic architecture.
Taeshi uses her mouth in more ways then one. She is the diplomat and trader of the group; she is highly skilled in the ways of Persuading and Lying, but also has a skill point or two in Biting. Ouch. Oh yeah, and she also can dress wounds and act as a Surgeon, if the moment calls for a doctor.
Hero will be my mining buddy. He has nearly as many points in mining as me, and also is a decent carpenter. He minors in smelting and wood-burning; I forsee his life being spent in the depths.
Brocky is our Mason. He deals in stones and stone accessories. He is also very skilled in stonecrafting, which is a completely separate skill devoted to creating all sorts of little trinkets like beer mugs, toys, and instruments out of Stone. Everybody likes Stone.
SuperPow is our food source. He majors in planting crops and catching fish, while having some skill in Cooking also. He better stay away from Basket as she does her stuff outside >.>
Nik, as always, is a jack of all trades. He has minor skills in Blacksmithing, Gem Cutting, Pottery, Weaving, and Butchering. He is most skilled in Bone Carving, because he a sick child.
I think that is it; we are ready to play! We will continue on Day 2; be ready for some more interesting stuff to happen. Setting up is always a pain! Highlights tomorrow will be checking out the personalities of each of our dwarves, setting up our home, and trying to survive our first day in the wilderness!