Dwarf Fortress is a single-player fantasy game, similar to NetHack. You control a dwarven outpost or an adventurer in a randomly generated, persistent world.
The game features three modes of play (Dwarf Fortress, Adventurer and Legends modes), a distinct, randomly-generated world (complete with terrain, wildlife and legends), gruesome combat mechanics and vicious schools of carp.
The basic point of the Dwarf Fortress mode is to:
- Build/dig a place for your dwarves to work and live.
- Ensure survivability by providing food and water/drink for every dwarf.
- Provide basic comfort by building beds/quarters, a dining room.
- Defend your fortress (traps/military).
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- Accumulate wealth.
- Build and sustain a bustling full 200 dwarf fortress (this is already a bit “optional”).
- 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 depths.
- Build floodgates to divert water for farming or to drown your adversaries.
- 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.
- 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 seamlessly between dungeon levels and scale structures fighting adversaries above and below.
- The combat model uses skills, body parts, wrestling, charging and dodging between squares, bleeding, pain, nausea, 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.
- Add new creatures, weapons, plants, metals and other objects via modifiable text files.
- Extended ASCII character set rendered in 16 colors (including black) as well as 8 background colors (including black).
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