Dwarf Fortress, YAWR (Yet Another Wonderful Release)

By: Derek Yu

On: November 1st, 2007

Spinning Vomit Kills

Dwarf Fortress PSA #1: “Vomit Kills. ”http://www.bay12games.com/cgi-local/ultimatebb.cgi?ubb=get_topic&f=12&t=000234">The More You Know!"

The Great Toady One (aka Tarn Adams) has released a new version of the game that (hopefully) fixes a lot of the issues from the last release, including the lag caused by the weather.

Toady is a developer I really admire. Not only for his Herculean work ethic and dedication to craft, but because, as far as I can tell, he’s a genuinely nice fellow who lives simply and earnestly. He also takes serious care to listen to his fans. One in a million, this guy:

In any case, yeah, I did run myself a little thin here. I think what I’m going to do is put up at least one crash/lag fix release sometime soonish, then take a week. I’ll still be doing forums and email since I can’t afford to let pages of posts and pages of inbox to pile up. Of course, as for what I’ll do with that time… probably mess around with other game ideas I’ve been sitting on. Sad, but I don’t have to worry about bugs or responsibility with those projects, so it’s like a vacation.

What a frickin’ machine. From this thread.

I definitely urge anyone who gets a kick out of this game to send some bucks over to show your support! I’m sending over $30 today so that I can see what Dwarf Fortress is like in the year 2017.

(Thanks, Nikica!)

  • Stij

    Toady has an amazing work ethic. I can’t imagine how he does it.

  • Skyleak

    fueled by dwarven ale.

  • Melly

    In 2017, you’ll be able to analyse the individual microscopic lifeforms in a drop of a dwarf’s sweat as it crosses down his beard in a hard day’s work.


  • Stwelin

    Of course, that microorganism will have a previously generated list of likes and dislikes, and also information regarding his attitude toward inclement weather.

  • Dusty Spur


    This is quickly becoming the most mind-blowing experience of all time.

    I wouldn’t be surprised if I could examine microorganisms living in a dwarf miner’s sweat by 2017.

  • wormguy

    Now that the lag is fixed, Adventure mode is very entertaining. I got into a brawl with about 8 unskilled humans. Unfortunately my arm got sprained and I dropped my sword, so I had to keep bashing them with my shield. Eventually they overwhelmed me and beat me down for about 10 pages worth of announcements until I exploded into a lump of gore. Nice.

  • BeamSplashX

    You see, if you were playing DF in 2017, you would’ve been cloned by the microorganisms that you had bio-engineered and trained to copy your body over time, and you could’ve easily survived.

    Shame, huh?

  • 21GP

    There should be voice acting for job cancellations

  • Drood

    2017? HA! You’re all WAY off. There will be entire islands across the planet, purchased via Bay12 donations, where we control REAL DWARVES, in real time…

    Having had my kids being very sick a couple of weeks back, I can vouch for “the spinning vomit attacks” as a very real threat. Didn’t break any bones though thankfully.

  • haowan

    Donated in the run up to the new release, but I’ll probably donate again soon when I get paid.

  • Stij

    In the future, Dwarf Fortress will require a PhD in economics, physics, and biology to play.

    But it will be the MOST AMAZING GAME EVER.

  • BeamSplashX

    You’ll be able to advance science and eventually make your fortress connect to satellite fortresses in other galaxies and alternate realities via wormhole manipulation technology and escape disaster by shifting planes of reality in a super robot that is infused with alien dwarf DNA.

    And those are features in a “bug fix” for the first release of DF2017.

  • Gr.Viper

    Rats! Chosing fortress location is now more difficult. I ended up in the mountains with no trees, animals, fish or plants and only snow around me.
    I wonder if dwarves can eat chalk, ’cause that’s the only thing I… they gonna have.

  • Karzon

    Another fun bug report: Dog falls in river and has puppies. Or should that be guppies?