Hello! And welcome to my tutorial for the game Dwarf Fortress.
Now, I’m going to go ahead and assume you haven’t played the game before,
and so our goal today is to get you started playing
what is considered by many to be the most complex video game ever created.
But, don’t let that scare you.
I’m actually going to show you that it’s not that bad. In fact, I should also mention that
Dwarf Fortress isn’t technically a game either.
It’s more a fantasy world simulator.
So keep that in mind as we go through this. The goal isn’t to win, like a game.
The goal is to have an experience.
That being said, I’m probably going to continue calling it a game, out of force of habit.
You know how it is. Now I plan for this to be a rather
basic tutorial. And so today we are actually going to be trying to
cram all this information into a single half-hour episode.
And you know what? We have a lot to learn today.
And so we should get straight to it, shouldn’t we?
Now then, starting at the very beginning we have to install the game.
So, we just have to go over to
Which will bring us to the Dwarf Fortress website. And we can head over
here and download whatever one we want. I’ll be downloading the Windows version.
And once that’s all set we can go down here
Show in folder. And we are going to extract this.
Easy enough, right?
Now, this is just the way I typically go about doing it. If you like to install things differently go straight ahead.
Now, I’m going to throw this thing right out here on the desktop.
And we are going to call it something clever, like “DF”.
There we go. Now we are going to open that file,
Go down to Dwarf Fortress, and we’re going to open it.
Alright and you see the game opens up. There is a nice little intro here.
But the window is far too small.
And so we’re going to have to adjust that a bit
Plus, I’m gonna show you how to install a basic tile set.
We’re gonna be using my own today, because I always have people ask me how to install that thing.
So yeah, I’m just gonna show you how to do that.
We’re just gonna quit out of the game for now. There we go.
Now then, we’re going to come over here.
Go to “data”
And we’ll go to “art”.
There are all the current tile sets that come with the game.
And we’re gonna throw in this file right here.
Just a bit-map file, called “Kruggsmash”.
This is my tile set. And we’re going to put a link to it down in the description below this video.
And so you can snag it there.
Now that the file’s in there, we have to tell the game to use it.
So we’re going to go back. Down to “init”.
And once again “init”, this text file.
We’re just gonna change a couple of things here.
I’m going to turn the sound off. Just because I’m recording the game here.
And we’re not going to want this windowed, either.
And now, let’s see here, we’re gonna go down to…
Full screen, I’m gonna keep these both as 0.
Because then the game will resize the window to my screen.
But then down here, we’re gonna change this “curses” to “kruggsmash.bmp”
Couple other things I’d like to do here.
I’m going to change BLACK_SPACE to “NO”.
In TRUETYPE I’m going to change to “NO”
And… yeah, that’s gonna be about it.
So we’re going to save, and close this.
One other thing I’d like to do, is to go to “colors” here.
And I’m going to change the colors that are found in the game,
to my own color values, which can be found in the description as well.
There we go, just like that. Real easy.
Now we’re going to save. Close that.
And now I think we can start the game. Let’s see.
Ah, yes, there we go. Skip the intro.
And now we’re ready to start playing Dwarf Fortress!
So we now have a set of wooden double-doors going into the fortress.
Pretty neat, right?
Now we’ll unpause the game and see what happens.
Here you can see that all the dwarves are heading over to the Carpenter Workshop and grabbing furniture
And then they’ll run inside and put it wherever we have it placed.
There we go!
You could say our little fortress is coming right along, isn’t it?
However, I’m going to pause the game here
Because the dwarves aren’t going to use these rooms unless I tell them to use these rooms.
And to do that we can hit ‘q’ just like we do with the farm plot or the workshop