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Your First Fortress: A Dwarf Fortress Crash Course

by eiga

Hello and welcome to Dwarf Fortress! Often touted as being the “Hardest game ever” or some such nonsense, Dwarf Fortress can seem like a daunting mountain to climb! But today my friend, I will try my best to guide you through some of the lowest foothills and set you on the path to playing this great simulation like a pro!

NOTE: Want to install DF without fiddling with .ini files? There’s a handy download here- http://dffd.bay12games.com/file.php?id=14297
(It was put together by Thekooleagle. What a pro, huh?)


Installation – 1:10
Tileset Installation – 1:58
World Creation – 4:09
Selection Fort Location – 6:15
Camera Controls – 10:00
Seeing Details – 10:30
Dwarven Descriptions – 14:34
Unit List – 16:00
Designations – 16:40
Piles – 18:30
Building – 19:00
Farming – 20:50
Status Screen – 22:50
Using Workshops – 23:22
Placing Furniture – 27:30
Assigning Rooms – 29:06
Military – 30:50

NOTE!: The tileset IS the image. Just save the image to your computer as a .bmp file and throw it in the art folder.

My Tileset: https://i.imgur.com/K24i6R9.png

SmallerTileset: https://i.imgur.com/XtqN1Pw.png

Note:You may have more luck trying the smaller one first. You might have to resize the image to have it fit your screen well! Also, make sure the image file and the entry in the .init file have the same name!

My Colors:


Thanks to the BEST colorizer around: Mrs. Kruggsmash!
A HUGE thanks to all of my patrons, without whom I would not be doing these videos right now! My Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/Kruggsmash
The amazing music in this episode comes from Chris Haugen and Simon Swerwer.
And of course, special thanks to the creators of this beautiful, complex madness: Tarn & Zach Adams: http://bay12games.com/dwarves/