Dwarf Fortress

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  • Dwarf Fortress

Prepare for the deepest, most intricate simulation of a world that has ever been created. 

  • Not just generated geometry -- a whole simulated world. Generated rise and fall of civilizations, personalities, creatures, cultures, etc. Infinite hours of gameplay.
  • Now with graphics! (Optional ASCII mode available.)
  • Steam Workshop integration for easier modding
  • A lifetime “living” project - created/updated since 2003, with no end in sight
  • Generate your unique world and manage a bustling colony of dwarves, even as they probably mine towards their eventual demise.
  • Optional ADVENTURER MODE: explore the generated world as a single hero in an RPG
  • Optional LEGENDS MODE: read the history of the generated world and your games in it
  • A new endless hobby, just for you!

The legendary Dwarf Fortress is now on Steam! Build a fortress and try to help your dwarves survive, despite threats of starvation, dragons, and madness.

In this complex construction/management/roguelike simulation, every generated world brings a unique challenge, whether it’s dwarves with their own simulated personalities or aquifers. Observe what makes your civilization fall into eventual decline, and learn for next time… until something else inevitably goes wrong.

The combat model includes skills, body parts, material properties, aimed attacks, wrestling, pain, nausea, various poison effects, and much more.

It’s difficult to convey the depth of the generation. Hundreds of animals and monsters, many of which are randomly created for each world, as well as generated poetry, musical forms, instruments, and dances for your dwarves to practice and perform. A dynamic weather model tracks wind, humidity, and air masses to create fronts, clouds, storms, and blizzards. Over two hundred rock and mineral types can appear, in their proper geological environments.

Your purchase includes Dwarf Fortress Classic if you prefer to play without graphics or music or Steam-specific features, in the “classic” beta branch.

Remember: Losing is fun!

Nothing substantial is new or changed, under the hood. It’s still good old Dwarf Fortress, but with graphics support and music by default. A few bells and whistles won’t change that.

You may already be familiar with the tile set mod packs from Michał “Mayday” Madej and Patrick Martin “Meph” Schroeder. They’re collaborating on an all-new, from-scratch tileset, as seen in the trailer and screenshots. Meanwhile, Dabu has composed a few musical tracks, to match the seasons, and some other audio bits and pieces.

Command your dwarves as they search for wealth in their generated mountain. Your dwarves will need a steady supply of food and beer, but they’ll also need your guidance in surviving attacks from hostile civilizations, the wilderness, or even the dead.

  • Craft treasures and furnitures from various materials
  • Establish a barony and support the increasingly demanding nobility
  • Read your dwarves’ thoughts to keep them happy
  • Build floodgates to divert water for farming, and/or prevent magma mishaps
  • Build structures and watch your dwarves discover and build their culture, like taverns, libraries, temples, honey, wax, pottery, animal training, bookbinding, and more.

Choose a sentient race from your generated world (usually dwarf, human, or elf, but potentially goblin or animal person) and quest for glory.. Or seek vengeance.

  • Recruit people to join you on your journey
  • Explore without cumbersome plot restrictions, from capitals to catacombs, labyrinths to bandit camps.
  • The original nemesis system: Meet adversaries from the previous games
  • Earn a reputation as a hero, soldier, thug, musician, etc, with various civilizations
  • Stealth system with vision arcs, respecting vegetation density and other factors
  • Use signs like shoe impressions and animal tracks to hunt and avoid danger
  • Steal a mummy’s treasure or learn forbidden secrets from a necromancer’s tower
  • Visit your retired fortresses and meet your old dwarves -- even ask them to join you!

  • The original inspiration for RimWorld, Prison Architect, Minecraft and more.
  • One of the first video games acquired by the Museum of Modern Art in New York
  • Updated for over 16 years by two brothers, Tarn “Toady One” and Zach “Threetoe” Adams

With the goal of simulating all of existence, Bay 12 estimates they’re only about 42% done.

Hello! We a special video this week featuring Zach Adams of Bay12 Games showing how to defend your fort from a goblin siege. This time, Zach has set up a waterfall fort with a pen of exotic large animals. It's a very appealing site for goblins! But as you'll see, in the video, they will face a hallway full of different traps to stop them. {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/34693670/08bf0d6c184d9bd0d23dc8b990a60e2f0700b1d0.png For the full video and a list of timestamps, check out the video on Youtube. Thank you...


"You will not believe what the hell just happened in Dwarf Fortress!" my pal will tell me, proceeding to share a screenshot which, to me, is indistinguishable from e.g.: ██,.,,;lz,zl;L:@gjse,.gm.,,.m.zm,.m,x.zm.amL:m3jp5jkmToiHy* ████()ht23htuhqIJg.......UG.uos\kjk:███/,,p,c.xz/,c./z,c;\/. ██'z,c./xz,c./zx,cpaswf/w.qfw.,/f,aa███,g.ew/t,3wq./t,,[email protected]| █3/.6t,.esg,f.e/sg,./ewt,./w4t4..,1t6,m42ijpnz\kuiys8fun/....


Hello! We have another video update this week. We have listened to your feedback so this time, we will be showcasing one specific task. This video shows digging out an underground well and setting up the cistern/water supply for it. It's a little confusing because of the Z level changes, but I think that'll always be true without a voice over, and even then, it's still there. It's much easier to understand Z levels when you play, so this may end up being one of the more challenging subjects for ...


Work on the new and improved version of Dwarf Fortress is ongoing. To tide us over, we have a new 10 minute gameplay video showing off the game's graphics. The video below shows the new Desert Fortress in action. We see the new menus, a first look at the desert terrain, and what it looks like underground. Dwarf Fortress is perhaps the deepest simulation of a world ever created, an infamously complex. It has for years had ASCII dwarves - little smiley faces fewer pixels than the average emoji. Fo...


Hello! Tarn has been busy working on all the menu updates so while he's busy with that, we have 10 minutes of new gameplay footage from Zach in a new desert fortress! You'll be able to see many of the new menus discussed in previous updates in action: Watch as Zach digs out new areas for workshops and bedrooms using the labor and nobles menus to designate the proper spaces. {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/34693670/c3e50fb6ecccb802c4c9c0c4febbbbc17b51f055.jpg Here is a first look at the desert terrain: {STEAM...






  • OS: XP SP3 or later
  • Processor: Dual Core CPU - 2.4GHz+
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM
  • Graphics: 1GB of VRAM: Intel HD 3000 GPU / AMD HD 5450 / Nvidia 9400 GT
  • Storage: 500 MB available space





  • Processor: Dual Core CPU - 4GHz+
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM
  • Storage: 500 MB available space


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