A Game of Dwarves announced by Paradox

If you've been enthralled by players' tales of adventures in Dwarf Fortress but found the ASCII interface simply too overwhelming, you may want to keep an eye on A Game of Dwarves, recently announced by Paradox Interactive.

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If you've been enthralled by players' tales of adventures in Dwarf Fortress but found it simply overwhelming, you may want to keep an eye on A Game of Dwarves. Announced by publisher Paradox Interactive at its 2012 convention, the strategy management game developed by Zeal Game Studios is coming to PC and PlayStation Network.

Taking command of dwarven settlements, you'll send your subjects down into randomly-generated maps to gather resources you need to expand and upgrade your dwellings. Digging deeper yields rarer resources needed for the fancy stuff, but naturally brings the risk of stumbling across more 'orrible enemies.

Handily, your little army of dwarves become more powerful as they toil away, so your warriors will be better at fending off nasties, and your craftsmen can arm them with better equipment. Paradox says that an order systems lets players "easily control oodles of dwarves simultaneously without the need for extensive micro management."

There's no word yet on when A Game of Dwarves will be released. Check out Paradox's product page for more information.

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    January 25, 2012 6:30 AM

    Alice O'Connor posted a new article, A Game of Dwarves announced by Paradox.

    If you've been enthralled by players' tales of adventures in Dwarf Fortress but found the ASCII interface simply too overwhelming, you may want to keep an eye on A Game of Dwarves, recently announced by Paradox Interactive.

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      January 25, 2012 6:32 AM

      Looks like Dungeon Keeper, but holy hell, that's one annoying narrator!

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        January 25, 2012 7:03 AM

        Yeah, they need to hire the narrator from Bastion.

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          January 25, 2012 7:11 AM

          But aside from that, color me interested. Like most roguelike games, the lack of a GUI has been the main reason I don't play most of them (<3 Dungeons of Dredmor).

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          January 25, 2012 7:22 AM

          Everyone needs to hire the narrator from Bastion.

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        January 25, 2012 12:03 PM

        besides the narrator - looks good

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        January 25, 2012 12:11 PM

        yeah that voice talent is pretty horrible. hopefully it doesn't make it into the game.

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        January 25, 2012 1:07 PM

        it's like they got MaddogDelphi to narrate. Wtf

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      January 25, 2012 6:59 AM

      Will the sequel be A Clash of Dwarves?

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      January 25, 2012 7:09 AM

      ohhhhhhhh shit

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      January 25, 2012 7:29 AM

      Fuck yes! Wanting this so bad

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      January 25, 2012 7:30 AM

      Isn't this also a Dwarf Fortress-type game?

      Dwarfs!?
      http://store.steampowered.com/app/35480/

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        January 25, 2012 7:44 AM

        Only in that it has dwarves and digging. It's pretty fun, but has almost nothing in common with Dwarf Fortress.

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          January 25, 2012 7:55 AM

          Gotcha. I figured it looked like DF and had the word Dwarf in the title so it's probably a Zynga-style "accessible" version of DF but I guess not.

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        January 25, 2012 7:44 AM

        Not recommended. I got it, played a few levels, but it's realllllly boring. The OP game sounds like it has much more depth (character levels, digging 'down' etc).

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      January 25, 2012 7:49 AM

      In other news, Dwarf Fortress should have a new release pretty soon. It will have vampires, necromancers and eye rotting mists.

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        January 25, 2012 8:08 AM

        About twice a year the DF bug bites me and I play obsessively for a few weeks. I'd better clear my schedule.

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      January 25, 2012 7:56 AM

      that looks pretty cool.

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      January 25, 2012 7:57 AM

      yo im kinda excited about this. hopefully they make it so you don't have to read for hours to be able to play it. that's the only reason i don't play DF.

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        January 25, 2012 8:50 AM

        uhm you mean you didn't enjoy reading the wiki for thirty nine minutes to understand how to get a screw pump working in your fortress whats the matter with you

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      January 25, 2012 8:01 AM

      This would be great - I hate DF's UI because its a complete piece of crap but love the concept of the game.

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      January 25, 2012 8:43 AM

      Awesome!

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      January 25, 2012 8:47 AM

      So it adds what Dwarf Fortress lacks, and subtracts all that makes Dwarf Fortress amazing. Hmmm...

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        January 25, 2012 9:06 AM

        Someone needs to make an HTML5 frontend to DF. no I'm not volunteering, I'm having enough trouble with canvas as it is :/

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        January 25, 2012 9:42 AM

        Pretty much

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        January 25, 2012 9:48 AM

        Pretty much this. I still feel bad for toady though.

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      January 25, 2012 11:05 AM

      The concept of a game based on Dwarf Fortress, but with an accessible gui has amazing potential. Unfortunately, this game looks like shit and the shitty trailer doesn't help. Hope to be wrong and pleasantly surprised.

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        January 25, 2012 11:07 AM

        It worked for Dungeons of Dredmor!

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          January 25, 2012 11:11 AM

          It doesn't look like it has a fraction of the depth that Dwarf Fortress has, on top of a boring art direction. Not seeing this turning out well and I'm a big Paradox fan to boot.

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            January 25, 2012 11:22 AM

            .01% of the depth

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            January 25, 2012 11:33 AM

            To be fair, there is very little that has a fraction of the depth of Dwarf Fortress. It's probably the single deepest game I've ever played.

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            January 25, 2012 12:01 PM

            Well, there's probably less depth in DoD than say, Stone Soup, but there are several more systems available to play with (Crafting, Artifacts, Selling, Quests), along with graphics and GUI, so it kind of averages out.

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        January 25, 2012 11:29 AM

        Goblin Camp is going that route, but it's slow going.

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          January 25, 2012 11:41 AM

          Towns also

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          January 25, 2012 11:43 AM

          it looks just as ugly as dwarf fortress. :(

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            January 25, 2012 12:07 PM

            Have you played DF with tiles?

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            January 25, 2012 12:07 PM

            Tile sets help a lot

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              January 25, 2012 12:34 PM

              Yeah but still, the game would be better represented by simple voxel engine in a 3D world rather than 2D. Moving between Z-levels is retarded.

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                January 25, 2012 12:57 PM

                dwarf fortress is an amazing game but a lot of the design decisions are totally unjustifiable

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                January 25, 2012 1:00 PM

                I think losing Z-levels would make the whole thing harder to control. You could move to a 3D voxel engine, but I think tiles and Z-levels would still be necessary just to make interaction and navigation manageable.

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                January 25, 2012 1:10 PM

                Im sure the studio behind DF is working on it as we speak.

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            January 25, 2012 2:48 PM

            But even some people (me) who don't mind ASCII/ANSI art games like roguelikes in general don't like DF's 'UI'.

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      January 25, 2012 12:12 PM

      holy shit holy shit holy shit holy shit holy shit holy shit it's basically Dungeon Keeper \m/

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