Strike the earth!

Posted Mon, 5/10/2010 by Dave

I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention the influence of Dwarf Fortress on this comic’s script. For those who haven’t yet had the pleasure of striking the earth and carving out your own dwarven civilization with nothing but the blood, sweat, tears and slightly unstable alcohol-dependent personalities of your dwarves…well, that’s the game in a nutshell. It’s like SimCity with more micromanagement and a surplus of beards. And zany antics involving underground irrigation, elaborate mechanical deathtraps, highly trained military combat squads and, not infrequently, tragic magma accidents.

It’s free, and while calling the learning curve “steep” is an understatement, the gameplay is enormously rewarding. Especially considering it’s all done by a lone programmer. Highly recommended.

Too deep we delved there,
and woke the nameless fear.

Posted Mon, 5/10/2010 by Joe

Ah, the Lava Zone.
I truly hope that someday we manage to uncover every video game archetype in the basement.