newbie plays dwarf fortress

A newbie plays Dwarf Fortress: Ep. 10

Wes Fenlon at

In episode 10 of PC Gamer's Dwarf Fortress series, two dwarves lie critically injured from elf attacks while Wes and Will try to coax Chief Medical Dwarf Urvad into saving their lives.


A newbie plays Dwarf Fortress: Ep. 9

Wes Fenlon at

In this episode of PC Gamer's Dwarf Fortress LP, Wes panics as his dwarves recover from a violent elf assault. Also, the dwarves hide in trees, for some reason.


A newbie plays Dwarf Fortress: Ep. 8

Wes Fenlon at

In episode 8 of PC Gamer's Dwarf Fortress Let's Play, the dwarves have to fight to defend their fortress! Wes and Will also get to work on an office, making cheese, and building a nest box for their geese.


A newbie plays Dwarf Fortress: Ep. 7

Wes Fenlon at

In episode 7 of PC Gamer's Dwarf Fortress Let's Play, the dwarves finally get around to fishing! Wes builds a fishery, expands his fortress, and learns about drawbridges and levers.


A newbie plays Dwarf Fortress: Ep. 6

Wes Fenlon at

In episode 6 of PC Gamer's Dwarf Fortress Let's Play, Wes and Will begin to suspect that their leader Sibrek is a bit of a bum. Also, they learn all about cooking and brewing!


A newbie plays Dwarf Fortress: Ep. 5

Wes Fenlon at

In episode 5 of PC Gamer's Dwarf Fortress Let's Play, Wes and Will discuss mermen and learn all about trading when the first caravan arrives arrives at their fortress. Turns out, trading involves a lot of menus.


A newbie plays Dwarf Fortress: Ep. 4

Wes Fenlon at

In episode 4 of PC Gamer's Dwarf Fortress Let's Play, Wes builds a kitchen, expands his underground fortress, and starts a farm!


A newbie plays Dwarf Fortress: Ep. 3

Wes Fenlon at

In episode three of our Dwarf Fortress Let’s Play, Wes learns all about building and using workshops, assigning stockpiles, and giving dwarves their own bedrooms. Even dwarves need their privacy!


A newbie plays Dwarf Fortress: Ep. 2

Wes Fenlon at

In episode two of our Dwarf Fortress Let’s Play, Wes and Will talk through the early steps of building a fortress: setting animals out for grazing, chopping down trees, and digging underground. A fortress is born!


A newbie plays Dwarf Fortress: Ep. 1

Wes Fenlon at

In early July 2014, Dwarf Fortress received its first major update in two years. We wrote about why now is the time to get into the game with our guide Into the deep. Reading about all the new features in Dwarf Fortress 2014 gave me the bug: I'm determined to learn how to run a fortress and how to navigate Dwarf Fortress' labyrinthine menus. But I'm not embarking alone. I pulled in PC Gamer video producer (and DF veteran) Will Chesney to teach me the ways of Dwarf Fortress' bloody world.

This is episode one of our Dwarf Fortress Let's Play. It's aimed at newcomers like me who want to learn the game. As we play, we'll talk through the complex process of beginning a fortress, controlling our dwarves, and learning new mechanics. It may all end in blood and tragedy, but at least we'll learn something along the way. Look for new episodes of our series every Tuesday and Thursday. Now: let's strike the Earth!