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A newbie plays Dwarf Fortress: Ep. 8

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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.

In early July 2014, Dwarf Fortress received its first major update in two years. (opens in new tab) We wrote about why now is the time to get into the game with our guide Into the deep (opens in new tab) . Now we're learning how to play.

Check back every Tuesday and Thursday for new episodes of A Newbie plays Dwarf Fortress .

Wes has been covering games and hardware for more than 10 years, first at tech sites like The Wirecutter (opens in new tab) and Tested (opens in new tab) before joining the PC Gamer team in 2014. Wes plays a little bit of everything, but he'll always jump at the chance to cover emulation and Japanese games.


When he's not obsessively optimizing and re-optimizing a tangle of conveyor belts in Satisfactory (it's really becoming a problem), he's probably playing a 20-year-old Final Fantasy or some opaque ASCII roguelike. With a focus on writing and editing features, he seeks out personal stories and in-depth histories from the corners of PC gaming and its niche communities. 50% pizza by volume (deep dish, to be specific).