If you aren’t aware, the ASCII matrix that is Dwarf Fortress has a reputation of procedurally generating some of the most incredible (and hilarious) strings of events you’re likely to see in a game, and naturally, players have chronicled these events through storytelling. These stories, in many cases, are so nuanced that it beggars belief that they occurred verbatim in a game and not in the mind of some zealous (and slightly deranged) storyteller.
Anyway, I spotted this link over at RPS to a wonderful, wonderful illustrated battle report from a fortress by the name of Bronzemurder. I don’t want to go into detail because the whole thing is a delight and really deserves to be witnessed at first hand. If you’ve never read any Dwarf Fortress stories of madness, miasma, cats and more madness then this is a great place to start. Just don’t expect many of them (if any) to be this exquisitely illustrated and graphic designed. Big up for ligatures.
If this leaves you wanting more then there are some great short stories over at Dubious Quality (here and here) and if they aren’t enough then visit the Hall of Legends over at the Bay 12 forums for the cream of the crop. Seriously, check them out, they really are quite amazing.
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