Dwarf Fortress Sells Big on Steam

A tweet from Tanya X. Short of publisher Kitfox Games reveals the long-running grassroots success of Dwarf Fortress extends to the new edition on Steam. In a tweet last week she shared the discussion of whether the game would sell 160,000 copies in its first two months. A new tweet reveals it hit this milestone in the first 24 hours after launching on Tuesday. Here's word:
welp, we hit that in under 24 hours. hooray for Dwarf Fortress fans and hooray for Tarn and Zach's brilliance! (and thanks to you too, Steam algorithm!)
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Dec 8, 2022, 11:38
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Dec 8, 2022, 11:38
 
Hope this really pays off for them, they are definitely devs that do it for the passion, not the financial windfalls. Really enjoying the game so far. It needs some more polish, but it's exceeded my expectations so far.
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Dec 8, 2022, 13:33
Jim
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Passion is good, however it is also good to be able to make enough money to survive and live a decent life.
Not sure how much the free version allowed them to do, especially since the difficulty is so high, but hopefully this sets them up going forward.
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Dec 8, 2022, 14:05
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Looked at the game, I'm not knocking it or the devs, congrats to them, but the game just does not look all that good or interesting.
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Dec 8, 2022, 14:37
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Re: Dwarf Fortress Sells Big on Steam Dec 8, 2022, 14:37
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bstar wrote on Dec 8, 2022, 11:38:
Hope this really pays off for them, they are definitely devs that do it for the passion, not the financial windfalls.

Actually, they're very explicit that this particular version is for financial windfall. Not to get rich, but one of the brothers had a health scare that wiped out a bunch of their wealth, so this is to try to rebuild that and have something to fall back on if it happens again.
So they outsourced this, but to a company they felt would really be able to do it justice.
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Dec 8, 2022, 14:46
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Jim wrote on Dec 8, 2022, 13:33:
Passion is good, however it is also good to be able to make enough money to survive and live a decent life.
Not sure how much the free version allowed them to do, especially since the difficulty is so high, but hopefully this sets them up going forward.
They lived and worked off of donations previously, but they're getting older and health concerns and costs pile up with age.
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Dec 8, 2022, 14:49
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Darks wrote on Dec 8, 2022, 14:05:
Looked at the game, I'm not knocking it or the devs, congrats to them, but the game just does not look all that good or interesting.
You might think that, but it's a game that's had a fanbase playing it for 20 years. Try naming a game that isn't good or interesting that can say the same. Also take note that it's current metacritic score is 95%.
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Dec 8, 2022, 15:04
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Darks wrote on Dec 8, 2022, 14:05:
Looked at the game, I'm not knocking it or the devs, congrats to them, but the game just does not look all that good or interesting.
this game is the granddaddy of all world simulation style games. if you like automation/simulation random world generating style mechanics in games you have played, the inspiration probably came from it.
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Dec 8, 2022, 15:06
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Teddy wrote on Dec 8, 2022, 14:49:
You might think that, but it's a game that's had a fanbase playing it for 20 years.

<Rogue and NetHack both laugh and pat the youngster on the head>

I'm glad sales are going well for the brothers and I hope they are well rewarded.

Of course, if they lived in a civilized country, a cancer scare wouldn't have wiped one of them out financially.
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Dec 8, 2022, 16:20
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Jim wrote on Dec 8, 2022, 15:04:
Darks wrote on Dec 8, 2022, 14:05:
Looked at the game, I'm not knocking it or the devs, congrats to them, but the game just does not look all that good or interesting.
this game is the granddaddy of all world simulation style games. if you like automation/simulation random world generating style mechanics in games you have played, the inspiration probably came from it.

Yeah they had to be eyeing that $2.5 BILLION that Notch got from Microsoft for Minecraft like, "Hmm...."
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Dec 8, 2022, 16:26
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Darks wrote on Dec 8, 2022, 14:05:
Looked at the game, I'm not knocking it or the devs, congrats to them, but the game just does not look all that good or interesting.
I know you are big on coop, which DF doesn't have. IMO, the biggest draw is the emergent gameplay and lack of predictability. Just read some of the Steam reviews to get an idea.
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Dec 8, 2022, 16:48
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<Rogue and NetHack both laugh and pat the youngster on the head>
This is a great example. Rogue and Rogue-like are classifications for many modern games just as DF-like is used to describe a number of more recent world-sims like Rimworld.
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Dec 8, 2022, 16:50
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I'm just not ready to make that kind of commitment.
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Dec 8, 2022, 21:08
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jdreyer wrote on Dec 8, 2022, 16:26:
Darks wrote on Dec 8, 2022, 14:05:
Looked at the game, I'm not knocking it or the devs, congrats to them, but the game just does not look all that good or interesting.
I know you are big on coop, which DF doesn't have. IMO, the biggest draw is the emergent gameplay and lack of predictability. Just read some of the Steam reviews to get an idea.

I checked out the reviews, and many like it a lot. But, its not my cup of tea.

I like builder games and all, but this one just isn't doing it for me.
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Dec 9, 2022, 00:57
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jdreyer wrote on Dec 8, 2022, 16:26:
Darks wrote on Dec 8, 2022, 14:05:
Looked at the game, I'm not knocking it or the devs, congrats to them, but the game just does not look all that good or interesting.
I know you are big on coop, which DF doesn't have. IMO, the biggest draw is the emergent gameplay and lack of predictability. Just read some of the Steam reviews to get an idea.

My wife and I play pseudo-co-op, in which she and I share the experience of playing together, watching each other fail, sharing stories about failure, and advising each other on how to do things like break through aquifers or build complex machines. It's a better overall cooperative experience than in most building games which generally involve never-ending defense combat.
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Dec 9, 2022, 01:09
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Dec 9, 2022, 01:09
 
Just a tip: If you're playing on a 1440p or 4k monitor, play around with the image scaling setting in the video options. It may not be detecting your resolution correctly and some of the UI might be hidden.
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Dec 9, 2022, 01:52
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Darks wrote on Dec 8, 2022, 14:05:
Looked at the game, I'm not knocking it or the devs, congrats to them, but the game just does not look all that good or interesting.
Ditto. I need a free sampler to see if I will like it.
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Dec 9, 2022, 04:38
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Ant wrote on Dec 9, 2022, 01:52:
Ditto. I need a free sampler to see if I will like it.

It's not quite the same, but you can always get the ASCII version for free (there are also tilesets to spruce it up). It's not too hard to extrapolate from that how graphics and a more approachable UI might change it. If you want a "demo" of the new iteration there's always cs.rin.ru of course.
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Dec 9, 2022, 06:28
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I bought this. I have played Dwarf Fortress a couple times, or at least tried to, with the straight ASCII version and some of the graphic mods, albeit years ago.

This version seems friendlier already, although it has been like 10 years since I last played.
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Dec 9, 2022, 11:45
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Dec 9, 2022, 11:45
 
Was unsure at first, but after looking at some videos couldn't help myself, the game does have a lot of depth and charm. I went ahead and bought it, happy to support the awesome devs too. Hope they add some more polish and steam achievements in the near future.
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Dec 9, 2022, 14:56
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BigVlad wrote on Dec 9, 2022, 01:09:
Just a tip: If you're playing on a 1440p or 4k monitor, play around with the image scaling setting in the video options. It may not be detecting your resolution correctly and some of the UI might be hidden.
Thanks for the tip!
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