Dwarf Fortress, isometric
Hacksim has been silently put on hiatus while Akselii and I gather our senses and finish whatever the both of us are busy with at the moment. For me, that is a second round of addiction to Dwarf Fortress.
An early alpha of another visualiser for Dwarf Fortress was released not too long ago. It’s called Stonesense, and it is isometric (and therefore lush).
Now, Stonesense doesn’t make Dwarf Fortress more accessible, just more enjoyable. To quote Nektonico on the TIGSource post;
Neo : Is that…
Cypher : Dwarf Fortress? Yeah.
Neo : Do you always look at it encoded?
Cypher : Well, you have to. The image translators work for the construct program. But there’s way too much information to decode Dwarf Fortress. You get used to it… I, I don’t even see the code. All I see is… miner, mason, brewer…
I’ve had multiple 30-hour Dwarf Fortress sessions since I picked it up again, and yet I have nothing to show for it. I have a decent-running fortress, and my dwarves are currently finishing construction on the walls around this, after which a drawbridge will enable access across the now-empty mold.
When the drawbridge is completed, the mold will be filled with magma from a nearby magma pipe. Those pesky goblins have successfully assaulted my fortress for the last time!