If you haven’t played Dwarf Castle, Amazingly detailed fantasy world simulator, you can’t quite understand what nightmare you are playing. It’s not the ASCII gaps that bother you, but rather the menus, which hide information and common actions across countless different gigantic menus, each of which must be accessed with a different click of a button.
Look at the screenshot above, then. You might think it looks like the user interface from a Paradox game in the early 2000s that has yet to obtain artistic clearance. But to me, it looks like heaven.
This is an in-progress view of the menus from the upcoming Steam re-release of Kitfox for Dwarf Fortress, which aims to make the game available with a good box set and a host of menu improvements. What you see above doesn’t have a technician clearance yet, According to the Steam blog on this topic, But it represents an attempt to bring important information and actions together in one place when the player examines a specific tile and the creatures on it.
“The tabs and overview boxes are still in flux but the screenshot here is where we are so far in the game,” it said in the post. “Between physical traits, mental traits, personality aspects and beliefs, the game selects the six strongest or most distinctive ones and displays them in the overview. You will still be able to have the full set of data within the tabs; these boxes are intended to answer simple questions and provide the best flavor and context. Same on items, skills, jobs and the rest. The full data and options can be found on tabs, with a short summary at the top level.
If there is more than one dwarf or creature on the tiles you are inspecting, you will be able to navigate between them via the “small tabs that appear on the right side”. This should facilitate movement between the birds In Nate’s bird pitFor example.
There is no suggested release date for the Steam release of Dwarf Fortress yet, but there is Multiple development updates every month For anyone who wants to follow up with him. It’s the game that I most look forward to in the world.