Dwarf Fortress Creator Explains its Complexity & Origins | Noclip Interview

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We chat to Bay 12 Games co-founder Tarn Adams about their remarkable ASCII simulation Dwarf Fortress - the game's origins, how it works, and their plans for steam. Thank you to Kruggsmash for allowing us to use his footage. Subscribe to his wonderful channel here: thworld.info
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Hosted & Edited by Danny O'Dwyer
Filmed & Colored by Jeremy Jayne
Filmed by Esteban Martinez
Closed Captions: Megan Carnes
0:00 - Cold Open
03:11 - Danny's Intro
04:48 - The Origins of Dwarf Fortress
08:54 - The Design of Dwarf Fortress
20:00 - Steam Version

  • I like how he closes his eyes presumably to concentrate when talking about things. I do the same. Helps to visualize stuff in more detail.

    Karl OlofssonKarl Olofsson3 ชั่วโมงที่ผ่านมา
  • 13:23

    -Kappi--Kappi-2 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • How bout we check your death bug report....

    Blake ThackerBlake Thacker4 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • I fucking love this guy for existing. This is what you call a labor of love. I'm just very glad a game like this exists to set an example for other world builders.

    JelloFluorideJelloFluoride5 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • This video is insanely good.

    PeaezyPeaezy6 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Ah yes, alinity

    Miloslav TokarMiloslav Tokar6 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Damn. Imagine having such an awesome sibling that you can develop a game with them. I envy this guy.

    dustboxednorthdustboxednorth7 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Lol the planned release date on their steam page just has the text field filled in "time is subjective" with no caps. New favorite game devs

    Annika MaierAnnika Maier7 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • 22:39 You can always find a way to put anything you're interested in into a video game (In order to get bored of making the game) I'd have to get bored of everything.

    J03 MANJ03 MAN7 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • I dont know but is he falling asleep talking about his own game?

    A JohanssonA Johansson8 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • I'm betting that 98% of players have no idea about any of the features he's talking about. When you make something so deep and complex it's never used by most people. So really it's a waste of time.

    Alien EncoreAlien Encore8 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • I like how he has his eyes closed half the time when hes talking like hes scanning his hard drive.

    LampwickLampwick9 วันที่ผ่านมา
    • Lol thats a great way of putting it.

      cosmocosmo9 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Added to wishlist.

    DraconDracon10 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • It's crazy, but this game is so old I have this impressive minecraft once listed it as an inspiration

    Connor SchultzConnor Schultz11 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • I respect the two of them so much, they seem like great people. I'm definitely buying the steam version to support them when it comes out because they deserve it for the life they've given the game

    Rem LezarRem Lezar11 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • I wish listed it first day. Be safe and healthy Adam. I wish the best for your bro too.

    Ajay GummaAjay Gumma12 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • One of the most fascinating videos I ever watched on youtube

    boitahakiboitahaki12 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Why is there not a single link to Bay 12´s patreon or anything in the description?

    SchobdoSchobdo14 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • its incredible after years and years of playing dwarf fortress, people are just now finally noticing it.

    SNUSNU4USNUSNU4U14 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • "... or whatever"

    roo mängroo mäng15 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • wait this is not rimworld

    RyaroXRyaroX15 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • literally am just hearing about this game, these dev brothers, this community, everything.... for SURE I'm going to sub to their patron. video games are legitimate art, created by people full of vision and passion. the thought of subbing to their patreon and knowing that small regular contribution will help them now and into the future seriously warms my heart. their creativity is seriously inspiring

    Burn AccountBurn Account15 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • where can i get that hoodie?

    MM15 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Your mic and editing suck, his voice is so muffled

    jane blogsjane blogs16 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Yeah I actually used a Wiki to figure out what ores were copper.

    Enoch HorningEnoch Horning17 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Ooh you play Minecraft, cute...

    N3KOS are lifeN3KOS are life18 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • 19:05 That character arc mechanic is genius. And there's probably dozens of similar interesting mechanics in it as well. I might have to get into this game eventually after all

    LinkEXLinkEX18 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Holy crap, I'd completely forgotten about VGA Miner

    Ben M.Ben M.19 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • This guy lives his life with his eyes closed lol

    Will XixvnWill Xixvn19 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • good video

    ZahiZahi19 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • 4:20 welcome to Skullhorror, whatcha smokin?

    Arden EthneArden Ethne20 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • What a brilliant and charming man.

    KótaKóta20 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Sounds like if someone made a game out of feature creep

    Water BirdWater Bird20 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • It's cool that there's no wrong way to play the game and you can tell your own story that is never the same for each play.

    Hugo NegreteHugo Negrete21 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • It makes sense for cats to die when consuming alcohol, that's a cool bug.

    Hugo NegreteHugo Negrete21 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • This seems like the Planescape Torment situation where the game is “the best book you’ll ever play”. But instead of relying on writing it relies on the various systems and events within gameplay to drive the interesting parts of its narrative. Sadly I personally cannot get over how it looks.

    Sincere FlowersSincere Flowers22 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • College+Dwarf Fortress=Survival

    Chaos ManChaos Man22 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Still replay this from time to time. Thank you for making this .

    Hemang ChauhanHemang Chauhan23 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • He can only remember when he closes his eyes

    hepotitushepotitus23 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • ...............

    Niilo FridénNiilo Fridén24 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • This guy looks like a white version of Mao

    Cha4kCha4k25 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • nice bay hay and feed swag

    Mike BMike B25 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • dragon ball z abridged

    Jasmine ReeseJasmine Reese26 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • If this game better graphics, at least like Rimworld, it would be a great game.

    Simple Jack and a HorseSimple Jack and a Horse27 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • "With the goal of simulating all of existence, Bay 12 estimates they’re only about 44% done." Quote from the bottom of it's steam page description :)

    SquillenSquillen28 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • this is what you call true love.

  • Another Name for Dwarf Fortress? Ascii vomit

    Christian WeissmullerChristian Weissmullerหลายเดือนก่อน
  • I love how he talks very serious about the game's systems, but still chuckles sometimes from the sillyness of it all.

    The BerbThe Berbหลายเดือนก่อน
  • You know he loves cats because he refers to their feet as "little feet" instead of just feet.

  • I'm ready to buy this game on Steam if it ever gets released.

  • The game looks cool - but fuck if I can ever figure out what anything is when I try it.

  • i think the steam version is gonna help me a whol lot, i tried playing it one time and i did not get absolutely anything, but i was a bit disapointed that it would not be free, but when i heard the reason that it is not gonna be free i think i will buy it, and i hope it has a tutorial

    Leonardo Vigilato de MoraisLeonardo Vigilato de Moraisหลายเดือนก่อน
  • Hey, Hey people

    Bleach CloroxBleach Cloroxหลายเดือนก่อน

    American NomadsAmerican Nomadsหลายเดือนก่อน
  • them: "We forgot to make cats immune to the alcohol they get on their paws from walking around poodles of booze that the Dwarfs leave when they sit around in taverns and order their drinks, and it is served to them." me: "ALRIGHT ALRIGHT, I GET IT! YOU CAN CODE OBJECTS! Stop flexing!"

  • scooby doo

    Friendly JohnFriendly Johnหลายเดือนก่อน
  • You know how you can tell its going to be a good game before you even play it? The creator laughs a lot and is genuinely having a good time talking about it.

    Willy ShufflebottomWilly Shufflebottomหลายเดือนก่อน
  • One time, I was playing the RPG section of Dwarf Fortress and I decided to try and track down my original fortress so I set forth on this quest. During this quest I: 1.) Due to learning the buttons, accidentally set a village on fire. 2.) Choked out a Tavern patron after he made fun of my singing while still singing to him as I choked him out. 3.) Got some companions and fought a legendary vampire lord. 4.) Wrote some shitty poetry which you damn well know got someone choked out. 5.) Eventually died to a party of bandits as they murdered my companions and took my stuff. This is the best game ever made if you like bizarre fantasy storytelling, please give it a try sometime.

    Tyler CramerTyler Cramerหลายเดือนก่อน
  • What tileset is that they're using?

    Leonardo Otaviano PedrozoLeonardo Otaviano Pedrozoหลายเดือนก่อน
  • "You can always find a way to put anything you're interested in into a video game."

  • I love how he says "and so forth" so often.

    Ninor .ZNinor .Zหลายเดือนก่อน
  • Video starts at 4:48

    • Video starts at 0:00 for people who aren't boring as shit

      RossRoss28 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • I'm so happy Kruggsmash got a mention here!

    Reece ShugrueReece Shugrueหลายเดือนก่อน
  • liberal crime squad loll isnt that the truth yesterday and today

    Ghost Crown GamesGhost Crown Gamesหลายเดือนก่อน
  • too much light on his face.

    Shanmukha GShanmukha Gหลายเดือนก่อน
  • Tarn Adams has been possessed by a strange mood since he was ten years old.

  • Waiting for the government to make a synthetic body for Tarn Adams no one can replace him...

    jeroby milesjeroby milesหลายเดือนก่อน
  • Quality question right at the end. His answer conviced me to support in the future.

    Moritz KorschMoritz Korschหลายเดือนก่อน
  • my imagination fills in the graphics from Dungeon Keeper

    c.l. Hüttenbesitzerc.l. Hüttenbesitzerหลายเดือนก่อน
  • This guy is wearing the same hoodie from an interview with him 7 years ago

    Yojo ChimpYojo Chimpหลายเดือนก่อน
  • Torn Adams looks so young without a beard! Never saw him like this until this day.

    Sanzhar RakhymzhanSanzhar Rakhymzhanหลายเดือนก่อน
  • and i thought the shit that happened in rimworld was insane

  • blackpink

    dana okuzdana okuzหลายเดือนก่อน
  • I guess I'm going to buy it on steam now... And add it to my collection of unplayed games. Love what they've done. Love what they represent. I don't love how soul crushing it is to lose a fortress to the simplest things.

    K SK Sหลายเดือนก่อน
  • I believe...that sweater is his favourite

    Mr. NobodyMr. Nobodyหลายเดือนก่อน
  • I keep coming back to this video to hear Tarn talk about cat paw mechanics, to remind myself why I love this game so much. Not that I really need reminding, but still.

    DerperberDerperber2 หลายเดือนก่อน
  • nerd Kevin Spacey

    kave mustermannkave mustermann2 หลายเดือนก่อน
  • I love it when he talks with his eyes closed

    srgitosrgito2 หลายเดือนก่อน
  • This game is most accurately characterized as a "dwarven catastrophe simulator". Ever wondered how the Balrog took over Moria? Or how Smaug took over the Lonely Mountain? Yeah, that's what happens here.

    Jim LuebkeJim Luebke2 หลายเดือนก่อน
  • *"Yandere Simulator will never be finished"* Meaning: The dev is a lazy piece of shit and the game will remain a demo forever. *"Dwarf Fortress will never be finished"* Meaning: The dev is a workaholic and this isn't even the game's final form.

    GraysongdlGraysongdl2 หลายเดือนก่อน
  • Hey Hey people

    Mr Plague616Mr Plague6162 หลายเดือนก่อน
  • *_and so forth_*

    Ian WhiteIan White2 หลายเดือนก่อน
  • Drink every time he says "And so forth."

    SekilosSekilos2 หลายเดือนก่อน
  • dwarf fortress requires you to have a literal super computer at times, i remember it running hot on some of my older laptops

    ToySoldier NerioToySoldier Nerio2 หลายเดือนก่อน
  • Dwarf Fortress is the TempleOS of video games lmao

    L-Mak The DestroyerL-Mak The Destroyer2 หลายเดือนก่อน
  • Well, it's time to start to play this awesome game!

    Fresh RobongoFresh Robongo2 หลายเดือนก่อน
  • How long until they add the ability to make robotic Dino’s

    Vix ShireVix Shire2 หลายเดือนก่อน
  • I feel like you have to be a genius to play this. can you even play? is it a game?

    LotusLotus2 หลายเดือนก่อน
  • dude I feel like I'm trying to learn another language but I dont speak any language so I can't compare it to anything, but I also just got the ability to see for the first time, whenever he talks about the game or when i see it. This made no sense, im losing my mind

    LotusLotus2 หลายเดือนก่อน
  • The story about cats dying from alcohol poisoning by licking their ale soaked feet is a perfect explanation for something that happens very often in game development. If you add one thing you are bound to break another thing that seemingly has nothing to do with the thing you added, in conclusion, fuck dependencies.

    SpeedrunsTeddySpeedrunsTeddy2 หลายเดือนก่อน
  • 3:29 Yea, my immediate thought after that story was... ok, that's the bullshit version, now tell me what actually happened. Because, if they were honest, it was something more along the lines of, an abstract shape walked into a nondescript rectangle and stopped moving. I feel the same way about stories from Eve Online. If it's not an actual fight between ships, it's just a bunch of numbers moving around.

    DisthronDisthron2 หลายเดือนก่อน
    • To be clear you can easily look at it the raw files for creatures on the wiki and pretty much see that a vast amount of data is indeed simulated, is what you're talkin about the gameplay story segregation resulting from the U. I? That is to say are you saying that if you don't see something happen graphically it has no impact for you whatsoever even if you could deduce it otherwise? Then again, this whole conversation is just a bunch of numbers making letters appear on a screen, which end of themselves by themselves are meaningless symbols right so maybe this isn't the real description of absolutely anything?

      Sara3346Sara33462 หลายเดือนก่อน
    • Which part of it strikes you as untrue? as someone who avidly follows Dwarf Fortress, nothing about the story struck me as implausible.

      Sara3346Sara33462 หลายเดือนก่อน
    • @Mateus Casagrande For some reason, that doesn't bother me, maybe because story telling is just more inherently understandable. Maybe it's that I expect more from a video game.

      DisthronDisthron2 หลายเดือนก่อน
    • Yeah, and those dumb DnD players who say the've slain a dragon when they were just rolling dice and chatting all day!! Where is the dragon nerds??

      Mateus CasagrandeMateus Casagrande2 หลายเดือนก่อน
  • That was the best bug report ever 😆

    EyesOfByesEyesOfByes2 หลายเดือนก่อน
  • I love how he doesn't fully know what's going on with his own game most of the time, he just comes and cleans up the mess.

    Seth OttSeth Ott2 หลายเดือนก่อน
  • A friend once explained dwarf fortress like this: Dwarf Fortress is a game where you control a colony of ants... and they're all drunk.

  • This is a lesson in modular coding.

    Indra's NetIndra's Net2 หลายเดือนก่อน
  • 3:41 "I don't even see the ASCII anymore. All I see is dwarf, floodgate, plump helmet spawn"

    RainbowheadRainbowhead2 หลายเดือนก่อน
  • dont bring up house of cards the poor guy already looks like kevin spacey

    Ricky RichRicky Rich2 หลายเดือนก่อน
  • VGA Miner? Holy shit. I remember that. I actually remember that. I was a teeny tiny sprog at that time.

    Foster Davies-SmithFoster Davies-Smith2 หลายเดือนก่อน
  • What do you think would fit better the game, 3D HD graphics, or hand-made drawings? I really can't decide in which of those...

    Jadan Velasquez MejiaJadan Velasquez Mejia2 หลายเดือนก่อน
  • He doesn’t need a long drawn out explanation why they’re finally charging for their life’s work. It’s a product. Before you received donations, in exchange for production. Now it’s just mass-marketed, including this interview.

    Spencer HopkinsonSpencer Hopkinson2 หลายเดือนก่อน
    • Sara3346 i’m not offended, I’m amused. Either way, don’t overthink everything

      Spencer HopkinsonSpencer Hopkinson2 หลายเดือนก่อน
    • No but clearly he wanted to explain himself because he's a decent person. Honestly you sound a little bit offended for some reason and it confuses me as to why. Unless I'm simply misreading your tone which is a very easy to do on the internet through text alone.

      Sara3346Sara33462 หลายเดือนก่อน