First Dwarf Fortress update in 2 years will be cataclysmic to leagues of dwarfs

With its first update in two years coming later this month, Dwarf Fortress continues to burrow through the confusing, inhospitable, and endlessly fascinating mantle of middle earth.  Among the new features are a long awaited update to the Adventure Mode, the game’s more accessible built-in roguelike, where you control a single dwarf rather than a whole monastery of them. The irony of calling an ASCII-based roguelike accessible is not lost on us. Still, it may be a way for the uninitiated to ease into this notoriously hard-to-learn game, which requires about the same amount of bookwork as a higher level…


The professor who discovered 80-year-old pixel art

If not for ASCII art, we wouldn’t have ASCII games like Candy box and Dwarf Fortress. And that would be terrible. So the way I look at it, we are greatly indebted to “ARTYPING,” which was invented in the early 20th century and done on typewriters. Some early examples of this forgotten art-form recently turned up on the blog of Lori Emerson, an English professor at the University of Colorado Boulder.  Along with a portrait of Shirley Temple composed of X’s and semicolons, she also posted some endearingly hokey old-timey excerpts from the book she found it in: ARTYPING (1939), written…