Psygnal wrote: Cruin wrote:
I'm surprised you could mention a retro ASCII-style adventure game without referencing Dwarf Fortress
as a free, modern alternative.
I almost hate to admit this, but this game is horrifying in ASCII. I'm going to have to look for a tileset for it, I think. I guess I'm not as much of a purist as I originally imagined. :)
Lol, I had to do the same thing. I still get a kick out of retro, but ASCII is not so fun to look at anymore. There's a modder looking to port the visual side entirely over to isometric sprites sans SNES, which would look fantastic imo.
For now though, there's a few tilesets around. I ended up going with Phoebus' Graphic Set
- I like the look of it, and it has a fair amount of customization to choose from. There's another little tool that simplifies some of the task management called Dwarf Therapist
; it's one of those addons that once you try you couldn't imagine playing without. And there's dozens more around depending on how much of the vanilla experience you want to lose.
If you're interested in a tutorial/walkthrough there's this one: http://afteractionreporter.com/dwarf-fo ... tutorials/
. It's not 100% current since the latest build, but still the best I've seen so far. The wiki is nice for referencing individual things, but not so good for understanding the bigger picture.