Great news! My book, "Getting Started with Dwarf Fortress" is available at O'Reilly.com
! You can pick it up as an eBook or, at not much extra, an eBook and print book combo. The book is also be available on Amazon and other retailers but these eBook do not feature the "Real Time" updates that buying through O'Reilly does. Real Time is a feature whereby a book can be rapidly updated by the author and then owners alerted to download the latest version when it is released. I intend to update the book at all major Dwarf Fortress releases, keeping the book relevant to the reader at all time.
If the cost of shipping the print book from O'Reilly is too much for your location, check out bookdepository.co.uk
and other retailers. Some of them offer great deals on shipping the print book.
Of course, the print book does not get real time upgrades!
For those interested, here's the chapter list:
Foreword by Tarn Adams
Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: Playing God
Chapter 3: First Steps
Chapter 4: Filling Dwarf Bellies
Chapter 5: Merchants and Trading
Chapter 6: Dwarf Resource Management
Chapter 7: Digging Deeper
Chapter 8: Industry
Chapter 9: Justice, Healthcare and Vampires
Chapter 10: The Military
Chapter 11: Engineering
The book clocks in at 240 pages or so and 80,000 words. It features nine full-page illustrations and a half-dozen diagrams by Tim Denee
. The illustrations are based on stories from Dwarf Fortress submitted by players on the forum. You can see one here
. If you buy the book, I hope you enjoy it! And please, feel free to let me know if there are any problems with the book. I'll be updating it, after all!Errata
- If you set mineral frequency to "Everywhere" the site finder breaks (known bug) and won't find flux. Turn it down one notch.