This starter pack bundles Dwarf Fortress
with the best community graphics packs, tools, and interface improvements already configured - so getting the best of everything only takes a single download and no fiddling.
It's suitable for anyone - if you've never tried DF before, or played for years - because while I've set up all the included parts already, the core is as easily accessible to you: you can add, remove, update, replace whatever you want to and customise the pack as much as you want. The tools I've included make the game easier to get into, but avoid changing any of the fundamentals - there are no mods here. Dwarf Fortress
can be confusing enough to play, but doesn't need to be hard to set up too.Following the DF2014 update, there are two versions of this pack.
One is the cutting-edge pack with the newest version of Dwarf Fortress and everything else - download it here
. The other is a stable, full-featured pack based around DF v0.34.11 (the 2012 version) - on it's own download page
DF 40.xx has now been out for some weeks, and many community tools such as graphics packs and Dwarf Therapist have been updated and included - pretty much everything except DFHack. However, it is still relatively early in the Dwarf Fortress update cycle, and the game at v40_03 has many more bugs than v34_11. I thus still recomend the stable/legacy pack for new players to learn with and the 40.xx pack for those who don't mind bugs with their features. Or you could have and eat both cakes - as a bundle of portable apps, there's no reason you can't try both!
Being nothing more than two versions of the same package, they share a thread on the Bay12 forums
- use it for feedback, questions, suggestions, or anything else related to the packs. The second post
has a complete table of contents, a comprehensive changelog, and information on checksums and mirrors (including a torrent - search the thread for "magnet" if it hasn't updated). The full documentation for the legacy pack is included in the download, in the folder "LNP/about". A very-limited-bandwidth archive of every pack version ever is available on my Dropbox
Due the the level of variation between platforms and the configuration involved, the DF Starter Pack is only for windows - but there are similar packs available for Mac
and for Linux
Lastly - Dwarf Fortress costs you nothing, because the developer gives it away and lives off donations (and allows redistributing
like this!). If you've got some money kicking around... consider a donation to say thanks, and help fund development for everyone. INSTRUCTIONS:
1. Download and unzip the folder It's a bundle of portable apps; there's no further installation procedure. The pack must be able to read/write files though - so don't put it in a "Program Files" folder.
2. [Optional]: upgrade from an earlier release by running the 'copy my data' script with both versions next to each other in a folder.