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The Colorless Houses - A Seaside Nightmare
« on: July 09, 2021, 10:57:48 pm »

The Colorless Houses
A Seaside Nightmare

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« Last Edit: July 25, 2021, 08:02:42 am by hedgerow »
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Re: The Colorless Houses - A Seaside Nightmare
« Reply #2 on: July 10, 2021, 10:54:00 am »

Is it absolutely imperative to use a tileset? If not, I might join. I just am too used to the base tileset to change at this point.
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« Reply #3 on: July 10, 2021, 11:09:32 am »

Is it absolutely imperative to use a tileset? If not, I might join. I just am too used to the base tileset to change at this point.

No, not really, hence 'encouraged'.

I'm sticking with Lonesome 20x20, since it's reminiscent to the base tileset but fixes the spatial distortion of rectangular tiles.
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Re: The Colorless Houses - A Seaside Nightmare
« Reply #4 on: July 10, 2021, 02:39:32 pm »

10th of Granite, 300

   Arriving at a seashore is hard enough; youíre bound to hit water just a few yards underground, so digging to sweet rock is almost impossible.  Whatís more, none of the ponds in this map have fish.  Iíll have to dispatch them to the edge of the wilderness, to recover the poor soulís body.
   The trees are towering, towering masses.  This is not a quaint, idyllic vision, but a canopied darkness.  Still too bright for my eyes, obviously.
   The first thing we had to do was cut all of the trees down.  Not all of the trees, I learned quickly.  It has been about two years since Iíve settled, and trees have gotten big remarkably fast.  After a scattering of hundreds of bundles of log and limb, I realize that none of my dwarves would build a bed to save their lives.  We will be sleeping on dirt for at least three weeks.
   We channeled out a defensible plot for a defensible position later down the line.  I made initial branches off this, ran into roots, and set up an area for alcohol, and another for the mining branch.

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   As a first order of business, I wanted a strategic entry point into the inner machinations of our outpost, so we channeled out a three-width wide hall directly from the sloping, clay hole we just dug.  So straight to the ocean it goes, all the way to a particularly dense cluster of trees, and by a reachable breadth of space should we ever need a place for our war animals.

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   Two things were on my mind: food, and drink.  So, I mightíve been messing with the inventory a little, so there are a few things we donít have.  Youíre gonna get mad, but donít worry; we have two goats, two battle axes, plenty of beer, and enough plump helmet spawn to start a small winery.

   24th of Granite, 300

   Mining space was charted out for an expansion into the rock, which swiftly became tedious and difficult.  Water began pooling at our feet.  It was clear that we should have erected a barrier between us and the wet loam sooner, as its spilling water into the deeper crevices of our expansion.

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   Since we have so much willow, I got everyone on making the wall, but I did entirely too late.  Thereís a shallow, essentially difficult pool of water upon reaching the water table.  We got as much wood down as possible.
    It was later in the evening I took to mining the wretched rock below, hopeful that we had at last found our ancestors.  I dug a pool of water quite impressive, enough to fit a whale, that I forgot myself, and swam, waded water.  In fact, upon writing this entry, I want you to know I waded water for way too long.  It wasnít until getting back on my feet, a day or so later, I realized I was content.  And I got to appreciate a nice waterfall; thatís always nice.

   24th Hematite, 300

   So the dwarves finally got the farm plots down.  Turns out we have a lot of plump helmet spawn Ė heh Ė so we dug a few rooms to the immediate right to grow them year-round.
   I know a lot of guys like beer, or ale.  So there are three equitable plots for cave wheat.  I dug them into a drainier layer of soil.  I believe my intuition will serve me right, and we can possibly build a small storage space for seeds off that division.

   
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   I also made a mandate for all major entrances to be made of peach tree wood.  That goes for bridges and gates, but also doors.  I canít imagine weíll need to worry about anyone sneaking in, but just to be safe, I planned a peach tree drawbridge to be constructed at the proximal end of our strategic entry point.  I plan to erect a wall around our defensible position soon, but until then we can tell that fisherdwarf to use the coast instead of the pond; he hasnít caught anything in months.

   9th of Malachite, 300

   Some migrants have arrived, bringing with them a baby goat.  Poor thing looks dejected at the site of ice-cold mists and the cock-eyed ravens.  We have been struggling with food, so the butcher cut into one of the male goats.  Our fisherdwarf is finally catching fish at the shore, and I even instructed the metalsmith to help him while we continue frustrating at the flooded mine entrance.

   
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   And I kid you not, these migrants brought llamas.  Llamas.  I didnít have the heart to tell them all the grass was dead.

   15th of Galena, 300

   Several animals have starved.  Weíve butchered all of the remaining goats.  The grass here is just too dead to support anything that grazes.
   I erected a wall around our defensible position.  It is mostly complete, what with a few temporary work stations in place nearby.  I intend to move most, if not all industries inside, so Iíll slowly be transitioning the dwarves from this primitive setup to a more dignified one.
   For what itís worth, there is now significantly deeper flooding down below.
   We dug out an area for wood workshops.  We can have haulers regularly stock the main pile, and we can have craftdwarves and carpenters cycle finished product and furniture to larger stockpiles.

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   14th of Timber, 300

   Weíve officially run out of things to do.  The aquifer rose another level, and I forgot wood floats, so weíre basically dead in the water, and we missed the dwarf caravan, so no trading occurred.  It appears the next few years will be rife with trouble, what with no way to touch stone.
   The animals have all starved to death, their corpses rotting in the brown brush outside.  Itís so wet, but itís still so dead.  Itís as if nothing is capable of growing here, so harsh and cursed.  We should never have tried to settle here!

   9th of Moonstone, 300

   The dwarves are becoming restless.  Our two woodworkers are currently juggling military station and carpentry, but weíre only going through barrels at the moment because we need to get components for a screw pump.
   That said, the liaison informed me the month prior that he sought mostly leatherskin bags and alcohol.  I told him we needed an assortment of underground seeds and let him go.  It didnít occur to me we might be able to get blocks and metal.
   The guardsmen are dejected; a man with no applicable skills or occupation, from an obscure family, claims he can be a useful toymaker.  He has a dedicated workshop in the carpentry area.  I figure he can create enough crafts to afford a way to stone, and thus earn his keep.

   12th of Moonstone, 300

   Our miner died.  He helped channel and dig most of the sprawl weíre huddling in.  The winter came, and the water froze.  It was so interesting, I thought.  Maybe if I expose the water underneath!
   But alas!  While chipping underneath a frozen pond, for whatever reason, our miner died.  The ice fell upon him, and he was subsequently crushed by the weight of his own hubris.

   

   16th of Granite, 301

   An elven caravan has arrived.  The year is over.  It was a detrimental, invigorating, dejecting, dedwarfing experience.  Hopefully the next rulers can coordinate our dwarves better than I.


Edit: game ended because of shenanigans.
« Last Edit: July 25, 2021, 08:03:17 am by hedgerow »
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Re: The Colorless Houses - A Seaside Nightmare
« Reply #5 on: July 10, 2021, 05:40:06 pm »

I have the save, and have completed the first month.

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Re: The Colorless Houses - A Seaside Nightmare
« Reply #6 on: July 10, 2021, 05:52:57 pm »

No, not really, hence 'encouraged'.

Great. In that case, I'll join. Are we naming dwarves for ourselves, or running it form a third person perspective?
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Re: The Colorless Houses - A Seaside Nightmare
« Reply #7 on: July 10, 2021, 07:33:57 pm »


   The animals have all starved to death, their corpses rotting in the brown brush outside.  Itís so wet, but itís still so dead.  Itís as if nothing is capable of growing here, so harsh and cursed.  We should never have tried to settle here!
   

. . .  that didn't take long!


Your experience with aquifers is a testament to the improvements Tarn made this last update. You can kind of just naturally stumble your way through the layers, which is much more fun than running into a literal wall of water, but if you aren't quick to solve the leakage you might find yourself swamped. More fun, less obtuse wiki diving, and yet still a potential challenge for the unprepared.
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« Reply #8 on: July 11, 2021, 03:31:50 am »

Great. In that case, I'll join. Are we naming dwarves for ourselves, or running it form a third person perspective?

I don't have much experience with it so I just tried to follow along with the oldies.


   The animals have all starved to death, their corpses rotting in the brown brush outside.  Itís so wet, but itís still so dead.  Itís as if nothing is capable of growing here, so harsh and cursed.  We should never have tried to settle here!
   

. . .  that didn't take long!


Your experience with aquifers is a testament to the improvements Tarn made this last update. You can kind of just naturally stumble your way through the layers, which is much more fun than running into a literal wall of water, but if you aren't quick to solve the leakage you might find yourself swamped. More fun, less obtuse wiki diving, and yet still a potential challenge for the unprepared.

Yeah, they've done a great job with the game in the last couple of years and it's only going to get better down the line.
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« Reply #9 on: July 11, 2021, 04:52:01 am »

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« Reply #10 on: July 14, 2021, 11:19:23 pm »

I have to do some other stuff for a while.  If anyone wants to take over the list, I'd invite you to do so, if you want to; I'll link you from the OP.
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« Reply #11 on: July 20, 2021, 04:22:26 am »

I'd like a turn.

There are no goblin civilizations in this world; it might be the first world that I see in which that happened. Usually it's the elves that go extinct. Won't know for sure until and unless I go digging thorough Legends, but I'm betting the world's many towers are to blame/thank.
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Re: The Colorless Houses - A Seaside Nightmare
« Reply #12 on: July 20, 2021, 10:36:39 am »

The players are:
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I'll do some sleuthing once I finish my turn.  Alternatively, anyone can grab the save, retire or abandon the fort, then explore in Adventure/Legends, and report.

...uh, the elves are currently in existence.  But I won't commit to that until after my turn is over.  They might try attacking during my turn, and if they're sufficiently depleted, that could be the end of them.  They're kinda pissed.

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« Reply #13 on: July 21, 2021, 01:33:28 am »

Updated the OP.
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« Reply #14 on: July 21, 2021, 01:50:01 pm »

I'll do some sleuthing once I finish my turn.  Alternatively, anyone can grab the save, retire or abandon the fort, then explore in Adventure/Legends, and report.

I was going to simply PTW but may as well contribute:

There are no goblin civilizations in this world

Where do you get that from? I see TWO goblin civilizations in this world. Granted, Spamouksos ("Dipstolen") of the Demon Of Armories immediately got razed by the hill titan Tatlosh Packpanther ("the Untamed Cave", a worthy title). The surviving goblins, now demon-less, reclaimed their capital. Meanwhile, Tatlosh would harass the dwarves, humans, goblins and even kobolds in and around the region, before an unknown dwarven hero struck it down in 54, protecting the hillocks of DumatrigÚth ("Roughnesscrafted").

Anyways, yes, from what I can tell (legends mode & going there as adventurer) the goblin civs are fine and have at least a dozen dark pits each. I did not look at fortress mode or the legends exports.
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