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TinyPirate

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Complete Newby Play-along Tutorials... are complete!
« on: March 08, 2009, 12:51:29 am »

** Tutorials are not for the current, 2010 build of DF. However, they will teach you 90% of what you need to know for the new version. More tutorials may come in due course. **

My YouTube tips for Dwarf Fortress

I've had a lot of positive feedback from my play-along DF tutorials so I thought, now that they are complete, that I would post links to all 12 here.

Play-along? Yes, play along! New players can just pick up the pre-created save in the client I link in the first version and then follow along with my instructions. Lots of folks have said they found this to be an awesome way to learn a complex game! So, anyway, enough about all that. Here are some links.

The Complete and Utter Newby Tutorial for Dwarf Fortress
- Part 1: “WTF?”
- Part 2: “No, srsly, WTF?!”
- Part 3: “Dwarf whatnow?”
- Part 4: “It almost makes sense!”
- Part 5: “Onwards to Victory!”
- Part 6: “Dwarf Resource Management”
- Part 7: “A Mighty Fortress!”
- Part 8: “It’s a trap!”
- Part 9: “Nobles and other useless sods”
- Part 10: “Soldiers and your army”
- Part 11: “Burning hot mag-ma!”
- Part 12: “That’s all folks?!”
- Post-tutorial Dwarf Fortress links and resources

- Part 13: "World Building Badness"
- Part 14: "Embark... to your doom!"

And all of the tutorials in a big PDF!

DF 2010 Tutorials
- Using Dwarfs for Medical Experiments

**NEW** The tutorials are now available in French!

Feedback and comments welcome.
« Last Edit: March 04, 2015, 03:56:08 pm by TinyPirate »
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Re: Complete Newby Play-along Tutorials... are complete!
« Reply #1 on: March 08, 2009, 01:46:13 am »

dude this is just great! it might be to late for me to use it ::), but it think this should get stickied. For the really newbie questionis in DF they could firstly look here
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Re: Complete Newby Play-along Tutorials... are complete!
« Reply #2 on: March 08, 2009, 02:47:14 am »

Fine work!
Be sure to update it when the new version comes out- oh, and on that note,
you may want to have the next version use a default graphics set so that those users with smaller resolutions don't have to deal with the init, though the graphics may be more friendly.
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Re: Complete Newby Play-along Tutorials... are complete!
« Reply #3 on: March 08, 2009, 05:45:41 am »

Your tutorials have been really handy... I haven't been using the play-along files, but the ones about stuff like magma are really helpful in explaining some of the more complicated (and potentially fort-destroying) concepts.

I can't remember if you've covered it in one of the earlier parts, but something about water would be really helpful - it's a great way of ruining a tremendous amount of hard work with one mis-dug tile...
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Re: Complete Newby Play-along Tutorials... are complete!
« Reply #4 on: March 08, 2009, 09:33:08 am »

Nice!  tutorial is clear and well done... and funny!
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Re: Complete Newby Play-along Tutorials... are complete!
« Reply #5 on: March 09, 2009, 12:37:29 am »

Thanks for the feedback! Yeah, I decided to use the Mayday tiles and version I did because I've had a lot of people tell me they couldn't get into the game with the ASCII default set. Even a few cute icons help immensely, and by using a fixed version the tutorials will not get out of synch with the game.

I guess in future I may need to post "what has changed" updates to the blog, but I figure if someone can play through 12 tutorials on an old version they will happily work out what new oddities Toady has coded in in a newer version ;)
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Re: Complete Newby Play-along Tutorials... are complete!
« Reply #6 on: March 14, 2009, 07:15:29 am »

Penny Arcade linked to my tutorials. 55k hits on the first day. Might see a lot more new questions around here!
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Re: Complete Newby Play-along Tutorials... are complete!
« Reply #7 on: March 14, 2009, 08:19:21 am »

Nice work.  :)
This and CptDuck's video tutorials will be really helpful for the new DF players.
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« Reply #8 on: March 14, 2009, 07:03:08 pm »

Thanks. By the end of the weekend we'll be at over 100,000 views to the site. Around 10,000 have made it past the first couple of tutorials. I am hoping some will come donate!
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« Reply #9 on: March 15, 2009, 12:08:16 am »

Good stuff.  Those are as clear as anybody could possible ask for, and I wish I'd had them when I was starting out.

Now if only I could get some of my friends to play DF...
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« Reply #10 on: March 15, 2009, 12:32:36 am »

Good stuff.  Those are as clear as anybody could possible ask for, and I wish I'd had them when I was starting out.

Now if only I could get some of my friends to play DF...

Totally agreed. On both parts.
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« Reply #11 on: March 15, 2009, 01:31:12 am »

Ta. 100,000 hits since Penny Arcade linked, so I am hoping it drives some users, some donations and lots of fun all-round!
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« Reply #12 on: March 15, 2009, 01:33:33 am »

Since you are the one who garnered the interest of Penny Arcade, I must proclaim you "Sub-Sub God-Emperor" of the forums, beneath Three Toe and Toady One
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« Reply #13 on: March 15, 2009, 03:55:28 am »

Haha. I think Capt. Duck beats me - he helped me get back in with the Z-level version!
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« Reply #14 on: March 15, 2009, 07:11:52 pm »

This is good stuff. Any plans to migrate it to the wiki? I loved it, but there were some minor spelling errors I was itching to fix.  ;)
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