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Re: This game needs a tag line
« Reply #315 on: June 12, 2010, 11:16:53 pm »

Dwarf Fortress: Skynet just wet its pants
Dwarf Fortress: Go to hell. Make it yours.
I vote for these. (I don't care that there is no poll)
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Dwarf Fortress: Skynet just wet its pants
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Re: This game needs a tag line
« Reply #316 on: June 13, 2010, 06:56:24 am »

Dwarf Fortress: Go to hell. Make it yours.
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Re: This game needs a tag line
« Reply #317 on: June 13, 2010, 11:04:45 am »

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Re: This game needs a tag line
« Reply #318 on: June 13, 2010, 01:20:19 pm »

DF: For SCIENCE!

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DF: Magma, carp, and elephants oh my!
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Re: This game needs a tag line
« Reply #319 on: June 13, 2010, 01:27:26 pm »

Dwarf Fortress: Because reality just isn't graphic enough for us
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Re: This game needs a tag line
« Reply #320 on: June 13, 2010, 04:30:48 pm »

Dwarf Fortress: Because reality is just too graphics for us

Fixed that up for you. 

Dwarf Fortress:  What do you mean, we can't just tunnel out a basement beneath the house? 
Dwarf Fortress:  Urist McNoble has manda been struck down! 
Dwarf Fortress:  I fixed a bug today involving ununhexium's electron orbitals. 
Dwarf Fortress:  Streaming with live updates from the LHC! 
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Re: This game needs a tag line
« Reply #321 on: June 13, 2010, 10:59:11 pm »

Any "tag line" that Dwarf Fortress has seems like it should encompass the game as a whole, not simply a single part of it, like many of these suggestions do (tag lines about capturing mermaids, killer elephants, etc.) And i think that a good tag line should be immediately understandable by someone who has not played or even heard of the game.

I like "Blood for the blood god!" because it suggests the game has a lot of fighting/killing in it, which it does.

I also like "Go to Hell, make it yours," because it implies the ability to conquer stuff, which is definitely a big part of the game... especially once the army arc is added. However, it implies that "going" to hell is the GOAL of the game, when you in fact make your own goals.

Perhaps a tag line about megaprojects like inverted pyramids... "The Egyptians build pyramids... the dwarves can build them upside-down." Something like that, which demonstrates the value and fun of setting your own goals.

The classic "Strike the earth!" is also great. It's poetic. It tells you that the game is about mining, but the word "strike" also implies violence. And the game has plenty of that.

Perhaps a good tag line which mentions how addicting the game is?

Here's my contribution: "The dwarves dug too greedily and too deep." The line is stolen from Tolkien, whose fantasy elements have been a big inspiration in the game - a fantasy simulator. The word "greedily" shows that there are great riches to be had, and the words "too deep" have a forbidding and poetic ring to them... It's the classic dilemma of increasing risks vs. increasing rewards - a strong motif in the world of Dwarf Fortress.

But I still think that the ultimate and best slogan/tag line/hook/motto is still the one that has been given down to us from the great Toad... "Losing is fun." It explains so much about the game in just three words... that it's impossible to win, that you set your own goals instead, that not achieving these goals is STILL a source of fun, and most importantly that the whole game is simply ABOUT having fun, not winning - two things which many other games produced nowadays have got smushed together. It's not about the goal, it's about the journey. That's more than just a motto, it's a philosophy.

tl;dr: Losing is fun.
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Re: This game needs a tag line
« Reply #322 on: June 13, 2010, 11:04:18 pm »

"Go to hell, make it yours" is one of my favorites from your post. I'll probably use that phrase if I tell someone about DF.

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Dwarf Fortress: Where bugs are features.
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Re: This game needs a tag line
« Reply #323 on: June 13, 2010, 11:15:52 pm »

Dwarf Fortress: Welcome god!. They live and die at your command.
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Re: This game needs a tag line
« Reply #324 on: June 14, 2010, 01:43:55 am »

See my works, ye mighty, and despair weep in horror of the reality we have created!

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Re: This game needs a tag line
« Reply #325 on: June 14, 2010, 01:45:56 am »

Urist said I had no reason to throw the king down the well...
But it was fun, that is all that matters.

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Re: This game needs a tag line
« Reply #326 on: June 14, 2010, 05:36:08 am »

Dwarf Fortress: Where bugs are features.
Dwarf Fortress: Where the only bugs are vermin.
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Re: This game needs a tag line
« Reply #327 on: June 14, 2010, 07:25:17 am »

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Re: This game needs a tag line
« Reply #328 on: June 14, 2010, 07:40:49 am »

I'd go with Strike the Earth! or Losing is fun!

If I had to add my own to the mix, though, I think I'd go with something along the lines of Build, fight, conquer.

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Re: This game needs a tag line
« Reply #329 on: June 14, 2010, 08:52:59 am »

DF: It's a sandbox. Did you really think cats were a good idea?
DF: There are two levers. One opens the exit. The other collapses the mountain. Choose wisely whichever, you're still doomed.
Goblins: a rich source of iron.
DF: Because mining the ores, smelting the bars and crafting the axe yourself only makes twisting it in elven guts more satisfying.
DF: Everything not forbidden is mandatory. Ignoring mandates leads to hammering. Doing the forbidden leads to fun. Either is good.
DF: It's all fun and luxury bedrooms until the tax collector calls.
DF: It's all fun and games until someone loses an eye. Or two. And maybe a couple limbs.
DF: Where sieges mean a chance to test your latest toys.
DF: Where dragons may be dangerous, but kittens are a catastrophe.

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I'm so, so sorry about that last one.
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