After about two years, Dwarf Fortress – the most intricate world-simulation sandbox ever – has seen a major release, and an astonishing amount has been added to the game. New additions include new plants and animals, more complex trees, more interesting fortress reclamation, more detailed civilisation, social, and political models, and much, much more.
As much as you want to get a piece of that action, you should be warned. Things are kind of glitchy right now, with a variety of application crashes, flying creatures plummeting out of the sky like meteorites, uncharacteristically well-mannered night-creatures, and the Dwarf-gods-only-know what else. Looks like it will take a few more iterations over the next couple of weeks or so to eliminate the worst of the breakages.
But you know you want to grab it and give it a try anyway, right? Seeing everything blossom in Spring can be worth the price of admission right there.
Dwarf Fortress remains free and runs on Windows, Linux and Intel-based Macs. If you enjoy it, you should strongly consider donating to support the efforts of Toady and Zach in keeping the project going.
Dwarf Fortress remains one of the most interestingly complex dwarf mining simulations of this, or any, century.