Dwarf Fortress released a new update on February 14th and with it new players are jumping on the underground sensation. The game was again updated on the 18th (0.34.02). I’m one of the new players and after the initial hurdle of learning I’m loving it. Yes the graphics might or might not remind you of old DOS games, but it’s interesting and addictive. It’s very difficult to grasp in the beginning but once you do it’s a rewarding experience.
Read Boatmurdered a popular story among Dwarf Fortress fans about fourteen Dwarf Fortress kings who pass around a saved game and chronicle their experiences.
The Lazy Newb Pack contains several great texture packs for use in Dwarf Fortress along with different applications that can be used while playing to manage your dwarves jobs with a windows user interface and add additional sound and music.
You will want to read the Dwarf Fortress wiki Quickstart Guide and follow it closely.
A great way to learn is to hang out in Dwarf Fortress live streams on sites like Twitch.TV. A few streamers on Twitch are captainhorfe, jefmajor and we stream the game from time to time on our Twitch channel.