A Dwarven Prince on a quest to reclaim his people’s stolen land will take you on a great journey. Explore a continent filled with buried treasures and unearth mysteries that lie hidden since the Great War. Take charge of your Dwarven settlement while mining, exploring and utilizing your resources with a combination of strategy and management.

Order the inhabitants of a Dwarven settlement to dig, build and conduct research in order to strengthen the clan. Be careful though because you must defend your Dwarves from the terrible beasts that lie in the depths. A unique world is generated each time a new level starts, so you will need to dynamically adapt your strategies and tactics during each session.

As you advance, the Dwarves will level up and gain new skills; progressing from weak dwarvlings to near immortal warriors or master craftsmen. There are also rare resources to be found deeper in the earth that grant access to better buildings and equipment. However, the deeper you dig the more dangerous foes you might unleash…


Explore – The randomly generated maps offer replayability while also providing a sense of exploration
Build – customize your settlement with not only practical constructions, but beautiful ones too! Build objects you think look great, while still gaining progress. Home is where the art is.
Command – With an intuitive order system the player can easily control oodles of dwarves simultaneously without the need for extensive micro management

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A Dwarven Prince on a quest to reclaim his people’s stolen land will take you on a great journey. Explore a continent filled with buried treasures and unearth mysteries that lie hidden since the Great War. Take charge of your Dwarven settlement while mining, exploring and utilizing your resources with a combination of strategy and management.


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holarndius May 10 2013, 6:00pm says:

anyone else think its odd that steam if required for this game to run even though its on desura? shouldnt it require desura to run if thats the case? regardless im fine with it since i use steam desura and origin and a few others. but i wouldnt waste my time buying it here since i need steam to play it lol. ill just get it from steam.

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MrVarnor Apr 3 2013, 5:59am says:

I have Game of Dwarves on my Tracking List and check it out now and then. If you don't want to use Steam then fine I suppose, but I'm stunned that we still have the anti-Steam crowd after all these years, and you're missing out in a big way for questionable reasons. I've been using it for 7 years now and find it extremely convenient. The hassle of having to keep checking for updates and patches and then manually patch games is gone. The hassle of having to log onto websites, download packages and manually install is gone. I still do these things for some small time Indie Devs mind, but Greenlight is even helping those folks

I'm in full time employment, up to 12 hours a day, I don't have the time to mess about. Apparently I have 468 Steam games now, there's no way on this earth I would want to keep manual track of that lot, and the files have to be hosted somewhere online. If a company goes under (and they often do if you've been into gaming like I have for the last 20 years) then I'd have to backup the game to 2 seperate locations, in the event one of the storage medias corrupted

Steam makes so much money that I can't imagine it going anywhere anytime soon, digital media is the future and so far of all the varieties out there, Steam is to me the best out there, and far exceeds Desura and Origin

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Wolfganstein Feb 17 2013, 6:01pm says:

Steam actually offers several games that can be run without it - you can extract the folder and such and run it directly from the .exe. Most of these are older games, like the original Deus ex or free to play like Vindictus. Steam is a manner of DRM, but far more passive than most. Unfortunately, A Game of Dwarves is not among this, which was likely a design choice from the start, and should have been disclosed when the game's page was created. Especially considering the game had a steam page quite some time before it appeared on Desura, it boggles me how they neglected to mention it.

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Namelessness Feb 19 2013, 8:21pm replied:

It is mentioned on the page. Would love to see this game not requiring Steam to play it.

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alexstern1358495150 Feb 17 2013, 3:23am says:

Hmm, dumbed down dwarf fortress, eh?

How dumb are we talking here?

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Draumeland Feb 17 2013, 3:23pm replied:

4th grade dumb

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Draugr Feb 16 2013, 4:19pm says:

How do I get a refund for this game? I did not know it requires STEAM to run. I do NOT and will NOT install Steam on ANY of my computers. I just paid a second ago expecting to see a download link like every other game I've purcahsed on Desura. Yet, for this game there is NO download link and simply says this game Requires STEAM to run. If that is the case, I'd like a refund and will avoid this game.

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kodosguy Feb 17 2013, 8:04am replied:

I see...

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filthmancer Feb 17 2013, 6:48am buried:


- Right side of the page
- Releases
- A Game of Dwarves
- 'This game requires Steam to run.'

Thankyou for letting everyone know what a special snowflake you are.

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Ramzea Feb 17 2013, 7:46am replied:

It didn't say that yesterday when I first noticed his complaint.

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Draugr Feb 17 2013, 1:54pm replied:

Exactly. I would have seen that and NEVER purchased this game.

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xweert123 Feb 16 2013, 6:51pm replied:

What is wrong with steam? :(

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Draugr Feb 16 2013, 7:51pm replied:

I'm old fashioned in that I prefer a downloadable copy of a game I purchase and not a streamable download like Steam uses.I like having a zip, or installer file that installs a game without needing to connect online to do so. I have my own file server where I keep all the games and apps I ever purchased in order and have quick access to them.

The other BIG issue for me is that I REALLY do NOT like having to install software such as the Steam client on my PCs. I wasn't even a user of Desura until someone told me that the games have direct downloads like GOG.com. So far every game I purchased on Desura had a self downloading installer or zip file. I've not had to install the Desura client and wouldn't if that was it's only way to enjoy these games.

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Gablooblue Feb 16 2013, 8:57pm buried:


So youre a hipster then? Well if thats the case then you deserve losing those 10$

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agentbj09 Feb 17 2013, 12:48pm replied:

A hipster is someone who values independent thinking.

Depending on Steam, which games are attached and you're dependent on the client in order to make sure they run, versus installing your own software separate a client seems like the opposite of that to me.

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Draugr Feb 16 2013, 9:24pm replied:

I'm not worried about losing the $10 as that won't happen. If worse comes to worse I can file a dispute with my credit card agency. I already have an email in to Desura, I'm just waiting for their response.

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Jeffman12 Feb 18 2013, 1:15pm replied:

I think we can all agree, the use of any kind of DRM should be announced as soon as the decision to use it is made, even DRM as benign as Steam.

But I think we should also endeavor to "know the enemy" here. Steam has been operating for some time, 2003 to be specific. It was originally intended as an automatic update platform for Valve's limited library of games, but during development was relabeled as a more general distribution platform. Either way, for the time, these ideas were nothing new, patch and content distribution clients had been in use for multiplayer games for a while, just not on the scale Steam is today.

Valve has, to date, been an opponent to invasive "must be online to play, even singleplayer" DRM, stating their finding that piracy is lower when products are conveniently available to people through a relatively low impact and potentially ubiquitous service. To this end, steam has an offline mode. If your account credentials are saved on your computer, your steam library is accessible offline as long as the game developers themselves didn't include such a requirement. And if the problem is automatic updates, you can disable those without going in offline mode. There's clearly a downside that you must have steam installed, logged in sometime in the past, and installed the game, but that's hardly an issue when you plan ahead.

I'd also like to point out that if steam is ever shut down indeffinitely, they've made it publicly known that they will disable all of the DRM in every game in the library prior to said shut down.

And I'll say this, I knew someone morally opposed to Steam, but now they use it, because darnit, it's just too damn convenient having an instant messaging system, auto-updater, and game store all in one little program. besides, we're not talking about EA's Origin here, oh wait, he uses that too. Also, he refuses to shop at gamestop because they have a "local monopoly".

Yay, ideology!

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Lowest Rated (2 agree) 2/10

I'm going to have to hammer this game.

I really wanted to like it, enough to play 25 hours into the campaign. Everything beyond the first half-hour was just more of the same. All campaign stages and game modes play out identically, you dig and come under attack only when you deliberately dig into marked areas. The town management & combat & AI behavior are all *extremely* basic.

This is a 3D dwarf fortress with 95% of the game content and mechanics missing.

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