nixiepixel wrote:Hello! I recently tried Dwarf Fortress in my search for free and open source games that don't suck, and I liked it, but I couldn't really get into it. The sheer complexity left me whimpering in fear.
If the tutorials posted don't do it for you, or you just don't feel like reading all of that, tackle it in stages.
Stage 1 - Learn how to Mine, Harvest Wood, Run a Carpenter and Masonry Workshop, farm Purple Helmets and create a still. All you need to learn to do this is create three workshops (the carpentry workshop, the mason workshop, and the still) create one farm plot, at least one stockpile, and you need to make sure you bring along at least one mining pick, one axe, and several plump helmets.
That's it. And creating items in the Mason's shop, creating items in the Carpenter's shop, and brewing alcohol will teach you the basics on what dwarves need to survive (beds, barrels, and "brews")
Once you've mastered that, you can expand outward to the other workshops and such. In mastering those simple tasks, you'll learn how to designate large areas for a task or whatever, you should start tinkering with stockpiles just to see what they can hold and so on. During all of this, you'll be hit with several immigration waves and should have time to get used to taking in newcomers.
And then you'll be overrun by goblins and everyone slaughtered. And that's fine. You shouldn't even hope that your first ten survive. Hell, if your first five survive past the first year, you're doing better than I did starting out.