"Hello world."
It took me three tries to get into Dwarf Fortress, the first and second of which were me being put off by the steep learning curve and having too much Fun. I went into the third attempt with eyes open and spent over five hours reading DFWiki before even downloading the game, and haven't looked back since.
I've recently begun cataloging my most recent Fortress, Suvaslòr, "Lustroustools", on a Twitter account made specifically for this purpose. If you're a twitter user, please follow @DF_Newbie and see where this fortress leads. Fortress was laid to waste by the first megabeast. I had no weapons and no chance.
 Strange Strange Moods
- Skzul Kosotheral, Woodcutter, got a secretive mood with his only moodable skill as Dabbling Metal Crafter. He proceeded to claim a Mason's workshop, claimed one stone of Alunite, and proceeded to make Urmimmebzuth, "Swamour", an Alunite coffer (2400☼) and gained the Legendary Miner skill
 Suvaslòr, "Lustroustools"
Map features include:
The seeds for the world, Sil Num "The Planes of Wind" are as follows:
 Embark Points
- Carpenter/Furnace Operator
(Dwarven ale )
(Dwarven beer )
(Dwarven rum )
(Dwarven wine )
(Tower-cap logs )
(Copper pick )
(cave spider silk rope )
(Plump helmet )
(mountain goat meat)
(hoary marmot meat)
(giant rat meat)
(naked mole dog meat)
(large rat meat)
(giant mole meat)
(Pig tail Seeds)
(Cave wheat Seeds)
(Dimple cup spawn)
(Sweet pod Seeds )
(Plump helmet spawn )
Long and short of it: 59 booze (weird numbers are for the extra barrels), a single unit of all the cheap meats plus eleven turtles (for the shells) makes 31 meat, 11 plump helmets, and enough seeds to start me off. I saved a ton by dropping both battle axes and, since I only wanted one to begin with, taking one copper bar and one charcoal instead and forging it on-site. I already had a weaponsmith and an anvil coming with me, so I saved 280 points for no loss. I brought some wood as well because I was embarking into a 6x6 that had just a few tiles that were wooded and even that was "Sparse." I didn't want to get in trouble early and be bedless. The rope is for making restraints near my entrance for war dogs. The tetrahedrite is mostly just on the hopes I get silver for training weapons. The diorite was just one stone so I could build the metalsmith's forge immediately (to do the abovementioned on-site forging).
 Fortress Layout
Empty for now, placeholder for a fortress build as either screenshots or a table. I have yet to strike the earth.
Color scheme switches per migration wave.
Military occupation Legendary skill
 Year 301
|Diary of Sibrek Kolïngiz|
| 1 Granite: Well we've finally arrived in the Land of Ankles. The mountainhome sent us to|
colonize a mountain named "The Finger of Busters," so maybe they have a thing for
body parts? I don't know. Regardless, we're here without incident and with plenty of
time to dig in and get a decent fortress set up before things get really hairy out there
and winter sets in.
2 Granite: What was the mountainhome thinking sending us out here to carve out a new
12 Granite: Top floor's mostly excavated and we've begun to tunnel straight down to the
6 Slate: Mining is FUN!
2 Felsite: Well we finally got down to designing the noble's quarters now. My room is
13 Hematite: Tragedy NARROWLY averted today. I sent Zazit to go build a wall to block
3 Malachite: Big fancy bedroom floor designed. I'm not too proud to toot my own horn
 Year 302
 Year 303
28 Sandstone "The titan Bossu Xomumeslu Dabstëtso has come!" Goodie.... My army of champion wrestlers will tear his arms off. I hope.
- 11 dead so far including all 7 champions. The rest of my military is soon to follow....
- I managed to lightly wound his second toe on his right foot and moderately wound the fourth finger of his left hand. Unfortunately my fortress fell once my military died. Note to self: equip military with weapons sooner.