There are so many great moments that happen while playing Dwarf Fortress, that you will inevitably have countless stories to tell people. Here are a few of mine.

(If you have a story of your own, I would love to hear it and feature it! Just send it as a comment or as feedback!)

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Off to a Bad Start

So on day I started a new fortress in a wonderful little location; it had a river, a great mountainside, and stone. The only thing it didn’t have was something good to make a farm on. So I used some ingenuity and my recently acquired knowledge of pumps, and decided to irrigate a room from the nearby river. Piece of cake!

I quickly built a carpenter’s workshop to create the parts, dug out a tunnel from the river to the farm room, and was ready. I told one of my dwarfs to start the pumping, and…he was knocked back with such force by the pumped water that he hit the wall and was killed instantly by the blow. 6 dwarfs…

Prologue: I made a monument to honor him later on, for he died…so others could prosper.

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Fiendish Goblins

I had never known how crafty goblins could be until this event. I had a large, prosperous fortress, complete with bridges, motes, barricades, and a large, formidable military. At the time, I was dealing with many raids from goblins, so I decided to get creative and make some torture chambers (the idea was I would put the goblins in there, pull a lever, and water would flood in).

Well, in the middle of building one of these, a goblin party invaded. I’d say they knew they stood no chance against my military, so they pulled the most crafty feat I have ever seen in Dwarf Fortress. While my military was slaughtering the main group of goblins, one snuck past my defenses, went downstairs, completely ignoring everything, and went straight to the lever I had to flood the chambers. They weren’t complete yet! The water wasn’t set up to go straight into the chambers, but instead straight into my fortress!

Yes, he was killed, but I think he died a happy goblin, and maybe a hero. He didn’t take down my entire fortress, but he managed to make that entire floor useless (the river was constantly pouring into it, and the force of the water was far too powerful for any dwarfs to fight). He also managed to kill a military squad and a few miners down below.

I’m never letting goblins get past my front gate again.