Dwarf Fortress Adds Deathmatch With Arena Mode Update

In the colony management game Dwarf Fortress, which I’ve occasionally called “a game about perfectly preventable tragedies,” there are infinite ways for dwarves to perish. Gladiatorial fights between dwarfs and any of the numerous bizarre and dangerous animals in the game are a new addition in the most recent Dwarf Fortress version.

Dwarf Fortress patch 50.06 adds Arena Mode, which has been a feature in the legacy version of Dwarf Fortress for ages. While it certainly serves as an entertaining way to watch monsters battle each other to the death, functionally it serves a grander purpose as a testing area for objects, features, and characters. It’s an indispensable tools for modders, in other words.

Arena Mode has gotten an updated user interface to keep pace with the new mouse-driven menu system in the Steam edition of Dwarf Fortress, so it’ll be easier for modders and aspiring Roman emperors to use now. You can customise just about every aspect of any battle you set up, from the creatures participating and any equipment they bring to the nature of the conflict itself – options range from non-violent encounters to ‘no quarter’ duels to the bitter end.

You can also create teams of creatures, spawn in items and trees, and take control of a specific character to jump into the action yourself.

The patch also addresses some crashes, including one that would occur when players copied trade information from certain items, and one caused by creating diagonal or very large activity zones.

It also adds some new graphical sprites for underground crops and farm plots, new statue textures and designation textures, and fixes some creature list icons. Ambient sounds have also been enhanced and tweaked a bit, with a new neutral cavern ambience added to the mix.

There’s usually a standout line or two in any set of Dwarf Fortress patch notes, and this time, it’s this one:

Allowed emotionless creatures to satisfy needs if they still have them.
Think about that while you browse our list of the best old games that are still very much worth playing on PC today.

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