A single page, from the bottom of a drawer.

Late Autumn, 555.

Despite my calls, we have not yet got a competant military, but we have found some of the demon metal in the caverns below the forges, and production of armor and weapons has started.

The sight of it drove one of the metal smiths insane, and he threw himself into The Funnel, but he has been replaced by Kadol, an immigrant blacksmith. She lost her husband and child in the last attack and states that she no longer wishes to see the surface.

We lost over 20 in the last attack, but the next time they come, they won’t be so lucky.

Bit overboard…

I might’ve gone a little overboard with the story, will be interesting to see where it goes!

Did this for a friend, trying to convince him to play the game. It sort of worked.

It starts here: http://mkv25.net/dfma/poi-27367-groundlevel

The First year of Tonguecrafted

Digging the Dining Room

We found the first ore-rich level and started to dig a dining room, we found many small pockets of gems along the way and enough tin ore to keep any metalsmith happy. Below this will be the food stores and, if we get lucky and find a cavern that we can use to irrigate the ground, the lower farms. We have not yet decided on the locations of the bedrooms or the workshops.

 

Digging the “Workshops”
I told the miners to “go wild” with the workshops, but I guess they rather took that to heart, as they obviously weren’t following any sort of plan, it’s not even properly symmetrical!

I almost told them to bulldoze it all and put in stud-walls, but maybe it can be re-purposed to confuse invaders or something. Our engravers were complaining they was bored, so I’ve set them to smoothing the walls in the outer hallway.

Our fisherdwarf said this morning that he could smell smoke on the breeze, and one of the dogs has disappeared. I hope it’s more traders, and not goblins.

 

Migrants
They were migrants, bringing with them some lambs and young llamas. This will be good later for setting up a wool industry, if the ground here can handle it. We have started smoothing and installing furniture in the dining room and may soon need to expand the farms. There has been mutterings from the miners of digging down to find magma, but we’ve not even built bedrooms yet, it can wait.

I looked out this morning and several more migrants had arrived, following in the footsteps of the first. A milker, a tanner, a metal smith and a leather worker, behind them limped a small piglet and a yak calf.

They told me that originally their group had been much larger, but the roads are getting more dangerous and they have decided to stay. We should think about building a defensive wall on the surface. It’s late autumn now, and desert winters can be harsh.

 

Genocide

The dogs have given birth to many puppies over the last season, with a heavy heart I ordered all of the males to be killed for meat, the new tanner will have work today. We don’t have enough room yet as it is, one male has been chosen to live, the biggest and strongest of our war dogs, hopefully the puppies he produces in the future will be female and strong.

We have both a male and female llama calf out in the pasture, both have been put up for adoption, hopefully they will find a loving owner who will protect them from accidental slaughter. They shall live outside and once they grow up, produce more baby llamas, and many wool blankets. The adoptive owner will recive a letter quarterly, it will go as follows.

This is $llama! You adopted me in $season, $year! I am doing well, I have had $digit babies this year and I am very happy, only $digitkilled of them were male!

I hope you continue to donate to my cause, yours lovingly, $llama!

 

Winter
Winter is nearly upon us, but a dwarven trade caravan has arrived. They heard of our predicament and bought replacement parts for our wagon, but that has long been torn up for wood. We will build them a new trade depot out of Bauxite, at the bottom of the entrance ramp. When it is done it will be the colour of blood, a memorial to the fallen puppies.

Despite the new workshop space only one level below, many workshops are still set up in the cavern, this will be fixed eventually but for now it is a fairly efficient way of doing things.

By the time we got the depot up, the merchants had left, they dropped in for a few mugs of wine but didn’t stay long enough to trade.

Their loss I suppose, we’re doing ok for ourselves, we did manage to request more wood for next time.

 

Late Winter
The winter was as I feared, snowstorms flew unabated, and the small pools we were using to fish have all dried up. The farm plot near the entrance way grew poorly, but it was only deep into the winter that I was informed we had no more barrels for alcohol, or, as it happened, alcohol itself.

I dreaded who I would have to send out to chop more wood, this was something we should have noticed much earlier, but as it was.

Just when we thought all hope was gone, a cry came from outside, the snow storm had eased and the pools had thawed, the water was cold and nasty, but it sated our thirst.

(Whoops, that what I get for leaving the game unpaused)

 

Spring!
Spring has arrived! The rest of the winter was cold but uneventful, I may clear those workshops and build some better ones closer to the surface. I’m told that this sand is more solid than I originally thought and could withstand having rooms mined out of it.

On the door step this morning I found a huge group of dwarves, one of my friends, out original, handed me a note with this written on it:

Hunter, planter, Bower, Brewer, Trapper, Armorer, Stoneworker, Weaponsmith, Miner, Tanner, Hunter, Farmer, Stonecrafter, Glazer, Fish Disector, Trader (But I want to be a Fisherdwarf!), Animal Trainer, Diagnoser, Cheese Maker

After speaking to them and asking where they were travelling to, I was informed that they were coming here! Apparently we’re the big thing around the mountainhome, although we never got to trade, word got back and these are actual honest to god migrants.

Armok help us, we can barely feed ourselves as it is, without all these people hanging around. I’ve designated a whole kitchen and crafting area to be dug, we will have to designate more farms, they bought animals that will need pasture we don’t have… The diagnoser has been placed in charge of injuries, the hunter has been sent out hunting and some workshops for milking and such have been marked out on the surface. Those who requested it have been put down for active duty and will act as a military once we have a barracks and weapons sorted out.

We’re growing too fast. I’ve ordered farms to be placed where the finished goods stockpile was meant to be, I hope we can adapt before we starve.

It’s midspring in the year 552, and Tonguecrafted is 37 dwarves strong.

I suppose I’ll continue this somewhere else, unless nobody here has complaints. I started it and got carried away.

We have started building a wall around our fortress, and for good reason. The elves are here.

They say they merely wish to trade, but we have never done good business with elves. All our goods are shell and wood and I do not wish to trade rough gems. A gem-cutters shop has been set up in the crafting area, but if we do not get to trade with them in time, that’s no big loss.

 

Summer
They still stand in our depot and complain about the height of the ceiling. I told somebody to trade with them just to get them out of here, but nobody has yet.

Word gets back to me that we traded a single gem for several planks of wood, a panda and a wild Cogour. Why we would want that I don’t know. About the Panda, I know we will not have been able to keep it alive due to the lack of bamboo pastures on this map, so it has been designated to be killed, but even that is better than than to travel with the elves until it inevitably starves to death.

 

Mid Summer

Separating the gems out into two separate stockpiles, for two separate workshops. We have an abundance of food and two designated cooks now. The bedrooms are coming along and the dining room is almost smooth.

Our armorer has gone nuts, some say he was possessed, some say he was mad, either way he starved himself to death. The awkward workshops shall be where we store our dead, I have told the engravers to deal with it.

Our best carpenter says he does not feel well. He simply sits in his workshop and draws, I hope he isn’t coming down with whatever took poor Litast.

 

Late Summer

It is named WeatheredFlushed the Blue Mortality, an armour stand with a recurring pattern on it. It is dedicated to the armourer Litast, and the fact that we must all face our mortality eventually.

 

Mid Autumn

Just when we think we have achieved stability, more migrants arrive. Lists are being written and jobs will be properly assigned from now on.

We shall need Two cooks, Five Farmers, Two Brewers, One Butcher, One Tanner, One Gem Cutter, One Gem Encruster, One Beekeeper, One Carpenter, Four Masons, However many engravers we have now, but no more, One milker and cheese maker and One Shearer and Spinner.

Other professions may be required too, but that’s just off the top of my head. The fortress will run smoothly for now.

 

http://mkv25.net/dfma/map-10435-tonguecrafted

If my blog was more focused on a particular topic, titles would be easier to come up with.

Gave blood yesterday, it was interesting. Signed up to do it again next time too, my arm kinda aches today and I think it’s bruising, but it’s all good apart from that.

There’s a new Morrisons here, taking over where Netto was, nice to have somewhere to shop other than Tesco. (The Tesco here is terrible, no competition I suppose) It only opened on Monday but we looked earlier, and it was chock full of pensioners, just… Standing, annoyingly, or walking the wrong way. Anything’s better than Netto, although I don’t know where I’ll buy my massive boxes of broken biscuits now!

Been busy lately, catching up with college work, not much else going on. Playing Dwarf Fortress, just got my first goblin seige, all of them riding mounts, several riding mounts that could fly over my pitiful little walls! I survived, but my milita commander lost a leg and another guy lost an arm, and my alpaca and rabbit farm was decimated.

Bought the second book, haven’t read it yet though, guess I’ll go do that.

Hmp

Ender’s Game was a pretty cool book.

day 19 – favourite song from a game

day 19 – favourite song from a game

The Super Meat Boy soundtrack is pretty awesome, I managed to get the whole thing for free (without pirating it!) so that’s kinda cool. I really like the monologue at the start of A Reckless Disregard for Gravity too, although I can’t find a decent version of it and my copy appears to have been corrupted by GLaDOS. The original Pokemon music holds a special place in my heart too.

I think Super Meat Boy has the best game music I’ve heard in a long time.

I think I dislocated my little finger or something, I hit it as I was going downstairs and 3 days later it still hurts, doesn’t look bruised or anything, just hurts when I bend it. Annoyingness.

Got back into Dwarf Fortress (Also OpenTTD, but trains are hard) my first fortress was wiped out by the very first goblin ambush, because I hadn’t bothered to hook up the drawbridge yet. There’s now bee-hives, and birds produce eggs!

Which reminds me, I went into the garden yesterday to retrieve the kids next doors football and ended up giving them all eggs and letting them pet Hermia. Thorax is also dyed purple at the moment because Bella attacked him and pulled out some feathers, and I had a purple anti-peck spray I’d never had a chance to test out. He ran away when I was trying to catch him, but went all docile and wimpy once I’d got him in my arms. He does the chicken head-bob thing!

First of May!

First of May, first of May, outdoor… Ahem, right.

Nothing much happened recently. Emmy’s finally no longer on heat, but Bella is. She was 10 in March, how can she still manage it! She’s being a right pain with it anyway, I hope that when she’s gone, none of the other dogs come on, because I would like to be able to take them for a walk some time this summer.

I found a dip-pen downstairs and a little bottle of ink, (Sheaffer Peacock Blue, it’s a pretty colour) the nib is rusty, but it writes ok, and the pen is glass, so I might buy a couple more nibs for it.  Have had a couple of days fun playing with it anyway.

Think I’ve almost finished the Vatta’s War set (What’s published, anyway) ordered the last one earlier, I guess once I’m done with that I’ll have to see what else she’s written. I really need a new bookcase in here…

Been trying to spend more time downstairs, if I don’t it basically becomes somewhere to walk through, and only the dogs do anything down there. Set up the computer on the big telly and stuff, ordered a game controller and then spent two days trying to find drivers for it. (These are the only ones that worked, original xbox controller and Windows 7) XBCD was useless. At leas the xbox to USB cable I spliced together a while ago works. (I previously got a controller for £1 at a carboot but it was broken)

Ragnarok Online is now free, I downloaded it and took a look around… It was depressing, nobody I knew was still there that I could see (Just checked again, nothin) I don’t know what I was expecting, nothing really I guess. In my head it’s like he’s not really dead, he’s just gonna log on and be like, “hi, sorry I wasn’t around” or something. I know it’s stupid. I miss him every day…

-_-

Made some biscuits earlier, they’re not bad. Lent’s over, I can eat chcolate again I guess, not that I was doing it for lent but it was around the same time. I had some hot chocolate and white-chocolate biscuits, but I think I’m gonna keep not eating it, it just annoys me. Terence bought me some beeswax banana hand-cream (not what I’d normally go for but it is nice) and a box of chocolate seashells for my birthday, and we’re working on getting a greenhouse.

Things are ok!

Ramblings

So! You wanted book reviews? You get book reviews!

Books!

Wise Man’s Fear

Over 900 pages and totally awesome, if rather heavy. I think he’s improved his writing style since The Name of the Wind, he doesn’t foreshadow as much and the characters didn’t feel quite as one-dimensional, it kept me reading and I finished it in around a week. Now I just have to wait four years for the third book. :(

It was worth the wait and is worth picking up if you liked the first one! Also a good substitute for weights and/or coffee tables. Maybe wait for a paperback if you’re not 100% sure…

The Hunger Games Trilogy

Got the first book a while back but never felt compelled to pick up the other two, but I saw them in a charity shop the other day and grabbed them and read them in a day each. Not bad, better than I was expecting, they kept me reading, but I don’t think I’ll end up reading them again.

Inside Out

Reminded me a lot of The City of Ember. I liked it, the twist at the end was interesting, but I don’t feel compelled to pick up the second book (unhelpfully named Outside In), I’m happy to leave it where it is. But if I saw it in a charity shop I would grab and read it.

Black Book of Secrets

Grabbed this one for 99p because I liked the cover, and because it’d been there over a week. Not what I was expecting but pretty good, the author kept changing tenses though and it often got difficult to tell who was talking about who.

(Got distracted browsing Amazon at this point, and huh, there’s a new Terry Pratchett coming out? I thought he was done… How is he anyway?)

The Fire Eaters

Picked this up along with The Black Book of Secrets. Jesus. It’s all about waiting for the nuclear bombs to wipe us all out, a cheery book. I read to the end and it wasn’t terrible, but I don’t think I’ll end up reading it again.

The Vatta’s War books.

Waiting for book 3 to arrive, awesomeness, but damn I wanna watch Firefly again now. Maybe I’ll go downstairs and do that…

TV
Game of Thrones

Whee, watched this last night and it’s making me wanna read the books again, next one is on tonight in the US, so tomorrow here! Gives me a reason to sit downstairs and watch it on the big telly.

Doctor Who

First ep of the new series was last night, not bad, but damn that was a cruel cliffhanger.

 

Games
Portal 2

whee awesomeness!

Also recently got back into Defense Grid, which is also awesome!

yeah

Finished the book about a week after it arrived, it was awesome… Since then I’ve read 4-5 kids books and am up to book 3 in the Vatta’s War series.

Just trying to catch up on homework and stuff, sorry this has been kinda sparse lately.

muu

Uncle John died last Tuesday, the funeral is on Monday, Asbestosis.

Nothin much to say apart from that.

Whee

Wise Man’s Fear arrived last night, don’t expect much out of me for a couple of days.