Due to it being Easter Monday and a day off, it was a good opportunity today to catch up on some long-playing youtube videos of Firefly the game, Dwarf Fortress, and Scenes from a Hat.

Firefly: The Game

The first videos that worked through were playthroughs of the Firefly board game. There are a number of different video playthroughs out there but only one has what it takes to fly.

The Firefly board game demo did a fairly decent job of presenting the game, but the wide-angle camera shots meant that very little detail can be seen of the game.

The best one that I came across is this How to play Firefly video where the first half is spent going through the rules in good detail, with good camera work showing the details of the cards, followed up by a demo of how a two-player game proceeds.

Strangely enough though, the best way to figure out how to play is by reading the rulebook from the game website’s how to play section. That along with the FAQ for helping with trickier situations seems to help to resolve most questions.

Dwarf Fortress: Adventure Mode

Recently rockpapershutgun.com ran an article called Dwarf Fortress: The Detailed Roguelike That’s Easy To Play, which had me snorting my tea all over the keyboard. As such, it was time to check out Dwarf Fortress once more and see what it’s like.

Installing Dwarf Fortress is not as easy as just downloading the game and running it. Actually it is that easy – but that’s not what most people do. There are a whole host of addons that have been created that make things easier for you, and these have been packaged together in a download pack for people to get started with.

Initially it was the Lazy Newb Pack that people used for the best experience, with graphical tilesets, helper programs,and other utilities to help out. This pack though has been superseded now, and was officially discontinued last year.

The Dwarf Fortress installation page takes you through your different options, which for windows now is PeridexisErrant’s Dwarf Fortress Starter Pack which gives you a detailed set of community-supported changes and improvements to the game.

I am dubious though as to how much easier things like this make playing the game, and when I started an adventure campaign I ended up dying quite rapidly within just a few minutes.

Hopeful to see how others have survived better than this, it was on to some long play videos, where I find that One F Jef put up a Dwarf Fortress Adventure Mode playthrough in 2009, and later on another Dwarf Fortress Adventure Mode playthrough in 2013.

One of the more challenging aspects is that the game is entirely keyboard driven with no onscreen help. You can find it by digging, and for reference there’s an Adventure Mode quick reference which gives you a full keyboard of commands.

Dwarf Fortress is not a game that anyone can easily get in to, but once you have dedicated vast amounts of time learning how to play it, it can certainly become easier to play.

Scenes From a Hat

Lastly I finished off with a nice long segment of Scenes from a Hat from Who’s Line is it Anyway. It’s amazing that we don’t seem to have anything near as entertaining on tv now, and is a testament to the skill of Ryan and Colin, along with others from the UK and USA shows.