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Bridgedflickered chapter 3!

Today starts the third chapter of Bridgedflickered. The dwarves are all settled in and we have a new mayor- it’s time to start improving the fortress and showing off out wealth to the neighbours, starting with this fancy new bathhouse we have.

And just in case you want to see what it looks like in game, I took some screenshots of the baths, grand hall and surrounding area (including my no doubt horribly inefficient waterways)

The bunkhouse for my new recruits plus some of the fancier bedrooms.
Library and the bathhouse. It’s designated as a statue garden so dorfs will visit, clean themselves and enjoy the cool mists from the waterfall over the frogman statue.
Here the water drains off the map, plus you see my expansion plans for when I have fussy nobles to satisfy.
The Fort leaders office overlooking the great hall with its golden thrones below.

Bridgedflickered

An unfortunate side effect of drawing my comics traditionally is that I can only really do the bulk of the work at home where I have a decent size desk set up with all the accroutements  needed to pull one of these pages together.

For a while now I’ve been looking for something I can work on when I’m out of the apartment since I almost always have a tablet on me capable of kicking out digital work fairly easily. But I didn’t want to switch Other Tales to digital and I din’t want to take away from its writing time either.

Enter Dwarf Fortress. If you’re not familiar with Dwarf Fortress, it’s a surprisingly detailed simulation game that models a world according to some loose parameters you set. Fills that world with dwarves, elves, goblins and nightmarish forgotten beasts. Then it tracks a truly mind boggling amount of information about most everything you could ever want to know. It somehow manages to tell you everything about everything while also being vague and abstract enough that all that information is completely open to interpretation.

Basically it’s a very complicated story generator.

After a few hours of playing a game that is more or less just staring at text, you can’t help but construct a narrative that strings it all together nicely. And so that is what I decided to do.

So I have started a second comic called Bridgedflickerd (the auto-generated name of my fortress in game) about my attempt to build a functional fortress. It will be a yonkoma style comic with each strip focusing on something I found funny or interesting in the game. You can find it in the comics section along side the Other Tales chapters. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I did drawing it.

– Lee