The Steam version of Dwarf Fortress seems to be getting pretty close now, but of course, “time is subjective” and so that could mean any number of things. What we do know is that we’re close enough to the Dwarf Fortress Steam release date to get a look at how drawbridges will work, and at a nice method for disposing of unwanted visitors – specifically, chucking them into a volcano.
First things first, though, and that’s drawbridges. Dwarf Fortress co-creator Tarn Adams has a new devblog up on Steam that shows off the new bridge artwork, as well as the look for when a drawbridge mechanism is activated. Bridges can be connected to levers to turn them into raisable drawbridges, which accomplishes two things: it makes the bridge impossible to cross and it shields anyone hiding behind the raised bridge. Handy!
The first example Adams shows off is above ground and is a two-sided drawbridge. The halves are each controlled by a separate lever, which are housed in a nearby building. The next example is a bridge over a moat dug in a cave, and there’s an alcove carved nearby for the control lever.