Lets Play: Headshoots

However, the most honorable way of ending a fortress's life is not filled to the brim with wealth, but in an orgy of violence and bloodshed with tantruming dwarves killing each other and imploding your civilization. Considering the fate of LPs in the past, it is a safe bet as to which fate Headshoots is going to end up succumbing to, especially given the fact that we have elected to settle in an area chock-full of undead.

Headshoots was a Succession Game Let's Play of Dwarf Fortress, conducted by the goons at Something Awful. Like any good Dwarf Fortress LP, it didn't take long to go pretty much completely insane.

The whole thing, plus some bonus art, can be read here.

Headshoots provides examples of the following tropes:

  • Bizarrchitecture: The "Room Outside Space". Seemingly a perfectly ordinary room, except that players were somehow unable to find it unless there was a dwarf inside to zoom to. The last dwarf standing survived by hiding in this room.
  • Good Bad Bugs: Invoked. There apparently wasn't a cap on dwarves' skill levels. When a player checked out Holistic and Nemo's stats in an external editor, their highest skills were 77 and 86, respectively... where 15 is "Legendary." Their physical stats were over four times the maximum level displayed in-game.
  • Improbable Weapon User: Holistic Detective got into the habit of bashing things to death with a backpack.
  • One-Man Army: Holistic Detective single-handedly butchered a dragon. Without being harmed. Nemo was roughly as powerful, and in fact had a higher killcount.
  • Pointless Doomsday Device: WEAPON, whose first activation set half the fortress on fire. Later upgraded to TRIBUTEWEAPON with even more catastrophic results: Imagine a fire sprinkler system using magma raining all over the map. There was an attempt at a freezing-water-based one, WEAPON ICE FUCK, which was abandoned once the player discovered the climate was too warm for it to work properly.
    The various succession players seemed to enjoy making these devices and "forgetting" to tell anyone about them. This, of course, is half the fun.