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Can you "win" a game of Dwarf Fortress? Is there like an ending or some victory condition? Or does the game just go on forever sort of like The Sims?

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Dwarf Fortress is a "sandbox" game, like Minecraft. Sandbox games typically have no set objectives and, yes, no official way to win them.

Unofficial ways to "win" would be along the lines of player-set goals or challenges like these.

One could definitely consider a successful fort that accomplishes a major goal/challenge or two as "winning" the game, as you've likely mastered it by now, but you haven't officially won it, because doing so is impossible.

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what do you mean by "official"? are there "unofficial" ways then since you're insinuating that there are? –  philthemustard Mar 17 '12 at 2:48
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"Unofficial" ways usually just include any goals the player sets for him or herself -- building some crazy structure, a fortress under the ocean, breaching the HFS and conquering the resulting... fun. Et cetera. –  Josh Petrie Mar 17 '12 at 3:08
    
Ah, that's interesting. Is there a list of these somewhere? –  philthemustard Mar 17 '12 at 4:25
    
@philthemustard Here's a few. They seem to be more challenges than goals, but should still be interesting. –  John the Green Mar 17 '12 at 4:37
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I can't believe a good answer to this question doesn't mention FUN. –  DJClayworth Mar 21 '12 at 16:32

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