I just downloaded both of the newest versions of dwarf fortress for mac onto my 2008 Imac from the Bay 12 Games website and an application I didn't even know existed called Archive Utility expanded it into a folder that is unplayable. How do I download and play it?
According to the game wiki, you need to execute the launch script called
To start the game execute the launch script "df". Launching "dwarfort.exe" by itself will not work
On OS X 10.8 and above, you will need to download XQuartz to run Dwarf Fortress, which is no longer bundled with OS X by default.
On OS X 10.11 and above, you will need to update the SDL library
(Download links for the libraries are available on the wiki)
Archive utility is a program that decompress archives so you can access them. Archived file mostly have the .zip, .tar.tz extensions. In this case, the files where in a .tar.bz2 archive. So when the programm launched , it did not expand it into an unplayable folder, it gave you access to those file in an easier, uncompressed way.
- open terminal.
- navigate to your df_osx directory. ( see https://stackoverflow.com/questions/9547730/how-to-navigate-to-to-different-directories-in-the-terminal-mac )
- now that you are in the dwarf fortress directory in terminal type
./dfand press enter. this runs the file named 'df' inside the current directory './'.