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?


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.

  • 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. – user6789 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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