Gnomoria, anyone tried it?

#1 Edited by Sjupp (1944 posts) -

With the recent Dwarf Fortress craze I tried DF again and boy is it a lot to take in. I figured I'd see what this Gnomoria thing is and I wonder if y'all have any experience with it?

I'm in the process of firing up the demo right now anyways so I'll probably update this thread with my thoughts.

#2 Posted by StealthRaptor (549 posts) -

I would like to know as well. I haven't found any good LPs out in the wild.

#3 Edited by BraveToaster (12636 posts) -

I've never heard of it, but I'm about to download and give demo a try. I haven't played Dwarf Fortress either.

#4 Posted by Loafsmooch (446 posts) -

Have not tried gnomoria, but on a related note I've tried Towns. It's also a graphical version of DF with a modernized interface, did have quite a few hours of fun with it.

#5 Posted by Christoffer (2084 posts) -

I didn't know it was a demo. I thought it was just paid alpha/beta. Please let us know if it's good.

As of DF. I seem to have the exact amount of patients as Dave had with it. It's an awesome concept hidden deep within an inconsistant menu system that wants to eat time. By the old "time between thought and action" ratio, DF is way over bounds.

#6 Posted by Sjupp (1944 posts) -

First (five minutes) impressions

I'm watching this video while I play my own game.

It's definitely way easier to pick up than DF. Maybe it's because I don't know anything about it but just looking at the stockpiling options you can tell what stuff is going to be in this game. It has patrol routes and a variety of mechanisms so I could see playing this game for a while without feeling limited and/or wanting to migrate to DF.

I feel like I've got a good grasp of the controls already and using a mouse works fine.

#7 Posted by SmilingPig (1370 posts) -

I tried Gnomoria and its a simpler version of DF. I did not buy it because I think that the greater game here, by far, is DF.

#8 Posted by Sjupp (1944 posts) -

That went fast. Well, I definitely felt like playing more after the demo was up and I learnt a lot of stuff for the next playthrough. I've already spent way too much on this steam sale and knowing that I might get something deeper and more complex for free (DF) makes me uncertain about whether or not to buy this game. I probably am though, what the hell.

#9 Posted by SathingtonWaltz (2167 posts) -

A good explanation of what Gnomoria is right now would be to compare Civilization Revolution to Civilzation IV.

#10 Posted by Sjupp (1944 posts) -

I called it "DF for babies"

I like it.

#11 Posted by Jrad (638 posts) -

It's missing a lot of the complexity that makes DF what it is. Neither DF nor Gnomoria are particularly competent management games (see Dungeon Keeper and Evil Genius for better done attempts) but DF is great because of the completely ridiculous approach of trying to simulate literally everything, which leads to, pardon the use of buzz words, "emergent gameplay". Gnomoria has potential, but its similarities to DF are surface-deep, and it's evidently trying to go about things in a different way.

That said, I hope Gnomoria will draw more people into the genre and prepare them for the delve into Dwarf Fortress, which is undoubtedly the better product (currently).

#12 Posted by BraveToaster (12636 posts) -

Yeah, this is pretty fun. I tried to play DF but I was confused and I don't like the way it looks.

#13 Posted by DonutFever (3823 posts) -

Kno, I haven't.

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