Ultragear - 308 Early Spring by Markavian

Map Description:

Another busy year passes, construction has gone onwards and upwards, but the obsidian factory claimed the lives oh so many dwarves... fortunately the quality of life (or should that be food?) kept the population happy during the worst of it. Two batches of peasant miners were recruited... and killed trying to clean out the crud, the plain mess that was the obsidian factory. The factory was drained and fixed, making it much safer all round.

After several applications of the new obsidian factory it was decided to drain the moat and prepare some significant improvements. By winter it was decided to press on with expansions south east to claim the giant pit as part of the fort.

With the rock put to good use constructing walls and floords up high the workshop layers are much better laid out now, although more space for storage will be needed. Store rooms to the edge of the meeting hall were drawn up to deal with the mountain of shells and bones being produced from the fort butchery and fishery. A muskox died of old age and all of its siblings were put to death to claim the meat, bone and hides.

Population is at a high of 202, but 49 of those are children or babies, but the fort can idle at at 79 dwarves if all is quiet. Strike the earth once more! Plans of expansion are afoot!

Point of Interest: The End of the World

( 308 Early Spring → onwards )

This artificial slice through the mountain separates the giant pit from the rolling hills to the west and marks the very souther border of Ultragear from the surrounding lands. - Markavian

There are 22 comments for this map series, last post 2009-11-24

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Submitted by: ToonyMan - 2009-02-21 to 301 Early Spring


Submitted by: Sinergistic - 2009-02-21 to 301 Early Spring

Interesting looking location.

Looking forward to seeing what you do with it, hopefully you post some updates ^^ (*cough* anvilchucked *cough*)

Submitted by: Noble Digger - 2009-02-22 to 301 Mid Summer

i'd love to see how this all ended out, if'n you didn't abandon on account of that water accident-in-waiting ;)

Submitted by: Markavian - 2009-02-22 to 301 Early Spring

Noble Digger, I've flooded many forts before, and will try to avoid chaos here... I was planning on putting a 6 depth water pressure plate to seal off the pumps when the pond of thrift was about filled up. The water should flow down valley back into the stream if all goes wrong, and not into my fort... reasonably safe plan me thinks.

Submitted by: Razin - 2009-02-22 to 302 Early Spring

Interesting map, can't wait to see more. If you don't mind me asking, what tile set is that? I've been looking for a square one, and this looks great.

Submitted by: Markavian - 2009-02-22 to 302 Early Spring

Hi Razin, its the Dorten tileset from the wiki page.

Submitted by: Salmeuk - 2009-03-08 to 306 Early Spring

I lurve me some awesome stylistic forts.

You are a simply amazing designer, in the poetic sense.

Submitted by: SkulkingFilth - 2009-03-11 to 304 Early Autumn

Love the shape of the nobles quarters. With your tileset it looks really nice !

Submitted by: ToonyMan - 2009-03-13 to 307 Early Spring

Golden spear? That's waaay better than a groundhog leather bed.

Submitted by: Jurph - 2009-03-18 to 308 Early Spring

Very cool. I like the idea of a big solid keep half-buried into the face of the mountain. And what a starting location! The pastures on top of the mesa would be great for fenced-in farming... I bet you could even build a bridge out of green glass and have a greenhouse set into that hillock in the NW corner. Not that you need any more food!

Submitted by: Markavian - 2009-03-24 to 308 Early Spring

No sand for glass on this map, just "sandy loam", the glass collectors didn't like it I don't think.

My next project is to build a defensive tower over and around the top of the pit, and then start throwing things away once there's a path from the main fort over there. Might do an arched walkway type thing and have a path below it down from the south hill to the river valley.

Submitted by: Markavian - 2009-03-24 to 308 Early Spring

Fenced in farming, that's given me some ideas. A couple of guard towers, two or three maybe, in an arc around the magma pit, with a curving wall between fencing off a large area of strawberry farms... mhmmm, strawberry wine.

Submitted by: Noble Digger - 2009-04-04 to 309 Early Spring

I love your magma forge area, and the magma sewer. I'm glad you stuck with this fort.

Submitted by: Clockwork Beast! - 2009-04-04 to 309 Early Spring

Mein Godt. The tileset is so elegant it's making me reconsider DFG. Is it all your stuff, Markavian? The way the walls work is amazing.

[Message edited on 2009/04/04 at 11:23 by Clockwork Beast!]

Submitted by: Markavian - 2009-05-31 to 309 Early Spring

There's more to come... last time I played I started hollowing out the space above the pit to create an open cylinder, and I've dug a new set of storerooms beneath the fort to east of the noble quarters.

Submitted by: Doppel - 2009-07-01 to 309 Early Spring

I just love this fortress, its so warm and cute, haha. What colorsheme is it btw?

Submitted by: Noble Digger - 2009-07-16 to 309 Early Spring

I'm really glad this place is still kickin'. I remember predicting its watery demise ages ago!

Submitted by: wblueskylives - 2009-07-22 to 309 Early Spring

This place just looks amazing, not to mention it's probably 10x more functional than my fort atm. Keep this going, man, you're bound to get some interesting adventures out of it.

Submitted by: Qjet - 2009-08-13 to 309 Early Spring

Ack, this is just too well done. It's built normally but it turned into this masterpiece. Maybe it's getting tedious to keep going, but know that your work is still impressing people.

Submitted by: Cheepicus - 2009-10-01 to 309 Early Spring

Wow, awesome fort in a cool location.

Submitted by: Markavian - 2009-10-12 to 309 Early Spring

A BBCode pictureView of Ultra Gear's front bridge as rendered using Stonesense - The isometric visualizer.

Exciting stuff.

[Message edited on 2009/10/12 at 11:03 by Markavian]

Submitted by: Markavian` - 2009-11-24 to 306 Early Spring

New stone sense screenshots:

Top of the crater
Top of the crater

Pond of Thrift
Pond of Thrift

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