After a six month absence, I've finally returned to this little fort.
Progress started out incredibly slow, but has sped up in the last couple of months. I'll put more detail in various PoI's, but two of the root causes for my slow pace were the fact that I flooded one of my two obsidian farms, which wasn't bad in and of itself, but I had to shut off the water from the source as I didn't build any bridges to control the flow closer to the farms, and I screwed up in my mechanism placement for the second level of the magmaduct, so I had to build five or six bridges, one at a time, in order to reach my far bridge. Needless to say, that latter exercise took nearly two seasons to complete.
Despite the setbacks, however, the second level of the magmaduct greatly increased the amount of magma reaching my farms and my second farm is likely going to be back online before summer. So there should be a large amount of progress made during this coming year.
Broke 80 dwarves last spring, so I also got a couple sieges of my lightly modified goblins (Increased their size and gave them better overall gear, iirc...I modified these files over six months ago. I thought I also gave them the [NO_FEAR] tag, but I saw some flee, so I doubt that). First siege was just one squad of wrestlers along with a couple axemen, so about a dozen total. That fight was an utter massacre...and only two of my six champs did 90% of the fighting. The champs are only in iron gear and the worst "wound" was one of'em getting tired.
The second siege was a bit different. Nearly three dozen total, one group from the W, one from the SW, and one from the E. I saw the W group first, so I canceled all my harvesting designations on that half of the map to keep my civilians from charging out to their deaths. I forgot, however, to be the same for the W side once my attention got focused in that direction...and ended up losing one of my original seven...the wood cutter/carpenter to be precise. He was just about to reach legendary status in carpentry, too :/
Another amusing thing to note, I got to watch one of my badly injured dwarves (he was bed ridden for at least six months) get possessed and fall unconscious every five to ten steps he took...and he ended up gathering at least six materials, two of which (marble) he went down to one of my lower levels to get thanks to the pathfinding ignoring z-levels. He ended up creating a marble bed worth 86.4k.
Every year I'll be engraving one level of the catacombs to show some of the fort's history over time.
Not quite sure what I'm going to do with all of the tombs...Might start some modifications to house my seven founders and the king in a symmetrical manner, but I really need to make some upward progress before I start designing tombs. - Ashery
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