April 6, 2017

The following issues have been fixed in version 1.43 of Dwarf Fortress Remote app:

  • A crash when viewing trade agreements with another civilzations.
  • A crash when deleting ammunition items.
  • A crash if pressed Done without selecting anyone when becoming capital
  • A crash on location finder screen if the game state is altered on desktop

Resolving DNS issues after removing Docker package on Ubuntu

March 24, 2017

After installing Docker package docker.io from official Ubuntu repo and then removing it (to install the latest version from Docker's own repo instead), I found that my server could not resolve hostnames anymore (back then I didn't know yet it was caused by Docker though). After reboot, /etc/resolv.conf was blank, although files in /etc/network/interfaces.d/* files were intact and contained the correct DNS servers.

/etc/resolv.conf nowadays is actually a symlink to a file managed by resolvconf, which is being passed DNS server list by ifup on reboot.

What happened is, docker.io package depends on ubuntu-fan package which installs /etc/network/if-up.d/ubuntu-fan script to be called by ifup (and other scripts for ifdown, etc.). When I removed Docker and then ran apt autoremove, it removed ubuntu-fan package, but left the scripts. On next reboot, ifup tried to execute them, but the actual fanctl executable was no longer there, ifup was half-failing and not calling resolvconf, although the interface was up (I'm not sure why, as /etc/network/if-up.d/000resolvconf should be called first and not affected by later scripts).

The solution is to run apt-get purge ubuntu-fan which will delete residual configuration files, and restart the server.


Unified dark UI in the next version

February 15, 2017

UPDATE: The new UI style is now available in app version 1.40 released on February 22, 2017.

Currently some of the screens in Dwarf Fortress Remote application use light colour scheme while some use dark DF colours. This is because initially I was going to use the system default UI, however on some screens the data needs to be colour-coded using DF colors which requires dark background, so these screens were made dark. Now I've unified UI throughout the application (except for the screens before you connect to a game for now).


Happy New Year, New Zealand

December 30, 2016

Virtually no city decorations, concrete blocks left from of an already-removed Christmas tree on a central square, and a tiny 5-minute fireworks show at midnight - that's all Auckland gets for this (and every) New Year.


Dwarf Fortress Remote for iOS is on sale until the end of this year

December 23, 2016

Dwarf Fortress Remote for iOS being on sale, together with the new simplified server installation procedure is a great opportunity to start playing Dwarf Fortress, even if you're spending this holiday season away from a computer.

It's actually fantastic. I was skeptical. No lag, the interface is excellent, and with a few very minor exceptions, it's capable of everything that the full PC game is. In fact, the games are transferable between the two. You can play a game on your PC, and then pick the same game up and play it later on your iPad.

If you enjoy playing Dwarf Fortress, whether via Remote or not, consider supporting Bay 12 Games - Dwarf Fortress authors who rely solely on players' donations for all these years.


Host your Dwarf Fortress Remote server on Vultr

December 23, 2016

I have added instructions how to easily host your Dwarf Fortress Remote server on Vultr for $5-$10/month.

In my benchmarks Vultr shows somewhat better performance than Digital Ocean.


Simplified server installation and better support

December 22, 2016

New all-in-one packages are now available on the Installation page. They include the latest supported Dwarf Fortress, DFHack and Remote Server in one package to simplify intallation process for new players. Other installation options are still available for those who already has the original game.

Also, Linux & Cloud installation instructions have been updated with a new simpler way to get a Remote server running in minutes on any cloud hosting that supports supplying startup script in "User data".

And finally, our Support section now includes searchable articles to address common installation, connection and gameplay issues. There's just a few of them at the moment, more to come.


SoundGrid is to be revived

November 25, 2016

SoundGrid, one of the pioneering matrix sequencer apps, is being updated to support the latest devices and iOS versions.

It's been more than five years since the last release (oh, time flies!), and I'm still receiving emails from users enquiring about plans to fix the compatibility issues, so I decided that I should really do that.

The first release will bring mostly just an updated UI, and then I'll work on new features.

In the meanwhile check out the track Steve Ambient Trip Hop by Stevehat and other tracks published on SoundCloud under #SoundGrid tag.