Do we need a separate tag for Dwarf Fortress adventure mode? Obviously, it's pretty different play experience with different questions than fortress mode.

The tag already exists, but isn't used. Should I go slap it on all the applicable questions?

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Will it help?

Seems like it. Several questions already carefully specify the difference, which seems kind of the point of tags.

Will it hurt?

I don't see how. You can interesting/uninteresting "dwarf-fortress*".

Unless anyone has different answers to those questions, the balance of help to hurt seems great. Do it.

  • Should it replace the existing tag?
    – C. Ross
    Commented Nov 19, 2010 at 19:35
  • @C.Ross Is the adventure mode no longer dwarf fortress enough to not need the dwarf fortress tag?
    – Grace Note StaffMod
    Commented Nov 19, 2010 at 20:08
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    @Grace I think it should keep the original tag. But that begs the question, do we need a fortress mode tag?
    – C. Ross
    Commented Nov 19, 2010 at 20:14
  • @C.Ross (made up example with possibly other problems but...) Would we need a "StarCraft2-Melee" tag because of having a "StarCraft2-[InsertMod]" tag? Is one mode clearly the default? Commented Nov 19, 2010 at 20:43
  • It's like having a [planets] tag as well as an [earth] tag. The two are clearly related, but the scope of the tags themselves vary greatly. So I would say the tag is a valid one. Commented Nov 23, 2010 at 17:47


My understanding is that Adventure Mode shares a number of world features with Fortress Mode (item properties, monsters, stats on individual dwarves), but the core gameplay is extremely different. Questions that deal with Adventure Mode should have the dwarf-fortress-adventure tag.

Now, in my experience, when people simply say "Dwarf Fortress", with no further qualifiers, they tend to be talking about Fortress Mode. I don't have numbers to back it up, but I get the feeling that Fortress Mode is much more popular than adventure mode. Because of this, I would advocate only the dwarf-fortress tag be used for Fortress Mode questions, and both tags be used for Adventure Mode. I don't feel like a third tag adds much value.

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    Given that people tend to need the "This is Adventure Mode" qualifier but not an equivalent one for Fortress Mode, I'm inclined to agree with this standpoint.
    – Grace Note StaffMod
    Commented Nov 19, 2010 at 20:33

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