An Interview with Markus Persson, The inventor of a new Dwarf Fortress type game (From 2010)
In 2010, I talked with Markus, who has this new idea for a game, where he's blending Dwarf Fortress with Rollercoaster Tycoon. He also may be adding in a way to mine and craft items, he says. "Who knows where this game will go." To me, it doesn't sound promising, but who knows what the future may hold.
[INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPT, translation by google, with a little editing.]
What is it you want to do with this game?
My goal is to create a game that inspires teens and children to learn how to code. It started as a joke, where I thought, "Oh, I'm going to build World of Warcraft" or something, but that was nothing more than that.
It appears that you have already added a way to multiplayer mode. Even though the world is only 1024x1024, is it an idea you want to keep entertaining?
No, that's also part of the joke that we started with. I thought it would be cool to have any multiplayer mode that could copy, and guffaw at WoW's idea to put someones friends and play together. There is no way, with this technology, that it can support more than two players.
TheOnion.com has said that your game is "groundbreaking". Do you think it will start a movement like #blacklivesmatter, or something?
No, as I said, it was just a joke. It's not an idea that will break any ground.
Should we expect to see anything more from you and your game?
No, I do not think so. This feels like just a test.
What is the name of the game?
We have thought of many ideas. We started with the name "Rollercraft" or "Mine Tycoon" but they don't sound good. I do not think we will come up with a name that will truly capture the game's purpose.
What is the purpose?
Two mine, and to craft.
It was in this moment, that Markus left, reaching wildly for my pen and paper as he went, then swiftly and briskly walked out of the room. I haven't spoken to him since. Apparently, he's been "too busy to receive any calls." With what, I have no clue.
Happy April Fool's Day!