Ah Dwarf Fortress. My current fort really isn’t much to look at and for the purposes of taking that screen shot I hid all the native stone that was naturally everywhere in my freshly dug fort.
The outpost Zoneshtan, or Helmssmith, was founded in 232 next to a river in on a otherwise unnoteworthy hillside. The dwarves immediately began a decent into stone. From there they turned right and started a dense housing complex, to the left is to be the numerous workshops and stockpiles and eventually a dining hall. At the base of the ramp a special area was cleared for building a fine trading post. It is now late-summer and progress has been steady. Early on in the summer a female macedwarf, her husband, and child journeyed to the outpost. They were gladly welcomed and the construction continued on.
With any luck I can begin constructing a defense on the surface and begin training new recruits with my new mother macedwarf. So far so good, but a nearby waterfall is killing my FPS. The summers are hot but I’ll wait until winter to see if I’ll be lucky enough that the river will freeze and allow me to work on it.