Wow last post was in 2007. Not a lot of love for this game huh? Personally I love it, though I only started playing it this year so I have no idea how the game was at the time this thread was started.
Anyway I was just playing and thought I would check to see if anyone on this forum played as well. Currently I started in a tundra with no land. I was pretty sure all of my dwarfs were going to starve or go insane. No dirt, no farms, no sources of water, and the only animals were albatrosses. I felt the only way to survive would be to dig through the ice and snow, then keep tunneling down till I found a cavern. I found a cavern, so I got access to water, mushrooms, and wood stuffs. However there are dangerous creatures in caverns and now my dwarfs had to fight off troglodytes to establish a small base of operations there. The base is up and running and I have a few under ground farms started, but my dwarfs are really upset will the lack of luxury they have at the moment, so that's my main goal right now. As for my fortresses defenses I have cage traps and one draw bridge. Nothing fancy yet, but I expect great things from my dwarfs.