Beginner's Guide to Dwarf Fortress [DF2012]: Step-by-step tutorial series on how to get started in the Fortress Mode, how to build your first fortress and how to help your dwarves survive.
This Dwarf Fortress video tutorial series follows along as I build an example fortress, showing what to do and how to do it. The series is meant for new Dwarf Fortress players, but I hope it'll be useful for all DF players, new and experienced alike.
I recommend using these video tutorials in conjunction with the Dwarf Fortress Wiki. You'll learn the basics through the videos and can follow along, and then find additional information from the wiki.
PLAYLIST (all videos in this tutorial series): Dwarf Fortress Video Tutorial [DF2012]
DOWNLOAD the tutorial fortress http://dffd.wimbli.com/file.php?id=6891
How to Install Dwarf Fortress
Dwarf Fortress Tutorial, Part 1: Downloading and Installing (Lazy Newb Pack). How to Get and Install Dwarf Fortress (DF/tutorial)
Dwarf Fortress Video Tutorial
Playlist (all videos):
Watch on YouTube: Dwarf Fortress Tutorial 2012
LINKS AND REFERENCES
Game: DWARF FORTRESS - free & awesome
Game version: 0.34.11 (DF2012)
Graphics package: Phoebus' Graphic Set 0.34.11v00
Installation package: Lazy Newb Pack. See the Part 1 of this tutorial series for the Download and Installation Guide.
Other Utilities: splintermind-attributes is a Dwarf Therapist clone that displays the exact numeric attributes of the dwarves.
DF2012:Installation (Dwarf Fortress Wiki)
DF2012:Quickstart guide (Dwarf Fortress Wiki)
DF2012:Dwarf fortress mode (reference, e.g. controls)