Hi, I know that in DF 40d, there was a way to tell the dwarves to stay indoor. Is there any way to do that in 2010... It's quite useful when there are goblins attacks.
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To do this you need to familiarize yourself with burrows and military alerts.
The key is to make a burrow that is completely behind your defensive perimeter. Then, you can access the military alerts screen (Default: m - a) and set things up to restrict civilians to a particular burrow.
At that point, whenever you change the alert, when the sieges and ambushes come around, your civilians will not leave the safety of their burrow.