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How do I build a stairwell through multiple levels?

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Just curious are these honest to goodness questions you have? –  C. Ross Jul 9 '10 at 22:35
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You should try to make an effort with the title of this question. –  Mushu Jul 9 '10 at 22:35
    
@C. Ross indeed. just discovered DF a few days ago and am working on the basics and don't have the patience to read the wiki. –  antony.trupe Jul 9 '10 at 22:39
    
@anthony Fair enough. –  C. Ross Jul 9 '10 at 22:42
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Adding a little more information to your question will help other people find this question when they're googling for something similar. A good stackexchange is built on good questions, not good answers. –  tzenes Jul 10 '10 at 0:53

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up vote 8 down vote accepted

Assuming you're building down:

  1. Build a down stairway on the first level from the designate (d) menu.
  2. Build up-down stairways on the levels before the bottom from the designate (d) menu.
  3. If you have a defined "bottom" level, build an up stairway on that level from the designate (d) menu.

You will need to switch your view's "z-level" to build the levels. You switch "z-levels" by using < to go down a "z-level", and > to go up.

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perfect, thanks! I just wasn't thinking about it quite right. –  antony.trupe Jul 9 '10 at 22:41

As per the Bay12 dev-log, you will be able to designate over z-levels in Dwarf Fortress version 31.26 and beyond.

Though the accepted answer's method will still work, you will be able to do the following (again, assuming you're building down):

  1. designate a downward stairway on the top level (or build a stairwell if there's no dirt/stone to carve).
  2. Start designating an up/down stairway one level below (change z-levels with '<' and '>')
  3. Go down to the penultimate z-level, and finish designating your up/down stairway.
  4. designate an upward stairway on the bottom level
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nice. good to know. I need to start playing again. –  antony.trupe Jul 20 '11 at 13:06

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