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In the Dwarf Fortress options menu, the Music and Sound option allows you to set the desired volume, however this is a single option that will turn off both music and sound is set to 0.

For the moment I would like to play without the music on, but as a new player, I'm a bit worried that I might miss something important if I do this, like a sound effect indicating that something fun has happened.

Will turning the sound off affect anything other than the music volume?

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Only the great music. –  Russell Mar 19 '12 at 15:39
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No. The only sound in the game is the music. If you turn the sound off, you'll miss nothing beside a guitar track by the creator of the game himself.

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I agree. Sound in dwarf fortress is for relaxating purposes. And don't carry other functions –  George Gaál Sep 8 '11 at 12:53
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+1 I've played through many successful (and some "successful") fortresses without sound. –  Poindexter Sep 9 '11 at 16:06
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Turning off the sound will affect something other than the music volume – it will skip running the sound code, giving somewhere between an infinitesimally small and a noticeably large speed boost depending on your system.

Of course, I know that's not what you meant to ask, but it is a pedantic answer to what you wrote. ;)

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Are you sure about this? I really doubt that it "skips running the sound code" with the sound off, the computer probably just doesn't power/send signal to the jack. –  authenticgeek Sep 9 '11 at 0:28
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@Nick: No, just like video, sound has to be "rendered", which doesn't need to happen when there is no sound. If you'd run an application in console-mode, it would skip over the video rendering, right? Well, good chance the same goes for DF when the sound is turned off. –  nightcracker Sep 9 '11 at 0:35
    
Yep. That's what the single option that turns them both off is for. It's not much of a difference, but low-end systems have shown a few FPS of improvement by setting that option to 0. –  SevenSidedDie Sep 9 '11 at 16:22
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