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When starting up Dwarf Fortress, the options I get are:

  • Continue Playing
  • Create New World
  • Design new world
  • Object Testing Arena

Is there some way to start a second fortress game without starting a new world, or abandoing my existing fortress?

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No. You can start a new game in your current world once you quit the current one, or you can start a new world. Dwarf Fortress does not allow for two games to go on in the same world because of the unspecified ways they might interact.

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Yes, sort of.

  1. Copy and rename the save
  2. Resume playing the copy
  3. Abandon the fort in the copy
  4. Start a new fort in the copy

You can now resume playing either fort. You've got two "parallel universes" at this point; but they don't effect each other.

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This would require him to "abandon his existing fortress" at least in one 'universe'? –  McKay Aug 4 '10 at 14:10
    
@McKay yes. "3. abandon that fort". It was buried; I listed the steps so it's not as overlook-able. –  antony.trupe Aug 4 '10 at 14:15
    
Yeah, I caught that, I only made my previous comment because he said that he didn't want to abandon his existing fortress. I see how you are kind of keeping that fortress alive, but he does have to abandon it. I like your idea though. –  McKay Aug 4 '10 at 15:32

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