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I keep running into damp stones every where. Is there a way to get through them, or do I have to make a separate cave for them? Also, can I use them to make mud? I still haven't quite figured out farming. Or hunting for that matter...

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To address your side-note, there is an excellent explanation of basic underground farming at gaming.stackexchange.com/questions/2604/… –  sjohnston Aug 12 '10 at 17:33
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You can dig through damp stone, if you know what you're doing (don't accidentally break into a river without proper precautions! but going under a pond is ok). What you have to do is designate the square again.

Aquifers are another matter entirely. Take a look at the wiki on how to deal with them - I have been scared of them and avoid them on embark.

You can't make mud from damp stone, for that you need to let water flow over ground. Also see the wiki.

Post your other questions as separate ones, and I'll see what I can do :-)

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Great. I followed your instructions and now my entire cave has flooded. Great work. :-p –  Mechko Aug 12 '10 at 13:16
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Well, that's what I meant with 'if you know what you're doing'! You can build walls if you're lucky and otherwise: Have fun! –  yatima2975 Aug 12 '10 at 13:40
    
hey is there any way to tell the dwarves to just ignore damp stone and go for it? building a tunnel a full floor underneath a river takes forever... –  Epaga Aug 12 '10 at 14:20
    
I did get the wall up in time and none of my dwarves drowned. Is there any way to reclaim the area? –  Mechko Aug 12 '10 at 14:27
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pump the water out with a screw pump. df.magmawiki.com/index.php/DF2010:Screw_pump –  Epaga Aug 13 '10 at 6:33
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