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I started a new fort today, and the little OCD voice in the back of my head started screaming -- "you know what would be great? To make all the doors in this fort out of microcline!"

Is there an easy way to limit your masons to building with a specific type of stone?

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That sounds more like CDO to me: it's like OCD, but all the letters are in alphabetical order THE WAY IT SHOULD BE!!!! –  Epaga Aug 27 '10 at 14:44

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Set up a stockpile with only the types of materials you want. Set up a stockpile link at that stockpile to give to the mason's workshop. This will cause the mason to only take materials from that stockpile.

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How is this different from alexanderpas' answer? –  kotekzot Apr 30 at 20:55
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I'm pretty certain that alexanderpas's answer just passively tricks the mason's pathing algorithm to pick stone in the pile via proximity, this answer uses a (maybe newer than 2010?) feature that positively assigns a specific workshop to only take from a certain stockpile. From the wiki: "This can also be used to specify that a workshop or forge will only get its materials from a certain stockpile. This provides a way to make sure everything that workshop produces is of a specific material." –  nexus_2006 Apr 30 at 21:56

There are two way to do this.

  1. The Stockpile Way
    By designating a stockpile right next to your masons workshop, and only allowing the stone you want to use on that stockpile, and removing/forbidding all other stone around the workshop, the mason will grab the stone you want him to use, as that is the closest availble stone.
    Note that even if you forbid all stones around the workshop, the mason may still gather stones from a z-level below the workshop if they're closer directly. (This has to do with the way the game does pathfinding.) Therefore, it may be a good idea to define a burrow around only the workshop and the stockpile, and restricting your mason to it. Make sure to set the workshop to only be used by the mason you add to the burrow, so you can build another one to make unimportant stuff out of other stones and don't make important stuff out of them. To do this, you may need a manager noble.

  2. The Fortress Way
    (The name of this way is a reference to "Obsidian Fortress", where only obsidian is being used for the whole fortress.)
    You can simply disallow usage of all other type of stone trough the Z -> Stone Menu.

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