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Miners not mining designated area

I cant figure out why my miners aren't mining an area I designated. I designated 2 areas before and they mined it out fine. Now I designated an area a bit deeper (maybe 30 tiles away) in and they ...
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Are the letters shown in the Dwarf Fortress loading screen random?

When you load up something in DF, there is a point where a bunch of colored letters are shown. I was wondering if each individual letter actually means something, or is it just random space filler ...
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Are there any advantages or disadvantages to having multiple meeting halls?

I usually designate a zoo and/or statute garden as a room, so it can function as a meeting hall: migrants will path there, parties will be held, etc. Is there any reason to designate more than one? ...
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How to properly configure autolabor in DF Hack

I've seen some dwarf fortress let's play recently so I decided to give a shot to some of the DF Hack features. The most interesting one was autolabor. However, it seems that everytime I turn it on, it ...
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How do I enable Goblin sieges in a fortress that's not near a Goblin civ?

I only have Elves and Humans to kill in my map and would like Goblins and/or Kobolds to show up as well. My embark site doesn't have those features, but I'm on a really awesome map otherwise and ...
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Why is my water source being ignored?

I need to empty a Murky Pool, and as I am fairly early in my fortress, I figured the easiest way to do this was to get my dwarves to haul all the water in buckets into an artificial pond. I dug a ...
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Why do my dwarves climb trees?

My base started on a mountain. I dismantled the wagon and made a large meeting area on two cliffs below. However it seems like that my units like to climb trees. In fact, one of my miners was found ...
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Dwarf Fortress starter pack - start DFHack

I would like to try the Stonesense overlay option. I started with downloading the perdrixerrant's Dwarf fortress starter pack that already contains it and trying to launch it from there. ...
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In DF2014, what causes Traps to attack own dwarves?

The wiki (currently) says: Stone-fall, weapon and cage traps will be triggered by most hostile entities entering their tile, with the possible exception of thieves, flying creatures and other ...
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How can I make my dwarves equip better tools?

So I have all the equipment made and now I want my dwarves to change their crappy copper picks for the better iron ones. I also want my wood cutters to use the better axes, but to no avail. Please ...
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Stop production when receiving pile is full?

For example, I have a still that I want to always produce booze unless a receiving booze pile is full, meaning people don't need more booze. Repeat will repeat forever, regardless the state of the ...
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Finding way out of starting location?

I'm rather new to adventure mode but since the latest patch I think it is worth taking a closer look into it. So I started as a dwarf two times but I cannot seem to find a way out to the surface. I ...
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Leader died mid-conversation, will the ambassador come back next year?

My Countess and the Dwarven Liason were almost done negotiating the trade agreement for next year when the former died in a horrible minecart accident (that I didn't intend to happen, I swear), ...
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Luring goblin ambushes into my trap zone

So I've been ambushed a couple of times by goblins, and each time I send out squads of dwarves to go and face them (two melee squads, spear and sword, and a single marksdwarf squad) on the open plain. ...
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How do I move an object in dwarf fortress?

I misplaced an item (built an armorstand away from the training area) and i want to move it to the correct location. How do i do that? I can't seem to dump the item, remove etc?
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What is the different between a character set and a graphic set?

What is the different between a character set and a graphic set? The wiki is confusing. The wiki says about character sets: "A character set is an image in BMP or PNG format that contains the 256 ...
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fort suddently died, looking for explanantion

I had reclaimed a fortress in a hot region, and started to dig looking for water. Then a message about the fort's death appeared. One tick, I had 7 dwarves happy digging, farming, brewing, in multiple ...
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Do marksdwarves require a separate archery and barracks?

I've set up a marksdwarf squad, and I've got their equipment sorted out already, but next is the barracks - do I need a separate barracks and firing range, or can they be in the same room?
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Do I have to make light sources in Dwarf Fortress? [closed]

I just started playing Dwarf Fortress, and I'm curious as to why you can create an underground lair but never have to make lights or torches. Also, is there a day/night cycle in DF? I know the screen ...
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Remove ramp from z+1 layer

EDIT See my comment below, this question is solved. HOWEVER, please do read, as the reason I use this (cart-only entrance), doesn't seem to work. That is, I have the construction as defined in the ...
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Can I force a dwarf to become sane?

In Dwarf Fortress, is there a DFHack command or can raws be edited to remove insanity from a Dwarf?
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Multiple z levels non lethal chute - is it possible?

I have read a few Q&A on building a chute/shaft in the context of moving ore faster to smelters etc. I would like to build a 1x1 chute for captured enemies which sit in some cages. They would fall ...
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How to tell high-quality food from the rest in a stockpile?

I need to feed noble and soldiers with the finest food in the fortress and give leftovers to peasants (I peeped at government to learn this trick). But it turned out that stockpile does not allow one ...
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How to make a completely automated chute?

I mine my ore much much above magma smelters. I am looking for a way of using gravity instead of brute dwarf-force to bring ore down to smelters. All instructions on the internet involve ...
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Where are the flies coming from?

I've just started playing Dwarf Fortress, and I'm noticing that at least 75% of my population (now 46 dwarfs) are complaining about flies. I don't see them anywhere, although I do at one point ...
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Miners not clearing second level down

I've just started playing Dwarf Fortress vanilla. I'm following a guide and it had me dig a staircase down, which I have done. The problem I'm having is that my miners won't go down the stairs to ...
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An unbeatable fortress of a singe vampire?

I thought if I seal a vampire in a 3x3 room with a chair, my fortress becomes unbeatable and I also get a free bookkeeper as a bonus. When I went to this plan for the first time, the vampire worn off ...
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What to beware of when dwarves are reliably sealed in a fortress?

Once I walled up all the entrances and thought that I'm safe. I managed to make the fortress quite stable, i.e. resources are replenished by dwarves and they always stay happy. But eventually I ...
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What is the fastest/cheapest/most efficient way of killing immigrants?

I try to run a fortress with just seven dwarves inside which never go outside. Literally they are sealed inside. The question is how to deal with migrants. I want every migrant wave to clear mess ...
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What does color mean in the pets/livestock list?

When you press u and select pets/livestock, why are the animals listed in different colors? For example, in my new embark, the sheep are red, dogs brown, and horses white. Their icons on the map are ...
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Any way to make all objects to have the same colour in Dwarf Fortress regardless of their material?

[Graphics set is used] Is there any existing solution to make all objects of the same kind to have the same colour regardless of their material? I.e. I don't want all beds and other furniture to look ...
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How do I limit how far from a stockpile a dwarf is allowed to go to fetch items?

Ideally, for a particular stockpile I want to be able to specify how far from the stockpile a dwarf is allowed to go for items. Alternatively, it would be nice to be able to assign a stockpile to a ...
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Named giant animal

My hunter got killed by Tollissedil Giant Mantis and i am wondering why this mantis is named? It is not a forgotten beast and after sending my military at it my dwarfs refuse to bring him to the ...
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Clothing and armor

I am curious how clothing and armor exactly works. Inside Dwarf fortress you often see dwarfs wear up to 3 pieces on a single bodypart. With the latest dwarf therapist you can see these cloth pieces ...
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Dwarf fortress without cats

Is it possible to build a fortress without any cats? The Catsplosion problem is well known. I mean not only build a fortress, but build a successful fortress. I know that cats helps with vermin and ...
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Can you find and use artefacts in Dwarf Fortress' Adventure Mode?

I have started playing adventure mode for the first time, after dozens of fortress mode plays. I was wondering if I will find or I could track down some artefacts equipment pieces like a sweet sword, ...
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Why does my dwarf stand idle when having a strange mood?

I have a dwarf which has already gathered some materials. He now: sketches pictures of stacked leather sketches pictures of stacked cloth sketches pictures of a quarry but I have tons of stones ...
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How to mine out a pump stack shaft?

I am trying to mine a shaft for a pump stack, but the miners are only mining a couple random tiles per z-level. Here is my digging designation: (M=mine, C=channel, .=no designation Z level 0 ...M ...
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Safely harvesting water from the caverns?

I just began my first glacial embark, and realizing that I have no water is proving to be a challenge for my crops. I was able to breach the first cavern and wall it off, then I was able to dig to an ...
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How to get my dwarves to kill a (were-)dwarf

A werebeast infected one of my dwarves before they killed it, and I want my remaining dwarves to kill the infected dwarf, who is causing more damage than the original werebeast did. But it seems that ...
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Will two rooms crossing diagonally count as one room?

If I build two bedrooms like this: WWWWWWW WWOOODW WOWWWWW WOWWWWW WOWWWWW WDWWWWW WWWWWWW W - Wall, O - Empty Space, D - Door Will these rooms treat as one? Will two dwarves sleeping here think ...
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What are the unmentionable enemies in Dwarf Fortress?

My understanding is that if you dig down deep enough in Dwarf Fortress, you can run into an extraordinarily nasty type of monster. It also seems to be a tradition among players of the game not to ...
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Which is the most important metal combat equipment?

When just starting out or working with limited amounts of dwarfite (steel), what is the most important combat equipment to forge first? My thoughts are either mail shirts for most protection or ...
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Can I save my fortress with a wall?

(Move to the TL;DR section if you don't care about the context.) So I was digging too deep when I found some giant cave spider. I think I was bothering it, since it proceeded to decimate my fledgling ...
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Bugged bins & barrels after reclaiming a fortress

I read there is a bug that makes your dwarves not use bins and barrels after reclaiming the fortress. How do I know which bins and barrels are just clutter. I use the LNP so it might have even fixed ...
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How does one set Dwarf Fortress to run as a fullscreen window?

I've been trying to figure out how to get Dwarf Fortress to run in a fullscreen window (also know as a "borderless window") for a little while now. F11 sets the game to actual fullscreen, but that is ...
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How to know which dwarves are already assigned when assigning squads?

On the military screen when I create to squads I fill the first one. When I fill the second one there doesn't seem to be any indication that the dwarf being added to the second squad is already in a ...
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How to handle the swiss-cheese like caverns?

This is quite possibly a nitpicking issue, but one of the issues I currently face is that the cavern layers aren't open spaced and instead are composed of several columns of rock, resembling some sort ...
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Surviving the masterwork

Been trying to survive the Masterwork mod for Dwarf Fortress, but im lucky if I can do well enough to have more migrants past the 3rd wave. Its not the wilderness or the ambushes that get me anymore ...
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How do I acquire Precision Tools

This is in the LFR mod, and it is needed to make pretty much make all of the higher tier buildings. None of the buildings that I am able to build have it as an option, I have gone through the manual ...