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How do I get rid of unwanted immigrants?

I've just gotten a large number of immigrants, most of whom I don't want, and I would like to get rid of them. I have a small room set up to flood with water, but short of giving those dwarfs I want ...
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How do you climb out of a river in Adventure mode?

I deliberately entered a river in order to cross it. I used Alt+direction and my adventurer began swimming around the river. But now I can't climb out, on neither of the two shores. Is there a ...
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Why should I buy a barrel of blood?

I just noticed a dwarven caravan brought about a dozen barrels of blood from various sources, and a few barrels of ichor too. What's the use of this? If there's any, how can I "collect" the blood ...
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What happens to dwarves with infections?

My military dwarves sallied out to fight a goblin ambush group that was attacking my woodcutter, and they were ambushed by another group. They killed a few and scared the others off. While pursuing ...
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What is the difference between “core” and “total” quality in dwarf fortress 40d?

This is in reference to Dwarf Fortress 40d (v0.28.181.40d). Later versions of this game may have significantly changed the related mechanics. When setting up a stockpile for furniture or finished ...
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Can Dwarf Fortress be run in console mode?

I don't want to start up an X server at all, I just want to play on a text console. Is this possible?
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Problems with closing the dungeon entrance

In order to avoid the various brands of fun that come in through a dungeon entrance, I'm considering closing it up with walls (or locked doors). I'm aware that this will prevent trade and access to ...
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Escalating danger (fun) over time

I've been playing my fortress for a couple of (in-game) years on low environmental threat, and so far haven't had any sightings of goblins at all. Obviously this isn't very surprising, but I've now ...
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How can I store things in lead bins?

I've got a fortress circling the death drain. Half the population managed to thirst themselves to death despite a non-zero quantity of booze available, and matters only got worse when the legendary ...
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Growing Trees above ground in Dwarf Fortress

This is in reference to Dwarf Fortress 40d (v0.28.181.40d). Later versions of this game have significantly changed the related mechanics. I just embarked on a map with 6 trees on it. There is a ...
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How do different types of weapons compare in Dwarf Fortress?

How do different types of weapons compare? For example, is sword better than a mace, or are they different somehow?
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Is bronze really better than iron?

According to the Dwarf Fortress wiki bronze armor is now better than iron. Is this really accurate in the game, and does this accurately model the real world?
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What dwarves can be taken by moods?

I just noticed that I had a dwarven child taken by a mood. What dwarves are vulnerable to moods?
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Collapsing stone when there is no stone?

I've recently undertaken some surface mining in DF, and I've having more collapses (and dead dwarves) than I ever did underground. I have a ridge like ------ xxxxxx --------------- ...
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What happens if I separate a dwarf from his favorite shield?

Our militia commander just got attached to a silly oaken buckler. I was planning on upgrading him to a steel shield. What will happen if I forcibly separate him from his shield?
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Confused by icons while trying to build walls

I'm playing in DF2010 for 3 or 4 days. Read a lot at DF's wiki. Now I'm prepairing for the 1st attackers. I'm gonna build a tower with underground way to it. So I need to understad clearly, how to ...
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How to remove “Deceased” entries from units list?

I've butchered several kitten. There are no corpses to bury (I think, they all converted into skulls and skin). So I don't need anymore of listing them in Unit list. I'm using DF2010.
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How do I stockpile Sand?

I've just bought several bags of sand from a Trader - thought I'd play around with making some glass. But, I cannot find the correct stockpile setting to get my sand stockpiled next to the glass ...
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How can I butcher non-tame animals that I've captured?

How can I butcher non-tame animals that I've captured, like deer in cages?
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If I assign several dwarfs to a same room, does it have any effect?

If I assign several dwarves to same room, for example a large dining room where everybody has a chair, how does it affect things? Would it be better if everyone gets their own separate dining room?
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How can I stop nauseous animals from vomiting everywhere?

I have a rather...unpleasant problem in Dwarf Fortress. Currently, over half of my animals are "Nauseous" and are...regurgitating everywhere. This widespread case of emesis doesn't seem to involve my ...
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Why can't I butcher a leopard?

I just bought a giant leopard and a giant tiger from those tree-loving elves. I also bought an elephant, which I promptly slaughtered for a strange mood dwarf. But said dwarf has yet to be placated! I ...
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Which low-skill labors only reduce time

My fortress is starting to grow, just under the 80 mark with my last migration wave. And, well, I'm getting a lot of unskilled dwarfs migrating in that I'm simply designating as "peasants" to do all ...
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Early detection of ambushes?

In my current fortress Goblin ambushes are more of a threat than goblin sieges. The ambushes often are on or across my short drawbridge before I detect them. How can I detect these attacks earlier ...
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Impregnable underground defenses?

Over a number of games, I've never had anything worse than goblins attack the surface entrance to my fort. These are easily dealt with by a few doors and long lines of traps. I almost feel sorry for ...
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How do I safely connect a tunnel to a river to pipe away water?

I was building a small reservoir to support a well, and so had a tunnel from this to my local river to act as a filling pipe. All was ready, so I marked the last square between the tunnel and river to ...
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What's the deal with upward stairways in Dwarf Fortress?

So I'm really new to this game, so please bear with me. I got this message: Digging designation canceled so I went on the wiki and discovered this information: The safest thing to do is back off ...
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Why isn't my doctor finishing this dwarfs treatment?

I was digging a vertical shaft and had a little ... incident ... that resulted in what I think was four dwarfs falling various distances and/or being crushed from above. Three of them didn't make it ...
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Why don't my marksdwarves do any damage?

I'm trying to augment my melee troops with some ranged troops. However the ranged troops don't seem to be effective at all, even though they're all Skilled or better. For example: 30 wood and bone ...
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I want to make a cattle farm in my dwarf fortress

I'm sick of all these horses, cows and donkeys wandering round my fortress. I want to put them all somewhere and have them stay there. In short, I want a farm. It would be nice if the animals had some ...
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What can I do with animals in cages in Dwarf fortress?

I bought some animals from a caravan because I thought "oh cool, animals!" but I don't really know what I can do with them. I guess the dwarves would like a bit of jaguar meat, but that seems a waste. ...
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Can you divert a brook?

I've got a fortress that embarked in an area with a brook. The only problem is that the brook is much too far from my fortress to keep my fisherdwarves safe. Are brooks divert-able? What would the ...
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Taking a bath in Adventure mode

How do I clean my dwarf and his items in Adventure mode? Currently I've killed a number of things and am covered in blood, leaving a trail of it behind me wherever I walk. I doubt it'll impress the ...
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How to make a meager/decent/great dining room or bedroom? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Dwarf Fortress Legendary Dining Hall What are the minimum requirements for different levels of dining rooms or bedrooms? How can you make a room to specific quality ...
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Constantly getting 'cancels Clean Self: Area inaccessible.' messages

I'm constantly getting messages such as: Döbar Olonrerras, Miner cancels Clean Self: Area inaccessible. in my log and now I've realized it's become a Problem: How do I figure out why dwarves are ...
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Is there an overview of the dwarf fortress economy?

I started playing Dwarf Fortress about a week ago and have hit my first winter; I've got more dwarfs now and think I've got maintaining food and drink supplies under control, but I'm wanting to expand ...
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Material Colors in Dwarf Fortress

The Dwarf Fortress Wiki, while a wonderful help for most of the time, still falls short from time to time, especially in some of the minor articles. Something I was unable to find conclusive data ...
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Dwarf corpse not being moved

I have a dwarf who died of thirst in my jewellers. He's been there for, like half a year now. He's a skeleton now. No one has gone in to the workshop despite there being lots of jobs assigned there, ...
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How long do sieges last?

How long do sieges last in Dwarf Fortress if they are completely ineffective? I have a goblin war party camped on a hill near my fortress. My fortress has its gate down, its bridge up, and ...
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Dwarf Fortress World Gen

I'm trying to generate a very specific map: one with an arctic ocean, a volcano, and preferably a taiga (or other frozen, wood-filled land). I've managed to generate a couple of coastal volcanoes so ...
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My dwarves are sleeping in each other's beds!

At least for the first few waves of migration, I try to make sure every dwarf has his or her own bedroom. So each one gets a small room with a bed in it assigned to him or her. But the dwarves don't ...
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Can I limit my Masons to using *only* Microcline?

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 ...
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How to make a zoo in Dwarf Fortress?

I have a whole lot of animals (10-15) sitting in a room waiting for a dungeon master on Dwarf Fortress, and I'd like to do something with them, like make a zoo. On this page it says, Zoo areas ...
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Accidentally caged dwarfs

I just had an encounter with some goblin ambushers in front of my fort. Most were caught by cage traps, and I sent my troops out to finish the rest. However, somehow, two dwarves were captured, and ...
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Dwarf won't move because of a goblin who's not there

In my current game of Dwarf Fortress I just had some injuries and deaths due to an ambush. Now I have a Fisherdwarf who is laying there unconscious and unattended. Every other tick I get an ...
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How can I tell which layers there are in an in-progress fortress in Dwarf Fortress?

At the embark screen it lists which layers are in the map. After starting a fortress and playing for a while, is there a way to tell which layers there are (short of digging through them all?). More ...
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Why is there an elf hanging out in my fortress?

I had an elf caravan visit, do some trade and leave. They're definitely gone, because other caravans have come and used the depot. The elves seem to have forgotten one of their folks. He just ...
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What is the single tile trash can trick in Dwarf Fortress?

Related: How do I collect rocks in Dwarf Fortress I've heard of a technique for dealing with the large amounts of stone is something about a single tile being a trash can for everything. How ...
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Dwarves meet Immovable Object

I've got a stone that is blocking construction of a workshop. It's not forbidden or marked to be dumped, there are no suspended builds that might be using it, but my dwarves are apparently refusing to ...
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Dwarven civil disobedience

I reclaimed a fortress and created tasks for my dwarves(workshop orders, digging), but they're just standing around the wagon. What's going on?