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Do named weapons function better than their unamed counterparts?

I recently had a dwarf name a weapon (a no quality steel battle axe). This weapon now shows up in my artifact list, though with a different color than mood/crafted artifacts. Does the weapon get ...
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How to clean outdoor traps?

After my third siege, my outdoors trap corridor is filled with bodies, blood and other sticky icky stuff. This is attracting swarms of flies and generating unhappy thoughts for the dwarfs. I've ...
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Does the presence of Giant Cave Spider Silk always indicate the presence of Giant Cave Spiders?

So, I've decided that I want to breach the first level cavern I've found. I noticed that there are a significant number of Giant Cave Spider Silk covering the floor of the cavern. However, looking in ...
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Dwarf Fortress Adventure Mode 0.31.25 - Steel or Better Weapons?

Is it possible to find Steel (or even Adamantine) weapons / armour anywhere (other than starting out as a dwarf)? Iron is alright during the start of the game, but once well-equipped goblin ambush ...
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Social Skils for Militia Captains?

What social skills are important to militia captains? The ones I think might be, but have no way of confirming are: Leadership Organization Teacher Are these used by militia captains? If not, ...
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Melt creature parts?

I recently killed a Hill Titan made entirely from gold in my Dwarf Fortress game, and I fully intended to melt the gold, make memorial stones, and engrave the tale of its defeat on its remains. ...
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Effective methods for fighting mining-related lag?

I love me some 5x3 embark areas; but as soon as I really cut into the bedrock; I quickly drop from 100/50 FPS to 25/15 FPS (exaggeration alert!). In fact, the most common cause of fortress abandonment ...
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How can I poke a hole in the roof in Dwarf Fortress?

I'm making my underground farm in a new fortress, and I thought I would try a new way of getting water to it, going UNDER a lake. I assumed I would just have to mine under it and the water would fall ...
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Pseudo ASCII graphics: What is the point? [closed]

Dwarf Fortress uses tiles; tiles that are images of ASCII characters no less! I see this as counter-intuitive. I thought the idea of using ASCII characters instead of graphics is so you could run in ...
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How can I stop civilizations dying out and fortress abandonment?

When generating worlds that are old (1k-10k years), I have a very hard time stopping civilizations dying out and every fortress I visit in Adventurer mode is abandoned. What aspects of world ...
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My Dwarf has been resting for ages, how do I get him to wake up?

Currently one of my dwarfs is sleeping in the hospital after I removed his bed and he decided to sleep there instead. He has been resting for over a year now and i'm not sure how to wake him up. The ...
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Can dwarfs freely walk over traps without setting them off in Dwarf Fortress?

I am building my first trap system and im wondering if i have to setup a maze of traps that my dwarves will walk around or can I just block off my entrance with rows of traps without having to worry ...
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Built upward staircases in Dwarf Fortress don't reveal tiles?

When I dig an upward staircase it reveals the tile above so I can excavate it and make a downward staircase. When I build one it doesn't reveal the tile above and I can't dig upwards. Have I made a ...
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A few questions about bedrooms?

In dwarf fortress when you define a bedroom the size seems to automatically snap to include the walls of the bedroom. When you have two bedrooms that are right next to each other the two rooms will ...
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How to make dwarfs use barrels in a balanced manner?

The barrels I produce are used to store food and seeds and other stuff and there are never enough barrels for alcohol. Right now I have something like 2000 food and 0 alcohol. How do I balance the ...
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Can creatures move diagonally through walls?

I've told my dwarves to build a protective rock 'sheath' around my column of up/down stairs (thrust to the floor of a cavern) in the following pattern: OOOO RXXO RXXO OROO O = Wall build order R = ...
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Dwarf Fortress Fullscreen

I am using the latest version of Dwarf Fortress 0.31.25 and while not exactly a newb (comming back after a long time away) I can't remember how to toggle between Fullscreen and Windowed mode in Dwarf ...
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What mouse controls are available in Dwarf Fortress?

I've added [MOUSE:YES] to my init.txt to enable mouse control, but I haven't been able to find any info on exactly what mouse controls are available. So far, the only one I've found is changing the ...
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Can I dismantle a table to recover (some of) its wood?

I'm playing my first-ever game of Dwarf Fortress and chose to embark in a relatively calm area of the word, even though it's only sparsely forested. Being a Minecraft player as well, I overestimated ...
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Dwarves not assigned to burrow still won't leave it?

I read through the explanations on how to set up a military, and in the new version of DF it seems that anything beyond training requires setting up burrows. I set up a burrow on the doorstep of my ...
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Dwarf Fortress learning curve

I've seen a lot of questions, on this site and in many gaming forums, about Dwarf Fortress. I know that it's free, and I like dwarfs and mining, but I never tried it — mostly because I've heard that ...
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How to hide the “has created a masterpiece” announcement?

Well, the title says it. I tried to edit the /data/init/announcements.txt: [MASTERPIECE_ARCHITECTURE:A_D:D_D] [MASTERPIECE_CONSTRUCTION:A_D:D_D] and delete the :A_D:D_D but it didn't work. ...
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What exactly is displayed on the left and right borders of the screen?

I couldn't find any clue in the Dwarf Fortress documentation about what is displayed on the left and right borders of the screen besides the number in the bottom right corner being the current level. ...
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Mysterious Disappearing Bridge, or how can I get it back?

So I had a bridge linked to a switch. The switch was pulled, and the switch was dismantled while pulled (and the linked bridge was retracted). I'd assumed that the bridge would extend or I'd be able ...
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How do I stop animals from starving?

I've started acquiring animals to breed and use for food / hunting, but they keep starving. How do I feed captured/caged animals?
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Trouble creating water source

I am quite new to dwarf fortress and trying to create an underground farm. I know that I need to muddy the ground so I havd created thd chanel above the farm and placed a pond activity zone over it. ...
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Why are my dwarves not gathering wood?

I had told dwarves to cut down trees in an area a good distance away from my base, across a river. After doing so they left the wood lying about where the trees had been, despite the fact that my wood ...
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Why is my cat blinking?

One of my Outer Barrier Wall Guardian Felines, currently attached to its Bloodlust Distance-Minimization Chain, is blinking between no background and a light brown background. I looked on the wiki, ...
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Do different anvil materials have different capabilities?

Can my iron anvil make every possible object from any metal bar, or do I need a steel anvil for some things? I thought I had seen a post mentioning an anvil made from steel to work the more difficult ...
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Does lava evaporate in Dwarf Fortress?

I just finished my lava moat, powered by a volcano. If I shut the lava supply, will the moat eventually dry up?
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How to throw a caged, hostile animal into a pit in Dwarf Fortress?

Is it possible to throw caged animals into a pit without connecting each cage to a lever? When I try to assign the animals to a pit, they break loose from their cages as soon as a dwarf start ...
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Emergency Food for my dwarves

So I'm out of food, my brewer got a little over excited and brewed EVERYTHING. What's the quickest way to make some more food? My dwarves are hungry!
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Red numbers in DF stock overview?

To get an overview of my stocks, I can go to Status (z) - Stocks. There, I see the amounts of most goods, but I also see some numbers in red. Some are smaller and some are larger than the amount I ...
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How to import whole category in Dwarf Fortress?

I want to import meat from the caravan, but don't care too much what kind of meat. Is there a better solution than increasing the priority on every meat product? Update: Same goes with bins, bags and ...
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Limit Dwarf Fortress processor usage

I just started playing Dwarf Fortress, and after half an hour, the laptop shut down. The Dwarf Fortress process seems to be at 100% processor usage whenever it isn't paused. Is there a setting for ...
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Dwarven Militia won't do anything

If I go to the Unit list, it lists my militias job as "Soldier (cannot follow order)". I can't see any reason they wouldn't be able to follow the order (namely to kills some goblins). Any idea why ...
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The sea is ruining my framerate, is there anything I can do to increase my FPS?

I've got a nice little coastal fort going but even on a fairly small embark spot it's killing my frame rate. If I built floor over the sea with stone, would that be likely to increase the frame rate ...
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How does one find anything that isn't human or a monster in adventure mode?

I seem to have a problem finding non-human races that are willing to talk. I've tried finding the dwarves, and there was nothing at the place they're supposed to be. I tried finding elves... Well, I ...
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Can monsters get past doors in Dwarf Fortress?

I understand there are monsters quite far down if you keep digging. Can they get past doors?
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Would moving a dwarf's bedroom give it an unhappy thought?

I'd assume not having a place to sleep would give it one. What about if there was a new room already made? I have seen dwarves become attached to weapons... can they become attached to furniture?
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How do I build a windmill in Dwarf Fortress?

I understand you need to put an axle under the middle square, but does it have to be a vertical one? I would have thought you'd want it to be: ground level: XXX XOX XXX one level down: RRR AAR ...
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Do pump stacks transmit power vertically in both directions?

That is to say, if I have 3 pumps stacked properly, and I am suppling excessive power to the middle of the three, will all three run? Or will the top or bottom not receive power?
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How does one find shops in Dwarf Fortress Adventure mode?

After spending more time than I'd care to admit learning and playing Dwarf Fortress Fortress mode over the last couple weeks I decided to give Adventure mode a shot. So far I'm getting the hang of it ...
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Stopping Dwarf Fortress from auto-pausing

Is it possible to prevent DF from pausing every time something comes up (liking hitting gold or whatever). The reason is that I am doing extensive mining and I want to leave the process unattended ...
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Magma location

Is there a way to know where the magma pool is (that preferably doesn't involve mining in random directions)? If not, does magma usually exist on a certain depth or something?
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Dwarves bringing dead corpses into the dining room

One of my dwarfs is bringing the corpses of dead animals into my dining for another dwarf to carry to the refuse pile. Why is that happening? Is it affecting my fortress in a negative way?
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Fast transport system in Dwarf Fortress

I am afraid my farms are a bit far from my fortress, so is it possible to build some sort of a fast transport system in order to speed the process of moving to and from my farms?
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Will dwarves eat prepared meals before other foods?

If I cook up some meals, will the dwarves eat those first? Is there a way to stop them from eating them (if, say, the upcoming caravan is excited about them?) entirely? Or would I have to forbid each ...
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Zoom out/in in Dwarf Fortress during gameplay

Is it possible to zoom out/in during gameplay in DF and not through altering the init.txt file and reloading the game?
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I need help with my pump stack

I have five Screwpumps built vertically following the wiki guide. I do not have any other machinery attached, but it was my understanding that one dwarf would be able to power the whole stack. I ended ...