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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 ...
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How do you make steel weapons and armor in Dwarf Fortress Masterwork Mod?

In the Masterwork Mod for Dwarf Fortress, there are lots of new buildings and some old buildings disappeared. The manual says that weapons are made at "Forge". How do you build a forge in Masterwork? ...
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Is there a way to easily manage items when using the Trade Depot?

When I open the Trade Depot there is a list of thousands of items, not alphabetized. Is there a way to search through the list without manually scrolling?
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Anyway to filter announcements?

I don't really need to know a hundred times every season that I don't have a certain seed (usually because a dwarf is hogging them all). I would like a way to filter all or some of these annoucements ...
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Advantage of fortress becoming capital

It's my understanding that when the Monarch arrives, the fortress becomes the civilization's capital. Hence I stop getting dwarven liaisons (which would mean I would stop getting dwarven caravans, ...
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What could cause a string of murders with no witnesses?

In my current game I had a slew of murders take place in my fortress. It was only after 4-5 murders did someone witness something and I was able to place him in custody. Is a serial killer personality ...
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How can I outfit my hunter with armor?

For the life of me I can't remember how to add equipment or armor to my hunter. It has been a while since I've last played Dwarf Fortress, and I have put together a set of leather armor that I would ...
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How do I prevent my dwarf children from going missing or dying of dehydration?

This happens frequently. I have 10 square zone of water source outside. 100+ units of booze. How can I stop this from happening?
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How do trade agreements affect traded items' price and availability?

I'm currently trying to purchase a lot of Steel items from the dwarven caravans to melt. Hence, I've pushed the demands for all items that can be made of steel (minecarts, cages, crafts, etcetera) to ...
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Why am I unable to build Up stairways in Dwarf Fort?

I've accidentally trapped my mason at the bottom of my mineshaft. The shaft is 5x5 with up/down stairways, except for at the bottom. The bottom layer has down stairways (dug, not constructed) ...
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Does deconstruction/removal regain used materials?

The question might be trivial, but I found nothing in the wiki to support it. I have a pair of water wheels constructed. I have a herbalist in a fey mood, and he requires wood and cut gems. I have ...
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Will a dwarf fight better with a weapon that he likes?

I have a dwarf who is a competent axedwarf but 'likes' shields and spears-- do I ignore the relatively modest experience he already has with axes and put him in with my 300-esque, ...
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Why is it that 3x3 stairs won't build, but 2x3 + 1x3 will?

I have a 3x3 column of up-down stairs that I've dug out, and accidentally broke through to the caverns before I was ready. In trying to block the bottom, I dug out the bottom set of up-down stairs ...
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Missing sound in Dwarf Fortress

I recently installed the phoebus tileset for Dwarf Fortress on mac. One of the changes it made is disabling the game's sound. I've gone back into the init.txt files and changed it so it reads ...
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Is my immigration policy going to haunt me?

I've decided to wall off my fortress with my initial seven dwarfs and bar all access from the outside. The immigrants will be denied entrance and will eventually die outside to hunger, sieges or wild ...
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Dwarf Fortress HUD & LazyNewbPack / PeridexisErrant border and numbers

This question is almost a duplicate of What exactly is displayed on the left and right borders of the screen? That question nicely covers most of my HUD questions (I've labeled my question this way to ...
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Toys, instruments or crafts in dwarf fortress?

Is there any meaningful difference for my craftdwarf to make a toy, musical instrument or generic craft (e.g. figurines, rings, earrings, amulets, bracelets, crowns, and scepters)? For trade ...
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Where to find dragons?

Do dragons live in specific biomes? Are there even multiple types of dragons that live in specific biomes? I have put in a couple of hundred hours, slayed many forgotten beasts, but never encountered ...
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Can I conquer the world?

Using Embark Everywhere is there a way to wipe out all other civilizations and have dorfs take over the world? I hate those damned tree hugging elves, and those sick necrophiliac necromancer scum, ...
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How do I get dwarves to be sane about their armor?

Initially, my dwarves were training (and charging headlong into combat) without armor, just normal clothing. Thanks to this question, I discovered two settings: In the military screen (m), I can set ...
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Mass moving of goods to trade depot

How do I move a massive amount of goods from my stockpiles to the trade depot? I've set it up so that my craftsdwarf does absolutely nothing but produce stone crafts, and now I have an obscene amount ...
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Can animals graze even when there is snow on the grass?

I've just started a Dwarf Fortress (0.34.11) game and I just happen to start in a location with Climate: Freezing. The ground is covered in snow, but there's grass outside and I want to make a pasture ...