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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 ...
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How do I change the font size in Dwarf-fortress?

I'm trying of DF 0.34.11 (linux) and was wondering if it's possible to increase the font size. I've looked through the forum without any luck (so far).
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How to dig through an aquifer

When embarking on a site with an aquifer you have to get below the aquifer to reach stone. Is an aquifer like an underground river where you can dig around? Or do you have to go through the aquifer? ...
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Get rid of “animal man/woman” corpses

My fort and surroundings get littered by kea, raven, grasshopper, louse, dingo, etc man/woman corpses. Sadly, there is no way to butcher them for meat, if I am wrong them I am all ears. Is there a way ...
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What are mountain halls?

Besides the regular neighbors on the embark map i got a unfamiliar one "Mountain halls". What is this exactly? Are they friendly or should i fear them even more then the necro-towers? The DF wiki ...
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Do resources for construction get assigned immediately?

I am wondering if i create a huge project above ground at once (say, on pause) with several stone stockpiles. Will my dwarfs use the stones from the (near) stockpile while these get refilled? Or do ...
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How does dwarf fortress generate its civilizations on world gen?

How does dwarf fortress generate the civilizations while doing world gen? Does it just pick places (that are not ocean) at random, or is there a more advanced algorithm?
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Effective military scheduling

Recently my militia commander has got a bug up his rear. Looking at his thoughts, I see that he is both upset at being relieved from duty and also depressed from long patrol duty. I currently have ...
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What effect do fortresses have on the world in Dwarf Fortress?

In dwarf fortress, what effects do fortresses have on the overall world? Can you play a military outpost defending from invading armies or play a large farming complex supplying the surrounding area ...
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Creating a training/observation post schedule for Dwarves

I'm browsing through the military wiki for Dwarf Fortress and I have not figured out a way to do this. I would like to make a squad of archers, maybe just two or three at the start. I want one to be ...
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Will military dwarves carry (and use) multiple weapons?

I'm currently in the middle of assigning my military. I want like my marksdwarves to carry a sidearm and a buckler in addition to their crossbow. Will they equip the additional weapons, and when they ...
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What option will generate fewer aquifers in world gen?

I am facing an aquifer at every conceivable location it seems. I finally figured out how to tunnel through on a freezing map, but I don't want to spend so much time above ground. My dwarves need their ...
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How do I automate my farming and bee-keeping industries?

I've been trying to build fortresses that produce sheep and bees. It's not too bad, but I have to manually micromanage milking, shearing, cheese- and mead-making. I can assign these tasks to ...
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Is there any way to order more than 30 items in a single order in the management interface for Dwarf Fortress?

Having a Manager noble assigned allows you to create jobs, which obviously saves time in finding the appropriate workshop. However, there appears to be a maximum of thirty items in a single ...
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What does “XXX” Weighted Range influence?

In further understanding advanced map creation i want to know more about the specific parameters that can be set. For each terrain type you have a weighted range with numbers behind it. Also does the ...
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Is it possible to create an item teleporter using minecarts+dumpstops?

I notice that when minecarts are stationary on top of a minecart stop that has been constructed as an auto-dump stop, the items deposited within it appear very quickly (possibly instantaneously) at ...
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Conditions for getting new migrants in Dwarf Fortress?

How do I get new migrants? I have plenty of food and drink, armor and weapons, and quite a few cut gems. I have also minted steel coins. My population is only at 70, and it is declining due to lack of ...
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How to throw enemies into a pit in Dwarf Fortress

How do I throw goblins or any other creatures into a pit? I have 3 level pit where I want to throw a variety of enemies into. The lowest level is the actual pit, and spans 6x6 squares. I have ...
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Most efficient way to move Goblinite down many z-levels?

I have several magma smelters and forges, located right on top of a pool of naturally occurring magma (i.e., quite deep). It's a long haul to go from the surface where most of these items reside, to ...
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Finding idle workshops in Dwarf Fortress

Is there a way or a mod to highlight all idle workshops? It seems to be somewhat easier than finding out the idler's profession and then finding a vacant workshop for him to use. It is very annoying ...
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Making dwarves wear armor and wield a weapon?

I can't get my soldier dwarves to wear proper armor and use actual weapons. Here is what I have done: I have assigned dwarves to be part of a squad, and defaulted their armor to 'metal'. I click e ...
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How often can I expect egg-laying animals to lay eggs?

I captured several war Jabberers and cave crocodiles from goblin sieges; I am trying to breed them, by chaining them right next to a nest box. Since then, none of them occupied the nest boxes. Am I ...
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Dwarves stuck underground?

I made the mistake of starting out in an area with no mountains to tunnel into, so instead of starting again, I decided to try channeling downwards into the soil. Now my miner dwarves appear to be ...
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How to find caverns?

How can I systematically search for caverns in Dwarf Fortress? Digging straight down can sometimes miss caverns, so on what levels should I start branching out horizontally to find the first, second, ...
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What is this mysterious red text on the embark screen?

(click image to enlarge) I was getting ready to embark, and I saw a strange thing on the local map (on the left) that looked like a square filled with "Ω" symbols. When I moved the local area on top ...
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How can I make the original Dwarf Fortress tileset square?

I have gotten used to the default tileset of Dwarf Fortress, and I do not wish to change it a lot. That is exactly what most Dwarf Fortress tilesets do, though. My problem with the default tileset is ...
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Coal and a volcano on the same map?

I have been generating 100's of maps with different kind of settings in the advanced generator and it seems to be impossible to get lignite/bituminous coal and a volcano on the same map. When i want ...
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Ever Increasing Counteroffers

Why is it that even when I offer a merchant profits of over 3k, he first counteroffers with him getting profit of over 6k after which I lower his profit to 5k and he counteroffers for a profit of over ...
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How can I prevent a trapped necromancer from causing trouble?

I have a necromancer in a cage, I want to do some fun stuff with him. But I'm not ready yet. I want to keep him safely locked up for now and then make use of him later for training purposes. What are ...
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How do I “Mod-Out” Aquifers in an Already Generated World?

On the Dwarf Fortress Wiki page for Aquifers says to do the following to remove aquifers: "Find the files in Dwarf Fortress/raw/objects (new world) or Dwarf Fortress/data/save/regionNN/raw/objects ...
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Who should I conscript?

I'm setting up my first militia; I've got a nice moat and I need some dwarves to take pot-shots at the enemy in the event of a siege. But who do I conscript? I'm staring at dwarf therapist and ...
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Can I sell mysterious constructions without upsetting their creators?

If one of my dwarves is taken by a fey/strange/macabre/fell mood and builds some wondrous trinket of no utility, can I flog it to a passing trader in exchange for some more booze? Or will the ...
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I lost my fort. How do I find it again?

In this case, it was due to a web-shooting Hill Giant. (N.B., really? Hill giants shoot webs? Okay then, will be prepared next time. [Technically, it was a Hill Giant that looked like a python, but ...