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colors of trading objects in dwarf fortress

I got goods to be traded on the trade depot. With help of trader started the trade. on the trading screen the goods i have were in brown colored text (except 2). what does these color mean? From my ...
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Water on top of slowly receding magma and obsidian-based floor formations - flow control?

The question is about the interaction of magma and water, and ensuing changes in topography. The DF wiki says that when magma is mixed with water you end up with steam and some obsidian from the ...
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Dwarfes hauling from Minecart quantum stockpile to receiver Stockpile - Circular stockpiles

So I've been trying to work out minecart routes which should deliver the carpenter and still. Also another one should bring food & drinks to the dining room below. However, things work out ...
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Building normally open floodgates

Is there any way to create an floodgate that would be open and it will close when it is triggered (by a pressure plate)? I made an image to properly show the position of pressure plate. (assumed) ...
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How do I place a specific piece of furniture?

Zulgar Monomsanreb, Mason has created Rabedëm, a native silver throne! Great! Put it in the mayor's throne room. No, not that throne, the legendary silver one. How do I tell the dwarves which piece ...
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Remove door and bed gone wrong in Dwarf Fortress

I wanted to make a few changes to my sleeping quaters. I had a bed in an office for the bookkeeper which i thought was a mistake, also my mansonry dwarf just constructed a master quality door, so i ...
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How to find specific buildings in a city

I have been looking for a shop for 23 adventures now ; I cannot find where buildings are, because apparently aside from the orange areas in cities that only have houses and a well there are no letters,...
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How can I divert a caravan in short notice?

I've saved my game just as a big dwarven caravan entered the map. It entered quite close to my main gate. However, there's something in the path, a dead goblin pehaps, that is scaring one of the ...
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How to make dwarves fill a far stockpile?

I'm trying to follow the quickstart guide. When I made a [first] room and marked it as a stockpile, dwarves didn't do anything. When I did the same with a room closer to the starting wagon, dwarves ...
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Are mushrooms dangerous in Dwarf Fortress?

I appear to have mushrooms growing in my fortress, should I be worried about this and if so how should I deal with them?
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Disconnect Bridge From Lever

How can I disconnect a bridge from a lever? I've decided I'd rather have my two bridges operating independently of each other.
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Multiple Depots in Fortess

In my fortress I have two depots, one right next to my stockpile hub and one in an airlock arrangement by the entrance. I wish to use the one further into my depot by default but then use the airlock ...
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Unflood Areas Within Fortress

Well in my wisdom I've managed to flood a rather large section of my fortress by accident whilst digging a moat. I've managed to isolate the area, however, I'd quite like to unflood this area and ...
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If I run out of one type of seeds for a given crop in Dwarf Fortress, can I alter the plot to fill it out?

I noticed that the farming plot I made above ground will tend to fill up only with a certain number of cultivated cells. If I then go into the controls for the plot, go to the current season and then ...
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Can I Save Dwarf Fortress Without Quitting

Dwarf fortress automatically quits the game after saving (with the exception of autosaves) and then loading it up again takes a while. So saving frequently is really inconvenient, however, due to how ...
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Can anyone explain what makes ramps usable in Dwarf Fortress?

I'm having some trouble understanding ramps. Taken from the Dwarf Fortress Wiki, concerning Movement Using Ramps: For the purposes of unit movement, a ramp connects the ramp bottom to the ...
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Easiest way to dig deep quickly

In order to get deep enough to mine deep metals, what is the easiest way to dig down this far, also, is there a quick way of transporting these materials back up to the workshops and stockpiles?
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Sort the stocks list in status screen alphabetically

When you go to the stocks list in status menu (z -> Stocks) the first column is ordered in a very weird and unpredictable way. Is it somehow possible to have it sorted alphabetically?
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How to quickly butcher an animal without going all the way to the burcher shop?

There's a Cow that somehow ended way down in my fortress and is starving. I know it would die before I could move it to a Pasture, so I'm looking for a way to kill it fast and butcher the corpse, ...
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Dwarves Are Not Cleaning Up Corpses and Vomit

I recently defeated a goblin invasion, however, my dwarves appear to be ignoring the goblin bodies and vomit everywhere, there are adequate refuse areas and they all have the labour enabled. Any ideas?...
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Dwarf Fortress - Haven't Been Attacked

Okay right, so I'm fairly new to DF but have managed to get a semi-sizeable base up and running with some fortifications and a (I hope) half-decent military. Anyways, we're nearly at the third year ...
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How to get rid of unwanted children without making the dwarves unhappy?

I am experimenting a lot with the game right now and one thing I have noticed is that child dwarves are extremely useless. They just throw parties and interrupt others. It's obvious they need to be ...
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Channelling/digging under a bridge

I had a fortress going, and built a retracting bridge before I got a chance to channel below it. Is there any way to remove the ground below the bridge. I have already mined under the bridge, ...
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Dwarf Fortress: unable to dig because of damp stone?

I created a fortress, all was going well, had a first floor set up, and I went to dig down. only... across the entire map all it would say is the job was canceled because the stone was damp. did I ...
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How do I transfer Dwarf Fortress saves from a PC to a Mac?

My friend introduced me to DF yesterday and I was wondering how to transfer the save files from my friends computer to my Mac as I don't have access to his computer everyday.
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How to properly dispose of refuse

There are two kinds of refuse which I usually make into stockpiles: useful (like bones shells etc) and useless (corpses and body parts). The useless refuse causes problems for me. For one thing, you ...
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Menu selector is impossible to distinguish by colour

I have trouble distinguishing the selected choice in most menus from all the other choices, such as the menu in the top right of the posted screenshot. Now, with the game window reduced, or with the ...
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How to build cages

I have some captured animals from cage traps like giant dingos and goblins. If I hit "b" and "j" only the goblin cage shows up (besides for all empty cages). The dingos are chilling in the animal ...
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What the x means besides the gender icon?

I'm having problems kick-starting my poultry industry, and searching I found that sometimes animals won't breed due commitment issues. Great. But while I was checking them, I found some males with x's ...
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How to change the floor graphic under a workshop?

I built a couple of workshops on the clay floor. Right now I am redesigning a little to have marble wall and floor and the clay color underneath the workshops bothers me. Is there any way to change ...
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Dwarves moving food, but not barrels or alcohol, to stockpile

I've placed a temporary stockpile to make sure my food doesn't spoil (I had a lot of Fun once before I learned that food can spoil if it isn't in a food stockpile). My dwarves happily moved all of my ...
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Help with textile industry

I am about two years into my fort and am starting to notice clothing with "x"s around them showing up in my finished goods stockpiles. I think this means that my dwarf's initial clothing is starting ...
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Burial/ghost-busting help

I have a lumberdwarf who died in combat with a wild animal. His rotting body is outside, as well as... his ghost. I assume he is a full blown ghost, however he is listed as a "ghostly lumberdwarf" not ...
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Dwarves paralysed by Roc

I'm a newbish player, and right after starting a new embark I found that there was already a "resident" in my area. I tried to give my neighbour a wide berth, but he recently elected to perch, ...
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Dwarf Fortress: Area not getting designating for mining?

I’m a new player of Dwarf Fortress. I was following the Quick Start Guide here. I’m trying to designate an area for mining but it doesn’t seem to work. According to the quick start guide, a “a ...
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Can I cage my pets?

It seems like when I go to a cage and hit assign, only the "stray" animals show up. Is it possible to cage my pets in my zoo?
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Can I manage my animals?

Fairly early on in the game, the animal screen becomes a complete mess, filling up with animals, their babies, and the random pets brought in by migrants. Ideally, I would start an animal eugenics ...
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Where are dangerous wild animals in Untamed Wilds?

Whenever I deploy in Untamed Wilds, even single dwarves can hunt freely with almost no danger. Sometimes there are stray bears, but mostly it's just elephants. What I want is a map which is not evil (...
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Do human or elven prisoners die of thirst or starvation?

I know that goblin prisoners don't die from thirst or starvation. Do humans or elves die from them? I'm curious because when I first chained an elven diplomat, she had the description She is fat. ...
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How to make clear glass windows?

I can't make any windows from clear glass. Here are my steps: build glass furnace stockpile raw clear glass in my gem stockpile. make coke bars for fuel have lvl 16 glassmaker migrant with no other ...
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How long does it take to domesticate animals?

How long does it take for a trainer to domesticate a giant cave spider and a hydra? I have them both restrained with a chain over an animal training zone. I frequently see the animal trainer having ...
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Healing captured non-dwarven prisoners?

I had previously used lethal weapons to attempt capturing elven merchants, and it always ended up with them missing some limbs. I noticed that after a while, some elven corpses would end up in my ...
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Moods and captured/restrained enemies?

I have captured several human necromancers, zombies, a troll, an Amphibian Man Fisherman necromancer, and a giantess. I've chained the Amphibian Man Fisherman necromancer, and sometimes I have ...
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How to properly honor a heroic (but not dead) dwarf

So I recently got into Dwarf Fortress. I am only on my second fortresses (my first one died of dehydration as soon as winter came and all the water froze) and my poor dwarfs were recently attacked by ...
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Which is the best weapon against common invaders / unwanted visitors in dwarf fortress?

In optimal conditions, best material, best workmanship, highest skill of the required type for the wielding dwarf. Best weapon is fastest kill. This is only about offensive ability! I'm talking ...
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Will destroying masterfully decorated items cause bad thoughts for the decorator?

I have a bunch of low quality cages sitting around and I'd like to melt them down; however, my bone carver has gotten his hands on a few, of which he has masterfully decorated. Will melting these ...
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Can I capture merchants?

Is there a way to capture and cage merchants? I built a trade depot and walled it off with only 1 exit that is lined with cage traps. I ordered a single dwarf to attack one of the merchants, and ...
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How to prevent marksdwarfes from suicides?

My current fort has line of fortifications and line of floor built of top of the wall. Floor built on top of constructed fortifications. Markdswarfs are stationed behind fortifications on floor inside ...
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Protection from Evil Rain?

Evil rain tends to injure my dwarves, and in one instance, caused death. Is there a special combination of clothing I should make them wear so as to minimize the rain's effects?
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How to put zombie dwarf in a cage?

An evil cloud had approached my fortress, and I think one of my dwarves got caught in it because he's now a zombie. He eventually triggered one of my cage traps and now he's just sitting inside the ...