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How do I prevent my dwarf from getting stuck on the wrong side of a wall?

I dig my way to a small pool and flood an area to use as a farm. Now I'm told I want to wall it up before it rains and floods my fortress. I build a wall, but the dude who comes and builds it gets ...
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How to find magma in Dwarf Fortress

What's a good way to find magma in Dwarf Fortress v0.31.08 (or thereabouts)? (Preferably without cheating.) I know if I dig straight down I'll eventually find some, but I usually wind up breaking into ...
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I am under siege and walled in, what can I do to fight back?

This is Urist McImdsm of Iton Datan, member of the Tomb of Heroes. We've been attacked by (initially) 32 undead. They've since eaten chickens and badgers. We are holed up in our fortress, which has ...
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How can I run Dwarf Fortress in text mode on my Linux VPS?

I installed Dwarf Fortress on my Linux VPS to use with dfterm. It's running Ubuntu 10.04. I'm fairly certain I have all the dependencies: I've installed: ncurses ncursesw libsdl libsdl-image libgtk ...
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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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If I've got alcohol, how long can I survive without water?

I've just embarked in an area with no water. No murky pools. No Aquifer. Also no soil, only stone. Eventually I may dig deep enough to find a water source, but Armok only knows how long that will ...
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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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How do I build a tower up into empty space?

How do I build a tower in Dwarf Fortress? My first instinct was to build an up|up/down stairway, but you can only do that down into empty space, not up.
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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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Should I assign rooms to all dwarves in Dwarf Fortress?

I usually make a lot of three-square rooms with a bed and a chest each in my fortresses, and declare the rooms bedrooms. Sometimes dwarves seem to assign themselves to beds and put stuff into chests, ...
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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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Dwarf Fortress Legendary Dining Hall

What makes a room a "legendary dining hall"?
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How do I fight flying, fire-breathing Titan Slugs?

So I was just preparing my fortress for the inevitable siege, but ended up being visited by a Fire-breathing, Flying Titan Slug. I had a slight idea what I was in for, but I definitely didn't expect ...
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How to tame/capture animals in Dwarf Fortress?

As the name suggests, I want to capture an animal to either tame or eat. how do I do that?
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What happens when a lycanthrope bites a lycanthrope of different species?

What will happen when a werelizard bites a dwarf that is already infected by a weregoat? Does it matter if the dwarf is in weregoat form during the biting?
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How can I prevent my civilian dwarves from drinking/eating from the military stockpiles?

I have a military training room which is off a corridor which branches off near the entrance to my base. To maximize training time, I have tables in the room, with food and drink stockpiles next to ...
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What to do when you really don't find metal ore

In one of my games, I can't seem to find metallic ore. I've dug to the -20 floor, hit 2 caverns, and I've dug horizontally and vertically to. Some of the stuff you usually build from metal can be ...
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Is there a Graphics Mode?

I noticed there was a lot of discussion here about Dwarf Fortress, so I looked it up and downloaded it. I was surprised to find it was all in text. Is there a graphics mode for this game? I would ...
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How can I prepare/build my fortress to handle large populations?

I just started playing Dwarf Fortress about a week ago. It is definitely my new addiction. I've grasped almost all of the basic concepts (military, Dwarf Therapist, farming, and trading), but the ...
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Can I automatically dispose of refuse into the magma sea?

I've embarked into a mountainous land with no bitumous coal or lignite, and can only find magma in the magma sea. Because of these limitations, I'm going to be migrating my fortress 150 z-levels down; ...
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How can I make use of idle dwarves?

This seems to be a recurring problem. I start a fortress, everything is going well, then BOOM: 20 migrants. I can never seem to find something to do with them, and they end up being just a waste of ...
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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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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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How can I stop a dwarf with no arms from trying to store items?

One of my dwarfs lost both her arms in a valiant effort to defend the fortress. Although I'm grateful for her effort, I now get spammed with messages saying "cancels Stored Owned Item: Too injured. ...
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Can children die?

A dwarf was digging out a magma channel under my thriving fortress , when he stumbled upon an adamantine vein. Praise the miners! Unfortunately, I was invaded shortly after. Long story short, the ...
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How many z-levels can a marksdwarf engage from?

If I was to build a turret defence along my fortress perimeter, how high could I make it before my stationed dwarves armed with ranged weapons couldn't engage a target on the ground? Corollary: does ...
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How can I expose a vampire?

I've found a vampire in my fortress; but I don't want to kill him, as might turn out to be useful down the road. What I would like, however, is to know his real identity! Is there any way in which I ...
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Age rating/recommendation for Dwarf Fortress

What is the age rating and/or recommendation for Dwarf Fortress? Could a 7 year old learn to play? 10 year old? 14 year old? Is it suitable/safe for those ages?
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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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How to find a particular resource in Dwarf Fortress

Is there any way to know where one should try digging to find a particular type of stone? For example, I would sorely like some coal, but I'm just digging around more or less at random at the moment. ...
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Why don't my dwarves bury their dead?

I've got a corpse in my fort spreading miasma. I build a casket, placed it, designated it as open to citizens, and almost all dwarfs have the burial skill enabled. It has a description of "This is the ...
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Is it possible to have two fortress games going on in one world in Dwarf Fortress?

When starting up Dwarf Fortress, the options I get are: Continue Playing Create New World Design new world Object Testing Arena Is there some way to start a second fortress game without starting a ...
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Dwarf Fortress industry dependencies

I'm looking for an industry dependency map. I seem to remember seeing one at some point, but I can't find it again. Something that shows, for example, seeds are required for farms, which produce ...
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Are there any advantages or disadvantages to having multiple meeting halls?

I usually designate a zoo and/or statute garden as a room, so it can function as a meeting hall: migrants will path there, parties will be held, etc. Is there any reason to designate more than one? ...
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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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In Dwarf Fortress, how do I create a drink-only stockpile and food-only stockpile?

Originally I had a stockpile for food, and it contained a mixture of food and drink items in barrels. I changed it to stop drink being stored there. It looks like this: Then I created a new ...
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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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My dwarf is in a strange mood. How can I fix him?

A certain dwarf has been taken by a strange mood due to a lack of chairs and clean water. I designated a new water-hole for them and built him seven chairs, but he is still depressed. How do I make ...
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How to navigate in menus of Dwarf Fortress?

How could I know which navigation pattern I have to use in menu of Dwarf Fortress ? Sometimes, it's - and + Sometimes, it's ↓ and ↑ It's confusing.
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Can I force treatment of my dwarves?

I have a dwarf with broken tissue and an infection, but without the "diagnosis required" flag. I have a fully equipped and staffed hospital. Is there any way to treat an infection or will I simply ...
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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 upgrade my save games?

I want to upgrade my current game running under version 0.31.25 to the latest version 0.34.02. Is there a safe way to do that?
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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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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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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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Can Demons and Devils Starve to death?

So we've got a small pocket of dwarves (aka vampires!) walled away safely, and my fort is infested with FUN (aka demons and devils!). They've killed 3 sieges now. Will they ever starve to death, or do ...
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Why have I been forgotten by everyone?

I've never gotten a caravan from any civilization, and immigrants only once in 5 years. The depot is accessible. Am I doing something wrong, really unlucky, or something else? How do I check if any ...
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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 to know if there is any iron ore on the map?

From reading the wiki, it seems that iron ores can be found in layers consisting of chalk. I've now mined out almost two complete layers of chalk, and found nothing but gems. Is it possible that my ...
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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 ...