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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 ...
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Where do I connect a road to?

I'm trying to plan out my new fortress before I start construction, but I'm not sure where the road must go. I'd like to ensure that I don't need to construct a road right across the entire map. Is ...
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Why won't my dwarfs take the wood to the wood stock pile?

I told my dwarfs to chop down some trees, but after chopping them down they just left the wood there. I made a wood stockpile but for some reason they just won't take the wood to it.
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Farming problem - seed planted but no plants appearing

I created two farm plots, all of them with plump helmets seeds. The seeds are planted and everything seems okay, but two seasons have passed and nothing has grown. My dwarves are starving right now ...
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How do I fill a downward slope in Dwarf Fortress?

I was trying to make an upward slope level and used Channel on it, but that turned it into a downward slope. How do I 'fill' the downward slope so that it becomes level with the ground?
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A Dwarf fell down a well

He died, and now his blood is mixing with the well water. Assuming he wasn't a vampire, what are my options? Is the well still usable, or will I need to empty it and start over? Do I have to build a ...
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Will a chained Dog starve?

I've got a thief problem, I want to chain up some dogs at my entrance to stop him. But won't the dogs starve to death? I'm not sure how dogs eat in the first place, I've never seen one take food from ...
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Stock sorting options?

Is there a way to view the stocks screen that's not just a list of what you have? Maybe be able to search my stocks for specific items?
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Are high-speed body parts a health & safety hazard?

Now that traps that propel junk at foes are a thing, thanks to the introduction of minecarts, does the same mechanism apply to body parts, and if it does, are they capable of doing appreciable damage? ...
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How can I start up an effective metal industry?

I've been working my way through the Dwarf Fortress Quickstart Guide and didn't really have any problems until I encountered the section on starting up a metal industry. Now I feel that I'm in way ...
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Why do some of a dwarf's labor preferences occasionally disappear when I add a new one?

I'm still a bit new to Dwarf Fortress and I've found that sometimes, when I add a labor preference to a dwarf, some other labor preference is automatically removed. Does this happen because of a limit ...
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How do the different color tokens work for materials?

What color tokens determine the color of material tiles such as walls, doors, and barrels? When modding Dwarf Fortress raw files, the format of a color token is fairly simple: [COLOR:8:7:0] ...
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What happens to caged animals in an abandoned fortress?

My fortress seems to be heading for a tantrum spiral, and I'm not sure there's anything I can do to stop it. I have six Faedogs in my fortress, as well as a golden goose, and I would rather not lose ...
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My squads die all the time when goblins come

How in the world do I: A: Train my military to not be pushovers. and B: Equip them so that they can kill things. An "ambush" of 4 goblins tend to kill 4 or 5 or 6 of my dwarven squad members, for ...
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How can I transport water safely?

I messed up embarking and I do not have a river available for water. There are lakes I want to drain water from the bottom (I'm inside a mountain) and transport it to a hospital. Is there a way I can ...
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How much speed does a down ramp impart to minecarts?

I'm working on my third major project in this fort (the first was a 4.8 kilodorf water turbine reactor and the second was a 90 Z-level magma pump stack to move the magma forges and smelters up to the ...
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Create a new miner without a pick ax or metals

In Dwarf Fortress I manage to do something annoying. I dug away my only stair case leading out of my dungeon by mistake and didn't build a new one. My only miner died ( of starvation i presume ) ...
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What can I do about baby starvation/dehydration after mother was injured?

I'm using Masterwork DF. I have embarked as orcs in tundra I have a well that is in the cave filled with fine water and a source of food. Recently one of my orcs have been attacked by some animal. She ...
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Why are my dwarves starving when there's food available?

I'm new to Dwarf Fortress, and though I've started a nice fortress, for some reason my dwarves are always starving. According to my records, there is plenty of food: over 100 in the "other" category, ...
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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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War dogs fighting each other

I recently had two war dogs chained up next to each other, guarding the entrance of my fortress. Suddenly I noticed blood and body parts covering the hallway and, checking the reports, it turned out ...
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Dwarf Fortress: How to refill dug areas

I have a big area I have already dug which I'd like to split into two sub area. Would it be possible to do that without the use of walls? I mean for instance just adding rough clay?
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Can floor constructions be placed under furniture, or do you have to move it first?

Is it possible in Dwarf Fortress to add floor constructions without having to move furniture that is already occupying the same space? How should I do that?
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Dwarf Fortress no mouse support

I use Linux Mint 14 (64-bit) and I'm trying to get mouse support in Dwarf Fortress. In my init.txt I have: [MOUSE:YES] [MOUSE_PICTURE:NO] However I have no mouse functionality in the game itself. ...
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Could a minecart be used defensively?

Will a minecart go off the tracks if it collides with a goblin? Can I setup tracks around walls of fortress and circle minecarts around it to smash ambushers/siegers?
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What defines the initial “Expedition Leader”?

I made my own little embark with 7 dwarfs each with mining 5 only, yet one of them was titled "Expedition Leader". Is he chosen randomly or based on his traits (and stuff, since i dont really keep ...
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What is it with the edge of the world?

When I play dwarf fortress, at the map generation stage when I'm deciding where to settle, I can see a huge expansive map with a lot of places to explore. However, once settled, it doesn't take me ...
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How to get rid of “cancels Place Item in Tomb: Item inaccessible”?

I was ambushed by goblins, and some merchants hanging around were killed. Then, I defined a burrow and ordered the dwarves inside. But now, I'm getting spammed by "Urist McUrist cancels Place Item in ...
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What should I put in a dwarf's bedroom?

Does it matter what I put in a dwarf's bedroom, except for the bed? I've heard they can use cabinets and coffers. What should I make sure to put in their bedrooms if I want to take good care of my ...
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Dwarf fortress construction suspended - builder occupying site

I'm having a problem with building walls - some of my walls are suspend before they can be built. The suspension message is that there's a creature occupying the site. I've been watching and a dwarf ...
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How do you generate a Dwarf Fortress map bigger than 257x257?

I can't seem to find anything about making a map any bigger than 257. Valid values are 17,33,65,129, and 257. Others may not work It sounds like there are numbers that you can use – does anyone ...
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Miners do not obey certains orders

I've started my fortress and dug one level down and cleared it out without a problem but created stairway on third level and unable to dig the tile under it? I can see it and designate to be mined ...
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Changing Coarse Iron to Iron?

Note I am using the Masterwork Mod, looked through the manual didn't see anything about coarse iron. How do I change coarse Iron to normal Iron with the Masterwork Mod?
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Some dwarf stays outside ignoring all my “commands”

I recently started a new fortress. My Mason (a valuable dwarf) is just standing outside during snow storms and stuff with "No job". He doesn't eat and drink. I tried different stuff to get him back: ...
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Why is Flux Stone not generating?

For some reason a lot of my new worlds don't generate Flux Stone. Not sure what I'm doing wrong, I've tried multiple different generation settings too. I feel like it might be when I go with (Mineral ...
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What could cause a Gemcrafter to stay inside his workshop for a long time and eventually die, while still being “undiscovered”?

My gemcrafter locked himself inside of his workshop for a suspiciously long time. Eventually, he became "missing" and his yet-to-be-discovered corpse was releasing clouds of miasma. There are plenty ...
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How do you trade with merchants?

At first I thought pressing "o" would conclude the trading, been doing this for multiple games. Well in my pursuit to find out why I was losing items and not gaining anything from the caravans I ...
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Can't figure out basic Dwarf Fortress dwarf control

I am very confused about this. I know how to start a job, but I can't figure out how to assign a dwarf to it. I've looked around a lot, and can't find it. Can anyone help?
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Can a dwarf have a coffin AND a memorial?

Alright - so I've got a dwarf that I thought was awesome who has died. I want to build a nice memorial to him, but he liked coffins (he really did. he even engraved one in the floor =P) and I'd like ...
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Is there any way to check the kills on a pet?

On my dwarf citizens, I can check their kill list by selecting them with v, opening their status screen with z, and pressing k. Is there any way to view this screen for pets? I have a turret which has ...
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I can't move or dump items that were dropped by Dwarfs interrupted in a task

I had two dwarfs build a wall when they were interrupted by the werefox Iño Enemtuthru. Apparently a large fox twisted into a humanoid form is enough to drop everything and start running. The problem ...
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How can I prevent my dwarves from requesting Iridium during a strange mood?

In Dwarf Fortress, dwarves who are in a strange mood will normally request an entire class of items (stone, metal bars, cloth). However, they can also specifically ask for adamantine wafers. The ...
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How do items go missing?

So in my current embark I havent found any Iron yet, and im guessing I wont find any. So I traded all of my gems for some Pig Iron bars (since I have Flux Stone) and Steel/Iron Armor. I had the ...