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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 ...
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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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Do I always get an abundance of just a couple different metal ores?

When I embark I specifically look for shallow and deep metal with at least a little soil in hopes of getting iron. Which half the time i do get iron and maybe one other different type of metal. The ...
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How can I change Dwarf Fortress' ASCII color scheme?

The default color scheme for Dwarf Fortress in ASCII graphics mode is somewhat... bold. How can I change the colors to something less eye watering?
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What are the negative effects of population cap?

I just realized that you can actually set a population cap with the Dwarf Fortress LazyNewbPack. I made a game and set it to 50, I feel like that's all I really need to function efficiently and not ...
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Will all cages in a jail be used?

I currently have a jail with individual "rooms" (no doors leading out, more like individual alcoves) containing cages and chains. I made a room with one of the cages, indicating the whole area as ...
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Why is my Hunter being lazy?

Just to clarify my Hunter hunts, he has ammo, he has weapons. My question is why does my hunter not hunt for long periods of time? I really dont ever see him kill anything, i just check out his kill ...
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What labor is used to Pit/Pond Large Animals?

What labor is used to throw animals in pits? I decided to throw all of my non-thief goblin prisoners down my execution shaft, but a human caravan outside keeps attacking them all even though they've ...
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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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How do I read the attributes for a dwarf in Dwarf Therapist?

In Dwarf Therapist, the attributes (Strength, Agility, Toughness, Endurance, Recuperation, and Disease Resistance) are displayed as following: Strength Very Strong (4581) Strong (4413) (3936) Weak ...
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How do I switch my weapon?

I have my starting weapon equipped, but I can't figure out how to use my bow now. If I press f, it says that I don't have a weapon to fire. I'm holding a bow and a quiver with arrows though. I assume ...
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When will the roof cave in on me?

How big can I make an underground room before it collapses? It's a simple question that I haven't been able to get a good answer to. I assume that rooms made of stone can be larger than rooms made ...
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How can I see the input and output of an action in a workshop?

When I select a workshop with q, I can see all options available for that workshop. If I select an option for which I don't meet the requirements, a screen pops up telling me the required input and ...
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History Generation in Dwarf Fortress

Every time you create a world in Dwarf Fortress you can give the world some depth by generating a prescribed amount of history. Is there any good resource or explanation of what happens during ...
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Access the Topology of the Dwarf Fortress World?

Is there anyone way to access the topographical map created during world generation? During in-game play it is easy to see if a piece of outside land is up-slope or down-slope. And in-game you can ...
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How can I rename a Dwarf?

I can add, change and remove the nick names of my Dwarves (or any other playable and currently played race) easily; that's one of the functions of the unit screen. This visually replaces the first ...
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What do the red and blue tiles on the map mean?

In the Fortress mode, I have noticed that there are red and blue tiles present on the overview map. Moreover, the red tiles have a tendency to move around. However, when I zoom in on their location, I ...