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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 already gotten used to the default tileset of Dwarf Fortress, so I do not wish to change it a lot. That is exactly what most Dwarf Fortress tilesets do, though. My problem with the default ...
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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 ...