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How to train/retrain dwarves?

Since my dwarves aren't reproducing, I need to retrain some of them. How do I convince, for example, a miner to lay down his pick and pick up an ax?
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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 ...
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Red numbers in DF stock overview?

To get an overview of my stocks, I can go to Status (z) - Stocks. There, I see the amounts of most goods, but I also see some numbers in red. Some are smaller and some are larger than the amount I ...
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How do I make mud?

So I have been trying to make mud, but it just isn't working. Could someone give me a quick guide to making mud? ps: I noticed there is an existing question about farming with buckets, but it ...
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Does a forbidden door stop thieves?

I currently have a set-up in my fortress involving a small entrance filled with traps and a trade depot connected to a moat with a drawbridge. I have an alternative entrance to the depot from within ...
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How do I bait a Walrus? (Or other large mammal)

I'm having fun playing dwarf fortress (Not that kind of fun. At least, not yet) in a Taiga / Arctic ocean biome, and I notice that every now and again, I get a pack of 2-3 walruses showing up on my ...
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How do the hauling changes and minecarts change the elements of fortress design?

Dwarf Fortress recently made several changes to hauling (moving resources around your fortress), in particular the addition of wheelbarrows and minecarts. I've already noticed that my fortress seems ...
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How do I collect rocks in Dwarf Fortress?

How do I collect rocks etc that are laying about in tunnels I've dug in Dwarf Fortress?
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No stone on embark?

I appear to have set up my fortress in an area where there isn't any stone. So I can't build a forge or anything, because I have no flame resistant building materials. Am I screwed? Or can I get out ...
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How to make dwarfs use barrels in a balanced manner?

The barrels I produce are used to store food and seeds and other stuff and there are never enough barrels for alcohol. Right now I have something like 2000 food and 0 alcohol. How do I balance the ...
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Can creatures move diagonally through walls?

I've told my dwarves to build a protective rock 'sheath' around my column of up/down stairs (thrust to the floor of a cavern) in the following pattern: OOOO RXXO RXXO OROO O = Wall build order R = ...
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My dwarves are sleeping in each other's beds!

At least for the first few waves of migration, I try to make sure every dwarf has his or her own bedroom. So each one gets a small room with a bed in it assigned to him or her. But the dwarves don't ...
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Is the DF Computer a hoax?

I heard about the guy who made a (seemingly)turing complete computer in DF. Is this serious or is it a hoax?
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How do I seal off a cavern in Dwarf Fortress?

As I was digging up/down staircases straight down the Z-level, I hit upon a cavern. I'd like to seal it off now so I don't get attacked by the underground mobs. There's only one up/down staircase that ...
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How long do sieges last?

How long do sieges last in Dwarf Fortress if they are completely ineffective? I have a goblin war party camped on a hill near my fortress. My fortress has its gate down, its bridge up, and ...
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Emergency Food for my dwarves

So I'm out of food, my brewer got a little over excited and brewed EVERYTHING. What's the quickest way to make some more food? My dwarves are hungry!
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What can be done with artifact clothes?

My fortress has produced an artifact leather coat, leather shirt and gold bracelet. Can these be used for anything except selling them? For example, could I specify that a dwarf can wear them?
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Is there a way to see a textual description of fights?

I've seen some pretty descriptive descriptions of fights in Dwarf Fortress. I always assumed they were from Adventure mode. Is there a way to see a textual description of combats in Fortress mode?
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Dwarf Fortress labor preferences

How do I find out what dwarves, if any, have a given job active in their labor preferences so I can either remove other preferences that are taking up their time or change another dwarf's preferences? ...
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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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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 make bolts out of dead goblins?

After slaughtering a bunch of goblin invaders, the dwarfs promptly piled up their corpses in my refuse pile. Fast-forward a few seasons and the corpses decomposed to the point where only their ...
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How do I get my dwarfs to kill a Giant Rat?

I have a Giant Rat running around in my fortress eating my stores and drinking my drinks (kind of like a new peasant, actually). How do I get my dwarfs to drop what they are doing and just massacre ...
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What are the unmentionable enemies in Dwarf Fortress?

My understanding is that if you dig down deep enough in Dwarf Fortress, you can run into an extraordinarily nasty type of monster. It also seems to be a tradition among players of the game not to ...
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Can monsters get past doors in Dwarf Fortress?

I understand there are monsters quite far down if you keep digging. Can they get past doors?
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Confused by icons while trying to build walls

I'm playing in DF2010 for 3 or 4 days. Read a lot at DF's wiki. Now I'm prepairing for the 1st attackers. I'm gonna build a tower with underground way to it. So I need to understad clearly, how to ...
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How do I center view on my dwarves?

So I pressed something and now I can't see my dwarves. Is there a hot-key that centers my screen on my dwarves?
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Can I conquer the world?

Using Embark Everywhere is there a way to wipe out all other civilizations and have dorfs take over the world? I hate those damned tree hugging elves, and those sick necrophiliac necromancer scum, ...
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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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Is it possible to dig through a damp stone?

I keep running into damp stones every where. Is there a way to get through them, or do I have to make a separate cave for them? Also, can I use them to make mud? I still haven't quite figured out ...
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What happens to dwarves with infections?

My military dwarves sallied out to fight a goblin ambush group that was attacking my woodcutter, and they were ambushed by another group. They killed a few and scared the others off. While pursuing ...
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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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How fat is this dwarf?

According to the wiki's page on weapons and size, dwarves must meet a certain minimum body size before they are capable of wielding many weapon types. This has thrown an entirely new, unexpected level ...
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What can I do with a leopard?

So, a few years ago I bought this leopard from an elven caravan, hoping that I could train it as a war animal and post it to guard the entrance to my fort. I saw later on the wiki that leopards are ...
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How can I stop nauseous animals from vomiting everywhere?

I have a rather...unpleasant problem in Dwarf Fortress. Currently, over half of my animals are "Nauseous" and are...regurgitating everywhere. This widespread case of emesis doesn't seem to involve my ...
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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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Do doors slow dwarves down?

Say I had a corridor that was entirely filled with doors, would opening the doors to go through them slow my dwarves down?
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If I assign several dwarfs to a same room, does it have any effect?

If I assign several dwarves to same room, for example a large dining room where everybody has a chair, how does it affect things? Would it be better if everyone gets their own separate dining room?
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How can I get something like Dwarf Therapist running on a Mac?

I'm quickly losing track of my dwarven brothers because there are so many of them and their names have nothing to do with their jobs. I want to use something like Dwarf Therapist on my mac, but the ...
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How do crossbow traps work?

What kind of attack does a weapon trap with only crossbows use? Does it use bolts, and if so, which ones? Or does it only use the melee bash attack?
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Why don't my marksdwarves do any damage?

I'm trying to augment my melee troops with some ranged troops. However the ranged troops don't seem to be effective at all, even though they're all Skilled or better. For example: 30 wood and bone ...
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Dwarves meet Immovable Object

I've got a stone that is blocking construction of a workshop. It's not forbidden or marked to be dumped, there are no suspended builds that might be using it, but my dwarves are apparently refusing to ...
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How do I restrict a type of weapon?

My militia took my battle axes and won't give 'em back to my woodcutters. I'd rather not resort to killing my militia. How do I make them give my workers their tools back?
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Dwarf refuses to stay in hospital until she has recuperated

Two dwarfs were seriously injured. They were treated by a doctor in the hospital, but for some reason both of them suddenly left and started working again. The body part list shows both "lower body" ...
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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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What happens if I separate a dwarf from his favorite shield?

Our militia commander just got attached to a silly oaken buckler. I was planning on upgrading him to a steel shield. What will happen if I forcibly separate him from his shield?
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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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Cannot take iron anvil in dwarf-fortress?

I'm quite new to dwarf fortress and trying to make my way thru it. I read most of the utterly newby guide and want to go. Now, I'm trying to make the preparations. In the item menu, it seems that i ...