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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 ...
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Can wounds be treated in Adventure mode?

Upon looking at my status in adventure mode, I see that my right hand "needs setting". Is there a way other than simply time/rest to deal with this, or do actual doctors exist?
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The Easiest Setup for a new Dwarf Fortress Player [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How should I learn to play Dwarf Fortress? I am having some trouble breaking in to Dwarf Fortress. I booted up the game for the first time and there were soooo many ...
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How do I build above-ground fortress features?

I try to keep the above-ground sections of my fortress limited to just a few necessary functions but I always felt like I was a little unprepared when goblin attacks started flowing in. I could wall ...
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How do I get rid of a caged goblin?

I managed to catch a goblin in a cage and now he is just sitting at the entryway to my fortress. I have tried disarming him with d-b-d and d-b-c with a garbage dump zone nearby but my dwarves just ...
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What's the most effective method of protecting your Trade Depot route?

I have a 3 wide hallway leading into my base up to the Trade Depot, in the book I was reading this is how I was told it would be accessible to caravans. However, this wide entry way is allowing ...
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Is it possible to store stone in a more efficient manner?

As you can see it is getting a bit out of hand and taking up a lot of space using raw Stockpiles.
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Traders standing at the corner of the map

While playing Dwarf Fortress (0.34.11), I noticed that a trader had come with my last migrant wave. Instead of following the rest of the dwarves to the fortress, he decided to hang around at the edge ...
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What's wrong with my clothes industry?

My dwarves seem pretty excited about procreation and I now have a large population of babies and children hanging around the fortress. The problem is that the children are all going mad and throwing ...
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How do I kill animals inside my fortress?

There are 3 Elk Birds inside my fortress. How could I kill them? I have a Cage trap in the entry (but they are in the 3rd floor) and a Battle Axe (but I don't know how to use it to kill them).
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Killing dwarven caravans

In dwarf fortress (version DF2012), you get a dwarven trade caravan each fall. I know your own civilization will not go to war with you when it gets killed in any way. But are there any other ...
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Have whips been fixed in DF2012?

In the last version of Dwarf Fortress I was informed that generally foreign weapons were not worth using, with the exception of whips and scourges, because the physics engine worked using speed and ...
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How to set up a basic military in Dwarf Fortress?

Alright, I lost a fortress last night due to neglecting my military (well, and not closing my airlock quickly enough.). I've been neglecting my military due to the fact the interface is the single ...
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How to find all my stockpiles?

Is there any way to find all the stockpiles I created, other than by pressing k and navigating around all the tiles that represent stockpiles? (Some stockpiles are adjacent to each other by mistake, ...
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How do I remove a task from a workshop's task queue?

I added some tasks to a Carpenter's Workshop that I didn't want. I don't see any way to modify the tasks in the task queue. How can I remove these tasks?
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How can I find a Necromancer?

On my current fortress I noticed a couple of necromancers when I started. I killed one, and another got away. Now body parts are getting up and dancing a jig with my dwarves, but I can't see who's ...
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Why is my track/ramp unusable?

I've constructed a track/ramp in DF v0.34.10, but it shows as "Unusable". I've tried building it the other direction (E/W) several times, but to no avail. How can I build a usable track/ramp in this ...
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Do minecarts play nicely with traps?

I'm considering lining all my tracks to near the outside in cage traps for added safety, but I'm wondering if building on them causes trouble somehow. Can you build them all right? Do the minecarts go ...
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Dwarf Fortress crossbows not firing from behind fortifications

I built fortifications which my crossbowmen are standing immediatly behind (defending a burrow). When goblins come close the crossbowmen don't fire but leave the fortifications and chase the goblins. ...
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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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Dwarf Fortress: Protecting Dwarves During an Attack

I'm still a bit of a novice with DF and had my first real experience with Fun the other day. I working away building some beds, setting some traps, farming, etc when a horde of undead goblins appeared ...
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Dwarf Fortress military and bedroom issues?

I had a working single squad military, I added another squad and a burrow to defend and I put the squads into a rotation of training one month and defending the next. The training group just hangs ...
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What's the easiest way to explore my fortresses in adventure mode, without all the preparation?

I'd really like to explore my fortresses in adventure mode, but I don't really like spending an hour to solve quests, gain followers, buy equipment and find the actual fortress. Is there some kind of ...
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Do coffins block movement?

Do coffins block the movement of dwarves, like statues seem to do?
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What is a Queen Vampire doing in my fortress?

This is the first time my fortress was promoted to Mountainhome before flooding with water, lava or HFS, so I don't know if this is expected. I got a message that the King had arrived with his ...
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What's the name of the current settlement?

How to find the name of the current settlement? The Dwarven name is in the civilizations screen ("Imports from ..."), but I can't see the translation anywhere.
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Who are The Dwarves of the Pink Galley?

The dwarves of The Pink Galley now know a few facts about eagle training. This message appeared after the Dwarven caravan (from The Rim of Perplexing) had left. Just before, I had trained an ...
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How to station some of my hunters in a tower?

I've got a lot of dwarves hunting wildlife, and figured that I could use the marskdwarf training they're getting and station some of them in a lookout tower, in case of ambush. I tried to accomplish ...
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Why do I need a “screw trap component” for building a screw pump?

When I try to build a screw pump with bMs, I see the red text: Needs screw trap component I've already built seven pumps, and still have blocks, pipe sections, mechanisms and enormous corkscrews ...
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Does it matter if I adhere to the export agreement with Mountainhome?

Does the export agreement with Mountainhome affect anything except for telling me which goods can be traded more favourably? E.g, does trading those goods affect my relation with Mountainhome?
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How do I get my fisherdwarf to fish (or how to create a fishing zone)?

How do I get my dwarves to start fishing? I have enabled the fishing labor, and made sure that the standing orders do not forbid fishing outside of zones, but my dwarves never seem to go fishing. ...
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Is there a stone bin?

I recently found out that there's a stone pot that functions like a barrel. Is there, similarly, a stone substitute for bins? Or any other material that isn't wood or metal?
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Can flying monsters fly diagonally upwards?

Can flying monsters fly fiagonally upwards? I've got this in part of my fortress. Could a monster in level -2 get to level -1 somehow? ##### Level -1: #++X# ##### Level -2: ...
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Can I keep my world between Dwarf Fortress versions?

Dwarf Fortress 0.34.08 was just released. When a new (minor) version comes out, can I simply copy my save folder into the new install and keep playing with my original world and fortress, or would I ...
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Will pumping from a river affect the frame rate?

I've found that digging around a river or stream to change its shape greatly decreases my frame rate. Would pumping out some water have the same effect, if I stop the pump afterwards?
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Why is “Cages & Chains: 3 of 20” in red letters?

On the tile of my Justice screen, it says "Cages & Chains: 3 of 20", with "3 of 20" in bright-red letters. Does this mean that I need 17 more cages or chains, or is the red text not a warning? ...