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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 ...
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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 ...