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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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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 ...
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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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How can I stop my dwarves from throwing tantrums?

I've got a handful of dwarfs that won't stop throwing tantrums, breaking things, going insane, and spreading their malcontentness. I killed the first few in an attempt to put an end to their madness, ...
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Can people have all their blood drained without vampires?

I've found a few people in my fort completely drained of blood. Does this mean that I have a vampire among my dwarves or is there another way for this to happen like bleeding out or just remaining ...
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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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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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Dwarf won't move because of a goblin who's not there

In my current game of Dwarf Fortress I just had some injuries and deaths due to an ambush. Now I have a Fisherdwarf who is laying there unconscious and unattended. Every other tick I get an ...
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Why won't my dwarves pick up a pick and go mine?

I've created two copper picks to help my dwarves mine, but they refuse to pick them up. What am I doing wrong? EDIT: I do have them set to be miners and I do have a dig area set.
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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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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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What are the best objects to put in a dwarf's room?

So, obviously a bed is required. Assuming small rooms (~3 squares), what are the best objects to place in the rooms? I've always assumed a Table and Chair would be tops, but if I manually assign rooms ...
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What is the single tile trash can trick in Dwarf Fortress?

Related: How do I collect rocks in Dwarf Fortress I've heard of a technique for dealing with the large amounts of stone is something about a single tile being a trash can for everything. How ...
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Why should I breach a cavern?

I just found the first cavern. However, I've read that all sorts of Fun monsters live in there. What features do caverns have that make it worth braving these critters?
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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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Who has my axe?

In the Stocks screen, I can see that there is an axe somewhere. It's not forbidden, but my woodcutter won't pick it up. Is there any way to see where it is?
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What could have caused this wave of 62 immigrant dwarves?

I started playing the latest version of Dwarf Fortress yesterday. The first two migration waves carried two and four dwarves respectively. Then suddenly, when the third wave arrived, my fortress was ...
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What are those goblins doing out there?

My fortress is currently under siege by some goblins and some trolls. The trolls obligingly rushed my trap maze, although sadly they all got caged before they reached the goblin grinders. Anyway, ...
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Is there a downside to using foreign weapons?

Is there a downside to making my dwarves use foreign weapons such as whips or two-handed swords? The wiki page on weapons Doesn't say of any downside, but I've seen advice to forbid them before. Right ...
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Luring goblin ambushes into my trap zone

So I've been ambushed a couple of times by goblins, and each time I send out squads of dwarves to go and face them (two melee squads, spear and sword, and a single marksdwarf squad) on the open plain. ...
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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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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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Training warhammer skill in dwarf fortress

I saw in DF that the carpenter may craft training weapons for the dwarf sparring. Still, I cant find any training warhammer... Should they train with regular weapons? Are there any training ...
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Is there an overview of the dwarf fortress economy?

I started playing Dwarf Fortress about a week ago and have hit my first winter; I've got more dwarfs now and think I've got maintaining food and drink supplies under control, but I'm wanting to expand ...
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Accidentally caged dwarfs

I just had an encounter with some goblin ambushers in front of my fort. Most were caught by cage traps, and I sent my troops out to finish the rest. However, somehow, two dwarves were captured, and ...
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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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Why am I being sent to kill Peasants?

Why am I being sent to kill Peasants by questgivers in Dwarf Fortress? Why are the Peasants living in lairs? Why have the Peasants killed livestock and people? Are these outlaws, or rebels, or ...
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Do different anvil materials have different capabilities?

Can my iron anvil make every possible object from any metal bar, or do I need a steel anvil for some things? I thought I had seen a post mentioning an anvil made from steel to work the more difficult ...
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Dwarves bringing dead corpses into the dining room

One of my dwarfs is bringing the corpses of dead animals into my dining for another dwarf to carry to the refuse pile. Why is that happening? Is it affecting my fortress in a negative way?
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Can I slaughter young animals for full rewards?

Does butchering non-adult tame animals give the same amount of meat, skin, etc. as a grown animal of the same kind?
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Where should I dispose of corpses so they don't stink up the place?

One of my dwarfs recently went mad and starved to death, and his corpse is starting to stink up the place. I read online that corpses are disposed of in the graveyard, however it appears to have been ...
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How does one find shops in Dwarf Fortress Adventure mode?

After spending more time than I'd care to admit learning and playing Dwarf Fortress Fortress mode over the last couple weeks I decided to give Adventure mode a shot. So far I'm getting the hang of it ...
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Do wounds ever completely heal in adventure mode?

Do wounds ever completely heal in Dwarf Fortress adventure mode? My adventurers seem hampered by yellow wounds that never heal. Is there some way to speed or encourage these wounds to heal?
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Dwarf Fortress for Windows Mobile

Is there any possibility of playing Dwarf Fortress on a Windows Mobile phone? I keep hearing great things about this game, but it seems that the only chances I have of getting any gaming in these ...
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Can Forgetten Beasts be killed by Waves of Reclaiming Dwarves?

I had a nice fortress going, when a forgotten beast turned up. I ignored it, safely walled up out of the caverns. Then I decided I wanted to go into the cavern. So I prepped my fledgeling military, ...
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The sea is ruining my framerate, is there anything I can do to increase my FPS?

I've got a nice little coastal fort going but even on a fairly small embark spot it's killing my frame rate. If I built floor over the sea with stone, would that be likely to increase the frame rate ...
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How do I dig below the magma seas?

I dug right to the magma seas in Dwarf Fortress, but now I'm stuck. Below the layer I'm on now is only semi molten rock which I can't dig through. I know that there are adamantine veins but I can't ...
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What is the maximum z-level I can reach?

I have had a really excellent idea for a small megaproject (a kiloproject?), but I don't think I can see enough z-levels to build the whole thing. It would need 20-30 above the ground, and IIRC I can ...
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How to remove “Deceased” entries from units list?

I've butchered several kitten. There are no corpses to bury (I think, they all converted into skulls and skin). So I don't need anymore of listing them in Unit list. I'm using DF2010.
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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).