Slaves to Armok II: Dwarf Fortress is a tile based, real time strategy, city building, and adventure game for one player by Bay 12 Games developer Tarn Adams.

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Does the Champion do anything?

The wiki is quite unclear on the Champion. From what I gather he might "boost the morale". Is there a point to appointing one? The champion is a noble position appointed by the Baron (that is, you ...
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What does this noble activity mean?

Apparently Mountainhome is happy with my colony, so I got to appoint a baronness, and chose my legendary miner. Now she spends most of her time doing the activity "Noble" in her room. What's that? ...
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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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How to reliably hurt dwarves without killing them?

I've been trying to hurt dwarves, for my healthcare dwarf to practice on, by building a retracting bridge, stationing a squad there, and then retracting the bridge. If the fall is just 1z, i.e. the ...
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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 did the ram get up there?

Suddenly, I found my huntsdwarf's ram on the wall. There has never been any ramp or stairs up there, so how could it have happened? I'm in an Untamed Wilds biome, and have seen flying ...
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How to dig up, through a level surface?

I can dig out staircases upwards, but how do I actually cross the surface? ____ #X## #X## _ is the ground surface #X X are staircases #### # is earth
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How to reserve barrels for drink?

My fortress is overflowing with food barrels, but there is very little drink left. I do have seeds for brewing more, but cannot, since there are no more barrels. There is no wood available for making ...
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Dwarves freaking out on the walls during zombie invasion

After an unfortunate series of events, I have a problem that I can't seem to solve. The current circumstances: My fort is walled in. The outside is swarming with zombies. There are two zombies ...
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How to remove zombie dwarves from Dwarf Therapist?

After trying to fight off a zombie dingo with my melee militia, I've got a lot of zombies walking around outside my fortress. (Who'd have known it was contagious?) For some reason, Dwarf Therapists ...
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Is it possible to capture a webspinning forgotten beast / titan?

I would dearly like to cage trap a web-spinning forgotten beast (or other procedural creature, like a titan) so as to make a forgotten beast silk factory. (Yeah, I know giant cave spider silk is ...
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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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Why is there so much empty space on some DF screens?

In some Dwarf Fortress screens, there's a lot of empty space. For example, on the health screen, I need to scroll through the units even though they'd fit on one screen if all the space was used. ...
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Can I make immigrant dwarves arrive without any labors turned on?

I'd like my immigrant dwarves to arrive with either no labor preferences, or some specific useless labor turned on. The reason is that Dwarf Therapist's "wave number" sorting doesn't always work, but ...
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How advanced can animal training knowledge get?

As you train and tame animals you learn to tame them better all the time. To what level can training knowledge eventually get? Can you fully domesticate animals in fortress mode?
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How can I expose a vampire?

I've found a vampire in my fortress; but I don't want to kill him, as might turn out to be useful down the road. What I would like, however, is to know his real identity! Is there any way in which I ...
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What is the easiest way to block this submerged tunnel under my walls?

I walled in the entrance to my fortress, and solved the problem of a water-filled channel by walling right across it. The problem is, apparently people can just walk through that channel, as it's ...
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How can I fix a stagnant river?

I embarked in a river location, in which the river shared some squares with a murky pool. Apparently there's a bug in the current version of Dwarf Fortress, which means that the river is slowly ...
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Why are there clothes on the dining room chair?

I was digging out a new dining room and putting furniture in there, when I noticed someone had put his clothes on a chair. What could have caused this? There's enough bedrooms with chests for all ...
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What makes up the wealth of my fortress?

How can I find out what contributes to the majority of the wealth of my fortress?
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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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Do statues block liquids?

Do statues block the flow of liquids? (Or, the real question: Can I use statues as walls in my magma pump stack?)
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What's the easiest way to get water on a glacier?

After having built multiple fortresses in 'easy' areas, I thought I'd take on a challenge and embark on a glacier. Well my problem is, there is no water, only ice. There's also a lack of soil, so for ...
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How many z-levels can a marksdwarf engage from?

If I was to build a turret defence along my fortress perimeter, how high could I make it before my stationed dwarves armed with ranged weapons couldn't engage a target on the ground? Corollary: does ...
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What affects the wear rate of clothing items?

Do we know anything about differential wear rates between clothing items? Does material affect wear rate? (Leather, cloth, silk, yarn, adamantine; do they wear out at different speeds?) Does ...
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Who's a dwarf gonna call?

So I've got a couple of ghosts. And they are attacking one of the vampires I have walled away for safety sake (we don't have the heart to kill them, they were once our friends). What can I do to get ...
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Can Demons and Devils Starve to death?

So we've got a small pocket of dwarves (aka vampires!) walled away safely, and my fort is infested with FUN (aka demons and devils!). They've killed 3 sieges now. Will they ever starve to death, or do ...
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Why can't I butcher dead chinchillas?

So my hunterdwarf has been out in the field, and he's killed and hauled back some chinchilla corpses to my butcher shop. The only problem is that when the corpses are placed in the butcher shop ...
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How do I get rid of mud, vomit, blood and other contaminants?

Due to a slightly miscalculated water-feature, I have a muddy dining room. The dwarves don't seem overly bothered, but I can't help but feel that it's not doing the engravings justice. How can I ...
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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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Labor preferences not showing in Dwarf Fortress?

I have a large abundance of farmers which aren't really needed, so I'd like to switch them to things I'd find more useful. However, I'm not really sure where to do this. Googling the issue told me to ...
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Dwarf Fortress Abandons Shops Everywhere

I've generated 5 worlds with histories spanning from 1000,1500,2000,2500, and 3000 years. When I get onto adventure mode and find the capitals, all of them, have 80% abandoned shops. Is this normal, ...
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How common is it to have no lignite or bituminous coal in Dwarf Fortress?

I've started several fortresses now, and I've never encountered any lignite or bituminous coal. I've even prospected a couple maps (with DFHack) to see if it was merely out of reach, but unless ...
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Can I drop a bird-man to its death?

My embark has a number of peregrine falcon men (and women) wandering about, which has resulted in them being captured by my foodfriend gathering cages. They have been hauled off to a stockpile near a ...
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Is vampirism genetic?

I found someone that I think might be a vampire, but he's married and has a young child. His wife is somewhat suspicious too. I'm thinking of just executing the three of them. Can a vampire marry a ...
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Can I automatically dispose of refuse into the magma sea?

I've embarked into a mountainous land with no bitumous coal or lignite, and can only find magma in the magma sea. Because of these limitations, I'm going to be migrating my fortress 150 z-levels down; ...
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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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How can I rescue dorfs trapped in semi-molten rock?

My dorfs took the risk and decided to dig out a cotton candy vein. The legendary miners quickly dug out everything above the magma sea without finding it hollow, and then proceeded down through it ...
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Should I assign rooms to all dwarves in Dwarf Fortress?

I usually make a lot of three-square rooms with a bed and a chest each in my fortresses, and declare the rooms bedrooms. Sometimes dwarves seem to assign themselves to beds and put stuff into chests, ...
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Why is Dwarf Fortress a huge resource hog?

When I'm playing Dwarf Fortress my CPU usage is near 100%. This limits the usage of other applications when I alt-tab out of the game. Why does the game require so much processor usage? Is there a way ...
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Can you “win” Dwarf Fortress?

Can you "win" a game of Dwarf Fortress? Is there like an ending or some victory condition? Or does the game just go on forever sort of like The Sims?
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After Reclaiming a Fortress, can't claim leftover animals

I recently reclaimed a fortress that got wiped out by a goblin ambush, and everything is going well except that there are a bunch of Yaks and Buffalo that belonged to the previous tenants are now ...
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How many square miles or square meters is the dwarf fortress map?

I was just thinking about this the other day and was curious. Does anyone know?
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My dwarves have turned into gummi-bears!

So I'm playing a succession game, using just about the latest version of DF. I just received the save file and my dwarves have turned into Gummi-Bears. I had been using the Ironhand tileset without ...
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What are relevant skills for the Captain of the Guard/Hammerer positions?

My latest fort is finally at the point where I'm starting to set up prisons and a justice system, but it's hard to find suitable dorfs for the positions of law enforcement. Which skills should be ...
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The Minotaur won't kill my dwarf, what can I do?

So let me preface that I am playing the (or close to the) latest version of DF under the stricture that my dwarves are pacifists. No killing, no violence except personal self defense. No militia. Cage ...
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The caravan is coming and my rock crafts are scattered on the floor!

After a massive influx of migrants one season, I set up a stonecrafting sweatshop to churn out hundreds of rock toys and mugs. But it looks like I screwed up my stockpile settings and/or didn't have ...
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How can I learn to read?

I've invested several hours in a human adventurer and want to learn the secrets of life and death. Unfortunately, I failed to invest any skill points in Reader at character creation. Is there any way ...
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Do I have to care about my companions in Dwarf Fortress?

So far, the only attention I've paid to my companions in adventure mode is to make sure they aren't killed. Is there anything else about them that I should monitor and care about, e.g. hunger, thirst, ...
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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 ...