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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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 ...
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Can I use a pick in adventure mode?

I just found a copper pick in Dwarf Fortress adventure mode. Can I use it to dig?
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How to find the location of my target in Dwarf Fortress?

I've been told to slay the night creature Ur Mistskinny in Pimpleumbras the Playful Holes. How can I find it? If I go to the Quest log and zoom, I'm pointed to the area where I got the quest.
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How to drink in a cold environment?

In Dwarf Fortress adventure mode, how can I drink? My waterskin is full of ice. I did find a well, but the bucket is also full of ice. Is there a way to melt it by a campfire? Licking it doesn't seem ...
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Can children die?

A dwarf was digging out a magma channel under my thriving fortress , when he stumbled upon an adamantine vein. Praise the miners! Unfortunately, I was invaded shortly after. Long story short, the ...
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What do these D's mean?

So in my dump some items are marked with a pink D. Some are not. What does it mean?
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Replace brooks with streams in dwarf fortress

Is there any way I can create a dwarf fortress world with no brooks, or at least fewer of them? Some specific settings in worldgen, maybe? I like to use bridges as chokepoints, and the streams as ...
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Can I upgrade my save games?

I want to upgrade my current game running under version 0.31.25 to the latest version 0.34.02. Is there a safe way to do that?
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If I've got alcohol, how long can I survive without water?

I've just embarked in an area with no water. No murky pools. No Aquifer. Also no soil, only stone. Eventually I may dig deep enough to find a water source, but Armok only knows how long that will ...
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How can I make use of idle dwarves?

This seems to be a recurring problem. I start a fortress, everything is going well, then BOOM: 20 migrants. I can never seem to find something to do with them, and they end up being just a waste of ...
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Strategy for killing a Bronze Colossus?

So my adventure character is about to go fight a Bronze Colossus. Is there anything I should know or do before I go to fight? My character is an Axeman, who is fairly good at ambushing if that helps.
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How do I recover lost food?

I recovered a fortress, and there was a bunch of food in it. Now that food lies in a giant piles that my dwarves can't eat. They aren't marked forbidden or for dumping, they are just sitting there. ...
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How do I kill these goblins?

I've got a little bit of a predicament. I created a pit to dump goblins in, then I tried to fill that pit up with water in order to kill them. Of course that's when I find out that you need to ...
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How can I prevent my civilian dwarves from drinking/eating from the military stockpiles?

I have a military training room which is off a corridor which branches off near the entrance to my base. To maximize training time, I have tables in the room, with food and drink stockpiles next to ...
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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 To Inventory a Stockpile?

Is there a way to see all the contents of a stockpile in Dwarf Fortress? I'd like to get an inventory of my Metal Bar stock.
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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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How do I convert a down stairway to an up/down stairway in Dwarf Fortress?

As I was tunneling straight down, I accidentally built a down stairway instead of an up/down stairway and now I can't reach any of the lower levels. How do I convert this stairway to an up/down one? ...
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How can I get rid of a siege?

I've just experienced a siege where the siege tag will not go away after I have killed all of the siege combatants. Now no caravans will come to my fortress! Is there a way to get rid of the siege ...
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A dwarf is possessed, how can I find what he wants?

There is a dwarf that "has been possessed" and now he's in the meeting hall waiting for something. I'm guessing I don't have the workshop he needs but how can I found out?
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Are there any advantages or disadvantages for having mixed weapon squads?

I have several melee squads in my current Dwarf Fortress game. These squads use a mix of melee weapons to have fun, swords, axes, maces. Are there any advantages or disadvantages of using a mixed ...
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All my dwarves are bleeding to death. What can I do?

After a relatively short battle with a forgotten beast, in which none of my militia were injured, everyone in my fortress has started dropping dead. Even dwarves that were not involved in the battle ...
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How can I keep my dwarf from walking to his doom?

Goden Geshudenam has died after colliding with an obstacle. I discovered the hard way that dwarves will walk, to their doom, across a partially deconstructed bridge. Sadly one of my masons is in the ...
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How can I stop a dwarf with no arms from trying to store items?

One of my dwarfs lost both her arms in a valiant effort to defend the fortress. Although I'm grateful for her effort, I now get spammed with messages saying "cancels Stored Owned Item: Too injured. ...
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How do I make cats less proud?

I have several cats running around my fortress, killing vermin and doing what they do best. Every now and then, a cat runs into my fortress dragging behind it a fresh kill as if to say "Look at what I ...
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What are the consequences of temporarily having no fresh water source?

I am playing in a region where pools freeze up during the winter. After freezing over I receive a lot of messages telling me that the task give water has been cancelled because the water source is ...
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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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Can I equip my military dwarves with one of two weapon types?

My fortress recently fought off a siege almost entirely composed of Goblin Lashers, so I've got some extra whips and scourges laying around. Naturally, I want to start a lasher squad of my own. I ...
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How can I get the Human Caravan to trade at Schrödinger's Trade Depot?

For reference, I am playing a succession game using version 40d. So a Trade Caravan showed and then there was immediately a siege. I think most, if not all of the Caravan made it to the trade depot. ...
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My siege engineers are too scared to do their job. What am I doing wrong?

Note I'm playing a succession game using version 40d. So I've set up a Maze of Death with a nearly a score of ballista at the ready to fill invaders with pointy death. Unfortunatly my ballista ...
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How can I make my Legendary Crossbowdwarf stand down?

Note, I am playing an old succession game using version 40d. I have a legendary Marksdwarf. I stationed him where he needed to be using x > s. The seige is over, the goblins are routed, but Fikod ...
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How can I find a corpse?

One of my Dwarves just died of bleeding. He isn't anywhere near any enemies that I can see. How can I find his corpse to help figure what happened? Note this is version 40d.
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What to do about massive slacking?

My dwarves have suddenly stopped working... to the tune of 30-40 idlers. I feel like I've got plenty of tasks, but obviously not enough. What's some good busywork I can set my dwarves to doing.
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Why can't I appoint a broker?

I am new to DF and I have only played a few games. In my latest game, I am trying to trade with a caravan for a new anvil. However, there is a problem. I can't appoint a Broker. In my other games, I ...
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Keeping unskilled engravers away from a job site

I'm about to start digging out a flashy tomb for my fort's baron, and I want to engrave it wall-to-wall. I'd like to let only my best engraver do the work. I could lock him in easily enough, but I ...
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Are mangled items any good?

So for various reasons my dwarves just fought off two Forgotten Beasts at once while a goblin siege looked on. One of the Beasts knocked over some doors on the way in, so I have a bunch of mangled ...
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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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How do I set up a pond for efficient drainage?

I currently have two large ponds filled with water to depth 7 that I need to get drained. Because I didn't think very hard about how liquid flow works, the out pipe on the one is one tile wide, ...
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How do I power my screw pump on Dwarf Fortress?

I have a windmill and it is transmitting power to a gear assembly below. The gear assembly is connect to an axle so it looks like this: ground level: X is windmill XXX XXX XXX below: G is gear A ...