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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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? ...
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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 ...