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 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 ...
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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.