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What's the difference between a “Socialize” and a “Socialize!” activity?

I've noticed activities like socializing or meditating appearing in the unit list in different colors: either in green, or in magenta with an exclamation mark. What's the difference between the two?
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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 warhammers?...
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Dwarves Are Not Cleaning Up Corpses and Vomit

I recently defeated a goblin invasion, however, my dwarves appear to be ignoring the goblin bodies and vomit everywhere, there are adequate refuse areas and they all have the labour enabled. Any ideas?...
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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 what?...
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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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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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How to get my dwarves to kill a (were-)dwarf

A werebeast infected one of my dwarves before they killed it, and I want my remaining dwarves to kill the infected dwarf, who is causing more damage than the original werebeast did. But it seems that ...
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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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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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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 can we force the military to kill civilians?

Given that I want a squad to kill my own dwarves, how would I go about accomplishing this? The sak screen does not allow me to select any dwarves (other than the outpost liaison) for slaughter: ...
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Stock sorting options?

Is there a way to view the stocks screen that's not just a list of what you have? Maybe be able to search my stocks for specific items?
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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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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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Pseudo ASCII graphics: What is the point? [closed]

Dwarf Fortress uses tiles; tiles that are images of ASCII characters no less! I see this as counter-intuitive. I thought the idea of using ASCII characters instead of graphics is so you could run in ...
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Named giant animal

My hunter got killed by Tollissedil Giant Mantis and i am wondering why this mantis is named? It is not a forgotten beast and after sending my military at it my dwarfs refuse to bring him to the ...
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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 the most effective method of protecting your Trade Depot route?

I have a 3 wide hallway leading into my base up to the Trade Depot, in the book I was reading this is how I was told it would be accessible to caravans. However, this wide entry way is allowing ...
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What could cause a Gemcrafter to stay inside his workshop for a long time and eventually die, while still being “undiscovered”?

My gemcrafter locked himself inside of his workshop for a suspiciously long time. Eventually, he became "missing" and his yet-to-be-discovered corpse was releasing clouds of miasma. There are plenty ...
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How to kill a bronze colossus?

A bronze colossus just showed up on my map? How can I kill it?
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How to alter the speed in Dwarf Fortress?

How can one increase/decrease the speed of Dwarf Fortress?
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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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How to get an overview of all skills in my fortress?

Is there a way to get an overview of all skills among all my dwarfs, either in vanilla DF or with a tool?
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How can I kill a goblin in a pit?

I have a goblin in a 5 z-level deep pit. The problem is that all of my dwarves get scared when they come close to him and drop whatever they're doing, even though he is behind fortifications. I would ...
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What are mountain halls?

Besides the regular neighbors on the embark map i got a unfamiliar one "Mountain halls". What is this exactly? Are they friendly or should i fear them even more then the necro-towers? The DF wiki ...
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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 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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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 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 ...
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Are Rivers and Aquifers guaranteed to come together in Dwarf Fortress?

I've been interested in Dwarf Fortress, so I decided to start playing with it. It has a reputation for being quite difficult, so I decided to find a tutorial. Every tutorial I found reccomended to ...
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Preventing climbers into fortress

My last fortress was destroyed ,dwarfs were killed and then I abandoned it. goblins came in the fortress by climbing walls ! (yes I didn't expect them to climb walls). I thought of an idea to prevent ...
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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 won'...
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Remove stairs in Dwarf Fortress?

I built a couple of up/down stairs in DF by mistake, how can I remove them?
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How do I stockpile Sand?

I've just bought several bags of sand from a Trader - thought I'd play around with making some glass. But, I cannot find the correct stockpile setting to get my sand stockpiled next to the glass ...
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How to power a 200 z level pump stack

My fortress is built in a warm and slightly wooded area with lots of hills with almost no surface water except for a few stagnant pools. I found water about two levels above the magma sea, and I want ...
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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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Effective military scheduling

Recently my militia commander has got a bug up his rear. Looking at his thoughts, I see that he is both upset at being relieved from duty and also depressed from long patrol duty. I currently have ...
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Can floor constructions be placed under furniture, or do you have to move it first?

Is it possible in Dwarf Fortress to add floor constructions without having to move furniture that is already occupying the same space? How should I do that?
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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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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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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 ...