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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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Is it possible to store stone in a more efficient manner?

As you can see it is getting a bit out of hand and taking up a lot of space using raw Stockpiles.
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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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How to kill a bronze colossus?

A bronze colossus just showed up on my map? How can I kill it?
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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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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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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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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 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 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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Dwarf Fortress Fullscreen

I am using the latest version of Dwarf Fortress 0.31.25 and while not exactly a newb (comming back after a long time away) I can't remember how to toggle between Fullscreen and Windowed mode in Dwarf ...
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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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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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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 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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Why are my dwarves not gathering wood?

I had told dwarves to cut down trees in an area a good distance away from my base, across a river. After doing so they left the wood lying about where the trees had been, despite the fact that my wood ...
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Can Dwarf Fortress be run in console mode?

I don't want to start up an X server at all, I just want to play on a text console. Is this possible?
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Accidentally caged dwarfs

I just had an encounter with some goblin ambushers in front of my fort. Most were caught by cage traps, and I sent my troops out to finish the rest. However, somehow, two dwarves were captured, and ...
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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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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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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 ...
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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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Cutoff Text in Trade screen

I'd like to sell all my unclaimed clothing, particularly all the Giant Cave Spider Silk... but I don't want to sell ropes. Unfortunately I can only see "Giant Cave Spider S" in the trade menu. When ...
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Where do Forgotten Beasts spawn?

I want to wall off the edges of the first cavern layer to prevent Forgotten Beasts from spawning there. I've observed that after I built a wall around the first set of walls that creatures starting ...
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Melt creature parts?

I recently killed a Hill Titan made entirely from gold in my Dwarf Fortress game, and I fully intended to melt the gold, make memorial stones, and engrave the tale of its defeat on its remains. ...
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Does lava evaporate in Dwarf Fortress?

I just finished my lava moat, powered by a volcano. If I shut the lava supply, will the moat eventually dry up?
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I can not exit Dwarf Fortress

As you can see in the screenshot below, there isn't an "Exit DF" choice, so how can I exit DF?
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How do I build a magma-safe floodgate in Dwarf Fortress?

I'm having difficulty doing this. I have access to things that are supposedly magma-safe, such as Alunite but when I try to build a floodgate using my Metalsmith's Forge, Alunite is not on the list of ...
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Constantly getting 'cancels Clean Self: Area inaccessible.' messages

I'm constantly getting messages such as: Döbar Olonrerras, Miner cancels Clean Self: Area inaccessible. in my log and now I've realized it's become a Problem: How do I figure out why dwarves are ...
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Conditions for getting new migrants in Dwarf Fortress?

How do I get new migrants? I have plenty of food and drink, armor and weapons, and quite a few cut gems. I have also minted steel coins. My population is only at 70, and it is declining due to lack of ...
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Can I sell mysterious constructions without upsetting their creators?

If one of my dwarves is taken by a fey/strange/macabre/fell mood and builds some wondrous trinket of no utility, can I flog it to a passing trader in exchange for some more booze? Or will the ...
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What can I do about baby starvation/dehydration after mother was injured?

I'm using Masterwork DF. I have embarked as orcs in tundra I have a well that is in the cave filled with fine water and a source of food. Recently one of my orcs have been attacked by some animal. She ...
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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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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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Which is the most important metal combat equipment?

When just starting out or working with limited amounts of dwarfite (steel), what is the most important combat equipment to forge first? My thoughts are either mail shirts for most protection or ...
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Traders standing at the corner of the map

While playing Dwarf Fortress (0.34.11), I noticed that a trader had come with my last migrant wave. Instead of following the rest of the dwarves to the fortress, he decided to hang around at the edge ...
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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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What events happen reliably each season in Dwarf Fortress?

If I am under siege, I understand that caravans, immigrants and emissaries will not arrive. What will I miss if I maintain a long siege through a whole season? More especially, do any of those events ...
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Does the kind of wood matter to build furnitures?

Will a bed built with oak be better than a bed built with another kind of wood ?
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How do I deal with the edge tile?

How do I build/dig on the edge tile of a map? My dwarves are walking around the edge of a moat; I assume invaders will too.
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What attributes are useful for adventurer combat?

Beginning with 0.31.17 you must choose attributes in addition to skills. Which abilities are useful to combat, both melee and ranged?
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How can I store things in lead bins?

I've got a fortress circling the death drain. Half the population managed to thirst themselves to death despite a non-zero quantity of booze available, and matters only got worse when the legendary ...
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What can I do with animals in cages in Dwarf fortress?

I bought some animals from a caravan because I thought "oh cool, animals!" but I don't really know what I can do with them. I guess the dwarves would like a bit of jaguar meat, but that seems a waste. ...