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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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How do I read the attributes for a dwarf in Dwarf Therapist?

In Dwarf Therapist, the attributes (Strength, Agility, Toughness, Endurance, Recuperation, and Disease Resistance) are displayed as following: Strength Very Strong (4581) Strong (4413) (3936) Weak ...
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How to throw a caged, hostile animal into a pit in Dwarf Fortress?

Is it possible to throw caged animals into a pit without connecting each cage to a lever? When I try to assign the animals to a pit, they break loose from their cages as soon as a dwarf start ...
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Would moving a dwarf's bedroom give it an unhappy thought?

I'd assume not having a place to sleep would give it one. What about if there was a new room already made? I have seen dwarves become attached to weapons... can they become attached to furniture?
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Do pump stacks transmit power vertically in both directions?

That is to say, if I have 3 pumps stacked properly, and I am suppling excessive power to the middle of the three, will all three run? Or will the top or bottom not receive power?
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How to import whole category in Dwarf Fortress?

I want to import meat from the caravan, but don't care too much what kind of meat. Is there a better solution than increasing the priority on every meat product? Update: Same goes with bins, bags and ...
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When do sieges start?

I have been playing for about two in-game years now and still no sieges. I am kind of relieved, but also worried one might happen soon. I read on the forums that sieges start happening when there's a ...
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Is it possible to create an item teleporter using minecarts+dumpstops?

I notice that when minecarts are stationary on top of a minecart stop that has been constructed as an auto-dump stop, the items deposited within it appear very quickly (possibly instantaneously) at ...
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Mass moving of goods to trade depot

How do I move a massive amount of goods from my stockpiles to the trade depot? I've set it up so that my craftsdwarf does absolutely nothing but produce stone crafts, and now I have an obscene amount ...
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Where do I connect a road to?

I'm trying to plan out my new fortress before I start construction, but I'm not sure where the road must go. I'd like to ensure that I don't need to construct a road right across the entire map. Is ...
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Material Colors in Dwarf Fortress

The Dwarf Fortress Wiki, while a wonderful help for most of the time, still falls short from time to time, especially in some of the minor articles. Something I was unable to find conclusive data ...
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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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When will the roof cave in on me?

How big can I make an underground room before it collapses? It's a simple question that I haven't been able to get a good answer to. I assume that rooms made of stone can be larger than rooms made ...
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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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Productivity in Dwarf Fortress

Will bad things happen if I don't keep my dwarfs busy? Any reason to not have idle dwarfs standing around other then personal satisfaction of working 'em to death?
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Fast transport system in Dwarf Fortress

I am afraid my farms are a bit far from my fortress, so is it possible to build some sort of a fast transport system in order to speed the process of moving to and from my farms?
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Dealing with thieves in Dwarf Fortress

There is currently a thief in my fortress and I do not know what to do with him. So, what can be done about a thief?
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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 know which dwarves are already assigned when assigning squads?

On the military screen when I create to squads I fill the first one. When I fill the second one there doesn't seem to be any indication that the dwarf being added to the second squad is already in a ...
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What do the red and blue tiles on the map mean?

In the Fortress mode, I have noticed that there are red and blue tiles present on the overview map. Moreover, the red tiles have a tendency to move around. However, when I zoom in on their location, I ...
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How to find all my stockpiles?

Is there any way to find all the stockpiles I created, other than by pressing k and navigating around all the tiles that represent stockpiles? (Some stockpiles are adjacent to each other by mistake, ...
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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 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, ...