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Can I use vermin in my egg production farm?

I recently acquired a tame blue jay in a cage that I bought from the Elven trading caravan. I have a reasonable egg production farm up and running with domestic egg laying creatures, like ducks and ...
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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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Why should I resize my embark site?

I recently learned that it's possible to change the size of my embark site before starting a fortress, from the default 4x4 down to 1x1 and up to the size of the whole "Local" window, whatever that ...
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How do I solve a wood shortage? Or: How can I safely get to some magma?

I'm on my second fortress, and I've encountered a problem I didn't really expect: I'm chronically short of wood. I embarked into a forested area, so I had plenty to begin with, but now I don't have ...
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Safe way to dig a deep vertical pit?

What's the "safe" to dig a vertical pit? I tried to channel a 3x3 section straight down. I also put in an up/down stair on the side of the pit but my miners ended up getting stuck, dieing of ...
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Will I miss anything important if I turn the sound off?

In the Dwarf Fortress options menu, the Music and Sound option allows you to set the desired volume, however this is a single option that will turn off both music and sound is set to 0. For the ...
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Should I keep caged prisoners?

I've captured goblins with caged traps. I've already stolen all their stuff like explained here, but now I don't know what to do with them. Maybe my Dwarfs are happy seeing caged prisoners, but I'm ...
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What to do when you really don't find metal ore

In one of my games, I can't seem to find metallic ore. I've dug to the -20 floor, hit 2 caverns, and I've dug horizontally and vertically to. Some of the stuff you usually build from metal can be ...
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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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Why are offduty military training in civ clothing?

My military schedule is 2 months Training and then 1 month offduty. I have the uniform option on the schedule set such that they would always be in Uniform, since I want them to have their armor on ...
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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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How do I make cloth bags from pig tails?

What are the steps to go from pig tails to cloth bags? The wiki says the process plants/thresher skill is used to turn the pig tails into thread. I used the spin thread task, and my dwarf that has ...
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Retrieve and butcher horse skeleton from refuse pile?

So I had a horse die of starvation while I was still learning about the game. I couldn't figure out how to to butcher it, but did manage to get it to an outdoor refuse pile before it stunk up the ...
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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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Hostile creatures causing work cancellations?

I have some moose men and women running around inside my fortress, and any dwarf that bumps into them will cancel their work. But they don't seem to be attacking my dwarves. I also wonder if they ...
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Should I spend all points at the “Prepare for the Journey Carefully” stage in Dwarf Fortress?

I'm a brand new player to Dwarf Fortress, and I've been looking at some beginners guides for starting a game. Although the guides tell you which skills it is worth investing in at the outset, they do ...
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Enlarging embark location after embark?

Is there any way to make my embark location larger? Or some way to rembark without getting different dwarves? I saved my skills/items to a profile, but I want the same dwarves because I spent a huge ...
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Why make cheese if milk is already food?

In Dwarf Fortress, milk is already a food item, and if I am not mistaken, you get one cheese for every one milk. So would the only benefit of cheese be that it is just one more ingredient for making ...
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Does an online/web accessible version of Dwarf Fortress exist? [closed]

Has anyone built a web interface for Dwarf Fortress?
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What are my fortress essentials?

I've made it through a couple Dwarf Fortress tutorials but I'm still concerned that I don't know the basics of what my fortress needs to stay alive indefinitely (barring some sort of terrible goblin ...
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Why won't my squads patrol my patrol route?

I've just set up my first patrol route but I'm having trouble getting my dwarves to patrol it. It is a simple two waypoint route across the top of my realm but squads assigned to patrol it just go to ...
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Do named weapons function better than their unamed counterparts?

I recently had a dwarf name a weapon (a no quality steel battle axe). This weapon now shows up in my artifact list, though with a different color than mood/crafted artifacts. Does the weapon get ...
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How to clean outdoor traps?

After my third siege, my outdoors trap corridor is filled with bodies, blood and other sticky icky stuff. This is attracting swarms of flies and generating unhappy thoughts for the dwarfs. I've ...
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Does the presence of Giant Cave Spider Silk always indicate the presence of Giant Cave Spiders?

So, I've decided that I want to breach the first level cavern I've found. I noticed that there are a significant number of Giant Cave Spider Silk covering the floor of the cavern. However, looking in ...
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Dwarf Fortress Adventure Mode 0.31.25 - Steel or Better Weapons?

Is it possible to find Steel (or even Adamantine) weapons / armour anywhere (other than starting out as a dwarf)? Iron is alright during the start of the game, but once well-equipped goblin ambush ...
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Social Skils for Militia Captains?

What social skills are important to militia captains? The ones I think might be, but have no way of confirming are: Leadership Organization Teacher Are these used by militia captains? If not, ...
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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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Effective methods for fighting mining-related lag?

I love me some 5x3 embark areas; but as soon as I really cut into the bedrock; I quickly drop from 100/50 FPS to 25/15 FPS (exaggeration alert!). In fact, the most common cause of fortress abandonment ...
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How can I poke a hole in the roof in Dwarf Fortress?

I'm making my underground farm in a new fortress, and I thought I would try a new way of getting water to it, going UNDER a lake. I assumed I would just have to mine under it and the water would fall ...
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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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How can I stop civilizations dying out and fortress abandonment?

When generating worlds that are old (1k-10k years), I have a very hard time stopping civilizations dying out and every fortress I visit in Adventurer mode is abandoned. What aspects of world ...
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My Dwarf has been resting for ages, how do I get him to wake up?

Currently one of my dwarfs is sleeping in the hospital after I removed his bed and he decided to sleep there instead. He has been resting for over a year now and i'm not sure how to wake him up. The ...
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Can dwarfs freely walk over traps without setting them off in Dwarf Fortress?

I am building my first trap system and im wondering if i have to setup a maze of traps that my dwarves will walk around or can I just block off my entrance with rows of traps without having to worry ...
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Built upward staircases in Dwarf Fortress don't reveal tiles?

When I dig an upward staircase it reveals the tile above so I can excavate it and make a downward staircase. When I build one it doesn't reveal the tile above and I can't dig upwards. Have I made a ...
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A few questions about bedrooms?

In dwarf fortress when you define a bedroom the size seems to automatically snap to include the walls of the bedroom. When you have two bedrooms that are right next to each other the two rooms will ...
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How to make dwarfs use barrels in a balanced manner?

The barrels I produce are used to store food and seeds and other stuff and there are never enough barrels for alcohol. Right now I have something like 2000 food and 0 alcohol. How do I balance the ...
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Can creatures move diagonally through walls?

I've told my dwarves to build a protective rock 'sheath' around my column of up/down stairs (thrust to the floor of a cavern) in the following pattern: OOOO RXXO RXXO OROO O = Wall build order R = ...
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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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What mouse controls are available in Dwarf Fortress?

I've added [MOUSE:YES] to my init.txt to enable mouse control, but I haven't been able to find any info on exactly what mouse controls are available. So far, the only one I've found is changing the ...
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Can I dismantle a table to recover (some of) its wood?

I'm playing my first-ever game of Dwarf Fortress and chose to embark in a relatively calm area of the word, even though it's only sparsely forested. Being a Minecraft player as well, I overestimated ...
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Dwarves not assigned to burrow still won't leave it?

I read through the explanations on how to set up a military, and in the new version of DF it seems that anything beyond training requires setting up burrows. I set up a burrow on the doorstep of my ...
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Dwarf Fortress learning curve

I've seen a lot of questions, on this site and in many gaming forums, about Dwarf Fortress. I know that it's free, and I like dwarfs and mining, but I never tried it — mostly because I've heard that ...
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How to hide the “has created a masterpiece” announcement?

Well, the title says it. I tried to edit the /data/init/announcements.txt: [MASTERPIECE_ARCHITECTURE:A_D:D_D] [MASTERPIECE_CONSTRUCTION:A_D:D_D] and delete the :A_D:D_D but it didn't work. ...
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What exactly is displayed on the left and right borders of the screen?

I couldn't find any clue in the Dwarf Fortress documentation about what is displayed on the left and right borders of the screen besides the number in the bottom right corner being the current level. ...
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Mysterious Disappearing Bridge, or how can I get it back?

So I had a bridge linked to a switch. The switch was pulled, and the switch was dismantled while pulled (and the linked bridge was retracted). I'd assumed that the bridge would extend or I'd be able ...
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How do I stop animals from starving?

I've started acquiring animals to breed and use for food / hunting, but they keep starving. How do I feed captured/caged animals?
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Trouble creating water source

I am quite new to dwarf fortress and trying to create an underground farm. I know that I need to muddy the ground so I havd created thd chanel above the farm and placed a pond activity zone over it. ...
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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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Why is my cat blinking?

One of my Outer Barrier Wall Guardian Felines, currently attached to its Bloodlust Distance-Minimization Chain, is blinking between no background and a light brown background. I looked on the wiki, ...
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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 ...