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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.
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Is there a way to see a textual description of fights?

I've seen some pretty descriptive descriptions of fights in Dwarf Fortress. I always assumed they were from Adventure mode. Is there a way to see a textual description of combats in Fortress mode?
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How do I convert a down stairway to an up/down stairway in Dwarf Fortress?

As I was tunneling straight down, I accidentally built a down stairway instead of an up/down stairway and now I can't reach any of the lower levels. How do I convert this stairway to an up/down one? ...
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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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A dwarf is possessed, how can I find what he wants?

There is a dwarf that "has been possessed" and now he's in the meeting hall waiting for something. I'm guessing I don't have the workshop he needs but how can I found out?
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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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All my dwarves are bleeding to death. What can I do?

After a relatively short battle with a forgotten beast, in which none of my militia were injured, everyone in my fortress has started dropping dead. Even dwarves that were not involved in the battle ...
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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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How can I stop a dwarf with no arms from trying to store items?

One of my dwarfs lost both her arms in a valiant effort to defend the fortress. Although I'm grateful for her effort, I now get spammed with messages saying "cancels Stored Owned Item: Too injured. ...
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How do I make cats less proud?

I have several cats running around my fortress, killing vermin and doing what they do best. Every now and then, a cat runs into my fortress dragging behind it a fresh kill as if to say "Look at what I ...
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What are the consequences of temporarily having no fresh water source?

I am playing in a region where pools freeze up during the winter. After freezing over I receive a lot of messages telling me that the task give water has been cancelled because the water source is ...
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What are those goblins doing out there?

My fortress is currently under siege by some goblins and some trolls. The trolls obligingly rushed my trap maze, although sadly they all got caged before they reached the goblin grinders. Anyway, ...
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Can I equip my military dwarves with one of two weapon types?

My fortress recently fought off a siege almost entirely composed of Goblin Lashers, so I've got some extra whips and scourges laying around. Naturally, I want to start a lasher squad of my own. I ...
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The Human Caravan is at my Trade Depot, now how do I get it to trade?

For reference, I am playing a succession game using version 40d. So a Trade Caravan showed and then there was immediately a siege. I think most, if not all of the Caravan made it to the trade depot. ...
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My siege engineers are too scared to do their job. What am I doing wrong?

Note I'm playing a succession game using version 40d. So I've set up a Maze of Death with a nearly a score of ballista at the ready to fill invaders with pointy death. Unfortunatly my ballista ...
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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 can I find a corpse?

One of my Dwarves just died of bleeding. He isn't anywhere near any enemies that I can see. How can I find his corpse to help figure what happened? Note this is version 40d.
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What to do about massive slacking?

My dwarves have suddenly stopped working... to the tune of 30-40 idlers. I feel like I've got plenty of tasks, but obviously not enough. What's some good busywork I can set my dwarves to doing.
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Why can't I appoint a broker?

I am new to DF and I have only played a few games. In my latest game, I am trying to trade with a caravan for a new anvil. However, there is a problem. I can't appoint a Broker. In my other games, I ...
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Keeping unskilled engravers away from a job site

I'm about to start digging out a flashy tomb for my fort's baron, and I want to engrave it wall-to-wall. I'd like to let only my best engraver do the work. I could lock him in easily enough, but I ...
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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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Dwarf refuses to stay in hospital until she has recuperated

Two dwarfs were seriously injured. They were treated by a doctor in the hospital, but for some reason both of them suddenly left and started working again. The body part list shows both "lower body" ...
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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, ...
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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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Is there a downside to using foreign weapons?

Is there a downside to making my dwarves use foreign weapons such as whips or two-handed swords? The wiki page on weapons Doesn't say of any downside, but I've seen advice to forbid them before. Right ...
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How do crossbow traps work?

What kind of attack does a weapon trap with only crossbows use? Does it use bolts, and if so, which ones? Or does it only use the melee bash attack?
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Can I force treatment of my dwarves?

I have a dwarf with broken tissue and an infection, but without the "diagnosis required" flag. I have a fully equipped and staffed hospital. Is there any way to treat an infection or will I simply ...
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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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Is there a list of public Dwarf Fortress dfterm2 servers anywhere?

I'm curious if there is a list of publicly playable dfterm2 servers you can telnet into somewhere to play Dwarf Fortress. I have seen a few servers mentioned on Steam Community sites dedicated to ...
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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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Viewing statues that are already built

Is there any way to see the description of a statue after it's in place? I know how to "View" it from the "Look Around" menu when they're just sitting in my stockpile, but the same doesn't work after ...
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Will fish populate artificial underground canal?

If I channel to make an artificial underground canal or pool, fed by a natural river (and disappearing at the edge of the map), is there a chance small fish (as I understand it, vermin) will ...
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Dwarf Fortress: Is there any way to get rid of wall grates?

I'm trying to build a nice, dwarfy waterfall in my main dining hall, which so far resulted in plenty of mudy Fun in my fortress. I've designed the waterfall well to be surrounded by wall grates, ...
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What can I do with a leopard?

So, a few years ago I bought this leopard from an elven caravan, hoping that I could train it as a war animal and post it to guard the entrance to my fort. I saw later on the wiki that leopards are ...
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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 ...