Slaves to Armok II: Dwarf Fortress is a tile based, real time strategy, city building, and adventure game for one player by Bay 12 Games developer Tarn Adams.

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Dwarf fortress without cats

Is it possible to build a fortress without any cats? The Catsplosion problem is well known. I mean not only build a fortress, but build a successful fortress. I know that cats helps with vermin and ...
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How do trade agreements affect traded items' price and availability?

I'm currently trying to purchase a lot of Steel items from the dwarven caravans to melt. Hence, I've pushed the demands for all items that can be made of steel (minecarts, cages, crafts, etcetera) to ...
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Can you find and use artefacts in Dwarf Fortress' Adventure Mode?

I have started playing adventure mode for the first time, after dozens of fortress mode plays. I was wondering if I will find or I could track down some artefacts equipment pieces like a sweet sword, ...
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Farming problem - seed planted but no plants appearing

I created two farm plots, all of them with plump helmets seeds. The seeds are planted and everything seems okay, but two seasons have passed and nothing has grown. My dwarves are starving right now ...
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How to mine out a pump stack shaft?

I am trying to mine a shaft for a pump stack, but the miners are only mining a couple random tiles per z-level. Here is my digging designation: (M=mine, C=channel, .=no designation Z level 0 ...M ...
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Why does my dwarf stand idle when having a strange mood?

I have a dwarf which has already gathered some materials. He now: sketches pictures of stacked leather sketches pictures of stacked cloth sketches pictures of a quarry but I have tons of stones ...
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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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Safely harvesting water from the caverns?

I just began my first glacial embark, and realizing that I have no water is proving to be a challenge for my crops. I was able to breach the first cavern and wall it off, then I was able to dig to an ...
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How do I get my dwarfs inside?

How do I order everyone inside when I'm being attacked?
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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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What can be done with artifact clothes?

My fortress has produced an artifact leather coat, leather shirt and gold bracelet. Can these be used for anything except selling them? For example, could I specify that a dwarf can wear them?
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Will two rooms crossing diagonally count as one room?

If I build two bedrooms like this: WWWWWWW WWOOODW WOWWWWW WOWWWWW WOWWWWW WDWWWWW WWWWWWW W - Wall, O - Empty Space, D - Door Will these rooms treat as one? Will two dwarves sleeping here think ...
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What are the unmentionable enemies in Dwarf Fortress?

My understanding is that if you dig down deep enough in Dwarf Fortress, you can run into an extraordinarily nasty type of monster. It also seems to be a tradition among players of the game not to ...
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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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Can I save my fortress with a wall?

(Move to the TL;DR section if you don't care about the context.) So I was digging too deep when I found some giant cave spider. I think I was bothering it, since it proceeded to decimate my fledgling ...
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Bugged bins & barrels after reclaiming a fortress

I read there is a bug that makes your dwarves not use bins and barrels after reclaiming the fortress. How do I know which bins and barrels are just clutter. I use the LNP so it might have even fixed ...
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How does one set Dwarf Fortress to run as a fullscreen window?

I've been trying to figure out how to get Dwarf Fortress to run in a fullscreen window (also know as a "borderless window") for a little while now. F11 sets the game to actual fullscreen, but that is ...
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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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How to handle the swiss-cheese like caverns?

This is quite possibly a nitpicking issue, but one of the issues I currently face is that the cavern layers aren't open spaced and instead are composed of several columns of rock, resembling some sort ...
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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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Does an online/web accessible version of Dwarf Fortress exist?

Has anyone built a web interface for Dwarf Fortress?
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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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Surviving the masterwork

Been trying to survive the Masterwork mod for Dwarf Fortress, but im lucky if I can do well enough to have more migrants past the 3rd wave. Its not the wilderness or the ambushes that get me anymore ...
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How do I acquire Precision Tools

This is in the LFR mod, and it is needed to make pretty much make all of the higher tier buildings. None of the buildings that I am able to build have it as an option, I have gone through the manual ...
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How do you make steel weapons and armor in Dwarf Fortress Masterwork Mod?

In the Masterwork Mod for Dwarf Fortress, there are lots of new buildings and some old buildings disappeared. The manual says that weapons are made at "Forge". How do you build a forge in Masterwork? ...
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What happens to dwarves with infections?

My military dwarves sallied out to fight a goblin ambush group that was attacking my woodcutter, and they were ambushed by another group. They killed a few and scared the others off. While pursuing ...
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Is there a way to easily manage items when using the Trade Depot?

When I open the Trade Depot there is a list of thousands of items, not alphabetized. Is there a way to search through the list without manually scrolling?
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Advantage of fortress becoming capital

It's my understanding that when the Monarch arrives, the fortress becomes the civilization's capital. Hence I stop getting dwarven liaisons (which would mean I would stop getting dwarven caravans, ...
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Anyway to filter announcements?

I don't really need to know a hundred times every season that I don't have a certain seed (usually because a dwarf is hogging them all). I would like a way to filter all or some of these annoucements ...
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What could cause a string of murders with no witnesses?

In my current game I had a slew of murders take place in my fortress. It was only after 4-5 murders did someone witness something and I was able to place him in custody. Is a serial killer personality ...
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How can I outfit my hunter with armor?

For the life of me I can't remember how to add equipment or armor to my hunter. It has been a while since I've last played Dwarf Fortress, and I have put together a set of leather armor that I would ...
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How do I prevent my dwarf children from going missing or dying of dehydration?

This happens frequently. I have 10 square zone of water source outside. 100+ units of booze. How can I stop this from happening?
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Why are my dwarves starving when there's food available?

I'm new to Dwarf Fortress, and though I've started a nice fortress, for some reason my dwarves are always starving. According to my records, there is plenty of food: over 100 in the "other" category, ...
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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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Why am I unable to build Up stairways in Dwarf Fort?

I've accidentally trapped my mason at the bottom of my mineshaft. The shaft is 5x5 with up/down stairways, except for at the bottom. The bottom layer has down stairways (dug, not constructed) ...
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Why is Flux Stone not generating?

For some reason a lot of my new worlds don't generate Flux Stone. Not sure what I'm doing wrong, I've tried multiple different generation settings too. I feel like it might be when I go with (Mineral ...
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Will a dwarf fight better with a weapon that he likes?

I have a dwarf who is a competent axedwarf but 'likes' shields and spears-- do I ignore the relatively modest experience he already has with axes and put him in with my 300-esque, ...
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Why is it that 3x3 stairs won't build, but 2x3 + 1x3 will?

I have a 3x3 column of up-down stairs that I've dug out, and accidentally broke through to the caverns before I was ready. In trying to block the bottom, I dug out the bottom set of up-down stairs ...
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Toys, instruments or crafts in dwarf fortress?

Is there any meaningful difference for my craftdwarf to make a toy, musical instrument or generic craft (e.g. figurines, rings, earrings, amulets, bracelets, crowns, and scepters)? For trade ...
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Does deconstruction/removal regain used materials?

The question might be trivial, but I found nothing in the wiki to support it. I have a pair of water wheels constructed. I have a herbalist in a fey mood, and he requires wood and cut gems. I have ...
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Dwarf Fortress HUD & LazyNewbPack / PeridexisErrant border and numbers

This question is almost a duplicate of What exactly is displayed on the left and right borders of the screen? That question nicely covers most of my HUD questions (I've labeled my question this way to ...
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Missing sound in Dwarf Fortress

I recently installed the phoebus tileset for Dwarf Fortress on mac. One of the changes it made is disabling the game's sound. I've gone back into the init.txt files and changed it so it reads ...
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Dwarf Fortress Character and Graphics Sets [closed]

What are clear, intuitive tile sets that help beginning players understand what all is on the map? Tiles are spread across two different sets: character sets are the ASCII and graphics sets are the ...
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How can I prepare/build my fortress to handle large populations?

I just started playing Dwarf Fortress about a week ago. It is definitely my new addiction. I've grasped almost all of the basic concepts (military, Dwarf Therapist, farming, and trading), but the ...
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Coal and a volcano on the same map?

I have been generating 100's of maps with different kind of settings in the advanced generator and it seems to be impossible to get lignite/bituminous coal and a volcano on the same map. When i want ...
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Is my immigration policy going to haunt me?

I've decided to wall off my fortress with my initial seven dwarfs and bar all access from the outside. The immigrants will be denied entrance and will eventually die outside to hunger, sieges or wild ...
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Where to find dragons?

Do dragons live in specific biomes? Are there even multiple types of dragons that live in specific biomes? I have put in a couple of hundred hours, slayed many forgotten beasts, but never encountered ...
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Can I conquer the world?

Using Embark Everywhere is there a way to wipe out all other civilizations and have dorfs take over the world? I hate those damned tree hugging elves, and those sick necrophiliac necromancer scum, ...
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How can I make Dwarf Fortress easier?

What configuration options can I change to make Dwarf Fortress easier to play?
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Age rating/recommendation for Dwarf Fortress

What is the age rating and/or recommendation for Dwarf Fortress? Could a 7 year old learn to play? 10 year old? 14 year old? Is it suitable/safe for those ages?