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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fort suddently died, looking for explanantion

I had reclaimed a fortress in a hot region, and started to dig looking for water. Then a message about the fort's death appeared. One tick, I had 7 dwarves happy digging, farming, brewing, in multiple ...
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Getting rid of water on the lower levels

I want to build a deep fortress downwards multiple levels and I want to have water accessible on almost all levels. Optimally, I'd like to build a misting waterfall that falls down my entire fortress. ...
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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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Do human or elven prisoners die of thirst or starvation?

I know that goblin prisoners don't die from thirst or starvation. Do humans or elves die from them? I'm curious because when I first chained an elven diplomat, she had the description She is fat. ...
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How to make clear glass windows?

I can't make any windows from clear glass. Here are my steps: build glass furnace stockpile raw clear glass in my gem stockpile. make coke bars for fuel have lvl 16 glassmaker migrant with no other ...
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How long does it take to domesticate animals?

How long does it take for a trainer to domesticate a giant cave spider and a hydra? I have them both restrained with a chain over an animal training zone. I frequently see the animal trainer having ...
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Moods and captured/restrained enemies?

I have captured several human necromancers, zombies, a troll, an Amphibian Man Fisherman necromancer, and a giantess. I've chained the Amphibian Man Fisherman necromancer, and sometimes I have ...
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What is ballista arrow impact zone?

I made second entry to my fort as 1x100 tile long corridor, at the end of it I have ballista installed. It uses bronze ballista arrows. With first arrow, 10-15 goblins killed, but second arrow misses ...
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Healing captured non-dwarven prisoners?

I had previously used lethal weapons to attempt capturing elven merchants, and it always ended up with them missing some limbs. I noticed that after a while, some elven corpses would end up in my ...
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How to properly honor a heroic (but not dead) dwarf

So I recently got into Dwarf Fortress. I am only on my second fortresses (my first one died of dehydration as soon as winter came and all the water froze) and my poor dwarfs were recently attacked by ...
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Which is the best weapon against common invaders / unwanted visitors in dwarf fortress?

In optimal conditions, best material, best workmanship, highest skill of the required type for the wielding dwarf. Best weapon is fastest kill. This is only about offensive ability! I'm talking ...
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How to put zombie dwarf in a cage?

An evil cloud had approached my fortress, and I think one of my dwarves got caught in it because he's now a zombie. He eventually triggered one of my cage traps and now he's just sitting inside the ...
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Mayday tileset does not render correctly on Linux

I'm using PyLNP 0.9.5a on Ubuntu. I've installed the Mayday tileset and generated a new world, but the characters seem all messed up. Here, the dwarves are all squid-looking and the animals are only ...
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Will destroying masterfully decorated items cause bad thoughts for the decorator?

I have a bunch of low quality cages sitting around and I'd like to melt them down; however, my bone carver has gotten his hands on a few, of which he has masterfully decorated. Will melting these ...
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Can I capture merchants?

Is there a way to capture and cage merchants? I built a trade depot and walled it off with only 1 exit that is lined with cage traps. I ordered a single dwarf to attack one of the merchants, and ...
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Protection from Evil Rain?

Evil rain tends to injure my dwarves, and in one instance, caused death. Is there a special combination of clothing I should make them wear so as to minimize the rain's effects?
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How to prevent marksdwarfes from suicides?

My current fort has line of fortifications and line of floor built of top of the wall. Floor built on top of constructed fortifications. Markdswarfs are stationed behind fortifications on floor inside ...
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How can I tell if a 1x1 bridge is raised?

If I place a 1x1 bridge, and hook it up to a lever, how can I tell if that bridge is raised? If the lever is ON, will it always be raised (I dont think so, because I can hook it up while the lever is ...
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What are the red lines in Neighbors screen on map?

When choosing a place to embark, there is a screen that shows all the neighbors. Sometimes, I see: Goblins ~~~~~~~~ with ~ being red. What does this mean?
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Needs unrotten DRINK_MAT-producing plants

I have a large amount of plump helmets to make alcohol. Some have been placed in barrels, and others placed directly on the food stockpile. The Still is in the same room as the food stockpile where ...
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How can I get a dwarf to adopt a tame vermin?

I have captured and tamed several vermin-type creatures (such as Olms, Fluffy Wamblers, and Cap-Hoppers). After taming them, I have used the stocks screen to mark them as being available for adoption. ...
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How to keep dwarves inside mountain even when not under attack

I'm playing on Terrifying biome, and I have a problem where all my dwarves like to rush outside and stand by the wagon. I have food, water, and tasks that need to be completed in my mountain ...
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Where to encounter zombies?

I've been on two terrifying biomes so far, but haven't encountered any zombies. Are there other conditions that are needed for zombies to be present?
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How to dig through “rough hewn diorite wall”

I've built an up/down stairs on layer 3, and now I want to dig to layer 4. However, layer 4 reports rough hewn diorite wall on the same squares that the up/down stairs occupy in layer 3. I cannot ...
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How do I remove wall designations?

I ordered my dwarf to build a wall, but while he was carrying stone to it, I posted an alert making all dwarves drop what they were doing and run to the burrow point. When the alert is turned off, no ...
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Dwarf Fortress: Cannot generate ideal Terrifying biomes

I want to embark on a Terrifying biome that have the following traits: some woods moderate foliage no aquifer deep + shallow metals half mountains (to settle in) and half open space (to explore) ...
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How do I set my squads to part time?

How do I set my squads to part time? I wish to have a squad of, say 9 dorfs, and then set it so that only 3 are active at any one time. How would one go about this? Thanks, Urists!
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What are the pros and cons of having an open field fortress vs an in-mountain excavated one?

I've been playing Dwarf Fortress for a long time now but I never know how to decide if building a fortress out in the open is worth the higher resource cost. What are the pros and cons of each ...
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How do I make a custom uniform?

How do I make a custom uniform in Dwarf Fortress (0.31.10)? I want a uniform that allows leather armor, shields, and axes.
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Why is there is a human in cave on my embark area?

I've just embarked near a mountain, and on checking out my local area (3x3) I've noticed that there is a human in a small cave... Is this normal? I've never had this before! I've not even ...
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How long does it take for militia to become good?

Assume I set up squads of 3, give them space to train and set them to a full-time training schedule of 2 dwarfs. How long can it take for my dwarves to become competent at what they are doing? Danger ...
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How to stop someone from bleeding?

A dwarf ambushed me and is now lying on the ground with a leg injury (artery open); I talked her out of the fight. The thing is, she proved to be a good warrior and I'd like to recruit her, but is ...
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Taking a bath in Adventure mode

How do I clean my dwarf and his items in Adventure mode? Currently I've killed a number of things and am covered in blood, leaving a trail of it behind me wherever I walk. I doubt it'll impress the ...
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Is there any way to remove pet's ownership?

Previously I make all my animals has their owner except the cats. Now when I'm thinking of keeping only goat, sheep,dogs and kill others. I realize I can't cancel ownership. After searching on ...
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How do I find a river in Dwarf Fortress?

I am playing vanilla Dwarf Fortress and although I have selected an area to have a river, I can't seem to find it. I am ~30 floors deep into the cavern now and there was only a couple tiny murky pools ...
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Is Dwarf Fortress an open world game?

What I saw is that it generates a huge world. Can you "go" anywhere on that map once you started playing?
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Why is my 3 month old dwarven baby severely cave adapted?

From the wiki article, cave adaptation is suppose to take a long time, up to two years. However, my 3 month old dwarf baby is already severely cave adapted and vomiting a ton. I also have an outdoor ...
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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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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 can I get rid of a blind Cave Troll?

I have a blind Cave Troll unconscious in the center of my fort. This has brought the entire place to a stand still because every dwarf is too terrified of it to do anything. I have a full military of ...
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Is there a mod for Dwarf Fortress which makes ux better?

I've played Dwarf Fortress for a while and my only problem with it is that the UX is terrible. The controls I have to use are not consistent. Sometimes the same menu behaves in a different way ...
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How can I prevent my dwarfs from moving the barrel full of drink mats?

One of my difficulties with DF is the need to constantly produce drinks. The main reason this is a difficulty is because my still constantly cancels producing drinks, complaining that it doesnt have ...
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What happens when a lycanthrope bites a lycanthrope of different species?

What will happen when a werelizard bites a dwarf that is already infected by a weregoat? Does it matter if the dwarf is in weregoat form during the biting?
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What are the various population conditions of Dwarf Fortress?

For example, I've learned that certain noble positions will only be opened at certain population stages (mayor at 50 etc.), and that goblin sieges will not occur unless your population is equal to or ...
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Post Monarch Trade?

What kind of trade goods from dwarven caravans can I expect if I become a capital? Will they send me steel (or at least steel goods)? How about gold, silver, etc.? Silk, clay? I assume the wont send ...
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What are floors made of?

When I try to construct a floor in DF, it says that there is no material. What material do I need?
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Can people have all their blood drained without vampires?

I've found a few people in my fort completely drained of blood. Does this mean that I have a vampire among my dwarves or is there another way for this to happen like bleeding out or just remaining ...
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In DF2014, what causes Traps to attack own dwarves?

The wiki (currently) says: Stone-fall, weapon and cage traps will be triggered by most hostile entities entering their tile, with the possible exception of thieves, flying creatures and other ...
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Farming zones are not fully uzed

I have two 5x5 farming zones, configured mostly for plump helmet. I have ~10 dwarfs with Farming labour enabled and almost ~150 plump helmet seeds. Years are passing, sometimes I have 0 food, but ...
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Why won't my dwarfs take the wood to the wood stock pile?

I told my dwarfs to chop down some trees, but after chopping them down they just left the wood there. I made a wood stockpile but for some reason they just won't take the wood to it.