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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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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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Leader died mid-conversation, will the ambassador come back next year?

My Countess and the Dwarven Liason were almost done negotiating the trade agreement for next year when the former died in a horrible minecart accident (that I didn't intend to happen, I swear), ...
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Are the letters shown in the Dwarf Fortress loading screen random?

When you load up something in DF, there is a point where a bunch of colored letters are shown. I was wondering if each individual letter actually means something, or is it just random space filler ...
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Miners not mining designated area

I cant figure out why my miners aren't mining an area I designated. I designated 2 areas before and they mined it out fine. Now I designated an area a bit deeper (maybe 30 tiles away) in and they ...
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Do marksdwarves require a separate archery and barracks?

I've set up a marksdwarf squad, and I've got their equipment sorted out already, but next is the barracks - do I need a separate barracks and firing range, or can they be in the same room?
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Most efficient way to move Goblinite down many z-levels?

I have several magma smelters and forges, located right on top of a pool of naturally occurring magma (i.e., quite deep). It's a long haul to go from the surface where most of these items reside, to ...
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Are there any advantages or disadvantages to having multiple meeting halls?

I usually designate a zoo and/or statute garden as a room, so it can function as a meeting hall: migrants will path there, parties will be held, etc. Is there any reason to designate more than one? ...
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Any way to make all objects to have the same colour in Dwarf Fortress regardless of their material?

[Graphics set is used] Is there any existing solution to make all objects of the same kind to have the same colour regardless of their material? I.e. I don't want all beds and other furniture to look ...
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How do I enable Goblin sieges in a fortress that's not near a Goblin civ?

I only have Elves and Humans to kill in my map and would like Goblins and/or Kobolds to show up as well. My embark site doesn't have those features, but I'm on a really awesome map otherwise and ...
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How to properly configure autolabor in DF Hack

I've seen some dwarf fortress let's play recently so I decided to give a shot to some of the DF Hack features. The most interesting one was autolabor. However, it seems that everytime I turn it on, it ...
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Why is my water source being ignored?

I need to empty a Murky Pool, and as I am fairly early in my fortress, I figured the easiest way to do this was to get my dwarves to haul all the water in buckets into an artificial pond. I dug a ...
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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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How do I stockpile Sand?

I've just bought several bags of sand from a Trader - thought I'd play around with making some glass. But, I cannot find the correct stockpile setting to get my sand stockpiled next to the glass ...
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Why do my dwarves climb trees?

My base started on a mountain. I dismantled the wagon and made a large meeting area on two cliffs below. However it seems like that my units like to climb trees. In fact, one of my miners was found ...
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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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Dwarf Fortress starter pack - start DFHack

I would like to try the Stonesense overlay option. I started with downloading the perdrixerrant's Dwarf fortress starter pack that already contains it and trying to launch it from there. ...
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Why is my Hunter being lazy?

Just to clarify my Hunter hunts, he has ammo, he has weapons. My question is why does my hunter not hunt for long periods of time? I really dont ever see him kill anything, i just check out his kill ...
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Stop production when receiving pile is full?

For example, I have a still that I want to always produce booze unless a receiving booze pile is full, meaning people don't need more booze. Repeat will repeat forever, regardless the state of the ...
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What does color mean in the pets/livestock list?

When you press u and select pets/livestock, why are the animals listed in different colors? For example, in my new embark, the sheep are red, dogs brown, and horses white. Their icons on the map are ...
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How can I make my dwarves equip better tools?

So I have all the equipment made and now I want my dwarves to change their crappy copper picks for the better iron ones. I also want my wood cutters to use the better axes, but to no avail. Please ...
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Can I force a dwarf to become sane?

In Dwarf Fortress, is there a DFHack command or can raws be edited to remove insanity from a Dwarf?
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Finding way out of starting location?

I'm rather new to adventure mode but since the latest patch I think it is worth taking a closer look into it. So I started as a dwarf two times but I cannot seem to find a way out to the surface. I ...
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How can I run Dwarf Fortress in text mode on my Linux VPS?

I installed Dwarf Fortress on my Linux VPS to use with dfterm. It's running Ubuntu 10.04. I'm fairly certain I have all the dependencies: I've installed: ncurses ncursesw libsdl libsdl-image libgtk ...
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Luring goblin ambushes into my trap zone

So I've been ambushed a couple of times by goblins, and each time I send out squads of dwarves to go and face them (two melee squads, spear and sword, and a single marksdwarf squad) on the open plain. ...
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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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Limit Dwarf Fortress processor usage

I just started playing Dwarf Fortress, and after half an hour, the laptop shut down. The Dwarf Fortress process seems to be at 100% processor usage whenever it isn't paused. Is there a setting for ...
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How do I move an object in dwarf fortress?

I misplaced an item (built an armorstand away from the training area) and i want to move it to the correct location. How do i do that? I can't seem to dump the item, remove etc?
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What is the different between a character set and a graphic set?

What is the different between a character set and a graphic set? The wiki is confusing. The wiki says about character sets: "A character set is an image in BMP or PNG format that contains the 256 ...
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Is there a Graphics Mode?

I noticed there was a lot of discussion here about Dwarf Fortress, so I looked it up and downloaded it. I was surprised to find it was all in text. Is there a graphics mode for this game? I would ...
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How do I limit how far from a stockpile a dwarf is allowed to go to fetch items?

Ideally, for a particular stockpile I want to be able to specify how far from the stockpile a dwarf is allowed to go for items. Alternatively, it would be nice to be able to assign a stockpile to a ...
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Collapsing stone when there is no stone?

I've recently undertaken some surface mining in DF, and I've having more collapses (and dead dwarves) than I ever did underground. I have a ridge like ------ xxxxxx --------------- ...
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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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Do I have to make light sources in Dwarf Fortress? [closed]

I just started playing Dwarf Fortress, and I'm curious as to why you can create an underground lair but never have to make lights or torches. Also, is there a day/night cycle in DF? I know the screen ...
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Remove ramp from z+1 layer

EDIT See my comment below, this question is solved. HOWEVER, please do read, as the reason I use this (cart-only entrance), doesn't seem to work. That is, I have the construction as defined in the ...
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Multiple z levels non lethal chute - is it possible?

I have read a few Q&A on building a chute/shaft in the context of moving ore faster to smelters etc. I would like to build a 1x1 chute for captured enemies which sit in some cages. They would fall ...
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Where are the flies coming from?

I've just started playing Dwarf Fortress, and I'm noticing that at least 75% of my population (now 46 dwarfs) are complaining about flies. I don't see them anywhere, although I do at one point ...
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How to tell high-quality food from the rest in a stockpile?

I need to feed noble and soldiers with the finest food in the fortress and give leftovers to peasants (I peeped at government to learn this trick). But it turned out that stockpile does not allow one ...
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How to make a completely automated chute?

I mine my ore much much above magma smelters. I am looking for a way of using gravity instead of brute dwarf-force to bring ore down to smelters. All instructions on the internet involve ...
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Miners not clearing second level down

I've just started playing Dwarf Fortress vanilla. I'm following a guide and it had me dig a staircase down, which I have done. The problem I'm having is that my miners won't go down the stairs to ...
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What are the different item quality characters?

What do the item quality character designations mean? What quality is *<*sword*>*, etc?
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What is the fastest/cheapest/most efficient way of killing immigrants?

I try to run a fortress with just seven dwarves inside which never go outside. Literally they are sealed inside. The question is how to deal with migrants. I want every migrant wave to clear mess ...
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An unbeatable fortress of a singe vampire?

I thought if I seal a vampire in a 3x3 room with a chair, my fortress becomes unbeatable and I also get a free bookkeeper as a bonus. When I went to this plan for the first time, the vampire worn off ...
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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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What to beware of when dwarves are reliably sealed in a fortress?

Once I walled up all the entrances and thought that I'm safe. I managed to make the fortress quite stable, i.e. resources are replenished by dwarves and they always stay happy. But eventually I ...
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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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Can I limit my Masons to using *only* Microcline?

I started a new fort today, and the little OCD voice in the back of my head started screaming -- "you know what would be great? To make all the doors in this fort out of microcline!" Is there an easy ...
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Get rid of “animal man/woman” corpses

My fort and surroundings get littered by kea, raven, grasshopper, louse, dingo, etc man/woman corpses. Sadly, there is no way to butcher them for meat, if I am wrong them I am all ears. Is there a way ...
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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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Named giant animal

My hunter got killed by Tollissedil Giant Mantis and i am wondering why this mantis is named? It is not a forgotten beast and after sending my military at it my dwarfs refuse to bring him to the ...