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How to quickly butcher an animal without going all the way to the burcher shop?

There's a Cow that somehow ended way down in my fortress and is starving. I know it would die before I could move it to a Pasture, so I'm looking for a way to kill it fast and butcher the corpse, ...
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Dwarf Fortress - Dwarves not Cleaning Up

I recently defeated a goblin invasion, however, my dwarves appear to be ignoring the goblin bodies and vomit everywhere, there are adequate refuse areas and they all have the labour enabled. Any ...
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Dwarf Fortress - Haven't Been Attacked

Okay right, so I'm fairly new to DF but have managed to get a semi-sizeable base up and running with some fortifications and a (I hope) half-decent military. Anyways, we're nearly at the third year ...
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How to get rid of unwanted children without making the dwarves unhappy?

I am experimenting a lot with the game right now and one thing I have noticed is that child dwarves are extremely useless. They just throw parties and interrupt others. It's obvious they need to be ...
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Channelling/digging under a bridge

I had a fortress going, and built a retracting bridge before I got a chance to channel below it. Is there any way to remove the ground below the bridge. I have already mined under the bridge, ...
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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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Dwarf Fortress: unable to dig because of damp stone?

I created a fortress, all was going well, had a first floor set up, and I went to dig down. only... across the entire map all it would say is the job was canceled because the stone was damp. did I ...
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How do I transfer Dwarf Fortress saves from a PC to a Mac?

My friend introduced me to DF yesterday and I was wondering how to transfer the save files from my friends computer to my Mac as I don't have access to his computer everyday.
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How to properly dispose of refuse

There are two kinds of refuse which I usually make into stockpiles: useful (like bones shells etc) and useless (corpses and body parts). The useless refuse causes problems for me. For one thing, you ...
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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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Help with textile industry

I am about two years into my fort and am starting to notice clothing with "x"s around them showing up in my finished goods stockpiles. I think this means that my dwarf's initial clothing is starting ...
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Menu selector is impossible to distinguish by colour

I have trouble distinguishing the selected choice in most menus from all the other choices, such as the menu in the top right of the posted screenshot. Now, with the game window reduced, or with the ...
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How to change the floor graphic under a workshop?

I built a couple of workshops on the clay floor. Right now I am redesigning a little to have marble wall and floor and the clay color underneath the workshops bothers me. Is there any way to change ...
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How to build cages

I have some captured animals from cage traps like giant dingos and goblins. If I hit "b" and "j" only the goblin cage shows up (besides for all empty cages). The dingos are chilling in the animal ...
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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 the x means besides the gender icon?

I'm having problems kick-starting my poultry industry, and searching I found that sometimes animals won't breed due commitment issues. Great. But while I was checking them, I found some males with x's ...
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Dwarves moving food, but not barrels or alcohol, to stockpile

I've placed a temporary stockpile to make sure my food doesn't spoil (I had a lot of Fun once before I learned that food can spoil if it isn't in a food stockpile). My dwarves happily moved all of my ...
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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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Burial/ghost-busting help

I have a lumberdwarf who died in combat with a wild animal. His rotting body is outside, as well as... his ghost. I assume he is a full blown ghost, however he is listed as a "ghostly lumberdwarf" not ...
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Dwarf Fortress: Area not getting designating for mining?

I’m a new player of Dwarf Fortress. I was following the Quick Start Guide here. I’m trying to designate an area for mining but it doesn’t seem to work. According to the quick start guide, a “a ...
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Dwarves paralysed by Roc

I'm a newbish player, and right after starting a new embark I found that there was already a "resident" in my area. I tried to give my neighbour a wide berth, but he recently elected to perch, ...
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Can I manage my animals?

Fairly early on in the game, the animal screen becomes a complete mess, filling up with animals, their babies, and the random pets brought in by migrants. Ideally, I would start an animal eugenics ...
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Can I cage my pets?

It seems like when I go to a cage and hit assign, only the "stray" animals show up. Is it possible to cage my pets in my zoo?
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Where are dangerous wild animals in Untamed Wilds?

Whenever I deploy in Untamed Wilds, even single dwarves can hunt freely with almost no danger. Sometimes there are stray bears, but mostly it's just elephants. What I want is a map which is not evil ...
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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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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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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 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 ...