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Why are my dwarves not gathering wood?

I had told dwarves to cut down trees in an area a good distance away from my base, across a river. After doing so they left the wood lying about where the trees had been, despite the fact that my wood ...
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How should I learn to play Dwarf Fortress?

I am interested in learning how to play Dwarf Fortress. Where should I start, as an absolute beginner?
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How can I tell which layers there are in an in-progress fortress in Dwarf Fortress?

At the embark screen it lists which layers are in the map. After starting a fortress and playing for a while, is there a way to tell which layers there are (short of digging through them all?). More ...
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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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Dwarf Fortress Legendary Dining Hall

What makes a room a "legendary dining hall"?
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How can I rename a Dwarf?

I can add, change and remove the nick names of my Dwarves (or any other playable and currently played race) easily; that's one of the functions of the unit screen. This visually replaces the first ...
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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 do I make a farm using buckets?

On the Dwarf Fortress wiki is a description of muddying tiles using buckets and a channeled irrigation gallery. I haven't been able to make this work. I've dug the two z-levels, and channeled the ...
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How do you move caged beasts in Dwarf Fortress?

I've got a fortress that's grown up past its adolescent phase and is starting to mature. Naturally, I've had a number of encounters with goblins and werewolves. Since my primary defense is a hallway ...
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How to tend to a wounded dwarf?

I was building a vertical tunnel down multiple levels when I realized that one of my other dwarves had already dug the lower half. When the poor dwarf dug through the upper half, he fell multiple ...
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Why don't my dwarves bury their dead?

I've got a corpse in my fort spreading miasma. I build a casket, placed it, designated it as open to citizens, and almost all dwarfs have the burial skill enabled. It has a description of "This is the ...
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Dwarf Fortress Stone Colors in Phoebus' Graphic Set

What stones are what color in Phoebus' Graphic Set? I want to lay out patterns in my floors/walls and want to know what stones I can use for each color.
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What happens if I ignore the Tree-Hugging Elves?

The elven ambassador keeps insisting I limit my wood harvesting to just over 100 trees per year. This is highly disruptive to my alcohol industry, as I require wood to make barrels for my brew. What ...
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No stone on embark?

I appear to have set up my fortress in an area where there isn't any stone. So I can't build a forge or anything, because I have no flame resistant building materials. Am I screwed? Or can I get out ...
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Does the kind of wood matter to build furnitures?

Will a bed built with oak be better than a bed built with another kind of wood ?
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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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What is Dwarf Fortress?

I have seen a lot of questions on this site about Dwarf Fortress. What is it? What genre of game is it, and where can I get it?
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Is bronze really better than iron?

According to the Dwarf Fortress wiki bronze armor is now better than iron. Is this really accurate in the game, and does this accurately model the real world?
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What makes an area easier then another?

What do I need to look for in an area for the first fortress?
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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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How to set up a basic military in Dwarf Fortress?

Alright, I lost a fortress last night due to neglecting my military (well, and not closing my airlock quickly enough.). I've been neglecting my military due to the fact the interface is the single ...
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How do I get rid of unwanted immigrants?

I've just gotten a large number of immigrants, most of whom I don't want, and I would like to get rid of them. I have a small room set up to flood with water, but short of giving those dwarfs I want ...
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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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What's the deal with upward stairways in Dwarf Fortress?

So I'm really new to this game, so please bear with me. I got this message: Digging designation canceled so I went on the wiki and discovered this information: The safest thing to do is back off ...
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What exactly is displayed on the left and right borders of the screen?

I couldn't find any clue in the Dwarf Fortress documentation about what is displayed on the left and right borders of the screen besides the number in the bottom right corner being the current level. ...
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How can I get something like Dwarf Therapist running on a Mac?

I'm quickly losing track of my dwarven brothers because there are so many of them and their names have nothing to do with their jobs. I want to use something like Dwarf Therapist on my mac, but the ...
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How do I collect rocks in Dwarf Fortress?

How do I collect rocks etc that are laying about in tunnels I've dug in Dwarf Fortress?
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How to train/retrain dwarves?

Since my dwarves aren't reproducing, I need to retrain some of them. How do I convince, for example, a miner to lay down his pick and pick up an ax?
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Extremely low FPS in Dwarf Fortress

5 FPS. 5 (FIVE)!!! After two weeks of playing with 40-60 at least. Kind of slow motion movie. What can cause such effect? 160-height tunnel to magma sea? 40x40x6 designated dig area? Pets(but most of ...
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What changes are required to create my own Dwarf Fortress graphics?

What files do I need to change to create my own Dwarf Fortress graphics? Is it only the bitmaps? Related: Dwarf Fortress Character and Graphics Sets
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How do I make cloth bags from pig tails?

What are the steps to go from pig tails to cloth bags? The wiki says the process plants/thresher skill is used to turn the pig tails into thread. I used the spin thread task, and my dwarf that has ...
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What determines the minimum profit a trader demands?

A caravan arrived at my fort and I selected goods from both sides (theirs and mine) so that it showed the caravan merchant making a small profit, something like 15 on 500-worth of total traded goods. ...
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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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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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How can I poke a hole in the roof in Dwarf Fortress?

I'm making my underground farm in a new fortress, and I thought I would try a new way of getting water to it, going UNDER a lake. I assumed I would just have to mine under it and the water would fall ...
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Is it possible to store stone in a more efficient manner?

As you can see it is getting a bit out of hand and taking up a lot of space using raw Stockpiles.
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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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How do I get my dwarfs to kill a Giant Rat?

I have a Giant Rat running around in my fortress eating my stores and drinking my drinks (kind of like a new peasant, actually). How do I get my dwarfs to drop what they are doing and just massacre ...
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What are the best objects to put in a dwarf's room?

So, obviously a bed is required. Assuming small rooms (~3 squares), what are the best objects to place in the rooms? I've always assumed a Table and Chair would be tops, but if I manually assign rooms ...
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How to alter the speed in Dwarf Fortress?

How can one increase/decrease the speed of Dwarf Fortress?
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What option will generate fewer aquifers in world gen?

I am facing an aquifer at every conceivable location it seems. I finally figured out how to tunnel through on a freezing map, but I don't want to spend so much time above ground. My dwarves need their ...
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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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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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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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Making dwarves wear armor and wield a weapon?

I can't get my soldier dwarves to wear proper armor and use actual weapons. Here is what I have done: I have assigned dwarves to be part of a squad, and defaulted their armor to 'metal'. I click e ...
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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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Why can't I create a QSP in Dwarf Fortress?

So I've just started playing dwarf fortress. I designated a stockpile to store woods in order, and then removed that stockpile. After that, I marked all woods in the rectangle area as Dump items using ...