I'm quite new to dwarf fortress and trying to make my way thru it. I read most of the utterly newby guide and want to go. Now, I'm trying to make the preparations. In the item menu, it seems that i cannot take an Iron anvil with me. I know I have enough points but the anvil just won't appear in the menu. If i free 300 points, I can get a Steel Anvil tho. What's happening? alt text

  • Can you take a screen cap? Show that you don't have an iron anvil and make sure your remaining points are visible. Not that I don't believe you have enough points, it's just a screenshot will make it more clear what's going on. – Sadly Not Nov 19 '10 at 17:14
  • lol, i dont have enough rep to do that... 10 needed If I get to 300P free, the anvil section appears with only steel anvil in it. – Alexandre Deschamps Nov 19 '10 at 17:24
  • I can't say I'm enough of a Dwarf Fortress expert to know why it wouldn't appear, it's always worked for me. The default embark used to set you up with an iron anvil. +1 in the meantime because I'm curious if someone can figure out what's going on. – Sadly Not Nov 19 '10 at 17:35
  • Thx man, I added the requested screenshot – Alexandre Deschamps Nov 19 '10 at 18:38
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    @Alexandre I'd guess it's an interesting feature of your civ (no iron anvils). What version are you running? – C. Ross Nov 19 '10 at 19:13

Finally, I surrendered. I just changed the embark location and it did the trick. I would think that because it was near a volcano and it had high cliffs, maybe my dwarves could not carry stuff as heavy as iron. (I could not bring iron bars either).

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    The types of wood available, at least, depend on your civilization. If you picked a different civilization the 2nd time, it's conceivable that the first had no access to iron, and the other didn't. (Because of the way reactions are handled, you can get steel even without iron) – Raven Dreamer Nov 23 '10 at 16:35
  • How do we exactly "pick" a civilisation? Do you mean the embark stuff? – Alexandre Deschamps Nov 23 '10 at 17:55
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    yeah, push tab a bunch and you should see a list of civs to choose from. – Ullallulloo Nov 24 '10 at 2:12
  • in the embark screen, if you press Tab a few times, you will see a list of civilizations to choose from. – R. Martinho Fernandes Nov 24 '10 at 2:13

I wonder if it's because your parent civilization didn't have an iron resource next to it. I wonder if an item won't be provided to your wagon from your parent civ if they themselves don't have access to the resource. Where you able to select ANY iron items?

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