What is the easiest way to get the newest version of Dwarf Fortress, without losing my current worlds and progress? Is this possible? I don't want to lose my current worlds.

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    Honestly, you're going to want to start new worlds if you upgrade your DF version.
    – SaintWacko
    May 21, 2018 at 21:05
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    What version are you running? Generally dwarf fortress is compatible with older saves. You can always backup your saves so if there is an issue you will still have your old saves.
    – Paul
    May 24, 2018 at 15:33

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You can't generally play your existing worlds with newer versions. New versions seem to regularly introduce 'breaking changes'.

Typically, players create a backup copy of their worlds before upgrading. I'd suggest either creating a backup copy of the Dwarf Fortress game files too or just keeping different versions in separate locations on your computer. That way you can continue to play existing worlds in the version you know works (assuming there are no bugs in that version anyways) if a world is incompatible with a newer version.

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