How do I build a tower in Dwarf Fortress? My first instinct was to build an up|up/down stairway, but you can only do that down into empty space, not up.

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    lol @ the edition comment
    – juan
    Jul 28, 2010 at 20:15
  • @Juan I have no idea what you're talking about. Jul 28, 2010 at 21:19

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not di

  • Why the downvote? This is exactly what I was missing. Jul 25, 2010 at 23:35
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    It might be because of the lack of explanation in the answer. The DF menu hotkeys are correct, but to someone unfamiliar with DF they won't understand that his answer means "Use Build/Construction/Up-down stairs" and not "Designate/Up-down stairs". The difference, of course, is that the first allows building up-down stairs in open spaces, where the second carves them out of un-mined stone/earth. Jun 16, 2016 at 5:18

Use walls, floors, and ramps. When you are a level higher, build one staircase down and one staircase up. I think that should work.

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    Or you could just build a tower of up/down staircases like anthony suggested 3 years ago.
    – kotekzot
    Feb 6, 2013 at 5:51

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