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Dwarves take a long time to decide to do tasks, when they usually take a short time to decide to do them

So, Whenever I designated random things in the past, My dwarves would do it almost immediately. Now Whenever I play the game, The dwarves remain idle for around 3 minutes before they actually start ...
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Are there any alternatives to PRINT_MODE:2D that is compatible with Stonesense on macOS?

DFhack comes with Stonesense pre-installed. But when I run the stonesense command from the Dfhack console, I get this error message (when I use PRINT_MODE:STANDARD): The current print mode is not ...
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Encountering Aquifers in an embark that claims to have no Aquifers

I have been having this problem, where 90% of the time, My fort gets water/mud everywhere, even though the Embark claims to have no Aquifer! No matter how many worlds I create, or what biome I embark ...
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How good would a Divine Metal Industry be?

This question contains massive spoilers. If you do not wish to have your game experience spoiled, do not scroll down! According to the Dwarf Fortress Wiki: You can embark at Vaults if you have DFhack ...
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Why are these Forest Retreats Dwarven, and not Elven?

I am new to Dwarf Fortress, so I do not know that much about World Generation. Why does my map have DWARVEN Forest Retreats? I have looked on the map. Their is one Dwarven Necromancer on the same ...
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Can you Carve Fortifications into raised bridges?

I am guarding my fort's entrance with a ballista, and I am using a drawbridge to prevent goblins from getting into the fort. But I don't know how to keep the bridge raised, and allow the ballista to ...
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Dwarves not dumping Refuse from former Refuse stockpile

I am digging a moat around my fort, so i designated a new refuse stockpile so i can dig the moat, and removed the old one, but now, the refuse is staying where it is, i tried dumping it to a dump zone,...
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How to clean/drain up flooded stairs in Dwarf Fortress?

I have accidently tunneled stairs into a small amount of underground water, and now my main hall has 1/7 water on the floor, and the stairs below are completely flooded, how can I remove it?
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Is it possible to smooth dirt/clay walls?

I know that you can smooth stone walls: But my fortress is in a clay/dirt layer, and i would like to smooth the walls
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How can I modify the flow of time (not fps) in Dwarf Fortress?

Thank you for considering my question. What I am interested in doing is altering the actual in-game time that passes on the calendar when the game is running, per frame. If you look here, there is ...
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My two miners in Dwarf Fortress dropped their pickaxes

My two miners dropped their pickaxes on the floor below right on the stairs. And now they can't mine the area I wanted them to. It's the start of the game and I don't want to have to make a new world.
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Will an egg-laying animal lay eggs in a forbidden nest?

I have set up a small pen in my fortress, equipped with a nest box with a few captured Cave crocodiles inside. The Cave crocodiles are all trained, and they are not restrained in any way. To prevent ...
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What are these red tiles in the Phoebus tileset? My entire outside area is slowly turning red i think

WHAT DOES THIS MEAN? is this bad? i cant find any info on this this is using the Phoebus tileset. new to DF and really need help
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Dwarf Fortress: Work Order condition tied to amount of dye

How do I make a mill-plants work order tied to the amount of dye? e.g. a mill plants work order on a quern that activates only when the amount of dimple dye drops below 10. I'm using the DFHack ...
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Where and in what configuration are the user created statue images stored in Dwarf Fortress?

I have created several images using the in game tool. Where are they stored (what folder/ file) ? How would I delete some to clear those that I don't like anymore?
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How to make a dwarf start playing an instrument if he does not have any musical skill?

I have a fortress with 200 plus dwarves but none of them plays an instrument. Is there any way to get a dwarf to start playing?
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Preventing items from showing in trade depot menu

I want to filter all the Artifacts I've made so I won't trade them by accident. Also, not being able to do so prevents me from marking entire Item types when I have 1 Artifact of that type somewhere ...
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Can dwarves who worship one deity pray at another deity's temple?

In the current version of Dwarf Fortress (0.47.4), you can build temples to deities in your fortress in Fortress Mode, and dwarves will go there to pray to their various gods and deities and receive ...
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Do barrels and other containers degrade with use in Dwarf Fortress?

In the current version of Dwarf Fortress (0.47.04), there are barrels that your dwarves can use to store food, water, seeds, etc. Usually in my fortresses, I use them to store large quantities of ...
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When designing a world with advanced parameters, how to increase the number of animal people?

In the generated worlds of Dwarf Fortress (0.47.04), there are various types and species of animal people ("intelligent wilderness creatures") who can create and join civilizations, like ...
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Is there any in-game effect of an adventurer learning literary topics in Dwarf Fortress?

As of the current version of Dwarf Fortress (0.47.03), in Adventure Mode, an adventurer can pick up books and read them, to gain experience in the Reader skill and learn about the topic the book ...
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What does it mean when migrants in Dwarf Fortress arrive "despite the danger"?

Recently in Dwarf Fortress (0.47.03), Fortress Mode, I had one of my usual migrant waves. However, instead of the usual "migrant wave" message: Some migrants have arrived. The message this ...
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How to manually install Dwarf Fortress tileset

I'm gonna attempt to save us all some frustration and emphasize the fact that I'm not asking about LNP or ANY other similar pre-packaged tool. I cannot find a single reference anywhere that walks ...
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Optimizing embark generation for maximum number of crops

I'm interested to see if it is possible to tune a world to generate an embark site which supports all or as many as possible above-ground crops. This means it should at least have biomes that are (in ...
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Does land turned to ash recover?

An unfortunate magma escape led to a forest fire. I managed to contain it, but a large segment of the land now contains "ashes". Will that area, as in real life, eventually reseed with grass, trees, ...
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In Dwarf Fortresss, how do you verify that the civilization you're embarking from isn't too small to provide migrants?

The wiki states: "There is just ONE BIG RULE: when your home civilization is too small, you will recognize after the second winter that you won't get any more immigrants, which can be extremely fun. ...
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How do I specify bags in the management condition interface?

Having located the magma layer as well as a good source for sand, I'm eager to get glass production up and running, for trade and defense purposes. In order to better automate things, I set up a ...
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How to find out who the initial dwarves were

How do you find out who the initial 7 dwarves were in Fortress mode? Is there a way to get a list of when each dwarves arrived or is it more simple to go in Legends mode?
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Display sidebar at bottom of window

Is there some way of having the sidebar (menu, keyboard shortcuts, map) on the bottom of the window? I'd also be happy to use secondary sources such as mods etc.
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What's the most efficient way of training the skills of a captured ettin?

My fortress has recently captured an ettin, and I would like to turn him into an unstoppable killing machine whom I want to use to dispose of captured goblins and other non-tameable creatures. The ...
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Is there a way to check which regions are reanimating without embarking in them?

The search for perfectly !!Fun!! region in Dwarf Fortress can be cumbersome, as many evil regions do not have zombies. Are there any methods/utilities which allow to check which regions of the given ...
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What, if anything, happens to a vampire who is prevented from drinking blood?

Lets say I have a vampire in my fort, and I know who it is. If I seal him away in solitary confinement somewhere such that he has no available victims, what will happen to him? Does he die of thirst?...
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Can DFHACK saved stockpile settings be safely used in different worlds?

One of the features that the DFHACK mod adds to Dwarf Fortress is the ability to save stockpile settings and load them into a different stockpile, which is much faster than repeating the workflow of ...
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Dwarf Fortress channel for ceiling

I am just below a river, how do I channel the roof of this ceiling so I can add a flood gate to flood (I think I can add those to a lever), and then clear a few tunnels? My goal is to make a trap ...
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What Num in Num 0/X when building mean?

When building workshops, and selecting the material to build the workshop from (if thats even, what I am selecting?!), first I was assuming the num 0/X was designating how many pieces of that ...
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Why is my dwarf in a fey mood but not claiming a workshop?

One of my dorfs is in a strange mood, and she refuses to leave her room... I'm a very new DF player so I know she wants something, but am unsure as to WHAT they want... I know a fey mood usually ...
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Where is the mud in my bathhouse coming from?

I've been building a bathhouse in my fortress so my dwarves can clean themselves without leaving the fortress, train their swimming and get happy thoughts from mist. I decided to use an aquifer as ...
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How to change color of mouse-over tile identifier in UI? [duplicate]

When you mouse-over (or otherwise place the cursor over) tiles, the UI identifies them in an extremely dark blue-on-black that is impossible for me to read. For example, to identify trunk pillar or ...
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How to edit existing activity zones in dwarf fortress?

I have a pasture that I want to assign more animals to. I assume there must be a way to do this without deleting the pasture and creating a new one, but I really can't figure out how to do it.
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Is it possible to create a craft with specific bones, like the bones of a forgotten beast?

My dwarves have just defeated a were chinchilla, and its corpse is left outside the front of my fortress. I want to carve its defeated skeleton into crafts for my dwarves, is there any way to request ...
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Can't make dwarwes to dig stairs in DF

I can dig into slopes of the same level I am in. I've set to build stairs down >>> to lower level, and set some area around to be dug out to form first room. Here's how it looks underground......
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How do I find out the mythology and history of my Fortress?

I've created a nice fortress with taverns, beds, dining room, etc, but how do I access some of the mythology of the world they are in? I have no idea of the context and the history of my world, but I'...
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Possessed dwarf won't collect bones

In dwarf fortress (latest version 27/03/2019) all the possessed dwarfs that I have had have failed to collect the bones that they require and instead go insane. I'm new to dwarf fortress. I have ...
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Squads attacking everyone after kill order on werebeast

A wereape entered the map and tried to attack my fortress but was caught in a cage trap. At this point, it shape shifted into a dwarf. I put the cage in my target practice pit, then ordered my archer ...
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Annoying keyboard lag when running Dwarf Fortress on Mac

I play DF on PC for years, and had never encountered this before. I installed DF on my Mac, and I am experiencing really annoying lag with keyboard input. When I press a key there is ~100-200ms delay ...
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Carpentry can't find wood

I have two wood stockpiles, one directly connected to my carpentry workshop; however, when I go to build beds, I get (bed canceled, need logs.) I am confused as there is a wood stockpile two spaces to ...
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How do I remove trees from the moat around my fortress?

The moat around my fortress has trees that may be used by monsters to climb inside. Can I get rid of them without removing the water from the moat?
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Block water by filling back in a ramp?

I would like to partially fill back in a moat I dug around my fortress walls and that involuntarily filled with water. Is there a way? I have tried the following: build a wall connected to a floor ...
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What to do with partial skeletons?

Version 0.44.12-r1. After some years of fighting, I have a 200 squares corpse stockpile filled with mostly "partial skeletons". I don't really know if they are all dwarves or not and I wonder what I ...
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Partial skeletons in blocks bins?

Version 0.44.12-r1. 85 dwarfs fortress. During an inspection, I have found partial skeletons in several bins of a wood blocks stockpile. e.g. "(Ngom Gaxunguslu's partial skeleton)". They are ...
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