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Slaves to Armok: God of Blood Chapter II: Dwarf Fortress is a tile based, real time strategy, city building, and adventure game for one player by Bay 12 Games Developers Zach and Tarn Adams.

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What does the “nearby” trait do in the manager job conditions?

The new manager interface allows you to set conditions on repeating jobs. What qualifies an item with the "nearby" trait in the conditions?
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How do I make my dwarves smooth and round?

I want to use this font used by DF Wiki as a tileset. For example, dwarves should look like this: Smooth and round, instead of the bearded version in the default tileset, i.e. curses_800x600.png. I ...
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How to keep Dwarf Fortress running? [duplicate]

I think I've established a self-contained dwarf fortress, and want to see what it would become without my intervention. The problem is, Major announcements automatically stop the game, and I have to ...
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My livestock is missing: where to find them?

Recently I kept receiving announcements such as The Stray Donkey (Tame) has been missing for a week. At first I thought maybe they just strayed off, but I've lost six animals so far, and I think I'd ...
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How to enable TWBT for Spacefox graphic set in Dwarf Fortress?

After using Spacefox Graphic Set in Dwarf Fortress, text is displayed as graphic tiles(for example, idlers: 8 is shown as idlers<rocks> 8), but I want text to be text. There seems to be a ...
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How to recover dwarf corpses lying in a cavern lake?

My young army somehow managed to kill 1 cave crocodile and 12 troglodytes in a cavern, at the cost of 4 iron-blooded dwarf warriors. Great coffins have been built to let them rest in peace, and their ...
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General strategy on porting data/save to different versions of DF

The latest (unofficial) version of Dwarf Therapist only supports Dwarf Fortress versions lower than or equal to v0.43.03, while I'm playing v0.43.05, so I tried to downgrade my DF. However, after ...
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How to run dwarf fortress on mac

I just downloaded both of the newest versions of dwarf fortress for mac onto my 2008 Imac from the Bay 12 Games website and an application I didn't even know existed called Archive Utility expanded it ...
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How do I prevent dwarves from eating in my library?

I've just finished setting up a small library so my dwarves can appreciate the works of talented writers and scholars, but many of the chairs and tables are used by hungry dwarves looking for a place ...
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An inn/tavern with no innkeeper built inside a cavern with access outside the fortress walls: NPC behavior, impact?

Left hand side: From an entrance outside the fortress walls, in the caverns, (1) an inn/tavern location, followed by a (2) passage to a (3) temple location. Right hand side: some events/interactions ...
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How can I get my Dwarves to use wheelbarrows to haul building material?

I'm building a stone structure far away from my stone stockpile. When the dwarves are hauling stone to the structure, they get incredibly slow. How can I get them to use wheelbarrows to haul this ...
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Building one directional valve

Is it possible to build check valve in dwarf fortress(fortress mode)? If yes, then explain with picture. I want flow of water to be unidirectional. preventing any back flow.
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Is there a way for player to activate mechanisms *directly*?

As any dwarf engineer knows, all activable mechanisms must have some sort of a trigger - be it manual dwarf labor for lever pulling or creature/minecart/liquid presence for pressure plates. However, ...
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I lost my only pick, is it time for fun?

I started a brand new fortress recently in an area with very deep soil and an aquifer. In my attempts to get past the aquifer I started trying to cause a cave-in so I could reach metals and stone so I ...
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How to get dwarves to find missing dwarves

I had two of my mining dwarves mine a few levels down, and they died. I can see them by going down and their corpses and picks are lying there, making miasma. There are ramps going down to where they ...
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How to put out the fire of an eternal burning artifact on a water limited map?

I had some fun with a dragon, and some artifacts got caught on !!fire!! which produce smoke. I'm aware that artifacts will never get destroyed and that water should cool them off, I've tried using the ...
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Mining not working in Dwarf Fortress v0.43

Whenever I try to mine, it doesn't work. I press D for designate, then D again for mine. Then I press Enter, and it makes the green cross. But once I press Enter in a different place, it just gets rid ...
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How to find the aquifer in Dwarf Fortress

In my map there are no rivers and the only water source I have is some small lakes. There supposed to be an aquifer but I haven't come across it yet. How can I find it or increase my chances of ...
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How to move stagnant water?

I have only some lakes in my map. I would like to collect all of them to a reservoir. What is a good way to move the stagnant and murky water?
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Can I predict where the werecreatures will spawn?

I have mixed feelings about invaders. On one hand, I like goblin invasions, because I can loot their equipment for iron, and also because I can try various fun tactics (e.g. cages). On the other hand, ...
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What are the proper stockpile settings for a butcher shop?

I assume I want raw meat, fat, and tallow, but what else? Bones? Teeth? Hair? Corpses? Also, where can I find all these things in the custom stock pile settings?
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What is this thing?

Everything was going so well. I had a great food supply, 21 happy dwarves, a thriving fortress and plenty of plans to expand. I just started digging out some more rooms for metal working when my ...
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Proximity from other civilisations

I'm just starting out on my first fortress and trying to choose a location. One of the big things I'm looking to avoid is proximity to goblins, but I can't find a way to interpret the proximity screen....
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Why aren't my dwarfs doing archery training?

So I have been trying to follow this guide (also on the wiki) to get my marksdorfs to do some archery training, but haven't had much luck. I uploaded my save here so you can see the issue. My ...
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Child went berserk — how to neutralize her?

Child "withdraws from society..." but does not claim any workshop. Finally she went berserk and is already punching some guy. I have two dogs, but how do I command them to hug her?
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Can I create a stockpile for rotting items only?

I want to make a stockpile for only rotting items. Is it possible to do this? I already have a refuse pile, but the only options I see is Rotten Raw Hide. What if I have rotten meat or rotten prepared ...
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How can I tell if a dead dwarf is mine?

My fortress seems to be glitching the pathing systems a bit and I end up with a bunch of dwarfs, mostly foreigners, who like to jump into a river and fall off a waterfall. That has left me with a ...
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What can scholarly dwarfs do?

The newer versions of Dwarf Fortress introduce the concept of libraries, scholars, scribes, etc. Can my new dwarf scholars actually do anything? Or do they just sit there and look pretty smart?
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Dwarf fortress crash Unexpectedly

Months ago I tried to Preventing climbers into fortress by building fort as shown in link. At start It felt that this is good idea. I started to construct fort. when I completed the work about halfway,...
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Dwarves sleeping on floor in dormitory

I have a bedroom designated as a dormitory in my dwarves' fortress. The room has 7 beds, none of them assigned to anyone. Yet everyone is sleeping on the floor. In fact, at this time, there are seven ...
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After Accepting a Generated World, Dwarf Fortress doesn't Save it or Load it up

I am completely new to Dwarf Fortress and just got version 0.42 running on OS X 10.11 (I updated SDL and all of that). However, I started up the game, created a new world with all the default ...
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How to make a dwarf satisfied at work?

I have a dwarf that is unhappy because of stress (stress amount of 300k, viewed by Dwarf Therapist). I am looking for ways to make her happy. Apart from having good apartments and food, I would like ...
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Dwarf hauls the minecart instead of push/riding it

I have set up a minecart to move wood to my wood dependent workshops, the return travel is to just push the cart towards the other stop. Here my dwarf fails. They apparently "push" the cart, the cart ...
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How can I handle werebeasts early on?

I've been playing Dwarf Fortress for a while now, and I've built 3 fortresses. Every time it's the same - I get to around 4 months in, a werebeast shows up, infects/kills my dwarves, then I wait. The ...
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Would there be any benefits, or repercussions, of exposing my population to a constant rain of blood?

I'm in the progress of setting up plans for a whole new fortress, and I'd like to dedicate this to the splendour of the blood god himself. In other words, I need to spray my dwarves in large amounts ...
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What is the best way to set up MasterWork Dwarf Fortress on Linux?

What is the best way to set up MasterWork Dwarf Fortress on Linux? Some pages suggest to run Masterwork Dwarf Fortress.exe via Wine. Others to run on other Win computer and then copy some files to ...
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Dwarf fortress, using magma kiln at magma sea rather than at surface [closed]

I embarked on a site that does not have a volcano. I have access to clay. so want to use a magma kiln to make clay crafts until I find coal. those who perfer full vanilla game play, do not look at ...
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Dwarves not drinking booze in barrels right next to them

My current fortress is on year 3 or 4 since my embark. My dwarves recently all started showing thirsty symbols (blue down arrow), and I don't know why they won't drink. The thirsty dwarves include ...
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Why won't my stockpiles show up?

I've been having a bit of trouble with stockpiles being ignored, so I checked to see if they were actually there in the first place. I had read that stockpiles counted as rooms, so I went to view ...
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Can goblins pull levers?

I am building a fortress that I may eventually want to revisit in adventure mode. If I abandon with my fortress sealed up against a siege, I would like to be able to enter my sealed fortress as an ...
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Giant Cave Spiders - Can they swim?

Title says all - Can they swim? I've got my caverns completely flooded with a low number of islands. If I want my dorfs to catch one, do I have to trap every island or is it enough if theres the door/...
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Inability to diagnose dwarves, or get them water/food

I have two dwarves that were gathering plants when a buzzard came by and interrupted both of them, in two different locations. As soon as this happened, they appeared to become thirsty and would no ...
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Why don't my dwarves haul corpses to corpse stockpile?

As you can see, my fortress is filled with miasma, which is generated by lots of rotten dwarf corpses. I have a corpse stockpile outside and one idle dwarf who has Refuse Hauling labor enabled. I've ...
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How effective is this design for an archer tower?

I have built my fortress in Dwarf fortress with the entrance on the side of a mountain. About 8-10 levels up is the peak of the mountain, upon which I have built an archer tower. My question is how ...
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When I first embark my ducks lay fertile eggs but not later

I usually embark with 10 female ducks and two male ducks. I always create a pasture where all of my ducks (both male and female) live. Almost all of my female ducks lay fertile eggs when they first ...
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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 ...
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Have a dwarf build a wall one Z level lower than he is

Is it possible to either have a dwarf build a wall one Z level lower than he is standing or else "fill in" a ramp one Z level lower? I find that when I have a pit with a ramp leading up inside I can ...
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Problems building a working magma forge in current version of DF

I am having problems building a working magma forge in my fortress (using the most current version of DF). I have built magma forges in prior versions and am aware that I need to place the "darker ...
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How to tell if someone is likely to attack?

There've been a few situations in Adventurer mode when I've been wandering through the wilderness, and have been stopped by a group of heavily armed people. At first they just call out a greeting but ...
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Quest target has yielded. Should I kill him anyway?

My lord has sent me to kill a Jaguarman - I spent a little while wandering around the hamlet where he was last seen, only to find out that he's ruling over it as lord. So, I did what any sensible ...