DF2014:Noise

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Certain jobs generate noise which may disturb dwarves sleeping nearby. Depending on a job's noise level and proximity, your dwarves could sleep "uneasily due to noise", "very uneasily due to noise", or be woken up by noise. These events will produce unhappy thoughts in varying degrees.

Neither walls, nor doors, will insulate dwarves from noise. Distance and how loud a job is are the only factors determining whether a dwarf's sleep will be disturbed.

Noise is produced when a noisy job is completed, but thoughts about noise do not appear until the sleeping dwarf has woken up. Also, dwarves walking through a sleeping dwarf's room (even over his head) will not cause noise, which is important for bedroom design.

(Contrary to common belief based on earlier versions, workshops do not currently produce any noise.)

Noisiness of various jobs[edit]

Unlike in the past, only 5 jobs are known to cause noise:

Visualization[edit]

Noise radiates across z-levels in the shape of a cube, in all 6 directions (north/south, east/west, and up/down), so noise that travels 4 tiles will generate noise in a 9x9 pattern on 9 successive floors. The noise radiates from the center of the noise-producing things.

  Level 0      Level ± 1     Level ± 2     Level ± 3     Level ± 4     Level ± 5

...........   ...........   ...........   ...........   ...........   ...........
.*********.   .*********.   .*********.   .*********.   .*********.   ...........
.*********.   .*********.   .*********.   .*********.   .*********.   ...........
.*********.   .*********.   .*********.   .*********.   .*********.   ...........
.*********.   .*********.   .*********.   .*********.   .*********.   ...........
.****N****.   .*********.   .*********.   .*********.   .*********.   ...........
.*********.   .*********.   .*********.   .*********.   .*********.   ...........
.*********.   .*********.   .*********.   .*********.   .*********.   ...........
.*********.   .*********.   .*********.   .*********.   .*********.   ...........
.*********.   .*********.   .*********.   .*********.   .*********.   ...........
...........   ...........   ...........   ...........   ...........   ...........

N = Origin of noise
* = Noise
. = No noise

Avoiding unhappy thoughts caused by noise[edit]

  • Don't dig near bedrooms when there are dwarves sleeping in them.
  • Smooth your bedrooms before placing the actual furniture.

Designing in anticipation of noise[edit]

  • Putting all your bedrooms 9 levels below ground or lower eliminates noise from wood cutting.
  • Remember that jails, hospitals, and sleeping barracks should also ideally be kept away from noise, in addition to standard and noble bedrooms.

Facilities that can be safely built around or above/below bedrooms and other sleeping facilities, to separate the area set aside for the "quiet zone", include anything that does not make noise.

In adventurer mode[edit]

In adventurer mode, various noises that can be heard in unseen areas will be represented by exclaimation marks of different colors. Double exclaimation marks denote louder noises.

  • ! ! : Talking.
  • ! ! : Movement, such as walking or running.
  • ! ! : Combat.
  • ! ! : Mechanical noises, such as from a lever-operated door.

Most wildlife doesn't make any noise in adventurer mode, with a few exceptions such as capybaras and kakapos.