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v0.34:Frequently Asked Questions

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This page documents commonly asked questions and answers. Some of these questions were taken from the Bay12 Gameplay Questions page.





Gameplay: Uncategorized[edit]

Water Questions

Q: If you drain water into naturally flooded caverns, will it flow off the map? Or will they eventually start to fill up?

A: It will flow off the edge of the map.


Q: I've got someone in a mood and he wants bones. Well, there's a dead bear skeleton just outside the fort, and I've got lots of tame animals tethered or wandering around.

A: First off, make sure you've got a butcher's shop, and a dwarf with butchering labour enabled. Then go to the "animals screen"(from {z} screen), and toggle "ready for slaughter" for those you want to kill. Your butcher will also automatically butcher every dead animal in the refuse stockpile. This includes extracting bones from "partial skeletons". Make a refuse stockpile by the butcher's, and enable refuse gathering from the outside(o->r->o, iirc).


Q: I have 3 miners in my fort, 1 is a migrant (He's the working miner) the other 2 came on embark. The original 2 won't mine anything. (I checked and they're holding picks) The new guy is steady mining all the time. What gives?

A: If you're mining a tunnel which is only 1 square in width, only 1 Dwarf will mine. Ensure they all have picks equipped. Did you perchance assign mining through Dwarf Therapist? Either way, unassign, unpause, and then reassign mining labour. Could be all that's required. In some of my own tests, it wasn't even necessary to unpause - just going into v-p-l, selecting Mining (or Wood Cutting) and hitting Enter twice was enough to fix it.


Q: Is there any way to edit the frequency or max/min amount of migrants that join your fortress? I keep keeping double digit migrations and I hate being forced to expand quickly. I know I can just draft some into military positions, but I have a picky principle on better to not have labor than to waste labor.

A: See Immigration


Q: I've recently noticed while browsing Legends that some of my dwarves started a group, "The Noiseless Thing". It doesn't say it worships anything/anyone, but dwarves entered it en masse (though I don't think all of them). Should I be worried? I also have not found anything when searching for "group" on the subject on this wiki.

Using DF Wiki (Editing policies)[edit]

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A good wiki is not just about quality information, but also quality presentation and accessibility. There are many editing customs which contribute to quality and consistency of the wiki. Please take a few minutes to read the Rules. You can also look through the Style Manual and some of the other discussions on the centralized discussion page found through navigation panel on the left. For technical help with editing features, such as linking and formatting, click the Help link, also on the left navigation panel.

Facts should be verified to be complete and accurate, preferably in game, before adding to the wiki. When in doubt, but you think it's useful information, just add it and someone will fix it later. If an item of information is not verified, it should be labeled for verification.

Each topic has a Talk page where you can ask questions, discuss your ideas and reasoning with others until the facts are worked out, or say anything that doesn't belong in the actual topic page. Remember this is not a forum, so don't expect replies or even to be noticed if you didn't use a verify label in the topic page. Always sign your talk page comments with ~~~~, and read the talk page guidelines. Note that not all topics have an existing Talk page. Clicking a verify link or the Discussion tab on the topic's main page will create one (see Starting a New Page below).

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Writing answers policy[edit]

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