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Chevaleresse

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Designing a fort for creation of specific artifacts
« on: November 11, 2014, 11:38:37 pm »

Are there any specific design and/or management techniques to build and run a fort with the sole purpose of creating a specific artifact? For example, I want to deck out an adventurer in artifact steel or candy armor with a platinum warhammer (and possibly an artifact shield to boot.) I know one can groom farmer, hunters, etc. to go into metalsmith moods, and I have a reasonable understanding of how to micromanage a moody dwarf to ensure the correct materials, but are there any other strategies I could use? E.g. atomsmashing those absolutely USELESS children so they don't go into craftsdwarf moods?
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Re: Designing a fort for creation of specific artifacts
« Reply #1 on: November 12, 2014, 12:28:08 am »

Have a dabbling only forge and set orders to mass produce armor and weapons. This will make everyone on the fort have at least level 1 skill at weapon/armor smithing. When a mood comes there is a high chance it will hit one of these dwarves resulting on an artifact weapon/armor piece.

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Re: Designing a fort for creation of specific artifacts
« Reply #2 on: November 12, 2014, 02:25:45 am »

Set a lower population cap, prevent children in this way, and make sure everyone gets a bit of weapon/armor smithing as klefenz said. Make sure you keep a stock of certain materials forbidden and set up a burrow so a dorf that claims a forge has to wait for you to give access to the materials you desire before they can even begin collecting stuff. I like to nickname them whatever useful item preferences they have, which is how I've ended up with a Queen Gauntlets and a Baron Hammers.
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Re: Designing a fort for creation of specific artifacts
« Reply #3 on: November 12, 2014, 04:09:05 am »

I like to nickname them whatever useful item preferences they have, which is how I've ended up with a Queen Gauntlets and a Baron Hammers.

That is really really goddamn clever.

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