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Author Topic: The Last Frontier: Draining the Magma Sea (even the bottom) [Colony Complete!]  (Read 43937 times)

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Re: The Last Frontier: Draining the Magma Sea (yes, even the bottom)
« Reply #30 on: July 23, 2013, 11:10:08 pm »

<snip> clear glass blocks (What else would you build a sub-magma dome out of?)

soap?  Better yet, soap blocks made from the tallow produced from the fat of the original denizens (if at all possible).
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« Reply #31 on: July 24, 2013, 04:22:10 am »

I am in awe.  I thought getting enough clear glass blocks to make a solid 15z smooth-sided pyramid was tough, but those domes alone put my work to shame, never mind the engineering marvel of conquering the Magma Sea in the first place.  To the best of my knowledge, this is a first-of-its-kind engineering feat.  I have two questions

What is your estimated dwarven death toll for the whole of the colony project?
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I didn't keep close track, but I'd guess 20-30 deaths. By percentage:

30% -- Dwarves sent on suicide missions to open magma drains. I did my best to save all of them, and often enough I succeeded, but there were a lot of drains.
40% -- Dwarves bleeding out through the toes (seriously, 2-3 melted toes bleed more than a severed foot) while trying to wall off the inflowing magma. Those deaths turned out to be unnecessary, as I later discovered the much safer method of building stairs from above on the water-magma border.
20% -- Digging and deconstruction accidents.
10% -- Miscellaneous. I think I had a dwarf dive into the magma trying to dodge a magma crab shot, and I accidentally trapped a dwarf who then died of thirst.

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<snip> clear glass blocks (What else would you build a sub-magma dome out of?)

soap?  Better yet, soap blocks made from the tallow produced from the fat of the original denizens (if at all possible).

Ah, in Dwarf Fortress there are always greater heights to strive toward new lows to sink to. You'll have to edit the raws to make dwarves butcherable, though.

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Re: The Last Frontier: Draining the Magma Sea (yes, even the bottom)
« Reply #32 on: July 24, 2013, 05:41:09 am »

Ah, in Dwarf Fortress there are always greater heights to strive toward new lows to sink to. You'll have to edit the raws to make dwarves butcherable, though.

I was thinking originally the denizens of hell, but you've gone one better!
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« Reply #33 on: July 24, 2013, 05:45:41 am »

I wonder if you can make blocks out of corpses, that way you can really build a foundation upon the dead.
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Re: The Last Frontier: Draining the Magma Sea (yes, even the bottom)
« Reply #34 on: July 24, 2013, 07:18:50 am »

PTW
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« Reply #35 on: July 24, 2013, 07:22:19 am »

I wonder if you can make blocks out of corpses, that way you can really build a foundation upon the dead.
Probably just a simple case of adding the right tag.
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« Reply #36 on: July 24, 2013, 07:48:18 am »

That is so, so cool. Immortalize it here? http://mkv25.net/dfma/

Would love to just wander around gawking at things.

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« Reply #37 on: July 24, 2013, 08:24:06 am »

This... this is amazing.
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« Reply #38 on: July 24, 2013, 05:34:57 pm »

(seriously, 2-3 melted toes bleed more than a severed foot)
That's because the toes are 2-3 body parts, whereas the foot is only 1.
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« Reply #39 on: July 25, 2013, 08:03:46 pm »

That is so, so cool. Immortalize it here? http://mkv25.net/dfma/

Would love to just wander around gawking at things.

My Windows computer is out of commission, and I couldn't get the map compressor to work on Linux (even with mono), but here's the save file: http://dffd.wimbli.com/file.php?id=7858. If you (or anyone else) want to upload it to the map archive, you have my permission.

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Re: The Last Frontier: Draining the Magma Sea (yes, even the bottom)
« Reply #40 on: July 26, 2013, 08:27:41 am »

your insanity boldness is an inspiration!  :o
I'm still trying to figure out how best to deal with the first caverns lol
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« Reply #41 on: July 26, 2013, 08:34:06 am »

your insanity boldness is an inspiration!  :o
I'm still trying to figure out how best to deal with the first caverns lol
I find they submit to farm plots easily enough.
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Re: The Last Frontier: Draining the Magma Sea (yes, even the bottom)
« Reply #42 on: July 26, 2013, 09:51:49 am »

I was doing this project a few versions back, but I never did complete it. I was also using a pump system with edge-fortification drains to drain the sea enough to get work done in it. I had the construction of several magma dams started and was building each of them down as I cleared a z-level. The eventual goal was to be able to use the dams to control the z-lvl of the magma sea, or even make it the sea have a higher than original level. I did want to do what you are doing here, and I needed more headroom, so I was going remove a few z-lvls of ceiling over the sea. I never did work out how I was going to tackle the very bottom layer of the sea and was thinking about just building on one of the hills in the sea. Perhaps I'll try the project again in the next version.

Anyways, very dwarfy work, and grats on the conquest of the magma sea.
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« Reply #44 on: August 01, 2013, 04:56:28 pm »

...I have no words.

You, my good sir, are magnificent. !!FOR SCIENCE!!
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