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Your early misconceptions about DF
« on: November 25, 2013, 10:59:39 pm »

Mine:

I thought 'complained about the draft lately' meant they didn't have a door to their room.

I didn't know you could just assign skills to dwarves and they would do that task even if they had no experience.  I abandoned several forts for forgetting to bring along a carpenter or mason.

That you needed a road before caravans and migrants would come.  I had roads all over the place my first few forts.

If a forgotten Beast can't fly, and I didn't make a path directly up to my fort, it couldn't get in.

What were yours?
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Re: Your early misconceptions about DF
« Reply #1 on: November 25, 2013, 11:10:13 pm »

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Re: Your early misconceptions about DF
« Reply #2 on: November 25, 2013, 11:14:10 pm »

I thought a farm actually required water, not just soil. Made my first few fortresses much harder than they should have been.

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Re: Your early misconceptions about DF
« Reply #3 on: November 25, 2013, 11:30:49 pm »

"The dwarves are thirsty? Pffft, big deal, I heard that this is a very realistic game, they can just take some empty barrels and set them outside to gather rainwater."
"The dwarves are STILL thirsty? Well, now there's snow on the ground outside, they can just melt that."
"Uhhh . . . why is everyone dying? I told them to eat the snow!"
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Re: Your early misconceptions about DF
« Reply #4 on: November 25, 2013, 11:32:24 pm »

To be a part of the world's history! I brought the world out of the Age of the Hydra and Forest Titan once, and it was the best feeling ever!

i thought that this was actually significant and would actually affect things

good thing next version is going a long way in changing that from "misconception" to "clairvoyance"

I thought a farm actually required water, not just soil. Made my first few fortresses much harder than they should have been.

Oh, yeah, and this. It's still a really common misconception, not sure what's up with it.

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Re: Your early misconceptions about DF
« Reply #5 on: November 26, 2013, 01:43:49 am »

I thought 'complained about the draft lately' meant they didn't have a door to their room.

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Re: Your early misconceptions about DF
« Reply #6 on: November 26, 2013, 02:51:36 am »

I thought I was in control.

I thought I was playing the game.

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The game was playing me.

Also, the misconception about farms requiring water is because in older versions they did. You had to flood an area and farm on the mud left behind.
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Re: Your early misconceptions about DF
« Reply #7 on: November 26, 2013, 04:22:19 am »

I suspect the "roads needed for caravans" and maybe the "farms need water" misconceptions come from people reading LPs from the 2D days.
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Re: Your early misconceptions about DF
« Reply #8 on: November 26, 2013, 05:29:53 am »

I played a lot of 40d and little bit 31.25 and then 3 years of no-play.
I thought that .34 versions needed mudification/irrigation even for soil, too.
Also, I thought that undead hair swarm is a good training material for my axe/hammerdorfs
Also, I thought that cave crocodile caged invader's children after nesting would be friendly & tameable (they somehow stayed around till I noticed that 'cave crocodile child has grown to become a cave crocodile', and then I had 10 cc's maked as 'hostile' to deal with.)
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Re: Your early misconceptions about DF
« Reply #9 on: November 26, 2013, 07:44:48 am »

I thought I would be able to stop playing

Also, I initially thought cave-in would happen if you dig under the ground without support. Just by digging (I didn't even knew what channelling was). So I used a lot of supports everywhere, and planned all my fort with walls in order not to have any 6x6 area without supports
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Re: Your early misconceptions about DF
« Reply #10 on: November 26, 2013, 08:50:01 am »

-snip about farms requiring water-
Oh, yeah, and this. It's still a really common misconception, not sure what's up with it.
Well, every single tutorial and wiki page about farms says that they need mud from water - but maybe 3 of 300 also explain that they need to be watered /once/.
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Re: Your early misconceptions about DF
« Reply #11 on: November 26, 2013, 08:56:58 am »

I used to think you had to have magma flowing into magma forges from the same Z level. Many a miner died :(
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Re: Your early misconceptions about DF
« Reply #12 on: November 26, 2013, 09:22:02 am »

Also, I initially thought cave-in would happen if you dig under the ground without support.
This is another of those things that used to happen in the 2D versions. Hopefully some day we'll get that kind of stuff going on again, regardless of how amusing hollowing out layers of sand is.
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Re: Your early misconceptions about DF
« Reply #13 on: November 26, 2013, 09:23:09 am »

I thought that forgotten beasts were bigger than one tile.
And that a snail titan would be snail slow.
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Re: Your early misconceptions about DF
« Reply #14 on: November 26, 2013, 10:30:22 am »

And that a snail titan would be snail slow.

They might be in the next version!
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