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Author Topic: What's going on in your fort?  (Read 3118113 times)

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Re: What's going on in your fort?
« Reply #53235 on: January 12, 2019, 12:42:24 pm »

is your Workshop linked to any stockpiles? If linked to at least one stockpile, the workshop wil ONLY take from links, thus ignoring any other lapis that you may have.
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Re: What's going on in your fort?
« Reply #53236 on: January 12, 2019, 01:58:20 pm »

So I lost about four hours of gameplay on my fort to a random crash...  Lesson learned, save every so often.

Before the lost progress I had been looking around the map for potential targets to send my B Team after.  There was a Tower about a day to the south of me unconnected to any civilization that I could see and about 10 population.  It had tons of books, so for some reason my mind figured this is some sort of learning center.  I sent the B Team there to demand tribute and was rejected.  It wasn't until I resumed playing after the crash that I figured out what this was.

First a single undead popped up on my embark and promptly fled the second I unpaused.  It was followed by 7-8 necromancers who fled in terror as my Lords squads and B Team charged.  Ohh so that's what's up with the tower, I'm a dumbass.  B Team away!

Now my B Team is a mix of half trained and half armored dwarves and mostly unarmored human mercenaries.  I mean to get them fitted out once I get the magma forges up and running but keep running into snags there.  I figured I'd take some casualties but succeed.  They slaughtered the place.  15 necromancers of varying races and about 150 undead, also of varying races, fell without a single casualty to my motley crew of 9.  The tower seems to be completely empty now, I've sent them back twice and they just come away with books.  I have a squad of two I mean to send to occuoy it once I've farmed its treasures out.

I also had a salt forgotten beast show up.  The caverns on this embark are ridiculously massive and it was taking my Lords squad forever to get to the thing.  A human monster slayer, in the mean time, decided to engage it with his wooden spear.  For four pages of combat log this guy dodged the beast's strikes and landed successful hits with his wooden spear, chipping away at His Saltiness.  This legend finally took a hit from the beast to the head and was one hit KOed with the first couple of members of my Lords squad     about 10 tiles away charging in.  It did not last long.

As I stated a bit further up I am a dumbass.  I had set up what I thought would be a perfectly nice little obsidian farm.  I had a water chamber dug out, put a hatch cover connect to a lever to release the water onto the magma below it, and filled the water chamber from one of the boundless water sources in the massive cavern system.  Lever gets pulled... and nothing happened.  WTF?  My brain apparently looked at a constructed floor tile and took it for a channeled out tile and put the hatch over it.  Now I have to drain the water chamber out and remove the constructed floor.
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Re: What's going on in your fort?
« Reply #53237 on: January 12, 2019, 02:35:32 pm »

I was concerned that this season, I would not be able to meet my goal of doubling my exported value when I had exported a total of ~100k so far - so I've been making platinum crafts and encrusting them with jewels.

I had almost 500k worth of these crafts when the next caravan arrived. Holy moley.

I bought everything the caravan had, gave them an excess of over 100k, and sent them on their way.

My head is swimming with the riches I have
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« Reply #53238 on: January 12, 2019, 04:15:34 pm »


The undeads attacked today! Two necromancers, leading an army of 60+ zombies of all races and all wearing metal armors and weapons! This was the first time in my entire career of supervisor that i had a military up and running, so battle will be! - i said.

10 Hammerlords (mostly) leading 10 Speardwarves highly trained were sent to defend the main gate, while my Marksdwarves stationed in the fortifications above the gate, ready to unload a rain of bolts on the enemies approaching. Stay strong battle brothers! For the emper... Ehmm i mean for Armok! They shall not pass!

The two necromancers charged, only to get trapped in the cage traps scattered here and there around the entrance. Several zombies got captured too. From the towers my sharpshooters unloaded several dozens of metal bolts but the zombies kept advancing without caring about the wounds. Then my foot  soldiers charged! Hammers started smashing aparts zombies brains, their limbs ripped off and flying in arcs. The spears fought bravely, but unfortunately the undead meatbags didn 't suffer too much from being stabbed. Some of them even managed to surround some of the dwarves, killing them horribly. The undeads blood painted the road in dark brown.

At the end of the day the battle was over, the battlefield a complete mess. Crushed armors, bolts, body parts and bent weapons were everywhere the eye could see. Many dwarves were injured, but their iron armors saved their lives. Unfortunately not everybody survived from the violent assault. The militia commander was found dead, his body surrounded by a mountain of rotten corpses. He truly fought with Armok inside his hearth, and saved many brother 's lives. Four speardwarves didn it make it also. They were all buried into magnificent tombs, and memorials were engraved so the memory of their bravery would never be forgotten.


This was my first battle in DF! I ended up with 5 deads, one badly injured (already recovering in my hospital) and few prisoners (2 necromancers and several zombies). Should i be satisfied with the outcame? How could i use the necroes?
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Re: What's going on in your fort?
« Reply #53239 on: January 12, 2019, 04:46:19 pm »

Pretty good, all things considered. As to use, the necromancers only really have utility in raising zombies to fight for you (but you'd have to manually clean up the aftermath, as the zeds would still be hostile.) They don't have any use beyond that or practice for your soldiers.

Overall it sounds like your soldiers did pretty well, considering some weren't really well geared for it (spears and bolts are... less than stellar for disabling zombies, and tend to get stuck very often.) I personally hold marksdwarves in disdain due to how the game handles wounds, but a handful providing support fire can still be invaluable when you have the means to support them, and well trained elite ones can be a right terror against living enemies.

Be wary, as the population is going to suffer a massive dip in morale from all the sapient corpses during clean-up and looting.

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« Reply #53240 on: January 12, 2019, 10:36:10 pm »

Be wary, as the population is going to suffer a massive dip in morale from all the sapient corpses during clean-up and looting.

Seconding this. I haven't played much since 34.x, and the stress spiral from sending dwarves out to clear the battlefield in my last post was much worse than I remember. I was getting spammed with depression, insanity, and berserk notifications until I found the 'expel' option. Our major export is now mental illness.
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« Reply #53241 on: January 12, 2019, 10:48:07 pm »

Be wary, as the population is going to suffer a massive dip in morale from all the sapient corpses during clean-up and looting.

Seconding this. I haven't played much since 34.x, and the stress spiral from sending dwarves out to clear the battlefield in my last post was much worse than I remember. I was getting spammed with depression, insanity, and berserk notifications until I found the 'expel' option. Our major export is now mental illness.

The only solution i found was modding dwarves to have better stress vulnerability short of doing that. Definitely reduces the impact significantly, though it might still mess with them a bit in other areas, a a massive bombardment of stimuli can still cause problems, especially if you fight zombies regularly.

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Re: What's going on in your fort?
« Reply #53242 on: January 12, 2019, 11:12:15 pm »

For the record I didn't have my workshops linked to stockpiles, and eventually they got their heads out of their asses and got to work. Meanwhile, I caught my first ever Giant Cave Spider and set up a silk farm.
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Re: What's going on in your fort?
« Reply #53243 on: January 13, 2019, 07:49:24 pm »

there was another fortress i was reclaiming that had a forgotten beast take up residency. i sent my militia after them and they all died. i refilled my militia, and they all died again. all that was left was a bunch of children. fortunately this beast wasn't inclined to roam, so he just chilled in there for a while. one of my kids grew up and i immediately put them on coffin duty. he was promoted to expedition leader, and eventually migrants showed up and were able to kill it.
then i had a were-iguana attack. that fucker was tough. took out a couple more dwarves, and infected a few... then i spammed full-heal on as many injured as i could to stave off a plague. also because i don't have a hospital up and running yet... >.>
in that same fortress i have trapped a giant cave spider and a named cave crocodile in rooms by enabling and then disabling pet passage on the doors, and then locking them to the dwarves. i hope to set some cage traps by the doors eventually.
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Re: What's going on in your fort?
« Reply #53244 on: January 14, 2019, 09:52:06 am »

I drained my large water cistern, expanded it a bit, dug maintenance tunnels, cut down all the ###ing tower-caps blocking the water channels, and spent several hours placing down floors so that those pesky mushrooms can't block the water flow again.
 It should take about 6 - 7 hours IRL to fill up from 8 separate infinite water sources - and about 3 hours IRL to drain :)

On a side note: I now have 10 forgotten beasts in my basement ... yay ... I need to go 'hunting' eventually, however if I ever unblock the outer caves, my dorks are going to get slaughtered from shear stupidity :(

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« Reply #53245 on: January 15, 2019, 12:31:03 pm »

started a new world recently, embarked in a tropical region. Scorching hot.

Lots of rhinos wandering around, contemplating how feasible it is to tame them and use them as war beasts.

Bought two dozen or so tigers and lions and other big cats from the elves, they're going to be war beasts too.

Would pasturing war beasts in an area, surrounded by a wall with slopes to block line of sight to protect them from archers, would that work for defensive purposes ? I remember there used to be some problems with war beasts being ineffective.
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« Reply #53246 on: January 15, 2019, 02:06:14 pm »

Started hunting operations against the forgotten beasts ... I lost 3 highly trained veterans to frost breath, however the I managed to kill 4 of the things.
 I am now down to 6 forgotten beasts in my basement and enough meat to feed my dorks for a while. I should start walling off certain sections to force all FBs to spawn in the areas I want them.
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« Reply #53247 on: January 15, 2019, 02:40:45 pm »

started a new world recently, embarked in a tropical region. Scorching hot.

Lots of rhinos wandering around, contemplating how feasible it is to tame them and use them as war beasts.

Bought two dozen or so tigers and lions and other big cats from the elves, they're going to be war beasts too.

Would pasturing war beasts in an area, surrounded by a wall with slopes to block line of sight to protect them from archers, would that work for defensive purposes ? I remember there used to be some problems with war beasts being ineffective.

War beasts suffer from the new morale system, and the [MEANDERER] tag makes some kind of sluggish (such as big cats.) Some may instead turn tail and flee instead of chomping on some goblin necks like they should.

Rhinos need pasture land, but their sheer size would make them a good deterrent against elves (who lack the quality gear to seriously hurt them,)and snatchers/thieves.

The defensive ditch will only help to a point, since archers can shoot downwards, though they'll have to essentially be well within sprinting and tackling distance to shoot down on them (should note however, LOS works both ways and many of the animals will storm up to meet the intruders, negating the defensive barrier's usefulness.)

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« Reply #53248 on: January 15, 2019, 07:35:07 pm »

Lots of rhinos wandering around, contemplating how feasible it is to tame them and use them as war beasts.
Bought two dozen or so tigers and lions and other big cats from the elves, they're going to be war beasts too.
War beasts suffer from the new morale system, and the [MEANDERER] tag makes some kind of sluggish (such as big cats.) Some may instead turn tail and flee instead of chomping on some goblin necks like they should.

I suppose the good old lever-controlled cage full of tigers trick might help.

Or a cage full of lions, on top of a pillar, because trolls love to topple pillars, that might work.
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« Reply #53249 on: January 15, 2019, 09:38:12 pm »

1 forgotten beast is left - at the expense of my military and a lot of resources I couldn't afford to lose.

 I trapped one beast in a pen, than dumped lava on it's head :)
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