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GreatWyrmGold

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Colonizing the Magma Sea
« on: July 24, 2011, 07:08:41 am »

Dwarves have colonized the mountains. It was too easy.

Dwarves have colonized the surface, not looking into a mountain for anything. We imported metal and burned wood for charcoal. It was too easy.

Dwarves have colonized the caverns, accepting no help from above. It was too easy.

Dwarves have even colonized the hidden spoilerey "Fifth Layer," and while hard as a noob working out the DF2010 military system and slow as your chief medical dwarf faced with medical work, it has been done quite enough.

There is only one frontier left: The great magma sea.

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How would you go about colonizing the magma sea? Simply dropping in water would not work, as the semi-molten rock would eat up the obsidian. However, once you figure it out, there are some obvious challenges to do:
-Relocate your entire fort to the magma sea.
-Grow plump helmets on muddy magma flows (SMR's floors).
-Search for cotton candy in the magma sea. On foot.
-Magma crab farm, anyone?
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Re: Colonizing the Magma Sea
« Reply #1 on: July 24, 2011, 07:14:58 am »

Actually, not as hard as you might imagine.  You dig a downstairs at the lowest stone layer, and then pour water.  This downstairs allows the new obsidian to be supported, and not cave-in.  You then dig an up+down stairs (possibly several times) and either the stairs become obsidian or the tiles adjacent to the stairs become obsidian.  Creative use of cave-ins, water pressure, and disposable dwarves are highly recommended and highly hilarious.

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Re: Colonizing the Magma Sea
« Reply #2 on: July 24, 2011, 07:17:11 am »

Hm...sorta sad...
Well, has anyone done it?
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Re: Colonizing the Magma Sea
« Reply #3 on: July 24, 2011, 07:23:04 am »

Colonizing the ocean might be harder due to the fact that you have to pump magma to the surface for it instead of just channeling and letting gravity do its work.
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Re: Colonizing the Magma Sea
« Reply #4 on: July 24, 2011, 07:27:52 am »

Or wait for the ocean to freeze.
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Re: Colonizing the Magma Sea
« Reply #5 on: July 24, 2011, 07:36:08 am »

I actually tried that once. Whenever the ocean unfroze all my constructs would cave-in even though they were secured to the rock cliff at the side. Admittedly though, I tried doing this not from the surface but a few z levels down from where the ocean met the beach.
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