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hoover84

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Marksdwarves prefer hand-to-hand combat...
« on: January 09, 2012, 10:35:50 pm »

I just had an issue recently and haven't had much time to look into it, so I thought I'd ask here.  I don't use ranged dwarfs in my military often, but when I did recently they decided to put away their crossbows and chase down their target.  Anyone else run into this?  I'm assuming it's a really obvious issue that I'm overlooking.

Thanks!
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Re: Marksdwarves prefer hand-to-hand combat...
« Reply #1 on: January 09, 2012, 10:41:39 pm »

I've heard you're supposed to station them near the enemy instead of ordering thme to attack.
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Re: Marksdwarves prefer hand-to-hand combat...
« Reply #2 on: January 09, 2012, 11:35:11 pm »

Make sure they have ammunition assigned too.

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Re: Marksdwarves prefer hand-to-hand combat...
« Reply #3 on: January 10, 2012, 12:54:32 am »

Each marksdwarf needs:

-Quiver
-Ammo assigned to his squad for combat and training (approx 250)
-Sufficient ammo in the fortress (total stockpile divided by 250xnumber of squads)
-To not be a hunter because that causes uniform bugs
-To sit around for a while with all the necessary conditions fulfilled before doing anything

It's also somewhat important to make sure all squads and the hunters are set to use the same amount of the same types of ammo for everything. If a dwarf is set to use only metal bolts and it picks up a quiver full of wooden ones then it sits around with a stupid look on its face rather than emptying it out and refilling with appropriate ammo.

Figure out how to view their inventories and see what they're carrying. If they have a quiver with appropriate ammo in it and a crossbow then it is because Armok does not love all men equally and you are cursed.
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Re: Marksdwarves prefer hand-to-hand combat...
« Reply #4 on: January 10, 2012, 10:53:08 am »

Viewing inventory. Locate dwarf. Press (v), press (i). Now you can see their inventory.

If they're not properly equipped, (z), ammo, inappropriate types (f).
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Re: Marksdwarves prefer hand-to-hand combat...
« Reply #5 on: January 10, 2012, 02:38:49 pm »

put them on the other side of a fortification.  Otherwise once they run out of bolts they'll charge anyways.
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hoover84

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Re: Marksdwarves prefer hand-to-hand combat...
« Reply #6 on: January 10, 2012, 11:46:51 pm »

I've heard you're supposed to station them near the enemy instead of ordering thme to attack.

I think that was my main issue...thanks!  Thanks for all the other tips as well!
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