Dwarf Fortress – Blueprints Guide

Quick guide to what blueprints do in advanced mining options.

Quick Guide to Blueprints

How Blueprints Work

Alright Blueprints have been sorta weird to start with at least in my experience but I figured them out.

While in Mining Mode you can activate [] which is an Arrow pointing to the right just above the Burrows Menu.

Once this is open on the far bottom right of the screen there are three Icons depicted for blueprints and are as follows from left to right

  1. Blueprint Mode: This allows normal mining selection to not have the dwarves dig but allows you to plan out structures.
  2. Convert Blueprint to Regular: When this is selected any you can select tiles in a similar pattern to mining however it converts any Blueprinted square into a regular mining designation thus allowing large blueprints to be made a little bit at a time while still holding the integrity for long term planning.
  3. Convert Regular to Blueprint: This command does the inverse of the one above and converts regular mining designations into blueprints!

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  1. My working style at present is using gaps to prevent planned areas from being dug, and using the digging priorities to schedule what gets dug first/last.

  2. I don’t find blueprints at all useful as implemented. If they could be copied/pasted and loaded/saved… then they would get extensive use by me.

    Macros can fill this cap, and work, but creating a macro is too prone to uncorrectable mistakes without restarting the save process. Saving keystrokes isn’t as useful. Polishing a layout, THEY selecting it and copying and saving or pasting it is far more useful.

    Hope to see the blueprint system improved in a future version as DF is my desert island game.

  3. Do you know of a way to save these blueprints like in the OG dorf fort? So that I can just save room/workshop plans

    • I’m not aware of one at the moment and sifting through searches I can’t find a way with the base version available on steam.

    • You should still be able to save/load macros between forts with the usual hotkeys (listed in settings under keybindings) which will let you save mining / room furnishing designations.
      You may need to enable keyboard cursor in the settings to fully automate the designation macro, though.

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