Want to know how to attract migrants in Dwarf Fortress? No matter how good a strategist you are, your village will not prosper if you do not have enough inhabitants. After starting the adventure, you will receive two guaranteed Migrant caravans before and after the winter. It is the best opportunity to find good workers for in-demand jobs, and luckily these dwarves will visit the village independently of any factors. On the other hand, after that, new migrants will not come to your Dwarf Fortress village with 100% chance, and you should know some recommendations to attract them.
How To Get More Migrants in Dwarf Fortress
As we said, increasing the population of your village is the basis of its prosperity. Of course, you can hope to create families and birth new dwarves, but this is a long process. On the other hand, migrants are the best solution that will give you a large number of adult residents with working specialties.
Unfortunately, the presence of new Migrant Caravans is a random event. But this is only partly true. After all, by paying attention to the following factors, you can attract more migrants to Dwarf Fortress:
- Fortress Wealth.
- Fortress Location.
- Military Conflicts.
- Jobs and Living Spaces.
- Deaths/Births of the Residents.
All these factors can increase or decrease the chance of new migrants. But let’s take a closer look at the most significant things to pay attention to during gameplay.
The first factor influencing the spawn of new migrants is the location of your fortress. If you make your home in a dangerous place, you may not see new migrants for years. No one wants to settle in your village if it is fraught with quick death or starvation.
On the other hand, settlement among the mountains, next to bodies of water, will attract much more attention from dwarves looking for a new home. The absence of military and monster attacks will also positively affect the attractiveness of your village. So the beginning of the game and the choice of location is the basis of your success.
Well-Being and Wealth of the Village
An equally important factor is your residents’ well-being. And this is what you should pay attention to even in the first year before the arrival of guaranteed migrants. Build as many sleeping and working spaces as possible for the most in-demand professions. And when migrants arrive, there will be more. In addition, there will be many workers you need among them. It will help to get highly qualified workers from the start and simplify the gameplay in the future.
The same goes for the later game as well. By creating a lot of sleeping and working spaces, you will attract more migrant dwarves. But do not forget that you need to feed your entire population. So taking care of livestock, farms, and food supplies for the winter should remain a priority.
In addition, remember that you must protect the comfort and safety of your residents. Creating traps, hiring warriors, and protecting the village with a fence is extremely important. It will allow you to save your wealth and residents and make your fortress more attractive to migrants.
In summary, remember that the village location and the well-being of the residents are essential factors in attracting migrants in Dwarf Fortress. But remember that the maximum number of inhabitants (200). After that, migrants will stop visiting your fortress, and you have to hope for families and their children.
Dwarf Fortress is available for PC.