Command: forum-dwarves

Exports the text you see on the screen for posting to the forums.

This tool saves a copy of a text screen, formatted in BBcode for posting to the Bay12 Forums. Text color and layout is preserved. See markdown if you want to export for posting to Reddit or other places.

This script will attempt to read the current screen, and if it is a text viewscreen (such as the dwarf ‘thoughts’ screen or an item ‘description’) then append a marked-up version of this text to the forumdwarves.txt file. Previous entries in the file are not overwritten, so you may use the forum-dwarves command multiple times to create a single document containing the text from multiple screens, like thoughts from several dwarves or descriptions from multiple artifacts.

The screens which have been tested and known to function properly with this script are:

  1. dwarf/unit ‘thoughts’ screen

  2. item/art ‘description’ screen

  3. individual ‘historical item/figure’ screens

There may be other screens to which the script applies. It should be safe to attempt running the script with any screen active. An error message will inform you when the selected screen is not appropriate for this script.


The text will be encoded in CP437, which is likely to be incompatible with the system default. This causes incorrect display of special characters (e.g. é õ ç = é õ ç). You can fix this by opening the file in an editor such as Notepad++ and selecting the correct encoding before copying the text.