The difference between “core” and “total” quality in dwarf fortress 40d


This is in reference to Dwarf Fortress 40d (v0.28.181.40d). Later versions of this game may have significantly changed the related mechanics.

When setting up a stockpile for furniture or finished goods there is a setting for Core Quality and Total Quality… what's the difference?

I'd like to set up a series of stockpiles in increasing distance from the trade depot and increasing quality (so I can give them the crappiest stuff first and save the best for use in the fortress)… but the two different ratings for quality has me confused.

Best Answer

I believe that core quality refers to the item itself - i.e., a superior-crafted door, and total quality takes into account the masterfully encrusted with blue diamonds and other miscellanea.

I've been using "Core Quality" for a furniture stockpile of masterwork doors (admittedly, in 31.16) and only masterwork doors are going to that pile.