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Month: December 2018

[Dev] Direct Actions

Last week we talked about the population system and how you get new settlers. Sometimes those settlers are not busy and this is where Direct Actions come into place – another new feature in the new The Settlers game.

Please keep in mind that this feature is in an early stage, we are experimenting with it and there may be changes in the future.

What are Direct Actions?

Direct Actions are initiated by the player to temporarily boost production buildings or resource gathering.

In order to execute Direct Actions we will need an idle carrier and motivation points.

How do we get Motivation Points?

In a perfect The Settlers world all of your carriers are busy and have something to do. But reality is sometimes different. You probably have carriers who are idle and waiting for their next task. While they rest those idle carriers will generate motivation points automatically. These motivation points are an extra reserve, which can be used at any point needed.

If we have idle carriers and motivation points, we can perform Direct Actions to boost our economy. There are multiple ways to do so.

How to perform Direct Actions?

Resource gathering

Direct Actions can be performed on forest areas, copper, stone or coal deposits or any other area where you can harvest / mine goods. Simply click on the resource you want to gather and execute the Direct Actions. Every Direct Action will use one motivation point and requires one idle carrier.

You are low on wood? Simply click on your forest and let you carriers help your woodcutters by chopping down more trees. Forgot to build a gatherer hut and your workers are hungry? Send your carriers to collect some berries.

As long as you have enough motivation points and free carriers you can send them to do those extra little tasks for you.

By using Direct Actions you can avoid bottlenecks or ensure your production chains have additional goods.

Productions:

You can also temporarily boost your productions by using Direct Actions. Since the production of a good is divided into several stages, you can simply send carriers to help the craftsmen working at the buildings!

As an example let’s take a look at the smelter. The production is divided into several phases. One worker uses the coal to heat up the furnace and his/her colleague adds iron ore. Once this step has been completed they will make their way over to the mould. One will put the hot iron bar into the cold water, while the other one waits until it is cold enough to put it on the output pile.

If you now want to boost your production, you send your carriers over to help with the smelting process temporarily with the help Direct Actions. Since they are not trained for the main job, they will only handle the transportation phases. Meaning: They will carry the coal and iron ore to the furnace and transport the iron bar to the output pile. This makes the whole production more efficient and faster.

Each building has a different number of additional carriers who are able to help if you boost your production with Direct Actions. It is completely up to you (and of course the number of Motivation Points and idle carriers available at this time) how many carriers should help up to the allowed maximum of the specific building in this process.

So, we showed carriers are not only useful when transporting materials and goods from one place to another. Even when they are not doing anything, they will generate motivations points, which you can use to your advantage. Never underestimate the carriers 🙂

How will you use your idle carriers? Temporarily boosting your production or gathering resources? What do you think about the system? We are also considering other ways to use direct actions in the game, do you have any ideas about that too? Let us know in the comments below.

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[TSHC] Changelog 12 December

The Settlers I History Edition

  • Updated German User manual

The Settlers III History Edition

  • Improved online connectivity by optimizing NAT settings
  • Fixed an issue where the sound effect volume slider has no effect
  • Fixed an issue with the “beehive” sound being too loud
  • Fixed an issue where the spell “Repel Arrows” was not working as intended
  • Fixed an issue where the game would crash if players started a multiplayer game

The Settlers IV History Edition

  • Implemented Minigame 2 – The Dark Side – in Uplay
    • The game can be started via: Uplay -> The Settlers IV History Edition -> Play
  • Improved online connectivity by optimizing NAT settings
  • Fixed an issue where the router was rebooting when starting the game

The Settlers Heritage of Kings History Edition

  • Improved online connectivity by optimizing NAT settings
  • Fixed an issue where the router was rebooting when starting the game

The Settlers Rise of an Empire History Edition

  • Improved online connectivity by optimizing NAT settings

The Settlers 7 Paths to a Kingdom History Edition

  • Implemented Ubisoft Club functionality
  • Improved online connectivity by optimizing NAT settings
  • Fixed an issue with the match making calculations
  • Fixed an issue where it was not possible to change the resolution in-game
  • Fixed an issue with the leaderboards showing empty name fields
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[Guide] The Settlers Rise of an Empire – History Edition

If you recently bought the History Collection or are just generally playing with the thought of trying out The Settlers 6 – Rise of an Empire, we got just the right guide for you! Read on to get a brief overview over the game and a few tips to get started.

You will notice several differences to previous games which will require a different approach to creating a prosperous settlement. You will not only need basic building materials like wood and stone but also a regular supply of food for all your settlers, no matter the profession. Your people have various additional needs like clothes, cleaning supplies or entertainment.

Only if these are fulfilled you will be able to unlock new buildings and military units. Roads are important to speed up the delivery of materials and building upgrades increase productivity.

Expansion is done by conquering new sectors of the map – these sectors may also have resources you don’t have in the one you started in. This will mean a big part of the economy will be scattered throughout several sectors and need to be kept safe from enemy raids.

Let’s take a look at some topics in detail.

The Beginning

When starting you always have your store house, church and castle directly connected to the marketplace. The first thing to do is to place two woodcutters to secure sufficient buildings materials and either hunters or fishers for basic food supply. Your workers will deliver the raw products to the store house, but fish and meat will have to be turned into smoked fish and sausages before they can be consumed by the settlers.

Check the map for symbols for each resource to find out what you can produce in your first sector.

With basic food supply taken care of, it’s time to tackle the next of your people’s needs: hygiene. For this you will have to either place a soap maker (who uses the same resource as the butcher) or a broom maker who needs wood. You can of course also place both types of buildings depending on what kind of –and how many – resources are available.

After this you should keep an eye out for stone and iron as well as more building space: time to explore.

Select your hero and send him or her to one of the nearby sectors. As soon as you enter it the map will be revealed and you can see what kind of opportunities the sector offers. If you found what you were looking for, place a tower via the menu in the bottom right corner (while having selected your hero).

Make sure to connect this tower (and generally all buildings) with streets for faster transport.

Heroes

When you got your basic settlement set up and explored a sector or two for further expansion, it’s time to focus on your heroes. Not only are they a lot stronger than your average soldier, each of them also has a special ability: Elias the trader for example can provide additional food while Alandra can cure sick settlers.

You also need your hero for various interactions in the world itself. Be it to be able to build towers to conquer new sectors, interact with AI players for certain missions or to investigate ruins, mines and similar places on the map.

To unlock more buildings and units you will have to promote your hero which means granting him a new title. For this you will have to click on the button just above the minimap. There you’ll see which requirements the new title has, e.g. a certain amount of settlers, your castle at a specific level and a sufficient amount of a certain good. If you fulfil them you can then click the appropriate button and your hero as well as your settlers are happy.

Since each title gives you access to new buildings and products, it is vital to focus on these requirements right from the start to at least progress fast enough to be able to build walls and recruit soldiers.

Advanced strategies

Not only will new buildings improve your possibilities and production capabilities, one very important gameplay mechanic are building upgrades. These will not only allow an additional worker to move in (and therefore increase your productivity), higher building levels also unlock carts, allowing your settlers to transport their goods faster.

If you combine this with a good road network and upgrade your basic paths to roads later, you make sure all resources reach the city in time for further processing. Be it delicious bread, comfortable clothes or swords for your army.

When building your city and all your production buildings it’s important to keep an eye on the landscape. Make sure you use all available space and place related buildings close to each other. Since you will want to build a wall around your core city later, make sure to choose the right places for it.

And talking about right places: The Settlers – Rise of an Empire features different seasons. In winter you won’t be able to harvest any honey or wheat – and rivers freeze and can be walked on. Make sure to not rely on rivers as border protection too much, depending on the map you’re playing.

 

Military and reputation

And since we’re already at it: The military.

You can build swordsmen and archers in their respective barracks as well as three different kinds of siege engines. The latter need to be manned with one group of soldiers to work. Keep in mind you may have to first get a new title for your hero to access the respective building.

The higher your city’s reputation (top left corner), the higher your soldiers’ combat power. If it drops too far or one of your main buildings (castle, church, store house) gets destroyed, you lose the game.

To increase your reputation, upgrade your main buildings, offer your settlers different kinds of clothes, food and decorative objects and provide them with special activities like festivals, church sermons and rare commodities like salt or dyes.

Enemy attacks, a lack of food or a high tax have a negative impact on your reputation. Therefore, try to have enough goods in store to satisfy your settlers’ needs and get your hands on some rare goods via trading.

If this is just too much theory for you and you want to practise a bit more, go and play the singleplayer campaign of The Settlers 6 which doubles as a tutorial. There you’ll be slowly introduced to all important game mechanics.

Do you have any tips you might want to share with your fellow players? Or are you new to The Settlers 6 and have questions or need advice? Are you maybe looking for a multiplayer match? Feel free to discuss it in the comments.

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[Dev] Population System

In the previous dev blogs we talked about food system and how your residents take care of your workers. Veterans of the series might have asked themselves if houses have a different function, how do we get new settlers?

Well, we answer this question in this week’s dev blog. We’ll talk about the “Harbor & Population System” and everything that is connected with it.

In the new The Settlers we have different types of settlers. Our workers with the blue shirts take care of constructing, gathering resources and processing materials. We also have the carriers, the girls and guys with the white shirts, transporting goods from A to B – our busy bees.

The Building:

In order to get new carriers we will need to build a harbor. This is done at the shoreline. In the first stage the harbor requires softwood logs as construction material.

Once the building has been constructed the harbormaster enters his small little skiff and leaves the island to unseen shores to convince other settlers to join our settlement.

As the boat is rather small only a handful of new settlers might join us.

While new settlers arrive as carriers on our island, those can be educated and trained to take different roles later.

The waters are rough and we need to make sure our settlers arrive safely. Our harbormaster is not only tasked to bring new settlers to our island, he / she will use hardwood logs to repair the boat as well.

Population Level:

While it is easy to attract new settlers to an adventurous new settlement on an unexplored island, it becomes harder when we already have a higher population level. We can increase the chances of people joining our settlement, if we support that idea with some coins.

So, it is time to construct a coin maker / mint. In the first stage, we can use copper ore to produce copper coins, but we decided to upgrade our mint and use silver ore to produce better coins.

If we offer higher valued coins, the chances will be higher to convince others. Upgrading your harbor should be also a priority. We will not only get better boats, which can load more people, we also have more workers to help loading and repairing them.

If we have space for it, we can build multiple harbors and get new settlers faster. The requirements stay the same. If we already have a high number of settlers in our settlement we will need to provide gold coins to ensure the boats are returning with full load.

With a simple option we can decide (by turning the building on / off) in which harbor(s) the helpers arrive and we can also choose which coin types the harbor should use to attract people.

The game will also offer other methods to gain new settlers, but it is too early to reveal them yet.

Even if we don’t need those guys yet, they are not useless. The Settlers which are able to rest will generate motivation points, but hold your donkeys – this is something for the next dev blog. 🙂

What do you think about the concept art? Do you like the harbor and the population system? Let us know what you think it in the comments below.

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[Guide] The Settlers Heritage of Kings – History Edition

Following the previous guides, today we would like to introduce you to Dario’s world in The Settlers 5.

As you have probably already noticed, there are some fundamental changes in this game compared to the previous The Settler games:

  • The Settlers 5 uses a direct control system for the units, like in a real-time strategy game.
  • The goods cycles are not visible directly in the world. Instead, all goods automatically land in a total stock and can additionally be duplicated by so-called refiners.
  • In The Settlers 5, there is no “real” AI that builds its own houses or cities. Instead, you are dealing with scripted, recurring hordes of enemies. Therefore, on pure multiplayer maps you remain alone in the single player mode.

Your first settlement:

Below is a brief introduction to building your first settlement on a single player map.
To start, click on a serf and give him tasks. On many maps it is first necessary to build your village center.
In order to do this, select the serf, click on the flag in the build menu and then on the existing “site” on the map to build your village center there. You can also assign several serfs to each construction site to speed things up.

Extraction of resources:

After building the village center, you can now start collecting resources.
Your serfs can mine the basic resources such as wood.
Other resources, such as clay and stone, exist on the one hand as simple deposits which your serfs can mine, but also in the form of large stone/clay/… shafts and quarries. On those you can build pits which are extracting resources much faster than your serfs would do.

Now take a handful of serfs and send them to nearby trees as well as stone and clay deposits. You can hire additional serfs in the castle (hand symbol).

Tip: In contrast to most other RTS games, the serfs do not have to bring the resources to the village center. Therefore, it does not matter how far from the center you send them! The same applies to the pits.

The first goods cycle:

The Settlers 5 is based on the construction of many mini-cycles. Every worker needs a residence for sleeping and a farm for eating. Each residence and farm provides enough for several craftsmen.

Therefore, to continue, build a hut and a farm in a free space.

Important notice: The farmer also needs something to eat, of course, and a place to sleep. Thus, in both buildings the farmer already occupies one place from the beginning.

Now build a university next to the residence and the farm. This is the most important building at the beginning, because there you can research all other building options.

After building the university, you can directly research “construction” there. During the research, we take a look at an important info function in the interface:

This information shows the missing places to sleep and eat in your settlement. As you can see, the university already needs more sleeping space than a single hut can offer you.

Nevertheless, you can ignore this at the beginning – the research takes only a little longer. Workers without sleeping quarters spend the night around the campfire and are less efficient.

If you have found a stone quarry and a clay shaft, build one residence and one farm next to each. After that, construct pits on both of. Consider that a farm offers more space for workers than a hut does and keep in mind you can upgrade buildings later on.

The refinement:

The next step is the “processing” of resources. You can refine your wares in The Settlers 5, which simply multiplies them.

Therefore, the construction of a sawmill is especially important – because unlike clay and stone you cannot mine wood with the help of a pit!

Build a sawmill with a residence and a farm nearby close to your castle. The craftsmen working here are the first to get their goods from somewhere else. However, not as perhaps expected from the lumberjacks, but from your total stock. Therefore, the craftsmen take the goods directly from the castle (and later also from warehouses/marketplaces).

As your game progresses, you can research improvements for your fighters at the sawmill too (after it has been upgraded).

  • Principally, you can upgrade all the buildings in the game to unlock additional options or to offer more space.
  • The upgrades will be particularly important for huts and farms later in the game.

Thus, you have now built your first small settlement.

Your heroes:

A very important role in The Settlers 5 take the playable characters. They all have special abilities that can often determine the outcome of a battle.

Dario, for example, can use his falcon to explore the map. After sending the bird, you can turn on a special perspective to see the world from the hawk’s eyes.

In addition, Dario has another ability to scare his enemies and to drive them back for a short time.

A few final tips:

  • You should always focus on the construction of refiners, which are – in addition to the sawmill – the brick maker’s hut, stonemason’s hut and later also the smithy and the alchemist hut.
  • Always build these buildings close to the castle or next to previously built warehouses to keep the walkways short.
  • Opponent hordes will attack you repeatedly until you destroy their camps. Therefore you need a working defense using both towers and soldiers right from the beginning.

Thank you to haep for writing this great guide!

Do you have any more tips to share?  Secret strategies? Or maybe a guide for the singleplayer campaign, be it a video or in written form? Share it in the comments to help the people new to the game!

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