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Starting from Scratch: From Concept to Model

Many different models have to be designed for the world of The Settlers: From houses over trees and animals to the settlers themselves.

In this example we want to show you the way from a 2D concept drawing to the final model in the game. Have a look how the leader of the Axemen, Ragnar, comes to life!

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[Dev] Territory Expansion

We have built and expanded great settlements with a flourishing and lively economy. However, we’ve never talked about how we expanded our territory. In this week’s blog post we talk about just that.

In previous the “The Settlers” game we usually had to build barracks, guard towers or other military buildings, wait for a soldier to occupy it and our territory was automatically expand.

In the new The Settlers the players have more choices in territory expansion and it is visualized in more details too.

Whenever we see our frontier, marked by the border stones, we know we cannot build past that. Everything behind it is unknown, unexplored and might be dangerous.

In order to expand our territory we need to build a keep, castle or fortress. The keep is the most basic military building helping us to expand and secure the area.

Once the construction is completed, our military units will make their way to the building. If this is our first keep, our military units will move from the shoreline to the building. If we already have another keep in our settlement they will split their forces depending on the keep settings, which we can define.

Once they reach the keep they will start claiming any neutral territory nearby. Step by step by moving the border stones manually.

If we want to expand in a specific direction we can easily do this. We simply click on the keep and set a focus point. Our units will then favor the direction we choose and expand accordingly. However, each keep has an “area of influence”. This is the maximum distance they will go and expand. The same goes for castle and fortresses.

Once our units have expanded to our defined direction, they will not rest until the other areas of influence has been claimed.

In order to speed things up we can assign more units to specific keeps, castles or fortresses. Each type has an individual unit limit. The more units we have assigned, the faster we will claim the land around the keep.

In a future dev blog we will dive deeper into other military buildings, various units and different defensive options available in the game. Stay tuned.

What do you think about territory expansion? Do you like the concept of it? Let us know what you think in the comments below.

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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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