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Geologist’s Hut – Finding resources at a deeper level

Not all resource deposits are visible from above ground. Many precious resources are located underground and while they’re usually near cliff sides, only a specialist can find and mark them.

Time to build the Geologist’s Hut and send out our Geologists.

To construct the Geologist’s Hut, our settlement has to be on Town-Level (). As soon as the construction has finished, two Geologists will move in and will start to search for underground deposits. We can direct their search area via a focus point.

After they found a deposit, the Geologist will place a sign at the location indicating how rich the deposit is; they range from low over medium to high. We can now place a mine near the deposit to exploit it.

The respective mine building has to at least be on Town-Level () before it offers a mining entrance and its workers are able to make use of the underground deposits.

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Silver Mine & Gold Mine – Looking for something preciousssss

Everyone likes shiny things, including our settlers. Since we set up the basics of our heavy industry and have copper for tools and coins, it’s time to expand and build some Silver Mines and Gold Mines.

Both resources are used to produce coins in the Mint. The coins can be used in two ways:

First you can use them to grow your population faster when copper coins are not exciting enough anymore to attract immigrating settlers. While silver will enable you to reach a solid population, gold is always very attractive and allows you to reach the highest amount of settlers total.

Second you can store the coins in specific storages, and those riches will additionally motivate all your soldiers when they are attacking enemy territory, as the coins are their potential reward for defeating the enemies. Of course, shiny gold coins are more attractive than copper coins, while silver is in the middle.

The Silver Mine requires our settlement to be on Town-Level (), which also means that underground mining is available right away. It can be upgraded once.

At Town-Level () three workers are mining Silver on surface or underground deposits.

At City-Level (), a fourth worker joins his colleagues.

When even more rare metals are required, it’s time to build the Gold Mine.

The Gold Mine requires your settlement to be on City-Level (), four workers mine valuable gold from surface and underground deposits.

To discover the underground deposits, we first have to build a Geologist’s Hut and send our Geologist out to look for them. As soon as they found a deposit and marked it with a sign, we can build a mine in the vicinity and start exploiting it.

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Coal Mine & Ore Mine – A start for our heavy industry

Cudgels and bows are great to arm our first soldiers, but when we continue to expand and progress, iron weapons soon become a necessity. As soon as we have found coal and ore deposits, we can start constructing new mines.

Coal is needed to melt ore  in a Smelting Works to iron bars , but we also need coal to forge weapons and armor at their respective building. So, to continue with our look at the heavy industry, let’s check out the different Tiers.

Starting on Village-Level (), the Coal Mine employs two workers mining coal.

At Town-Level (), underground mining becomes available and another worker joins the duo.

At City-Level (), a fourth miner starts supporting his colleagues.

As you might imagine, coal is central for our iron industry: smelting ore into bars and making weapons and armor, but also better tools for our builders.

Building Tiers

Hamlet
Village
Town
City
Construction n/A 8Softwood Board 8Softwood Board
4Stone
8Softwood Board
8Cement
Upgrade n/A n/A 6Softwood Board
3Stone
6Softwood Board
6Cement
Produces n/A Coal Coal Coal
Workers n/A 2Worker 3Worker 4Worker

Following the Coal Mine introduction, let’s take a look at the Ore Mine. Ore is used for advanced weapons and armor, much stronger than our original cudgel and pikes. It is also needed for iron tools, which are better than copper tools. This mine starts on Village-Level ().

There, two workers make sure we have enough iron ore in our settlement.

At Town-Level (), another worker will join them and underground mining becomes available.

At City-Level (), a fourth worker will join the team.

Ore and coal will be smelted into iron bars at the smelting works. It can then be used for weapon manufacturing and iron tool creation. Ore will also be needed to create steel bars for even more advanced weapons and tools.

Town-Level () will enable us, like it was the case with the Copper Mine, to mine underground deposits. But to find those and confirm, that we’re building the mine at the right place, we probably want to send a geologist to the area first.

We can set a focus point for our Coal and Ore Mine to have our workers mine the precious goods at a specific location first, e.g. if there are deposits close to the enemy border.

Especially when we decide to focus on a military strategy, we better keep an eye out for additional coal and ore deposits while expanding.

Building Tiers

Hamlet
Village
Town
City
Construction n/A 8Softwood Board 8Softwood Board
4Stone
8Softwood Board
8Cement
Upgrade n/A n/A 6Softwood Board
3Stone
6Softwood Board
6Cement
Produces n/A Iron Ore Iron Ore Iron Ore
Workers n/A 2Worker 3Worker 4Worker
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