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The place where coal and ore meet – the Smelting Works

It’s time to start using the resources we gathered from the mines, especially our soldiers will appreciate that: Let’s build a Smelting Works.

The Smelting Works uses Coal and Ore to produce Iron and Steel. Both are primarily used by our weapons industry to produce swords, axes and armor. However, other industries like for example our Toolmaker also requires iron and steel later on to produce the advanced tools required on Town and City Level.

The Smelting Works requires our settlement to be at Village Level () and can be upgraded once.

At Village Level (), 2 workers use 1 Coal and 1 Ore to produce Iron Bars .

At Town Level (), another smelter joins the duo. Furthermore, the workers can now also create Steel Bars using 1 Coal and 2 Ore .

The Smelting Works is essential if we want to expand our military influence or progress to better and more advanced buildings in our settlement. With limitations through available resources and transport capacity, we need to find the right balance as to where to invest them: As multiple units of resources are delivered to the Smelting Works to create one unit of iron or steel, it often makes sense to place the building close to the mining areas to reduce pressure on your transport capacities. However, if the deposits are scattered or small, a more central location for this part of our industry might be beneficial over time.

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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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[Building] Copper Mine

Let’s take a first look at the heavy industry now by checking out the Copper Mine. Copper has to first be discovered on the map before we can mine it – afterwards it can be used by the Toolmaker to produce the tools required by our workers. As we reach Village-Level, copper can also be used to create copper coins, the cheapest currency we can create.

The mine and its upgrades are straightforward:

At Hamlet-Level a single miner will go out and mine copper.

At Village-Level he/she gets a colleague, therefore doubling the output.

At Town-Level a third workers joins and underground mining will become available.

At City-Level a fourth worker joins.

As you might imagine, no products are added with higher levels – a Copper Mine is focused on mining copper after all.

Not all copper deposits are located above ground. Those below the surface require a Tier 3 (Town-Level) Copper Mine to be exploited. We will need a Geologist to find the hidden deposits.

With the importance of tools for our settlement, we should definitely not neglect our copper production and try to find this resource as soon as possible. Without tools for our workers to occupy new buildings, our settlement will not be able to progress very far. Keep an eye out for additional copper deposits while expanding.

Copper coins will help us convince more people to join our settlement and ensure a steady population growth in the early game, as we mentioned in our Population dev-blog.

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