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[Building] Sawmill

We have previously covered the Woodcutter so it makes sense to go one step further now and cover the Sawmill.

For the first basic buildings, we only need raw logs but soon we will need slightly more refined resources: wooden boards. One building requiring those is: The Townhall. Since this building enables further upgrades and also unlocks more advanced buildings, we want to get that Sawmill running after we’ve secured the very basic resource supplies and expanded our territory a bit.

The different levels allow for more craftsmen and additional products:

At Outpost-Level, one craftsman is busy sawing softwood trunks into softwood boards.

At Village-Level, another craftsman joins – and together they are now able to produce hardwood boards out of hardwood trunks.

At Town-Level, yet another craftsman will help.

Softwood boards are used to construct buildings; at village level, they already fully replace the softwood trunks. Hardwood is important to craft wooden weapons like bows and clubs, to craft vehicles in the wainwright like pull-carts or ox-carts and to repair the ships that set sail in the harbour. As with previously presented buildings, if we have a bottleneck we can have our craftsmen solely focus on one of the two goods: softwood or hardwood boards.

What’s your preferred approach to resource production? Always keeping production close to how much is needed and then reacting to shortages or aim for surplus production to have a buffer should anything unforeseen happen? Let us know in the comments!

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[Dev] Townhall & Upgrades

In the last few dev blogs, we sometimes mentioned that we upgraded our buildings and promised that we will talk about it in detail later. Wait no more, the day has come. In this blog we cover how we unlock new buildings and why we should upgrade them.

After we landed on an undiscovered island, we only have access to very few basic buildings. In order to change this, we need to build the very important Townhall. It is the first building that needs softwood boards produced by a sawmill. Once we have the necessary materials we can build it.

By constructing the Townhall we unlocked new buildings and the possibility to upgrade others. In addition to the very first buildings we can now build Coal & Ore Mines, Smelters, Animal & Crop Farms, Weaponsmiths, Caserns and Mints. Please keep in mind that the building list might change in the future.

In order to get access to every building in the game, we will need to upgrade the Townhall multiple times. Each upgrades unlocks new buildings and giving us the opportunity to upgrade our existing ones even further. The buildings in The Settlers are divided into several Tiers. Those upgrades unlock new Tiers. Tier 1 is called the Outpost level, Tier 2 Village level, Tier 3 Town level and Tier 4 is the City level.

Going back to the unlocked Tier 2 or Village level buildings: The Ore and Coal Mines provide us with the necessary resources to smelt iron for better military equipment.

Additionally, we also unlocked new food production buildings. In order to use the new food we need to upgrade our houses, as explained in the Food and Stamina dev blog, to have access to new recipes.

We can also upgrade all previously placed buildings, not only making them more efficient, but also granting them the ability to harvest / gatherer / produce new goods.

Let us take a look at the Gatherer, how the building evolves and what changes throughout the upgrades.

The Tier 1 Gatherer is available right from the start, has one worker and can only collect berries. This is sufficient when we start a new settlement, but with the growing needs of our workers we need herbs or mushrooms soon. Our basic gatherer cannot collect those resources. It is time to upgrade.

For this we need softwood boards. Once the construction is done our Gatherer can collect herbs and he or she gets company: A second gatherer will join to assist.

By upgrading our Gatherer Hut another time with softwood boards and stone we get third worker and the possibility to collect mushrooms. If we don’t fancy any herbs or mushrooms, we can simply turn this production / collection off in the building’s menu.

Upgrading buildings will be crucial later on: we can use more workers without consuming additional precious building space and we can harvest or produce other, better goods. We have to keep in mind that we need to provide more food as more workers occupy the building. This also means we should keep related buildings close together, reducing the transport routes. While upgrading a building the workers will stop working and don’t provide any products anymore.

Of course we want to offer you the choice to immediately place higher tier buildings, or to stay with lower tiers and upgrade them at a later point.

If we place a new Gatherer, it doesn’t have to be Tier 1, we can also build Tier 2 (or 3 respectively) directly. Sometimes, if we are short on higher tier resources for example stone, we might want to build some lower tier buildings. Tier 2 buildings only use wood, this saves us stone, which can be used somewhere else.

We may intentionally placing a lower tier building and upgrade it immediately. Why so? Here is an example:

To place a Tier 1 Gatherer we need 4 softwood logs.
To place a Tier 2 Gatherer we need 8 softwood boards.
To upgrade a Tier 1 Gatherer we need 6 softwood boards.

Upgrading only consumes 75% of the Tier 2 building costs, so you can save some materials through upgrading instead of directly building the higher tier. The downside is a longer construction time and the additional consumption of lower tier building materials. This is a nice playground for optimizer among us.

What is your stance on upgrading versus building several buildings of the same type to boost production? Do you like the evolution of the gatherer hut? Are you an optimizer or is this not your focus? Let us know and discuss it in the comments.

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[Guide] The Settlers I History Edition

In this special blog we will provide you with a basic understanding about the game, how to manage your first settlement and how to fight some enemies.

After you started the game you see a very similar screen.

The knight in the shiny armor, you probably recognize him from the intro, is you. As handsome as ever. Next to your profile picture you see a mouse icon. If you click on the mouse, you can choose if you want to play with a friend in split-screen or alone. You can choose the input controller for your friend in the config-menu before you launch the game.

You also see three bars having the color blue, green and red. These indicators are very important. The blue bar indicates the stocks of a settlement at the beginning of the game. A large stock allows for rapid expansion and procures certain advantages. A small stock creates problems when the city begins to expand.

The green bar indicates the intelligence level of the settlements controlled by the computer. This level affects the rapidity of their actions and reaction.

The red bar represents the growth rate. The higher it is, the faster your settlements will reproduce and the faster you can expand.

If you play the game for the first time we recommend to keep your own blue and red bar above 50%.

It is now time to start a game. For the first game we suggest to play without any enemy or a very weak one.

As soon as the game finished loading we see the game world and we can freely move around with the right mouse button. You can change the controls in the config menu – you can even switch to the legacy controls as it was 1993 / 1994.

It is now time to find a good spot to build our castle and start our own settlement.

You should look for a lake, trees, stone and some mountain ranges. If you see a mountain range you can use the geologist symbol to know what resources are hidden underneath it.

With a left and right click (at the same time, or using the middle mouse button) on the “Pickaxe and Shovel” icon you display all of the possible building locations. After you found the perfect spot, it is time to build your castle. If you activated fast building mode in the game options, simply double click to place your castle.

By placing a lumberjacks hut, a forest house, a sawmill and a quarry your basic supply of goods is covered. The settlers need roads so that they can access the different areas of their settlement. There is a flag in front of each one of your building. In the beginning, you must construct a road when you want to build your first house. You will see a flag in front of the construction, just like the flag in front of your castle. Click on one of the two flags and a symbol for the construction of roads will appear in the pointer and in the lower left of the menu. Connect the flags together and you see your small little helpers leaving the castle. The shorter the distance between two buildings the better. If you have longer paths, make sure to place flags where possible. This will divide a longer path into two sections and you have more carriers helping transporting the goods. A good road network ensures the rapid transfer of goods and, when there are problems with the transportation, allows you to more readily find other solutions.

As you probably want to expand your settlement you should build guard huts in all 4 directions. This will ensure that you have enough space to build farms, industry to produce gold ingots and swords and shields to recruit soldiers.

Let’s focus on military buildings and enemies.

You already expanded your territory by placing guard huts. If there is no enemy around your flag next to the building stays white. When the enemy is closing in, a black stripe will appear and when the enemy approaches, the stripe changes to a black cross. In the last case you need to prepare for an attack.

The flag does not only indicate the danger level, it will also tell you how many knights occupy the building. The higher the flag is raised, the more knights are in in the building. A hut can contain 3, a watch tower 6, and a castle 12 knights.

In the military menu, as seen below, you can decide how many knights should occupy the building. Simply click on the plus and minus to change the setting. The second option lets you decide how many knights will stay in the building when you decide to attack the enemy. This will guarantee that enough knights stay behind to defend your territory.

Of course there is more that we could tell you, but we want you to explore the world of The Settlers 1 History Edition on your own.

Before we sign off, one important note. BE OBSERVANT: Look at your statistics from time to time, analyze your development mistakes or the negative results of an operation and try to find the best solution. A small change may have a profound effect. It is wiser to carefully plan your construction schedule and your strategy instead of building things haphazardly.

You can find a game manual, in German, French and English in the installation folder of the game.

What do you think about The Settlers 1 History Edition? Have you played it? Do you have any open questions? Did you like the gameplay? Feel free to share your thoughts or any other tips in the comment section.

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