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[Building] Toolmaker

With the copper from the mines, the Toolmaker can finally start his business and produce tools. These are required to train new Workers and Builders in the Guild House. Builders will construct buildings and roads while Workers occupy all resource and production buildings like the Fisherman’s Cot, the Sawmill or the Copper Mine. Make sure to build both buildings close to each other and do not wait too long to set up this supply chain.

The toolmaker can be upgraded twice, let us take a look at the different levels:

At Hamlet-Level, only a single Worker will be busy with producing copper tools.

At Village-Level, a second guy/girl joins, which will surely make worker number one rather happy. They will also be able to create iron tools now.

At Town-Level, there are three Workers producing tools for your settlers, and they can now create the most advanced steel tools too.

Iron and steel tools are required to construct buildings at Town- and City-Level.

With a growing settlement and an ever-increasing demand for tools, the Toolmakers will be quite busy throughout the whole game, so we need to make sure to supply him with resources all the time.

Keep in mind you will also need resources like copper and iron for other production chains.

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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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[Building] Quarry

The construction of our settlement cannot run on wood and wooden boards forever, eventually we will need stone to construct more advanced and bigger buildings, roads and improved walls.

This means we will need to build a Quarry somewhere close to a stone deposit.

The Quarry requires a finished Townhall and therefore Tier 2 – Village-Level. It can be upgraded once.

At Village-Level, two Quarriers are gathering regular stone.

Town-Level supports three workers and unlocks access to another good: Limestone – which has its own deposit on the map.

While regular stone is needed for the construction of all buildings at town level and for stone wall fortifications, it also can be further processed. Stones can be crushed into gravel by the Stonebreakers Yard or made into cobblestone by the Stonemason. We’re going to introduce both buildings in detail at a later date.

Gravel is used to build gravel roads, which are needed to use donkey carts. If we instead want to use ox carts, which can carry the most goods at once, we will need to build paved roads with cobblestone.
Limestone itself cannot be used, but has to be processed by Stonebreakers Yard and made into cement, which is then used for the construction of most buildings at city level.

Together with the Woodcutter and the Sawmill these three buildings will soon become a central part of the resource production for our growing settlement; especially since advanced roads in combination with carriages allow for much faster transportation of goods across your realm.

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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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[Building] Woodcutter

Let’s continue our building overview series with one of the most important buildings for any The Settlers colony: the Woodcutter.

Our Settlers do bring some softwood and hardwood with them on the ship, but since all early construction-work requires it, we should quickly get our own softwood production going.

Every Woodcutter will cut down trees in a certain area around his work place and store the lumber in front of his hut. The target area, called focus point, can be moved, e.g. when wanting to focus on trees in a specific place. The gathered wood can then be used for construction or be further processed via the Sawmill.

As we discussed in our blog about the Townhall, all buildings can be upgraded to unlock various advantages – and the woodcutter is no exception:

At Outpost-Level there is one woodcutter working who is able to gather soft wood for the first basic buildings (Outpost-Level) and hard wood for weapon creation and to repair ships.

At Village-Level a second woodcutter will join to help and therefore speed up production.

At Town-Level the building will be supported by a third craftsman.

There are even more options of how the wood can be used. With the support of the Sawmill, softwood boards can be used for further building construction while hardwood is required to craft pull-carts for the carriers. The building menu allows us to prioritize: only cut softwood, only hardwood, or both. While more craftsmen speed up production, we need to keep in mind this will also increase the amount of food required.

You will also be able to decide if all trees should be cut or if the woodcutters should focus on older, fully-grown trees to preserve the forest. While shorter walking distances will boost your initial wood output, if you place many woodcutters and cut down too many trees the forest may not regrow fast enough and you will deplete it.

Please keep in mind the game is still in development, so certain functions or even the looks of buildings can still change.

With episode two of our buildings overview series done, which building would you like us to cover in one of the future blogs? Are there any additional info you would like to see in these articles? Let us know!

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