Advisors, Overseers & Overlays

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People keep talking about check your advisor or overseer. Where do I find them?

(Note: some advisors are not available in early missions)

Check the control panel on the right of the screen for a little guy in a boat. Click on him and you see will the advisors and overseers.

Chief overseer: The name says it all. Works with your other overseers to provide a summary of the city status in a number of areas.

Overseer of the Workers: Reports employment figures in each employment sector. It will show any employment shortages and allow you to adjust priorities by changing labor allocation. This screen will also show the wages for workers.

Overseer of the Military: Keeps track of all military. The overseers show the number and types of companies in the army. He also tracks morale and experience level. This screen is also used to send troops on Kingdom service. The Overseer tracks if invaders are approaching and if anyone has requested military aid.

Political Overseer: Helps maintain good relations with others in Egypt. Here you can view any outstanding requests for goods or food and he will let you know when you have enough in storage to meet the request. The Political Overseer also tracks your family savings and your personal salary. You can adjust your salary level or spend some of your personal saving for gifts to the city or for gifts to Pharaoh.

Ratings Overseer: Charts current ratings and provide advice on how to improve them. Click on each rating for advice.

Overseer of Commerce: Monitors the city’s industries and storage yards. Keeps track of supply, demand and prices for goods through out the world. This is where you open trade routes and set import/export amounts. You have a choice of setting the amounts yourself or letting the advisor set them. Word of caution: if you set the amounts they will stay fixed at that amount, if you let the advisor set the amounts they will rise if the number of workshops using a good increases.

Overseer of Granaries: Provides information about the city’s population and its eating habits. There are three different charts: population history, population by age and population by dwelling type. It reports the number of immigrants that arrived in the previous month. Also tells you how many more people the current vacant housing can hold. Note of caution: these numbers are always for the previous month.

Overseer of Public Health: Reports on the overall health of the city. He tracks the number of apothecaries, physician’s offices, dentist’s offices, and mortuaries working in the city. Will also advise you of any particular health problems facing the city.

Overseer of Learning: Advises you of the status of education in your city. Reports the number of active Scribal schools and libraries and how many people can benefit from the existing educational structures.

Overseer of Diversions: Knows how many juggler’s booths, musician’s stages and dancer’s stages are working in the city. He also reports the number of Senet houses that are entertaining the public.

Overseer of the Temples: Knows which gods are worshiped and weather or not the city has a patron god. It’s also where you plan and give festivals to the gods.

Overseer of the Treasury: Keeps a ledger of the city’s income and expenses. There is also the previous years ledger to compare against. This is where you can adjust the tax rate and see the percentage of the population registered to pay taxes.

Overseer of Monuments: Provides a list of monuments required to win the mission and general status report on monument construction projects. This screen is also where you will see a list of burial goods required and where you will be able to dispatch them.

What are the Map Overlays and how do I use them?

If you want to learn more about your city than the advisor can tell you click on the overlay button. Then select the topic and sub-topic you want to know more about, such as where are the high crime rates, what buildings are likely to catch fire or collapse or which areas of your city have access to water. Use the HOT KEYS for faster access. See page 197 of the manual.

What are Hotkeys and how do I use them?

Hot Keys (aka, keyboard shortcuts) allow you to see your Water Overlay, for example, just by pressing the “W” key. Hotkeys are essential for effective naval combat. For a listing of all the Hot Keys, see page 28 of the manual or get a printable version from our Strategy Section. Some other really useful ones are:

  • “W” = Water Overlay. This also provides a nice grid that you can use for city layout.
  • “F” = Fire Overlay
  • “D” = Damage Risk Overlay
  • “C” = Crime Risk Overlay
  • “T” = Trouble spots
  • “~” = Opens the Overseer of Workers. Use this to keep track of the number of unemployed workers you have available.
  • “9” = Opens the Overseer of Temples