Fragmented maps galore in the Nile Delta, and space could prove a problem – after all, surely you don’t want to cut down all those forests to make room for your monument..?
- Population – 4500
- Culture – 45
- Prosperity – 40
- Monument – 13 (Sun Temple)
- Kingdom – 50
- Trade routes open if you fulfil the requests
- Wages rise
I’ve already given away 1 of the things Pharaoh requires. First, he’ll demand some cash, and then some game meat (see above under “Events”), and also fish and wood.
Wood is the big export here. It’ll net you a load of debens, and should be started immediately. You might find you get more money if you chop the stuff down in the SW area – the ships come in from the south and don’t like sailing all the way to the North to do all their trading. Papyrus is another lucrative source of export debens.
MRed94 sent me this list detailing the requests you’ll get:
|Jan 2463||Festival||500 debens|
|Jan 2461||Request||Dunqul Oasis||500 Game Meat||6 mos.|
|April 2461||Request||Dashur||700 fish||6 mos.|
|June 2461||Increased Trading||Dunqul Oasis||Sandstone|
|Aug. 2461||New trade route||Dashur|
|Oct. 2461||Increased Trading||On||Beer|
|April 2460||Price Increase||Beer|
|May 2460||Price Increase||Barley|
|May 2460||Request||Abedju||1000 Wood||12 mos.|
|Feb 2459||Request||Iunet||600 Fish||6 mos.|
|March 2459||New trade route||Abedju|
|July 2459||New trade route||Iunet|
|Aug. 2459||Increased Trading||On||Wood|
|Ang. 2459||Increased Trading||On||Meat|
|Dec. 2459||Price Increase||Meat|
|April 2458||Price Increase||Wood|
|Sept. 2455||Wage increase|
|March 2449||Bad Water|
|Sept 2449||Request||Saqqara||900 Game meat||9 mos.|
|Jan. 2448||New trade route||Saqqara|
|April 2448||Increased Trading||On||Wood|
In the forum, Dragon2 posted the following ideas:
For making money this is a piece of cake, even at hard difficulty. Just export wood and pottery. I chose to build my docks on the north shore and cut and export wood from there.
The tedious part is importing 220 blocks of sandstone to start the Sun Temple. If you meet requests, imports rise from 15 to 40 blocks per year, but it’s still slow. Once the Sun Temple is underway, you need another 160 blocks to finish it. 4 years, maybe 5, right?
Wrong. As your housing evolves, unemployment climbs. To reach the 45 Culture requirement, you need mortuaries, and mortuaries don’t count unless they have linen. Eventually a trade route opened that let me import linen, but I was cautious because I didn’t want to lose money.
Anyway, when the temple finished, my Culture had dropped to 35 because none of my mortuaries had linen, While I was fixing that, people started emigrating because of high unemployment. They abandoned the small houses near my docks and ferries. This stopped the distribution of imported clay, and housing devolved for lack of pottery. By the time my Culture was OK, my prosperity had fallen below the requirement. It took me several years to recover by building lots of unnecessary work camps. Just as I got there, all the mortuaries ran out of linen and Culture dropped from 55 to 35. Finally, by importing both linen and pottery, I again reached the ratings that I had had before the temple was done.
If I play this level again, I will stockpile lots of pottery while I have lots of money but am far enough from finishing that I don’t have to worry about a money-losing year. I’ll also import linen at the first opportunity.
At normal difficulty this level will be very dull. I suggest cranking the difficulty up to hard unless you just like waiting for debens and sandstone to roll in.
Time 206 months
Even though I made a mess of this level and deserved to be thrown to the crocodiles, my score was very high.