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The Settlers - Playing Guide

Constructing Buildings
At the beginning of the game, the position you choose for your castle is critical. 
Make sure that the area you choose contains plenty of lakes, mountains and 
forests - fish (for your mine workers), stone and wood are the three most 
important materials when starting a game, and youíll need to have all of them 
within easy reach. 
To construct buildings you need planks and granite. While some of the smaller 
buildings donít need any stones, the bigger buildings, like warehouses (stock) and 
watchtowers, must be supplied with large quantities of planks and stones. Your 
first buildings should always be a sawmill and a fishermanís hut near a lake. If 
you desperately need raw materials of a specific kind, make sure that you build 
the correct type of buildings to manufacture whatever it is that youíre short of 
early on, otherwise youíll run into big problems very quickly. In the first missions 
the amount of material you need will be quite high, but that will change as you 
progress further through the game. If you expand too quick and forget to build a 
sawmill, for example, youíll soon run out of wood and have to start all over again. 
Take care that no enemy is in reach when you are founding a building, especially 
when he is about to build a guardhouse or watchtower. If his military building is 
finished before one of yours, his border will move towards you and, in the worst 
case, suddenly run across your land, cutting off everything in the area from your 
infrastructure and destroying all the buildings that now lie on foreign country. 
Remember that if one of your buildings is destroyed, all stocks inside it get lost.

A well-structured network of roads is vital in The Settlers. If you havenít got 
enough of them, the goods to be transported will get clogged up around the flags 
in a sort of medieval gridlock, and your transporters may have to move other, less 
important, goods first to clear up the blockage. Slowing down the passage of 
goods and workers slows down every aspect of your entire settlement, and this 
should be avoided at all costs.
The best way to lay out your roads is in a grid across your land. The worst is also 
the easiest - in a star shape, where all roads lead to and from the castle. A Ďnetí of 
streets enables your settlers to move around and transport goods much faster than 
by having to go back to the castle and then to their destination. 
You should also think about foresters. The more trees you have in or near your 
kingdom, the easier it is to expand. Unfortunately, the more roads you have built, 
the less space there is to plant new trees to replace those cut down by the 
lumberjacks. While roads are vitally important to your success, itís not enough to 
simply throw down loads of them all over the place. You have to think carefully 
about each one.

Next to the general hints already given in the game manual, here are some further 
things to bear in mind about some specific buildings.

Woodcutters and Foresters
Get into the habit of always placing a forester next to the location where youíve 
just placed a woodcutter. One does exactly the opposite of the other, so they 
complement each other perfectly.
Probably the best way for setting up large forests is to plant the trees on slopes. 
This way you make sure that thereís always a large amount of wood at your 
disposal without wasting flat space that could be used for buildings.

Erect your sawmill right at the beginning of the game, as wood is one of the most 
needed materials. Remember that trees cut down by your lumberjacks can be used 
only if itís been processed into planks.

Farms are another important part of your settlement. Farms produce corn and 
make sure that your miners will be supplied with bread by the baker (who will be 
delivered with flour by the miller) and the pig farmers with corn to feed their pigs, 
which will later be delivered to the miners. For the production of loads of corn itís 
best to choose a nice wide area, where the farmer has plenty of space to sow his 
fields. At first, two farms should be more than enough, but after growing for a 
while your community will soon require more of them.

Fishermanís Hut
The fishermanís hut is the fastest and easiest way to get food for your workers, 
and this building should be one of the first to be constructed. But take care that 
you donít place too many huts around a small lake. Soon all the fish will be 
caught and you will have to move to another lake. It is better to wait a while 
between each fishing expedition, allowing the lakeís stock to replenish.

The boatyard is really only useful on maps with a lot of water, and normally one 
is enough to provide your settlers with boats. If youíve already got boats in stock, 
turn off the delivery of wood to the yard. Itís better to start boat production again 
later rather than waste wood by manufacturing hundreds of boats that arenít 

Warehouse (Stock)
A warehouse has all the same functions as the castle, and as such is the most 
important building available to you. Make sure that they are well protected 
against enemy attacks, guarded by at least one stronghold -  the loss of a 
warehouse is a painful blow for your settlement. Also, bear in mind that knights 
will be taught much faster in warehouses than in strongholds.

If you are playing a level and you realise that the enemy has found a superb place 
to build a castle, just leave the current map and start over again, immediately 
occupying the spot. Yes, this is cheating, but sometimes itís worth it.

Making sure that your settlement prospers is not just a matter of having a lot of 
roads and a large stock of materials - you should also think about the position of 
your buildings relative to one another. If you place buildings that rely on each 
other closely together, youíll cut down on the amount of travel time required to 
move materials between them. You should consider your roads as well. Your 
transporters always deliver goods by the shortest route, which is based on the 
number of flags that must be passed (the more flags, the Ďlongerí the road). 
Reduce the number of flags to the minimum and transportation will happen faster.
For maximum growth you should keep an eye on how many unemployed workers 
you have, and adjust your plans accordingly. Expand quickly when you have a lot 
of available workers, but slow down when everyoneís got a job.

Attack and Defence
During play only military buildings can be attacked, such as watchtowers, guard 
huts and strongholds. You can get a lot of information by looking at the flag 
flying in front of these structures. Depending on the colours of each player, you 
can immediately see who is occupying it, and the higher the flag flies, the greater 
the number of soldiers inside. Thus, if a building has just been attacked and 
occupied, and the flag is flying on the lowest point, itís probably a good idea to 
get it back earlier rather than later. 
Another important factor in your strength is the gold that is stored inside military 
buildings. Every piece of gold increases the morale of your knights. If you want to 
attack a strong enemy fort, strength and morale should be at least around 90 per 
cent. Build a weapon maker as soon as possible so that you have a steady supply 
of weapons. Remember to look for good resources of coal and iron, because these 
materials are needed for the production of swords and shields.
A lot of strong warehouses are required for the most effective training of knights. 
Theyíll train in the garrisons as well, but not as effectively. You shouldnít attack 
your enemies right at the beginning of the game because the knights training and 
morale will be very low, so save your knights for as long as you can. 
Bear in mind that every lost attack is a waste of raw materials, training and 
military power, so plan your attacks carefully. Another thing to think about is how 
long your knights will have to walk until they reach enemy territory. If your 
knights are tired or sleeping, they wonít be very useful in battle. The effectiveness 
of the knights will be displayed using four symbols, reaching from sleeping (on 
the far right) to active (on the far left). It would be best, of course, if you always 
attacked with active knights, but this wonít always be possible. 
Remember that you can damage the enemy without having to make an attack, by 
constructing military buildings near to his border, expanding your territory and 
hopefully encompassing and destroying the enemyís nearby structures.
If you are in desperate need of defending a part of your country, look for the 
nearest enemy garrison and give the order to attack this building. If your knights 
meet the enemies on their march, they will start to attack them right where they 
meet them. Of course, they must see them - if thereís a hill between the soldiers, 
theyíll march right by each other. This is the best way to defend your country. 
Another possibility, if the enemy has perhaps occupied a garrison inside your 
borders, is to construct a stronghold right next to it and then wait until the 
garrison has become strong with knights and gold. If you attack the building now, 
you will have a much easier time than just letting knights attack this house one 
after the other. Another effect of the strategy is that this part of your country will 
be strengthened by the garrison.