(September 5th, 2000)
Colossi of Abu Simbel (Abu Simbel)
** Best Infantry unit carries over from Qadesh. **
The first decision in Abu Simbel is where to establish your city. Although cramped, you can build everything you need to complete the mission on the west side of the Nile. However, that is also the side inhabited by scorpions and targeted by Nubian invaders, so splitting your city across the river has some benefits.
Regardless of the site, you'll want to get exports going quickly. Pottery, beer, and sandstone are all profitable goods that your city can manufacture. Pharaoh will want sandstone for some of his building projects, so producing that is a must. With such a high kingdom rating requirement, you'll want to satisfy as many requests as possible and worship Ra devoutly.
After his victory at Qadesh, Ramses started a series of building projects all over Egypt to proclaim his glory, but it was at Abu Simbel that his largest and most famous monument was built. Since the monument is carved out of the sandstone cliffs, it only requires wood as a raw material (for the scaffolding). Once you can maintain a steady supply of wood, the monument should build itself. Take a peek from time to time though, it's fun to watch!
Finally, be careful! Ramses' reputation for fending off strange phenomenon catches up to him in this one. In addition, the Nubian attacks can not be underestimated. Unless you are playing the campaign and have some stout veterans at hand from Qadesh, you will need to recruit both infantry and archers to fend off the Nubian attacks.
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