(December 20th, 1999)
There are a few new concepts in Abu, all of which are simple to learn and implement. Read the tutorial panel entitled "The Finer Things" for explanations. Here are the basics:
· Provide a Jeweler with gemstones to make Luxury Goods.
· Stone quarrying works the same way as copper and gemstone mining.
· Build a Temple Complex to appease your city's patron god, in this case Ptah. After the complex itself is built, an altar and oracle can be added to please minor gods, which will bring additional benefits to your city.
As for the main city itself, it should be built on the large island. Notice that there is a small patch of accessible stone at the southern end of the island, which is useful for establishing initial exports. As time progresses, requests and trade demands will require you to access the rocky area on the western bank. Ferries can either be built at the north, skipping across the small island, or directly to the quarry area at the southern part of the island, near the rocks in the water.
You will have to establish several small communities here in order to tap all of the resources available in the play area. A farming community will be necessary on the eastern bank and a quarrying community on the western bank. Try to limit the size of the quarrying community on the western bank, since the majority of the food production is so far away.
Finally, your Dock should be built on the western body of water - there it will have access to passing trade ships. Good luck, and enjoy building a thriving city at Abu. The city you found here will become an important trading partner as you progress through the campaign.
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