(December 20th, 1999)
Monuments: 1 medium Mastaba
Behdet introduces you to the joys and perils of living along the water. The Nile offers tasty fish for your people to eat, but the river can also bring invaders who want to destroy your city.
To get started, first get pottery, beer, papyrus and fish industries up and running. You'll notice, too, that you can build gold mines, but don't be too eager to exploit your gold resources right off. Meeting demands for pottery, beer, papyrus, and fish will require your attention first.
To start your fish industry, you'll need to build a Fishing Wharf and a Shipwright. The Shipwright supplies the Fishing Wharf with a boat.
Pay close attention to trade. Some of your trade partners will approach your city by water, so be sure to build a Dock where they can moor while conducting their business. The Dock employs its own deliverymen who will bring imported goods to Storage Yards, and deliver goods for export from the Storage Yards to trade ships. It's a good idea to build Storage Yards near the Dock to minimize the distance the Dock's deliveryman needs to travel.
You will have to export goods and mine plenty of gold to be able to afford all the bricks you need for the Mastaba. Papyrus and beer are your main exports, but you can also import flax, build Weavers to turn it into linen, and export the linen for a healthy profit.
Also watch your food levels. You might consider using some of your profits to buy extra food as your population grows. If you decide to import food, remember to tell the city's Storage Yards to accept the particular food you are importing.
You'll have to build a navy to defend your city from attack. Warships attack waterborne assailants. To build a warship, you must first build a Warship Wharf. Then, make sure the Shipwright has a supply of wood. With a supply of wood, the Shipwright will begin building the warship as soon as the Warship Wharf is placed.
It's also a good idea to have soldiers at the ready in case enemy transport ships make it past your warships and land their troops.
There is plenty of land in Bedhet: make sure to take advantage of all the room you have. You can build on the land across the river by building a pair of Ferry Landings. Be sure to keep an eye on any settlements you place across the river. You will have to provide them with the same basic necessities as the rest of your city.
While you have a lot of land in Behdet, riverfront land is limited, and there are plenty of different buildings - Ferry Landings, Warship Wharves, Fishing Wharves and the Shipwright - competing for this precious waterfront space. Be sure to plan carefully. To help make the most of this waterfront land, try to build Clay Pits adjacent to the flood plain instead of to the river.
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