(December 20th, 1999)
Monuments: Mausoleum, large Brick-core Pyramid Complex, large Brick-core Pyramid
Only two cities are willing to trade with you when you found Hetepsensusret: Dakhla Oasis and Baki. You must rely upon what they are willing to buy in order to survive, as funding here is limited. To be straightforward, start making a lot of papyrus. It will be your lifeline throughout this scenario. Due to the limited initial funding, your city must export from the very beginning if it is to survive and grow. And grow it must, and soon…
Satisfying the needs of your fellow Egyptian cities will entice them to trade with you. Beware, though. If you fail to meet their requirements in a timely fashion, it may be a long time before they give you another chance to prove your worth. Requests will be for everything you possess and can manufacture, including all types of food. By serving Egypt you will serve yourself.
Choosing a proper place to begin your city is crucial. Find a location where you have access to as many resources as possible, namely, game meat, wood, reeds, fish, clay, and grain.
Before you build too much, make sure you take the time to scout out a location for the large Brick-core Pyramid Complex. It requires a lot of space and has a causeway. Building it as close to the point (and the water) on the main landmass is probably the best option. However, before you delve into monument construction, know one thing: it will take an enormous amount of resources and a very long time to build the Pyramid Complex, so consider carefully which monument you wish you build first. Begin manufacturing bricks as soon as you can.
Finally, as the years pass and your city grows, one thing will become clear - the amount of money in your coffers makes absolutely no difference if your city is not well designed. To achieve Prosperity and Culture Ratings of 80 with a population of 12,000 requires very careful building placement. Consult your Ratings Overseer to determine what is lacking and your overlays to find city sectors in need of attention.
Good luck, Pharaoh! You have served Egypt well.
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