(December 20th, 1999)
Monuments: 1 small Mastaba
This scenario is quite a step up in difficulty from the previous one and will provide the first true challenge of the game. Be prepared to use all of the knowledge that you have gained in previous scenarios to provide your people with access to many different services.
Begin by establishing housing near the flood plain and growing chickpeas to feed your people. Then provide them with access to two types of entertainment, healthcare, magistrates, religion, and give them pottery and beer. This will allow your city's houses to evolve into Spacious Apartments.
Your supply of money is not as large as it might seem here, so plan on building Tax Collectors' offices, too, and try to be frugal in your spending. You'll need the money later for buying bricks.
When your city has at least one Spacious Apartment, the Education tutorial panel will pop up. Read carefully! Papyrus will soon become very important to you in this scenario, so make a lot of it. Begin by building a Reed Gatherer and two or three Papyrus Makers. Reed Gatherers produce quite a bit of reeds, so consider ordering your Storage Yards to not accept reeds so that they don't become clogged with them.
Once you have some papyrus in a Storage Yard, build a Scribal School near your nice housing. Papyrus will be delivered to it from a Storage Yard, and a teacher will emerge from the school. When a teacher passes one of the Spacious Apartments, it will evolve, and trade with other cities will become available. Read the tutorial panel carefully. You need to open a trade route with Perwadjyt and import bricks in order to proceed.
Click on the World Map button on the control panel, next to the Overseer button. Read about the World Map and then click to continue. Only Perwadjyt and Nekhen are willing to trade with you. You can buy bricks from Perwadjyt and sell papyrus to Nekhen. You will need to scroll the World Map down to see Nekhen, which is to the south. Bricks are expensive, but so is papyrus, so you can offset the cost of importing bricks for your Mastaba with the money you make from taxes and from exporting papyrus. Open trade routes with both of these cities, then visit the Overseer of Commerce to begin importing and exporting.
The Overseer of Commerce has information regarding all of the goods that you can buy, sell, or produce. Click on bricks. Since they are so expensive, it is a good idea not to import too many of them at the beginning. Click on the button that says, "Click to import." Now it will say "Let Overseer set import level." This is a helpful setting, but since the overseer is taking into consideration the fact that you need a lot of bricks to build a Mastaba, she will attempt to import enough to bankrupt you forever. For the time being, click on this button again. It now says, "Import to maintain 11300" which is the amount that your overseer would have tried to import. Click on the down arrow (you can hold the mouse button down) until it says "Import to maintain 1000." This should be enough for now. Exit this panel and return to the Overseer of Commerce.
Now, click on papyrus. Your overseer takes into consideration how much papyrus should be maintained in your city to support your education network, and will set an export level appropriate to this. Click twice on the "Click to export" button to see what the overseer is currently recommending. Allowing the overseer to set the export level for papyrus is probably a good idea at this point, so return the panel to that setting and exit back to your city.
Consider building a Storage Yard to hold nothing but bricks and telling the other Storage Yards to not accept bricks at all. It will be helpful later on to have all your bricks in one place instead of scattered around the city. Watch as caravans enter your city to sell bricks and buy papyrus at your Storage Yards.
When you have 800 bricks in a Storage Yard, the Monuments tutorial panel will appear. Read it carefully. You need to build a small Mastaba. However, before importing all of the bricks for it, you need to place the monument and have your workers clear the base for it.
To choose a location for the Mastaba, select it from the Religious Structures: Monuments menu and move the green placement footprint around to see where it will fit. Make sure that there is some open space around it on all sides. Not only will this ensure that placement doesn't hinder construction, but it will also provide you with an unobstructed view of the construction process. After you have placed it, notice the small "welcome mat" staging area. This is the point through which all construction workers must pass in order to access the Mastaba. Blocking the staging area will halt Mastaba construction. Most monuments have a staging area that must remain accessible during construction.
Once the Mastaba is placed, construction will begin. The same laborers that work the floodplain farms will clear the base of the Mastaba and haul bricks there. However, during farming months, food production takes priority over monument construction. If you do not have an ample number of laborers, Mastaba construction will proceed slowly. If you have extra employees available, consider building more Work Camps to produce more laborers and speed up monument construction.
Finally, you need a Bricklayers' Guild to provide skilled labor at the monument construction site. After the base has been cleared, bricklayers will line up on the Mastaba and laborers from the Work Camps will deliver bricks to them from Storage Yards. This is all there is to it! Remember that you can track construction progress by right-clicking on the Mastaba or visiting the Overseer of Monuments.
To finish the scenario, you will need to balance papyrus exporting with brick importing to keep your city out of debt. When the Mastaba is finished, make certain that you have at least 1,500 people in your city, a culture rating of at least 15 and a prosperity rating of at least 20. Once you do, it's off to the next city!
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