(December 20th, 1999)
Monuments: 3 small Mastabas
Building an efficient city at On is a test of your ability to create different self-sustaining zones. There are five landmasses here: the east bank, the west bank, and three islands. The only way to access the west bank is to skip across the islands from the east bank.
Begin your city by building ferries that will allow immigrants to access the west bank. It is there that you should set up the first zone in your city. Build some housing, Hunting Lodges, and a papyrus-making industry. Build a Dock there, too. Make sure that the ferry from the west bank to the western island has access to employees on both sides. Use the western island to grow flax for linen production. Linen and papyrus can then be exported through the Dock on the west bank.
Next, establish a quarrying community by the rocks on the east bank. Build a Dock there, too, and export limestone from that Dock. You should now have some well-established sources of income.
Establish a food-producing community on the middle island. Since the west bank is self-sufficient, there is no reason to provide employees to the ferry leading from the center island to the western island until later in the scenario, when your entire city needs linen and papyrus. However, the east bank is without a source of food, so the ferries leading from the east bank, across the eastern island and to the middle island should all have access to employees and road connections. This is a good place to employ your knowledge of Roadblocks. Build a Granary by the limestone Quarries, and you will be able to feed your people there.
By ensuring that there is no way for Dock deliverymen from the east bank to get to the west bank, and vice versa, you will isolate river trade, thereby making it more efficient. Trade ships will only visit the west bank to buy papyrus and linen, and only visit the east bank to buy limestone.
The eastern island is a good location for a brick-making community. You'll need lots of bricks to build the three small Mastabas.
If you use these tips as a start and remember to save room for the three small Mastabas, you should soon have a thriving city at On.
A word of warning: you will be asked several times for gifts of limestone. If you don't fulfill these requests, one of your trading partners will become upset and close its route, potentially cutting off your source of luxury goods, which you need as a burial provision. Either stock up on luxuries early, or be sure you don't miss these limestone requests.
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