(December 20th, 1999)
Monuments: Sphinx, Pyramid Complex, medium Pyramid
The Rostja scenario is one of the most difficult in the game and requires wits and patience. Take a moment to look at the terrain before getting started. There are a few things to notice:
· First of all, despite the presence of flood plain here, you cannot build farms. So, take a look around and locate the ostrich breeding grounds, because your people are going to be eating a lot of ostrich meat! Be particularly careful when placing the Pyramid Complex not to cordon off the ostriches on the western bank of the main Nile branch here. You will need to be able to access them for food.
On will become your most important trading partner during early stages of the game. Trade ships from On will not only buy your gems and jewelry, but will sell you the limestone that you need to complete the Pyramids.
· Secondly, notice that all of the rocky areas are at the western edge of the play area. You will need A LOT of plain stone for Khufu's Pyramid Complex, not to mention the medium Pyramid that you have to build for Khafra too. You will also need to mine lots of gemstones and create lots of luxury goods (jewelry) for export. These are your main sources of income and should be attended to from an early stage.
· Finally, suitable areas for Dock placement are a long way from the mining areas, so try to devise a system to efficiently move gemstones and jewelry for exportation. Instead of making Dock deliverymen come to the mines to get gems, make the gems available near the Dock. Build Storage Yards near the Dock and tell the Storage Yards to "Get" gems.
Through all of this, do not neglect your military. It is important that you slowly build up your forces, as your city will most certainly be invaded during the course of building these great monuments.
As for the Sphinx, it is the easiest of the monuments to construct. Consider building it first as you stockpile plain stone and limestone for Pyramid construction. The Sphinx just requires stonemasons and carpenters, so be sure to have some wood ready for the Carpenters' Guilds.
With an efficient city setup, building the monuments at Rostja is just a matter of time. So much time, in fact, that you are advised to begin monument construction early, before you entirely solve the main challenge of establishing an efficient distribution system.
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