|Stronghold Crusader Extreme - Environment Feature|
|Posted: 21.05.2008 09:11 by Kres||Comments: 1|
Unfamiliar with the region’s topography, the first crusaders who ventured into the Middle East faced a critical disadvantage. Plagued with constant uncertainty, the Crusaders were forced to overcome this obstacle as well as other hardships like disease and famine. This savvy guide will teach even the most astute navigator useful tools to survive the adversities that overwhelmed many Crusaders.
As Lord Crusader your first duty is to lead your followers to a territory fit for their prosperity. Different landscapes alter the settlement’s daily routine, so you must consider the obstacles you might face before rushing to build. For instance, the harsh desert life will mean you will want to build close to the limited watering holes to enable you to farm precious food. However, the need to find a protective crag or mountain-top for your castle will often mean you have a difficult choice to make.
Building a town from the ground up
Every person’s most basic needs are food, shelter and protection, but to attract people to your castle, you will need to make your settlement a popular one. This can be achieved by growing hops and brewing ale for your people, should conditions allow. If you have space, a church or chapel will also help here…. of course lowering taxes is a pretty good bet to! Another good way to make your town a popular and attractive one is to feed your people with a variety of food types, this depends to some degree on the terrain and land height but a varied diet will pay you dividends in the long term. Quite often it pays to think carefully about building placement. Whilst you need to place wheat farms on valuable oasis land for example, you can save space by building windmills and bakeries a little further out in to the scrubland. Looking carefully around the landscape is advisable as it may also reveal other options, for example a hunter’s lodge could be placed near any visible herds of deer. Other animals may offer you more of a problem; lion herds are dangerous to your people, whilst rabbits can decimate your crop production.
Fortifying your town is just as important as food to your people’s happiness. Build high and thick walls and defend them well. If you keep their needs and wants met, your small colony will quickly flourish into a formidable threat to the opposing local forces.