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    Hints and Tips by Anonymous

    Updated: 01/01/70 | Printable Version | Search Guide | Bookmark Guide

    The Settlers II
    
    
    Here are some tips for The Settlers II.  This is not meant to be an official FAQ, and has not been created 
    in conjunction with BlueByte or anyone other than myself.  Please contact me if there are any gross errors 
    in here, on 100734,1751.
    
    I will not go over the basics of the game - I will assume that everyone has read the manual (if you havenít, 
    do so!).  I assume that you are familiar with the essential dynamics of getting resources in order to 
    construct buildings, make food etc.
    
    Please note that I may sometimes not use the correct word for some of the buildings or people (especially 
    the tree-planter, called a Sylviculteur in French!) - this is because I am playing the French version.  It 
    should, however, be obvious what I am talking about.
    
    Without further ado, here are the tips:
    
    General
    
    Use the Observer to scout, especially in enemy territory as he will not be attacked and he is cheaper than 
    building the observation towers.  Place a flag as close to the border and send him to explore there.
    
    For wood, 1 tree-planter and 1 sawmill will serve 2 lumberjacks.  Build the sawmill between the 
    lumberjacks and the nearest warehouse.  Make sure that you donít place a farm near the tree-planter, 
    because he will happily plant trees in the middle of the crops.
    
    If you are notified that the Emergency Plan is in effect, construct a tree-planter close to a lumberjack who 
    is no longer productive (use the S key to show the productivity of all buildings, and C to show their 
    names).
    
    For stone, quarries are better than granite mines because they do not require food.  OK they run out - but 
    then so do the mines.  Quarries also clear ground for more buildings.
    
    Destroy most buildings when they are no longer productive.  Exceptions may be the lumberjack and the 
    huntsmanís cottage, which may be brought back into service by building a tree-planter.
    
    Unstock items from warehouses if you want to keep certain items in other warehouses where they are 
    closer to the buildings which require them.  In particular, keep stocks close to the periphery of your 
    territory (although be careful if a warehouse is vulnerable to attack).
    
    Your supply of colonists is inexhaustible - however, they need the tools for the job (a scythe for the farmer 
    etc).  If new buildings stay unoccupied, you need to make more tools (note that you can determine the 
    priority of tool production if you need one type in particular).
    
    Control the distribution of goods to buildings using the Distribution window if certain buildings are 
    inexplicably unproductive and you have all of the requisite resources.
    
    All levels in Campaign mode end when you find the Magic Portal.
    
    See Appendix 1 for a table showing material requirements for all buildings.
    
    Roads
    
    Flags should generally be placed as frequently as possible; however, turn on the Building Help (space bar) 
    to ensure that you do not remove useful building sites by placing them badly.
    
    Much-used roads will be automatically paved and will become quicker - you have no control over this.
    
    In busy areas (eg around warehouses), build a complex network of roads so that there are multiple routes 
    for your goods.  This will speed up transportation.
    
    Choose flat ground for roads if possible - the transporters are slowed down by hills.
    
    Build a Mule farm to speed up transport.  For this, you will require 2 farms and a well in order to provide 
    the necessary wheat and water.
    
    A maximum of 8 items can be kept at a flag.  If your flags are blocked, you are losing production from 
    your buildings - get mules or build additional roads.  If absolutely necessary, you can remove the flag, 
    thus losing the items at the flag but possibly freeing up a blocked route.
    
    Food
    
    Build the huntsmanís cabin close to a forest, preferably where you see game roaming around on the 
    screen.  He will eventually exhaust the supply, but if there is forest around it will return (make a tree-
    planter to regenerate the forest).
    
    Fish will always be found in the sea, but only sometimes in lakes.  Destroy the cabins when they exhaust 
    the supply - fish never return.
    
    Farms must be built with open space around them for the fields.  You can readily see if there is enough 
    space by checking out the productivity level, which corresponds only to the space available.  Remember to 
    keep them away from the tree-planters!
    
    For efficient production, build 3 farms to 1 well, 1 mill and 1 bakery.  As you see, you will need lots of 
    farms!
    
    For 1 pig-farm you need 3 normal farms (again), 1 well and 1 butcher.  Is it worth it?  Donít know - but 
    you need food to keep your buildings going.  I donít yet know what the most efficient means of food 
    production is - if anyone knows, please tell me (obviously the fisherman and huntsman are the easiest, but 
    they donít last forever).
    
    Mines
    
    The size of the coloured portion of the signs indicate the level of resources available for mining.  The 
    signs disappear after a while, but this does not affect the availability of the resource.
    
    Destroy mines as soon as they are exhausted - they still take food, and you will free up the miner for 
    another mine.
    
    Militia
    
    To make one soldier, you need a sword, a shield and a keg of beer in a warehouse (not in separate ones).
    
    Soldiers go up in rank according to the supply of gold coins, and this affects their strength.
    
    Use the military settings to send troops towards the frontiers rather than the middle of your territory 
    (unless you have a good reason for not doing so).
    
    Attack enemy military buildings which protect production buildings - if you take it, he will lose all of the 
    buildings within itís radius.  Even if it is taken back, he will have to rebuild.
    
    Catapults are often more useful than soldiers and military buildings - crucially, destruction of an enemy 
    building by catapult is not seen as an act of war.  Each catapult attack consumes 1 stone and, if successful, 
    reduces the garrison of a building by 1 soldier until the building is destroyed.  Change the transport 
    priorities if you need the catapults to fire quicker.
    
    You can affect the use of gold by selecting the ďno goldĒ icon in military buildings which are away from 
    the conflict zone.
    
    Seafaring
    
    Ships hold up to 40 items (colonists and goods) and can only be built in a shipyard - suitable sites for 
    building shipyards are very rare.  You also have to build a naval port in order to supply ships - remember 
    to take planks and stones with you to build on your new islands.
    
    
    Appendix 1 - Material Requirements for Buildings
    
    Building	       Planks  Stones
    Headquarters		-	-
    Huntsmanís Cottage	2	-
    Fishermanís Cabin	2	-
    Quarry			2	-
    Tree-planterís Cabin	2	-
    Lumberjackís Cabin	2	-
    Sawmill			2	2
    Farm			3	3
    Well			2	-
    Pig-farm		3	3
    Butcher			2	2
    Mill			2	2
    Bakery			2	2
    Mule farm		3	3
    Mine (any)		4	-
    Foundry		2	2
    Mint			2	2
    Workshop (tools etc.)	2	2
    Forge			2	2
    Warehouse		3	3
    Shipyard		2	3
    Port Warehouse	4	6
    Boat			1	-
    Ship			13	-
    Watch Tower		3	-
    Barracks		2	-
    Guard House		2	3
    Guard Tower		3	4
    Fortress		4	7
    Catapult		4	2
    
    
    Appendix 2 - Dependency Chart
    
    This chart shows which buildings and resources are required for which products.  See the manual for 
    details of how to find the resources.
    
    I have this chart as a PowerPoint presentation, in both English and French versions, which could be 
    uploaded if there is sufficient interest.