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The man has a point, this game is way too hard. I want to buy a buildings, but I don't have enough plebs. I want more plebs, but I don't have enough bricks. I want to make another brick maker, but I don't have enough plebs.
Don't listen to him. If you know how to play (or at least take the time to learn how to play), you will find that if you build your city in a good way, you can go an entire game without a single fire. For example, a building populated with equites instead of plebs is signifigantly less likely to burn. Also religon, entertainment, and a high food value of the workers makes things much more fire resistant. The worst thing you can do to a building is to not have people working in it, because if you do that for more than a minute it's sure to burn. Another thing is building more than what you need. With good planning, you can sustain a large city on a couple farms. Prefectures do help signifigantly, but at the beginning of a game before you have them researched or have the extra resources to entertain equites to work in it, they are very nonessential.
I went an entire game without 1 fire in the 1st mission of the campaign. I had 16 plebs and 47% food rating, just waiting to get to 50%. At the very last moment, my outpost catches fire and burns to the ground, game over. It was a worker state, 15/16 plebs employed. I had a temple of saturn, lots of aesthetics, the whole nine yards. I know it sounds real good to protect your favorite game, feels good too, but please stop... I say that with kindness.