______ _ _ _ | ___ \ (_) | | | | | |_/ / __ _ _ __ _ ___| |__ ___ __| | | ___ \/ _` | '_ \| / __| '_ \ / _ \/ _` | | |_/ / (_| | | | | \__ \ | | | __/ (_| | \____/ \__,_|_| |_|_|___/_| |_|\___|\__,_| A Complete Guide Version 1.0 +-------------------+ | Table of Contents | +-------------------+ 0. Welcome..........................[WEL1] 1. Version Information..............[VER1] 2. Basic Concepts...................[CON1] 3. Generating Maps..................[MAP1] 4. Menus............................[MEN1] 5. Basic Gameplay...................[BAS1] 6. Advanced Gameplay................[ADV1] 7. Legal............................[LEG1] +-------------------+ | 0. Welcome [WEL1] | +-------------------+ First, let me welcome you to this guide. If you're reading this, you're looking to learn to play Banished, and perhaps the fortress-building genre in general. If that's not why you're reading this, I make no promises on how useful you'll find this guide. In this guide, I'll cover some basic concepts behind the fortress-building genre and Banished in specific. I'll guide you through setting up a basic town and then we'll discuss some of the advanced things you can do in the game. Last thing I need to say here is a word about how to use this guide. In the Table of Contents, you probably noticed the four character code beside each section. These are quick search codes. Pressing Ctrl+F in your browser will open the search function. You can type those codes in to go directly to that section. +-------------------------------+ | 1. Version Information [VER1] | +-------------------------------+ Version 1.0 (Current) - Completed the guide +--------------------------+ | 2. Basic Concepts [CON1] | +--------------------------+ There are a few concepts we need to cover before getting into the game itself. These concepts are fairly universal to the fortress-building genre and you can find them in games like Dwarf Fortress (the kind of father of the genre, or at least the game most people associate with it) and Gnomoria. The first concept to cover is stockpiles. Stockpiles (and also barns in Banished) are areas of the map you select to be a place where your citizens store resources. In Banished, Stockpiles are used to store raw materials while Barns are used to store food, drink and other goods. You'll need to create farms and other sources of food to keep your citizens fed. There are other buildings you can create that will provide other functions like supplying raw materials or creating tools and clothing. If you run out of food, your game is going to end very quickly as people starve. The next concept to cover is winter. In winter, nothing grows. The only food you have is whatever you stockpiled during the other three months and what your gatherers can scrounge up. The next few concepts are a bit more unique to Banished itself. The first is tools. Tools allow your citizens to work faster and more efficiently. Over time, tools break and need to be replaced. If there are no tools, your citizens will become a lot slower at doing jobs. Clothing is similar. Clothing keeps your citizens warm longer. They'll be able to do tasks outside, especially when its cold, for longer without needing to return home to warm up. Over time, clothing will wear out and need to be replaced. Finally, your citizens will try to warm up in their houses, provided they have firewood to light a fire with. Different kinds of houses provide more heat and use less firewood. That about covers the basic concepts behind the game. I'm going to use the next section to cover map generation quickly and then we'll talk about actually playing the game. +---------------------------+ | 3. Generating Maps [MAP1] | +---------------------------+ It's actually very easy to create a map in Banished. A lot easier than it is in some other, similar games. The new game menu has a few fields to fill out, and we'll cover them together. First is the Town Name. Here's where you name your town, and at the same time your save file. The next box is for your Map Seed. For those who are new to what a map seed is, I'll explain. It's a number that's used as the basis for the map generator. If you want more details, look into procedural map generation on your own time. The real key is this: The same seed with the same map settings will generate the same map, every time. The map settings that effect the resulting map, based on the seed, are: Terrain Type and Terrain Size. If those two settings are the same, and you use the same seed, you get the same map. Terrain Type controls whether the game generates valleys with mountains around them or mountains with valleys between them. This sounds like the same thing, but it's not. Valleys is mostly valleys with small mountains. Mountains is mostly mountains with small valleys. Mountains is harder because there's less space to build on. Terrain Size controls the size of the terrain relative to your citizens. Setting it to large will generate taller mountains than setting it to small. Climate controls how warm/cold the weather is. Mild means it stays relatively warm all year round. Other settings are colder and winter becomes longer. They're considered harder to play. Disasters controls whether or not there are natural disasters in the game like tornadoes. These can be devastating to your town and it's recommended to turn them off while you're learning. The last setting is Starting Conditions. This setting controls what supplies you start with. There's a text box at the bottom of the window that describes exactly what you start with in each setting. Go ahead and set up your map to your liking. I'm going to assume you're using the easy starting conditions. Next up we'll talk about menus so you know how to control the game, and then we start playing! +-----------------+ | 4. Menus [MEN1] | +-----------------+ I'm assuming you've started a new game, so hit the spacebar right away. This will pause the game. We need talk about a few things first. Controls: WASD - Move the map QE - Rotate the map Mouse Wheel - Zoom in and out Escape - Pause menu Spacebar - Start/pause time There are more advanced controls, but those are the ones you need to follow along in the guide. Everything else uses the mouse. In the lower right corner is a menu bar. This is where you control the game from. I'll cover each button in order. The first buttons is the time controls. Here you can pause or resume the flow of time and speed it up or slow it down. The fastest you can go is x10 speed and the slowest is x1. The second buttons is a utilities button. It opens a sub menu which I'll explain. The first button on the sub menu is the information button. It'll open a window with some basic information about your town such as population, supplies, time of year and weather. It's a good way to keep an eye on what's going on. The next button is an event log. It shows you all the events that have happened recently. It's a good idea to check this one every so often in case something happens like, say, a cave in at the mine that killed someone. The third button opens the map where you can get an overview of the game world. Not much to say here. The next button is for professions. Here you can manage how many citizens are assigned to each job type. There's also a laborer job which anyone who doesn't have another job will be assigned to. Laborers will chop trees, mine rocks and iron and haul things to your stockpiles/barns. Always be sure to have a few of these guys or else you may find nothing gets done. Also, anyone who is a farmer will temporarily become a laborer during winter, since nothing grows then. Hovering over each job will give you a tooltip that describes it. Next up, the fifth button will show you any limits you've placed on production. Limits controls how much of any item your citizens will create/collect. There are some defaults already set up when you start that should suffice for a new town. As your town grows, you'll want to raise them. The next button allows you to increase the priority of jobs you select while it's active. This way, they'll be completed sooner. Next up, the pathing button. Selecting this and then selecting a workplace will show you the routes your citizens take between their homes and that workplace. It's a good way to see where you need to build roads to speed them along. The last few buttons are for bookmarking camera locations and other tasks. The last button is the in-game help and will offer you help on anything you select after you click it. Now, back to the main menu bar. The house-shaped button is for building homes. There are two kinds of homes, wood and stone. Stone homes hold heat better and need less firewood in winter. The last button creates a boarding house where people can live temporarily until you make a house for them. The wheel button is for building roads and bridges. Dirt roads require no resources, only time to build. Stone roads need stone, but your citizens will move faster over them. Bridges are used to cross streams and rivers and tunnels are used to pass under mountains. Tunnels are expensive, so it's best to only use them when needed. Next up, the stockpile button. This button lets you build barns and stockpiles as well as market squares and trading posts. Market squares are places where you citizens can go to pick up the supplies they need without going all the way to a barn or stockpile. It's useful once your town really starts growing. Trading posts must be placed on a river or lake that connects to the edge of the map. It will allow for traders to visit and trade with you. I'll cover it more in advanced gameplay. The hammer button is for town services. Here you can build a well, school, hospital, town hall, chapel and cemetery. These have functions that I'll discuss in advanced gameplay, except for the well. The well is a source of water used for putting out fires, if they happen. Otherwise your citizens need to walk to the nearest water source (a lake, river or well). One of these is a good idea. The apple button is for food production. Here you can make farms, orchards and pastures as well as build fishing docks, hunting huts and gatherers huts. I'll cover these in basic gameplay. The next button is resource production. It contains all the things you need to supply your town with resources. It has buttons for a woodcutter (to produce firewood), a forester (to produce raw wood), a herbalist, blacksmith, tailor, brewery, mine and quarry. The last button is for harvesting raw materials from the world itself as well as a few other tasks. The first button is for tearing a building down. The next is for harvesting any materials in an area. There's also three more buttons, one for each type of material (wood, stone and iron). Finally, you have the remove roads and cancel remove buttons. It should be obvious what those do. The last button brings up the pause menu. Simple enough. +--------------------------+ | 5. Basic Gameplay [BAS1] | +--------------------------+ Assuming you start on easy starting conditons, you should see some buildings, people and some animals. You'll start with one of three kinds of animals: cows, sheep or chickens. You'll also start with some raw materials. The first thing you should do is make a woodcutters. It's a good time to start stockpiling for the winter. You probably should also make another, larger stockpile. Before any of that, though, open the job menu and add a few people to the builder job. These people will build your buildings. To make a woodcutter's, go to the resource production menu and pick the woodcutter button. You can use T to rotate it. Find a good place to put it and lay it down. To make a stockpile, go to the stockpile menu and select stockpile. Pick where you wany your stockpile to start and click there. Then move your mouse to where you want your stockpile to end. You should see a green box drag out. This is the area your stockpile will occupy. If it turns red, you're trying to select an area you can't. If you want to cancel, just right click. Now go to the jobs menu and assign someone to the woodcutter job. You've now got a woodcutter and firewood! Next, we're going to need food. At the moment, gatherers huts produce a lot of food almost all year round. They're a good option to start out with. There's a catch, though. They need to be placed in a forest. The more trees that are around them, the more food they produce. I'd suggest making one a short distance away from your town and assigning some people to it. Next, a fishing dock. Fishing docks also produce food all year, but they don't produce as much food as gatherers huts. They also require water to work. If you have water near your town, it's another good thing to build. Now for some farms. Farms don't produce food immediately. Instead, they grow over the year and your citizens will harvest them in the fall. Orchards are similar, except it takes a few years before they start producing fruit. Orchards are a long-term investment of workers. You can use the fruit made in orchards to make drinks at a tavern, though, so you'll need them eventually. For now, make some farms. On easy starting conditions, you start with some seeds for two types of crops. They're selected at random. I'd suggest a farm around 7x7 squares. That's small enough to only need one farmer (thus freeing other citizens up for other jobs) but big enough to produce a fair amount of food each year. If you have animals (and you should if you started on easy starting conditions), you can also make a pasture. I would suggest a larger pasture that can hold at least 10 animals. 10 animals is the limit for being able to split a pasture, which allows you to transfer half of the animals in a pasture to another free pasture, thus doubling your animal count. Pastures only require 1 worker too. Set them all up and then assign workers. You're probably going to be needing some wood and stone by now, so head to the resource collection menu and start chopping! Any laborers you have will chop the trees you selected down as well as mine any stone and iron. There's a few more things to do before we're done setting up. First, you'll need a constant supply of wood. This is provided by a forester's hut. Foresters huts will plant new trees in an area around them and cut down old trees for wood. You'll also want to build a herbalist. Herbalists will search for herbs in an area around their hut. Herbs can help keep disease away and your citizens happy until you have other ways to do it. These last two parts are completely optional. First, you may want to build a hunter's cabin. Hunter's cabins will search an area around themselves for deer. If they find them, they'll hunt them and bring the meat and hides back to your town. They require either wide open space or dense forests to be effective. The other things is a quarry. A quarry requires a lot of materials but it provides a constant supply of stone for building with. It's very optional since it requires so many resources and is also huge. That's about all there is to starting a new game in Banished. It's really not that hard. Now, keeping your town alive is another matter entirely. Don't be upset if your first few towns all end terribly. You'll get the hang of it soon enough. If you run out of workers, all you can do is juggle those you have and wait for some of the children to grow up into adults. +-----------------------------+ | 6. Advanced Gameplay [ADV1] | +-----------------------------+ Now that your town is up and running, we can talk about some of the more advanced topics in gameplay. The first one I want to cover is the trading post since it's slightly important. The trading post must be placed along a body of water that connects to the edge of the map. You can then set someone to the trader job and instruct the trading post to stock a certain amount of each type of item you have. The trader will stock the trading post with those items. You can then use those items to trade with traders who come by for other things. Be careful, though. Traders can bring diseases to your town. Next, I'll cover some of the things in the town facilities menu. The school house is where children will be sent just before they become adults, provided there's a teacher. There, they'll become educated. Educated adults are far more efficient workers than uneducated adults. The hospital gives you a place to treat the sick and help stop the spread of disease in your population. The town hall gives you an overview of your town in the form of a census, plus some other information. It's not overly useful, but it's a nice thing to have. The chapel is where your priest (if you have one) will go to give sermons. This helps keep your population happy and content. The cemetery is where your citizens will bury their dead and go to show their respects. It helps keep your citizens from becoming sad when one of their elders dies. I also want to discuss orchards, farms and pastures again for a moment. All three of these can contract pests or blights that will ruin their crops and lower their output. The only way to solve this problem is to do damage control. For farms, harvest the farm and leave it empty. The blight will stop spreading to other fields in time. The same applies to orchards, only you need to chop the trees down and plant them again. In both cases, planting different kinds of crops in the same farm/orchard will reduce the risk of a blight reoccurring. Pastures have a similar problem, called pests. The only way to eliminate pests is to isolate the infected animals and kill them by setting the pasture's animal level to 0. Moving on, we'll talk about tools and clothing. I touched on them in the concepts section, but here I'll talk about them a bit more. Tools allow your citizens to work faster and more efficiently. Over time, they break. To replace them, you need a blacksmith and the right supplies. Wood and iron makes iron tools, which are alright. Steel tools are much better, but require coal to produce. You can get coal at a mine. Mines are similar to quarries in that they cannot be torn down and they only produce so much resources before becoming useless. Thankfully, it's a very high number. Clothing allows your citizens to stay outside in the cold longer without needing to go home to warm up. This is good for your fishermen and your gatherers who will be working outside. The longer they can stay outside, the more food they can collect. The last thing I need to talk about in advanced gameplay is the tavern. The tavern can be used to produce drinks from berries and fruit that you harvest from your orchards. Drinks will keep your citizens happy! That's about all there is to say. Banished isn't a complex game in terms of content, but you can do a lot with the content that's there and modding is coming down the pipeline sometime soon (hopefully). Hopefully you've enjoyed the guide. If you want to check out other games like Banished, I'd recommend Gnomoria. It's a lot like Banished and it's not too hard to pick up either. If you want to be really daring, try Dwarf Fortress, but keep in mind that Dwarf Fortress has a hundred more ways for things to go wrong, and it'll go wrong a hundred times faster. +-----------------+ | 7. Legal [LEG1] | +-----------------+ This guide, and its contents, are copyright 2014 M. Damian Mulligan (aka G'lek Tarssza). Banished is copyright 2014 Shining Rock Software. All other copyrights and trademarks contained in this document are owned by their respective trademark and copyright holders. This guide is provided 'as-is', without any express or implied warranty. In no event will the authors be held liable for any damages arising from the use or misuse of this guide. This guide may be not be reproduced under any circumstances except for personal, private use. It may not be placed on any web site or otherwise distributed publicly without advance written permission. 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