Nile Online intro and primer
You find yourself situated along with other neighboring tribes and cities on the Nile. While the Nile provides access to Wheat, Clay and Reeds to all who live on it, there are many other resources only found in certain locations, including your own. Collectively you must trade your local wares to others both up and down the Nile, in order to build a thriving city and to expand to new locations either for resources you may lack, or to build monuments that edify your greatness!
The initial screen (the “City Level”) you are looking at represents your city. You have a Palace, Clay Pit, Reed Marsh, Wheat Field, Luxury Material (e.g., gold or oil) and a Market.
You must build your city up by making bricks from clay and reeds, and feeding your workers with bread via a Bakery.
1) Build a Bakery right away (click on an empty plot of land, denoted by fence posts, that allows the construction of a Bakery). Note that if you run out of bread, your city will be crippled until you're able to feed your laborers again!
2) Click on the Reed Marsh, located on the right hand side of the city next to the water. You'll now see the building UI where you can assign laborers. Click on the +1 or +max button to assign laborers to reed production. Now go back to your city by clicking the name of your city. Now, assign laborers to the Clay Pit and Wheat Field, just as you did with the Reed Marsh.
When you are adding laborers, note the green numbers that appear on the bottom UI - they will update as you add or subtract laborers. Those numbers indicate the amount of that item that you are producing per hour. If it's red, that means you're losing that much of that material or good per hour. Make sure you're not losing too much if you think you're going to be away from the game for an extended period of time (like, say, when you're going to bed). If you run out of something needed (e.g., clay for bricks), then production will halt.
3) When the Bakery is complete, click on it to assign laborers. Now build a Brickworks by clicking on an available plot in the city.
4) When the Brickworks completes, assign laborers to it.
5) Now construct a Pottery Shop, then a Basket Shop. Assign some laborers to each. If you don't have enough available laborers yet, you may have to take some off other places. Play around with it until you get a balance you're happy with. But you'll want to get enough baskets and pottery soon to upgrade your Palace.
6) When you have enough bricks, baskets and pottery to upgrade the Palace, click on that building and hit Upgrade.
When the Palace has completed, your city will now be able to support more laborers and they will start arriving over time. So you'll soon have more laborers to use in assigning to your buildings.
After this, much of the fun comes from discovering the world for yourself, and deciding how best to build your Kingdom. A large part of the gameplay is in interacting with other cities on the Nile. Both via the Market and by trading directly with other players. Also be sure to post any questions to this forum.
- Click on buildings and read the descriptions
- Click on the empty lot locations to learn what can go there. But ignore the Temple, Exchange, Barracks and Warehouse for now. You won’t need to deal with these buildings until much later.
- Upgrade your Market to expand its reach into more Nomes, and use it frequently to find what you need. It is what the Egyptians did - trade up and down the whole Nile for the best prices.
- Look to the marketplace as a significant source of bread - you might find it more efficient to sell materials or goods for bread than make it yourself!
- If you are short on bread, the easiest way to get some might be to sell something of value – don’t always make it yourself.
- At significant milestones your leadership enables you to specialize in an area of production. This might use more resources, but will produce faster with the same amount of laborers. As these abilities represent your leadership, to change them is expensive but not impossible – so, choose wisely!
- You will need a warehouse on your third palace upgrade. If you hit the warehouse capacity limits, any extra goods or materials will be discarded.
Last edited by Reed; 10-28-2008 at 04:13 PM.