"pheeph" wrote:what kind of housing block strategy would be good for any of us that just started the map? While placing the plebs housing is easy enough, I had a hard enough time trying to find a good spot for equites and patricians.
While doing the campaigns, the thing I found was to try to give full coverage of services to all houses from the beginning. Getting in the habit of doing that makes it much easier when you get to the final scenarios where they want really high ratings.
To do that, I ended up putting all the structures with the smaller ranges at the center of the houses -- shrines, barber, clinic, odeum, school. (Look at my first attached image.) This is done in 2 12x18 spaces (a shrine is 4x4). I add a road between the shrines, barber and the school clinic to extend the range of that pesky barber. The remaining spaces can be filled with fountains, prefects and engineers, not to mention some aesthetic things if you want.
On either side of this, I have 2 18x18 areas that can fit either 4 domus or 8 insulae for a total of 4 blocks of houses. Around these, I place the other services. The theatre, arena and bathhouse have to be placed with care to ensure full coverage. I can also mirror the block around the coliseum to forum axis which will share these services; all I need to do is add the services in the shrine blocks and the theatre. I can place markets around the exterior and even a few patrician houses. People will walk to the market, but I tend to keep the plebes closer to the food market side of things.
I don't tend to build seperate blocks for patricians, but add them into my "typical" block. (See my second attached image.) If I need more patricians, I can push the markets out further and add more patricians around the exterior. (There are 7 total here. With a mirrored block it would be 14.)
I find I tend to use the center shrine blocks as a starting point, but I mix things up on the exterior, just making sure that I keep that perfect coverage for services.