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4 of 15 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Worst Game Ever, June 16, 2009
This review is from: Grand Ages: Rome (DVD-ROM)
I love city building games mainly Roman but this game just sucks on so many levels like another person stated within 2 minutes of starting a free build game there was three fires with no way of putting them out within the next minute i got a message everyone was straving despite me having built a few farms, what gives? i dont know and will never know cause the game wont tell me why my farms aren't working, save your money
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Initial post: Jul 30, 2009, 3:37:45 PM PDT
T. A. Widman says:
If you'd like to keep playing here's what is probably going on. You need to have one house for each workin building. Make sure the work-building is within the home's radius. Your farms alone will not provide food to your homes...just produce it. You need to either build a granary or bakery and butcher's shop in order to provide food. Fires will start for two basic reasons: 1 your home/building is unemployed or 2 they don't have food, entertainment or religion. Usually Food is the most important element. With Plebs all you need is a granary to reach 30 satisfaction with food. Disease will occur if there are no fountains or herbalists nearby. Saddly, if a fire does start your best bet is to demolish the building and rebuild it. Fires are a wakeup call that something is not up to par in that area of the city...either unemployment which causes fires spontaneously, or lack of some service which leads to crime=fire.

Hopefully this helps you out, if you still have the game I would give it a shot. Once you get used to how things work it's pretty simple, and most of these problems disappear alltogether.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 3, 2009, 5:11:48 PM PST
Kevin Meade says:
HI, in case you are interested, I found this game frustrating too at first. Then I learned a few things about how it works. If you still have it and want to try again let me offer these tips:

1) check the internet for advice. There are many webbers offing it.
2) use slaves. You most likely have some slave count even it only 10. A slave building will supply and unlimited amount labor to it surrounding area unlike houses which offer only enough manpower for one job. Place a slave camp withing reach of multiple resources and go nuts. For example, locate a water source, build that water source with one or more aqueducts towards trees. If you examine the map you are playing it is usually possible to drop a slave camp within reach of four resources, wood, water (for making brick), one or more mines, and farms. You can run them all from the one slave camp. The best thing about slave labor is it requires no management. You do not need to offer food/clothing/religion to them, they never riot, they never turn criminal.
3) the pause key is your friend. find it on your keyboard, then at the beginning of each missions hit it. This will pause the game, but you can look around and issue orders all you want. Thus you can easily set up a starting village in the two minutes that are giving you trouble.
4) use the information buttons at the top of the screen that tell you about your village, in particular look for who is unemployed and give them a job
5) farms only product raw materials. You must still get the food to the people and for this you need a baker/butcher.

This should get you going well. From here you can figure out the rest of it I am sure.

Good luck, Hail Flavius!
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