Total Newbie Guide
Monday, 05 December 2011 13:55

Hello everyone!

We here at SMP have been mulling over how to go about showing all our newcomers how to play our game without having to scour the internet in search of a good wiki article.

We know how daunting the game might be, but rest assured that by the time you finish reading this short articicle you will have the basic knowledge of how to make all structures in the game.

We like to call these guides:
Towns TNG (Total Newbie Guide)

Part 1: Your first building!

Your first time playing eh? Not sure what all those icons do? Well, let’s start with the basics.You are going to want to build a carpentry as soon as possible.

Start off by chopping down some wood by selecting the CHOP icon at the bottom

Your cursor will turn into a selector, click once, drag your mouse, and click a second time to select a large area. PRO-TIP: Shift+click in order to select multiple areas, quite useful for mining later on!

Notice the purple boxes underneath those trees? That means they are highlighted for chopping. This same functionality applies when constructing, harvesting, tilling, or anything else that requires selection!

Your civilians will start chopping the trees down, leaving precious wood behind.

Build a stockpile by clicking on the stockpile button on the bottom, then select raw materials. Highlight an area, click, and see the area become a highlighted stockpile. PRO-TIP: Right click on it to select what types of materials can be placed in the stockpile.

Your building needs walls! Click on the wall icon on the top right of the panel.

Now select "Log wall" from the top. Hold shift down and select an area that contains a minimum of 3x3 squares. PRO-TIP: Log walls decay over time, and are best used as begginer walls to make the carpentry. Once the carpentry is set up you can make the much better wooden walls.

Your little guys will start making the walls, placing them where you designated. Once finished, click on thezones icon from the bottom, go to the left and click on the carpentry zone icon, and click inside the building. Drag out to select the interior of all four walls, you will know you have done it right when the drag selection becomes white.

Now it’s a carpentry, but it has no roof, nor any furniture! Let’s place a carpenter’s workbench by clicking onutils on the right, then on the carpenter's workbench (which can only be placed within the carpentry zone... go figure...) and finally click on where you want it placed.

Now that the bench is placed, you can make a door (which requires the bench and some wood as you can see.) Click on the back button to return to the main right menu, then click on furniture. Click on door, then click on the open space in your building.

And there you have it, your first building! This same methodology applies to every building in the game. Each has it’s own requirements, and you can make some really fantastic buildings with the custom building sizes.