Frostpunk Tips: How To Start On The Right Track
Frostpunk has a decent amount of useful information that explains the basics. But it doesn't tell you how to go about building the foundations of your settlement. Here's a couple of useful tips to get you on the right path.
Get to the nearest resources. Rather than letting your citizen trudge to the far edges for resources, prioritise the nearest ones to maximise resource collection.
Build roads. Can't stress this enough. Ass soon as you have enough wood, build roads to resources to avoid your citizens from getting sick. You don't want them to be in contact with snow.
Research Steam Hubs and use them. Use Steam Hubs on your industrial areas at the edge of the map. A warm working zone means less of your workforce getting sick.
Use heaters at workplaces. You can't expect to offer heating to all your buildings using the generator. Heaters allow you to build workplaces outside the generators range. But watch the coal usage. It's very easy to tip the balance to be draining your coal supply.
Don't build a beacon as soon as possible. Yeah I know your people can be a demanding bunch. Some demands can be delayed. Focus on your current priority of stabilising your resource supplies.
It's okay to leave some buildings without a workforce. When you start out with 80 working population, you'd be hard-pressed to fill up all working positions in your settlement. It's fine to shift workforce around. Perhaps the cooking house has no raw food to prepare new meals so take the workforce out of there to focus on other resources. This balancing of workforce in the beginning is important.
Start planning to build resource collection buildings as soon as possible. Don't depend on gathering the piles of resources scattered about for long. Start research resource buildings and get your citizens to work in them. They'll be less prone to getting sick as the temperatures start to drop.
Finding new people is super important. You're going to need more workforce as you expand your settlement with new buildings. Ensure your resource collection is stabilised before getting more people as it will mean you'll need more resources to support a bigger population. Watch the food production especially.
Use laws to boost hope. When hope dwindles and you need to raise it, look into the book of laws. Sign laws that give you a boost in hope. Think very carefully on the laws that will impact your resources. Extra rations for the ill is one such law.
This is the absolute basic on laying a solid foundation. As you continue to play the game, new critical situations arise and you will have to rethink prioritise at that moment. Always be mindful of basic needs like health and food before building other things. With these tips, you'll have a better time during the early game, and hopefully you'll enjoy the game more... even if the subject matter is a bit grim.
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