____ _ _ __ __ _ _ / ___|(_) __| | | \/ | ___(_) ___ _ __( )___ \___ \| |/ _` | | |\/| |/ _ \ |/ _ \ '__|// __| ___) | | (_| | | | | | __/ | __/ | \__ \ |____/|_|\__,_| |_| |_|\___|_|\___|_| |___/ ____ _ _ _ _ _ _ _____ __ / ___(_)_ _(_) (_)______ _| |_(_) ___ _ __ |_ _\ \ / / | | | \ \ / / | | |_ / _` | __| |/ _ \| '_ \ | | \ \ / (_) | |___| |\ V /| | | |/ / (_| | |_| | (_) | | | | | | \ V / _ \____|_| \_/ |_|_|_/___\__,_|\__|_|\___/|_| |_| |___| \_/ (_) ____ _ _ _ _ / ___|___ | | ___ _ __ (_)______ _| |_(_) ___ _ __ | | / _ \| |/ _ \| '_ \| |_ / _` | __| |/ _ \| '_ \ | |__| (_) | | (_) | | | | |/ / (_| | |_| | (_) | | | | \____\___/|_|\___/|_| |_|_/___\__,_|\__|_|\___/|_| |_| Author: Warfreak Version: 0.8 Day Started: 26/9/08 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Table of Contents [1] Introduction [1.01] Introduction [1.02] Version History [2] The General Plan [2.01] Starting Out [2.02] Starting Nations and Leaders [2.03] The Right Place [2.04] Building a Nation [2.05] Independance [3] Colonisation [3.01] Setting Up [3.02] Import/Export [3.03] Building [3.04] Crosses and Liberty Bells [3.05] Natives and Other Nations [3.06] Native Leaders and Tribes [4] Resources and Terrain [5] Occupitations [6] Colonial Units [7] Military Units [8] Founding Fathers [8.01] Founding Fathers [8.02] Trade [8.03] Political [8.04] Religious [8.05] Exploration [8.06] Military [9] Buildings [10] Improvements [11] Military Promotions [12] Independance [13] Constitution [A] Contact Information [B] Webmaster Information [C] Credits [D] Sites FAQ is on [E] Copyright ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ [1.01] Introduction Welcome to my 41st guide, and the 4th in the Civ 4 series, behind the Civ 4 game itself, Warlords and Beyond the Sword, which is probably the best expansion pack I've seen in my life. Anyway, this is for Colonisation, a remake of the 1994 version done by Sid Meier himself. This does not require the base game (Civ 4) to play, so don't fret there. This is going to be a dream for me in terms of writing, I always wanted to write for Colonisation, the DOS version, but I'll just do the updated version now. Enjoy! ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ [1.02] Version History Version 0.0 [26/9/08] Started this guide. Version 0.1 [27/9/08] Started with Table of Contents. Version 0.2 [9/10/08] Completed Chapter 2. Version 0.3 [10/10/08] More on Chapter 2. Version 0.4 [13/10/08] Added ASCII. Completed Chapter 3. Version 0.5 [15/10/08] Started on the Founding Fathers. Version 0.6 [16/10/08] All the Founding Fathers are complete. Version 0.7 [17/10/08] Tidying up. Version 0.8 [19/10/08] Completed more about the Indian leaders. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ [2.01] Starting Out Well, when you start out, you get to choose what type of map you get to play with. I Suggest that you play on either the Western Hemisphere or the Caribbean map. The Western Hemisphere Map will cover both North and South America, as well as the little islands in between. It will, essentially, cover, the continent from the north to the south pole with pretty good detail. Though you are taking millions of square kilometers of land in a few tiles. Imagine how much land would be taken up by a single pixel. This is found under custom Scenarios as you can imagine. The Caribbean map is there with some pretty good detail as well, featuring a good chunk of South America as well as Cuba. No sign of North America, such as most Golden Age based games. Otherwise, there isn't much that you can do. The other maps are more random and harder to play with, but that is up to you. Thats pretty much it for starting out. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ [2.02] Starting Nations and Leaders When you start, you have the choice to start from 4 large empires, the same as last time. You get to either be in charge of the Dutch, English, French or Spanish colonies. People were angry because Portugal weren't included, but to be honest, they weren't in the first Colonisation game, and this is, in essence, a remake, so I don't see what people are whining all over about. Anyway, all colonies will start with a Caravel ship (the Dutch get a Merchantman instead), a Colonist with tools and Soldier. The English get two free colonists instead, a pioneer and a soldier. The Spanish get a normal pioneer and Veteran Soldiers, and the French get Hardy Pioneers and normal soldiers. There are two leaders for each nation, who each have a different trait that will alter how their empire is run. There is also a trait for the empire in general, the Dutch are more enterprising, while the Spanish are a bit more warlike. --==~~The Dutch~~==-- Special Trait - Mercantile Market prices are less sensitive This is a useful trait to play with because market prices, will, be a massive source of income in the game. Once you have extremely efficient colonies, you are able to produce more and more goods, and as you send these back to Europe for sale, the price will drop as supply is increased and demand is furfilled. For example, say you want 10 oranges at 2 dollars. I deliver 15. You will buy the 10, but unless I drop the price, you don't buy any more. That will happen in Europe. More on that later. But these prices are extremely sensitive and if you sell too much, that price drops, and this prevents it for a while. --==Leaders==-- Peter Stuyvesant - Industrious +25% Hammer Production in all Settlements This is quite useful. Hammers are needed from your colonies to be used to make buildings, which is relatively important, as you can imagine, as well as being used to generate Founding Father points. This will increase production by a quarter, and while that may not seem like a lot, over the course of the game, that means 25% extra founding father points, which is rather useful. Thevenon Vivien sent in the following: "I would just like to add to what you already said that the production bonus is really great when you get founding fathers who increase hammer production as well, especially Alexander Hamilton (+3 hammers in every colony), as it results in all colonies having decent production even without any carpenters or lumber; pretty convenient for the founding father points you mentioned getting with those hammers." Andiaen Van Der Donck - Charismatic +100% Time between Tax Increases When the King from your home nation sees that you have been doing rather well and making a lot of money, he will decide that it is a good time to tax your colony. The more money you make, the faster he will tax you. This will make the time needed to tax your further even longer, which is even more useful since taxes will slowly eat away at your profits. 10% taxes on 100,000 means 10,000 and that could buy you several new cannons. --==~~The English~~==-- Special Trait - Tolerant -25% Crosses needed for Immigration The problem with this trait is that while it does get you more free units at docks at Europe, the fundamental problem is that you don't know and you don't get to control what type of people you will have at the Docks of England. This is a nice method of getting free units, but no control of what type of units they are is pretty annoying. You don't want any more criminals or servants, but those experts are always sought. Problem is, do you need them, there is no point of having an expert sitting around doing bugger all. --==Leaders==-- George Washington - Disciplined -50% Soldier Equipment required Well, you get the founding father for the United States, what more could you want. Well, this is extremely useful if you are going to take on Europe for the final push of independance. You want to arm your own soldiers for starters because it will get more and more expensive to arm them at the docks of Europe, and you can easily breed your own horses and make your own muskets. This reduces the cost of arming soldiers, normally 100 of each, by 50. John Adams - Libertarian +25% Liberty Bells Generation in all Settlements This is one of the best traits that you can have. Rebel sentiment is harder to generate, and there are benefits to generating more and more Liberty Bells such as increased production. You need at least 50% Liberty Bells in order to declare independance, no taxation without representation. These bells take a long time to generate, so the more the better. After all, if a show about this man can win awards, he must be important. --==~~The French~~==-- Special Trait - Cooperative Natives are more tolerant towards territory encroachment -50% time spent Living Among Natives to Learn a new skill Well, for a nation that has been classed as everything possible, since they apparently can't win a war by themselves to having a dead langugage, they do have some pretty good traits. The ability to have natives no get really annoyed that you have taken their land as well as the ability to decrease the time needed to learn a new skill, it is rather useful. After all, some skills such as Fur Trapping and Cotton Farming aren't available to be purchased in Europe. And only the Natives can teach you. --==Leaders==-- Samuel De Champlain - Enterprising +100% Conversion Rate from Missions Well, missions are a good way to get converted natives, which are good for field skills, such as fur trapping, but not as good as an expert. The problem with this trait is that you don't need it when you have the experts flowing through your colonies, and that means that you won't need this trait, the problem with this leader is just that. Reader Thevenon Vivien disagrees with my opinion, here it is. "Once again, I partly disagree. In some games, it is strictly impossible to find a specific raw material expert, and in those cases, converted natives come pretty handy. Also, note that all the converted natives you get first appear in the indian village they come from, so you can instantly train them to become whatever expert the village trains. If that particular expert isn't needed, you can always turn all those trained natives into free colonists, so a LOT of new soldiers with this trait and a few missions. Also, they can learn a new speciality in school faster than natives." Louis de Frontenac - Militaristic Free Promotion (Grenadier I) - Mounted Units - Gunpowder Units While this may be useful, after all, more damage from your units are more than welcome, the problem is that there are other traits from other leaders that are far more useful. Practical applications for your colonies is a far more useful ability than the promotion of a few units. But then again, the fight for independance requires you to pull no punches. ---==~~The Spanish~~==-- Special Trait - Conquistador +25% Attack against Natives Well, the Spanish did have a nasty history against the Aztecs and the Mayans when they decided that a conquest of South America as in order, and I guess that this reflects that very nature to the core. Useful, except it doesn't say anything about killing other Spaniards when you declare independance. --==Leaders==-- Simon Bolivar - Determined +100% effect of Liberty Bells on Rebel Attack Well, this means that when you attack, your units get an even bigger boost from the generation of the Liberty Bells than before. That means, more Liberty Bells means even more damage, which is exceptionally useful when it comes to Independance, since you are guaranteed to have a large generation of Liberty Bells then. Jose De San Martin - Resourceful -50% XP Needed for Unit Promotions This is useful if you are going to have a very skilled but limited ground force. You want your ground force, when you are going to kill the mother country, to be the best that it can be, and given that the natives are only going to give very limited experience, so you need to make the most out of it while you still can. Reader Theovenon Vivien has a slight disagreement with me on San Martin: "Ha! Trust me, it is also extremely useful with a very large but totally untrained ground force. This trait makes all your soldiers gain their first promotion with only 1 experience point. Just one fight and they get promoted. Even better: Use a great general in a spot where you just put 20 free colonists freshly turned into soldiers. You will get 20 promotions. Although there are many uses for this, one of my favorites is doing this right after getting the last military founding father, Dom Pedro. You can then give all those new soldiers the second level of Minuteman. In seconds, 20 soldiers with +45% settlement defense! Also, this leader trait is your best bet if you want to get the high level promotions. It makes aiming for level 6 Veteran with more than one unit realistic. I often end up with a group of 5 to 8 dragoons with Veteran VI, 4 power +75%. Extremely powerful, can take over entire empires remarkably fast, as well as quickly get rid of the fearsome royal artillery (the only thing that can really kick your ass even if you have one extremely well defended colony)." ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ [2.03] The Right Place When you start to establish your first colony, there are some things that you want to keep an eye out for. The first is any bonuses on the land, such as cotton, wheat, fur, anything, and that would make a good start, since those resources will be useful for manufactured products. Also, since the first city needs to be a port based city, you want to have access to items such as fish or crabs so your fishermen from Europe, with a dock, can harvest those tiles, since they provide a good source of food. Also, make sure that you aren't too close to them Indians, even though they might be nice, they will attack, sooner or later, if you aren't going to be very nice to them. Remember, you want to be a good distance, because if you use their tribal lands, they will fine you and you need to pay money for the land, lest you want to fight them for it. Finally, look for a point where you can easily control ships to and from England. Because odds are, ships containing men are going to land here when you declare independance. But thats the basics, look for resources and take over. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ [2.04] Building a Nation When you start placing more colones, while you want secure access to food, you can easily send Wagon Trains to supply more and more food to those colonies that are in need. The money that you have is very important. When you trade off all your nice, valuable goods, you will got gold for it. That gold is important, you need it to hire specialists from Europe, to purchase new ships and cannons from Europe, well, it is currency, and the more you have, the better. However, the more you sell, the more the king will tax you. Remember, if you decide to not pay the tax and have a tea party, you will never be able to trade that commodity again, so be careful when you want to throw parties left, right and centre. Soon, you are going to look for new resources. Cotton fields need to be taken for cloth, fur for coats, tobacco for cigars, and the like. But what you really want to take over are iron mines. These are important because if you have control of Iron, you have the ability to make tools, that are very, very useful as well as the power of Muskets, to arm your soldiers. You want to have Pioneers to make some roads to connect the inland cities with the port cities so you can get rid of the goods as well, that is rather important. Improvements should be built to make your land more productive, and that is always a good thing. Those are the basics for a big empire, how you build it, thats up to you. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ [2.05] Independance When all your colonies have at least 50% rebel sentiment, that is, half the population want independance, you will be able to declare that you want independance. Well, this is a risky more, since the King will send in his troops. This is quite hard in this game to win at this point since the King will respond with overwhelming force. To win, I'll detail how to do so in its own section, such is the complexity. At least you get a constitution to draft, so that is rather interesting. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ [3.01] Setting Up When you set up your colony, you need to bear in mind that this is not like the original game of Civ 4, you can only harvest 9 tiles in total for your city, regardless of the culture of your city. Culture really doesn't do much, except define how much land you control. This is fundamentally different in how you gather resources. First of all, you can only gather one type of resource on a tile. Unlike Civ 4, you don't get to place any person to gather all. There are various resource collectors here and they each have different abilities. Servents and criminals tend to do a lot worse, while colonists will be the average wherever they are placed. The converted natives are better than colonists on the field, but worst in the manufacturing positions, and the experts are experts in doing what their profession requires, obtaining double productivity over a colonist, but will act like a normal colonist when placed in a profession they are not expert in. Also, unlike Civ 4, you have buildings that you can place colonists in to refine your resources. Every turn, you will get resources from your tiles equal to the amount that your colonist can produce. That is, if your colonist is able to produce 5 tobacco, then you add 5 tobacco to your stockpile. There are many buildings that will turn the raw materials from the field into valuable goods that will sell for more in Europe. In the case of Iron Ore, tools that are produced are used by your colonies as well as the muskets that are generated by tools. It will be in your best interest to settle near areas where there is a land bonus for a certain resource. Seeing a resource on the map means a very good boost to harvesting that resource, and that means a lot more money. You will want to develop and build new buildings, but the first is going to be the warehouse to increase the amount of resources you can hold. Then, depending on the type of resources that you can gather, you want to develop more efficient and bigger buildings for processing. That is, you want a bigger lumber mill, you want a bigger coats factory, because not only will it suck more raw resources, which means less goes back as a waste, but you will transform more raw resources into final, and expensive, manufactured goods. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ [3.02] Import/Export At the start, you are going to be short on money, but you need to build up money to purchase experts and more importantly, military equipment from your mother country. Sure, they obviously don't suspect the hiring of several Dragoons and thousands of horses and muskets as a bold military move. Anyway, you need to be able to purchase and sell goods to the mother country. First, you are going to need a colony, and given the small amount of spending money that you have to play with, you are obviously going to need to export something for some money. This is why it is important to settle near some source of resources, this allows you to harvest those resources and sell them raw back to Europe as a source of money. When you place the items on your ship, bear in mind that it needs to be in port in order to load up the ship, and send it back to Europe, which, depdning on your map, may be quite a long wait, but thats a nice amount of time to build up your resource stockpile. What you want to pay attention to is the price of the goods that you are able to sell. Food, Lumber, Horses, Tools and Muskets generally sell for low prices, below 5 gold per item. Unprocessed items, Tobacco, Cotton, Fur, Sugar and Ore generally sell for just a bit about 5 gold per item, but not too much. The processed items such as Rum, Coats and Cigars sell for about 10 and the rarest item of them all, Silver, sells for nearly 20 at the start. The game has the process of supply and demand. Over time, the price of the goods will get higher and higher as more and more people will demand those types of goods. However, as more and more of your goods flood the mother country, the price will drop and drop, but you will always be able to sell for some amount of money. As you send more and more goods back, you need more ships as your colonies expand. You have really, two choices. Ships of the Line are nice options since they have 4 cargo slots and 4 movement, but the Galleon has slightly more carrying capacity but less movement. A balance between the two should be a good idea. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ [3.03] Building You need to build more and more colonies as you expand. You can't, however, all have them on the coast, you are, sooner or later, going to need to expand inland. If you do, you need two have several things. First, you are going to need pioneers to build more and more roads for faster travel. For what? Well you want to have wagon trains to transport goods to your port cities so you can send your goods back to the motherland. The best type of colony, therefore, is Silver mining. Silver mining is only going to be found inland, where mountains are, and that is the most profitable type of resource. Roads make your units travel faster. Well, they don't give more moves, per se, but they do reduce the amount of movement points that is required for your units to travel across the tile. Therefore, it is important that you expand, since you are not going to get silver near the coast. Also, you want to build up your colonies. You want to build up the economy of your colonies first, because more money means that you can hurry production further, which will be building more and more improvements. But after a while, you want to focus on building more and more military based buildings. Stockades will be useful at the start to fortify your base, but what you really want is going to be a drydock. You want to build more and more of your ships, because when you declare your independance, you will need to have an extremely strong navy. Although the war, will be won on the land, control of the seas will limit the amount of ground forces that you need to control the imperial forces. There is also a reason that you want to send more and more colonies inland because you will find that the king will send forces to your port cities and if they fall, you need something to fall back on. Inland colonies will provide resources to fall back on, as well as production on military forces to repel the invaders. More on that later though. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ [3.04] Crosses and Liberty Bells There are two buildings that you need to keep an eye on, that is, the church and the town hall. Why? They produce Crosses and Liberty Bells, that is very important. But you can't sell them, you can't eat them, what do you do with them? Crosses are important if you don't want to pay for new colonists and you want a lucky pick. Colonists will be generated on the docks of Europe and if you have enough, which can be seen on the meter on the bottom of the Europe screen, you will get a new colonist. The problem is, you don't have a choice on what is generated in Europe, it can be a scout, an expert farmer or a convicted criminal, you don't have a choice. Generally, this is more or less useful in the beginning, but in the late game time, this isn't as useful since you get to train or hire new experts, rather than wait. Liberty Bells are a completely different matter, and they are the most important resource in the game. Why? Well, first, lets go through the basics. Liberty Bells are generated from the town hall as well as the media buildings such as the printing press. This is beneficial if you have the Elder Statesman generating more Liberty Bells from the town hall, double the amount a normal colonist can. Liberty Bells are important, they will generate rebel sentiment and if you go and generate enough, you will be able to declare independance. The rule is that as long as that there is at least half your population that supports the idea for independance, you can declare it. Also, Liberty Bells will generate founding father points. These points can be used to generate your founding fathers, special people, that will only offer their services once to you, and to the highest bigger first, that will provide a massive effect on the whole colony, since they effect all the colonies, not just one. Finally, Liberty Bells for Rebel Sentiment is important. Low rebel sentiment will give you a disadvantage in production, while a higher rebel sentiment will give you more productive workers since they have an idea of you working for your country. Also, Liberty Wells is basically culture. The more you can generate, the more land that you will have cultural control over, which is quite important. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ [3.05] Natives and Other Nations There are many people or figureheads that you are going to be meeting over the course of the game. First, you are going to encounter the natives. There are many native tribes here, but where they spawn appear to be random. Natives are going to be quite nice to you, they will trade with you as well as head to your town to give you gifts when you start out, which is more than helpful. However, you should send your scouts out to their burial grounds when you have a strong military. The reason is that a strong army will be able to defend against anything that decides to go wrong. Natives are useful for their trade goods, but they are even more useful for their treasure. You can sack enemy cities and their burial mounds for treasure units. These will require you to send a galleon or borrow one of the king's galleons to transport back to Europe for the money, but they do haul a lot of cash. Natives, if stealing horses and muskets, are going to be quite strong, so don't let them raid your encampments or trade those items to them, because the last thing you want are angry natives armed with muskets that are going to shoot at you. You need to contain them. If you plan to attack them, send in your troops to take down their units and use Artillery to blow up their villages if need be. Artillery is one of the better attacking units that you will have. Other nations, on the other hand, are going to be harder to combat. They will be the same as you, but they will lack the numbers in the beginning to pose a really big threat to you, but they will build up their numbers. It is important to figure out what happens in Europe. Wars that will happen there will effect you since there are going to be strong odds that it will effect wars in the colonies. That is why you should have armed forces at all times, in case those little enemies come a knocking. Finally, there is your king. Your king is going to be the biggest pain that you will ever encounter. First of all, they will tax you for making money till they can tax you no more, at 99%. Also, they will always demand tribute which you can reject and they will get annoyed, so when you need those military forces, they won't lend them to you. Your king is the one that you are going to need to fight later on, so make sure that you keep an eye on the Royal Expeditionary Force, because you are going to have to try to match those numbers. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ [3.06] Native Leaders and Tribes There are 8 native tribes and there are going to be 8 seperate leaders for those tribes. They all have some benefit to you. They have two traits each, and they all have benefits for you. Since there is going to be a lot of double dipping here, I'll be rather nice to you. --==~~Agueybana~~==-- Cacique of the Arawaks --==Impressionable==-- - +100% Conversion Rate from Missions - Free Promotion - Grenadier 1 - Mounted Units - Melee Units - Gunpowder Units --==Gracious==-- - +100% Gold at first European contact with Native Villages - Free Promotion - Ranger 1 - Mounted Units - Melee Units - Gunpowder Units This is an interesting leader. Basically, for you, you will get a higher conversion rate from the missions from this guy than normal missions belonging to the other tribes. Also, the first type of European colonist that meets this guy will give you more gold than he will give to other Europeans when they visit his villages. --==~~Cunhambebe~~==-- Leader of the Tupi --==Prosperous==-- - Yields +100% Treasure when villages are captured - Free Promotion - Minuteman I - Mounted Units - Melee Units - Gunpowder Units --==Indulgent==-- - -50% Cost of Native Land Purchasing - Free Promotion - Formation - Mounted Units - Melee Units - Gunpowder Units This leader will be one that you want to be at peace first, then strike without any sort of warning. You get some cheaper land to start off, and then when you decide to plunder them, you get double the amount of gold. What a life that is, so you get all the money that you spent on their land back. --==~~Huayna Capac~~==-- Leader of the Incan Empire --==Prosperous==-- - Yields +100% Treasure when villages are captured - Free Promotion - Minuteman I - Mounted Units - Melee Units - Gunpowder Units --==Mentor==-- - -50% time spent Living Among Natives to Learn a New Skill - Free Promotion - Mountaineer I - Mounted Units - Melee Units - Gunpowder Units This is rather interesting. Again, this is good for your colonists to live among the natives to learn a new skill. This will be rather fast. When you have either enough colonists to fill the vacant positions that the tribe can help you fill or have a developed education system and have no more use for the Incans, you can do what the Spanish did and loot them for all they are worth, because they are worth a lot. Double gold. --==~~Logan~~==-- Chief of the Mingo --==Indulgent==-- - -50% Cost of Native Land Purchasing - Free Promotion - Formation - Mounted Units - Melee Units - Gunpowder Units --==Mentor==-- - -50% time spent Living Among Natives to Learn a New Skill - Free Promotion - Mountaineer I - Mounted Units - Melee Units - Gunpowder Units Another interesting set of traits that you can use to your advantage. This is a tribe that you can to be peaceful with. You get relative cheap land and you also get a nice set of skills from them as well, so this is going to be a nice tribe to ally with, and not to plunder and loot from. --==~~Mangas Coloradas~~==-- War Chief of the Apache --==Impressionable==-- - +100% Conversion Rate from Missions - Free Promotion - Grenadier 1 - Mounted Units - Melee Units - Gunpowder Units --==Indulgent==-- - -50% Cost of Native Land Purchasing - Free Promotion - Formation - Mounted Units - Melee Units - Gunpowder Units Well, this isn't as useful as Logan is, but the Conversion Rate is rather useful for pumping out more colonal soldiers. This will mean that you get rather cheap land, as well as a nice source of converted natives, who you can arm with guns when they are of no more use to you in the colonies on the field, toiling away on the land. --==~~Montezuma~~==-- Aztec Emperor --==Prosperous==-- - Yields +100% Treasure when villages are captured - Free Promotion - Minuteman I - Mounted Units - Melee Units - Gunpowder Units --==Gracious==-- - +100% Gold at first European contact with Native Villages - Free Promotion - Ranger 1 - Mounted Units - Melee Units - Gunpowder Units Ah, the perfect type of native that you want to target in this game. What you want to do, when you are building up your forces, is to use some scouts and visit their village for the gifts that they will give you. Then, you can epically betray them and steal all their nice loot. Ah, the art of backstabbing is surely not lost in this game. --==~~Oconostota~~==-- War Chief of the Overhill Cherokee --==Impressionable==-- - +100% Conversion Rate from Missions - Free Promotion - Grenadier 1 - Mounted Units - Melee Units - Gunpowder Units --==Gracious==-- - +100% Gold at first European contact with Native Villages - Free Promotion - Ranger 1 - Mounted Units - Melee Units - Gunpowder Units See the leader of the Arawaks for the same comment. --==~~Sitting Bull~~==-- War Chief of the Hukapapa Sioux --==Impressionable==-- - +100% Conversion Rate from Missions - Free Promotion - Grenadier 1 - Mounted Units - Melee Units - Gunpowder Units --==Mentor==-- - -50% time spent Living Among Natives to Learn a New Skill - Free Promotion - Mountaineer I - Mounted Units - Melee Units - Gunpowder Units Well, this is one of the most famous Indian leaders that you can get. Anyway this is an interesting leader, you want to seriously have missions in his villages and then send in your own colonists for training. This is one guy you want to keep at all costs since converted natives make good soldiers and half the time to learn a new skill is good as well. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ [8.01] Founding Fathers Founding Fathers are significant people in history that have contributed during the golden age, which is about 1400-1800. These people are quite famous and some moreso than others, their names will give them away. Anyway, you can generate founding father points from the production of liberty bells. There are five types of founding father points, one for each type of founding father, and these points are all generated from liberty bell production. Your cities can also set aside production to create such points when not building buildings or creating units. Actions such as military actions will create extra or bonus military points, trading will make trade points, generation of crosses will help with making more religious points and exploration of the unknown will create more exploration points. There is no bonus for Political points. When you have acquired a set number of points required for the founding father, you will be able to accept or decline the offer of them joining your colonies. If you reject them, bear in mind that you can NEVER rehire them. Note that the first colony to get enough points will have the opportunity to hire them first, and if they reject, then the next person to get the points and so forth. Other than that, the founding fathers are extremely useful in the game since they will provide a permanent boost to your colonies, and in some cases, make your units more effective, or increase production. These are very useful so you want to grab as many as you can. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ [8.02] Trade Trade Founding Fathers are extremely useful for making money, they will help you in increasing production in your colonies, even decreasing the build times of your buildings, extremely useful. --==Adam Smith==-- Requires: 5610 Trade Points 3366 Political Points "50% Faster Production of Textile Mill, Coat Factory, Rum Factory, Cigar Factory." The writer of the "Wealth of Nations", the four factories will take half the amount of time it normally requires, which really means that about half of the production required is needed for the completion of the building, which isn't all that bad. But it is only for those buildings, none else. --==Alexander Hamilton==-- Requires: 7573 Trade Points 4488 Political Points "+3 Hammers per Town Hall" Well, that means that when you start a colony with Alex, you will always get three hammers produced from the town hall. Since the town hall is given to you from the start, which isn't such a bad idea in the first place. That can be then used to produce more founding father points. --==Cyrus McCormick==-- Requires: 17671 Trade Points 10659 Political Points "+1 Food on Plots with 2 Food +50% Sugar Production in all Settlements" An inventor in agriculture, this guy effectively gives you more food on the tiles that you harvest food from, which means quite a lot. Also, he is a god- send for the sugar plantations and rum production. 50% more sugar means quite a fair amount in the long run, enough to get more colonies in rum production to send back to Europe. --==Eli Whitney==-- Requires: 13464 Trade Points 7854 Political Points "+50% Cotton Production in all Settlements" Like the above founding father, this will pretty much increase all production of cotton, which again, is extremely useful for weaving cloth, and more cotton means more cloth, which then means more money for you, and if you have access to cotton, this isn't a bad choice. --==Jan De Witt==-- Requires: 4207 Trade Points 2524 Political Points "-50% Tools required for buildings" One of the more measly effects that you can have in the game, this will pretty much reduce the amount of tools that you need, but then again, the tools that are needed for the production of buildings is relatively minor, but saving tools is good, use them to make muskets. --==John Jacob Aster==-- Requires: 10098 Trade Points 5890 Political Points "+50% Fur Production in all Settlements" This is useful if you have settled in the polar areas of the map, where there is plenty of Tundra to play around with that requires you to make the most out of fur. This is quite useful since Coats is one of the more valuable resources since they are only plentiful in the polar regions, and that means price is going to be higher with less demand. --==John Rolfe==-- Requires: 2244 Trade Points 1542 Political Points "+25% Tobacco Production in all Settlements" This isn't as useful as the other founding fathers since it is only a 25% boost instead of a 50% boost but then again, Tobacco is quite plentiful on the map regardless, so it isn't such a bad idea. But then again, the trading founding fathers are all about making a lot of money. --==Lord Baltimore==-- Requires: 3085 Trade Points 1963 Political Points "Increases Cross production by the tax rate" This pretty much means that the amount your are tax is the percentage that the production is increased by. But if you think about it, tax rates are only increased when you make a lot of money, and cross production is there for making immigants on the shores of Europe, so this is only useful for you if you hope for some decent immigants or you are low on experts. --==Peter Minuit==-- Requires: 1683 Trade Points 1122 Political Points "-25% Cost of Recruiting Units in Europe" Believe it or not, 25% is quite a large amount considering the average expert is in the thousands of gold. That means that in the long run, you can save a lot of gold when you recruit units from Europe. Europe is really only useful with skilled labour, since horses and muskets and free colonists you can produce yourself. Plus, this guy was from the original DOS game. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ [8.03] Political Political Founding Fathers are some of the most important in the game, they are useful in all aspects as well as the points that they generate, since the political points are needed for all other founding fathers as well. The political points are the most important type of points that you can get, so use them well. --==Alexis De Tocqueville==-- Requires: 44880 Political Points "+50% Education Points Production in all Settlements +3 Liberty Bells per University" This is extremely useful if you want to train your workers into skilled labour with the University, as well as the Liberty Bells production since it is needed to generate more points for you to play with. Since by the time you are able to acquire this guy, you will have universities everywhere, this is quite a useful founding father. --==Ben Franklin==-- Requires: 4488 Political Points "+3 Liberty Bells per Printing Press +3 Liberty Bells per Newspaper" This is an extremely useful founding father. Printing Press and the Newspaper are the most important boosts that you can have in the terms of Liberty Bell production. That being said, 6 extra Liberty Bells, made from such an early point in the game, there should be a rush to get this guy into your team. At all costs. --==Betsy Ross==-- Requires: 25245 Political Points "+3 Cloth Production per Weaver's House +3 Cloth Production per Weaver's Shop +3 Cloth Production per Textile Mill" This is one of the better founding fathers, or mothers in this case, because this will create cloth for your colony, AND DOES NOT REQUIRE ANY INPUT. That right, you get 3 extra cloth for no input, they just come out of no where, and while a total of 9 cloth isn't a lot, over time, that means a lot of money. --==James Madison==-- Requires: 19074 Political Points "+3 Muskets per Armory +3 Muskets per Magazine +3 Muskets per Arsenal" One of the best founding fathers if you do not have any access whatsoever to iron to make muskets. This ensures that you will have muskets for your colony all the time, regardless of whether you have access to tools because you don't need tools to make these muskets, they're magic muskets. --==John Jay==-- Requires: 10659 Political Points "+25% Liberty Bell Production in all Settlements" This is an extremely useful effect for you to have, more liberty bells means that you get a lot more political points to play with. That pretty much means that this guy is a must, if you can get him, you will want to hire him straight away. Seriously, the effect is massive. --==John Winthrop==-- Requires: 2524 Political Points "+1 Cross Production per Town Hall" In all seriousness, this is quite a useless ability to be honest. Why? Because cross production is 1 cross for just having a Church, so this is quite a lowsy boost. Also, you need experts for that kind of business, not just small 1 cross production boosts. I suggest that you skip this guy and head for Mr Jay. --==Patrick Henry==-- Requires: 7854 Political Points "+3 Liberty Bells per Town Hall" A nice boost for you if you can get this guy, three liberty bells for several colonies will mean quite a lot, but if you decide to skip this guy as well as John Winthrop, you will be able to get John Jay, which is one of the more useful Political Founding Fathers in the game. --==Pocahontas==-- Requires: 3366 Political Points "Strengthens Relations with the Natives" No, it isn't a damned Disney movie, this princess is able to improve your relations with the natives, which is quite useful of you don't want them to accidently fire their weapons at your colonists, but isn't going to be too useful if you decide that their land is perfect for a new colony and you are going to take it using a fair bit of force. --==Samuel Adams==-- Requires: 5890 Political Points "Increase Liberty Bell Production by the tax rate" Quite useless early in the game where your tax rate is relatively low, but when you get more and more money in your colony, this is a very, very useful effect since the maximum the tax rate will get up to is 99% and near double production of liberty bells is handy in any situation. If you can get him, try and get him. --==Thomas Paine==-- Requires: 14025 Political Points "Increases Hammer Production by the tax rate" Another useful one since the hammer production is effectively linked to your points production since it is an option that you can choose. This makes it a very useful situation so you should really hire this guy as well. Wow, so many founding fathers you should hire, guess you really want as many founding father points as fast as possible. --==Washington Irving==-- Requires: 33660 Political Points "+1 Liberty Bell per Schoolhouse +2 Liberty Bells per College +3 Liberty Bells per University" Quite a useful ability, but if you think about it, Ben Franklin is a better choice. There, you have the ability of two media buildings producing more and more Liberty Bells, and that totals to 6. This also totals to 6, but these don't normally produce Liberty Bells. This all depends on whether you decide to use education buildings or not. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ [8.04] Religious Religious Founding Fathers are all to do with the church and add on buildings and that is all. They will have some nifty boosts, some including liberty bells from church, which is neat. You need Religion Points for this, but these founding fathers are more or less, less useful than the others, in particular, Political and Military. Political Points are what you should be generating a lot of, no question there. --==Bartolome De Las Casas==-- Requires: 1262 Religion Points 1122 Political Points "+50% Native Conversion Rate from Missions" This does sound like a good deal if you want more Converted Natives to take over resource production given that you are short on experts, or want some more colonists to be cannon fodder for your military, this is quite useful if you use missions. I generally don't, but it is completely your choice. Missions are quite useful, until they are expelled by the natives. --==Gabriel Lallemant==-- Requires: 5329 Religion Points 4488 Political Points "50% Faster Production of Church, Cathedral" If you want a bigger church, then this is quite useful for you, but otherwise, this is one founding father that is quite a useless waste of points. However, generation of immigants are quite useful if you need some workers, and on the rare occasion, you might even get an expert that you desperately need, Elder Statesman are quite useful, well, not quite, they are always useful. --==Gregorio De Mattos E Guerra==-- Requires: 16830 Religion Points 14025 Political Points "+2 Liberty Bells per Church +3 Liberty Bells per Cathedral" This is one of the more useful founding fathers in the religion section, shown in the cost of the founding father. This allows for your church buildings to generate more political points and Liberty Bells for your nation, which is always welcome. However, if you want liberty bells, you might want to get Mr Ben Franklin first, he is quite useful, well, extremely useful. --==John Harvard==-- Requires: 9537 Religion Points 7854 Political Points "Free Schoolhouse in Every Settlement" This is useful if you are planning to use the Education System to educate your colonists into skilled labour. Well, this is expected, since Mr Harvard's name is the same copy as the name of the world's most famous University, Harvard University. However, I don't see why he would be in the Religious section, they must be missing an Education Founding Father. Well, 1 isn't really a lot. --==Juan De Sepulveda==-- Requires: 1683 Religion Points 1542 Political Points "Provides 2 Converted Natives" If you have the points to play with, this isn't such a bad idea, because 2 converted natives, at the early stage in which this Founding Father can be obtained, is quite useful. They will be useful in replacing the free colonists on the field and holding their position until you will replace them with the experts. Until then, this is a welcome addition to your colonies. After you replace them, give them some Guns and make them hold their position. --==Nathaniel Hawthorne==-- Requires: 22440 Religion Points 19074 Political Points "Provides 3 Elder Statesmen" What a wonderful ability. However, this must be measured against the points cost. If you are able to get to him first, this might be useful if you lack Elder Statesmen. However, by the time you are able to get this founding father, you should have a decent income and that would allow you to hire the Elder Statesmen from Europe. So it is completely up to you if you want this Founding Father or not. --==Roger Williams==-- Requires: 3927 Religion Points 3366 Political Points "+25% Native Conversion Rate from Missions Strengths Relations with the Natives" Personally, I like killing the natives with my guns since they are a good source of training, but if you want decent relations with the Natives, this might be just the thing for you. Natives are better on the land than your own untrained colonists, so that is an upside, and stronger relations means that when the mother country comes along, you can have some extra firepower on your side. --==Sor Juana==-- Requires: 12622 Religion Points 10659 Political Points "+3 Crosses Per Church +3 Crosses Per Cathedral" In my opinion, this isn't as good. The cost is quite excessive, but increased cross production means that you will get some extra units on the shores of Europe faster than before. However, my main issue is that it is completely random what type of unit you get, so you really need some luck. It all depends on what type of player you are. If you need the experts, all the help you can get is a nice idea. --==Thomas Hooker==-- Requires: 3085 Religion Points 2524 Political Points "Provides 3 Jesuit Missionaries" No, he isn't the illicit type (You're FIRED Warfreak, worst joke all year - SBAllen) but he is quite useful. Jesuit Missionaries are extremely useful if you are going to establish missions because they have a much higher success rate in getting the Converted Natives to join you than normal colonists trying to be a missionary. Up to you really. --==William Brewster==-- Requires: 2244 Religion Points 1963 Political Points "-25% Cost of Native Land Purchasing" No, he isn't bribing the natives with beer (I TOLD YOU, WORST JOKES EVER, YOU'RE SERIOUSLY FIRED WARFREAK! - SBAllen), but rather, with gold. The problem here is that the natives demand this and that, but you are better off using them boomsticks and pointing it at them and killing them, taking their land, and that would be a better solution. I suppose if you want to be nice and all, this might be useful, but military power always wins. --==William Penn==-- Requires: 7012 Religion Points 5890 Political Points "+3 Crosses per Town Hall Strengths Relations with the Natives" Well, if you really are desperate for them crosses, then this might be a good idea, or you have seriously pissed off those natives, then this might be a decent founding father. But in reality, I don't think that this is a good idea at all, but it is up to you who you hire, I'm just babbling here to boost my ego. Warfreak's Ego, colonization style. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ [8.05] Exploration Exploration Founding Fathers are generally there to provide extra units for your colonies or little bonuses relationing to your colonies your those little burial plots that seem to be discovered and lead to war. Hey, if I decide to pillage your graveyard where your ancestors are buried, I think you'd try to bomb me, I would think. --==Alexander Von Humboldt==-- Requires: 16830 Exploration Points 7012 Political Points "50% Faster Production of College, University" Well, you build your Colleges and Universities faster, but this comes pretty late in the game, and by then, your colonies are pretty much set anyway and don't benefit from education. However, faster production, in combination with effects that give Liberty Bells, means more liberty bells. MOAR I SAY. MOAR! The more liberty bells the better. --==Giovanni Da Verrazano==-- Requires: 5329 Exploration Points 2244 Political Points "Provides 1 Caravel" Well, ships are pretty expensive and you want to have more ships so you can trade, so this is a pretty good for a starting colony. After all, when your colonies grow, so does the amount of material that needs to be sent back to Europe to make a profit, and this is a surefire way to improve your abilities to send it back to Europe. --==Gonzalo Jimenez De Quesada==-- Requires: 3085 Exploration Points 1402 Political Points "Reveals all Tiles with Burial Grounds Reveals all Tiles with Ancient Ruins" This is one of the most useful exploration abilities that one person can have because this will reveal all the plots you want to explore. This is because that these plots nearly always contain something nice, but may have adverse effects, and some are downright nasty, such as making your unit disappear into thin air, which isn't nice. The ability to see where they are is not helped if they happen to be in spaces where your units aren't welcome. --==Jacques Marquette==-- Requires: 12622 Exploration Points 5329 Political Points "+1 Movement for Scout" I'm not too sure about this one, the Scout is pretty fast, but more movement at that many points isn't all that good. At that point in time, you should have more money, more than enough to stop your reliance on the pieces of treasure that you send home on your Galleon. It is up to you, but I'd assume that you would, at that point, have better things to spend your points on. --==John Smith==-- Requires: 9537 Exploration Points 3927 Political Points "-50% Cost of Native Land Purchasing==-- This is just a bigger version of Mr William Brewster, so I don't think that this is too good of an idea. I'm more for a bigger military to take what you want, and if anyone complains, you have a massive army to take down any person that will complain. Land purchasing, if you take the peaceful path, can get very expensive, so you might want to consider this if you don't like big boomsticks. --==Juan Ponce De Leon==-- Requires: 2244 Exploration Points 1122 Political Points "2 times as likely to get Treasure from Ancient Ruins" Quite useful at the beginning of the game, where treasure means a big boost to your colonies, it is useful in addition to Quesada who can reveal where all the ancient ruins are. However, you might want to invest in a Galleon straight away, you don't want all that reasure that you are obtaining to go mainly to that arrogant windbag that they call King. --==Juan De Bermudez==-- Requires: 7012 Exploration Points 3085 Political Points "+1 Movement for Caravel +1 Movement for Merchantman +1 Movement for Galleon" This is one of the better founding fathers for Exploraiton, since you want as much movement as possible. Depending on the map, your units will have problems moving since there is a considerable distance between Europe and your colonies. For example, on the Huge Western Hemisphere map, if you start where New York currently lies, there is a long, long distance from Europe to New York. Several turns, so any help is more than welcome. --==Lewis and Clark==-- Requires: 22440 Exploration Points 9537 Political Points "-50% Pioneer Equipment Required +1 movement for Wagon Train" Well, these should be Founding Fathers, since they were a pair. Anyway, this is quite useful, but there is a problem. It is a long time before you are able to hire these two, and by then, Wagon Trains are operating fine and the pioneers have made roads everywhere. So, it is up to you, as the player, whether you want to hire these guys or not. --==Pedro Alvares Cabral==-- Requires: 1683 Exploration Points 841 Political Points "-50% Travel Time to Europe" This is one founding father that you want to hire straight away. This is exceptionally useful, this makes it easier on your ships. Given that on large maps, travel time back to Europe is extremely long, this is very useful. Even on smaller maps, this is useful. This will save turns upon turns for your ships, and you can easily turn those turns into a lot of money, or gold. --==Vasco Nunez De Balboa==-- Requires: 3927 Exploration Points 1823 Political Points "+25% Defence in all Settlements" This should be in military, but oh well. Anyway, this will improve the defence of your colony, which makes the troops defending it stand more of a chance against the invaders. But given that you can spend these points on actually improving the units so they can do something on the field, this might be more or less worthless compared with the military founding fathers. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ [8.06] Military Finally, the military founding fathers, these guys are there for the sole reason of boosting the raw firepower of your units, which is quite a good idea to be quite honest. These guys are going to be more and more important as the game ticks on and you start to build up a powerful force to keep that demanding piece of crap that you call a king at bay. All in all, these are guys you ultimate are going to fight for. --==Chief Powhatan==-- Requires: 2244 Military Points 4488 Political Points "+50% Attack Power for Converted Native" So, when you have all those experts on the fields toiling away, making more raw resources appear out of no where than the converted natives can, this is one person that you want on your team, this is useful since they make decent troops. I personally don't have any problems with using the other Founding Fathers to get converted natives, and then making them cannon fodder. Also, he wears a Top Hat. Come on, a Top Hat. --==Diego Velazquez De Cuellar==-- Requires: 1122 Military Points 1963 Political Points "Provides 3 Indentured Servants" Well, the reason why this is in the military section is because the servants, while they are more or less inefficient in production, they make good forms of cannon fodder. Yep, like the episode in the Simpsons, they make damn good Frontline Infantry. Frontline Infantry. Frontline Infantry. Well, that what they are for. Any immigants in Europe you don't want. FRONTLINE INFANTRY. --==Dom Pedro I==-- Requires: 10098 Military Points 33660 Political Points "+50% Great General Emergence Free Promotion - Veteran I, Minuteman I - Mounted Units - Gunpowder Units" One of the most useful Founding Fathers, military wise anyway, because first of all, more promotions means that your units have the extra edge against your enemies which is always a good thing. Also, emergence of the Great General means stronger troops, and that is even better, stronger and better troops. Its a battle between the hardened veteran or the fresh, green recruit. No contest. --==Ethan Allen==-- Requires: 4207 Military Points 10659 Political Points "Free Promotion - Ranger I, Mountaineer II - Gunpowder Units" Even more promotions, this is even better. More promotions, like I said, is good for your troops. They make them stronger and better, and in this case, better without having to do anything but to exist. The least I can say about this is that you want this. Your foot soldiers are going to be the most important ground unit. Your mounted units might be powerful, but you can't have too many of them since horses do take time. However, foot soldiers are going to be everywhere. --==Francisco Pizarro==-- Requires: 841 Military Points 1542 Political Points "Free Promotion - Looter - Gunpowder Units" This is a nice promotion, looter does give more gold for you for burning all that crap the enemy has to the ground. This is why this unit is pretty good in the long run. Any fight that you have with an enemy, don't forget to pillage their land, and make the most of your incursion in their land, here, why don't you take some gold to remember them by? --==Francisco De Coronado==-- Requires: 1683 Military Points 3366 Political Points "+1 Movement for Dragoon" This is an interesting ability. Dragoons are the mounted troops, those with guns and horses. They are quite powerful, since they can move pretty damn far, so they are going to serve as the powerhouse. If you want them to be extremely powerful, this might be just the ticket for you. After all, you can have all the foot soldiers you want, but it ain't special till the tanks roll in. --==Hernan Cortes==-- Requires: 561 Military Points 1122 Political Points "Free Stockade in Every Settlement" This is relatively useful for the small fee that you have to pay to hire this founding father. The Stockade acts as a wall, this fortifies your units while they are in the settlement, so this is extremely useful. You also save on the cost of building one, so it is, in all counts of the terms, win win. Small cost for such a large gain. Hey, even I can be a stock trader. --==Hernando De Sato==-- Requires: 1402 Military Points 2524 Political Points "Free Promotion - Grenadier I - Gunpowder Units" Another promotion for your foot soldiers, my, if you have all these founding fathers, your frontline infantry is going to be something to be reckoned with, for sure. Like I said before, any boost that you can give to your frontline infantry is a good one, regardless. And the points cost for this upgrade isn't all that high, so a good choice. --==John Paul Jones==-- Requires: 5610 Military Points 14025 Political Points "Provides 1 Frigate" Well, a Frigate is rather expensive, so this one is where you need to weigh up the cost. If you can't afford to get a Ship of the Line, than this isn't such a bad choice, but Frigates aren't good for anything but war, their cargo carrying skills is poor to say the least. This is up to you, and how desperate you are to get an extra ship. Remember, the control of the seas is EXTREMELY important when you declare revolution. --==Marquis De La Fayette==-- Requires: 7293 Military Points 25245 Political Points "Increases Musket Production by Tax Rate" Well, this is the Frenchman that helped the Americans. This is quite a powerful ability that he has there. You see, the more you get taxed, the more you want to declare revolution. And more you want to do that, the more guns you want to fight off the invaders. And this helps greatly. This will increase musket production by a fair amount, and considering that you will have a high tax rate before revolution, this means a lot more muskets than you know what to do with. --==Paul Chomedey De Maisonneuve==-- Requires: 3085 Military Points 5890 Political Points "Free Promotion - Formation - Gunpowder Units +1 Movement for Converted Native" Finally, the last of the founding fathers, this man is quite useful as well. 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