I use two different types of worker housing blocks:
A large highly structured block designed to house 1000 + people.
The main goal here is to provide housing for large numbers of workers.
These blocks will be located outside of, and separated from any
industrial or farming areas.
Small settlements of 6-12 houses. These are placed inside, or
next to, farming or industrial areas. They are designed to provide
immediate labor access to these areas. Normally, I only provide
the following services to these settlements.
- Water Supply
- Temple and perhaps a couple of shrines.
- Juggler (maybe)
The relationship of these blocks to each other and to the industrial
or farming areas is as follows:
Housing Block > Road Block >(Industry + Housing
Housing Block > Road Block > Housing Settlement
> Work Camp > Road Block > Farms
This is a small settlement designed to provide workers for a ferry terminal
and some breweries. The main housing block is at the top. Part of another
settlement can be seen on the left.
In addition to providing a stable labor supply to industry
and farming, these settlements help you meet the city-wide cultural
and religious requirements. Here's why:
Take religion - To keep a Patron God happy you have to
provide a temple or two shrines for every 350 residents. You also need
(fewer) temples and shrines for the lessor Gods. If you tried to put
all this stuff in a housing block, you wouldn't have room for any houses!
This is where the small settlements help. Providing them with a temple
and 2 shrines is far more than you need for that amount of housing,
but it counts city-wide and reduces the need to clutter up your main
housing blocks. It also makes it unecessary to create (shudder!!) culture
Other considerations are crime and disease. In Pharaoh,
the hungary, unwashed wretch in the crude hut at the end of the road
is not going to put up with that crap for very long. He is either going
to get sick and spread malaria, plague, or disease among your populance,
or he is going to put on a ski mask and take down your tax collector.
Either way, it's going to cost more than it would to provide basic services
I do not have any standard method of putting these small
settlements together. Each one is different. I do try to standardize
the large blocks, and the rest of this guide (or whatever it is) will
deal with them.
Housing Blocks - General
In Pharaoh there are fourteen levels of worker housing. These range
from a Crude Hut which can house five people to a Fancy Residence which
can hold 92. Getting the housing to improve to the next higher levels
is called evolvement. There are three factors that determine if your
housing will evolve or not, these are:
- Desirability - This is the sum of all the influences that the neighboring
tiles have upon your house. This is expressed as a number and can
range from a low of -99 (Living next to the intake pool of sewage
treatment plant) to a high of 100 (Yountville, California). Each level
of housing requires a higher desirability rating than the one preceeding
it. You can improve desirability by placing parks, plazas, statues,
etc. You can decrease desirability by placing forts or slaughterhouses
across the street from your housing. Most of the non-housing structures
in the game have some effect upon the surrounding tiles. You can find
out what these are by going here
- Entertainment - There are four types of entertainment in Pharaoh
and each of these provide a certain number of entertainment "points"
to the houses which have access to them. These types and their point
- Working Jugglers ---------------------------- 10 points
- Musicians -------------------------------------- 20 "
- Dancers------------------------------------------30 "
- Senet Houses-----------------------------------40"
- Some extra points (0-10) are added to the above to reflect city
-wide coverage. I haven't a clue how that works..
- Goods and Services - Some levels of housing require that specific
goods or services be provided before they will evolve.
A list of all the housing levels and what they need to evolve can be
found here . I would suggest that
you print this out and keep it handy as you play the game. You should
strive to get to the point where you can look at a house and know what
level it is, and what it needs without having to click on it. You don't
have to know this to play the game, but life is going be much simpler
if you do. Until you get to that point, here is how you find out where
your housing is at, and what it needs to evolve:
Select the house you want info on and right-click on it, you will get
a panel like this:
Pretty neat huh? Not only tells you why the house can't
evolve, but also gives you some useful info about this house.
Housing and Services
It's important to understand how housing obtains services (fire, food,
etc). In C2 and some other games, if you built a a theater or some other
facility, that structure itself would service a defined area around
it. This is not true in Pharaoh. For example, if you build a firehouse
in the middle of a housing area, that area is not automatically protected
from fire. The firehouse will send out a sprite (walker) who will randomly
patrol the area. At every intersection a separate decision will be made
as to the future route. As the walker passes structures, those buildings
are given a certain level of immunity from fire.This immunity will erode
as time passes. If the walker does not pass the building again before
the immunity expires it will catch fire. This process is, more or less,
what happens with all the game's services. To see this in action turn
on any of the overlays, watch your selected walker, and see what happens
as he (she) passes structures. A lot of the strategy of this game concerns
trying to place services so that walkers will be forced to pass selected
buildings. If you can get this you will save yourself an huge amount
of grief in future play.
Get familiar with the keyboard shortcuts. Some that are
especially useful are:
- "W" =Water Overlay. This also has a neat grid which
you can use for city layout.
- "F" = Fire Overlay.
- "D" = Damage Overlay
- "T" = Trouble
- "~" = Opens the Overseer of Workers. You can use this
to keep track of the number of unemployed workers you have available.
- "9" = Opens the Overseer of Temples
As a general rule, do not build anything that you do
not NEED to have at the moment. Also do not build anything unless you
have enough unemployed workers to staff it immediately.
Do not, at the beginning of the game, pay any attention
to any of the Overseers except for the Overseer of the Workers, and
the Overseer of the Temples. At the end of the game some of the others
are useful, but at the start, they are just whining distractions.
If you want to amuse yourself by right-clicking on walkers
to see what they have to say, do so, but don't pay attention to any
of the sniveling little weasels. Like the Overseers, they will just
want stuff that you either can not, or should not provide until later
in the game.
Keep in mind that the main reason you are building housing
is to get workers. Whether or not your people adore you is immaterial
as long as you are getting the workers you need to get on with the game.
Unemployment is a GOOD, GOOD, GOOD thing. . Sooner or
later you are going to need every body you can get, so always try to
have some unemployment. I like to have at least 20% - 40% is better.
I would far rather have 500 unemployed than be 10 workers short. Don't
worry about riots or crime. Get your folks up to Ordinary Cottage level,
and they will sit there fat, dumb, and happy, until you need them.
OK! - Let's go