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SenetEr
Pleb
posted 01-08-01 12:30 ET (US)         
Okay, a few RULES for this thread.
This is meant to be a housing block library so...

Please limit your replies to posting your favorite block with a text description. Please don't reply just to say 'nice block' or to ask how the walker will make it all the way around. If there is an obvious error with a block, please e-mail the poster and let them fix it.

It would be nice to have an uncluttered thread of everyone's blocks without a lot of chatter or discussion.

Nuff said. Any format is great, Glyphy or other picture form.

Discussion on this thread has a sister thread called
Discussion Thread for Favourite Housing Blocks

Please use it for questions or comments regarding the blocks you see posted here. Thanks

[This message has been edited by SenetEr (edited 02-22-2001).]

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SenetEr
Pleb
posted 01-08-01 12:31 ET (US)     1 / 179       
40 House Common Block
(with a nice modification by Grumpus)

HouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouse
RoadblockRoadblock
HousePlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaHouse
PlazaFleecemarketFoodmarketOilmarketMaintenance OfficePlaza
HousePlazaPlazaHouse
PlazaTheaterPillarHousePlaza
HousePlazaPillarPlazaHouse
PlazaPillarHousePlaza
HousePlazaPillarPlazaHouse
PlazaPillarHousePlaza
HousePlazaInfirmaryGardenPlazaHouse
PlazaHousePlaza
HousePlazaGardenPlazaHouse
PlazaHousePlaza
HousePlazaGymnasiumMonumentPlazaHouse
PlazaHousePlaza
HousePlazaPlazaHouse
PlazaPodiumTax OfficeFountainHousePlaza
HousePlazaPlazaHouse
PlazaPlaza
HouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouse

Legend

This is the backbone of most of my cities. I will use this in a grid of avenues or boulevards in my main city. I will also use it in almost every colony I go to.
It holds 2400 people when fully evolved. As Grumpus pointed out, the theatre,etc.. can be dropped to get more housing in.
The corner houses need a perimeter road in order to have road access as they do not get it from the inner ring. This is why I usually use it in a grid. It's very esthetic when used that way. In colonies or in tight locales, I will omit the outer road and put gazebos in the corners.

In early missions or colonies where avenues are not enabled, I use the outer road to give road access for outside houses and replace the avenue tiles with gardens. The outer road gives road access and the vendor's cart still gets within 2 tiles of the house to give it supplies.

A good example of this block in action is my city New Athens which is in the download section.

[This message has been edited by SenetEr (edited 01-08-2001).]

SenetEr
Pleb
posted 01-08-01 12:31 ET (US)     2 / 179       
8x32 Mixed Concentric Block

MonumentTheaterElite HousingElite HousingElite HousingElite HousingMonumentHedgemazePillar
Pillar
Pillar
GymnasiumHouseHousePillarPillarPillar
PlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaFountainPillar
RoadblockRoadblockRoadblockRoadblockRoadblockPlazaPlazaPlazaPillar
Tax OfficePlazaPodiumGardenGardenPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaHouseRoadblockRoadblockRoadblock
PlazaElite HousingElite HousingElite HousingElite HousingFleecemarketPlazaFoodmarketPillar
FountainPlazaHouseHousePlazaPillar
PlazaOilmarketPlazaWinemarketPillar
HousePlazaHouseHousePlazaPillar
PlazaPillarPillarPillarPillarPillarPillarPillarPillarPillarPillarPillarPillarPillarPillarPillarPillarWeaponsmarketPlazaHorsemarketPillar
HousePlazaHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHousePlazaPillar
PlazaHouseMaintenance OfficeGardenPillar
HousePlazaGardenPillar
GardenGardenPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaInfirmaryGardenPillar
MonumentHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseGardenPillar
GardenPillar
PillarPillarPillarPillarPillarPillarPillarPillarPillarPillarPillarPillarPillarPillarPillarPillarPillarPillarPillarPillarPillarPillarPillarPillar

Legend

This is an over-engineered marvel that I don't use very much.
It was a great experiment in how much you could squeeze into a block and control the walkers. It works very well and is posted in the Miscellaneous section of the downloads. (The downloads has a 10x28 mixed block that is too finicky with respect to entertainer walkers and I do not want to post it in this thread.)

I have used it in some cities, I think in my Trojan War adventure and in a version of Thebes that I never finished.

I secretly hate it because I had to use two fountains

[This message has been edited by SenetEr (edited 01-08-2001).]

SenetEr
Pleb
posted 01-08-01 12:32 ET (US)     3 / 179       
16 House Elite Line

Plaza HedgemazeHedgemaze HedgemazeHedgemaze
Roadblock
WinemarketPlazaFleecemarket
PlazaElite HousingElite Housing Elite HousingElite Housing
WeaponsmarketPlazaFoodmarket
Plaza Tax OfficePodium
HorsemarketPlazaOilmarket
PlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlaza PlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaGymnasium
Roadblock
PlazaWeaponsmarketPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlaza PlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlaza
PlazaElite HousingElite Housing Elite HousingElite HousingMaintenance OfficeTheater
PlazaHorsemarket
Plaza
PlazaPlazaPlaza
PlazaPlazaPlaza HedgemazeHedgemaze HedgemazeHedgemaze
Roadblock
Plaza

Legend

I really like this block because of it's simplicity. It is really long, so long in fact that I had to chop 8 houses out of the middle to get it to fit into the forum. Because of that, I rarely get to use it at full length because the maps hardly ever allow it. It does work great in a shortened version. Just leave out houses to get it to fit. I haven't tried getting 18 or 20 houses into it. I don't think the walker distances would allow it to go bigger than 16 so I never tried.

If you stack two together, you can use schools in place of the podium and the theatre in one of the blocks. Two blocks will give you 16 companies, a pretty powerful army in any city's book. It also works with two common agoras if you don't want to double up on horse and armor vendors.

If you want to see it in action, look at my Iolcus in the downloads section.

[This message has been edited by SenetEr (edited 01-08-2001).]

SenetEr
Pleb
posted 01-08-01 13:36 ET (US)     4 / 179       
Hercules Block

GardenGardenGardenGardenGardenGardenGardenGardenGardenGardenGardenGardenGardenGardenGardenGardenGardenGardenGardenGardenGardenPillarPillarPillarPillarPillarPillarPillarPillarPillarPillarPillarPillar
PillarStadium (H)Pillar
HouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHousePillarPillar
PillarPillar
HouseGardenGardenGardenGardenGardenGardenGardenGardenGardenGardenGardenGardenGardenGardenGardenGardenGardenGardenPillarPillar
PillarPillar
RoadblockMaintenance OfficeHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseRoadblockElite Housing
HousePillarPalace (V)
PlazaFleecemarketPillarPillarPillarPillarPillarGardenGardenMonumentFountainPillar
HousePlazaTheaterPillar
PlazaFoodmarketInfirmaryTax OfficePillarMonumentPillar
HousePlazaGymnasiumPillarPillar
PlazaOilmarketPodiumPillarPillar
RoadblockPlazaPillarMonumentPillar
HousePillarPillar
GardenGardenGardenGardenGardenGardenGardenGardenGardenGardenGardenGardenGardenGardenGardenGardenGardenGardenPillarPillar
HouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseDrama SchoolCollegeGymnasiumHedgemazeHedgemazeMonumentPillar
Pillar
GardenPillar
GardenGardenGardenGardenGardenGardenGardenGardenGardenGardenGardenGardenGardenPillarPillarPillarPillar

Legend

This is the block I use for colonies which need Hercules, namely the Hercules Labour's missions. The m.o. for the inner ring actually services the schools, Herc's gym, the palace and the stadium. Herc's Hall, pictured as an elite house does not require fire or collapse protection. The culture walkers from the schools and Herc's gym all walk past the Hsll to get to their venues.

The block holds 1680 people if all the houses make it to townhouse. I have shown it without avenues as a lot of the colonies do not have them enabled.

Moquel
Pleb
posted 01-08-01 14:41 ET (US)     5 / 179       
HouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouse
GardenGardenGardenPlazaPlazaHouse
RoadblockRoadblockGymnasium
HouseGardenRoadblockFoodmarketHouse
GardenRoadblock
HouseGardenRoadblockFleecemarketMaintenance OfficeHouse
GardenRoadblockPlaza
HouseGardenRoadblockOilmarketPodiumPlazaHouse
GardenRoadblock
HousePlazaTheaterHouse
Plaza
HousePlazaHouse
Plaza
HousePlazaHouse
PlazaTax OfficeFountain
HousePlazaPlazaHouse
PlazaPlaza
HouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouse

Legend

This block is by no means perfect, but it suits my purposes nicely. What I noticed with many concentric blocks were the immense size of them.
This block is somewhat smaller and is really quite adaptable.

In my opinion, this is a great block to start out with in any given scenario.

Fully evolved 1620 people can reside in this block.


I have discovered a truly marvellous signature, which this margin is too narrow to contain.

[This message has been edited by Moquel (edited 01-08-2001).]

Grumpus The Elder
Pharaolympics 2000 Competitor
posted 01-08-01 14:43 ET (US)     6 / 179       
An Elite Housing Block

If available, I alternate monuments and hedgerows as the high appeal items. The three agoras are usually as follows:

Agora A - Food, Fleece, Arms
Agora B - Arms, Oil, Horse Trainer
Agora C (next to the ranches) - Arms, Horse Trainer, Wine

Because the ranches are an integral part of the block, the horses are snapped up as soon as they are spawned. I usually try to have some armor stockpiled before going into battle. Quite often I am able to replace battle losses before the troops return.

If possible I build two of these blocks side by side. They then share a strip of high appeal items.

Suggestion If you use this puppy, place the ranches first. That way you'll have horses available by the time you need them.

[This message has been edited by Grumpus The Elder (edited 01-08-2001).]

Plebus
Pharaolympics 2000 Competitor
posted 01-08-01 16:16 ET (US)     7 / 179       
Symmetrical common block(2x41).

PillarPillarPillarPillarPillarPillarPillarPillarPillarPillarPillarPillarPillarPillarPillarPillarPillarPillarPillarPillarPillarPillarPillarPillarPillarPillarPillarPillarPillarPillarPillar
PillarInfirmaryGardenGardenHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseGymnasiumPillar
PillarFountainPillar
PillarPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPillar
PillarPlazaPlazaOilmarketPlaza
PillarGardenMaintenance OfficePlazaHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHousePlazaPlaza
PillarPlazaPlazaFoodmarketPlaza
PillarGardenTax OfficePlazaHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHousePlazaPlaza
PillarPlazaPlazaFleecemarketPlaza
TheaterPlazaPlazaPlaza
PodiumPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaRoadblockRoadblock
HouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseGarden
GardenGarden
PillarPillarPillarPillarPillarPillarPillarPillarPillarPillarPillarPillarPillarPillarPillarPillarPillarPillarPillarPillarPillarPillarPillarPillarPillarPillar
TheaterPillarPillarPillarPillarPillarPillarPillarPillarPillarPillarPillarPillarPillarPillarPillarPillarPillarPillarPillarPillarPillarPillarPillarPillarPillarPillar
GardenGardenHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseGarden
Podium
PlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaRoadblockRoadblock
PlazaPlazaFleecemarketPlaza
PillarGardenTax OfficePlazaHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHousePlazaPlaza
PillarPlazaPlazaFoodmarketPlaza
PillarGardenMaintenance OfficePlazaHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHousePlazaPlaza
PillarPlazaPlazaOilmarketPlaza
PillarInfirmaryPlazaPlazaPlaza
PillarFountainPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaGymnasiumPillar
PillarHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHousePillar
PillarGardenGardenPillar
PillarPillarPillarPillarPillarPillarPillarPillarPillarPillarPillarPillarPillarPillarPillarPillarPillarPillarPillarPillarPillarPillarPillarPillarPillarPillarPillarPillarPillarPillarPillar

Legend

Note:the two rows of pilar in the middle are actually a raw of gazebo.Gazebo are also needed on the upper and lower side of the block,otherwise you should consider other 6 tile range buildings(palace,sanctury or commemorative).

[This message has been edited by Plebus (edited 01-08-2001).]

MarcusMaximus
Pleb
posted 01-08-01 16:21 ET (US)     8 / 179       
Here's my first and now vastly under-rated block.


TheaterRoadblockFoodmarketFleecemarketOilmarketTax Office
RoadblockInfirmary
FountainCollegeFountain
PillarPillarPillarGardenGardenGardenGardenPillarPillarPillar
PillarGardenGardenPillarPillarPillarGardenGardenPillar
PillarGardenHousePlazaPlazaHousePillarHousePlazaPlazaHouseGardenPillar
PillarGardenPlazaPlazaPillarPlazaPlazaGardenPillar
PillarGardenHousePlazaPlazaHousePillarHousePlazaPlazaHouseGardenPillar
PillarGardenPlazaPlazaPillarPlazaPlazaGardenPillar
PillarGardenHousePlazaPlazaHousePillarHousePlazaPlazaHouseGardenPillar
PillarGardenPlazaPlazaPillarPlazaPlazaGardenPillar
PillarMonumentGardenPillarGardenMonumentGardenPillarGardenMonumentPillar
PillarPillarPlazaGardenGardenPlazaPillarPillar
PillarGardenPillarGardenGardenPillarGardenPillar
PillarGardenHousePlazaPlazaHousePillarHousePlazaPlazaHouseGardenPillar
PillarGardenPlazaPlazaPillarPlazaPlazaGardenPillar
PillarGardenHousePlazaPlazaHousePillarHousePlazaPlazaHouseGardenPillar
PillarGardenPlazaPlazaPillarPlazaPlazaGardenPillar
PillarGardenHousePlazaPlazaHousePillarHousePlazaPlazaHouseGardenPillar
PillarGardenPlazaPlazaPillarPlazaPlazaGardenPillar
PillarGardenGardenGardenGardenPillarPillarPillarGardenGardenGardenGardenPillar
PillarPillarPillarDrama SchoolPillarPillarPillar
GymnasiumMaintenance OfficePodium
Roadblock

Legend


The aesthetic look also is important to me.

The good news is I left room for expansion (houses or services as needed). If I tweak out the nicities and do some shifting, I can add even more houses.

I also "stack" blocks both vertically and horizontally. I position services (warehouses, food storage, etc) between the blocks. The largest town I made so far has been a 3x4 of these blocks.

[This message has been edited by MarcusMaximus (edited 01-08-2001).]

homegrown
Pharaolympics 2000 Competitor
posted 01-08-01 19:51 ET (US)     9 / 179       
Look at all the pretty blocks!

Here is the distribution center that i'm using to keep all these blocks stocked.

Plaza PlazaHouseHousePlaza Plaza
PlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlaza
FleecemarketFoodmarketOilmarketRoadblockGardenGardenMaintenance OfficeGardenGardenRoadblockOilmarketFoodmarketFleecemarket
RoadblockRoadblock
Roadblock
GranaryGranaryStorehouseStorehouseGranaryGranary Tradepost
Wheat Farm
GardenPillarPillarGarden
GranaryGranaryPillarPillarGranaryGranary Tradepost
StorehouseStorehouseWheat Farm
MonumentFleecemarketFoodmarketOilmarketRoadblockWinemarketWeaponsmarketHorsemarketMonument
Roadblock
PlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlaza
Plaza Plaza

Legend

I put 2 modified-SenetEr 40 house common blocks above, and either 2 more common housing, or a modified-Grumpus 18 elite block to the south. I like to put the horse ranches on either side as shown to the right, but do move them to the other end of the elite block like in the Grumpus above.

The granaries will hold food for 10,000 ppl for one year so i don't need all of them most of othe time. In one city i had to "get" food from another area of the map and the extra granaries really helped.


A Tale in the Desert
Flogging will continue until morale improves.
Plebus
Pharaolympics 2000 Competitor
posted 01-08-01 21:37 ET (US)     10 / 179       
I know some players like to surround their housing block with columns,this is the one for them(I'll try it myself the other time).Not very economic,but all 37 houses should be able to evolve to townhouses(haven't have every tile calculated):

PillarPillarPillarPillarPillarPillarPillarPillarPillarPillarPillarPillarPillarPillarPillarPillarPillarPillarPillarPillarPillarPillarPillarPillarPillarPillarPillarPillarPillarPillar
PillarGardenInfirmaryFountainHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseGymnasiumPillar
PillarGardenPillar
PillarGardenPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPillar
PillarGardenPlazaWinemarketPillar
PillarGardenGardenMaintenance OfficePlazaHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHousePlazaPillar
PillarGardenPlazaPlazaOilmarketPillar
PillarGardenGardenTax OfficePlazaPillarPillarPillarPillarPillarPillarPillarPillarPillarPillarPillarPillarPillarPillarPillarPillarPillarPillarPlazaPillar
PillarGardenPlazaHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHousePlazaFoodmarketPillar
PillarTheaterPlazaPlazaPillar
PillarRoadblockRoadblockRoadblock
PillarPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaGardenGardenPillar
PillarPodiumHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseGardenPillar
PillarGardenPillar
PillarPillarPillarPillarPillarPillarPillarPillarPillarPillarPillarPillarPillarPillarPillarPillarPillarPillarPillarPillarPillarPillarPillarPillarPillarPillarPillarPillarPillarPillar

Legend

Note:The two 2x2 gardens on the left are actuallt gazebos.That row of pillars in the middle must be benches(if they are columns or gardens,only 39 points available for the nearby houses).This is also the case for the houses in the middle of top and bottom rows(nead several gardens outside of the columns).If you prefer extreme rigidity,remove the odd house on the bottom right.I suggest leaving it as blank,fill in some cultural buidings before the pan-Hellenic games,that will increase the chance of winning a commemorative.

[This message has been edited by Plebus (edited 01-09-2001).]

Nightwolf
Pleb
posted 01-09-01 02:40 ET (US)     11 / 179       
I've never used the "glyphy" thing, so I won't even try...

The latest housing block (common) that I've worked up is a basic 'U' shape, containing 25 Common houses arranged on both sides of a 'U' shaped Avenue, with the Agora, College, Drama School, Maintenance and Tax at one end of the 'U', all the culturals at the other end end of the 'U'... the Fountain is in the middle (outside) of the 'U', and the whole thing is surrounded by 2-tile-wide Parks, with a 10x2 row of Parks running down the center of the 'U'. I deliberately duplicated a Maintenance Office and Tax Office, so there's one on either end of the 'U', and it was necessary to place a second Infirmary at the other end of the 'U'.

This description probably stinks , so check out the actual screen cap on my Foundry (http://foundry.4mg.com/index.html) site, on the Population page. Fully developed, it holds 1500 people... a nice round number, especially for stuff like "Perseus and Medusa" ep. 6

Occasionally for a smaller block in a narrow area I'll use just a basic straight line... 3 or 4 houses on either side of an Avenue, with all the supply stuff at one end, and all the cultural at the other, the whole shebang surrounded by 2 or 3 tile wide Parks.

Wolfie.


David "Nightwolf" Masters
dsmasters61@gmail.com
my Facebook page

"When facism comes to America, it will be waving the flag and carrying a cross." -- Sinclair Lewis
SenetEr
Pleb
posted 01-09-01 10:57 ET (US)     12 / 179       
True Concentric

HouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouse
HouseRoadblockRoadblockRoadblockRoadblockRoadblockRoadblockRoadblockRoadblockRoadblockRoadblockRoadblockRoadblockRoadblockRoadblockRoadblockRoadblockRoadblockRoadblockHouse
HouseHouseMonumentCollegeDrama SchoolGymnasiumFountainGarden
HouseHouseMaintenance OfficeRoadblockFleecemarket
GardenGardenTheaterGardenGardenGardenGardenGardenRoadblock
HouseHouseGardenGardenInfirmaryGardenTax OfficeRoadblockFoodmarket
GardenGardenGardenRoadblock
HouseHouseHouseGardenPodiumRoadblockOilmarket
GardenRoadblock
HouseHouse
RoadblockRoadblockRoadblockRoadblockRoadblockRoadblockRoadblockRoadblockRoadblockRoadblockRoadblockRoadblockRoadblockRoadblockRoadblockRoadblockRoadblockRoadblock
HouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouse

Legend

This is another oddity that I don't use much. It is a true concentric in that it has no road access to the inner ring. The 2x2 garden plot (not a flower garden) by the agora allows access to Greece for the inner buildings. The agora works by the 'back door'. The buyers exit out of the rear of the shops and the vendor cart appears out the front into the inner ring.
Because there is no road access out of the block, the schools must be in the block which reduces it's usefulness.

I have included it here for interest sake as it demonstrates an odd feature of the game, namely that agoras have back doors. It also is the only game where a true concentric block can exist.

Plebus
Pharaolympics 2000 Competitor
posted 01-09-01 13:01 ET (US)     13 / 179       
Another "enclosed" block,this time the inner ring road is 8x20(I stick to the 52 tile length,the maxium "safe" distance for water carriers and healers).It holds 40 houses.

PillarPillarPillarPillarPillarPillarPillarPillarPillarPillarPillarPillarPillarPillarPillarPillarPillarPillarPillarPillarPillarPillarPillarPillarPillarPillarPillarPillarPillarPillar
PillarInfirmaryGardenGardenHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseGardenPillar
PillarPodiumPillar
PillarPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaHouseGardenPillar
PillarPlazaGardenPillar
PillarGardenGymnasiumPlazaMaintenance OfficeHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseFoodmarketPlazaHouseGardenPillar
PillarGardenPlazaPlazaGardenPillar
PillarGardenPlazaFountainGardenGardenGardenGardenGardenGardenGardenFleecemarketPlazaRoadblockRoadblock
PillarGardenTax OfficePlazaPlazaHouseGardenPillar
PillarPlazaHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseOilmarketPlazaGardenPillar
PillarTheaterPlazaHouseGardenPillar
PillarGardenPillar
PillarPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaHouseGardenPillar
PillarHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseGardenPillar
PillarGardenGardenGardenPillar
PillarPillarPillarPillarPillarPillarPillarPillarPillarPillarPillarPillarPillarPillarPillarPillarPillarPillarPillarPillarPillarPillarPillarPillarPillarPillarPillarPillarPillarPillar

Legend

All 2x2 gardens are gazebo.Some of the gardens are not neccessary,just for aethetics.If you don't mind breaking the pure rectangular shape,it can hold one more house.

[This message has been edited by Plebus (edited 01-10-2001).]

Nimlot Persson
Pharaolympics 2000 Competitor
posted 01-10-01 10:21 ET (US)     14 / 179       
This is what I normally use for colony building when no
elite housing is required. Otherwise I use Seneters excellent mixed block.


FleecemarketFoodmarketOilmarket
Roadblock
HouseHouse
FountainCollegeMaintenance Office
HouseHouse
HouseHouse
HouseGardenGardenGardenHouse
HouseGardenGardenGardenHouse
HouseGardenGardenGardenHouse
HouseMonumentHouse
HouseHouse
HouseHouse
HouseGardenGardenGardenHouse
HouseGardenGardenGardenHouse
HouseGymnasiumHouse
PodiumTax Office
HouseHouse
HouseInfirmaryTheaterHouse

Legend

Nimlot Persson
Pharaolympics 2000 Competitor
posted 01-10-01 10:41 ET (US)     15 / 179       
SenetEr,

Here's the glyphs for Calig..-whats-his-name, excellent
agora feeder block !!


RoadblockFleecemarketFoodmarketOilmarketRoadblock
GranaryMaintenance Office
Garden
StorehouseStorehouse
StorehouseStorehouse
GardenGranary
Maintenance Office
FleecemarketFoodmarketOilmarket
RoadblockRoadblock

Legend

Vriesea
Pleb
posted 01-10-01 14:49 ET (US)     16 / 179       
Free Flowing Elite Block:

FoodmarketWeaponsmarketWinemarketHorsemarketFleecemarketOilmarketWeaponsmarketFoodmarketHorsemarketOilmarketFleecemarketWinemarket
RoadblockRoadblockRoadblock
PlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlaza
PlazaPlazaElite HousingPlazaPlazaElite HousingPlazaPlazaElite HousingPlazaPlazaElite HousingPlazaPlaza
PlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlaza
PlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlaza
PlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlaza
PlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlaza
PlazaPlaza
PlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlaza
PlazaPlazaElite HousingPlazaPlazaElite HousingPlazaPlazaElite HousingPlazaPlazaElite HousingPlazaPlaza
PlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlaza
PlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlaza
PlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlaza
PlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlaza
PlazaPlaza
PlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlaza
PlazaPlazaElite HousingPlazaPlazaElite HousingPlazaPlazaElite HousingPlazaPlazaElite HousingPlazaPlaza
PlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlaza
PlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlaza
PlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlaza
PlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlaza
Tax OfficeMaintenance OfficePodiumGymnasiumTheaterGymnasiumTax OfficeMaintenance OfficeGymnasiumPodiumGardenGardenGarden
GardenGardenGarden

Legend

I've been experimenting with desirability without the use of commemorative memorials and came up with this "Free Flowing Block". I'm posting a 3 row & 4 column version but you could start with a 2 row & 2 column version and expand upward in any direction. Things I like about the block:

1) No commemorative memorials required.
2) Expandable into unusual land contours.
3) Boulevard intersections are highlighted with 4 statures (game characteristic).
4) Free and random movement of services and people within the block.

Although this block is heavily intersected, it is extremely stable and will evolve at a rapid rate. I have used this block for many game years and have yet to have a house devolve.

If you wish a copy of a city using this block just send me an e-mail.

Good gaming,
Vriesea

[This message has been edited by Vriesea (edited 01-10-2001).]

Nero Would
Pharaolympics 2000 Competitor
posted 01-11-01 12:00 ET (US)     17 / 179       
Nero Would's Big Block
54 Townhouses

North
Theater
Infirmary
Maintenance Office
PlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlaza
FountainPlazaPlazaGymnasium
PlazaHouseHouseHouse
Plaza
PlazaHousePlazaRoadblockTax OfficeMonument
PlazaPlazaMaintenance OfficeHouse
PlazaHousePlazaFleecemarket
PlazaPlazaHouseHouse
RoadblockRoadblockFoodmarket Gazebo
GazeboHousePlazaHouseHouse
PlazaOilmarket Gazebo
GazeboHousePlazaHouseHouse
PlazaRoadblockRoadblock
GazeboHousePlazaHouseHousePlazaHouseGazeboMaintenance Office
PlazaPlaza
GazeboHousePlazaHouseHousePlazaHouseGazebo
PlazaPlaza
GazeboHousePlazaHouseHousePlazaHouseGazebo
PlazaPlaza
GazeboHousePlazaHouseHousePlazaHouseGazebo
PlazaPlaza
GazeboHousePlazaHouseHousePlazaHouseGazebo
PlazaPlaza
GazeboHousePlazaHouseHousePlazaHouseGazebo
PlazaPlaza
GazeboHousePlazaHouseHousePlazaHouseGazebo
PlazaPlaza
GazeboHousePlazaHouseHousePlazaHouseGazebo
PlazaPlaza
GazeboHousePlazaPlazaHouseGazebo
HousePlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaHouse
HouseHouseHouseHouse
 

Legend

I designed this monstrosity to see how many people I can fit in one block. The answer is 3240 people in 54 Townhouses. All houses should evolve to Townhouse at any difficulty level (I tested at Titan). North must be at the top left of the diagram.

The block takes advantage of the fact that Infirmary and Fountain walkers (who have the shortest range) re-enter their building at a different place from where they exit. In this block they exit on the right of their buildings and walk down the right side of the block. When they reach the end of their random walk, the only way to get to the entrance to the building (on the left in this case) is to continue round the block and take the spur road around the top left corner.

Athletes plus Actors give enough culture points for Townhouses, but if you want Philospher access as well (to help win Pan-Helenic games for instance), you can place a podium instead of the house inside the top of the main loop (the one between the Maintenance office and the Tax Office, right below the roadblock).

[This message has been edited by Nero Would (edited 01-11-2001).]

Nero Would
Pharaolympics 2000 Competitor
posted 01-11-01 16:35 ET (US)     18 / 179       
Here is my 20 Estate block.

To Stadium
HorsemarketEmptyStallWeaponsmarketWinemarketWeaponsmarketHorsemarket
Elite HousingRoadblockRoadblockElite Housing
Elite HousingElite Housing
PlazaPlazaPlazaPlaza
PlazaPlazaPlazaPlaza
Elite HousingPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaElite Housing
PlazaPlazaElite HousingElite HousingPlazaPlaza
PlazaPlazaPlazaPlaza
PlazaPlazaPlazaPlaza
Elite HousingPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaElite Housing
PlazaPlazaMonument MonumentPlazaPlaza
PlazaPlaza PlazaPlaza
PlazaPlaza PlazaPlaza
Elite HousingPlazaPlazaElite HousingElite HousingPlazaPlazaElite Housing
PlazaPlazaPlazaPlaza
PlazaPlazaPlazaPlaza
PlazaPlazaPlazaPlaza
Elite HousingPlazaPlazaElite HousingElite HousingPlazaPlazaElite Housing
PlazaPlazaPlazaPlaza
PlazaPlazaPlazaPlaza
PlazaPlazaPlazaPlaza
Elite HousingPlazaPlazaFoodmarketFleecemarketOilmarketPodiumPlazaPlazaGymnasium
PlazaPlaza
Roadblock
Elite HousingGymnasiumMaintenance OfficeTax OfficeTheater
Monument
Gazebo
GazeboGazebo

Legend

This should work mirrored or rotated in any direction as long as the shortest route to the stadium is along the road that exits the block at the top left of this diagram (i.e. diagonally opposite the Theatre). The houses should evolve to estates at any difficulty level (I tested at Titan), although some houses may not have enough appeal until the surrounding houses have evolved to Estate.

[This message has been edited by Nero Would (edited 01-11-2001).]

DarthBane
Pleb
posted 01-11-01 17:09 ET (US)     19 / 179       
I like the following one by SenetEr ("Balanced Block" thread, post #47), which I've painstakingly remade below the original (but somehow managed to miss out a roadblock when remaking - no prizes for the first one who finds it ).


Legend

SenetEr, I praise you for making this block

Note
Darth, (and all others) you should leave a space between each of the tags or the forum will start putting in spaces of it's own.
-- Angel Jayhawk


Eh?

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Jobusos
Pleb
posted 01-11-01 17:36 ET (US)     20 / 179       
Here is a 40 Townhouse block I'm currently using in the
Trojan War adventure:

GymnasiumHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHousePodiumInfirmary
PlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPillar
HousePillar
PlazaHouseHouseHouseHousePlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaFleecemarketTax Office
HousePlazaHouseHouseHouse
PlazaHouseMonumentHedgemazeFoodmarketRoadblockRoadblock
HousePlazaHedgemazeMonumentMaintenance Office
PlazaHouseOilmarket
HousePlazaHouseHouseHouseFountain
PlazaHouseHouseHouseHouseHouse
HousePlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaTheater
Pillar
PillarHousePlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPlazaPillar
PillarHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouse
PillarPillarPillar

Legend


I originally had the podium next to the agora, but had to
shift it next to the Infirmary as the house there wouldn't
evolve all the way to Townhouse. This block evolved from
the following non-bloulevard/avenue block which contains
36 Townhouses opposed to the 40 above:

InfirmaryHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseFountainTheater
HouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouse
Podium
HouseFishpondGardenGardenFishpondHouseFoodmarket
Tax OfficeHouseGardenGardenHouseOilmarket
Tax OfficeHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseFleecemarket
GymnasiumRoadblock
HouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseMaintenance Office

Legend

The second tax office was generally a watchpost. I just
learned recently how useless they are (except for wolf
hunting). The gardens are usually a combination of
gazebos and flower gardens, though I have just inserted
a third fish pond on occasion. Note that I have a
preference for two even edges on my blocks when possible
as there usually stacked next to each other with a row of
appeal structures between them, though I think the first
block above should evolve completely without additional
appeal.


Jobusos
Jobusos
Pleb
posted 01-11-01 18:07 ET (US)     21 / 179       
Here's my elite housing block. It consists of two common agoras sandwiched between two wings
of 14 elite houses (each pair below represents 7 pairs) capped by a complex of a tax office,
maintenance office, drama school, gym, and college. It's somewhat slow to rearm, but I often
place an arms dealer in each agora if I don't have access to horses yet.


Legend

If I need access to the end of the wing I uncap the end like so:


Legend

Also, if there is a common housing block past the end of a wing, the drama school and college
can be removed from that end as walkers from the other wing will cross the entire block to get
to the common housing.


Legend

The length of the wings is limited by gymnasium athlete access to 7 houses long, making
the maximum elite housing of 28 houses.


Jobusos

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Jobusos
Pleb
posted 01-11-01 21:11 ET (US)     22 / 179       
Here's an alternate version of my elite block that I use when I need to get around terrain.
This L-shaped version tends to fit along corners in coast edges. Again, each pair of manors represents 7 pairs.



Legend


Jobusos
Jobusos
Pleb
posted 01-11-01 21:17 ET (US)     23 / 179       
Finally, with another bend, here's the U-shaped version of my elite housing block. This one
is nice for maps with large open areas. The extra two manors at the corners of the U give
this block a max of 30 houses (both wings extend upward in this version).


Legend



Jobusos
Caligulopoulos
Pleb
posted 01-12-01 00:31 ET (US)     24 / 179       
I usually lay my blocks down in pairs, with an Agora Neighborhood between them.

Agora Neighborhood
[JPEG, (50KB)]

Common Housing Block*
Phase 1

Phase 2
[JPEG, (63KB)]

Elite Housing Block
(not available yet)

* Acknowledgment - This block is a modification of the common housing block on page 43 in the Prima guide.

Caligulopoulos


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Orion
Pharaolympics 2000 Competitor
posted 01-12-01 14:32 ET (US)     25 / 179       

Legend

This is my latest creation done with precise calculations and I think it is pretty much the maximum you can get with one set of buildings. (EDIT: Just saw nerowoulds 54 townhouse block. I take my word back. I have yet to learn )
It evolves all the way to townhouses and holds a total 2820 people with only one set of buildings (two infarmaries and fountains though). It is very stable but two things must be noted. The entertainers come from outside (doesn't matter where) and the food and supplies are also outside. That is because I usually put up to four of them around a central area of goods and entertainment. It seems clumsy but it is actually very verstaile and fits easily. Two of them will be enough for almost any city.

Also note that I put two monuments there. If you are short on monuments you can use parks but I don't guarantee it. (actually only two monuments will be enough if you can spare them). And don't forget to put the necessary appeal for the houses on the outside.
Hope it helps somebody. Certainly helped me.

Orion


"Let there be light!" said God and there was light.
"Let there be blood!" said man and there was a sea.

[This message has been edited by Orion (edited 01-12-2001).]

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