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varmintt
Pleb
posted 09-09-00 15:38 ET (US)         
I'm getting hit with plagues every month. Losing 1/4 to 1/3 of my entire population every month. At this point I have a Physician, an Apothecary, and a Water Supply on every block, two or three on big blocks. I produce or import about three times the amount of food I consume, five types, well, I guess flax isn't food exactly. The overlays show everything to be just about perfect when my population caps out around 6200, still good when I take a loss from plague. Maintaining about 4% unemployment, lots of shrines and temples around. I've got Health and sanitation as my only priority. All I've been able to figure out is that if I can catch the plague right as it's starting, and remove all of the housing for a block or two, it won't spread. However, it occurs to me that it takes just as long to repopulate that way as just waiting out the plague. How do I turn off the plagues?

I've also noticed that housing areas will say they don't have access to something when they're right next door or accross the road from it. What's that about? They can't cross the street to save their lives (literally), but they can walk all the way accross town to go to work?

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Plebus
Pharaolympics 2000 Competitor
posted 09-09-00 16:52 ET (US)     1 / 5       
Usually,a city with good physician coverage and all citizens are supplied with food should not be hit by plague so often,even with some scripted events as "contaminated water" which gretatly increses the risk of plague.

You can do the following:

1.Turning on health/physician and administration/bazaar access overlay to see if the coverage is OK.Lack of food will cause desease,especially when you leave them in hunger for too long.

2.Check risk/plague overlay,if there are houses marked with red column,delete these houses.Or,when you received the "plague!" message,pause the game,set the game speed to 10%,then delete that house.You should try everything you can to stop sicked people emerging from his house,otherwise,it would be too late.

3.If you are not using some kind of housing block(such as Grumpus's or SenetEr's),then you should consider using them.Housing blocks can provide closed(looping) route for service walkers,and they are unlikely to wander away.

[This message has been edited by Plebus (edited 09-09-2000).]

Clidix
Pleb
posted 09-09-00 21:41 ET (US)     2 / 5       
To add to what Plebus said, you can also stop Plagued Citizens by deleting a single road section near all routes leading away from the house.

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ClidiX

Jimhotep
Pleb
posted 09-10-00 00:22 ET (US)     3 / 5       
I find that plagued citizens will walk over recently deleted road squares. Now if I put a small statue in the square I deleted, that's a different story.

Regards,

Jimhotep

Ginny
Pleb
posted 09-10-00 22:08 ET (US)     4 / 5       
I've found also that if Bast is a god in the scenario and you don't keep her happy, plague is likely to crop up as well. Don't remember what Osiris does but Seth isn't a good one to mess around with either. Are you keeping the gods happy through the scenario and they are not the cause of your plague?

The others have good thoughts. . . check your overlays for health, water access, physician/apothecary access. There could be one single house that's missing adequate health care and that could be the source of your problems. I personally do not delete houses that are high risk but instead try to lower that risk so I do not lose the workers that live in them. But as Plebus said, there are some that are unavoidable. However, in my scenarios, I've found that even with the "contaminated water" message, if I have adequate healthcare for at least 80-95% of my houses, even this usually does not affect me hardly any, if at all.

G'luck

Ginny


"To thine own self, be true"

-Shakespeare

Baltic
Pleb
posted 09-11-00 04:09 ET (US)     5 / 5       
varmintt,
I guess it could help if you say what mission you are playing... I remember I had plague during career only in Itjtawy (and 2 or 3 times during the scenario).

BTW... Is it really plague, or just massive epidemics of disease/malaria? Plague hits when overall city helath is low, and it takes some time to raise it - it does not improve instantly... so it could be a result of bad coverage in the past plus some contaminated water event.

All mentioned tips including keeping Bast happy are good. If you can build Temple Complex to Bast (and have money and employees), do that. It improves the situation almost instantly.

Cherub Baltic

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