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Topic Subject:Pyramid Speedup
Vriesea
Pleb
posted 10-12-00 15:57 ET (US)         
Could someone explain to me how "Pyramid Speedup" works.

I am now in Sauty (Lykopolis) and after 56% complete I decided to speedup the construction of my medium pyramid (first of three). But I saw no change in construction speed.

Reading the Cleo CD cover it indicates that this must be done in the early stages of construction. It also indicates that any God's blessing may be converted into a "boost".

Questions:

1) I am assuming I am too late for this pyramid, but will any type of God's blessing work from small blessing to major blessing?
2) I am assuming you need all materials on hand and available. Does the game automatically delete the correct number of bricks, wood, and limestone from the SYs.
3) Should I try and time my blessing when I have the most construction materials on hand?
4) Reviewing previous threads there seems to be problems with this option. What do I need to watch out for?

Thanks,

Good gaming,
Vriesea

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Baltic
Pleb
posted 10-12-00 17:44 ET (US)     1 / 9       
I'm playing with speedup off, so I may have overlooked something... but it should work this way:

1) If the speedup is on, there is a chance of x%, that a blessing you receive will be a monument boost instead of "normal" blessing.
The construction blessing has 2 versions (different amount of work done by the blessing), one for small blessing, one for major blessing - so any type will work, but major blessing helps more.

2) Wrong. You don't need materials, you don't need workers, you don't need anything - just a monument that is in the correct stage of construction (I heard that if it is about 70% completed, you don't get any more blessings for it - not sure about the number though). This is one of the reasons why I don't want to use the blessing ... it makes things too easy.

3) Makes no difference... see 2)

4) It isn't sure whether the problem is caused by speedup or not... but anyway, watch out for grave goods - don't dispatch anything before all requirements are fulfilled.

Cherub Baltic

bipo
Pleb
posted 02-12-04 15:46 ET (US)     2 / 9       
Hi

You need to turn on the pyramid speed-up on in the corner of the map.It should say "Options" and click there and it should say pyramid speed-up off. Click on it to turn it on.

bipo

KurosPaladin
Pleb
posted 02-13-04 07:47 ET (US)     3 / 9       
The speedup only works on Mastabas and Pyramids. I'm pretty certain it doesn't work on Sun Temples, Mausoleums, and Obelisks. It will only work for the first monument you start. If you start a second monument before the first is finished, you'll get no more construction blessings.

Once the first Pyramid is about 70% complete, you won't get anymore construction blessings for it.

To take advantage of construction blessings, you should place the foundation of your largest Pyramid at the start of the game. This is almost always a good idea anyway, as it defines the spot for the monument, and you won't run into space issues in the future. Even with no one working on it, the occasional blessing from the god(s) may build up to 70% of that monument. You won't need any workers or construction materials for that 70%.

There are downsides, though. It will take a long time if you let the gods do it themselves. It also limits you to building only one monument at a time. Some players will have two or maybe all three monuments going at once to speed up the game finish. You'll also need to keep the gods very happy to get plenty of blessings, and that means lots of temples and/or shrines, and the occasional festival, which all cost money.

Personally, I look at the current scenario. Are raw materials for the monument abundant? If so, then you just need to get enough workers and industry going to gather them and build the monument, an occasional construction blessing being a treat.

Is time a factor and you have two or more monuments to complete? If so, you might not want to count on the gods to get them finished for you. Generally I start the larger monument first, especially if they are limestone pyramids. When the last few coarses are being laid, I'll start the smaller pyramid, allowing the workcamp workers to work on the foundation, while a few remainders finish the coarses and the stonemasons finish the outside of the larger pyramid.

The god that provided the construction blessing provides all the raw materials for you, so you don't need them. However, you will notice that if there were any sleds of bricks heading toward the monument when the construction blessing occurred, they'll be lost. A very small price to pay considering the amount of work and materials the god provides!

I have not noticed a difference in construction blessing "sizes." They all seem to perform the same amount of work. Some look more impressive than others, such as the additional coarses being laid versus foundation work. Also, if you receive a construction blessing while the foundation is being laid and the blessing completes the foundation, construction stops when it is finished. Even if all it did was fill in the last few grooves with rubble. Construction blessings that complete coarses, however, will always finish out their entire "worth" until you exceed about 70% complete. At that time, you will not get anymore construction blessings for the monument.

Personally, I like the Pyramid Speedup option. I don't count on it, but it is nice to have that additional help. Sometimes it can be frustrating, too. Importing materials for it, then a god finishes the monument for you, and you're left with a bunch of limestone you paid for that you can't sell.

Kuros Paladin - Knight of the Nile

Iset
Pleb
posted 02-20-04 16:41 ET (US)     4 / 9       
Hi,

I use the speedup option. In the first mission where you build a large pyramid and a small one for yourself, I placed them both at the beginning of the mission. My workers started on the larger pyramid first. When I got a construction blessing both pyramids were blessed. I've been placing all the pyramids at once since then. I just finished the Sphinx. I didn't notice if the blessing built it, but it sure builds the small pyramids. I don't think my workers even touch the small ones.

Happy building,
Iset

KurosPaladin
Pleb
posted 02-23-04 10:30 ET (US)     5 / 9       
That's weird, I've never gotten a blessing when I had more than one monument under construction.
bipo
Pleb
posted 02-26-04 07:41 ET (US)     6 / 9       
Not to be rude, but do you think Vriesa still needs our help? I mean, Vriesa's message was posted four years ago, in the year 2000! And I don't think Vriesa has been stuck on pyramid speedup for four years now. Vriesa posted "Pyramid Speedup" on 10-12-00. Now four years later were still writing to her about pyramid speedup??? It took me four DAYS to understand pyramid speed up in the game!

Bipo

Brugle
HG Alumnus
posted 02-26-04 08:18 ET (US)     7 / 9       
bipo,
You are being rude. You revived this old thread. Don't criticize if others continue what you started.
bipo
Pleb
posted 02-26-04 16:15 ET (US)     8 / 9       
Well, ok. I guess I am not welcome here anymore. Goodbye
bipo
Pleb
posted 02-26-04 19:45 ET (US)     9 / 9       
Bye Pharaoh Heaven. Thanks to all that helped me. I'll miss you
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