I started out by looking for a way to make some money. In this episode it is possible to make a lot of money by selling armor. In order to do this it is necessary to secure a supply of bronze. The only way to get any bronze is to build the Forge of Hephaestsus, and this requires sculpture which can only be gotten from rival city Cyme.
I figured that I would get all the materials that had been set aside for the colony in episode 2 soon after the beginning of the episode. Food, fleece, oil, and armor - everything needed to build 3 manors supporting 12 hoplites. I decided to build these, and then use the troops to raid Cyme for sculpture.
In the first year my goals were:
a - Build a large housing block. Set wages to very high, and get workers as quickly as possible. Keep evolving the block to ensure a steady flow of immigration.
b - Build the elite housing block. Place 3 luxury houses as soon as the set aside materials arrive. Build the grand agora and an arms vendor.
c - Begin construction of the Forge of Hephaestsus. The sculpture isn't needed right away.
d - Launch the raid against Cyme as soon as the 12 hoplites were in place.
I was able to get all of this done, but it required almost minute-by-minute micromanagement. The raid was launched in December. During the year the city lost 14,000 drachma.
The raid was successful and I got 16 sculpture as plunder. The Forge was finished, and I got my first armor in December of the second year. During the 2nd year the city lost another 10,000 drachma.
Since I still had 20000 drachma in the bank, I decided to forgo exporting armor, and use it to equip a force of 40 hoplites. Also put in two horse ranches. The third year showed a further loss of 4000 drachma.
In the fourth year everything turned around. I sold 37 armor and the city showed a profit of 11,000 drachma for the year.
It took another year and a half to finish equipping the 40 horsemen. When that was done, I started the Arbor to Athena. I could and should have done this sooner.
When the force was ready I attacked and conquered Cyme. This was easily done with only a few casaulties. I then decided to take on Ethiopia - bad move. I won, but it was a Pyrrhic victory. I lost 25 out of 40 horsemen and was facing a 2 year re-building process.
To make matters worse, it came time to fulfill the quest which required more armor. Furthermore, to make sure I was miserable, Hector showed up and decided to start trashing my armories.
It took me almost four years to get all this sorted out. After that I conquered Lyrnessus and Miletos, then got outta town as soon as I could.
If I were to do it again I would:
a - Start building the Arbor to Athena sooner - probably at the end of the fourth year.
b - Wait until after fulfilling the quest before starting to conquer cities. That way I would have Archilles to help.
I would still want to conquer Ethiopia and Miletos in addition to Cyne and Lyrnessus. They are both good markets for products produced in the parent city.
[This message has been edited by Grumpus The Elder (edited 11-17-2000).]