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Valentia Walkthrough

Career level: Praetor (salary 40 Dn)

Starting City Funds: 8000 Dn

Highest housing level: Luxury Palace

Overview

This is the 6th peaceful mission. The objectives are similar to Tarsus, but the emphasis is on getting most things right on your first attempt, because you cannot afford to demolish/rebuild the city to the same extent as you could in Tarsus.

Targets

Population 10000
Culture 75
Prosperity 65
Peace 60
Favor 60

Trade Partners

Carthago Nova (land route)
sells 15 fruit [per year]
sells 15 wine
buys 15 wheat
buys 25 olives
buys 25 oil
Tingis (sea route)
sells 15 marble
buys 25 wine
Carthago (sea route)
sells 25 weapons
sells 25 furniture
buys 15 fish
buys 25 pottery

Important Events

Jan 70 BC The level begins
Jul 67 BC Emperor requests 10 furniture
Oct 67 BC Etruscan invasion from west-north-west (3 warriors + 2 pikemen)
Jul 65 BC Carthago Nova now sells 25 fruit per year
Apr 64 BC Carthago Nova now sells 25 wine per year
Jun 64 BC Etruscan invasion from west-south-west (5 warriors + 4 pikemen)
Jun 64 BC Emperor requests 10 furniture
Sep 64 BC Carthago now buys 40 pottery per year
May 63 BC Tingis now sells 25 marble per year
Oct 62 BC Emperor requests 15 furniture
Apr 61 BC Pottery price decreased by 15 Dn
May 61 BC Etruscan invasion from west-north-west (5 warriors + 4 pikemen)
Jul 60 BC Carthago Nova now sells 40 fruit per year
Aug 60 BC Emperor requests 10 wine
Sep 59 BC Fruit price increased by 14 Dn
Jul 58 BC Emperor requests 10 wine
Mar 57 BC Carthago Nova now sells 40 wine per year
Mar 56 BC Emperor requests 15 wine
Jul 56 BC Etruscan invasion from west-south-west (8 warriors + 8 pikemen)
Sep 56 BC Oil price decreased by 20 Dn

Disasters

Clay pits become flooded occasionally. Just clear up the rubble and rebuild them.

Gladiator revolt at the start of April 60BC. If you preempt this revolt and make sure there are no gladiator schools active, and no gladiators walking the streets when the time comes, then you can avoid the revolt altogether.

Hints & Tips

Most of the fishing grounds are very close to the coast, which makes the fishing industry very efficient on this level. In fact, you can comfortably feed about 500 people for each wharf. I'd highly recommend building a lot of your plebian housing blocks along the coast, and just feed them fish.

The trick with the population requirement is to pace yourself. Don't stretch your budget too thin by trying to lay out the entire skeleton of every housing block all at once. Estimate where you are going to build them, and concentrate on building one block at a time. Build each block in a way to make them self sufficient - you don't want to constantly fiddle around with all of them or you'll go mad.

You can pass this level by doing all the same things as you did on Tarsus, but where's the fun in that? ;-)

Go on and build a few luxury palaces...

Design a palace block (they will be 4x4 tiles each) and eventually build those in the land between the farmland and the coast. Don't forget that luxury palaces will need a LOT of desirability bonuses, so plan to build lots of desirable buildings next to them, and keep the undesirable buildings further away. You only need 3 types of food to satisfy the patricians, so don't bother to import fruit. Make your own wine, wind down the export wine industry, and then tell the trade advisor to import wine as well. Thus you have two sources of wine, and this will let you evolve beyond grand villas, all the way up to luxury palaces, which is the ultimate housing level in Caesar III. Don't connect the palace block's road network to your plebian housing blocks, so that your plebian houses do not "accidentally" evolve into villas. Reserve the hippodrome for your patricians, as they are the only ones who need it.

Once your luxury palaces are stable enough (ie. Not devolving frequently), check your finance advisor. It's probably worthwhile to increase both the tax rate and wages (from the labor advisor), and demolishing your export industry. If your patricians are paying more taxes than you can spend, then the export industry is just taking up extra workers. Those workers may be better put to use elsewhere (I had 10,000+ population and was still suffering worker shortage, with only 8 luxury palaces!)