It doesn’t matter if you’re a veteran city builder gamer or not, Farthest Frontier is a brutal and challenging game, and one of the main challenges near the start of the game is having enough villagers to keep your village going.
As we mentioned in our Farthest Frontier review, the game doesn’t really feature much of a tutorial, other than the odd tip here and there, so knowing how to attract more villagers isn’t immediately obvious.
Build Enough Housing
Villagers aren’t going to want to move into a village that cannot accommodate them, so make sure that you have enough housing to increase the chances of immigrants coming in.
Having just a couple of extra housing spots isn’t enough either, the more free houses or rooms available, the higher your chances are of attracting more immigrants into your city.
Just make sure not to go too crazy with building houses at the start of the game, as this might make more important projects take longer to be built, but once you’ve got a steady supply chain of basic resources, you might want to consider putting some space aside to make multiple new housing areas.
Have a Surplus of Food
As with many strategy city builders, maintaining a healthy supply of food can be a challenge, but when you manage to get it right, it’s a sure way to attract more villagers.
Make sure to have a good variety of food too, having hunters, fishermen, gatherers, and farmers can help contribute to your villager’s happiness by offering a wide range of different foods.
Maintaining a farm or multiple farms in Farthest Frontier can be difficult if you don’t know what you’re doing. You’ll need to manage the farm’s crop rotation to ensure fertility, weed level, and rockiness are balanced. By paying attention to the types of crops you can grow, you’ll be able to have a sustainable source of food for your villagers.
Meet Villagers Needs
As your village grows, your villager’s needs will evolve from just wanting items to survive to more luxury items, such as pottery, better shoes clothing, and soap.
Meeting more of your villagers’ needs will increase their happiness, which in turn will help attract more immigrants to your village.
Having a pub is another great way to increase villager’s happiness, not only will it make everyone near them happier, it can also help make your villagers happy again after a raid. Once you’ve got far enough through Farthest Frontier, you will eventually unlock the theatre, which will offer a big happiness boost in the surrounding area.
Essentially, the happier your villagers are, the more your town will grow. And, as your town grows even larger, you’ll have more advanced needs to take care of like entertainment.
Keeping up with your villagers’ needs and making sure that there is enough housing and food is key to attracting more villagers and running a successful village. Just make sure not to grow too quickly, or you might find you outgrow your production chain in no time.
Just make sure that you’re ready for a population boom, once you’ve started getting more villagers in Farthest Frontier, managing your resources can become difficult, sometimes it’s better to make sure things are running smoothly, and then attract a few more villagers, and then rinse and repeat at a slower rate.