The last few years have seen an influx of city builder games that resemble the legendary and challenging city builder, Banished. These games offer more of a survival aspect since they require intricate management of resources, farming, gathering, and so on.
While Farthest Frontier might not feature much of an in-depth tutorial, thankfully there are a few tips and tricks to make sure that your settlement survives and even flourishes.
Farthest Frontier Guide Contents
Choose the Right Spot for Your Town Centre
With Farthest Frontier featuring some large maps, one of the most important things you can do at the start of the game is ensure you pick the perfect spot.
Make sure that the spot you pick is near water if possible, as this makes fishing an option during the earlier years. You will also want to make sure there are plenty of other resources nearby at the start, such as:
- Berries and greens
Of course, depending which map you choose to play on, finding some of these resources might be more difficult, but if you’re looking for an easier map for your first time, you should pick the Lowland Lakes which is full of resources.
Preserve Food and Grain
Food and water tends to be the most difficult resource to stock in city builder games, but Farthest Frontier takes the difficulty up a notch by having food spoil if not stored correctly.
Root Cellars and Smokehouses are essential in preserving your food stores since they make food last longer. By placing these buildings closer to your food gatherers, workers won’t have to walk as far to store food, and the food will last for longer without spoiling, thus, increasing your food stores.
You can see how much food you have and how many months’ worth of food will spoil by hovering over the food icon on the top bar.
If you click on the food icon, you can even get more details about what type of food is going to waste the most, and build more preservation storage to ensure less waste.
Protect Your Crops
Farthest Frontier has one of the most complicated farming systems, which can lead to large crop yields going to waste if not protected properly.
One of the biggest threats to your crops is animals, fertile land seems to attract animals, which can lead to some of your crops being destroyed, but it can be avoided with careful planning.
When you build your crop fields, make sure to leave enough room to build a wall around them, and place gates on any paths you have running through the field.
Move Your Work Areas to Maximize Efficiency
As you expand your city, you might find that hunters and gatherers are not producing enough food, you might also find that due to your expansion deer have moved further away, making your hunters less efficient.
Thankfully you can move each buildings work area, ensuring that there is a constant and steady supply of food at all times.
This is especially helpful with gatherers looking for greens, as it lets you move the work areas depending on the season, making sure that you are not only getting a steady supply of food, but also herbs and other resources too.
If you find that you’ve engulfed the areas too much with other buildings, you can even move the entire building, saving you from needing to build them somewhere else.
Take Control of Your Villagers
The starting area in Farthest Frontier is just a small section of a much larger map you can uncover, while you might have a basic grasp of what’s around you from when you started your village, before long you will need to explore.
While you can press E and click on an area within the fog of war to send villagers off to explore, if you need it done quicker, simply click on a villager and right click on the area you want them to explore.
Not only can you use this to explore, villagers can also be commanded to fight, which can be very helpful when a predator attacks, simply drag to select multiple villagers, and have them kill the predator.
Sell at the Trading Post
As you start progressing in Farthest Frontier you will start to become more reliant on gold, but until you are able to increase your tax income, you will need to make sure you stock some excess goods to sell.
What you can sell will depend on the requirements of traders as they visit your trading post, so make sure to keep as much excess stock in the trading post as possible, so when the right trader comes along you can make some quick gold.