While Timberborn does have a tutorial, it only shows you the very basics of the game, leaving a lot of the game’s more complicated mechanics for you to work out on your own, such as how to connect power over paths.
What the tutorial in Timberborn doesn’t show you, is that much of the game relies on you building upwards, using platforms and stairs to reach areas, allowing you to build vertically.
Building Over Paths
To build power over paths you need to follow the steps below.
- Research stairs
- Research platforms
- Research high power shafts
- Build a high power shaft on each side of the path
- Build a platform on the path
- Build a straight power shaft on the platform
As you can see from the image below, this will lift the power shaft onto a platform above the path, allowing power to go over the path, as well as allowing beavers to still use the path.
When building the high power shafts, make sure to press R to rotate the shafts so that the high section connects to the power shaft at the correct height.
Buildings can also be connected to each other to share power, without the need for power shafts, which is a much easier way of distributing power, without causing extra work with platforms.
You can also attach multiple power sources to your building to ensure that the supply of power meets demand, which might also require you to build platforms to raise the connection above paths.
Power During Droughts
One of the other power-based issues that can be a nightmare in Timberborn is the lack of power during droughts, but this can easily be resolved with the use of a power wheel.
By adding a power wheel to your grid, when the rivers run dry, a beaver will operate the power wheel, acting as a backup generator, keeping your power-hungry buildings going during a drought.
If you have enough power while the river is flowing, you can pause the power wheel and just activate it at the start of a drought, saving you a valuable worker, until the power wheel is needed.