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Topic Subject: I need help building cities
posted 03-17-00 08:13 PM ET (US)   
I'm having some trouble making realistic cities, anyone have any suggestions?


posted 03-17-00 08:30 PM ET (US)     1 / 7  
Age of Empires is more war than city building.

Though you can build a realistic city with it, it is quite hard since most buildings have a military purpace, I do however recomend that you play the demos of Pharaoh or Caesar 3 which are both Heavens gaming sites (l;ike this one is). Those have more twenty buildings each and have a 80% city building 20% war ratio.

posted 03-17-00 11:41 PM ET (US)     2 / 7  
I don't agree with Constintine, I think you can make some very realistic cities, and have them be alot more fun then Caesar 3. IMHOTEP did. I know I have. There are some design tricks you can try in the seige workshop. a few I know is, in a city where you want it to look like it's been inhabited for a while, use desert to make paths with a few desert patchs to add a nice touch. don't always build houses in uniform order, real cites don't look like that, place them irregular. Put a few trees next to them. add a couple infantry next to the gate for guards, or place bowman next to a watchtower. In the Persian wars cpn, that guy made some REALLY nice cities. download it and learn. that's what I did, i learned from every possible cpn I could find, taking in all the details used to make it a good cpn. one thing too, not all cities had walls going all around, a lot used natural defenses, and they hade rivers runing through them too, like Egypt had the Nile. also, if your working on a big scale you can build a city, inside a city and have it be the capitol. then last but not least, make your own! just fool around, see what you come up with.
posted 03-18-00 12:07 PM ET (US)     3 / 7  
Your right, in AOE you can make great cities, Im just saying if building is all you want to do, then C3 or Pharaoh is an option.
posted 03-18-00 04:20 PM ET (US)     4 / 7  
I know, but he didn't ask that in the question, he just wanted to know how to make more realistic cities. that's why I said what I said. Geez seems like everyone's bailing on AOE.
posted 03-22-00 08:21 PM ET (US)     5 / 7  
Understand What you both are saying, and i want to make a quest type map with wilderness, battle, and cities, i am having the most trouble making cities, so i needed some help.


posted 03-23-00 02:51 PM ET (US)     6 / 7  
Here's some ideas for your city building Obi Wan.

Don't leave too much space. If it's spaced out for miles, it won't look right. Keep the gaps between buildings similar and make areas symmetrical to adjacent areas (eg have 2 blocks made of 2 rows of 3 houses separated by road). Symmertry makes it look like it was designed rather than just chucked there.

Sit down with some squared paper (5mm by 5mm paper is good) and draw out what you want to put in. You could download scenarios and campaigns from the granary and look at other people's work for inspiration. Try "The City" by AoERat. This is a much larger scale but it gives you some great ideas for city layouts.

Hope this helps - Good luck


posted 03-25-00 07:54 PM ET (US)     7 / 7  
Josh the Great,
Where can i get that "cities" file. Is it a scenario or a campaign, is it AoE, or RoR?


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