Pharaoh: A New Era – Food: Hunting Agriculture and the Nile

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Food: Hunting, Agriculture, and the Nile

Let’s discuss the vital subject of sustenance: Hunting, Agriculture, and the Nile. Without an adequate supply of food, your city will not prosper. Your denizens reside in rudimentary huts and scour the fields for nourishment. If you aspire to elevate their lifestyle to that of civilization, then a proper diet is imperative. Your citizens bear the responsibility of their own sustenance.

There are four main sources of sustenance in Pharaoh: The New Era, which includes hunting, fishing, farming (including ranching), and imports.

Floodplain farming requires strategic placement of the farm on a valid square along the banks of the Nile. The Nile inundates its banks annually, leaving behind a luxuriant alluvial soil that is ideally suited for farming. The areas on the map denoted by deep brown soil are designated for floodplain farming. To maintain a workforce for a farm in the floodplain, it must have access to a Work Camp. Work Camps will employ peasants at any farm that’s not being cultivated, as long as the Nile does not flood. Once the Nile floods, the harvest is relocated to the nearest storage facility.

Meadow farming is conducted on regular land, identified by floral markings. Though they have lower fertility than floodplains, meadow farms offer a stable source of sustenance that is not reliant on the Nile’s inundation. Meadow farms can be connected to irrigation and require access to roads, similar to floodplain farms. Meadow farms harvest their crops once or twice per year, depending on the type of food they produce, and store them in the closest storage.

The ranching process involves constructing cattle ranches, which function similarly to industrial workshops. They take in straw and produce meat (not to be confused with game meat) in a 1:1 ratio.

The Nilometer, accessible by clicking the triangular tab directly beneath the year bar and the city name in the upper center of the UI, is a valuable tool for monitoring the Nile’s inundation. Perfect floods typically occur between July and August. It is imperative to plan accordingly, as the inundation can last anywhere from two to four months.

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