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Resource Management

It should be obvious by now that managing resources is a vital part of the game. What might not be so obvious is how to manage those resources so that you can build what you need, when you need it. After all, buildings and equipment don’t just appear out of thin air, they must be made from something!

The resources that must be managed in Imperial Warfare are: gold, wood, stone, metal, and food. The novice tasks should have led you through the process of acquiring resources by building mills, mines, quarries, or farms. Gold is collected via taxes in your Town Center. While they are  enough for you to get started, upgrading these buildings is essential to keep up the pace of expanding your empire.

Unless you go hunting around your city grounds a lot, it can be a hassle to keep switching to the city map to upgrade your resource units. Rather than clicking back and forth all the time, there is a shortcut to upgrade those resource units from within the city walls. To do this, click on your Town Center and click “City Info.” Then click on the “Resource Unit” tab on the upper right side and you’ll see a list of all your resource units, their levels, as well as column on the right side filled entirely with “Query” buttons. Click on one of these “Query” buttons and that particular resource unit’s information will pop up, including the “Upgrade” button! Viola! Build orders issued from within the city like a true Emperor  (or King)!

Now the question is, which resource is the most important? Short answer: all of them! Seriously though, it might surprise you but food is actually the least important one. Wait, let me rephrase that, food is the one you need to worry about least. Why do I say that? Because your farms are very efficient at churning out munchies for your city population and troops, often keeping your warehouse filled to the brim with wheat, oats, and whatever else they ate in those days. So when it comes time to upgrade those outer-city units, food is really the least of your concerns.

On the opposite spectrum, I suspect wood might be the most important element to keep production up for. Think about it, probably every room in your house has something made of wood, including much of the house itself. Ancient people’s used wood many things like construction, fuel, art, tools, and also recreation.

Keep these things in mind when building your town and you’ll be sure to stay ahead of the curve!

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