Frostpunk

Tips & Tricks:
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* You can build roads to the starting piles to increase the speed that your
people gather at, be wary that roads are not free and cost Wood. Buildings
prefer having roads connecting them together for maximum efficiency due to
workers not having to walk through snow. So a nice early “tip” would be to
build a road around your first layer of buildings so that any buildings you
connect to the second ring already have roads.

* To conduct any sort of research in Frostpunk you need to construct a
Workshop, getting one up as early as you can is extremely recommended since
you can increase your peoples abilities at gathering, unlocking new buildings
and upgrades to help you tackle the cold.

* Gathering Post Is a small early game building that works in a radius, inside
of the radius any piles of resources it finds it will start gathering, assuming
there are people assigned to the building. Very handy to construct if you got
2-3 piles of resources nearby but do not have the manpower for all the piles.

* Early research building that will provide a small heat zone once constructed,
each Steam Hub consumes about half as much coal as the Generator so be careful
to not over spam them.

Some Basic Hints and Tips:
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Written by Fire.Ant

It is not easy to survive the cold and ever-encroaching dread of freezing do
death, but alas, all is not lost. With clever planning, beneficial use of scarce
resources and some foresight you can get through all fine and dandy, no matter
the circumstances. The game suffers a little bit from lack of proper information
handling. There are some things that requite an informed red to understand or
simple observation to make a conclusion. Below you will find a collection of
hints and tips that made the game a breeze in its basic form – achievement
hunting though requires different strategies and won’t be covered here.
Hopefully, these guidelines will help you win your first games. Here we go!

-=Tips and Tricks=-
Build 2-3 Workshops

Yup. This one is the basic omittance of most new players. One workshop research
rate is way, way too slow for you to get a handle of all them juicy technologies
before the cold gets you. But every extra manned workshop speed it up significantly.
(Bonus: If you can handle and man 4 Workshops, an achievement will be unlocked.)

-=Research additional Scout team and their Speed as soon as possible=-
Scout teams are crucial. They are pretty much your only way of getting new people
and precious Steam Cores. They also often grant you lump sum of various resources
and are important for various objective. Simply put, having two faster teams is a
bare minimum.

Don’t build only Tents / Bunkhouses in the first circle around the generator at
the start of the game!

This one is often not a huge mistake but can be troublesome early on. Simply put,
people will fall ill and your first medical post might be outside the ring of
warmth, making it an issue to heal people up. Safe some place at the first ring of
heat from your generator for the Medical Post. It will take some time to get enough
coal for Steam Hubs / research extra heat range from Generator.

-=Understand Gathering Posts and Resource Depots=-
Gathering posts have a sphere of influence, and every resource pile within that
sphere will be gathered at by workers put into the post. The benefits are multitude!
First, you don’t need to assign workers to a specific pile. Second, the building can
(and should) be heated, cutting down time when workers walk in the cold, which makes
them less prone to sickness. It also cuts down the workers travelling time between
the piles and a resource drop-place. Resource Depots are a must as well. Sooner or
later you will find your storages getting full, and any surplus production will be
discarded. Resource Depots will take care of that – remember, that you don’t have
to keep it warm!

Thumpers need Gathering!
One of the most common mistake I see is lack of understanding how Coal Thumpers
works. They are very beneficial, but workforce heavy. Their main benefits are cheap
cost to produce (and no Steam Core needed!) and the fact, that they can be build
anywhere (do not need a resource plot field). However, Thumpers do not produce coal
straight to the storage, but instead create an ever-growing pile of coal in front of
them (indicated by the 3 icons of coal on the building outline, when placing it).
This pile need to be worked by workers or Automatons to gather the resource.
The best way to doing so is by building Gathering Posts around the thumpers.

Micromanage – Disable and Dismantle
One of the key feature that is vastly underused is the ability to dismantle and
disable buildings. A Sawmill run out of wood around its radius? Dismantle! You have
stored rations for a week forward? Disable the Cookhouses and free these workers!
Micromanagement allows you to maximize the productivity of your people and ensure
the best usage of the precious ground around your Generator and Steam Hubs.

Automatons don’t care about cold
So, you have your Coal mines, Wall Drills and Steelworks. They are also located near
the wall, far, far away from your Generator. Sure, you can put Steam Hubs and put
people to work, but why not use Automatons? They don’t care for the cold and so you
don’t have to keep the workplaces warm at all.

Steam Hubs refuel Automatons
Alternatively, if your coal situation is good, building steam house need the major
work nodes of your automatons will cut down their downtime, as they will walk to the
nearest Steam Hub to refuel.

Build Outposts early… Or not at all
Outposts are very powerful and generate an easy, steady influx of resources, which is
splendid. Unfortunately, in the main scenario they will not work during the incoming
Storm – so either get them early to benefit from the stream of extra income, or just
ignore them whatsoever.

No bad way to make coal but be dedicated to a way you pick
Coal Thumpers, Coal Mines, Kilns… All these methods work and are more than enough to
provide you coal through thick and thin, but once you decide on your method, I’d
advice to keep a focus on it and not experiment or shift to another one during the
game. It might not be a mistake, and might even be a satisfactory progress, but
usually the extra time needed to gather new resources to build new buildings, research
way more Resource techs and provide extra Steam Cores for the advanced buildings to
function… It is oft not worth it, unless your city has a massive population and
require enormous resource banks.

Extended Shift > 24 Hours Emergency Shift
Pushing laws into Extended Shift is one of the great benefits you can get. When
Emergency Shift can save you in a pinch, it produces amazing amount of discontent,
have some nasty events plausible to trigger and is put on a cooldown after use.
Extended Shift though expands workhours for any of your workshops by a hefty 4 hours.
You have full control which building will get extended shift, it has no cooldown
and discontent gained by pushing your workforce like that is not too straining.
Putting Workshops on lengthy shifts, for example, can vastly speed up your research!

There is no Heat Zone overlapping
So whenever you place a new steam Hub, make sure there is no overlap to cover the most
land that was previously unheated.

Some powerful early laws include:
Child Labor (Gain 15 workers instantly at the start of the game. Shelter is great for
later game, but this first kicstart is pretty massive). Sustain Life (It is troublesome
at first, but it limits the number of Amputees and reduce the amount of people biting
the dust – later in game you will gain technologies and buildings that will be able to
heal the sick properly, retaining your workforce). Double Rations (With good Raw Food
output it is rare to suffer from rations issues. Double Rations significantly reduce
the time needed for ill people to get better, which is crucial in ensuring your
workforce efficiency). Fighting Arena (Cheap, simple, quick and effortless way to
reduce discontent). Faster Gathering (Cheap tech that can be useful entire game, if
you rely on Thumpers for Coal).

Overdrive<->Steam Level juggle
In a tight spot when the coal is draining out and massive cold takes over, you need
to learn a simple technique of Juggling the two settings of your Generator. With a
proper tech (Overdrive Couplings) putting your Generator into Overdrive rise the
temperature in its heat zone by 2 levels, nearly instantly. That means you can reduce
your Generator Steam Level by two when the Overdrive is on. Then, when Generator
Stress is getting dangerous, be sure to NOT turn it off yet, but first raise the
Steam Level to the one you need and give it a bit of time before it heats up to that
level. Than disable the Overdrive and let it cool. You can efficiently manage this
two settings to significantly manage your coal burning.

Houses are powerful as heck
And last one for now. Houses. Gosh you want houses. Houses + House Insulation tech
gives a huge passive Heat level for your living places, greatly reducing the
requirements for your Generator heat output to keep them above the freezing level
even at the most outrageous cold.

Useful Tips:
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-Learn to micro hunters/miners.
-You don’t need to power up the generator before day 4 temperature drop; on day 4
use the heaters in the workplaces don’t bother with steam hub keep the steel for tech.
-Always use emergency shift and foreman on all your workshops (All game).
-One active hub should be all you need until late game; offline hub can still be used
by the automaton to refuel.
-Rush scouting for extra manpower and to unlock Telsa city (Steam Core outpost) as
soon as you can; research the faster outpost tech just before you send scout to Telsa.
-Disassemble the automaton you find at the steel bridge and use the steam core
on coal mines.
-Build tents only and rush the generator range upgrade to skip the bunkhouse, keep
the wood and steel for tech and don’t bother upgrading to houses before super late
when you are swimming in resources.
-You should have 16 workshops (80 engineers for a while) working 6-20 (280%) to
power you up in the tech tree. Build a new workshop as soon as new engineers are
rescued.
-Rush sawmill (x2), steelworks (x2), coal mines (x3), and upgrade them to steam
asap they are more efficient and warmer so you don’t need to use the heater or
any steam hub.
-Don’t bother with automaton until your city grows stall at 20 days or so
(Mid game) and you have every production building to the last level, then you can
start pumping out automaton to replace the workers on the building listed above.
-Foreman works with building with automaton but agitator do not.
-You want engineers in infirmary, not an automaton; always use the extra ration
for the ill.
-You can use one extra steam core (or child) to repair the generator critical
level during the storm.

Survive The Final Storm:
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Preparation: Just before storm comes stop gathering wood, steel and assign automates
to hospitals. Build more hospitals for each automaton you have to spare.

Try to keep some cores to spare, so stack 2-3 of them or at least 1.

You can disassamble workshops if they finished crucial research plan for the storm. The
same goes for mines and other things that give you precious resources like cores or is
close to the generator and is not needed anymore. Build houses in their places instead.

Unassign all people from all labors and keep them in homes. Turn off heaters from all
workplaces.

Remember your scouts and camps. Don’t waste scouts and camps. Turn them back home and
don’t forget to disassemble this groups or they will die even when in town when the storm
hits.

Managing the deaths. When cold start killing people turn of houses (by clicking on them
and on top right corner there is turn off button) that are on outskirts of the city and
they will automatically jump to houses that are closer to the core. Do this until you will
see sign that there are homeless people then start to reassign homes that are nearest to
the core. Do this with pause button or they will get sick.

Final word: This will be a genesis. You will be desperate. Regarding laws most likely you
will not succeed here without fully developed religion or order path. You may not like the
final law on each path – I get it. You can try to do it without it, but keep it in reserve
and establish this law if there is no other hope.