Need general help
I started my first game and have been running into some gameplay
troubles that I hope can be solved by the more experienced players. If I
forget to add some information that is necessary, please let me know.
1) My biggest problem has to do with lack of cows. Maybe I¹m sacrificing too
many for learning magic and quests, but I have been stuck around 500 with a
population of 1000. This is affecting everything else in the game including
making alliances, starting trade routes, clan morale, succeeding at quests,
and the upkeep of my temples. I have a temple for that god that takes care
of cows, but it¹s not enough. Should I just lay low And trade with others to
get enough cows and not worry about magic until I get more cows?
2) Some blind beggar came and said that my clan is ready to start a tribe
but every time I tried, I failed. So I performed the quest that relates to
starting a tribe.I admit to cheating and starting over to try and pick the
right choices. Is there always a right choice for the quests and if your
guy/gal is good enough then they will work?
I always get to the very end where the clan with the name of Dark something
attacks and I always pick the wrong choice at that point. Can someone point
me in the right direction about how to pass this part?
3) Everything else is okay. I have enough weaponthanes farmers and
fortifications and pigs and sheep. If I just had enough cows then everything
would be okay.
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> 1) My biggest problem has to do with lack of cows. Maybe I�mQuite likely. How many mysteries are you attempting to learn each
> sacrificing too many for learning magic and quests
year? I find that I can consistently gain a mystery once a year by
allocating a single point, and sacrificing 7 goods. No cows. Plan
to always do it during Dark season.
> I have been stuck around 500 with a population of 1000.Read the manual; it has a guideline for what Orlanthi think about
your herd size.
> the upkeep of my temples.Didn't know that temples took cattle. They take sheep, and they take
goods. Maybe you have too many shrines/temples.
> Should I just lay low And trade with others toAre you giving away cows to lure carls and cottars to your clan?
> get enough cows and not worry about magic until I get more cows?
Are you spending on herds during Sacred Time?
Have you built fortifications? (See the manual for why this helps)
Some gods insist on cows-not-goods. The rest don't care.
> I admit to cheating and starting over to try and pick thePast discussions on this mailing list (including one from Dave
> right choices. Is there always a right choice for the quests
Dunham) indicate that you can make non-optimal choices during a
heroquest and still come out intact. Sometimes, the benefits are not
To find the optimal choice, read the manual about how to get the
"details" of each quest story. Copy it down, or at least take notes.
> guy/gal is good enough then they will work?I tried sending a Issaries female with Renowned magic and Excellent
combat on the "Building a Clan" quest. She "flunked out"
immediately. I suggest figuring out which god you are emulating, and
reduce the cognitive dissonance.
> I always get to the very end where the clan with the name of Darksomething
> attacks and I always pick the wrong choice at that point.Yeah, I made the wrong choice, too. The "wrong choice" is to do what
Orlanth would normally do. Go read that part of the legend very
carefully, and figure out what Orlanth did when the bad guys attacked
his tribal moot.
> If I just had enough cows then everything would be okay."It's not just about cows"--but cows are important :-)
- Erica asked
>1) My biggest problem has to do with lack of cows.Since cows represent both food and wealth, I almost always sacrifice
goods instead. (Don't be confused because people use "cow" to refer
to wealth -- 1 good is worth 1 cow, and is usually acceptable as the
It's a good idea to have more cows than people (though I don't think
this is a hard requirement).
>2) Some blind beggar came and said that my clan is ready to start a tribeYes! The right choice in a heroquest is almost always implied by the
>but every time I tried, I failed. So I performed the quest that relates to
>starting a tribe.I admit to cheating and starting over to try and pick the
>right choices. Is there always a right choice for the quests and if your
>guy/gal is good enough then they will work?
details of the myth. Once you've learned "Making of the Storm Tribe,"
switch to the Background screen and view it. Be sure to click the
little circle to see the details.
Even with the best choice, you won't always succeed. It depends on
your hero(ine) and preparation -- and luck. Heroquests are hard, and
some are harder than others (the Elmal quest and the Uralda quest in
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- KoDP has hit the "big time", sort of. I've started getting personal
requests for the manual, which tells me that it's gotten onto one of the
Of course, I do tell these people how to get a manual--it comes with a
purchase of the game.