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Guide to Construction

Construction requires basic knowledge in other areas, such as resource acquirement, which are covered in the Guide to Crafting.

It is truly a marvel, that from this dusty dirt under our feet, these heaps of rugged stones and those chaotically growing trees could spring such smooth, even walls in all their rectangular glory. A natural landscape is a wild beast that needs to be reined in, and reined in it will be!

There are a few key elements in the area of construction that you could combine and rearrange as you see fit to raise buildings, lay roads and develop infrastructure as a whole that is both functional and pleasing to the eye. These elements are walls, floors, doors, windows, roofs and barricades along with fences. There are also somewhat distinct categories of fortifications and lighting.

Mind that the orientation of some constructions depends on the direction your character is facing! For example, some walls are built vertically if you are facing North or South, or horizontally, if you are facing East or West. Some wall types also have separate corner elements for better appearance. All of this is marked in the description of a specific construction. N, S, W, E mean you need to be facing either North, South, West and East to build a wall the same as the image; All means the construction will look the same regardless of the direction.

Some wall tiles change their appearance depending on neighbouring walls of the same type, so they connect seamlessly to each other. These walls are marked as Adaptive.

Construction materials

A few more details about particular materials.

Bricks

Bricks and blocks are made with Clay, which is obtained from dirt.

Hover the mouse cursor over the icon to see the material cost.

Clay blocks
Clay bricks
Cement bricks

Walls

Deconstruction

Any kind of wood walls could be set on fire by hitting them with a torch. A wall will burn down in a few minutes, destroying the roof tiles supported by the wall as well (more in the Roofs section). Remove the grass and the wood floor around the wall if you are going to burn it! Otherwise the fire will very likely spread from the burning wall.

Another way is simple brute force - hit a wall with melee weapons, and it will go down sooner or later. Stone walls, the strongest ones, take around 100 hits to bring down, or fewer if your strength is high and you apply a weapon with high damage.

Straw

Made with 4 wood logs. Very primitive, but it still provides shelter, if a flimsy one.

All

Log

Made with 6 wood logs. A sturdy wall, if slightly crude. Corner is the same for all directions.

N, S W, E Corner

Wood

Made with 7 wood logs. Being out of planks, this wall is more refined than the log one.

Adaptive

Wall frame

Made with 1 wood log. Used as a base to build various walls, windows, doors and doorways, such as medieval and shoji. More details below.

All

Bamboo wall frame

Made with 1 bamboo. Used as a base to build various walls, windows, doors and doorways, such as bamboo and oriental. More details below.

All

Medieval

Made with 6 wood logs. A timber frame wall that comes in several designs. To build, construct a wall frame first, then click it with wood logs and choose a design.

All

Shoji

Made with 1 paper sheet. A light paper wall, hailing from Japan. Divider is meant for the interior of a building (this is important.) To build, construct a wall frame first, then click it with a paper sheet.

Wall Divider
All

Bamboo

Made with bamboo: wall - 3 bundles, doorway - 2. Fits in nicely with the jungle surroundings. To build, construct a bamboo wall frame first, then click it with bamboo bundles.

Wall Doorway
All

Oriental

Made with 6 wood logs. To build, construct a bamboo wall frame first, then click it with wood logs and choose a design.

Regular Braced Two panelled Two panelled braced Three panelled Three panelled braced Doorway
All

Aztec

Made with 8 wood logs. Useful for creating your very own altepetl.

Adaptive

Mayan

Made with 6 stones.

Adaptive

Egyptian

Made with 6 sandstones. For the archway, directions N and W are also available (icons will be mirrored accordingly.)

Adaptive S   E

Nordic

Made with 8 wood logs. For all your Långhus and mead hall needs.

Adaptive

Roman

Made with 8 stones. Opus caementicium usque in sempiternum.

Adaptive

Dirt block

A slightly dull, yet fairly useful material. Take a pile of dirt in your hand and click it, or press Ctrl-Z or Z in the hotkeys mode. This will start building a wall where you stand. Add 3 more piles to finish.

All

Snow block

Perfect for igloos. Take a pile of snow in your hand and click it, or press Ctrl-Z or Z in the hotkeys mode. This will start building a wall where you stand. Add 3 more piles to finish.

All

Clay block

One step above the dirt blocks. Take 1 batch of clay blocks in your hand and click it, or press Ctrl-Z or Z in the hotkeys mode. Select clay blocks. This will start building a wall where you stand. Add 2 more batches to finish.

Wall Doorway
All

Red earth

Made by applying 1 portion of generic stucco (made with 1.5 pieces of clay) to a clay block wall. Click the wall with the stucco, then select the design.

The doorway is made by applying generic stucco to a clay block doorway.

Regular Pillared Smooth Doorway

Sumerian

Stylish architecture, dating thousands of years BC. Take 1 batch of clay blocks in your hand and click it, or press Ctrl-Z or Z in the hotkeys mode. Select Sumerian clay. This will start building a wall where you stand. Add 2 more batches to finish. When finishing, you will be prompted to choose a wall type, normal or corner, or to make it a doorway. Corner could be chosen for 4 directions, NW, NE, SW, SE. The image below is NW.

Wall Doorway Corner
All

Sandstone

Made with 8 sandstones.

Smooth Brick
All

Stone

Made with 8 stones. Use a chisel with a hammer to carve it into different designs.

Regular Brick Cobbled Tiled
All

Stone block

Made with 8 stones. For the archway, directions N and W are also available (icons will be mirrored accordingly.)

Adaptive S   E

Grecian

Made by applying 1 portion of Greek stucco (made with 1.5 pieces of clay) to a stone block wall. Click the wall with the stucco, then select the design. Each design has a “bordered” option, which has a noticeable outline. The pattern designs are also available in horizontal orientation.

The archway is made by applying Greek stucco to a stone block archway.

Smooth Cobbled Pattern Cob. pattern Archway
Bordered
All

Roman villa

Made by applying 1 portion of Roman stucco (made with 1.5 pieces of clay) to a stone block wall. Click the wall with the stucco, then select the design.

Regular Pillared Relief Hoplite rel. Aquila rel. Gladiator rel.

Stone brick

Made with 6 stone bricks, which are made from regular stone. For the archway, directions N and W are also available (icons will be mirrored accordingly.)

Adaptive S   E

Fortress

Made with 8 stones. One of the strongest walls. For the archway, directions N and W are also available (icons will be mirrored accordingly.)

Adaptive S   E

Clay brick

An advanced construction material. Take 1 batch of clay bricks in your hand and click it, or press Ctrl-Z or Z in the hotkeys mode. This will start building a wall where you stand. Add 1 more batch to finish.

Adaptive

Cement

A modern, no-frills, but very strong construction material. Take 1 batch of cement bricks in your hand and click it, or press Ctrl-Z or Z in the hotkeys mode. This will start building a wall where you stand. Add 1 more batch to finish.

Adaptive

Roofs

Roofs provide shelter from bad weather, e.g. rains, blizzards and sandstorms, as well as a nice cool shade.

Roofs are supported by walls, wooden roof supports and stone pillars and columns. Wooden mine supports do not hold the buildable roof!

Roof support Nordic roof support Stone pillar Concrete pillar Ionic column
Solomonic column Thick Solomonic column Aztec column

The image below shows the roof area supported by either a roof support (pillars and columns support the same area) or a wall (all walls support the same area.)

There is a variety of roofs to build from different materials (see below - hover the mouse cursor over a roof builder’s icon to see the cost and the material). Roof icons are adaptive, similarly to some of the walls, so they change their appearance, depending on the roof in neighbouring tiles.

To construct a roof, take a respective roof builder and either click it in your hand, or press Ctrl-Z or Z in the hotkeys mode. A roof tile will be constructed in the tile in front of you, the one you are facing, if there is a suitable support nearby.

To deconstruct a roof, click it with the hammer. Either stand outside the roof, so you can see it, or hold Alt and click the tile with the roof. An additional “Turf” tab will appear in the upper right corner - click the roof there with the hammer in the active hand.

If roof supports are removed with the roof still present, the roof will collapse! Collapsing roof may severely injure and even kill those in the roofed area, or even standing next to it.

1 bundle of palm leaves Palm leaves roof builder Palm leaves roof
1 bundle of leaves Thatch roof builder Thatch roof
1 wood Roof builder Wood roof
0.5 clay Clay roofing Clay roof
0.5 clay Black clay roofing Kerawa roof
1 sandstone Sandstone roof builder Sandstone roof
1 stone Mayan roof builder Mayan roof
0.75 clay Concrete roof builder Concrete roof

Floors

No more sloshing or plodding through the mud and snow! Walk the civilized way, swiftly and with resonant “top-top” footfalls! Not only that - floors on the surface prevent digging upwards from the underground. Floors can be removed with the hammer.

Floor cover Made with 2 wood logs. The simplest type of floor, consisting of a few planks fastened together. Could be placed over a trench to make a bridge, or over a hole in the floor or ground to cover it (the latter concerns a couple of the TDM maps.)

The floors below are essentially identical, save for the appearance, with a special note being that the wood floor could be set on fire. Hover the mouse cursor over an image to see the cost and the material.

Bamboo floors

Tatami horizontal Tatami vertical Tatami dark horizontal Tatami dark vertical

Wood floors

Wood Fancy wood Thatch Thatch split

Stone floors

Raw marble and marble tiles (except for ornate and grid tiles) floors each have a few versions that have a slightly different look, which are randomly selected upon construction.

Cobblestone Stone brick Roman road Slate
Road Raw marble Raw black marble Raw pink marble
Marble Marble tiles Black marble tiles Pink marble tiles
Ornate marble tile Ornate black marble tile Decorative marble tile Decorative black marble tile
Decorative pink marble tile Marble grid tile Marble checkerboard Reverse marble checkerboard
Pink marble checkerboard Reverse pink marble checkerboard

Sandstone floors

Sandstone Brick Slab Red slab
Tile Decorative tile Red decorative tile

Clay floors

Concrete

Steel floors

Steel   Steel white

Stairs

At the moment, craftable stairs are purely cosmetic and cannot be used to travel between different Z levels. Nevertheless, they still could be used to create an impression of height difference.

Stone Sandstone Wood

Stairs on the images are built while facing S; directions N, W, E are also available. Hover the mouse cursor over the images to see the cost and the material.

Doors

Hover the mouse cursor over the images to see the cost, the material and the direction (how it looks when built while facing either N, S, W or E. “All” means a door always looks the same.)

Only the doors marked as “locked” in the crafting menu could be locked with a key (the iron and jail doors currently) - more details below.

Primitive fence door Picket wood fence door Rustic door Wood door
Nordic door Aztec door Shoji door Roman door
Iron door Wood jail door Steel jail door
Key and keychain Key and keychain are made with iron ingots. Keys are used to lock certain doors, wooden cabinets, crates, lockers and large barrels - click them with the key.
  • To construct a lockable door, first make a key.
  • Enter the combination for the key, which is, basically, a password.
  • Hold the key in the non-active hand, then build a locked door with the iron in the active hand.
  • Now the door is tied to the key and could be opened and closed with it.
  • You can make more than one key for a door - just make another key with the same combination.

Windows

A window frame is built first. To add glass, click the window frame with 3 glass sheets.

Hover the mouse cursor over the images below to see the material cost and additional details.

Wood Medieval Shoji Bamboo Oriental Stone Full stone Villa
Full villa Full red earth Sumerian Sandstone Full sandstone Brick Full brick

Fences, barricades and barriers

Fences

The appearance of the primitive wood and picket wood fences is slightly random and may differ from the icons below.

W,E N S W,E N S W E N S
Primitive wood Picket wood Wood palisade
W E N,S W,E N,S
Iron fence Chainlink fence
All All
Wood jail bars Steel jail bars

Barricades

Dirt and snow - take a pile of respective material in your hand and click one of the tiles next to the tile you are standing on. This will start building a barricade at the adjacent tile. Add 3 more piles to finish it.

Rock - crafted with 3 stone.

Sandbag - make sandbags with Cloth, then build the barricade like a dirt/snow one.

All barricades could be dismantled by clicking them with an empty hand.

Barricades provide some protection from ranged attacks when you stand right next to and behind them.

W E N S W E N S W E N S
Dirt Snow Rock
W E N S
Sandbag

Barriers

Barbwire - make barbwire rolls with iron ingots, then build the barrier with the rolls themselves. Could be cut with the wirecutters.

Jersey barrier - made with 3 stone.

W E N S W E N S
Barbwire Jersey barrier

Fortifications

Lighting

It is not a proper Civilization until you can see city lights from space!

Electric lights need to be connected to an engine to work. While connecting an electric light to a cable, do not stand on the same tile where the light is. Stand on a neighbouring tile where there is cable on the floor and click the light with the cable coil. This will connect the light to the cable on the floor.

Remember to restart the engine to power newly connected lights to the existing power network.

Street lamp Made with 3 steel. No more bumping into your fellow neighbours in the dark street. Can be unsecured with the wrench.
Light bulb Made with 2 glass. Choose small lightbulb frame in the crafting menu to build a fixture along with a bulb. It is built in front of the character, so if you want a lighbulb on a wall, for example, face it beforehand. Can be unsecured with the wrench and deconstructed with a hammer. The lightbulb option on the crafting menu makes only the bulb itself.
Light tube Made with 3 glass. Choose light tube frame in the crafting menu to build a fixture along with a tube. It is built in front of the character, so if you want a light tube on a wall, for example, face it beforehand. Can be unsecured with the wrench and deconstructed with a hammer. The light tube option on the crafting menu makes only the tube itself.

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