nairobiny Jul 14, 2013 @ 4:23am
I feel really stupid
I probably am really stupid. But I can't work out what I'm supposed to be doing in this game. The in-game help isn't particularly enlightening. I can't even seem to find a 'how to get started' guide on the net or on Steam.

So, how do you get started on this game?
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Newart Jul 19, 2013 @ 4:41pm 
Tutorials, lots of trial and error beginnings and search on Google for 'How to' various actions in the game; that's how I started awhile back.
NickyWhat Jul 20, 2013 @ 2:23am 
Yeah, I got this game as part of a bundle among other games and was interested to try it out. I usually like games that manage resources i na rts/simulator fashion, yet with this game you're dropped right into it without any starting tips of general play. Pretty frustrating when it seems this game has a semi steep learning curve.
GustavMcMagnus Jul 26, 2013 @ 5:18am 
I'll provide some tips and tricks:
1. Objective of the game depends on what you set when you start - either get a fantastic fortune, become lord mayor of the city, alderman etc. Each objective should be approached in a slightly different way, but it all breaks down to this: get a lot of cash.
2. How to play the game? Some cities produce some items while others do not (they produce something else). You're job is to move the good around. Fastest way to get rich is to bring 'skins' from the town up North - Riga, Reval etc to the ones below. 2nd way is to get Iron Ore from Luebeck/Stockholm and sell it in any other city. The difference in price can be enormous and you can get a ton of cash very fast. However, you will need to focus on the towns needs if you want it to grow. In Patrician 3 you can get a town from 2000 people to 2 million. Obviously, requires days of work, but it can be done.
3. At some point you'll notice you are selling too fast and you cannot find enough goods at a good price. You need to set up production facilities. Be careful, as manufactured good will always need a raw materials (usually it's not from the same town). Which means you'll need to automate the movement of good between the cities you have facilities in.
4. Get captains. All of em. If you can't find them, search them down the river as they usually end up there (only Snaikkas and Crayers can get in). You can use the leech method early on - leave the ship to buy skins in just 1 city non stop by telling the captain to stay there and purchase skins at the price you tell him to. You'll get a ton of them dirt cheap. Sell them at double the price. Build ships so you can multitask. Don't over build ships as you won't be able to use them all. You need captains, create convoys and automate them. You can also arm your boats and attack the pirates that you see on the map. You will take their ships if you are doing it right (I suck at boat combat so I just leave it on auto, you usually have more ships than them and you outgun them and win). Use this method so you don't spend a ton and just take ships from the pirates. Use the same shipyard as it will unlock bigger ship over time - the Hulk. You can use this ship to discover America.
5. After you are on your way getting rich, you can send your boats over to the Mediterranean - you can fund expeditions. The towns there are generated randomly and will buy a ton of good from you. You can also buy goods from them as well.
6. Take care of some core cities, grow them, milk the ♥♥♥♥ out of them and get rich. You can then focus on becoming lord mayor and develop your city.

The game is basically a Supply Chain Management wet dream, as you can have 100+ ships all automated working for you, along with tons of sweatshops and other things. You can put your Trading Office to buy/sell things automatically for you. Very handy to purchase a lot of goods while you fast forward the game to get your ship where you want to. If you will use this, the game is fairly easy and you can focus on macro-managing.

The game is amazing, I am still playing Pat 3 after all these years. If you can't find guides for Pat 4, search for Pat 3 guides. This website has a ton of info, most of it can be used for Pat 4 as well http://patrician3.wikia.com/wiki/Patrician_III_Wiki
Last edited by GustavMcMagnus; Jul 27, 2013 @ 2:31pm
GustavMcMagnus Jul 26, 2013 @ 5:20am 
Send me a msg if you are stuck on smth, I will try and help. Click on each towns statue to see what good they produce and don't.
nairobiny Jul 26, 2013 @ 6:40am 
Thank you so much, GustavMcM. I'll digest your excellent reply and get back to you if I have any questions.
epcra Jul 28, 2013 @ 10:56pm 
Thanks for the skins trading tip. Is there any advantage being the mayor of one city over any other?
Godofhellfire Aug 4, 2013 @ 10:08am 
There is a tutorial ingame: Just start the campaign and you'll get in touch with objectives, opportunities and play-ability!
Originally posted by Godofhellfire:
There is a tutorial ingame: Just start the campaign and you'll get in touch with objectives, opportunities and play-ability!
BDK Sep 8, 2013 @ 6:07am 
No tutorials in rise of a dynasty. Yeah this reminds me of The Guild II Renaissance.
[OTD]Sqr_CtMurphy Nov 5, 2013 @ 8:15am 
Originally posted by GustavMcMagnus:
I'll provide some tips and tricks:
1. Objective of the game depends on what you set when you start - either get a fantastic fortune, become lord mayor of the city, alderman etc. Each objective should be approached in a slightly different way, but it all breaks down to this: get a lot of cash.
2. How to play the game? Some cities produce some items while others do not (they produce something else). You're job is to move the good around. Fastest way to get rich is to bring 'skins' from the town up North - Riga, Reval etc to the ones below. 2nd way is to get Iron Ore from Luebeck/Stockholm and sell it in any other city. The difference in price can be enormous and you can get a ton of cash very fast. However, you will need to focus on the towns needs if you want it to grow. In Patrician 3 you can get a town from 2000 people to 2 million. Obviously, requires days of work, but it can be done.
3. At some point you'll notice you are selling too fast and you cannot find enough goods at a good price. You need to set up production facilities. Be careful, as manufactured good will always need a raw materials (usually it's not from the same town). Which means you'll need to automate the movement of good between the cities you have facilities in.
4. Get captains. All of em. If you can't find them, search them down the river as they usually end up there (only Snaikkas and Crayers can get in). You can use the leech method early on - leave the ship to buy skins in just 1 city non stop by telling the captain to stay there and purchase skins at the price you tell him to. You'll get a ton of them dirt cheap. Sell them at double the price. Build ships so you can multitask. Don't over build ships as you won't be able to use them all. You need captains, create convoys and automate them. You can also arm your boats and attack the pirates that you see on the map. You will take their ships if you are doing it right (I suck at boat combat so I just leave it on auto, you usually have more ships than them and you outgun them and win). Use this method so you don't spend a ton and just take ships from the pirates. Use the same shipyard as it will unlock bigger ship over time - the Hulk. You can use this ship to discover America.
5. After you are on your way getting rich, you can send your boats over to the Mediterranean - you can fund expeditions. The towns there are generated randomly and will buy a ton of good from you. You can also buy goods from them as well.
6. Take care of some core cities, grow them, milk the ♥♥♥♥ out of them and get rich. You can then focus on becoming lord mayor and develop your city.

The game is basically a Supply Chain Management wet dream, as you can have 100+ ships all automated working for you, along with tons of sweatshops and other things. You can put your Trading Office to buy/sell things automatically for you. Very handy to purchase a lot of goods while you fast forward the game to get your ship where you want to. If you will use this, the game is fairly easy and you can focus on macro-managing.

The game is amazing, I am still playing Pat 3 after all these years. If you can't find guides for Pat 4, search for Pat 3 guides. This website has a ton of info, most of it can be used for Pat 4 as well http://patrician3.wikia.com/wiki/Patrician_III_Wiki

Have you played Patrician IV yet? It sounds like you're describing Patrician III to me, brilliant game I think, so I agree with ou there, but number IV is quite different as I'm finding out. lol So far I think III was the better but perhaps that's just part of the learning curve :D lol
cyanflamingo Dec 30, 2013 @ 7:39pm 
All these strategies seem grand, but I can't even get my ship to move to another city from Lubeck once I've bought goods there. I feel like a complete idiot. Or, is there something wrong with the game? I have no idea.
TristanDerp Jan 16 @ 8:15am 
if it's like pat 3 then start in lubeck and buy iron goods for 320 or under and go from there problem solved :)
cyanflamingo Jan 16 @ 10:05pm 
The "go" part is the problem. How do I make the ship move? When I am looking at the large map, I am not permitted to go to any other city because I don't have a counting house there, according to the game.
bigmadmike Feb 23 @ 10:22pm 
To get a ship to head off to another city right click the city while the ship is selected
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