To start a Mughal Empire Settlement, select the transportation ship and you will be brought to the Settlement screen. Choose the Settlement by scrolling up/down on the left to the desired one and select "Start".
The same ole theme is present as you will be cycling between producing Rupees which is the settlment Supplies/Currency/Coin in order to set up a Goods producing cycle.
You get the awesome Mughal Temple, Emmissaries and depending on how quickly you finish it, fragments for a Minaret. As usual, each successful completion will decrease the time alloted for completing the Settlement; however, the Bonus Multiplier will increase and that will hopefully help for successful completion. You can find more information about rewards, Emissaries and time limits here.
Unfortunately, housing is the only way to obtain Settlement Supply/Currency (Rupees) until the 4th Technology (Chhatri) can be unlocked so obtaining this technology is the first priority. This makes for a very slow first few days as you attempt to balance Coin/Goods collection for optimal timing.
Also, each of the housing options has a different timer to generate Rupees but that timer will not start until the housing has been constructed and you visit the settlement. For example, the Shanti Ghar has an 8-hour timer to produce 206 Rupees. You have one set to build (1 hour) but do not come back and visit the settlement until four hours later. The 8-hour timer will not start until you have made a post-construction visit.
You may have noted on the start screen before launching the Settlement is there are two different chain/connection bonuses for this Settlement. One is the ability to chain Diplomancy buildings together for boosts and another is connecting production (Rupee) buildings to the Embassy. This feature comes in two flavors:
- The Alleys and Water Canals can be connected to each other from specific connecting points to the Embassy for additional Diplomacy when it is time to tear down and rebuild the Settlement to unlock Technology.
- The Embassy itself will when provide settlement Goods during it's collection time when you have unique basic diplomacy buildings touching to the sides. The collection of Goods from the Embassy is affected by the chance of production bonus that your Goods buildings are currently at.
- Quickly accomplish the first two Quests by building six (6) basic housing units (Bhavan) along the left side of the Settlement and build three (3) Alleys connected to the main steps of your Embassy.
Next, remove the Alleys and add Bhavan, a Rice Paddy, and roads and illustrated below. Tip - Move your Embassy all the way forward to set up the back right corner and once completed, move the Embassy into final position.
- I will run this setup collecting Basmatis from the Rice Paddy until I have enough for the first three tech unlocks (Water Canal, Saree Weaver and Shanti Gar). You may sometimes be able to run two Rice Paddies at night (8-hour productions) depending on how your Rupees are sitting.
- Once enough Basmatis is collected, unlock and switch to making Sarees from the Saree Weaver until you can unlock the Shanti Gar. Once unlocked, move the Embassy to the very back of the Settlement and disburse Shanti Gars around the three exposed sides of the Embassy and adjust production accordingly to unlock the Chhatri technology.
- Quickly unlock the Chhatri and install those and a Saree Weaver and begin purchasing up to five (5) land expansions using it's productions. Unlocking LE's before Chhatri's is not as optimal due the cost of roads (200 Rupees) vs the payback time of the housing; those Goods are better used unlocking the Chhatri.
Note: You may opt to puchase the LE's using Basmantis and that is fine as you may have hit the production bonus and have extra Basmantis after unlocking the Chhatri. The rule of thumb is to only purchase LE's until the cost is 15 of a particular Good (i.e., stop after acquiring for 10 Goods). If possible, preference is to purchase with Saree's as only five (5) Saree Goods are required vs 10 Basmantis for the second LE. By producing only Saree's; your chances of hitting the production bonuses increases thus optimizing the potential time spent on gaining real estate.
- I initially expand the Settlement to the west and to the south to take advantage of the Diplomacy boost from chaining the Water Canal and Alley together and to the Embassy. In the image below, I easily achieve the 540 Diplomacy needed to unlock the Spice Trader without having to delete any Shanti Gars needed to support my Settlement. Per usual Settlment play, you will eventually need to delete as much as possible to obtain the requested Diplomacy.
- Just like Egypt, road cost is very high compared to currency availability so only move roads when you are changing your Settlement over to unlock technologies. As shown in the above, roads are moved to 'dead spaces' while Diplomacy is being boosted. In short, do not delete roads due to cost until you are in your final Quest and have gathered all the Goods.
- To make sure you have enough space to complete the Settlement in order to achieve 1,500 Diplomacy easy; utilize the following tip:
- Compare Land Expansion costs to current and projected Goods quantity from the final quest ("Gather 50 Each Good"). Begin unlocking additional LE's starting with Basmati, then Saree, then Spices and finally, Lotus'. Continue to produce Lotus' until you have acquired 17 land expansions (stop when you last purchase is 55 Lotus).
- Construct only two (2) Charbagh's. Do not destroy these as you unlock technologies as they have good Diplomacy.
- To complete the final Quest (without hitting any production bonuses), you will need a total of 50,000 Rupees.
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