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Guild 1 Europa 1400 (PC CD)
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- New breed of real-life simulation, combining elements of economic simulation, real-time strategy and role-play in a fascinating, innovative way
- Set up your own family dynasty and take one of 12 different career paths
- Maximize your influence and power with over 30 different offices and 72 office ranks
- Explore four historic towns - each with a population of over 500 computerized citizens.
- Intuitive and easy-to-use interface.
- Seasons and historical events influence game play.
- Choose from free-play or mission-based play.
- Up to seven players-either computer or human-on a (LAN) network
It's the year 1400. Europe sees the dawn of the "golden age of the new departures and the free spirit"--the late Middle Ages. Under the rule of the bourgeoisie and businessmen, more and more towns are emerging from the clutches of the aristocracy and are achieving independence, power and wealth.
New businesses are flourishing, bringing financial strength and political influence to a growing economy. However, life in the narrow, overpopulated alleyways and streets of the towns also has its downsides: epidemics and diseases are spreading, and thieves and highwaymen lie in wait to get their piece of the wealth. Now you can try your hand in these exciting times of change. Will you head down the path of an honest craftsman or a dubious priest? It's your choice...
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Well, you can get rid of the housekeeping by hiring a master craftsperson for each of your businesses, but that can be a problem in itself. First, the masters supplied by the game tend to underperform massively. They do not keep up the levels of supplies needed to maintain production and when visiting managed businesses it's not unusual to see your employees standing around with nothing to do until supplies from the market arrive.
It should be possible to set up a regular supply run for a specific cart but this did not seem to be thought of. The player also has to specifically maintain his/her residence and any businesses he is personally managing. This is repetitive boring nonsense, as are the supply runs.
What this game really is about is amassing wealth and playing politics. One of the best ways to do both is to woo and marry rich and influential older spouses who usually die soon and leaver you their fortune. They will also prove steadfast allies in the political game and provide you with heirs as well as younger spouses do.
Another problem is the similar nature of many of the businesses in the game. A possible exception is the trader and moneylending businesses but I haven't played those as yet. I find that once one has a fortune the best way is to accumulate wares until the price is high then dump them all at one. If you buy other businesses of the same kind it is easy to make extra supply runs to give them more supplies than the brain-dead masters will buy and pick up any finished goods before the masters can sell them at the bottom of the market. Doing this seems to raise the productivity of the managed businesses.Read more ›
You start by choosing where you are based, either Paris, London etc, and how easy you want the game to be. You then choose your father and mother or have it automatically done for you. Then you choose your career path and what you look like. You can also give yourself whatever name you wish, religion and whether you are male or female. You may then choose how easy the game play will be. Once in the game you start off with one house and one business. You may court and marry, have children, name them and give them gifts and money. Your character will eventually die, if he/she isn't killed or put in the dungeons if they run out of money, so you must have children to carry on playing after that.
You are given AP points each round to use for training in various talents to improve your skills in business, combat, stealth etc. You can manage your business or hire someone to do this for you. After a while (a couple of years in the game play, which is about 2 rounds) you are allowed to become a citizen. This you have to apply for at the council and they will decide. The higher you become the more things you can do. Sometimes the titles are not bestowed to you. It depends on how easy the game play is.
There are various game types which you can choose from free build to various ones containing different assignments etc.
There are various business available to you, publican, thief, trader etc. You can upgrade buildings, make improvements to home and business and become even run for office. It is quite endless and even I havn't found it all out yet. Some upgrades require you to have certain titles.
The graphics are ok, a bit dark and dingy sometimes.Read more ›
How could a "game" give you the opportunity to live another life? This one does and makes it fun. Its the only game I have played where I felt like I could do pretty much anything from starting a new business to taking over an existing one or maybe plotting against a business rival. its all there.
All this comes at a cost of course, a fairly steep learning curve, but once you get over that the game really opens up to you and what's more, its FUN!
I enjoyed running my tavern but thought i'd diversify into a clergyman too. Unfortunately I died before seeing my dream of running the church come to fruition, but luckily my son had been sent to the finest universities and when I died he took over the business (good choice to train him in clergy skills too).
Plus then you can try to enter the local government (which is difficult) I managed to make it to the middle ranks!!
Give this game a go if you like business/tycoon"y" type games (or indeed fancy a life sim!) you wont be disappointed!