How to Build an Effective City in Age of Empires 3

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There are a number of things you can do in order to make your city a truly effective one. A combination of clever planning and resource management will help ensure victory for the homeland! Here's what you need to do.

  • Identify all entrances to your territory quickly. There will almost always be some form of natural protection available; lakes, rivers or mountains. Make sure you scout these out, then build your defenses around them.

  • Build Barracks quickly! This is essential to ensure your survival! Without military units, you are a sitting duck! The Barracks and the Artillery Foundry are the first steps in building your army.

  • Build at least one each of the Plantation, Mill and Livestock Pens. These will help you increase your Food and Coin resources even if local resources (mines, animals) run dry. They are slow and steady resource nodes, so building a couple of each will speed things up if you're in a hurry.

  • Establish Trading Posts whenever the opportunity presents itself. There will almost invariably be a few trade routes in any given map, all of which will have stops along the way that Trading Posts can be added to. Building Trading Posts allows you collect experience and requisition any resources you might be low on.

  • Construct a Market in case you run low on a particular resource and don't have very many Trading Posts to compensate. Markets allow you to trade one resource for another, in addition to providing some upgrades for your Settlers.

  • Surround your city with walls and Outposts for defense. This will force enemy units to either tear down your wall or go around in order to attack your city. Just make sure you leave your units a way to get out, then guard it. To do this, Garrison some of your units in the Outposts. This will not only protect the units inside, but will increase the attack power of the Outpost.

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