The City View

Do take a close look at your home town - the people who live there, the lively events in its many alleys, the hectic in the port area, the beautiful houses of the patricians, but also the building estate, the unused terrain. If you want to have success, you have to know your home town well - and fight for a high position.

Later in the game, you'll be looking at many cities, because every city in which you own a trading office or have one of your ships docked can be entered by clicking on it in the sea chart view.

The Caption Bar

The man to the very left will gladly inform you about the current population of the city you are in. Left clicking on the icon will open a window that will show you how the population is structured as far as the three demographic strata are concerned. Moreover, the number of beggars and the happiness of each group is displayed.

If you own several ships and trade all over northern Europe, you can sometimes lose your orientation. Therefore, the city's name is also displayed in the caption bar.

Get an overview of your buildings. One click of the mouse and all buildings that do not belong to you and cannot be interacted with will be faded out or displayed as transparent in the main view.

The number next to the pile of gold pieces indicates the total cash you currently ^ ^^ have at your disposal. If you click on the icon, a window with general information on your company is displayed. Statistics on traders and cities are also available from this window.

If you click on the icon next to the date display, the chronicle of the game will be displayed, listing all public news regarding cities and traders.

The Main View

This is where all the action takes place, whether you trade goods, make deals with your competitors or get elected mayor. )ust scroll through the city using the arrow keys or by moving the mouse pointer to the boundaries of the screen.

If you click on the various buildings in town, you will notice that many of them can be interacted with. Some buildings will display information about them while others can be entered - in this case a new window will open in the main display and all possible actions you can take will be listed in the selection window to the right. The actions you may take depend on the type of building: For example, your trading office will allow you to go about your business, the tavern is the place to hire new crew members and the port crane allows you trade and transfer goods between your ships, your office and the city. To leave a building, click on the 'x' to the lower right of the newly opened window or simply press the right mouse button. For detailed information about the types of buildings and the people you are likely to meet there, see chapters 9 and 10.

The Mini Map

The Mini Map

The mini map gives you a good overview of the city you are currently viewing or a scaled-down view of the whole sea chart. The frame designates the area you are currently viewing in the main display. To centre an area in the main view, simply click on that specific area in the mini map.

The mini map is colour-coded, so that you can immediately identify buildings that belong to you. They are marked blue, while buildings belonging to the city appear grey; computer traders' buildings are grey and buildings of other human players are red. These colours also apply to the ships.

The upper Icon Bar

Between the mini map and the selection window, there is an icon bar with the following functions:

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■-¡Li This menu item gives you an overview of your fleet. The window lists all your ships, their names, type, current status (at sea. under repair, at anchor, etc.). To the lower right, there is a button that allows you switch between viewing the ships current load status and its crew and weapon status. If you would like to immediately select and locate one of your ships, click on the arrow next to the ship's name. The main view and the mini map will then change to the appropriate view and show you the ships position.

If you click on the 'forward' button, time will pass very quickly. The main view will 5 change to the sea chart view while your ships sail in fast motion - a handy feature for time-consuming sea voyages. Almost instantly, your ship will reach the destination harbour. The forward mode will end automatically as soon as an important event occurs. You can end it manually by clicking anywhere in the main display.

This icon will open the news menu in the lower icon bar (see below). Here you can manage all the messages you receive, some of which will be of importance. You can study them all by clicking on them. After all. information has always been the key to success - even in the Middle Ages. When you receive new messages, the icon will briefly light up. But bear in mind that this is the Middle Ages. You will receive messages with a cer-

tain delay, so the information you receive might not always be accurate - except for messages regarding the situation of your businesses.

The construction menu - it will open in the lower icon bar - is of high importance to any patrician. It allows you to build roads, manufacturing works and various kinds of other buildings. Read more on construction in chapter 10.

This icon allows you to change to the sea chart. Should you require to return to the city, just click on it.

.-.■vl The options menu behind this icon only differs slightly from the one in the main menu, as it offers some additional functionality ('save game', 'load game' and 'end game'). The News Menu

Here you will find all the highly important letters that the authorities have sent to -V*» you, letters that you'd better not ignore. This includes overdue notices, court orders, seizures and tax assessments. Such bad news always reach you immediately - some things never change...

®m This is where your personal news are listed, i.e. news about trade, businesses and ships. You will be informed when your ships or buildings are completed, how an automatic sea battle ended, and how your businesses are doing, etc. Simply click on any message to read more

Some of the news in this folder will be written in handwriting, which tells you that this is a personal letter that only you are to receive. Such private letters will reach you without a delay.

Here you can browse current trade information.

Successful traders need to organize their letters well. This menu allows you to configure how long certain news or letters will be saved and whether you should be notified by a sound when you receive them.

Get rid of superfluous and outdated messages. If you want to delete a message, first click on the message in question and then click on this icon or use the del-key.

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Beside your ship, the trading office is perhaps your most important tool to aid you in your quest for social ascent (not counting your wits, of course). You need to have a trading office in a city before you can construct other buildings. Also, you can only trade with a city in which you don't have one of your ships docked if you own a trading office there. The trading office is the place where all the goods you buy or sell are stored (provided that you don't trade directly with your ship). Moreover, all personal information regarding a particular city, e.g. your wife's popularity, is gathered in your trading office. Therefore, you should do your best to build trading offices in as many hanseatic towns as you can.

Here you have the option to build roads, merchant's houses, gabled houses, half timbered houses, wells and hospitals. Once you have decided what you want to build, you receive further information on the costs, the build time, the material requirements, how much of each material you already have in stock and what materials you will have to buy.

Using the 'raw materials' button you can manage all your buildings that produce raw materials, such as the fisherman's house, the corn farm, the cattle farm, the sawmill and the hemp farm. Just select one of these building types to inform yourself about the construction costs and time.

Here you will find a list of all businesses that process raw materials to produce more refined products. Provided that you have all the necessary resources, you can build all of these buildings, which include the workshop, the salt maker, the brickworks, the forge, etc. Again, to get further details, click on the type of business.

The construction of city walls and watch towers is reserved for the municipality. Therefore, this menu will not be accessible until you are elected mayor of the town.

The Ship Menu

This menu is displayed as soon as you select one of your ships.

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This icon will give you an overview of the goods you have aboard the ship

Your ship's crew is shown upon selection of this menu item.

Selecting this icon will show you the deck of your ship and the weaponry you are currently using.

x.'Jli If you want to form a convoy, you will have to press this button once you have selected all the ships that are to be part of it.

rt To disband an existing convoy, press this button when the convoy is selected.

Automatic trade allows you to assign a certain trade route to your ships. When your ships reach the last station of the route, they will start from the beginning while you receive a detailed report regarding the profits or losses you made. For additional information on automatic trading, refer to chapter 8.

The Statistics Menu

Open the statistics menu - it will appear in the lower icon bar - using the gold pieces icon in the caption bar.

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  • Blue button) This menu item presents you the city data: population figures, the supply of needs, the quality of life, the balance of trade, production and supplies.
  • Red Button). If you would like to find out how the competition is doing, inform yourself about their wealth, their capacities and their popularity.

The business report provides a general overview as well as information on your VrrifH wealth, your ships and your production.

With this feature, you can compare the figures of several cities.

The Options Menu

The Options Menu

Save Game Click here if you want to save your game. Then, enter a description on the following screen and choose 'Save'. If you have changed your mind, click 'Back' to return to the main menu.

Load Game The screen you will see is identical to the one you already know from the main menu: First choose the game type, then select one of the savegames and choose 'Load Game'.

End Game

Click here to return to the main menu

The Selection Window

The selection window usually displays information about the object that is currently selected in the main display, e.g. descriptions of ships, convoys, units or buildings. If further information is available, this window can also serve as a menu.

If you have selected a building that can be entered, the selection window will list the possible interactions. Simply choose one of the actions by using the left mouse button or close the list by right clicking.

A little advice: Time will not stand still while you're busy viewing statistics or taking actions in the selection window. So don't waste your valuable time!

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