Economy is One Thing…
Dawn of Discovery at first glance looks to merely be a city builder. But the game incorporates numerous strategic elements which compliment its economic system. Players need to know when to expand, how to deal with hostile forces, and how to improve relations with troublesome neighbors. This strategy guide covers the non-economic problems which players must solve in order to achieve victory in Dawn of Discovery.
Expanding to new islands is a critical strategic decision in Dawn of Discovery. In sandbox games and in most scenarios you’ll start with one or two islands and you will have several opportunities for expansion. Expanding is obviously important because it ensures that you will have the resources you need, but expanding itself has some costs associated with it. Before expanding to a new island you should form a plan in your head which includes why you need to expand, what the new island will be used for, and how you’ll promote its growth.
Before expanding you should also try to formulate a long term plan for use of the island. Take our stone island example above. You may need stone very badly, in which case it would make sense to expand. However, most islands are large enough to fill multiple roles. Can you use the island later to increase population to gain income tax income? Are there a lot of open spaces you can use for farms? Having a plan is important not only because it gives you a definite way to move forward but also because it lets you decide what to not do. It is easy to get into the habit of expanding just for expansion’s sake, but doing this can result in a island which is poorly planned and seems to lack a purpose.
Remember, Dawn of Discovery is game which requires balance. Expanding to a new island means building new structures which have upkeep costs. For example, you may discover an island which has the resources required to make leather jerkins but is too small to support a large population. Colonizing this island will be important to your goals, but before you colonize it you also have to either find a place where you can build new houses or find a trade good you can regularly sell.
Dealing with Hostile Neighbors
Sometimes your neighbors will not be friendly. This can be a real issue, particularly if they’re bigger than you are.
The Peaceful Alternative
Actively trading with opponents seems to have a positive effect on relationships over time, so taking the time to trade with neighbors is can be an effective means of heading off future conflict. Taking this action early in the game can make life easier for you later.