Terrain improvements

Kingdom Building Rules

Terrain Improvements

Terrain improvements are changes to a hex that improve the land for your kingdom’s use, such as cultivating fields, digging mines, and clearing forests for lumber. The following list describes common improvements. An improvement marked with an asterisk (*) can share the same hex as other improvements.

Some terrain improvements affect a Settlement’s Defense, which is used in the mass combat rules.

Terrain: This indicates what kind of hex you can build this terrain improvement in.

Effect: This line states the effect the terrain improvement has on that hex (or in some cases, your entire kingdom).

If an improvement says you can upgrade it into another improvement, you can do so by paying the cost difference between the two improvements. When the upgrade is complete, you lose the benefit of the old improvement but gain the benefit of the new improvement.

Cost: This line gives the cost in BP to build the terrain improvement.

Aqueduct *

An Aqueduct brings water from alpine lakes and rivers to lowland cities where water is scarce or insufficient for the local populace. a finished series of Aqueduct hexes must connect to a hill or mountain hex (with a river or lake) on one end and a settlement on the other end; otherwise, you do not gain its benefit.
Terrain: One end must be hill or mountain hex; can pass through any type of hex.
Effect: Loyalty +1, Stability +1, allows settlement to build water-dependent buildings.
Cost: As a Road, except the cost is not doubled for hexes with rivers (see Table: Terrain and Terrain Improvements).

Bridge *

A Bridge allows your Road hexes to cross rivers.
Cost: When you build a Road in a hex that contains a river, the doubled coast of the Road includes the cost of bridges needed to cross the river. You don’t need to build a Bridge as a separate unit; it’s listed here for reference only.

Canal *

A Canal is an artificial waterway that allows barge traffic to haul heavy commodities.
Terrain: Desert, hill, or plain.
Effect: Settlements in a hex with a Canal treat the hex as if it had a river.
Cost: Twice the cost of a Road (see Table: Terrain and Terrain Improvements).

Farm *

A Farm helps feed your kingdom.
Terrain: Desert (requires canal, coastline, or river), hill, or plain.
Effect: Consumption decreases by 2 BP.
Cost: See Table: Terrain and Terrain Improvements.

Fishery *

A Fishery is like a Farm, except it provides abundant fish rather than planted crops.
Terrain: Coastline, water, river, or marsh.
Effect: Consumption decreases by 1 BP.
Cost: 4 BP.

Fort *

A Fort is a walled encampment for military forces outside a settlement. You can upgrade a Watchtower to a Fort (Unrest decreases when you do so, just as if you had built the Fort from scratch).
Terrain: Any land.
Effect: Stability +2, Defense +4, increase Consumption by 1 BP; Unrest decreases by 1 when completed. If this hex becomes a settlement, this improvement counts as one Barracks and one Stables building.
Cost: 24 BP.

Highway *

A highway is a paved and well-maintained version of a Road. You may upgrade a Road into a Highway. You must have a kingdom of Size 26 or greater to build a Highway.
Terrain: Any hex with a Road.
Effect: Economy +1 for every 4 hexes of Highway, Stability +1 for every 8 hexes of Highway; improves overland travel speed.
Cost: Twice the cost of a Road (see Table: Terrain and Terrain Improvements).

Mine

A Mine extracts metal, coal, salt, or other useful materials from the earth.
Terrain: Cavern, desert, hill, or mountain.
Effect: Economy +1, earn +1 BP per turn when collecting taxes during the Income Phase.
Cost: 6 BP.

Quarry

A Quarry extracts workable stone from the ground.
Terrain: Cavern, hill, or mountain.
Effect: Stability +1, earn +1 BP per turn when collecting taxes during the Income Phase.
Cost: 6 BP.

Road *

A Road speeds travel through your kingdom and promotes trade. You can upgrade a Road to a Highway.
Terrain: Any land.
Effect: Economy +1 for every 4 hexes of Road, Stability +1 for every 8 hexes of Road; improves overland travel speed.
Cost: See the Road column of Table: Terrain and Terrain Improvements.

Sawmill

A sawmill centralizes the activities of loggers and turns trees into lumber for use in building and crafting.
Terrain: Forest or jungle.
Effect: Stability +1, earn +1 BP per turn when collecting taxes during the Income Phase.
Cost: 3 BP.

Watchtower *

A Watchtower flies your flag, is a safe place for your patrols, and establishes your power on the frontier. a Watchtower cannot share a hex with a Fort or another Watchtower.
Terrain: Any land.
Effect: Stability +1, Defense +2; Unrest decreases by 1 when completed. If this hex becomes a settlement, this improvement counts as a Watchtower building.
Cost: 12 BP.

Terrain improvements

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