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Mad Cow Disease runs rampant in the town of Banished

I’m still recovering from my staggering and still  unexplained loss of food which has lead to much death from starvation and then to add insult to injury I became victim of mad cow disease. I was really excited to get enough stone and iron together to buy 3 cows and was even more excited when they multiplied into 7. I now had beef and leather – all good things. But nothing lasts forever and as you can see by the screenshot, a mysterious fog engulfed my pasture and killed the entire herd. If there’s a way to combat the disease I don’t know what it is. I doubt the Herbalist works on a bovine population.

So another setback for my people. But I will overcome. I’ve already replaced the cattle with sheep, so now we have wool for warm coats. I also have another pasture for chickens. Even with all this, as well as 2 more Fishing Docks, I can’t seem to get in front of the starvation. I suppose I could make a Town Hall and bring in a bunch of Nomads, but I think that will just make the food situation worse. I bought food from the Merchant, but it only lasted a couple of minutes. If only I had some damn seeds to plant some crops!

There have been some rather amusing moments though. If you look below you will see my 10 year old Brewer. How the hell did that happen?
I also have a citizen named Hell who happens to be a student.
I have 2 quarries and 2 iron mines working, yet with all the plight and blight, I don’t have enough people to manage them.
I have two completely full Stockpiles, yet the one next to the Woodcutter is empty and now we have no firewood. Come on people, move a couple of logs!
I just completed building a Market, we’ll see if that spreads out my resources a little better.
I’ve completely filled my Cemetery, not a good sign.

My little hamlet is on a downward spiral that’s for sure. Time will tell if I can turn this game around. Still, the game is amazingly fun and even if it does get burnt to the ground, I’ll just start over.

By the way, amazing soundtrack in this game!

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More chickens! More food! More resources! A major setback in Banished

I’ve been enjoying Banished ever since I bought it in the Steam sale. This is turning out to be one of my favorite games. However, I’ve started to suffer a major setback! Just the other day I had a nice surplus of food, but now my citizens seem to be going through food like they have parasites. (Perhaps they do, is that part of the game?) I had 3 storage barns full of food and now everything is gone. All the fish, the venison, the roots, herbs and potatoes are all gone. I’m now getting a steady stream of death notices that my people have died from starvation. The cemetery is full and people are constantly foraging for food, so much so, no work is getting done.

I’m trying to stem the tide, but I don’t know if I’ll make it in time. I have 2 fisheries running and trying to build a third. I just bought some more chickens from the merchant to make an even bigger pasture than my first one. The merchant didn’t have any foodstuffs so I can’t fix the starvation problem that way. I’m not sure what caused my decline, but it’s coming at me pretty hard. As I’m sure you know, even the loss of one person is a big deal, so losing 5 or so is pretty major. It’s not like losing a couple hundred like I’ve read from some other people, but my village is small this is a big loss.

I have some fear this might be the end of my village. I thought once I had the quarry and mine going I would be able to leap ahead in resources and build more houses to increase my population. I was even debating the Town Hall to let in nomads. Looks like those plans have to be abandoned with the intent to just make it through the next couple of years.

If you have an action plan, throw it on out there. I think we’re coming up on desperate times.

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I’ve now added Cattle to my list of livestock in Banished

I’ve been extremely busy in Banished trying my best to get enough resources to keep my little village moving. I’ve done a good job of getting wood and after stripping the earth for Stone and Iron, I took the big plunge and made a Quarry and an Iron Mine. Since the major commodity is stone and iron, I desperately need more of it. Of course, these are the two most dangerous occupations in the game so I fully expect people are going to get crushed and suffocated. Hopefully, I won’t lose too many citizens over it. But, I did manage to store enough iron and stone to buy cattle from the merchant. I started off with 3 chickens and I now have 19 in my pasture so I bought 3 cattle so I can raise a decent herd. I believe the cattle yields both beef and leather.

My population isn’t very high, but I feel I’m making significant progress in this game. I’ve managed to build a church, 2 schools, multiple houses, multiple logging cabins, hunting cabins and gatherer huts. I also have 2 quarries and 2 iron mines. My next big goal is to get a heft stockpile of resources so I can do some serious trading. I need seeds and I need some sheep. I want more farming and I need some orchards. Still on the list is the Town Hall. I have a lot of work to do in this little hamlet of mine. Perhaps one day I can achieve a staggering population of 100 people. Won’t that be something?

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It’s a banner day in Banished, I have chickens!

I’ve had some minor setbacks in Banished, such as a couple of fires, but that’s all behind me and I bask in the glory of my chicken purchases. Yes indeed, I was able to amass enough stone and iron to buy 3, count em 3, chickens. The long disused pasture will now be home to my flock of birds. This is a red letter day as I will now have eggs and chicken meat. I have come to see that stone is the major trading commodity in this game. Far more so than ale or coats. I have both of those in my market but none of the vendors seem to want them.

If my calculations are correct, the chickens should multiply over time and once I go over a certain level they will be used as food. This is my first attempt at herding so let’s see how it goes. Next up will be the purchase of some sheep and some cattle. I need a good supply of wool for coats and maybe I can trade it for some additional goods.

My tiny population is still coming along. They are a hearty lot who are working hard to scratch out an existence.

Seriously, Banished is a damn cool game.

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The Steam Summer Sale was Amazing! And it made me broke

Oh my goodness, thank goodness that Steam sale is over, I was about to go broke! There were so many awesome games on sale and I scooped up a ton of DLC for games already in my library. I got the entire AoE catalog, bought some add-ons for Tropico, got some new racing games like Bang Bang Racing, RC Cars, Hard Truck Apocalypse and then added some indie titles like Spelunky, Craft the World, Unepic and Steamworld Dig. Hey, when these games go on sale for $1.50, it’s really hard not to try them out.

I think one of the coolest games I got was Banished. I’ve made quite a few mistakes so far, but the game is turning out to be really awesome. I like City Builders like this so I plan to spend a whole lot of time trying to lift up my village. But wow, so many games, so many new things to try. I’m also really impressed with the number of Indie titles and Early Access games Steam is offering. There is some great stuff out there.

Next on my list will be the official release of SpinTires and the new golf game, The Golf Club. Been a long time since I played a golf game on the computer.

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