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Title: Abandoned - Springfield - Story 23
Post by: Abandoned on March 20, 2018, 02:35:24 PM
Intro

This is the 23rd story in the Smallville series and tells the tale of the 13th expedition to leave that town.  It has been a long time since an expedition left Smallville, it is now approximately year 53 Smallville time.  Smallville's founding families were orphans of a natural disaster and after settling Smallville they knew all too well the problems that arise due to lack of trees.  When word arrived by boatman that a tornado had touched down in Newport an expedition was formed to go to their aid.  The group would take sufficient seedlings from Smallville's famous greenhouse with them as tornadoes were know to do mass destruction to forest lands.  When this expedition reached Newport they learned the town had suffered many personal losses but the town itself received little damage, surrounded areas were not so lucky and Newport had taken in many disaster victims.  The area to the east was hardest hit, expedition 23 headed in that direction to revitalize the area.  They establish the town of Springfield.

The map seed is #276519626  Plains with Lake, Medium Size, Harsh Cold Climate, Disasters On, Easy

Like Smallville I am using DS Small Village mod.  Other mods used and load order :

Starting and Map Changing Mods: Banished UI Maps & UI Mods, Labor Window, RK Minimized Status, DS Terrains & Climates, DS Roads, New Flora

Tweak Mods: Better Stock Piles, Bigger Wheelbarrows, Longer Living Orchards, 1:1 Aging, Reindeer Hides

Main or Must Have Mods:  An Empty Square, Nomad Sign Complete, Smallville Sign, DS Jetty & Bridges, Small Village Homes, Production, Services, Storage, Stone Bridge, Town Houses, Kids Alotofseeds Trader, Mini Buildings
Supporting Mods:  Better Stockpile Storage, DS Ale House, Bridge Crossing, Bryce's Butcher, Celtic House & Village Beta, Chapel of St. Ernest, Crest Blacksmith, Fences & Decorations, Fruit & Veg Barn, Lumber Mill, Market Harborough Old Grammar School, Roasted Nuts, Small Village Tents, Stone Hovels, Storage, Tunnels, Wagon Vendor, Green House, Kid's Abandoned Places, New Trees, Small Town Home, Styth Tower, Tiny Quarry, Tunnel Mine


Thank you @Discrepancy for so many great mods



So, weary traveler, I will tell you all about Springfield, but first, come sit closer to the fire.  It is a harsh cold first day of spring to be sure.
Title: Re: Abandoned - Springfield - Story 23
Post by: brads3 on March 20, 2018, 02:43:44 PM
WB.where have you been?
Title: Re: Abandoned - Springfield - Story 23
Post by: Turis on March 20, 2018, 02:48:13 PM
Do we have Clark Kent aka Superman in the city?
Title: Re: Abandoned - Springfield - Story 23
Post by: Abandoned on March 20, 2018, 03:37:07 PM
Hi guys  :)  I've been around but not playing Banished.  Busy winter at home Spring Cleaning  ;D  There have been a lot of updates and new mods in the last few months.  It took sometime to update my mod list.

Is it a bird? Is it a plane?  I hope it will be a city, bigger map size this time.  ;D
Title: Re: Abandoned - Springfield - Story 23
Post by: Discrepancy on March 20, 2018, 03:58:22 PM
I'm glad you are still continuing :) good luck.
Title: Re: Abandoned - Springfield - Story 23
Post by: kid1293 on March 20, 2018, 04:05:36 PM
Good to see you :)

I have missed this!
Title: Re: Abandoned - Springfield - Story 23
Post by: Nilla on March 20, 2018, 04:14:23 PM
Im happy to see you back in action, too! :)
Title: Re: Abandoned - Springfield - Story 23
Post by: RedKetchup on March 20, 2018, 05:00:05 PM
Im happy to see you back in action, too! :)

yup, welcome back !
Title: Re: Abandoned - Springfield - Story 23
Post by: Abandoned on March 20, 2018, 09:00:54 PM
Thank you all, it is nice to be back doing a map and story.  :)
Title: Re: Abandoned - Springfield - Story 23
Post by: Abandoned on March 21, 2018, 01:04:19 PM
Chapter 1

 The first day of spring was very cold the year we arrived here.  The small settlement had been abandoned.  It reminded me of stories told by my grandparents who were two of the founders of Smallville.  My name is Maebell and my husband is Larryl, we have a 1 year old son who was born shortly before we left Smallville.  Four families set out from Smallville.  We traveled to Newport then headed east, but there were so many downed trees it was rough going. We followed a small stream and ended up much farther north than we had planned.  Two more families joined us along the way.  They and the orphans with them were all that were left of their towns that were destroyed by the deadly tornado.  There were 26 of us then, 12 adults and 14 children.   It was very cold and we had several days of heavy snow before we came to a clearing where we saw the bridge and houses across the river.

  The settlement appeared to have been recently constructed.  There was only the bridge, the barn, and a few houses.  We found some supplies and some scrawny sheep that had taken shelter in the barn and one of the houses.  Some cleaning and a few minor repairs and the houses were quite livable.  We found hunting and fishing gear and some baskets that lead us to believe this may have been the temporary home of hunters and gatherers.  None of the equipment was useable.

  When it finally stopped snowing, Roberton took the sheep to the small clearing northeast of town.  He said we would probably need some fences. We built a small outdoor classroom but Damar the teacher said we would need a schoolhouse because of the icy cold rain.  Corten, the woodcutter, was hard at work replenishing the firewood we took home to our fireplaces.  He said we would soon need a forester.  We would need a green house to protect and nurture the seedlings we brought with us from Smallville.  We had many needs.

 Spring was cool and rainy.  We gathered herbs, mushrooms, and wild oats.  We were concerned for our food supply, we had 14 children to feed.  We constructed a hunting cabin and fishing dock not far north of the bridge.  We also found evidence that the tornado had cut a path of destruction through this area as well.  It was hard to tell what the destroyed building we found might have been.

  By early summer we had a mini Town Hall build and a small workshop.  Alph said he could make iron tools, hide coats, hunting and fishing gear and even some gathering baskets.  We did not wait for the baskets to be made but every chance we got we gathered herbs and wild foods.  The summer was cool and it was only 55 degrees in late summer when we began clearing a field for crops to be planted next spring.   We had a very heavy frost in early autumn and we wondered what the winter and following spring would bring.

Title: Re: Abandoned - Springfield - Story 23
Post by: Abandoned on March 22, 2018, 02:08:00 PM
Chapter 2

  Three babies were born in late autumn including my daughter Christyn and our outdoor classroom had 2 students. It was a harsh winter that first year with temperatures dropping below zero.  None of us had ever experience a minus 3 degree day before.  When the temperature rose to 5 above zero we thought it was warm, especially the forester and hunters.

  Early spring of year 2 was cold and snowy.  Weather permitting, we began laying stone roads and since it was a struggle to keep the seedling alive, we began building a greenhouse.  Even if we couldn't spare a worker to tend them, they would do better planted there.  A field of corn was planted but it was too late to plant cabbage by the time a second field was cleared.  Five disaster survivors arrived in town that spring and we certainly needed the help.  They had trouble decided which of them wanted to be a forester and which a herdsman. The youngest among them, who was only 7 years of age, went to work instead of school. We would need more housing so we would need more logs, we added another forester to our workforce.

  It was a cool summer with temperatures only in the 50s, the corn crop was doing well until it snowed in early autumn, not all of the corn was harvested.  We  must remember to assign another farmer to the field next summer. 

  We began building a small village school but it would not be finished before winter but hopefully no child would miss out on an education.  Our outdoor classroom had 5 students already.  Everyone was surprised when Inelli, who was still a student, moved into the warmer leather tent with Kartell, age 8.  The stone hovel was completed and the last homeless family moved in by early spring of year 3.
Title: Re: Abandoned - Springfield - Story 23
Post by: Nilla on March 22, 2018, 04:05:05 PM
Maybe Springfield could need the advice from a wise old lady, accustomed to harsh conditions?

They don't need to assign another farmer, if they remember to start the harvest early enough. In a harsh climate, you have to start the harvest manually to get a good harvest. Start it at 80%. You can see, the first planted crops are fully grown and when the farmer reach the last row, it had time to grow full as well. You lose nothing but win a lot.

Orchards are a bit trickier. Here you really lose some fruit on the first trees, that are harvested if you start earlier. So assign more farmers, just before the harvest starts, might be a better idea.
Title: Re: Abandoned - Springfield - Story 23
Post by: Abandoned on March 22, 2018, 04:34:30 PM
Thanks wise Nordic woman @Nilla I will try an early harvest.  I played the next year a while ago and added another farmer to corn field and new field also.  I left the harvest for laborers to pick up so I got full harvest.  I also build a storage unit close to the fields.  I will try early harvest at 80% next.  I can certainly use the workers elsewhere.  :)  I have yet to plant an orchard.
Title: Re: Abandoned - Springfield - Story 23
Post by: Abandoned on March 23, 2018, 02:07:08 PM
Chapter 3

  It had been another harsh winter and cold snowy early spring. Some thought this settlement may have been abandoned because of the harsh climate.  We needed more firewood, more roads, and warmer clothes if we were to survive here.  The Village Tailor was completed by summer of year 3 but we soon were out of leather for warm coats, Yosella would make some wool coats instead.  We were lucky Yosella, who was educated, stepped in to take the job of tailor rather than one of the 6 uneducated settlers who arrived in spring.  They migrated from farther north where the winter had been even worse than ours.  They decided to stay with us.  We needed the laborers to cut trees, gather stone and wild food.   In late summer 2 of them became farmers to help bring in the corn and cabbage crops.  The harvest totals were good.

  The early frost and snow had a deer herd grazing close by, but they moved on before a hunter with hunting gear got there.  Our food supply was good but we needed the leather for warm coats.  Our new families were still homeless and the new Village schoolhouse was not yet finished.  On the coldest days the outdoor classroom moved into the barn.  The schoolhouse was completed by early winter and the teacher and parents were glad the children were inside out of the cold.  By the end of year 3, there were 3 more children, our newborn son, Hollinton, among them.  Springfield's population was now 43, 22 adults, 5 students, and 16 young children.
Title: Re: Abandoned - Springfield - Story 23
Post by: RedKetchup on March 23, 2018, 02:11:40 PM
how comes after 3 years and being almost at spring 4 , you still have 6 citizens who dont have an house ?
Title: Re: Abandoned - Springfield - Story 23
Post by: Abandoned on March 23, 2018, 02:17:35 PM
Hi Red, these 6 arrived in spring of year 3 and I am short of logs and stone.  The tailor and school were already started so materials were going there instead of to the 3 house.  With these new arrivals I at least have laborers cutting trees and gathering stone.  I should have waiting before building stone roads, I thought more speedy travel time would help.
Title: Re: Abandoned - Springfield - Story 23
Post by: RedKetchup on March 23, 2018, 02:25:47 PM
oh ok sorry. they are nomads, gotcha.
i am not used to see nomads so much early
Title: Re: Abandoned - Springfield - Story 23
Post by: Abandoned on March 23, 2018, 02:30:05 PM
Using the 1:1 aging is a very slow start especially if you want to educate children right away, so I use a mod to get some nomads early.   :)
Title: Re: Abandoned - Springfield - Story 23
Post by: Abandoned on March 24, 2018, 02:54:32 PM
Chapter 4

  At the start of year 4, our priorities were logs, firewood, stone, and housing for our 3 homeless families.  In spring, 8 more migrators arrived.  They were cold and tired and did not want to travel any farther.  We would need more housing.  We added a third builder to our workforce.  With more laborers to help, we cleared the land for a fenceless cemetery and an orchard, thus adding logs and stone to the stockpile at the same time. 

  We wanted to tell the farmers to begin harvesting early but we were busy elsewhere and the  harvesting was already underway.  We quickly added an extra farmer to each field and had them leave the baskets of crops for the laborers to pick up and we hoped for the best.  It was definitely not the best.  We lost a considerable amount of corn.

  At least the year ended well. We had enough laborers to collect wild foods and cut trees, and we added another woodcutter to the workforce.    All our families had homes.  We began construction of a bee shelter.  Although we had no surplus firewood, no one was cold or hungry that winter.
Title: Re: Abandoned - Springfield - Story 23
Post by: Gatherer on March 24, 2018, 03:00:52 PM
We quickly added an extra farmer to each field and had them leave the baskets of crops for the laborers to pick up and we hoped for the best.


I've been wondering about this. What mod is this that the farmers leave the crops for the laborers to pick up? I don't recognize it from your mod list for this map.
Title: Re: Abandoned - Springfield - Story 23
Post by: Abandoned on March 24, 2018, 08:00:20 PM
@Gatherer a pick up button comes with the Village Crop Field that is part of the DS Small Village Production mod.  It is a nice added feature.  :)
Title: Re: Abandoned - Springfield - Story 23
Post by: Abandoned on March 25, 2018, 02:08:14 PM
Chapter 5

  Flowering plants and trees began to bloom in the spring of year 5 and bees began to stir.  We still had occasional snow showers but we all looked forward to warmer weather, especially those working outdoors.

We were still critically short of logs and firewood so we build another forester east of town past the crop fields closer to the lake.  We had more workers since 6 more migrators, who were displaced by the tornado, joined us.  We also now had an herbalist next to the green house but we still had no one tending the seedling.  I was now teaching at the school and our oldest child was a student.  Larryl, who had been a fisherman for some time now, said maybe the town should consider utilizing the lake resources since farming in this harsh climate was so difficult.

  The cabbage harvest was already underway so we added another farmer to help harvest, but we remembered the teachings of Wise Nordic Woman and began harvesting the corn early with only 1 farmer.  We were rewarded with a good harvest from both fields.

  In early spring we built another hunting cabin up near the first forester and by autumn we had a small gatherer's hut built there as well.  What laborers were available took to the woods to gather wild foods, wood, and stone. We still needed housing.  By early winter, we had 19 families but only 17 homes.
Title: Re: Abandoned - Springfield - Story 23
Post by: Abandoned on March 26, 2018, 02:46:47 PM
Chapter 6

  Year 6 brought with it another early spring with cold and snow and another spring with flower plants and trees and snow showers.  We were again short of logs, firewood, leather, and grain.  We considered building a trading post but realized we had nothing of value to trade.  We also did not know if there were any towns or settlements upriver and if they had anything to trade.  We had not seen a boat on the river since we've been here.

  We had only one farmer working each crop field so we kept a close eye on the ripening of the crops.  We did not want to miss starting the harvest early this year.  By autumn our health and happiness were high but our food and firewood supplies were not.  We had seen several herds of deer near the eastern forester so we decided to build another hunting cabin there.  It was not that far from the lake and we realized that it was a pretty big lake.  It would take a lot of logs to develop industries on that lake, and logs was something we had little of.

  The harvest that year was not the best but it was not the worst either.  We made sure we gathered all the wild oats and foods nearby before the snow.  The new hunting cabin was completed and we looked forward to more venison and leather for warm coats.  It promised to be another very cold snowy winter.

  A new full-size blacksmith workshop was being constructed.  Hopefully it would keep our blacksmith warmer while he worked.  Despite having 2 woodcutters, we were continually short of firewood.  Often they had to wait for logs.  The blacksmith building was impressive looking when it was completed.  We had many thing to consider over the winter months.
Title: Re: Abandoned - Springfield - Story 23
Post by: Abandoned on March 27, 2018, 12:39:28 PM
Chapter 7

 With the 7th new year and early spring came the promise of our first chestnut harvest.  Despite the bitterly cold winter the townspeople  were still 100% happy and healthy, thanks in part to our varied diet.
  Last year we began both corn and cabbage harvests early, when they were at 82 and 83%.  The harvest were not the best. This year we assigned a second farmer to each field.  The cabbage harvest total was much better, the corn much worse.  Each field had one educated and one uneducated worker.  We reached the conclusion that no matter what we did we would not get a reliable harvest total in this harsh climate.  For the few orchard trees we had, the total of 300 chestnuts was acceptable.

  We needed to do something about our shortage of firewood.  Another woodcutter got to work as soon as the second workstation was completed and we hoped there would be enough firewood to see us through another hash winter.

  Another concern was the forester and hunting cabin over by the lake.  The logs and venison were vital to our survival.  We could not let anything happen to these 2 buildings.  They were near the lake but too far to haul water in case of fire.  We built a well between the 2.

A couple of stockpile storage units and a storage wagon were set up close to the lake and in late winter of year 7 we began our lake development project. We calculated that the project would take many years to complete.

Title: Re: Abandoned - Springfield - Story 23
Post by: Abandoned on March 29, 2018, 01:02:29 PM
Chapter 8

  In early spring of year 8 another construction project was underway.  A barn and forest food gatherer were built on the east side of town. The gatherer had a larger work radius than the small one over by the river.  We had to insure a continual supply of food.  We often lacked enough laborers to go foraging in the forest for wild foods.  We made sure that wild oats were gathered whenever they were spotted.  The summers were pleasantly mild, never too hot, and no one minded a walk in the forest to collect wild foods.

  A jetty house was complete and work on the jetty walkway had begun.  It was a beautiful lake and we had high hopes it would be productive.

  We were pleased that by summer we had a surplus of firewood.  We could all face our early autumn cold and snow with more confidence of surviving the harsh winter.  Our corn, cabbage, and chestnut harvest were all slightly better than the previous year.  Everyone was glad they were not one of the builders of the jetty when early winter temperatures dropped to 2 degrees and below.  We could not wait for spring to arrive in Springfield.

Title: Re: Abandoned - Springfield - Story 23
Post by: Abandoned on March 30, 2018, 01:59:25 PM
Chapter 9

  In early spring of year 9 the jetty fishing dock was completed.  The fisherman assigned there was glad when temperatures climbed above freezing.  The crop fields would each have only one farmer this year, we needed the laborers.  We were short of logs again.  We hoped that the drift wood collector would help eliminate the wood shortage.  Apparently the tornado deposited a lot of logs and even firewood into the lake and only now was some of it surfacing to be collected.

  We paid close attention to our supplies at the town hall.  Our records showed a nice surplus of venison but not much mutton.  We were also out of wool again. Without the extra farmers working the crop field, the harvest was not a good one. If we had a worker to spare we could have a linen weaver make linen clothes with the flax that had been collected.  Maybe next year.   This year we decided to clear the land near the crop fields for another sheep pasture.  It would take several years to fill the pastures to capacity after dividing the sheep but we had enough venison and other foods to tide us over until then.  We thought the jetty fisherman and driftwood collector would have done better.

Maybe next year.
Title: Re: Abandoned - Springfield - Story 23
Post by: Nilla on March 31, 2018, 01:22:39 AM
I see no stores on the jetty. There are some very nice, looking like a jetty, to build close to the fisher and collector. It will increase the productivity. I don't remember exactly how the output was as I tried these mods. It was some time ago and it might have been changed, but I think the fisher was good, the collector not so. I think I also collected only logs, seemed at least to that point to be better. One important thing; logs/firewood is a limited resource and you can't demolish the site. If this hasn't changed, I can only recommend to keep the building after it doesn't find more logs.
Title: Re: Abandoned - Springfield - Story 23
Post by: Abandoned on March 31, 2018, 03:22:23 PM
Thanks @Nilla I plan to expand the jetty when I have more logs.  There is a storage wagon and stockpile for logs & stone on shore.  I saw that the driftwood collector will last 5 years. The DS forester buildings only employee 3 workers, not 4 like vanilla.
Title: Re: Abandoned - Springfield - Story 23
Post by: Abandoned on March 31, 2018, 03:24:56 PM
Chapter 10
 
  By early spring of year 10, the new pasture was ready and 5 sheep found their way through the snow to get to it.  A fence was being erected around the pasture so they wouldn't wander any farther in the snow and become lost.  Since it would be some time before we again had wool or mutton, we built a butchery to extend our venison supply as much as possible.  The building was soon finished as well as a small house nearby.

  The sheep settled well in their new pasture and the crops were planted.  We again considered building a trading post to trade for grain.  It would be nice to have a bakery but we had little to trade and we were again short of logs.  We needed a few more houses and wanted to continue building the jetty development but we also needed firewood for the coming winter.    Again the labors cut trees and gathered wild oats.  They noticed there was an abundance of acorns on the oak trees this year so the small workshop was reopened in order to make some gathering baskets for acorns.  We again neglected to assign a 2nd farmer to help harvest, and an early snow destroyed a good portion of our corn harvest.  Two farmers would work that field next year.

  Our population was now 77, 47 adults, 10 students, and 20 young children.  Our education rate was 51% and our town's people were still  100% happy and healthy.  How long would they stay that way?
Title: Re: Abandoned - Springfield - Story 23
Post by: brads3 on March 31, 2018, 03:44:15 PM
looks like the sheep kicked the fence.all broke up.
Title: Re: Abandoned - Springfield - Story 23
Post by: Gatherer on March 31, 2018, 03:49:59 PM
we built a butchery to extend our venison supply as much as possible.


Could you please post the input and output production numbers?
Title: Re: Abandoned - Springfield - Story 23
Post by: Abandoned on April 01, 2018, 06:27:40 AM
@Gatherer DS Bryce's Butchery mod has 3 butcheries to build, one beef, mutton, or venison.  Input for each is 10 of the required meats and the output is 8-11 prime meat cuts plus 3-5 offal cuts.
Title: Re: Abandoned - Springfield - Story 23
Post by: Gatherer on April 01, 2018, 12:10:43 PM
Thank you.
 :)
Title: Re: Abandoned - Springfield - Story 23
Post by: Abandoned on April 02, 2018, 10:54:53 AM
 :) Your welcome.


Chapter 11

  Year 11 began like every other year, early spring was cold and snowy.  The only difference was that this year we had a surplus of firewood.  We also had a new firewood splitter over by the jetty.  We added a 2nd worker to collect driftwood.  In spring 4 migrators arrived at the town hall looking for work.  We couldn't turn them away, they were so young, they were our age when we arrived here.  We needed more houses.

  Our oldest son, Nest, moved into one of the new stone hovels with his bride, Marlet.  He was now gathering acorns a short distance from the house.  Marlet was a farmer, tending the orchard.  They thought we should build a campfire pit to roast the chestnuts and acorns.  One was planned for later in the year. 

  The corn field had 2 farmers this year and they start harvesting early, in summer.  The cabbage harvest had already begun and both harvests were good this year.  When the campfire was built, Marlet began working there roasting chestnuts.

  By winter no one was homeless but there were still young people who wanted to set up housekeeping on their own.  We had 31 families but only 27 houses.  We would build more.
Title: Re: Abandoned - Springfield - Story 23
Post by: brads3 on April 02, 2018, 12:00:04 PM
do these chesnuts and acorns appear all over like the pine mod items? do with Necora was still here so we could add things like that.
      there is so many great ideas and differences between modders. i can only add so many together though. i like DS's hovels and wish i had the small wood barn and grass covered celler or viking storage.it is always neat to see you do these story maps. good way to see what all is in some mods.
Title: Re: Abandoned - Springfield - Story 23
Post by: Abandoned on April 02, 2018, 02:40:43 PM
@brads3 the chestnuts are being grown in an orchard.  I don't think the acorns are being spawned on the map itself, I think the basket that the blacksmith makes is supplying the acorns.  You can make baskets to gather food, acorns, or herbs.  We have not seen Necora in awhile, maybe he will return again.  The Viking storage was in a small older mod before it was combined here.  It would not have the new flags though.  I am glad you enjoy the stories.  I am way behind in reading the blogs,  will catch up when I have more time.
Title: Re: Abandoned - Springfield - Story 23
Post by: brads3 on April 02, 2018, 02:51:04 PM
yeah, i tried to go back and look for some old mods. DS has took the out after he combined all the barns. are you saying NILLA and i write too much?
Title: Re: Abandoned - Springfield - Story 23
Post by: Abandoned on April 03, 2018, 05:40:44 AM
  ;D  @brads3 Hard to catch up once you fall behind, now I think I will have to start reading last threads from the beginning  ::)  When I have time I will probably have to pack a lunch or bring snacks.  ;D
Title: Re: Abandoned - Springfield - Story 23
Post by: Abandoned on April 03, 2018, 01:17:35 PM
Chapter 12

  Year 12 began like the previous year and all the others with a cold snowy early spring.  Again this year we still had firewood but were short on logs.  Again the laborers helped the foresters cut trees.   We wanted to continue work on the jetty.  The driftwood collectors continued to supply logs and firewood close by.  Crates and barrels made a convenient jetty storage area.  By early autumn we had a fish drying facility constructed with plans for another fishing dock.  We would get 18-24 pieces of dried fish from every 12 freshly caught fish.

  Early autumn this year was surprisingly warm and rainy with temperatures in the mid forties.  Our harvest promised to be good one despite the farmers having to work in the pouring rain.  By the beginning of autumn however the temperatures began to fall rapidly and we soon had our first frost of the season.  At this time we also had our first loss of a loved one, Helley, the worker, died during childbirth.  A small cross marked her final resting place.

Cold and snow followed and work on the jetty continued.  The second fishing dock was completed and so was a small workers house nearby.  The jetty walkway was also extended with more building plans in mind.  It was now that we realized just how big our lake really was.
Title: Re: Abandoned - Springfield - Story 23
Post by: Abandoned on April 04, 2018, 12:30:32 PM
Chapter 13

  By the end of year 12 the chestnut harvest had already been roasted so we switched to roasting acorns.  Once again we opened the small workshop to make gathering baskets.  One basket held 32 -44 acorns.

  By early spring of year 13 our storage units were nearing capacity.  We built another storage barn and a cellar in town and a storage shed on the jetty.  The barrel and crates had filled up rapidly once the mollusc farm began producing.  A 2nd driftwood collector was also built on the jetty.

  In early summer, 4 Celtic nomads arrived from the north in the pouring rain.  We had a stretch of cool damp weather and we feared more illnesses than just the usual sniffles, coughs, and colds.  We thought we should at least be a little prepared in case of illness or disease so we built a mini hospital.  Our population was now 101, 61 adults, 15 students, and 25 young children.  We would build a full size hospital soon.

  The Celts decided to stay in Springfield but build a small house and storage shed some distance away from the rest of us.  We always thought the Celts were warm friendly people but these did not want to have much to do with us.  Maybe they would warm up to us in time.
Title: Re: Abandoned - Springfield - Story 23
Post by: kid1293 on April 04, 2018, 12:50:50 PM
Those lake pictures are just too good. Makes me want to find a lake myself :)
Title: Re: Abandoned - Springfield - Story 23
Post by: Abandoned on April 04, 2018, 12:56:27 PM
Banished is such a pretty game.  I love the water and the reflections in it, both the lakes and the rivers.  :)
Title: Re: Abandoned - Springfield - Story 23
Post by: Nilla on April 05, 2018, 02:01:04 AM
Banished is such a pretty game.  I love the water and the reflections in it, both the lakes and the rivers.  :)

..... and the modded buildings and the way you put them together. :)
Title: Re: Abandoned - Springfield - Story 23
Post by: Abandoned on April 05, 2018, 05:15:49 AM
Thanks @Nilla , even after all this time playing Banished, I still marvel at the game itself and the things the modders create and how they function in the game.  And I still find myself watching the deer or waiting for the moment after the rain when the sun comes out,  ;D and then I find that I miss starting the harvest early  :D
Title: Re: Abandoned - Springfield - Story 23
Post by: Abandoned on April 05, 2018, 10:59:57 AM
Chapter 14

  In Spring of year 14 we hoped the weather would warm up.  It was still snowing and the crops were not getting planted.  We noticed that the Celts had built another house, a well, and had hunting gear.  They also cleared and prepared a crop field.  They seemed to prefer to be independent from the rest of us.

 A water pump was build on the jetty.  The walkways and jetty buildings were exposed to constant sun and wind, the wood was weathering badly and posed a fire hazard.  In case of fire the pump would make a huge difference.

  We thought it time we did some trading.  Our population was always increasing and our corn and wild oats did not go far.  Although we planned to trade mainly for grain or grain products we built a General Jetty Merchant trading post.  We hoped a trader would find us here.   We would need trade goods and thought weaving our stock of flax into linen clothes would be a good choice so we built a linen weaver.  We now had plenty of warm coats so the hide and wool coats could also be traded.  We had a great deal of venison that hopefully would have a good trade value.

  By late winter the Celts were chopping their own firewood.  That was well and good but we did not understand why they were using precious logs to build a tall palisade fence.  Were they afraid of us?  Would we alienate them further by bring up the subject.  They did not hesitate to help cut down marked trees when the laborers again helped the foresters gather logs.  We would wait and see.
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Post by: Abandoned on April 06, 2018, 01:29:52 PM
Chapter 15

 By spring of year 15, 2 merchant offices were built, one on the jetty and one by the river trading post.  Both would be invaluable for keeping track of statistics and inventories, no need to travel all the way into town to check in at the mini town hall. Someday we plan to build a full size village hall but for now the merchant offices would do nicely.

  In late summer Garther, the hauler arrived at the trading post. He said as of now there were only a few small settlements up in the northeastern mountains.  They would provide some trade goods and they received some indirectly from Pumpkin Hollow.  Down river was Bloomington and Chattachoo, both would welcome linen clothes and just about anything else we would have to trade.  He did have firewood to trade at this time but it was early in the year yet and our wood choppers were hard at work so we decided instead to trade for flax to supplement what we gathered.  Buying flax for trade value of 3 and selling linen clothes for trade value of 15 was a good way to turn a nice profit.  He couldn't help but notice our greenhouse and said he could find a market for seedling down river.  We were happy with our trade and the information we received when Garther went on his way.

  Meanwhile the Celts were busy continuing construction of their palisade fence and building a small workshop for their own iron tools.  Again they helped collect logs, stone, and iron.  They also collected wild oats and other wild foods for their storage barn.

  Our 2nd oldest son, Hollington, who was still living at home took the job of botanist to tend and multiply the seedling we brought with us from Smallville.  Not only did he take on the responsibility of the new job in the greenhouse but he build a small village house nearby and took a bride.

  By late winter the Celts were building a Celtic Village House that would temporarily house 3 families.  We wondered if they were expecting company.  We also wondered if they were expecting trouble, they built a lookout tower along the palisade fence. 
Title: Re: Abandoned - Springfield - Story 23
Post by: Abandoned on April 07, 2018, 12:02:47 PM
Chapter 16

  The Celtic Village House was completed by early spring and building of the palisade continued.  We were happy to see the Celts set up a mini forester.  Logs and firewood were always in short supply and year 16 was no different.

  We thought the use of logs was justified when we began building a grammar school east of town.  We still had plenty of room for students at the small village schoolhouse but many students had a long way to go to and from school in the cold.  Many neighbors of the new school, our son Nest included, had young school age or soon to be school age children.  The children could spend more time in the classroom than walking back and forth.

  Two of our uneducated fishermen were having a debate at this time.  Melishaad said he could catch more fish than Elayna could, he claimed she was too close to the trading post.  He chose a location a little farther upriver by the bridge where he said fish would hide.  The fall fishing was good, the water was still warmer than the air.  Melishaad was not fishing all of last year, but this year he had indeed already caught more fish than Elayna had.

  In winter Lamarcelino, the company merchant, returned for the second time.  In late summer he had nothing we needed or wanted, and this time was no different.  He had no logs, firewood, or grain. He was in a hurry to be on his way before the temperature dropped any lower.  Thanks to the swift currant the river never froze in our harsh subzero winter climate but he did not like the cold.  We didn't either.
Title: Re: Abandoned - Springfield - Story 23
Post by: kid1293 on April 08, 2018, 05:01:27 AM
I like the fishing competition!  ;) :)
Title: Re: Abandoned - Springfield - Story 23
Post by: Abandoned on April 08, 2018, 05:21:37 AM
 :D These 2 are quite competitive, the competition will continue.  Totally unplanned  ;D   I thought I built the trading post too close to fishing spot and planned to move it if production dropped.
Title: Re: Abandoned - Springfield - Story 23
Post by: Nilla on April 08, 2018, 07:10:48 AM
I don't think it's the trading post; it doesn't look like much water in the fishing circle. Of course I don't know, if @Discrepancy uses the "normal parameters" for fishing output, but as far as I remember, these fishers are as dependent on much water in the circle as normal fisher. Let them continue their competition and move out on a small "hook" to try their luck. (and don't forget a close store, that's as important as much water.
Title: Re: Abandoned - Springfield - Story 23
Post by: Abandoned on April 08, 2018, 12:31:04 PM
Thank @Nilla , I made a note, I will add a storage cart or food cellar closer to the 2 fisherman I the future.  Their fishing circle is quite small with little water as you say.



Chapter 17


   Our firewood supply has been very low at the start of each new year, year 17 was no different.  The foresters had stopped planting trees so they could spend more time cutting but the laborers still had to help cut trees to meet our demand for wood.  There was some grumbling about the fact that the Celts had finished building the palisade even though we were short of logs.  By late summer our supply of logs and firewood had greatly improved.

  In late summer, Jolee the Planter arrived at the trading post with seeds.  We debated the wisdom of buying seeds even though the beans and potatoes were awfully tempting.  In our harsh climate the beans might do alright but the potatoes we feared would be the same as the corn and require 2 farmers.  We needed the laborers we had, and besides our food surplus was very good.  We decided we would be better off waiting for a food merchant who had grain to trade.

  This year the Celts used far less wood but they erected some type of stone monument to which they sacrifice a deer, 200 pieces of venison.  For what purpose?  One of the hunters said he had heard of such a stone before, it was called a Lugh's Stone.  That's all he knew.

  By autumn our stockpiles were a little less empty than they had been.  When the temperatures again dropped below freezing and the snow began to fall we felt a bit more secure knowing there was a little more firewood on hand this year.  The foresters resumed planting seedling and would continue as long as weather permitted.

  Melishaad and Elayna were still arguing about their fishing spots and skills as fishermen.  At the end of last year Melishaad caught 50 more fish than Elayna had.  She still claimed the fishing spot was a good one.  He told her that he was just the better fisherman then.  She did not agree with that either so they agreed to switch places this year.  By early winter she had caught 60 fish more than he and claimed it proved she was the best fisherman.  He stuck by his claim that the fishing spot by the bridge was indeed the better place to fish.  No one was willing to take sides in this debate.

  Garther the Hauler returned in winter, we had enough leather and wool but were out of flax.  We traded for all 200 units that he had with him.  We hoped next year a food merchant would stop by.

  The Celts again surprised and puzzled us with their latest building projects.  Why would they build a school house.  They had no children in their village and if they had, they would be more than welcome at our schools.  The small village school still had room and there were as yet no students attending the grammar school.  It made no more sense to us then the stone circle did or who caught the most fish.
Title: Re: Abandoned - Springfield - Story 23
Post by: Abandoned on April 09, 2018, 10:48:40 AM
Chapter 18


  The Celtic school house was completed but would probably remain unused for several years.  Work continued on the stone circle but no other building project was begun.

  In town the main stockpile was again short of logs and firewood.  The wood choppers said they could chop more firewood if there were more logs.  Well that made sense.  They suggested a mini forester close by like the Celts had.  That made sense too.  The blacksmith agreed but he added that he was also short of iron. It was now a long way to go for the laborers to collect iron.

  We had a chance to add more laborers to the workforce when 18 migrants from the North showed up at the town hall.  Did we have enough wood to build and heat more houses?  We would do our best to see that we did.  We laid the foundations for several homes, 3 families moved into the Celtic Village house.  With so many extra laborers, we went far afield to gather more stone and iron and to cut trees.  As soon as we had enough building supplies we would add an extra builder or 2.

  Our 2 drift wood collectors provided a small but steady supply of logs and firewood but those sources would soon be depleted.  The new mini forester was almost complete but that would not be enough.  We were very happy to see Lamarcelino, the company merchant, when he showed up that summer with firewood.  We traded 200 seedlings for all 400 pieces of firewood that he had.  We also traded linen clothes for 40 hardened tools.  They would last longer than our iron tools and the surplus would give our blacksmith a chance to build up a surplus of our iron tools.

  I could not help but notice that Melishaad and Elayna had switched fishing spots once again.  They were now back fishing at their original locations.  I spoke briefly to Elayna and discovered that the couple were actually married and lived in the small village townhouse by the bridge.  They had 2 young children at home and could easily run home often to check on them.  It did not matter who caught more or which spot was better, together they provided enough for their family and a surplus for the town.  So that settled it, we needed to keep both fishing spots at least until their children reached school age.
Title: Re: Abandoned - Springfield - Story 23
Post by: Abandoned on April 10, 2018, 12:56:07 PM
Chapter 19

  That summer of year 18 the Celts finished building their stone circle and the circle was immediately filled with worshippers from their village and ours.  We obviously neglected to build any places of worship, we would have to rectify that.

  The Celt's school house remained empty but our old grammar school now had 3 students.  We still had homeless families and began building another stone cottage near the school.  An early first frost of the season again signaled the loss of our crops and had us studying our production numbers.  We were still producing more food than we were using but for how much longer, and we needed grain.

  We made a little progress towards avoided future shortages by building a village hunting cabin and a forester south of the old grammar school.  Workers would live close by, there was room by the school for more housing for our homeless families.  The foresters would also collect the stone and iron in that area.  By late winter another stone cottage was built, plus a mini wood cutter with stockpile storage for logs and firewood.   When Garther the Hauler arrived with logs, we traded 100 seedlings for the 400 logs that he had.  We also traded venison for flax and when he left port we added another trader to help get those logs out to the stockpiles as soon as possible. The year ended well and we were grateful that in 18 years we had had no disasters.  By early spring of year 19 the village chapel we built was filled to capacity.
Title: Re: Abandoned - Springfield - Story 23
Post by: Abandoned on April 11, 2018, 02:35:07 PM
Chapter 20


 By early summer of year 19 our fishing couple had again changed places but now they had a village storage cart between them.  The small village barn close by was filling up rapidly with fish and venison.  The main stockpile in town was nearly filled to capacity for the first time due mainly to the logs we had purchased.  By summer we had built a another trading post on the other side of the river and Melishaad left his fishing spot to become trader.  We hoped a merchant would visit soon with grain.

 The Celts corn crop did better this year than last but still was not as good as we would have liked.   We needed more grain for our growing population.  We considered growing more corn instead of cabbage next spring or clearing another field all together.  Another field would require to more farmers.  In late autumn, Hilber the food trader arrived.  We traded for potatoes, bread, and a little of the corn he had. 

The temperatures again had dropped rapidly but the wait for spring did not seem quite so long, a village kitchen was built on Main Street and soon we had hot vegetable stew.  We longed for mushroom soup but we would need cleaner water than the firefighting well provided.  We built a small water well like the Celt's firefighting well but deeper so the water would be cleaner and safer to drink.

  At the start of year 20 our crop fields remained the same and we did not clear a new field.  The river boat merchants came to our ports often now and we had high hopes of getting grain soon.  We began building a village windmill close to where the grain would arrive but discovered we would need canvas to complete it.  We built a storage facility nearby for grain to be stored.  In late summer Hilber returned and we traded for 1400 units of wheat.  Fresh baked bread would go good with hot vegetable stew or mushroom soup.

  During year 20 we built several housing units around town for our growing population.  We now numbered 161, 100 adults, 27 students, and 34 young children.


Title: Re: Abandoned - Springfield - Story 23
Post by: Abandoned on April 12, 2018, 01:40:16 PM
Chapter 21


  Building projects continued on the other side of the river, a doctor's office was built and a bakeri and townhouse were started.  The doctor could not help Ennie, the woodcutter, who died of a weak heart.  The weather was rainy and dreary when Ennie was buried in the town cemetery.

  We were full of anticipation when 2 river boats were spotted coming down the river, but we were disappointed with what they had to offer.  Garther, the hauler, had no canvas and would not even take an order for any, and Hilber had a wide variety of food items but nothing we wanted or needed.  We had no idea what was needed or how to make canvas but we began work building a weaving guild. The bakery was completed and we looked forward to bread, cakes, and even meat pies as soon as we got either flour or grain and canvas for our own windmill.  We would need a water supply nearby so we laid the foundation for a village water pump by the river.  It would provide fresh drinking water and water for baking.

  A large upper living quarters was built above the doctor's office.  The building projects on that side of the river were rapidly depleting our stockpiles of logs, stone, and iron.  The laborers had far to go in the cold and snow to collected more.  Elayna was now one of the builders working on these projects and Melishaad had returned to his fishing spot on the riverbank.  Our son Hollington took over Elayna's fishing spot and his wife, Callas, took over my job as teacher.  They now had a baby girl, Kanessa, our grandchild.  I took over Hollington's job as botanist and Larryl was now the herbalist next door to the greenhouse.  We were both working close to home to look in on our youngest child, Alph, who would be starting school soon.

  I late autumn, Hilber returned to port and we traded for bread, potatoes, and flour.  Our baker could now begin baking bread.  The impressive looking village water pump by the river would provide all the water that was needed. Garther also returned before the end of year 21 and we traded for flax.  Shortly after he left the weaving guild was finished and we realized we would need to trade for hemp in order to make canvas to complete our windmill.  We would have to wait for the traders to return at the beginning of the year.
Title: Re: Abandoned - Springfield - Story 23
Post by: Abandoned on April 13, 2018, 12:58:25 PM
Chapter 22


  In early spring, it was Hilber the food merchant who returned.  We traded 100 seedlings for 300 eggs and 200 bags of flour. We could have bread and cakes now.  When the eggs ran out we would need more honey.  We built another bee shelter across the river, and a village bakery in town.  Hustonewall, who lived across the road, became baker.  His wife Calissouri said they loved the extra warmth the baker ovens provided even in summer when temperatures were only in the low 60s.  And it smelled so good when they walked out their front door.

  And speaking of walking, it was a long walk for the laborers to collect iron and stone.  For the first time we considered doing some mining but we were no where near any hills or mountains.   We would be closer when the village across the river grew larger but we discovered there was a large scattering of stone and iron in the area bordering that mountain range.  We would not need to do any mining anytime soon.  Larryl, had a suggestion that would solve 2 problems, the distance to the resources in winter and room to build the new Village Hall.  He suggested that we scavenge the abandoned places for logs and stone, even some iron.   When we were done we would have plenty of room behind the small village school to build the Village Hall.  Our mini town hall did a good job providing us with information on our town statistics and we could always trade for needed resources.  When Lamarcelino arrived in summer he had logs to trade, but 3 workers were assigned to clear away the debris behind the school instead of making a trade.

  In late winter both traders arrived at the ports, we could not resist trading for brussels sprouts.  Lamarcelino had canvas coats we did not need but no canvas.  We placed an order for hemp.  Hopefully next year we would make some canvas and finish that windmill.  We would also need to concentrate on building homes.  Our population was 172, 111 adults, 27, students, and 34 young children.  We had 63 families but only 52 homes at the end of year 22.

Title: Re: Abandoned - Springfield - Story 23
Post by: kid1293 on April 14, 2018, 10:04:32 AM
A good climate for brussel sprouts. They need a night of frost.

This story is like a cliff-hanger. Will there be canvas? :)
Title: Re: Abandoned - Springfield - Story 23
Post by: Abandoned on April 14, 2018, 12:51:35 PM
 :D Yes, this story is sure exciting- canvas or no canvas ?  :D  At least we have Brussels.  :)


Chapter 23 

   We were concerned about our lack of available housing when 27 migrants arrived in spring.  We need not have been concerned, they'd had enough of this harsh climate and were headed farther south, they would not stay.

  Another concern was that parts of town did not seem to be getting enough variety of foods in their areas, we needed vendors.  A wagon would be best to transport items from the main storage barn so a small workshop to make iron wagon parts was constructed behind the blacksmith in town.

  When the food merchant arrived, we traded for more eggs and flour.  Checking our inventory we discovered we were out of flax that we needed for the linen clothes we used as trade goods.  We immediately sent laborers to gather some but being Spring there were not many to find yet.  We also discovered we had quite a bit more leather than wool needed for making warm coats.  A town tailor was built across the river to make hide coats for trading until we obtained more flax.  A herbalist was also constructed on that side of town.

  It was early autumn before Lamarcelino arrived with the hemp we ordered.  The weaving guild immediately began making canvas.  What we didn't need we could trade or use to make canvas coats for a better trade value.

  There was still plenty of resources to gather from the abandoned place but 3 workers could not keep up with our need for iron.  The laborers again traveled a long way in the snow and cold to collect more.

  In late autumn we traded for potatoes and wheat and in late winter the mill was complete and the wheat was being ground into flour.  It was a beautiful mill.   To make sure that townspeople on the other side of town, especially those near the jetty, got their fair share of bread and baked goods, a wagon vendor headed to that location to display his wares.  Year 23 had been a good year.

Title: Re: Abandoned - Springfield - Story 23
Post by: Abandoned on April 16, 2018, 07:45:50 AM
Chapter 24

  By early spring of year 24, a town market was built on the other side of the river to insure they had a wide variety of needed items.  What we really needed in all sections of town was housing.  We had 69 families but only 54 houses.  We needed even more when in spring 8 Celts arrived at the Lugh's Stone in the Celtic Village.  The Celts immediately began building houses in their village and a wagon vendor took a wagon load of provisions to their palisade gate.

  As our population grew we became concerned for our food supply.  We were now using more than we produced.  We sent laborers out to collect wild foods on each side of town.  We added another hunter to the cabin south of town and a fisherman to the jetty fishing  dock.  Since fishing was good here in Springfield we built a fishing dock and fish drier on the other side of the river.  We built some homes but still needed more.  We also needed to provide fire protection for the big wood houses that were so close together.  Two young couples that apparently got tired of waiting for a house actually pitched a couple of canvas tents in the wooded area  over on that side of the river.

  When the river boat merchants came we traded for flax, vegetables, and apples.  Maybe our population would be healthier with more fruit.  Springfield now had 192 citizens, 130 adults, 23 students, and 39 young children.
Title: Re: Abandoned - Springfield - Story 23
Post by: Abandoned on April 17, 2018, 11:02:56 AM
Chapter 25

  At the very end of year 24, we lost our 3rd adult.  Orio the herdsman was trampled by livestock. Most of the towns people attended the burial.  Living in town we couldn't help but notice how full the stockpile was as we passed by on our way to the chapel by the cemetery.  Larryl and I had switched jobs, he was now the botanist and I the herbalist.  We all had enough firewood that harsh winter even those living in tents.  Another canvas tent was built across the river.  It came to our attention that canvas was not used to make canvas coats, those coats were made directly from hemp.  We had no hemp for the tailor to use.

  Year 25 was a busy year like all the others.  We planted another chestnut orchard, this one 15x15.  We ran out of gathering baskets for acorns and then ran out of acorns for the nut roaster.  We traded for more apples but nothing else.  We continued to build houses, several couples still wanted homes.  We were low again on stone, iron, and firewood but we had plenty of logs.  A very nice covered bridge now crossed over the river.  In early Autumn we lost another herdsman but his death had nothing to do with his profession.  Prent died of old age and was laid to rest in the village cemetery.  A Village Inn was being built on the riverbank near the new bridge.

  At the start of another cold winter we were low on firewood.  One of our driftwood collects had collected all the logs and firewood they could at that location.  It was not a lot but it certainly helped.  The other collector estimated they had about 25% remaining to collect. The abandoned place still had 68% remaining.  We ended year 25 with all available laborers out collecting stone and iron.

Title: Re: Abandoned - Springfield - Story 23
Post by: Abandoned on April 18, 2018, 12:25:23 PM
Chapter 26

   At the start of year 26 we were still low on stone and iron, and had used up all the hemp.  We were low on wheat and flour.   When the food trader came we traded for flour and apples.  We decided we would clear more land for crop fields, after all our town's name was Springfield, and we would buy seeds to grow our own grain.  We had plenty of laborers who would willingly become farmers but by the time the fields were cleared it would be too late to plant crops this year.

  In autumn we traded for flax and hemp, our weaver was again making linen clothes and the weaving guild was making canvas coats.  We must remember to collect our wild flax more often.  We wondered if we should use some of our trade goods to obtain coal to make better tools.  Coal would cost 6 trade goods, steel tools 10.

  We assigned 2 farmers to each of the 2 new fields.  They would plant corn and cabbage if we did not trade for other seeds by planting time.  We decided to clear a 3rd field.  Another townhouse was being built on that side of the river.
Title: Re: Abandoned - Springfield - Story 23
Post by: kid1293 on April 18, 2018, 12:29:18 PM
Springfield sounds like an easy ride but you have proved it is not that easy.
I wish your bannies the best! :)
Title: Re: Abandoned - Springfield - Story 23
Post by: Abandoned on April 18, 2018, 12:42:38 PM
Thanks, Kid.  :)  I am finding it a little more of a challenge than the small maps with the tweak type mods I usually use.
Title: Re: Abandoned - Springfield - Story 23
Post by: Discrepancy on April 19, 2018, 12:35:58 AM
I have been enjoying the story :) well done.

On the previous page you mentioned the hemp wasn't being made into Canvas? there should be the option for that at the top of list in weaving guild, if not, something isn't right.

Though there is the option to make clothing directly from hemp in the weaving guild, it cannot make it from the canvas unlike the village tailor.

It isn't working correctly in the current released version as I mixed up the building production numbers, but the tailor should be faster than the weaver, and the weavers also go through tools quicker.
Title: Re: Abandoned - Springfield - Story 23
Post by: Abandoned on April 19, 2018, 05:28:22 AM
@Discrepancy, I am glad you are enjoying the story.  :)  I am enjoying using these mods.  I really can't say which part of town I like the best, the main part, the Celtic village, or the colorful townhouses.  :)

I must have missed that the village tailor can make canvas coats from canvas.  I had that tailor making warm coats.  I did have the guild making canvas from hemp and made quite a bit before I discovered the guild doesn't use the canvas for coats. So I used the canvas for tents  :) and traded for more hemp.   Thanks for info on speed and tools.  :)

This harsh cold climate is quite a challenge.  Springfield is always waiting for spring just like we are here in north USA  :)
Title: Re: Abandoned - Springfield - Story 23
Post by: Abandoned on April 19, 2018, 01:12:35 PM
Chapter 27

  At the start of year 27 two of the new fields were planted, 1 with cabbage and 1 with corn.  The windmill had no wheat so began milling flour from what was left of last years corn crop.

  In spring 26 nomads arrived at the mini town hall.  We were relieved when they said they were just passing through on their way south.  We had 214 citizens and our education rate was 66%, we did not want that to change.  Shortly after they left, however, the Celts asked if 13 of their kinsfolk who arrived at the Lugh's Stone could stay.  We could not refuse.  We were pleased they had asked but it wasn't really necessary.  We were all family now, there had been many marriages between our people and theirs.  The newcomers were welcomed and several stone hovels were soon built for whoever wanted them. 

  It wasn't long after that when Jolee the Planter arrived.  We traded for wheat and Brussels sprout seeds.  When Hilber the food merchant came to port we traded for wheat and flour to tide us over until the new crops were planted next spring.  The new corn and cabbage plantings did very well.  So well we planned to plant them again next year.  We began clearing a large 22x15 field for the wheat.  We had 45 laborers now so could easily afford 3 or 4 farmers to work the wheat field.  We hoped for a chestnut harvest from the new orchard next year and considered clearing land for an apple orchard.  When the traders returned we traded for more apples, flour, and hemp.

  We were not happy when we were again short of iron and the laborers left the crops sitting on the fields while they went off to collect the iron.  By late winter we were also short of firewood and the crops still had not been brought in from the fields.  We now considered a coal mine, not for making better tools but for fuel, or maybe an iron mine.  At the end of year 27 the crops were not stored and the new wheat field was not cleared.

Title: Re: Abandoned - Springfield - Story 23
Post by: Abandoned on April 20, 2018, 10:16:38 AM
Chapter 28

  Year 28 was off to a very bad start.  By spring the corn and cabbage harvests had still not been brought in off the fields and the new crops were not being planted.  The Brussels Sprouts were up and growing before the cabbage got planted.  The corn did not get planted and the new wheat field still was not cleared by late spring.  Our food surplus had dropped quite a bit.

  The laborers were sent out to gather whatever wild foods they could find.  It was then that the blacksmiths informed us that they were again low on iron.  Our surplus of stone had also dropped.

  When Hilber, the food merchant, arrived in early summer, we traded for wheat, potatoes, and apples.  We could have traded for more but wild foods were still being gathered and our harvests would soon be started.  It was shortly after Hilber left that we discovered the our original corn and cabbage fields had not even been planted that spring.  How could it be that with over 40 laborers they could not gather resources and crops in time for the farmers to return to their fields in spring.  What the heck were they doing.  They had another guess coming if they thought they would be getting a tavern anytime soon.

  Something had to be done about the crop situation.  Farmers were instructed to pick up their own crops immediately and take them to storage.  We would add more farmers to the fields if need be.  The new wheat field would have 4 farmers when it was time to plant next spring.  We did have some good harvests, the Brussels sprouts did very well and even though the cabbage was planted late, it to did well and even better than the previous year. 

  When the leaves started changing colors we check our new chestnut orchard, we would have our first harvest this year.  We were already expecting our first frost so we started the harvest early.  The orchard was only 73% harvestable but that was better than losing the whole crop.  And next year we would also have an apple orchard.  We traded for apple seeds and began clearing a large 20x15 area next to the chestnut orchard.   The wheat field had finally been cleared and was ready to plant next spring.

  By late winter of year 28 we had 2 unemployed workers.  The 2nd driftwood collector had collected all the logs and firewood they could.  Did we want to build another collector workplace?  Would we not be better off with another forester and wood cutter?  Did we want to expand our lake fishing?  How could we again be short of iron?

Title: Re: Abandoned - Springfield - Story 23
Post by: Nilla on April 20, 2018, 10:34:48 AM
You know, that no new crops will be planted until the field is completely empty. It may happen also when farmers carry the harvest into the stores themselves, that one pot is left on a field. If I see such a pot, I always use the priority tool. I don't know, if you used it, when the crop was left on the field.

You always seem short of iron. Maybe you have uneducated blacksmiths? They do "destroy" a lot of iron compared to educated. If it's difficult to always have educated blacksmiths, maybe it's a good idea to buy tools.

It will be interesting to see how you decide to replace the driftwood collectors. I think there is no "right" answer to what's the best thing to do. If you want efficient workers, I think forester and chopper are better, if you have enough worker and want everything close, driftwood collectors might be the best decision.
Title: Re: Abandoned - Springfield - Story 23
Post by: Abandoned on April 20, 2018, 02:54:14 PM
@Nilla no, I did not think to use the priority tool, I do use it sometimes when I want a building constructed before another one.  I was surprised when I saw laborers ignoring the harvested crops.  They were being harvested before I marked the iron to be collected.  The iron is far from town and I tried to time collection of it after harvest and before planting.  This is the first time I have had crops left on the field.

I have not checked blacksmiths if educated, I have 2, education rate is over 60% and blacksmiths are in old areas of town and farthest from available iron. We have had no tool shortages.  Some buildings and houses also require iron to build.  New construction of houses and need for firewood is on the other side of the river, far from lake and collectors.  I think forester and woodcutter over there will prove to be best choice.  We shall see.  :)

Title: Re: Abandoned - Springfield - Story 23
Post by: Nilla on April 21, 2018, 03:15:31 AM
I have no experience in using the "laborers pick up crop" tool. I have never really used it, but maybe these pots were set down in priority, so the laborers "preferred" to clear iron and all other "laborers work" first. There are some work, that are considered more important than others. The different tasks aren't always executed in the same order, as you assigned them. I'm sure of that, but I have never really understood exactly how this work. I try not to assign too many different jobs at the same time, and I also use the priority tool quite often.
Title: Re: Abandoned - Springfield - Story 23
Post by: Abandoned on April 21, 2018, 05:04:52 AM
@Nilla I have used the pick-up tool before with no problem.  I have never had as many laborers as I do now so was surprised when crops were not picked up promptly.  Maybe I am sending laborers too far, I am not used to medium sized map. Closer stock piles would shorten gathering time.
Title: Re: Abandoned - Springfield - Story 23
Post by: RedKetchup on April 21, 2018, 06:10:49 AM
@Nilla I have used the pick-up tool before with no problem.  I have never had as many laborers as I do now so was surprised when crops were not picked up promptly.  Maybe I am sending laborers too far, I am not used to medium sized map. Closer stock piles would shorten gathering time.

it is super good but you cannot set big zones to clear because when priority will kick in badly for those.... the baskets in crop field can stay there longtime, specially at 10x, the winters can flies.
Title: Re: Abandoned - Springfield - Story 23
Post by: Abandoned on April 21, 2018, 08:30:46 AM
@RedKetchup oh my gosh, I usually play at speed 1x but this map 2x  ;D and that is why I missed starting early harvests so many times (but don't tell Nilla that)  ;D  Maybe I set to many small zones  to be cleared and they did those before crops.
Title: Re: Abandoned - Springfield - Story 23
Post by: RedKetchup on April 21, 2018, 08:51:55 AM
@RedKetchup oh my gosh, I usually play at speed 1x but this map 2x  ;D and that is why I missed starting early harvests so many times (but don't tell Nilla that)  ;D  Maybe I set to many small zones  to be cleared and they did those before crops.

sometimes, when you asked a clearing job done and time has passed since and still not completed because you asked 100 more jobs to do and you have prioritized those... at some point no matter you will ask to do something new(like crop buckets) you will never be prioritize it over a job asked like 24 yeahs ago ^^

some very ancient job cant be overcome by the priority tool.
Title: Re: Abandoned - Springfield - Story 23
Post by: Abandoned on April 21, 2018, 01:22:18 PM
Good to know, thanks @RedKetchup



Chapter 29


  In early spring of year 29 we watched and waited for the farmers to start planting.  One by one they returned to their fields in the pouring rain.  Then and only then did we send the laborers out to collect iron.  We again considered mining.  We had more than enough laborers who would rather work inside a mine than outside in the rain or snow and cold harsh temperatures.  Before that decision was made we became aware that there was no hemp for making canvas coats.  Should we wait for the trader to bring hemp or should we buy hemp seeds and plant our own?

  The apple orchard had been cleared and 1 farmer began planting.  We would add more.  A worker was added to both fish driers and 1 was added to the jetty mollusc farm and another to the butchery.  Another fishing spot and workers house was added to the jetty.

  We traded for hemp seeds and in late summer a field was being cleared and a stone hovel was being built not far from the weaving guild and tailor.  Laborers were sent out to collect flax and wild oats.

  Five farmers were not enough to harvest the wheat crop before the autumn snow. We would need to start harvest early or assign more farmers, or do both.  Our original cabbage field also did not get completely harvested and we neglected to start the chestnut harvest early.  The apple trees were  planted and doing well.

  In early winter the laborers headed towards the mountain to gather stone and iron.  Stockpiles were placed along the road to the mountain to shorten their return.  Some trees were also cut, our supply of firewood was getting low.  Several laborers said they wouldn't mind living in the area by the mountain.  By late winter 2 stone townhouses were built.  We had 87 families but only 80 homes.  Springfield's population was now 256, 162 adults, 32 students, and 62 young children.
Title: Re: Abandoned - Springfield - Story 23
Post by: Abandoned on April 22, 2018, 12:29:22 PM
Chapter 30


  By spring of year 30 we were very low on firewood.  We built another village firewood yard and mini forester near the new stone townhouses.  The crops were being planted.  By late spring we had a new concern, we feared no one would want the job of herdsman in Springfield, we lost the 3rd one.  The profession seemed to have a way of aging people, Johann the herdsman, died of old age.

  The crops were doing well this year and the hemp seemed to be thriving in our climate.  We began harvesting the wheat early , when it was 89% mature.  We had 6 farmers working that field but it appeared they would still not complete the harvest in time.  Thanks to the timely construction of another town storage building the crop was harvested and stored with very little lost to the first heavy frost.

  When the food trader arrived we traded for eggs and potatoes.  It was when checking inventory that we noticed our leather shortage.  After learning of the discrepancy we checked our weavers and tailors.  There was no problem with the linen weaver as long as the laborers collected wild flax at regular intervals. The weaving guild had made a surplus of canvas then began making canvas coats out of hemp.  The town tailor was making hide coats from leather and the village tailor was making warm coats from wool and leather.  We then had no leather but a large surplus of wool.  Adjustments were needed.  The town tailor would make coats from wool to trade.  The weaving guild would make warm coats from hemp and wool until our leather supply was replenished, and the village tailor would switch to making canvas coats from canvas.  The new system should work well as long as our herdsmen stayed alive long enough to produce the wool.

  The next death came all to soon but this time it was a fisherman, Anasta, who died of old age in early winter. It was at that time that we were completely out of stone and iron and were also short of logs.  The small townhouses and the tunnel mine we began nearby took a lot of resources.  We wondered why the mine was not finished yet, then discovered the workers need 2 steel tools to complete it.  It was not long before Gather, the hauler, arrived and he had steel tools.  We traded for more than we needed and also traded for some coal to make our own should the ones we traded for not make it into the hands of the builders.  Hopefully the laborers would finish collecting iron and stone before it was time for the farmers to return to their fields in spring.


Title: Re: Abandoned - Springfield - Story 23
Post by: kid1293 on April 22, 2018, 01:32:20 PM
It is frustrating with so many setbacks but you make it a challenge to overcome
the problems. Nice to read about.
I wish I could that determined in real life. :)
Title: Re: Abandoned - Springfield - Story 23
Post by: Abandoned on April 22, 2018, 02:46:34 PM
Thanks, @kid1293 it is a challenge but the problems are reoccurring.  Every time I think I have a problem solved I find it isn't.  It wouldn't be bad if it were only 1 or 2 things to keep an eye on.   :) I am determined, I will keep trying.
Title: Re: Abandoned - Springfield - Story 23
Post by: Abandoned on April 23, 2018, 12:02:24 PM
Chapter 31

  The tunnel mine was finished by the start of year 31 and 4 miners set to work extracting iron.  We would add more miner and more housing for them.  Several warm leather tents were set up near the mine.  As soon as the first mine was up and running, we began construction of a second mine.  The building materials collected for it left the stockpiles short of logs.  We we also low on firewood so it was crucial that we send the laborers out to cut some nearby trees immediately.

  It was another cold rainy spring and the 35 nomads who arrived didn't stay.

   The second mine was completed and the miners were extracting coal.  Hopefully, coal would take some of the pressure off the foresters and wood cutters.  We were still short of iron and the iron mine was a long way from the blacksmiths.  The blacksmith in town was educated and made good use of the iron when he could get it but the Celtic blacksmith was not educated.  We considered a materials wagon vendor, we had wagon parts, but feared he would take logs and firewood away from outlying areas that needed them.

  In late summer 2 traders arrived and we did a quick inventory check when we saw them coming down the river.  We needed flax and we were almost out of canvas.  We again adjusted the textile workers, the guild would again make canvas and the village tailor would make warm coats until enough canvas was available.  We had enough food and grain in inventory and it was almost harvest time.  We ordered no food from the food merchant or seeds from the planter.  We started the wheat harvest early at 84 % and the chestnuts at 53%.  An early snowstorm still cost us some crops.

  Building was at a stand still, we were short of building materials.  We did however build another village well to protect the buildings we did have.  The abandoned place provided all the scavenged materials it had and the last of it was removed.  The foundation for the Village Hall was laid.  Diligent laborers took logs, stone, and iron to the site before we could stop them.  We were again short of logs, stone, and iron.

 Arnon the fisherman drowned, he must have slipped off an icy fishing pier.  It was another cold harsh winter in Springfield.