Khmun could have been rated easy as well, in my opinion. While there are certain difficulties that require a bit more than just a good city, I think most players will have gained enough experience from the previous missions to overcome those. The problem is not the pyramid really, as you can chose to build a very small pyramid. Prestige is not really a problem either, especially not compared to some of the previous missions. No, the main problem will be to pay the upkeep needed for the various trade cities that require papyrus, but even this can be overcome by not selling papyrus for food, but only opening the cities required for the goals.
The starting situation is far from optimal and I was really unhappy with the layout Tilted Mill had designed for us, but since the brick makers already had such a useful amount of prestige I only deleted a couple of farmers and luxury shops and added some shops, servants, farmers and priests where I wanted them. I don’t think you’ll need more than the three nobles now and the best thing to do is adding the Palace. I expanded it fully very quickly and that was one of the factors that made this scenario considerably easier. As said before, the key is to get a lot of papyrus, probably more than you needed in any of your previous missions. It was one of the first industries I got up and running even before building tombs, something I always used to build first. I did this because you can get 30 prestige for relatively few resources. Here you can see how I started the city and where I placed my main papyrus production area.
Once you have this up and running, start opening the various papyrus-needing cities in the north and enjoy the abundance of prestige. Start saving up for Large Obelisks and start importing those as soon as possible, then commemorate the opening of the northern cities and prestige is something you’ll never have to worry about again in this mission. You will need an overseer and labourers for the obelisks and I suggest you add a second overseer now. Let one quarry limestone for a while, while the other quarries fine limestone. Don’t worry about the numbers yet, just let them quarry the blocks. Then, start expanding your papyrus industries and place some scribes. If you have expanded the palace, this will be no problem, if you did not, you might want to do that first in order to be able to get the scribes.
You will need as much as 200 papyrus (and in total even more) to be able to complete the goals of this mission and you will need much food to feed all these papyrus makers. One papyrus mill can only store 12 papyrus scrolls, you do the math. In the end I had 24 papyrus mills and around 8 nobles. You won’t need so many nobles (or you won’t need any scribes) since I had an abundance of food in the end. While you are waiting for the papyrus to be made, check regulary how much your overseers have quarried, then decide what pyramid you want to build. I chose for the Medium Pyramid because I wanted this last city to be something good, but this is up to you. The important thing is, that you let your overseers do nothing after you have quarried enough blocks. The labourers will then remove any quarried blocks from the quarry. The construction of the pyramid will go most efficient when you have removed any remaining blocks from the quarry.
From now on it’s a matter of waiting. Either waiting on the papyrus to be made or waiting on the pyramid to complete. I was waiting for the pyramid for a while and I used the time to make my city perfect and when I’m honest, I must say that this is my most complete and efficient city I ever built. I produced enough for the exports and I had enough food and resources for export. There was very little unhappiness and I had much prestige, especially after the pyramid completed. Soon, you will have completed the campaign, perhaps again, perhaps for the first time, but nonetheless, it is a great achievement. Congratulations!
- Played on hard
- Time elapsed: 25 years
- Prestige: 161 (exalted)
- Population: 723
- Satisfaction: Perfect
There is one thing I would like to add. When I looked at my completed world level, I felt a little sadness for Egypt would now fall into decline. Alexander would stop by and centuries later, the Romans would take it. But I know that with Khmun, I left Egypt with something to be proud of and my forefathers, in their capitals, each did something that the world shall never forget. They build forts that could not be conquered, they conquered enemies that had troubled Egypt for too long. They established treaties and cult centeres and opened mines, but none of them could even come close to the perfection that was Khmun, with its pyramid, its many temples and its flourishing papyrus production. Egypt… farewell!