Surviving your first winter in Banished

Banished screenshot. Taken from http://www.shiningrocksoftware.com/screenshots/

Banished is a city-building strategy game set in the Middle Ages. The goal is simple: a group of travellers has been banished from their homeland and it is your job to make sure their population survives and grows to have a rich culture.

Please click here to read my review of Banished.

Banished screenshot. Taken from http://www.shiningrocksoftware.com/screenshots/I don’t want to discourage anyone from playing Banished. It’s not a hard game; it just takes a bit of time to learn what generally works and what doesn’t. There is no one set strategy that will make your town TBE (“the best ever!”) because the environment changes and, if you enable it in the settings, calamity strikes every now and then. Your town could be living in prosperity one year, and be a disaster magnet in the next. What I can offer you, though, are some tips that could, hopefully, help your town survive the first winter, on a hard setting.

Starting Out

  • Avoid setting up your storage pile far away from your cart and immediate resources.
  • You can skip the Storage Barn. You don’t need it right away; just use your cart as a temporary storage.
  • Think ahead: Not only do you need to ensure you have enough food, you also need to ensure you have leather to make coats, so build a Hunting Cabin.
  • Build a Woodcutter’s Cabin. Because firewood.
  • I usually build only 2 houses in my first year. I find that my people share their homes to the homeless in winter (not like they have a choice). I use the extra logs and stones to…
  • Build a Tailor’s House. Because winter coats.
  • A Gatherer’s Hut is a must in the first year.

I found Banished Wiki to be a great source of tips and quick info. Of course, there’s also Banished on Reddit, in case you’ve become addicted to this game. And if you have some Banished knowledge you’d like to share, please post it on the comments below.

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