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(Look also at the building layout strategies page for more)

The only limiting factor in a Continuous game to the growth of your empire is the space you have available. Therefore, it is generally a good idea to use efficient layouts that optimally make use of the space on your islands. Still, it is often not the most efficient to only use square layouts, and learning when to use which layout is an art. This page contains a collection of layouts for Farm buildings and Production buildings that serve as a baseline for how these buildings can be placed. Layouts have loosely been sorted by progression and the number of Norias used. Layouts for Oriental Goods without Norias are designed to be used with Large norias.

Farm Layouts[]

Goods Layout Statistics
Wood

Wood

8xWood Buildings:
  • 8 x Lumberjack's hut
  • 1 x Small market building
4 Fields (4x3)

CiderHempSpices

4xCider
  • 4 x Cider farm
  • 18 x 14
  • 97% Efficiency
  • 63 Tiles per farm
4 Fields (4x3)

16x Variant

CiderHempSpices

16x Cider Buildings:
  • 16 x Cider farm
  • 32 x 32
  • 91% Efficiency
  • 64 Tiles per farm
5 Fields (4x3)

Grapes

4x Grapes
  • 4 x Vineyard
  • 18 x 17
  • 95% Efficiency
  • 73 Tiles per Farm
5 Fields (4x3)

Oriental Variant

DatesSilkIndigoCoffee beansSugar cane

4x Dates
  • 4 x Date plantation
  • 18 x 18
  • 90% Efficiency
  • 81 Tiles per farm
For use with Large noria: 16xDates Large noria
6 Fields (4x3)

Rose oil

6x Roses
  • 6 x Rose nursery
  • 30 x 18
  • 93% Efficiency
  • 90 Tiles per farm
3 Fields (4x4)

WheatMilk

8x Wheat
  • 8 x Crop farm
  • 32 x 16
  • 92% Efficiency
  • 64 Tiles per farm
8 Fields (3x2)

Herbs

4x Herbs Buildings:
  • 4 x Monastery garden
  • 16 x 16
  • 95% Efficiency
  • 64 Tiles per farm
5 Fields (4x4)

Cattle

4x Cattle Buildings:
  • 20 x (4x4) Farm field
  • 4 x Cattle farm
  • 1 x Small market building
Bounding Box:
  • 20 x 20
  • 93% Efficiency
5 Fields (4x4)

Almonds Variant

Almonds

2x Almonds Buildings:
  • 2 x Almond plantation
  • 18 x 12
  • 90% Efficiency
  • 97 Tiles per Farm
5 Fields (3x3)

Beeswax

4x Apiary Buildings:
  • 20 x (3x3) Farm field
  • 4 x Apiary
  • 1 x Small market building
Bounding Box:
  • 16 x 16
  • 91% Efficiency

Multi-Step Production Layouts[]

Goods Layout Statistics
Linen garments

Linen garments

4x Linen garments 1
  • 4 x Weaver's hut
  • 26 x 20
  • 98% Efficiency
  • 130 Tiles per Weaver's hut
Equivalent alternative: 4x Linen garments 2
Ropes

Ropes

3xRopes
  • 3x Ropeyard
  • 16 x 14
  • 100% Efficiency
  • 74.66 Tiles per Ropeyard
Bread

Bread

Beer

Beer

4x Beer
  • 32 x 16
  • 99% Efficiency
  • 128 Tiles per Brewery
War machines

War machines

2xWar machines
  • 2x War machines workshop
  • 25 x 18
  • 100% Efficiency
  • 224 Tiles per Workshop
Candles

Candles

4xCandles
  • 4x Candlemaker's workshop
  • 30 x 24
  • 99% Efficiency
  • 180 Tiles per Workshop
2x Candles
  • 2x Candlemaker's workshop
  • 21 x 18
  • 96% Efficiency
  • 189 Tiles per Workshop

Noria layouts[]

Creating Production layouts in the Orient is tricky because fields cannot be cultivated on Desert soil. The Small noria can turn the Desert fertile, but the radius is often too small to build entire layouts with just a single Small noria. The Large noria has a large enough radius that the previously discussed base layouts can be used, but this is only unlocked at 1040 Envoys, which is simply too late into the game. To still use the previously discussed layouts would require building multiple Small norias with overlapping Influence areas to reach every field. However, when a field is covered by multiple Norias, the productivity of that field can actually exceed 100%, meaning we might need less fields to still reach 100% overall productivity. This is referred to as the Noria exploit (though some argue it is an intended mechanic). The following layouts all use two Small norias, and have at least half of the standard required number of fields. This will be referred to as a minor Noria exploit.

Goods Layout Statistics
5 Fields (4x3)

DatesSilkIndigoCoffee beansSugar cane

Oriental 8x Dates
  • 8x Farm building
  • 24 x 18
  • 91% Efficiency
  • 54 Tiles per farm
Perfume variant

Perfume

2x Perfume variant
Standard Oriental

CarpetCoffeeBooksBrocade robes

4x Carpet 100%
  • 8x Farm building
  • 4x Production building
  • 100% Efficiency
  • 108 Tiles per Workshop
Alternative with flexible field placement: 4x Carpet
Can be used for Books and Brocade robes with Paper and Gold supplied from Market building
Perfume

Perfume

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