Overview[edit | edit source]
The purpose of this guide is to go over a generalized roadmap to overall food security, variety, and reliability.
The short, TLDR version of this guide is: Barns are the fast lane to food security.
Important Concepts[edit | edit source]
- Lifespan - All food items in Farthest Frontier are perishable and will only last for a fixed number of months before they spoils.
- Preserving - Farthest Frontier includes a game mechanic for food preservation, thereby extending the lifespan of the food. This manifests in three ways:
- Preservation Buildings - There are multiple buildings in game for preserving food including the Smokehouse, Preservist Building, & Cheesemaker
- Lifespan Bonuses on Buildings - There are a number of buildings that provide bonuses that will extend the lifespan of food items. Root Cellar, Granary, Etc.
- Barrels - Barrels are a manufactured items that are used to increase the preservation bonus on specific buildings. Root Cellar, Granary, & Storehouse
- Food Variety - One of the key requirements for house upgrades is food variety.
Early Game[edit | edit source]
When you first start up your game, you are going to have limited options for generating food. There are three starting buildings to facilitate this, and whenever possible, you should try to utilize all three:
Crop Field are also available at the start of your game, but these take some time to get going and are usually best to do once you have the other three setup and going.
For more information on Crop Field, please see the detailed Farming guide.
Hunting[edit | edit source]
Depending on your map, Hunting is likely going to be fairly critical to your early game play. The Hunter Cabin generates three critical resources:
When setting up a Hunting Cabin, you will most likely want to put these near spawn points for Deer. You can also put them near Boar, though everything except Deer fight back and you risk your hunters health. Wolves spawn at wolf dens and you do not want your city near these if you can avoid it when starting out. Bear are random and do not have clearly defined spawn points.
For more information on Hunting, please see the Hunter Cabin page.
Fishing[edit | edit source]
Fishing requires one or more Fishing Shacks and a body of water. If you are on an arid map with no water, then fishing is not going to be an option for you.
Once you have placed a Fishing Shack and set it's activity zone, the assigned worker will harvest fish with no further prompting or management.
For more information on fishing, please see the Fishing Shack page.
Foraging[edit | edit source]
The Forager Shack is a very useful building and should not be overlooked. In addition to generating food items, it can also generate materials used in other crafts and for medicinal purposes.
For more information on foraging and what can be gathered by them, please see the Forager Shack page.
Early Game Food Production[edit | edit source]
Until you have built up your city to tier level 2, you should maximize the the number of food resource buildings your city can manage based on your population and available nearby resource nodes for each building type.
As your city evolves, one thing that is required for houses to be upgraded is food variety. What this means is that if you for example only produced fish and no other food type, your houses would never be able to upgrade. One of the best sources for variety of food early in the game is the Forager Shack. While this gives you the potential for a much wider food variety, the products gathered by the Forager Shack typically have a much shorter lifespan.
For more information on food lifespans, please visit the Resources page.
One very import thing to note: Your villagers can eat raw meat and fish but they shouldn't for health reasons. You amy want to disable raw meat items in your markets so they are not stocked. In order to get the benefit from these resources, it will be necessary for you to setup a sufficient quantity of Smokehouses. The Smoke House generates Smoked Meat and Smoked Fish. It is also important to note that raw Meat and Fish spoil much faster than when they have been smoked.
For more information on preserving meat and some important information on Smokehouses, please visit the Smokehouse page.
Mid Game - Phase 1[edit | edit source]
When you are looking to setup your first Barn, you can only acquire Cows from the Trading Post vendors. The minimum number of Cows to get started is 2 as you will want them to reproduce. Since you are still early in your game and your income is likely still relatively low, Cows can be relatively expensive costing 550-750 gold each. Buying an entire herd to max out your barn (10 cows) may not be financially feasible.
When setting up your first Barn, it is important to bear in mind the food requirements for your Cows. During spring and summer, your Cows will graze in the designated grazing area you define. However, during the winter months, your herd will require that you provide feed. Cows can eat Grain and Root Vegetables
Once you acquire your first two cows, you can leave them to breed for several years until your herd size maxes out. While a Barn without a full herd will still produce Milk, it will not generate any Meat, Pelts, or Tallow. The herd size setting in the barn sets the limit at which cows start being butchered. By default this is set to 10. While you can change this value so that meat will start being generated at a lower herd size, it is important to factor in the negative impacts from this. The larger the herd size, the higher the birth rate of new animals and the more milk that gets generated per year.
Summary[edit | edit source]
A good way to get started is to setup a Barn, acquire 2 Cows, setup a small Grain Crop Field, and then let them reproduce until you have a full herd. Growing grain in this field rather than Root Vegetables will ensure that it all goes to your Cows since you will not be using Grain for anything else at this point. If you grow Root Vegetables, your villagers can potentially use this as a food source and your herd could end up low on fodder in the winter. Grain also has a longer lifespan in storage than Root Vegetables.
Mid Game - Phase 2[edit | edit source]
Once you have your first barn going and your herd is beginning to expand, you should spend some time adding Crop Fields. Crop Fields will help with your overall food production levels, increase food variety, and provide fodder for your Cows in winter. It is important to keep an eye on your crop outputs to ensure you can stay ahead of your population growth, Cow herd growth, Barn expansions, and the inevitable variability of crop yields due to weather, pestilence, or wildlife.
The main point here is that it is important to plan ahead. If you are going to want to add a second Barn, it is a good idea to get the Crop Fields setup ahead of time to ensure you do not run low on fodder and food. REMEMBER: Herders are indiscriminate about how they stock a Barn with fodder. They will grab both Grain and Root Vegetables even if that leaves your villagers without a meal.
For more information on Farming, please see our detailed Farming Guide.
Cheese[edit | edit source]
The Meat produced by your Barns is only part of the equation. Of almost greater importance is the ability to make Cheese. Cheese is the super food of Farthest Frontier. Not only does it have the longest shelf life of any food at 36 months, it is also an excellent trade item when produced in surplus.
As soon as you have your Barns up and running and you Town Center upgraded to level 3, you are going to want to get a Cheesemaker setup. As you increase the number of Cows you have and thereby increase your Milk yield, you will want to scale up the number of workers making cheese and over time add additional Cheesemakers.
Orchards[edit | edit source]
Another useful building at this phase is the Arborist Building. The Arborist Building employs up to 2 villagers to manage an orchard of fruit trees. These orchards can be planted with a mix of 3 tree types: Apple, Pear, & Peach. Each tree has unique pros and cons ranging from the trees life span to the time of year they produce fruit. While the Arborist Building will provide reasonable yields, the shelf life of the fruit is fairly short. The primary benefit from this building is the food variety it provides, which is a key requirement for housing upgrades. Fruit (grown or gathered) is also crucial to preventing scurvy infections in your villagers.
Bread[edit | edit source]
As you start growing surplus grain, one useful option is to grind some of the grain into Flour using a Windmill. Flour can be turned into Bread using the Bakery. Not only does the Bread provide an additional food source from otherwise inedible grain, it also adds to your food variety. The Bakery building also provides a desirability bonus to structures surrounding it.
Key things to keep in mind: There are a few key things to keep in mind when dealing with Flour & Bread. First, while Grain has a shelf life of 24 months, Flour only lasts 16 months. Additionally, Bread only has a shelf life of 5 months. Windmills and Bakeries will continue to churn out product non stop as long as they have the labor and raw materials to do so. Your villagers will only eat so much Bread and your Cows can not eat Flour so it is important to micro manage your production to ensure you are not losing food or raw materials to spoilage.
One of the best ways to manage production so it does not run rampant, is the use of production limits. Production limits can be set by opening any building that makes an item, then, click on the item you want to set a limit for (Bread in a Bakery). This will open the production limit window for this item. Next either set production to infinite or set a minimum and maximum production limit.
Storage[edit | edit source]
Later Game[edit | edit source]
Once you have your Town Center upgraded to level 3, you will be able to build a Cooper. As soon as you can get the cooper building and iron, you need to start cranking out Barrels. Each Barrel in a storage building decreases the rate of decay by at least 5%. This includes Root Cellars, Storehouses, and Granaries. Currently Granaries do not show you barrel numbers in the UI but there is a green icon that will show on them indicating if they are getting a bonus from Barrels.
Once you have your Town Center upgraded to level 4, you will unlock the ability to upgrade your Barns. Upgrading your Barns increases the maximum number of workers from 4 to 8 and also increases the max herd size from 10 to 20 Cows. This can give you a massive boost to Meat, Milk, and Cheese production without having to allocate large amounts of new space later in the game.
One thing that is important to remember is that a Barn with a herd size below the set slaughter point will not produce any Meat until the herd size increases. If your populations food supply is tight, upgrading a Barn without adding more Cows can drastically reduce your much needed food supply. By the time you are ready to upgrade your Barns, you will likely have more than a few. Once trick you can do after upgrading one Barn is to move the population from another T1 Barn to the newly upgraded one. This will max the population at 20 and maintain food production. You can then upgrade the empty Barn and either transfer 2 or more Cows to it or purchase new ones for it. At this point you likely also have sufficient income that you can buy |Cows in bulk.
Preserving Food[edit | edit source]
While this building increases the shelf life of Fruit from 6 to 18 months and [[Root Vegetables from 12 to 18 months, it is not a very good investment. The primary reason for this is the value of the Glassware. If you are manufacturing the Glassware, you can sell it and use the profit to buy 3-5 Fruit or Root Vegetables for each one sold. The recommendation is to grow only the Fruit and Root Vegetables you need and any Glassware you make can just be sold.
The game is currently in early access and multiple players have suggested that the developers implement a glass recycling process. For example, perhaps 75% of the Glassware used to preserve food could be reclaimed. If a process like this were implemented, then the value proposition for using the Preservist building might improve.
Food Monitoring and Management[edit | edit source]
One very useful tool in the game is the report window. This is located in the top left corner of the UI adn looks like a bar graph.
The food production report is a very useful tool for monitoring your overall food production, consumption, and most importantly, spoilage. Foods are grouped by category and each category can be expanded to see specific item details. This information can assist in planning new buildings, populations growth, and setting production limits on some buildings.