aa lite first became interested in crypto in 2013. She has been buying and selling coins for the past six years. She is also an avid gamer.
Town Star: A Better Farmville
Recently I have become obsessed with playing Gala Games's Town Star. Unlike many other crypto games I have tried it is complex and fun! And there is the possibility of earning Gala coins if you place well enough in the weekly competitions. The one problem I've had at the start is the difficulty in finding information about the different buildings and products.This made planning my first town difficult, and led to epic fails like building a bakery before I had any cows, and having to pay my baker $50 a minute to do nothing while I scrambled to set up milk production to enable butter, which is needed for all the bakery products.
To save you similar frustrations I thought I would put down all that I have learned about the bakery and the cakery, and what they need to produce their end products. Hopefully with this guide you will have all the information in one place, and whether you decide to produce baguettes, cakes, or pumpkin pies, you will be able to plan your production from the first day of the competition.
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Basic Crops and their Water Requirements
Ok, if you've played even 5 minutes of Town Star you are probably already familiar with the basic crops in the game. But for the sake of having all the information in one place let us start with them.
You start the game with two wheat fields. This might seem like a basic and boring crop, but it is used to make flour, which of course is used in the bakery and cakery. Each wheat field requires 3 water to grow, and under optimum conditions takes 20 seconds to produce wheat.
Required to make sugar (obviously), each sugarcane field requires 8 water to grow and under optimal conditions can be harvested after 20 seconds.
Only one product in the game requires pumpkins, and that is the pumpkin pie. Pumpkins are quite difficult to grow, since each patch requires twenty (yes 20!) water. It is pretty much impossible to have all this irrigation passively, so you will have to rely on farmers actively watering your patches. Remember to place some wind pumps to produce water rapidly for this reason. Pumpkins also take longer to grow than other crops.
Tree farm: Not exactly a crop like the other, but it is important to keep wood production going, not just for building but the use in windmills and to make baguettes. Each woodfarm requires 7 water and takes 20s to grow.
Technically not a crop, but brine "grows" on a salt field, and for all purposes behaves like other crops in the game. Each salt field requires 3 water and produces salt fastest when placed near an ocean tile.
|Crop||Water Requirement||Optimal Growth Time|
The first couple of sales from your farm will probably just be the raw crops you harvested, however, at $3000-$4000 these sales are not really worth the gasoline you need to send them. As soon as possible put down a windmill (far away from your crops so as not to block the light they need to grow) and start processing your crops into more profitable products.
You can mill your wheat into flour. Each flour requires 5 wheat and 3 wood to process. And 10 flour sell for $22,500.
Put 6 sugarcane and 3 wood in a wind mill, and you will get sugar. Each 10 sugar sells for $31,500.
Put 6 brine and 3 wood in a wind mill, and you will obtain salt. As an aside this is rather strange, I don't think this is how salt is made. But that's how it works in Town Star. Salt sells for $25,500 for a batch of 10.
|Product||Requirement||Sell Price/ 10|
5 wheat, 3 wood
6 sugarcane, 3 wood
6 brine, 3 wood
Town Star Animal Products: Chicken Coop and Cow Barn
As well as flour, salt and sugar you will also need milk and eggs to bake cakes, and baguettes. You will find the chicken coop, milk barn and rancher houses under the 'ranch' tab.
Milk and egg production requires 3 and 1 water respectively, so make sure you place your animal houses on a hydrated square so they are watered automatically. The animals are negatively affected by pollution so make sure they live far away from any industrial buildings. They also require feed, which is made from wheat in a 1:1 ratio, in special feed mill. The ranchers will bring in wheat from silos, place them in the feed mill, then gather the feed and put it into a trough from which the animals can eat.
8 feed, 1 wood, 3 water
3 feed, 1 wood, 1 water
Bakery Products: Butter, Dough and Baguette
Once you have established stable sugar, salt, flour, milk and egg production you can invest into the end-game structures, the bakery and cakery. These are expensive to build and run, it is essential that you don't put them down too early. But the complex products will generate a lot of revenue, and a lot of points. They will also save you on gasoline fees since you won't have to send out the delivery trucks very fun, but when you do make a sale it will really count.
To build a bakery you need: 5 lumber, 5 wood and 5 energy. It will cost you $200,000 to place one down and $50 per minute to run one.
You can see the ingredients for each bakery product in the image above. All of a sudden the humble wheat, which you might have thought is too cheap to bother about after the first hour of gameplay becomes significant again. Each butter requires 2 milk, each milk requires 8 feed, so each butter requires 16 wheat. When you get to making baguettes, each baguette requires 4 butter, 10 flour and 2 eggs, so 120 wheat (64+50+6). And of course you have to have 10 of any item to sell. On the other hand 10 baguette sells for $913,000! The earning potential is enormous, but you have to have a very stable and smooth operation to be able to make that kind of money. The biggest challenge I often find is balancing all the different ingredients, if you make relatively too much of one ingredient, it will clog up your silos or your storehouses and your whole operation will grind to a halt.
|Basic Ingredients per 1 Product||Price per 10 Products|
16 wheat, 12 brine, 6 sugarcane, 10 wood
44 wheat, 12 brine, 6 sugarcane, 26 wood
120 wheat, 48 brine, 24 sugarcane, 74 wood
The Town Star Cakery
Finally there is one more building we need to consider: the cakery.
Building requirements are very similar to the bakery: 5 lumber, 5 wood and 5 energy. It costs $250,000 to place one down, and $50 per minute to run.
The cakery makes 3 products: batter, cake and pumpkin pie, you can see the ingredients for each one in the image below.
|Basic Ingredients per 1 Product||Price per 10 products|
66 wheat, 20 wood, 12 brine
198 wheat, 60 sugarcane, 90 wood, 36 brine, 3 energy
10 pumpkin, 60 sugarcane, 15 wheat, 33 wood
As you can see recipes for baguettes or cakes are very complicated and need quite a bit of balancing. On the other hand they pay very well. I think this is what makes Town Star a much more satisfying game then other blockchain games, were often the gameplay seems like an afterthought, the game consists of clicking a 'mine' button every few minutes, or of buying land or properties and then just collecting rent.
At first glance the pumpkin pie recipe seems like the way to go, it is a lot simpler than the other cakery products. The difficulty here is that each pumpkin requires 20 water. It is not a simple matter to keep the pumpkin production growing. If you choose to go that route, remember to place wind pumps to help with the irrigation, which will have to be done actively by the farmers.
Of course bakery or cakery products are only two options for making money in the game. You could also go into wine production, or try your hand at mining. But that is beyond the scope of this article.