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--------------------------------------- SimFarm FAQ/Strategy Guide, Windows 3.1 Version 1.0 Created By: Michael Dorman Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Date Created: 16/02/04 Date Last-Updated: 16/02/04 --------------------------------------- ============================================================================= T A B L E O F C O N T E N T S ============================================================================= 1. Version History 2. Introduction 3. Starting Out 4. Gameplay - The Main Screen - The Map Screen - The Evaluation Screen - The Weather Forecast - The Buying Screen - The Selling Screen - The Balance Sheet - The Bank - Market Value 5. Farming Equipment and Stock - Machinery - Storage - Chemicals - Livestock - Crops 6. Strategies 7. FAQ 8. Keyboard Shortcuts 9. Contact 10. Legal Stuff ============================================================================= Version History ============================================================================= NOTE: ALL DATES IN DD/MM/YY Format Version 1.0 16/02/04 First Version of this guide. Basically everything has been completed including lists of all Equipment, a FAQ, and how to play. ============================================================================= Introduction ============================================================================= Everyone who has a PC has heard of the Sims series before, wether that be The Sims or Sim City. Like the manual says, this game is Sim Citys counterpart, instead of trying to build a huge city youll be trying to create a successful farming business. Sounds Boring? Well it isnt Sim Farm is a challenging game that is a load of fun, just like Sim City and The Sims. Through this game you will try to be a master farmer by planting, and maintaining crops. As well as crops you'll also look after livestock, which you need to look after, then when they are worth a lot, sell them. This game is a load of fun for any fan of the sims. ============================================================================= Starting Out ============================================================================= After loading SimFarm you start a new game two different ways. The pre-made regions which are on your map are basically just scenarios. Or, and alternative is to click Design your own and you will get to choose out of these options: Rainfall How much rainfall occurs in the area, a large decider in which crops are suitable to plant. Temperature Another leading decider in which crops are suitable to plant. Wind Speed The speed of the wind, helps decide how long your crops nutrients will last. River This will place a river through the map. Lake This will place a Lake in the map. Generate World - Generate a world using the options set. Play Start playing. ============================================================================= Gameplay ============================================================================= Main Game Screen --------------- The Main game Screen consists of a Toolbar, a Menubar and a floating Toolbar and the edit window. The Toolbar comprises of the following buttons: Red Moneybag Bring up the Buy screen. Green Moneybag Bring up the sell screen. Thumbs up, Thumbs down Bring up the evaluation screen. Map of World Bring up the map screen. Wind Direction meter Bring up the weather screen Plus, Minus Signs Bring up the balance sheet Car or Lock? Bring up the bank screen. Crane Bring up the edit window. Graph Bring up the Market Values screen. Above the Toolbar is the Menubar, you can change many options using this. File> New Game What do you expect? A new game. Load Game Load a game with the .SFM extension. Save Game Save a game under the current filename Save As Save game under a different filename Load Crop Change the Crops avaliable, only 16 can be in use at one time. Options> Music Scroll Music on/off Sound Scroll Sound on/off Auto Lease Scrolls wether you lease equipment for use when not enough are onhand. Auto Buy- Scrolls wether you want to the game to automatically buy seeds and chemicals when you try to perform one of these actions and the seeds/chemicals arent avaliable. Auto Messages Scrolls wether all messages or only messages of any significance are shown. Auto Doze Controls wether existing stuff are automatically demolished when you build over them. Minimise Pause When you minimise SimFarm to the taskbar this will decide wether Sim Farm Will Automatically Pause. Speed> Ultra Makes the game whip through time like anything, useful for getting through seasons/years. Fast Above Normal speed, useful for hurrying a harvest. Normal Just normal speed, not too fast, not too slow. Slow Quite Slow, Great for beginners. Pause Pauses the game. While the game is paused you can still construct, great for when you need to get a ton done. Windows> Buy Brings up the buy screen. Sell brings up the sell screen. Evaluation Brings up the Evaluation screen. Map Brings up the Map. Weather Brings up the weather report. Balance Sheet Brings up the Balance Sheet. Bank Bring up the Bank. Edit Bring up the Edit Window. Market Value Bring up the Market Value. Disasters> Flood - A flood occurs. Frost A deep chill comes your farms way. Drought A drought occurs. Tornado A tornado whips up. Locusts Locusts invade your crops. Windstorms The wind starts blowing like theres no tomorrow. Disable No disasters will occur, this does not put a stop to the current disasters. View> Control Bar Scrolls Control Bar on/off. Status Bar Scrolls Status Bar on/off. Message Bar Scrolls Message bar on/off. Help> About SimFarm for Windows Displays credit screen. Farm Expert Get information on various SimFarm topics. Help Index Open SimLife HTML help. The other aspect of the SimFarm Main Window is the Floating Toolbar, this contains all the tools you will need for editing your farm, the tools on this bar are: Hand Also called the pinchers, you can use the hand to move machinery between places. You can also use the hand to move troughs and animal food. Magnifying Glass - Also called the query tool, you can use the query tool to check data on all different tings ranging from crops to machinery. Paved Road The paved road, although more expensive then the dirt road doesnt damage the machinery as much, you lay road similar to Simcity by just holding down on the LMB and dragging. A piece of paved road costs $30. Dirt Road The dirt road is a much cheaper version of the paved road. The Dirt road is a worse choice compared to the Paved Road as it puts much more wear on the machinery. Dirt Roads are placed exactly the same as Paved Roads. A piece of Dirt Road costs $20 Fence Fencing is required to keep livestock within your boundaries, although hungry/thirsty/annoyed animals will break it down. Fences are layed exactly like roads. Fences cost $50 a piece. Gate Gates are placed by clicking on an existing fence. You can use gates to let machinery through or to transfer animals between places. To open/close a gate just click on it. Gates cost $70 to place. Irrigation Ditch Irrigation Ditches have two uses, the first being the ability to water crops the second being the ability to drain crops. To water crops at one end you need to have a water pump/windmill and an irrigation ditch connecting to the one around your crop. To drain crops just have an irrigation ditch surrounding your crop and have no water coming through. Using an irrigation switch you can combine both of these uses into one ditch. A Piece of irrigation ditch costs $35 and is layed he same way as roads. Irrigation Switch Place these on top of an irrigation ditch so that you can control the water flow. Controlling the water flow allows you to change wether water gets through to a specific part of the ditches. Animal Food Place these in a pen with animals so that the animals can eat, place them somewhere that is easy to reach as well. Remember to replace the food regularly. Animal Food costs $100 a stack. Water Trough The same as Animal Food except you dont need to replace them every little while. Instead, with the Water Trough you need a Full Water tower next to it to keep it full. Water Troughs cost $25 to place. Trees - Trees act as a shield against wind, as you may know depletes the nutrients in the soil. All you have to do is place some trees near a crop and the damage done to the crops will greatly be reduced. Trees cost $10 each. Bulldozer Quite self-explanatory, but anyway, the bull dozer bulldozes land so that it becomes bare land ready for use again. If you have the Auto Doze option on you wont need to use this option. Bulldozing costs $25 a square. Plant After selecting this option you will be prompted to select the type of crop you would like to plant then you select the positioning of the crop with you mouse then press the LMB. After you do this the crop will automatically be plowed and seeded. This action costs $120 plus seeds. Spray After selecting this option you will be prompted to choose a spray, Fertiliser, herbicide, pesticide or fungicide. After doing that click on the crop that you would like to spray and a sprayer will come spray it. $200 plus Chemicals. Map Screen ----------- The map window is like it says a map. But in conjunction with the map there is are also a couple of buttons here are the there functions: Mountain, sea, Land Button This is the property map it allows you to view what land is owned, you can also buy and sell land by clicking the appropriate buttons underneath. Skull and Bones Button This is the soil toxicity map. You can view how toxic soil is around the area with this map. Fertiliser Button This is the Soil quality map. Using this map you can see what areas have the best soil quality. Disease Button This is the Crop disease map. By utilising this map you can obtain where disease is mostly plauging. Weed Button This is the Crop Weeds map. Using this map you can view where crops are infecting. Rain Drop This is the water chart. This map shows the areas where there is more/less dampness in the ground. Bank Icon This is the Profit Map. Using this map you can see what areas have gained the most profit in your farm, ver handy for knowing when to kill a crop. Pest Icon This is the Pest Map. Another handy map, you can use this map to see where pests are destroying your crops. The Evaluation Screen ---------------------- The Evaluation screen is a tool for measuring your progress. The Evaluation screen comprises of 4 graphs and 2 boxes, listed below are what they stand for. The screen also displays the current season. If a value is in red then it is negative. Farm Growth - How much the Farm has grown in the past year. Affected by purchases. Town Growth - How much the Town has grown in the past year. Affected by new building being erected. Productivity - How productive your farm has been. Affected by crop quality, livestock quality. Soil Quality - The quality of your soil. Affected by the nutrient values in your farm. Environment quality - The quality of the environment. Affected by poison values. (Damned greenpeace!) Problems - Problems that are affecting your farm, these include such things as dryness, weeds or loss of nutrients. The Weather Forecast --------------------- Although the weather screen may look a little complex, it isnt. The top of the screen shows the current season and week. Next to that it shows how long there is until the next season along with an icon of that season. On the left hand side of the screen there is a thermometer showing the current temperature along with an evaporation gauge showing how fast water evaporates. In the middle a picture view of the current weather is displayed, below that is a five day forecast, allowing you to get your crops ready. And on the right there is a textbox showing how much rain has occurred in the year and how much is average. Below the rainfall stuff is a wind gauge which will show how fast the wind is currently blowing, thats all for the weather window. The Buying Screen ------------------ The buying screen is pretty straightforward. You choose a category on the left of the window then use the arrows on the right to select an item from that category. The price and amount owned are shown on the bottom of the screen. To buy an item just hit buy. The selling screen ------------------- Similar to the buying screen select a category on the left. After doing this use the scroll bar to select an item to sell then click sell. The selling price is shown along side the quality of an item under the name. Expenditure Sheet ----------------- If youve ever had to plan finances youll know what on of these looks like. Basically one area shows your assets another your revenue and the largest area, the expenditures. Make sure to keep an eye on your where you are throwing your money. Also in the lower area of your screen you can see your estimated tax and your quarterly loan repayments. Bank Screen ------------ On the bank screen there are three text boxes, one tells you your current cash, another your debts and the last one your credit limit. Also in another box below them is the current interest rate and your quarterly loan repayment. To take out a loan type in how much you would like to loan and press enter. To repay a loan just hit repay and the loan will be repaid in full. Your assets and your current loans decide your credit limit. Market Value ------------- The Market Value window is very simple using it you can click on a crop type and see its current market price. Also by using the graph to the left you can check a crop type price history over 30 weeks. ================================================================================ Farming equipment and stock ================================================================================ Machinery ---------- Name: Tractor Price: $400 Use: Pulling other equipment. Space occupied: 1 square Name: Plow Price: $200 Use: Plowing a field for seeding. Equipment Neeed: Tractor Space Occupied: 1 Square Name: Planter Price: $200 Use: Planting Seeds Equipment Needed: Tractor, seeds Space Occupied: 1 Square Name: Sprayer Price: $200 Use: Spraying Fields with chemicals Equipment Needed: Tractor, chemicals Space Occupied: 1 Square Name: Harvester Price: $400 Use: To harvest crops Equipment Needed: Trailer, Truck (To carry crops) Space Occupied: 2 Squares Name: Trailer Price: $200 Use: To store crops while being harvested. Equipment Needed: Harvester, Truck (To transport crops) Space Occupied: 2 Squares Name: Truck Price: $500 Use: To transport crops Equipment Needed: None Space Occupied: 2 Squares Name: Crop Duster Price: $6000 Use: To quickly spray all fields with a chemical. Equipment Needed: Airport Space Occupied: None/1 Airport *BIG TIP* Ive heard many people ask how do you land the crop duster, well heres how. To land the crop duster once you get very low on gas/petrol star flying around the airport in circles, when your gas runs out youll land instead of crashing. *END BIG TIP* Storage -------- Name: Small Silo Price: $800 Items Stored: 1 Harvested Crop Name: Large Silo Price: $2400 Items Stored: 4 Harvested crops Name: Small Shed Price: $1200 Items Stored: 6 Machines/Seeds/Chemicals Name: Large Shed Price: $1440 Items Stored: 9 Machines/Seeds/Chemicals Name: Small Barn Price: $2250 Items Stored: 9 Livestock/Machines/Seeds/Chemicals Name: Large Barn Price: $2520 Items Stored: 12 Livestock/Machines/Seeds/Chemicals Name: Water Pump Price: $1000 Use: Pumps water through irrigation ditches to your farm, only when placed next to water though. Name: Windmill Price: $2000 Use: When the winds are at or over 10MPH the windmills will water from underground through your irrigation system to your farm. Name: Water Tower Price: $200 Use: Is used to keep troughs full. To fill the water tank have it placed next to an irrigation ditch. Chemicals ---------- Name: Fertiliser Price: $200 Use: Raises the nutrient levels of the soil. Poisonous: No Name: Pesticide Price: $200 Use: Lowers pest levels. Poisonous: Yes Name: Herbicide Price: $200 Use: Lowers weed levels. Poisonous: Yes Name: Fungicide Price: $200 Use: Lowers disease levels Poisonous: Yes Livestock ---------- Name: Cow Life: 20 Years Eats: One Quarter of a bale per month Reproduces: 15-20 months Gestates: 10 months Name: Pig Life: 15 Years Eats: One eighth of a bale each month Reproduces: 8 months Gestates: 11 months Name: Sheep Life: 10 Years Eats: One sixteenth of a bale each month. Reproduces: 3 months Gestates: 6 months Name: Horse Life: 20 Years Eats: One fourth of a bale each month Reproduces: 4 years Gestates: 11-12 months Crops ------ Name: Corn Pest Resistance: Low Weed Resistance: High Disease Resistance: High Name: Wheat Pest Resistance: High Weed Resistance: Low Disease Resistance: High Name: Barley Pest Resistance: High Weed Resistance: Low Disease Resistance: High Name: Potatoes Pest Resistance: High Weed Resistance: High Disease Resistance: High Name: Oats Pest Resistance: Low Weed Resistance: Low Disease Resistance: Low Name: Rice Pest Resistance: Low Weed Resistance: Low Disease Resistance: Low Name: Sorghum Pest Resistance: High Weed Resistance: High Disease Resistance: High Name: Soybeans Pest Resistance: Low Weed Resistance: High Disease Resistance: High Name: Cotton Pest Resistance: Low Weed Resistance: Low Disease Resistance: High Name: Onions Pest Resistance: High Weed Resistance: Low Disease Resistance: Low Name: Tomatoes Pest Resistance: Low Weed Resistance: Low Disease Resistance: Low Name: Lettuce Pest Resistance: Low Weed Resistance: Low Disease Resistance: Low Name: Carrots Pest Resistance: Low Weed Resistance: Low Disease Resistance: Low Name: Strawberries Pest Resistance: Low Weed Resistance: Low Disease Resistance: Low Name: Sugar Beets Pest Resistance: High Weed Resistance: Low Disease Resistance: Low Name: Peanuts Pest Resistance: High Weed Resistance: Low Disease Resistance: Low Name: Almonds Pest Resistance: Low Weed Resistance: High Disease Resistance: Low Name: Sunflowers Pest Resistance: Low Weed Resistance: Low Disease Resistance: Low Name: Gladious Pest Resistance: Low Weed Resistance: Low Disease Resistance: Low Name: Grapes Pest Resistance: Low Weed Resistance: Low Disease Resistance: Low Name: Tobacco Pest Resistance: High Weed Resistance: Low Disease Resistance: Low Name: Sweet Potatoes Pest Resistance: Low Weed Resistance: Low Disease Resistance: Low ================================================================================ Strategies ================================================================================ OK, Now Im not gonna go in a lot of detail with this strategy, all I am going to do is tell you how to get on you feet and start creating your dream farm. Step 1) First of all start of a game that has all of the values in the middle and has river and lake selected as a water source. Step 2) In my opinion its best to start by farming some livestock before going into crops. So to start off our livestock farming calculate a 6x6 square and enclose it with an irrigation ditch (This is better as animals cant get out). Step 3) Inside of this irrigation ditch build three water towers touching the irrigation ditch, then in front of the towers, but still touching them place three water troughs. Now run a line of irrigation ditch down to some water and put a water pump there. Step 4) Using the Animal Food tool, place 5 bales of animal food that is easy to reach. Step 5) Place a barn in this area, this will make the livestock lay off the food and water. Step 6) Buy between 5-8 Horses and place them into the paddock. Step 7) While making sure food/water doesnt run out turn the speed up to ultra and wait 5-10 months, after this time sell three horses and epeat the process a couple of times. During this time you will be asked to choose a building to be built in town, choose the recreational building. Step 8) By know you should be starting to make a profit, anyway after this you should look for a crop that is easy to maintain and has a lot of market value. Once you have done that, buy a shed, the seeds for that plant and some machinery. Once done, Plant the crop for that one that has a lot of market value. Step 9) Maintain this crop and you should start making very hefty profits within soon, form both livestock and Crops. Now should be the time you start expanding. Keep expanding slowly, but surely and youll be fine. ================================================================================ FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) ================================================================================ Fell free to submit your questions to me at email@example.com, the best questions will be answered here. Q: What do all of those icons on my fields mean? A: The first one is the type of crop planted the other mean the following: Fertiliser Bag Lack of soil nutrients Tidal Wave Too Much water Dead Skull Not enough water Skull with bones Highly Toxic soil Weed High Weed Level Insect High pest level Weird shaped one High Disease level Q: How do I land a Crop Duster (Airplane)? A: Like I have said earlier in my FAQ, to land a plane once you start getting very low on petrol/gas start going around in circles above the airport, once you run out of petrol/gas you will land. Q: How do I help prevent my equipment form wearing out quick? A: Make sure to have roads around your farm, and in particular Paved Roads, Paved roads cause a relatively small amount of damage to your equipment compared to dirt roads. If you have no roads at all its even worse, as your equipment will have to spend the time looking for a way to get there. Q: What are the disasters and what are their effects? A: The Disasters and there effects are below: Flood A ton of rain occurs causing rivers and lakes to flood into the surrounding area. Frost The Area freezes over, only crops that like cold weather will survive others will yield very poor turnovers. Drought A season of little to no rain occurs, shrivelling up your crops, unless you make good use of irrigation and pumps your crops are doomed. Tornado A Tornado occurs, destroying anything, and everything in it path. It can take a fair amount of rebuilding if the tornado comes into your area. Locusts A swarm of locusts attack, they eat your crops, meaning a very low profit for this season. Windstorm The wind blows at howling speeds and unless you have trees guarding your area then your crop will be depleted of nutrients. ============================================================================= Keyboard Shortcuts ============================================================================= New Game CTRL+N Load Game CTRL+L Save Game CTRL+S Save As.. CTRL+A Load Crop CTRL+C Music CTRL+M Sound CTRL+O Ultra Speed CTRL+4 Fast Speed CTRL+3 Normal Speed CTRL+2 Slow Spped CTRL+1 Pause Speed CTRL+0 ============================================================================== Contact ============================================================================== You may contact me in regards to anything in this FAQ at: Papermariodude@bigpond.com (Main email) Michaeldorman586@hotmail.com (Secondary email/MSN) Papermariodude1 (AIM) Papermariodude2000 (YIM) If you are going to e-mail in regards to hate mail or such things, save yourself the effort because I will just return the favour by mass-spaming you. And to the people emailing please put "SimFarm" in the title this will enable the e-mail to be read much faster. Also any information submitted will have full credit given to the submitter. =============================================================================== Legal Stuff =============================================================================== This file is copyright Michael Dorman 2003-2004. All rights reserved anyone that steals this work and reproduces it in any shape or form without my permission will punished to the fullest extent of the law. This guide can be used on the following sites: http://www.gamefaqs.com http://faqs.ign.com http://www.neoseeker.com ~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*End-of-File*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*
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