How to Build AFK Castle in Stronghold: Definitive Edition
Wanna build an AFK castle that stands tall for hours while racking up those sweet, sweet kills? You’re in the right place. This guide is your ticket to creating a fortress that’s not just tough, but also a gold mine for achievements. Follow along, and you’ll have a castle that practically runs itself.
Setting Up Your Game
First off, pick the Grasslands map and jump into Free Build mode. Crank up your starting goods and gold – you’re gonna need it. Set those invasions to super hard and have them come at you every minute. Give yourself an hour of peace time to get set up and turn off those random events for a smoother ride.
The First 10 Minutes: Laying the Groundwork
Right, game’s on. Slow it down to speed 10 for better control. Put your keep in the middle, but ditch the first stockpile quick. Build a new one and a granary in the middle with enough room for a double row of bakeries. Don’t forget to set up a market to keep your resources flowing.
You’ll need four stockpiles, nine wheat farms, three mills, and a whopping 16 bakeries (bump it up to 32 later) between your stockpile and granary. This setup will keep 300 peasants fed easily. Add three dairy farms, eight tanners, eight fletchers (go for crossbows), and four blocks of housing – 3×3 hovels.
Keep an eye on your wood supply. Buy more from the market as needed to keep building your empire.
The Next 40 Minutes: Building Your Economy
Now, focus on setting up quarries and ox tethers. When you can, add iron mines, pitch rigs, nine hops farms, 12 breweries, and 10 inns for full coverage. Sell extra resources for gold and crank up those taxes (just not too high). Pro tip: turn on autotrading in your market for a smoother operation.
Before your peace time is up, get five towers with ballistas at each signpost and at least 100 crossbowmen ready. Save your game just before the action starts again. You might need to buy extra weapons, so budget for that.
Keep fortifying until you have 17 round towers with ballistas and 500 crossbowmen on each set. Build walls to funnel invasions but leave your keep open. The AI will do the rest.
AFK Economy Management
For a smooth AFK session, set your market to auto-trade. Keep your food resources above 20 and sell any excess over 50. Do the same for other resources – sell above 20, buy if it drops below 10. This is key to keeping your castle humming along, especially with food and ale.
Optimizing Resource Use
In the pics, you’ll see I’ve added extra food production and some churches. They’re nice for popularity, but don’t sweat it if you’ve got the basics covered. Focus on the important stuff during peace times, and you’ll be golden. All credits to Zanmor
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