What are Nodes?
Nodes are locations on the map where you can invest your contribution points in. They will allow your workers to collect materials for you for passive income or to use for various things in game. A node can either be a city, village, resource, temple, or other kinds of interesting areas on the map. It’s also important to have a Node connection for a trade route to level up trading to be efficient.
NOTE: NODES WILL NOT SHOW UP UNTIL YOU HAVE EXPLORED THE AREA
How to Set up Nodes To set up a node you’re going to want to go and talk to the Node Manager at the node (if you right click the node on the map to create a path, it will redirect you directly to its Node Manager) you’re interested in. When you talk to the Node Manager, at the top left it will show you the amount of Contribution Points required to invest and a button to invest into the node.
Once you have invested into a node you can uninvest in it whenever you’d like as well, this is NOT permanent. You can see this as borrowing services for points, then taking them back when you don’t need the service anymore.
You do not lose contribution points permanently when you invest in nodes, they are just temporarily used up until you uninvest in the node.
An important point is that your node must be connected to a city, or in a chain of nodes that originally is connected to a city.
Investing and uninvesting in nodes can be done through the map with a value pack active instead of having to talk to each Node Manager face to face.
Some nodes, not all, will have secondary nodes inside them. These are resource nodes, they are the ones your workers will be able to gather materials from. If you like the material listed, invest in it and send a worker to work!
To hire a worker, you want to find the town’s Work Supervisor, talk to the NPC and clicking on the Contract Workers button, it will cost 5 energy and will roll a random worker for you. (You can reroll a worker if you don’t like the one that came up for you.)
There are 5 tiers for the workers: Naïve (Grey), Apprentice (Green), Skilled (Blue), Professional (Yellow) and Artisan (Orange). The higher the tier, the faster the workers will complete their jobs and the number of jobs they can do before they become exhausted.
Workers have levels, from 1 to 30. Workers gain levels by doing jobs. Every 5 levels, the worker will unlock a skill, for example 5% increase on work speed, etc.
There are 3 races of workers: Goblins, Humans and Giants:
Goblins are the fastest workers but also run out of stamina quickly meaning you have to feed them more often, they are good if you are around and online a lot to feed them.
Giants are slow workers and are meant for people who are away from the PC a lot and don’t have much time to check up and feed the workers frequently.
Humans are in between.
Each worker has it’s place, but as a new player you shouldn’t be too picky with what you get, take what you can get immedately and upgrade later.
NOTE: Orange workers can cost up to 90k silver, it’s recommended to not roll workers if you cannot afford an Orange worker, otherwise you will lose the offer.
Keep in mind that you need lodging space to hire workers. Each worker requires 1 lodging. You should have one lodging space in every city by default but can buy more with Contribution Points or with Pearls.
To purchase more lodging, you have to open up the map, click the city you want more lodging in, at the top right of the screen, there will be three drop down boxes, you want to click on the one in the middle one, select lodging and it will show you which houses are available to buy lodging from.
Lodging will allow you to hire additional workers after the construction is finished.
Now that you’re finally all set up and you have hired a worker for yourself, it is time to put him to work.
Click on your map, click the node that had the secondary node in it, click the secondary node and send that worker to work!
You can click on “Start Work” and your worker will start to gather and put the materials he is gathering into the storage of the city you hired the worker in.
NOTE: If the city’s storage is full, the workers will stop working. You will then need to free up some space and resume the jobs.