Additional Rules for Homesteaders

By: Dennis B. B. Taylor

Extra Guidelines for Homesteaders

Hey there, fellow homesteaders! I’m here to share some extra tips and rules that will take your homesteading game to the next level. Trust me, you don’t want to miss out on these insider tips!

The Golden Rule: Start Small

So you’ve decided to embark on this fantastic journey of homesteading. That’s awesome! But before you go all-in and start building a whole farm from scratch, I’ve got a little piece of advice for you – start small.

Starting small allows you to dip your toes in the water and get a feel for this lifestyle without overwhelming yourself. Get a small garden going or maybe adopt a few chickens. Start with something manageable and build up from there. Trust me, you’ll thank me later!

Embrace the Power of Community

Being a homesteader doesn’t mean you have to do everything on your own. In fact, it’s even better if you don’t. Embrace the power of community and get to know your fellow homesteaders!

Join local homesteading groups, attend farmers markets, and connect with people who share the same passion as you. Not only will you be able to learn from their experience, but you’ll also build a support network that will help you through the ups and downs of this journey.

Experiment and Adapt

Homesteading is all about learning and growing. Don’t be afraid to experiment and try new things. Maybe you want to try your hand at beekeeping or start fermenting your own veggies – go for it!

But remember, not everything will always go as planned. And that’s okay! Homesteading is a constant learning process, and you’ll need to adapt along the way. Don’t be discouraged by setbacks or failures. Instead, see them as opportunities to learn and improve.

Your Homestead, Your Rules

When it comes to homesteading, there are no one-size-fits-all rules. Your homestead is unique, just like you. So don’t feel pressured to follow every piece of advice or conform to someone else’s standards.

Listen to your instincts and do what feels right for you and your land. Trust me, your homestead will thrive when you follow your own path and make decisions that align with your values and goals.

Enjoy the Journey

Above all, remember to enjoy the journey. Homesteading can be hard work, but it’s also incredibly rewarding. Take the time to appreciate the progress you’ve made, celebrate your successes, and find joy in the little things.

Homesteading is more than just a lifestyle – it’s a mindset. So embrace it, have fun, and savor every moment of your homesteading adventure!

When I play certain games, I can get trade chits from specific buildings, especially commercial ones. These trade chits represent my ability to do business transactions. I can use these trade chits and a special place called the Marketplace whenever I want. The Marketplace is really useful because it lets me do a bunch of different things:

  • Get a new worker: If I want to recruit a new worker, it will cost me 1 trade chit and 1 unit of food.
  • Buy resources: If I need certain resources, I can spend a trade chit to buy them at the current prices.
  • Sell resources: Sometimes, I have extra resources that I don’t need. In that case, I can spend a trade chit to sell them at the current prices. Plus, I’ll get 1 point for selling them at the Marketplace!

Now, let me tell you a bit about the prices at the Marketplace. They change depending on how much people want or need a certain resource. Here’s what the prices are like:

Some buildings offer additional options for using Trade chits. It’s like having extra choices!

Using Gold

You can use a Gold as if it were 5 Silver for anything you want. No need to worry about getting change back.

  • You can pay 7 workers with either 1 Gold and 2 Silver, or with 2 Gold.
  • If an auction costs 9, you can pay with a Gold and 4 Silver, or just use 2 Gold.
  • You can pay off one debt chip using a Gold. It’s like saying farewell to that debt!


You can take on as much Debt as you like, whenever you want. And each time you take on a Debt chit, you get 2 Silver as a little bonus.

You can pay off your Debt during Scoring. It will cost you 5 Silver for each Debt chit. During that time, you can also use the Marketplace or spend Gold. Just keep in mind that any unpaid Debt chits will bring you penalties during the Final Scoring.

Railroad Development Track

When we play the game, we move forward on the Railroad Development Track. Each time we move forward, we receive a bonus based on the space we land on, or any previous space on the track.

The Railroad Development Track has 5 spaces, and each space offers a different bonus:

  1. A Trade chit
  2. A Rail Line
  3. A Worker
  4. Any Resource (Wood/Food/Steel/Gold/Livestock/Copper)
  5. 3 Victory Points

If we are already at space 5 on the track, moving forward again will give us another bonus of our choice.

Let’s say I’m moving to the third space on the Railroad Development Track. I can choose to take a Trade chit, a Rail Line, or a Worker.

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