A newbie's guide on how to play sandcastle builder

     

Sandcastle Builder is the Dwarf Fortress of idle games; it's rumored khổng lồ be incredibly deep & awesome, but you try it & it just confuses the fuông xã out of you. This guide aims lớn remedy that.

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Why play Sandcastle Builder?

Sandcastle Builder really is, hands-down, THE deepest idle game out there, both in mechanics & in scale. Mechanically, the game has so many different things lớn vì chưng và I haven't even scraped the surface yet. The best way I can describe it is the way it was described to me; this game is built around paradigm shifts. Remember how much more cookies you got when you learnt khổng lồ use golden cookies in Cookie Clicker? Remember how the game changed when your lollipop farm exploded in Candy Box? This game is BUILT around moments like these, which also can make it very frustrating when you can't reach these moments!

Scale-wise, I'll say this. In this game, you start by earning a handful of castles every half hour. I'm currently earning over a trillion per half hour, và I'm still in the early game. Believe it or not, it is possible to lớn progress lớn a literally infinite amount of s& và castles, and the game still does not kết thúc there. The game "goes infinite" at around e308. That's 308 digits, guys. I'm not even fucking kidding you. I haven't gotten there, but someday I will.

So how bởi we play the thing?

Note: This is not a complete guide, or even an authoritative sầu one. I'm not an expert on this game, I'm still a beginner myself. Any additions or corrections are gladly accepted.

The first thing we obviously need lớn vị is load the game up. http://castle.chirpingmustard.com/castle.html

Next, we want to zoom out a bit. We want lớn be able to lớn see our entire screen. I go to 67% on Chrome, to be able lớn see the picture, the stuff to lớn the right of the picture, all the Tools, và the Boosts. (Upgrades) You'll get used khổng lồ the small text.

Finally, to complete our preparations, we'll want to paste this script onkhổng lồ the page. http://pastebin.com/HSUJVBiE For Google Chrome or Firefox, you'll want to lớn right-cliông xã the page, and clichồng Inspect Element. From there, go to lớn Console, and paste it in. What this script will then vì is ask you for a number. That number, between 0 and 100, is the percentage of Redundakitties (i.e, golden cookie analogues) the script will auto-cliông xã for you. You don't have to lớn have sầu the script vị this, but the script also comes with a timer. This timer is highly recommended. Redundakitties in the early game of Sandcastle Builder are lượt thích Frenzy + Lucky chains in the end-game of Cookie Clicker. The difference is night & day, và you REALLY want to start clicking these things as soon as possible. Even if you don't auto-cliông xã, you still want the timer. (Note: The timer's counter decreases every 1.8 seconds, not every second. You'll see why later.) Why vị you want the timer?

A few Redundakitties early will greatly increase your tốc độ through the very earliest stages of the game.

Lifetime Redundakitties clicked are important, at least early on. Certain upgrades are only gained when you've clicked a certain amount of them, và these upgrades are critical to lớn have in order lớn progress.

This is a slow game. Without Redundakitties, things only happen early every half hour or so. Do you really want lớn stare at a screen for half an hour waiting for a Redundakitty (Which spawns every 6-8 minutes early, I believe) lớn give sầu you that critical early game boost?

It's not compulsory to lớn have sầu this script, but again, I really vì chưng recommover having it. It's probably best to put it at 0 lớn start with, as it feels less cheap và gives you a more natural introduction to the game. 0 will ensure that the game doesn't auto-click for you, but still gives you the timer.

Get lớn the damn game already!

Okay, okay, shit, sorry. So, what vì chưng we have? The first thing you probably notice is the giant-ass picture. This picture gives svà when clicked. This svà will then give sầu you castles. Castles buy things. Go ahead and cliông chồng on it a bit.

After you've sầu gotten a few castles, you may realise that the sand required is increasing exponentially. Like...REALLY exponentially. This is the Fibonnaci Sequence, which goes like this:

0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55, 89, 144, 233, 377, 610...

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Don't worry. It's not as bad as it sounds. You see, every 30 minutes (A little faster, your first time) the picture will advance one frame. When it does, a bunch of things happen. Critically for the early game, any Castle Tools (Except NewPixBots, we'll get to them) will give sầu you castles, and the sand counter is remix back khổng lồ 1. This allows you khổng lồ get more castles!

So the first thing you'll want to lớn vày is buy a few NewPixBots. NewPixBots operate under different rules. They give you a castle if, after about 12 minutes after a new frame starts, you haven't clicked the frame. If you vày cliông chồng it before then, that's called ninja'ing, và you won't get any castles from them until the frame resets again. So don't vì that. Patience is a virtue. Five is a good number for me; after that, the s& required khổng lồ keep clicking becomes annoyingly high. So 5 NPB's is good for your first frame, unless you get a Redundakitty; see below. Oh, by the way, if you are interested in the game & you haven't opened it yet, vày so. This is a very slow-paced game, you can easily follow along with the guide, it's not like Cookie Clicker where you can buy new things every ten seconds early on.

Within your first frame, unless you're pretty unlucky, you'll probably receive your very first paradigm shift; the Redundakitty. This will give sầu you a few dozen castles if you're lucky, 8 times the sand if you're not. If you get the castles; holy shit, you're rich!

If you're observant, you'll notice Castle Tools are also increasing at a very uncomfortable rate. If you're very observant you'll notice it's the exact same Fibonnaci sequence as the sand; about 1.6 times each time. (For contrast, Cookie Clicker's items increase by 1.15 times for each one you buy. Yeah, this is hardcore exponentiation right here.) This is why we need our paradigm shifts for our income to lớn have a chance at keeping up. Fortunately, S& Tools don't bởi this (1.1 times exponentiation), but sand will quickly become stupidly inefficient at gathering Castles; it's mostly for Boosts which will then increase your svà or castle count further.

You'll want lớn buy purely Castle Tools with your new-found wealth. Ignore Svà Tools for the time being. Which ones khổng lồ buy are left as an exercise for the reader. Buy the most efficient ones. I'm sure you can figure out how to bởi that.

And now you're pretty much stuck waiting for the ONG. What's the ONG? The ONG is what happens when the frame resets. There's a cloông chồng at the very top left of the screen; this should give sầu you a rough idea. When the cloông chồng hits 12, the frame resets. This, as stated earlier, increases your castles (If you have any non-NewPixBot tools) và resets the sand counter. Now, don't cliông xã anything!

See the timer below the NPB's? This is the timer (In mNP's, which is a micro NewPix. A NewPix is a frame, & it takes 30 minutes. A micro NewPix is 1/1000th of a NewPix, so it's 1.8 seconds.) for your NewPixBots. When it runs out, you get one castle for each bot, as long as you DON'T click the frame until it runs out.

At this point, you need lớn make sure you're ready to rephối when you get to lớn NP3, khổng lồ allow you Time Travel. If you forget khổng lồ reset the game at NP3 though, it's fine, just so long as it's after NP2. Trust me. You want that remix.

The game is slowing down now, but please do not panic. This is an IDLE game in the true name of the word. It's a slow game, but rewarding, và you can bởi vì other things while you play. (Especially if you have sầu the kitty auto-clicker going.)

Now seems a good time to lớn mention that if you Molpy Down (reset) at the third frame, you can gain access to lớn Time Travel. This is an incredibly useful upgrade, and it's absolutely worth resetting in order lớn obtain it.

Your goal for the meantime is to increase your castle income. Castles are the most important thing early, not s&. I repeat, NOT. SAND. You'll want khổng lồ build up to lớn a few Waves before you proceed on to the next step. (An NPB unlocks Trebuchets. 2? Trebuchets unlock a Scaffold. 4 Scaffolds unloông xã a Wave. 8 Waves unlock a River, the final Castle Tool.) This'll likely take you a while. Relax :) Keep the Redundakitties flowing. This is a marathanh mảnh, not a sprint. (Beginning khổng lồ realise why I recommended the script yet?)

While we're at it; if you cliông xã the frame AFTER the NewPixBots have activated, & haven't ninja'd them, you'll get what's called Ninja Stealth. This streaks if you keep going, & at 6, 16, 26, 36, & failing it between 30 và 35 (Cruel, I know) you can unloông chồng upgrades. They aren't ridiculously important, but it's worth knowing.

This game isn't called Castle Builder! Let's move sầu on to Sand!'

By now, you should have a few Waves. Your castles-per-half-hour has increased khổng lồ the hundreds, but you have a yearning for more. All these upgrades at the bottom of the screen taunt you, begging you to earn some Sand và set them không lấy phí, but your poor fingers can't possibly cliông chồng so much. It's time lớn explore the Sand Tools.

We start with a few Buckets, & a Cuegan or two. That's enough khổng lồ start us off with. That unlocks a few cheap Boosts for you that will increase your S& count (and occasionally Castle count) further. You'll want lớn get all the fairly easy ones you can get your hands on; the Redundakitty's Sand boost will finally come in handy now.

Don't get any Flags for now, as they're quite expensive sầu. You'll still want to spend most of your castles on Castle Tools. Once you get a couple of Rivers, feel không tính phí to go nuts và get most of the bonuses you've sầu already unlocked, except the really expensive ones.

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