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This article offers miscellaneous tips and tricks for advanced gameplay. ¶

You can find more basic hints in the [[WidelandsFaqPlaying]] and in-game in the encyclopedia's General → Tips section. ¶

Every player is welcome to share their favourite strategies by adding them to this page :) ¶

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# Deadlocks ¶

This section covers some of the most insidious ways to get yourself deadlocked, and how to resolve the problem

## Barbarians ¶

### No Coal and Grout ¶

If you don't have a coal mine, you need charcoal burners to get coal. Coal is needed to produce grout, which is required to build the charcoal kiln. ¶

If you are stuck with no coal, no grout, and no charcoal kiln, there are several solutions: ¶

- Build a coal mine on any mine plot. It has a 5% chance to find coal even if there is no coal in the ground. This will allow you to get enough grout to complete a charcoal kiln. ¶

- Dismantle a building to get back some grout. ¶

## Atlanteans ¶

### The Spidercloth Deadlock ¶

To produce spidercloth, you need spider silk. To produce that, you need corn. To build a farm, you need spidercloth. ¶

If you're stuck with no farm and no more spidercloth or -silk, the only solution is to dismantle a building that returns spidercloth, and make sure that this cloth goes to your farm constructionsite. ¶

## Frisians ¶

### No Bricks ¶

You need bricks for just about every building. You need it for the coal mines and charcoal kilns, which produce the coal needed for bricks, and for the quarries and rock mines, which produce the granite needed for bricks. ¶

If you're stuck with no bricks and no supply of one of these input wares, the only solution is to dismantle some buildings and use the bricks they return to build a charcoal kiln, quarry or whatever it is you lack. ¶

### No Reed ¶

Reed is grown by the reed farm, which requires reed to be built, If you run out of reed before you have a reed farm, dismantle buildings and use the reed they return to construct a reed farm. ¶

This deadlock can be avoided by building a reed farm as one of the first buildings in the game. ¶

## All tribes ¶

### No
lLogs ¶

To build a lumberjack's/woodcutter's or forester's house/hut, you need logs. If you have none left, dismantle some buildings and use their logs to construct the log supply infrastructure. ¶

This deadlock can be avoided easily by building these two sites as two of the first two buildings in the game. ¶

## How do I ensure that a certain ware goes to a specific building? ¶

In Widelands 1.0 or newer, just give the target building the very highest priority for a specific ware. In older versions, you need to cut all roads to other possible consumers, or set their input quantity for this ware to 0, to ensure the ware is delivered where you want it. ¶

## Input Reservoirs ¶

Sometimes you will find that the ware you need is still present as an input ware in some building. In this case, decrease the building's maximum input amount for this ware to 0 to free the ware. ¶

# Economy Management ¶

## No Stock ¶

Every ware that lies in your warehouses is wasted because it would be more use to process it into a different ware. If you have a surplus of something, build more processing sites to increase the overall economic throughput and efficiency. ¶

## Empty Mines ¶

### Mines ¶

Empty mines still have a building-dependent chance of typically 5-10% of finding more resources. If you run out of deposits for a resource, just place a bunch of mines anywhere and make sure you have enough food to supply them all, and you'll be able to keep mining the resource. ¶

### Wells ¶

Wells (which are technically mines) have a chance of 65% of producing water when depleted, so it is not even necessary to send geologists to check where water may be found. And since they don't require any input wares and take up little space it never makes sense to dismantle an empty well
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# Attacks ¶

## Preventing Losses ¶

When the enemy has defeated the last soldier at one of your buildings, you can prevent them from conquering the site by very quickly dismantling or enhancing it. ¶

## Forest Wall ¶

Build a lot of forester's houses near the front line to slow down the enemy's expansion. Especially effective if your land is protected by a building with a very large conquer radius, because the enemy then needs to build military sites close to the border to be able to see it – but this space is then occupied by trees planted by your foresters.