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This FAQ is based on the original United Kingdom English version, which was called “Anno 1602 – Creation of a New World”. It does not specifically cover the new elements in the NINA expansion, which was included in the North America and Australia version “1602 A.D.”, and the Gold/Kings editions. These later versions are all based on the original, and the core of the game is the same for all versions. Where possible, I have integrated information relevant only to the NINA expansion. For a full explanation of the different versions, see “Anno 1602” or “1602 AD”? What are NINA, the Gold Edition and Konigsedition? How many different versions are there? below.
Anno 1602 is well documented in German, with many fan sites and a published strategy guide by Markus Betz. A basic German FAQ was written by stormbringer in 1998. It was translated into English by Manny and Neferankh, but is no longer online. This FAQ attempts to take a slightly different approach: To pool a lot of knowledge found on forums into a single English language reference document, with a walkthrough, strategy guide, technical support notes, and lots of data. This FAQ was awarded the title “FAQ of the Month” for April 2003 by GameFAQs. Cool.
You may notice that some names are used inconsistently. For example “Alcohol” is interchangable with “Liquor”, and there are several different variations on “Fire Department”. Some of these reflect laziness on the part of the author, some reflect inconsistency between the game and manual, others reflect translations of words from one language version of the game to another. Common sense should hopefully be sufficient to determine what names refer to what things.
1.2 Credits and Legal
This FAQ was written by Tim Howgego (also known as timski), copyright 2003-2006, unless otherwise stated.
This FAQ includes ideas and strategies posted on Sunflowers’ forum (both http://forum.sunflowers.de/ and the old Sunflowers’ forum), the official site ( http://www.anno1602.de/ ), and found lurking on fan sites, especially Manny’s (now offline) and http://www.anno-zone.de/Charlie/index.html (archive of http://www.tat.physik.uni-tuebingen.de/~kaufmann/ANNO1602/ ) – contributors are noted with the relevant text. Special thanks to prolific forum posters like FrankB, Budgie, Zomby Woof and Günter, without whom this FAQ would be much less detailed than it is, and Manfred for (among other things) posting these words in December 2000: “There are so many questions and even more answers on this board, it’ll take a life time to re-read all the posts and put them in a halfway decent order…”
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This is version 1.04, 9 December 2006. Reformatted FAQ. Added changing the game’s graphic. Various minor changes.
1.4 Most Frequently Asked Questions
The most frequently asked question is “how do I load troops onto my ship?” This is totally unintuitive because it needs more than a simple mouse click. The answer: Move the ship next to the coast; select the military unit(s) to load on the ship; [Ctrl] + click on the ship; the unit(s) will board the ship. Those purchasing budget versions of the game often ask (or should ask) about the manual, which is on the CD, but with no indication that it is lurking there – see Where is the manual? under Gameplay. The most frequently asked technical issue relates to Windows 2000/XP crashing sometime after play starts – see Does the game run under Windows XP/2000? Why does it crash during battles or after an hour of play? Got any troubleshooting tips? under Technical Issues. Those who are inclined to cheat often either cannot get the cheat codes to function, or spend hours inputting hoax codes – see What are the cheat codes? under Cheating, Editing and Custom Scenarios. The most common strategy questions relate to making money early in the game (read some Initial colony building strategies, and examine some Tax strategies) and getting Tools (see Where do I get Tools from? How do I mine? under Gameplay).