Trickle Income and Housing Strat
To start this thread off... I'd like to declare that I tend to focus my resources. Of course I try my best to match the era.
I'm usually top 10 each game and tend to group my group my resource gatherers as much as possible (generally all of my houses for one type). I've noticed that some players (not all, mind you) have a diverse setup that includes almost all of the workers stationed around their castle.
Is there an actual benefit to this setup?
Does it affect the trickle income?
trickle income does not have anything to do with housing.
Clustering is advantagous for bubble popping.
Clustering near the castle is advantagous because it requires the lowest capital investment.
Clustering around a Village Green is superior, unless you can upgrade your castle. I have never managed to upgrade my caste so I do not know if a fully upgraded castle matches a fully upgraded village green. If the latest patch goes in, I planned on testing it.
Gigantic Palace > Gigantic Village Green.
However, the usual geography of no/few forests near your palace often makes the village green a better choice overall anyway.
I only cluster around my castle until village greens are available if I'm doing science or when I'm in the odd mood, culture or money. Once I have museums, universities, and banks, I'll find a nice spot on my map and make a nice little consortium for them to do their business. This also make it easier for later bubble popping, if necessary.
Workers and farmers get branched out away from the castle just because they do better that way. I hadn't figured out until recently that workers do better if they are connected to the castle with roads though. Farmers don't seem to have the same hindrance.
Just finished a game in which I had 24 farmers. I noticed that the food trickle was equal to my most productive farmer. I got a minimal amount of trickle in all the other things.