What is a Progress Town?
Progress Towns are player-created cities; there are three of them. In Sector 2 (Northfields), there is Progress Town. In Sector 3 (Kaibab Forest), there is Stronghold. In Deadfall, there is Citadel. The process for constructing and defending the Progress Towns is the same for all of them, though each has different enemies, and must be made with their own materials. You can't use Progress Town equipment to construct Citadel.
Each town has a starter building, with a Town Crier, and a Recipe Merchant. The Crier can explain the town to you, and the Merchant sells you the recipes you need to construct the town.
Arriving at an empty Progress Town
The images in this tutorial come from the rebuilding of Stronghold. There's no particular reason for choosing Stronghold: I just happened to be there after it had been wiped (taken over and destroyed by the Judges); and took the opportunity to make a photographic record of how to rebuild a Progress Town.
As you can see, from a distance there's nothing there. Just empty land, surrounded by rocks.
The rocks are actually a great defensive barrier. The enemy will only arrive from the front - and random creatures will never climb over the rocks to get into the town.The Town Crier's building always survives a wipe. No matter what else is lost, that building is in the Progress Town. You can find it on the map and the minimap as the building with the blue 'town event' house emblem.
The image on the right shows me approaching the Town Crier's building at Stronghold. The building looks the same in Progress Town and in Citadel.
Town Crier and Recipe MerchantInside the Town Crier's building are both the Crier and the Recipe Merchant.
The Town Crier's introductory paragraph tells you whether the town is under player or enemy control, how many buildings and defenses there are, how many players are nearby (including yourself), and how long until the next attack.
(Note: the difficulty of an attack is affected by the number of players and defenses in/near the town. The more players and the more defenses, the harder the town will be to defend.)
You cannot place buildings or defenses if the enemy controls the town.
If the enemy does control the town, you need to run around killing the enemy until all of them are dead - and they can be anywhere within the space defined by the rock barrier.Once the enemy are all gone, you can start to place buildings. Turn to the recipe merchant. (If you already have the recipes for this particular Progress Town, you don't need to buy them again.)
The recipe merchant sells the recipes for the town's buildings, and for all three categories of town defenses.
Progress Towns are defended by bunkers; which each support five soldiers. You can place a maximum of five bunkers per town.
The soldiers are healed and respawned by medical defenses; which resemble the medical cart scavenging nodes. You can place a maximum of five of these, and they are best placed as close as possible to the bunkers - one for each.
Science defenses are mines; essentially land mines which only the enemy can trigger.
Nature defenses are "tame" hydra weeds. The enemy detests them, and will attempt to kill them - they can be healed with standard healing mutations and first aid.
The enemy will also attempt to destroy the generators for the bunkers: if they succeed, the bunker will be destroyed. I strongly recommend defending your bunkers; they're a pain in the patootie to reconstruct.
Building and Defence RecipesThe list of recipes shown to the left is the same for Progress Town, Stronghold and Citadel; however, you can only place Progress Town buildings in Progress Town, Stronghold buildings in Stronghold, and Citadel buildings in Citadel.
Similarly, Progress Town buildings can only be made with Progress Town foundations, frames, siding and roofs; Stronghold buildings with Stronghold pieces, and Citadel buildings with Citadel pieces.
The components shown in the image to the left are the components for a Stronghold Bunker.
Progress Town buildings and defences require Construction, Science, Nature and/or Medicine tradeskills at skill 90. Stronghold at skill 120, and Citadel at skill 150.
The buildings vary in how essential they are: Bunkers and Medical defenses are the most crucial. Without them, defending a Progress Town is extremely difficult; and probably impossible at the recommended levels for the area.Once it is up, a Mission building will allow you to get the town's Mission - giving you more XP and additional rewards for defeating each raid. A Merchant building provides a special Progress Town merchant inside the building, and a 'Convenience Merchant' outside.
The Crafting building is a workshop, the Auction building provides an Auctioneer, and the Storage building is a set of all four vaults plus a mailbox. This trio is extremely helpful for constructing the rest of the progress town!
The last of the important buildings is the Social building: this provides a bar, which produces significant buffs. I recommend placing it next to the buildings people linger in: the vaults and the workshop.
The Water Tower, Windmill and Pumpjack attract both resources and creatures to the area around the town: the resources and creatures attract players. Be aware that the difficulty level of each raid is calculated based on how many players are in the vicinity of the town; not on how many are actively defending it.There are also three defence recipes. The medical carts for the bunkers; and mines and "tame" hydra weeds which you can plant either inside the town, or out the front where the enemy will encounter them as they approach.
There are benefits to both decisions - weeds and mines inside town can protect buildings you consider important, those outside can help prevent raiders from entering the town in the first place.
Planning the build queueThe first buildings you will need are bunkers and medical carts. Without bunkers, the enemy will overrun your town. Without medical carts, soldiers who are injured won't be healed, and those who die won't be replaced as quickly.
Bunkers require Gunpowder, so put that to your queue. Medical carts require Healing Drugs, so add that to your queue as well. You will also need the other supplies for the Progress Town Bunker Bundle, Stronghold Bunker Bundle, or Citadel Bunker Bundle, and the Progress Town Medic Bundle, Stronghold Medic Bundle, or Citadel Medic Bundle.