Building planning Edit
A well-designed island is planned and mapped far in advance, usually by the governor or a member of the flag's royalty. This can be done using the handy Yohoho Tools application or by using a screenshot of the island map. It is important for future governors to know that valuable commodities (herbs and minerals) cannot be built over. Buildings cannot be placed within a set number of squares near the docks unless there is specific permission from Nemo. In that event, Nemo will place the building for the governor. (verify)
A governor also names all the island's buildings. Governors are encouraged to think of clever names, including puns, word substitutions, alliterations, or otherwise funny building names. Most islands have a naming theme, such as Park Island—whose buildings are puns on amusement park attractions.
Placing buildings EditThe governor of an island should spot a create building button on his/her island panel. Pressing this button brings up a new menu where four options are shown:
- Building Type, such as an apothecary bazaar or a fort.
- Facing Left or Right, southwest and southeast, respectively, if north is up.
- Set Location, this button temporarily removes the main create building menu and allows you to plan the location of the building. A blue outline means a building can be placed in the location selected; a red outline means the building is bulldozing valuable commodities or overlapping other buildings; and white outlines show other buildings, which cannot overlap.
- Name, insert the name here and double check its spelling—buildings can be expensive to rename, but your local Ocean Master can fix booched spellings.
Unused or "ghost" buildings that are facades only and have no practical use (yet) can be freely built over, and this is generally encouraged.
One of the most important jobs to consider when placing buildings is how to efficiently place them without damaging the aesthetic look and feel of an island. Several islands have become overloaded with shoppes and have little to no natural island beauty left.
Building hierarchy Edit
Every good island starts with a good infrastructure, and the game mechanics require infrastructure buildings to be constructed first.
Spawning greenies Edit
Once it becomes developed, an island can become a new starting home island for new players, also known as greenies.