|This article is about the building in Age of Mythology. For the the building in other games of the series, see Town Center.|
The Town Center is the starting building in Age of Mythology and the most important one. This is because it is where worker units are trained and Age advances are researched. In addition, each culture can train certain other units and research certain myth technologies at the Town Center (see below.) This building is also the default drop-off site, though it is mostly used by herders and farmers.
Like in Age of Empires II and Age of Empires III, the Town Center can defend itself, easily dispatching early enemy units. Unlike in those games, Town Centers in Age of Mythology do not require a garrison in order to fire arrows at enemies. In all games in the Age of Empires series, having a garrison increases this attack. It takes several units with a high hack or crush attack to destroy one, so they are generally not threatened until the Heroic Age. Town Centers can garrison up to 25 units and initially support 15 population, though this can be increased to 20 in the Heroic Age by researching Fortified Town Center.
A factor that limits the placing of Town Centers in Age of Mythology maps is the fact their foundations can be laid exclusively on abandoned Settlements. This limits the areas in which Workers can be trained, and also negates any effort to rush with Town Centers (similarly to the Persians' rush).
From The Titans onwards, additional Town Centers can be built in the Classical Age (and earlier for the Atlanteans). It is very important to build them as they increase a player's population cap. However, they are expensive, take a long time to build and can only be built on existing Settlements. There are three Settlements per player on a standard map, so the number of Town Centers that can be built is limited.
Common Technologies Edit
The Greek Town Center is built quite quickly but is expensive.
- Myth Technologies
- Olympic Parentage (Zeus)
- Vaults of Erebus (Hades)
- Golden Apples (Aphrodite)
- Divine Blood (Aphrodite)
- Athenian Wall (Hera)
The Town Center for the Egyptians is the cheapest – costing only 100 Food and 400 Gold – but takes the longest time to build. Egyptian players can help defend their Town Centers, especially outlying ones, by using mercenaries, who are trained almost instantly.
- Myth Technologies
- Skin of the Rhino (Ra)
- Feral (Set)
- Sundried Mudbrick (Hathor)
- Medjay (Hathor)
- City of the Dead (Nephthys)
- New Kingdom (Osiris)
- Book of Thoth (Thoth)
Unlike many other Norse buildings, their Town Centers are as strong as the other cultures' ones. The Norse can train three economic units plus their basic infantry unit at the Town Center in the Archaic Age. The infantry unit, the Ulfsark, acts as both scout and builder. An Ulfsark training from a Town Center trains at an accelerated rate compared to being trained from a Longhouse, but still not quick enough to be used defensively like Egyptian mercenaries. And in the early-game, a Town Center's time is better spent training economic units.
- Myth Technologies
Atlantean Town Centers are cheaper and, unlike the other cultures, can be built from the Archaic Age. However, as they are the weakest Town Centers and have the least firepower, they need careful defending. The Atlanteans gain Favor for each Town Center they hold.
In the very early game, three Oracle units appear at the Town Center, though they cannot be trained at this building.
- Myth Technologies
Two Scout Cavalry units appear at the beginning of the game. However, they can not be trained from this building again.
The rise of agriculture provided a food surplus that had to be collected and stored to be available in winter months and other periods when food was scarce. The need to collect, store, and protect food surpluses gave rise to the first towns as administrative centers. Towns quickly became engaged in many additional activities, including the gathering and storage of other resources, centers of manufacturing, population concentration points, and centers of trade. All villages and towns had an administrative center that was the site of governmental power and leadership. At first this might have been the local leader’s home. The Town Center was often the place where important supplies were stored, especially food surpluses. The destruction of the Town Center usually meant the loss of the town’s governmental infrastructure. If this could not be restored, the town or village ceased to function.
Cut Atlantean Township:Edit
The Atlantean Township trains Villagers, provides population room, and acts as smaller city hub than the Town Center. You can only build Townships on Settlements. There are enough Settlements on most maps for every player to have 3, but the more Settlements you have, the less your enemy can use. If your team claims all the Settlements on a map, you win the game under standard victory conditions.The Atlanteans sent people forward to help start these smaller Townships in order to gain geographical advantages in resource gathering. These Townships became smaller centers of manufacturing, population concentration points, and centers of trade, but allowed the Atlanteans to increase the boundaries of their population and controlled land earlier than other cultures. Gaining and holding settlements also how the Atlanteans gain favor The destruction of the Town ship does not have quite the impact as the loss of the Town Center but getting them up early and defending them well gave the Atlanteans a seemingly unfair territorial advantage. After getting a strong foothold in the area the Atlanteans would move in stronger forces and eventually rebuild Town Centers in the place of these Townships.
- Originally Town Centers did not require Settlements to be built, instead they were built in the final and original third age, Olympic Age.
- The Atlanteans originally used a unique Town Center called the "Township" which was cheaper, available in the Classical Age-onwards and could be upgraded into Town Centers.
|Drop Off Buildings|
|Town Center | Storehouse | Granary | Lumber Camp | Mining Camp | Ox Cart | Storage Pit|