I think using apartments will add to the feel as this way I'll be able to use communal dining halls etc. I'm not much of a builder either but I think you really need to build your own apartments for this challenge because it's just too hard to find lots that fit all the criteria. As it is I've had to build my vassal lots on 3x3 even though this isn't strictly allowed but then there will be 4 families living there at all times. I'm also relaxing the rules about recreational objects to allow all lots a sewing machine, a creativity building loom, a cc well that produces water to drink/stock the fridge and a punching bag. I feel disallowing things like sewing and physical exertion would be against the spirit of the challenge.
Yeah, I think I will have to try and build the apartments. I'm sure it's not too hard and I have awhile until I get to the dark ages sadly. At least two more rotations of seven days, but probably more like three. I am thinking of making my second rotation longer than seven days so I don't have to do a third one.
How many royal (emperor) families do you have? I have only one Emperor but he has a lot of family members who have their own house who are also part of that class. However, I am considering making a change in the dark ages. I'm considering making only one royal family and then his family members with his last name would be the second class people (Lords, I believe). I would move the people who are Patricians now down to the third class. The people who are the third class now would be moved down to be serfs. I feel I have too much of the top two classes right now.
I still have around 3 or so rounds (I play 5 days) as well but depending on how certain events play out in game I may have to bring that forward.
I only have the one actually. I chose ranks by household not by family and arranged them partially by wealth but mostly by who could marry so I don't have as much of a problem with a top-heavy population as I could. Of my current emperor's three sons, one moved out before the era changed and is now a slave, another died young leaving only his heir living as royalty. The heir has two sons if both survive to adulthood one will either move to a monastery or move out into a fancier lord lot I couldn't bear keeping them all as emperors because it would make it next to impossible to find them spouses. What I'm doing next era is completely shaking everything up. Depending how certain events play out the emperor may or may not remain in power and either way the new monarch won't be closely related to his lords who won't be too closely related to their vassals. I don't think I could play keeping everyone in the same class for the whole challenge.
So I just installed Hoodchecker and my hood has like five missing memories that can't be fixed as far as I can tell. Should I just delete my hood and start ToT over or should I keep playing? Is my hood doomed?
Have you tried running the fix option? My hood has a ton of issues they seem to just happen sometimes even when you do your best to avoid them. In the long run your hood is probably dooomed but you might still get many generations of play out of it. My hood has tons of errors but I'm just keeping on playing. When it implodes I'll just pick off in the last era I was playing or maybe the one before. I've played through neanderthal so many times that next time I'm definitely skipping it.
Yeah, I ran that and it fixed most the problems, but there are still some. I think I will stick with it until it crashes and then I will start over. I have some neanderthal ideas I want to try when it does crash.