Community Buildings

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Community Buildings contain specialty blocks and inventories (shown above) that help your Village advance through the ages by transforming the Village from a safe place to stay for a few days before moving on to a thriving community to build a new life and raise a family. The Community Buildings bestow certain benefits on the neighboring population, as seen in the Scoring section of the 2023 Best Robotics 3D Printing Challenge. The first of the Community Buildings you should build is the Storeroom with at least one (and ideally multiple) Community Chests. These will be how you can best take advantage of the industrious nature of your Villagers.

Community Buildings

Every Technology Level you reach will unlock an additional community building for your Village. Each community building has specific items that need to be inside for it to function, and a Key Item that determines how close it is to each Village Bed to calculate Community Score which adds to your overall Challenge Score.

Pro Tips:

1.) Community buildings can start to be constructed with the construction material at the Technology Level at which they are unlocked, and can later be re-built as any higher Technology Level structure.

2.) Any structure that you build that contains the special block for Community Buildings will default to a Community Building instead of a House (e.g., if you build a really nice house and put a toilet in it, that structure will no longer count as a house. It will count as a Bathroom and any beds inside will not contribute to your Village's Population.) If you have multiple special blocks, the type of Community Building is based on the first special block found following a pathing algorithm starting at the door and exploring the interior space.

3.) There is no minimum or maximum size limit for Community Buildings as long as you have a.) the special block, b.) a valid framed door, c.) the the inside entry block open and d.) outside access to the sky. A big storeroom and other Community Buildings could be a nice efficient strategy, or you could pack in smaller Community Buildings that fit closer to your Villagers to increase their Happiness.

4.) Remember to check the Bonus Points page for extra ways to improve your Challenge Score.

5.) Each Housing structure receives a Community score based on the two nearest Community Buildings of each type.

6.) Houses that are too far from Community Buildings will have a decreased Happiness score. Use 'c' to see the distances to all Community Buildings on your village plot

Tech Level to Unlock Community Building Key Item Block Required Items to Function
1 Storeroom Community Chest 1 Community Chest. The Storeroom can have multiple Community Chests, which is useful for storing the abundance of materials your Refugees will provide. Build this first in your Village!
1 Bathroom Toilet 1 Toilet.
2 Workshop Machining Mill 1 Machining Mill
3 Laboratory Chemical Processor 1 Chemical Processor.
4 Commissary Dining Table 4 Dining Tables.
5 Library Bookshelf 10 Bookshelves
6 School Enchanting Table 3 Enchanting Tables
7 Clinic Bioreactor 1 Bioreactor
8 Art Gallery Painting 25 Paintings

Useful Internal Links

Polycraft World Main Page | Refugee Crisis Challenge | Polycraft Island | Polycraft Village | Village Plot | Villagers | Housing | Community Buildings | Happiness | Population Capacity | 3D Printer | 3D Scanner | Challenge Score | Beds | Technology Level | Scavenger Hunt | 2023 Challenge cheat-sheet