For everyone having trouble with their food running out, here's what I do:
When I start a new tribe, I plant the first tree right away. Then, of course start harvesting honey. But after I get to 300 or so in my food bin, I pull the farmer to the lab to work on getting the tech points for the lift. If you just pace yourself, you'll have enough food to last until the new tree grows. Also, I like to space the planting of new trees to about 2 hours apart. This way, one will be just blooming when I need it the most.
Hope this helps.

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Hi, I made the exercise potion, all it did was make my people lift rocks a bunch, is this potion supposed to do anything important? It was highlighted in your potions list. Thanks for helping!

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Hey, about the fire puzzle:


On my first tribe, I put all my people on the dry wood and put lots of wood on the fire. Then the fire started to sparkle a bit, so I cooled off the fire. I don't think the trick is to wait for days, I think it's to add wood! I am going to attempt this again on another tribe to prove this true, but I think it may be a bit helpful to you guys out there stuck with the fire key.

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Oh no... all my people died except one and he's a boy who's 5... Do barrels of toddlers come in this game? For now I made him chief so he can feed himself and he is getting more with mushrooms. I'm really not very far in the game on this tribe; is it worth it to keep going and will baby girls come?

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what do i do about the clam?

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I'm running out of food. I have no bees and my tree is still growing. How else can I can get food???

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Tayjay -

The exercise potion makes them amusing to watch, sure, but it also adds building experience.

How long you have to wait until the fire starts sparkling depends on how long you keep the fire continuously going, and what speed you have the game on. In fast mode, it doesn't take days, but you can't let the fire go out until it starts sparkling.

There is the occasional barrel of toddlers, but it is a random event. If you don't get one you may have to start over.

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Alyssa -

For the clam, see puzzle 15 in the above walkthrough.

Angel -

Mushrooms can be collected by children for extra food. Keep an eye out for mushrooms, they come and go pretty fast. They mostly show up when it is raining, so definitely look for them during the rain, and just after. The red mushrooms are especially desirable as they are worth more food points.

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Family Girl April 6, 2010 11:13 AM

Help! my villagers won't have children! What am i doing wrong???

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Family Girl -

Just keep dropping them on each other until you get a child. At least, you should be able to, unless you've reached your maximum population. How many villagers do you have and how many huts do you have?

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How long does it take before you start seeing the tablet pieces? I've been playing for 2 days and have most of the collections complete, but haven't seen any tablet pieces yet.

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Shaiya -

Have you cleared the rubble yet? The pieces don't start showing up until you've cleared the rubble.

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Anonymous April 9, 2010 5:16 PM

I purchased level 2 faction, and I gathered all the herbs( orchid, orchid, pitcher plant), but my potion keeps blowing up and two of villagers have died from trying. What do I do?

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Given that you have Alchemy 2, try using a trained (at least Adept) doctor (not researcher, but better if he/she is adept both) to make the potion.

Before making dangerous potions (another useful time is when children are about to be born) it can be useful to save the game.

Save and restore is done with copy/delete of 5 files in two directories:

In directory: C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\WildTangent

The file: gtd2.dat

In directory: C:\Documents and Settings\[User Name]\My Documents\LDW

The files: ldwLog.txt
Virtual Villagers - The Secret City0.ldw
Virtual Villagers - The Secret City[tribe#].ldw
Virtual Villagers - The Secret City2[tribe#].ldw

Make sure to copy and restore all 5 files, and note that you cannot switch tribes and restore an old game because 3 files are shared among all tribes. Mismatching tribe files and shared files could have a very adverse effect on all your tribes.

Good luck

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I can't get any of my villagers to clear leaves, it even says "villager" sees a pile of leaves" and i drop them, and they walk off and do nothing.

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I cannot make a potion to get rid of sharks or any other potion. Any help?

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To make potions, you must have solved puzzle #3 (gathering items needed for alchemy lab). Then you must gather herbs (you can use children to do this). Every potion takes 3 herbs, which will be put on the table in the alchemy lab. Once three herbs are on the table, drop a villager on the large black pot in the alchemy lab and he/she will start adding the herbs to the pot.

A few other wise prerequsites:
- alchemy level 2 research
- medicine level 2 research
- villager making potion should be research adept and healing adept.

Good Luck

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Dear grinnyp i was wondering if you mean the light and springy potion cuz I don't know the exercise potion does anyone know the exercise potion or any potion that helps build experiance in building? Also I need a ton of experience points anyone know how to get a whole bunch?? List any potion recipes you know that are great!! And help! Any way to get tech points really fast! And help with building expierience!

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Where do i find the pitcher plant and what does it look like???

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My builders got the statue all the way up to the top of the hill, but now they just stopped. I keep dropping the Chief/builders onto it, but they don't do anything. What do I do?

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i just put 1 adept and 1 master builder on the lift and just a while finished

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JIGuest -

To lessen the risk of a potion blowing up, use the highest ranking scientist you have, preferably a master.

Zizzlha -

Make sure you set their preferences to building before you drop them on the leaves.

Carol -

What is your specific problem with making the potion? Do they blow up? Do they refuse? Have you found the five objects and repaired the alchemy lab?

Rena -

If you check the walkthrough above, there is a section on potions which has a spreadsheet of every potion possible.

Bob -

Try dropping them at the base of the path. If that doesn't work, you may have an early version of the game that has a glitch that prevents the statue from being completely restored. If so, contact the vendor where you purchased the game to see if they have a later version you can download.

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Anonymous April 27, 2010 4:54 PM

what does lecturing your tribe do?

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JIGuest -

It doesn't do anything other than gather everyone into one place. However, lecturing the children actually trains them in a skill. Drop your chief on a child and the chief and all the children will run to the ampitheatre for training. You can only do this once every 24 hours, but it gives the kids some skills to start out with and is very useful when they hit 14.

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Anonymous May 1, 2010 8:08 AM

I need help trying to figure out the giant clam in the ocean.
Thanx

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I cannot get my villager to get on the lift while it rains :( Help please?

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All my males have died in my tribe so i cant create any more babies, is there any way i can get more people without having to restart?

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hey, i beat the game and have 90 peeps. but the population decreased everyday by 20! probably because i had all my kids at one time. so today my tribe is at 30, and all of my women are either too old to have kids, and two of them are too young. the only women i have who can breed are 3! is this really enough people to save the tribe!!?!? please, any ideas or help tips?

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the population is now doing the thing where you lose 5 people, and you gain 5 people. im afraid everyone may die.

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JIGuest -

About the Giant Clam:

In order to get the pearl from the giant clam, you need to create a fake pearl that you can substitute for the real thing. There is an object that is revealed when the statue is finally repaired, laying on the ground where the top half of the statue used to be. You need a master scientist and a master builder to shape this item. First drop a master builder on it and he/she will do one stage, then drop a master scientist on it and they will finish it up. Finally, drop your chief on the fake pearl and he/she will take it to the clam, substitute it for the real thing, and viola, you will be done!

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Loopy -

First, you have to get your villager on the platform before it begins to rise, otherwise they won't get on at all. Second, make sure you are dropping the villager in the right place. You can test this when it is not raining. Drop a villager (adult) on the platform and if you've hit the right spot, they will simply stand there for a while. If you're not hitting the right spot, they will wander off.

Ash -

There are a couple of random events that can bring extra villagers to the settlement, like the barrel of babies event. However, there is no way to predict if this will happen, so you may end up having to start over.

Zayex -

As long as you have one male and one female of breeding age you are okay. Just set the female to parenting and let her keep having babies as long as she can.

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hey, my tribe is back and 90 now, thanks for your help! :)

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canadianbluestar May 9, 2010 11:49 PM

Hi I paused my game as i was going to be away for a couple days, when i came back i still had all my ppl but all my puzzles were reset??? i still have the food and stuff but i am wondering if anyone else had a glitch where they had to redo all the puzzles?? or if anyone knows how to fix it with out having to redo everything... i still have my tec points and everything i bought with it but i have to redo all the buildings, trees, sharks are back, etc ?? any sugestions please ?? thanks in advance

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ohitstay May 10, 2010 11:59 PM

how do you restore the research lab? i already restored the alchemy lab. also what is the little doctor area with the hay, and how do i use and clean that up? and how do i get doctors in this game, besides healing people? answer back soon?

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Canadianbluestar -

You might want to contact the technical support for the vendor where you purchased the game, they may have a fix.

Ohitstay -

Every time you buy a new level of science technology, the lab cleans up a little more. Level 3 will give you a completely restored lab. To use the hospital area, you need to purchase a higher level of medicine, and then you can drop villagers on that area to train them as doctors.

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addicted2this May 12, 2010 3:28 PM

playing this game on iphone. just wanna ask something. is there an end for this game? coz i finished all the puzzles. thanks! one thing missing here. food problems... get rid of the sharks early and go fishing. had the same problem at first. dont forget. fish are food..:))

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Tsukiko May 12, 2010 8:50 PM

I followed all the steps to complete puzzle 12: Master Doctor, Level 3 Medicine, completed Puzzle 8, but when I put the doctor in the tub, as stated above, it says enjoying the bath, is there something I am missing or doing wrong? I have also placed the doctor next to the bath as well and that did not work either.

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wolfmama May 14, 2010 5:10 PM

I need some advice, please. I make the "light and springy" potion, have a villager use it, move them directly to the spot where it says that the villager sees something up high, and they repeatedly jump, but not high enough to get the pink key. Am I missing something?

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Lailakay May 15, 2010 2:33 AM

Okay, so when you gather all the alchemy pieces that side of the research place gets all neat and clean and everything. How does the main researching side get clean, rather then looking half-destroyed and messy?

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Lailakay May 15, 2010 2:36 AM

How does the normal side of the research facility get cleaned up, since the alchemy side returns to normal after collecting all the pieces?

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Laurenn1120 May 16, 2010 9:52 PM

I left my virtual villagers game on by accident and well four of my villagers died because of old age. I have four left the youngest one is 52 (only boy, the new chief) and I have dragged him a THOUSAND TIMES OVER THE THREE GIRLS AND NONE HAVE HAD A BABY!!!! Is it possible that at a certain age the women can't have babys anymore? (by the way i have used two potions on all the villagers which are "feels romantic" and "feels fertile") did this happen to anybodie else? because im really afraid that they will all die after all the hard work of waiting a long time for them to do stuff :P so yeah HELP PPL HELP!!!!
ps: thanks

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i have chosen nature but i do not have the pitcher plant what do i do??

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Anonymous May 29, 2010 9:55 PM

I can't find the multi color stick shape item.. Pls help

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hey I think i put a coment before but it was either deleted or didn't post.

I need some advice, I've beaten the game and all is well in the tribe, but, I have a certain family that i keep special track of through the ages. The problem is, I have all 90 peeps and my current decendant is 57! If he doesn't have a son to take his name the legacy is ruined! the only thing I can do is try to kill the two women who are a few years older than him. But they wont die! I get them to no health but they just dont die! I'm afraid if I wait for them to die my decendant will die too.

Please, any ideas, suggestions, or general help???

Sincerely, Zayex

P.S. sorry this was so long :(

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Lailakay--

You have to purchase level 3 science

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I've noticed somethings about the collectables and mushrooms that appear:
1. The mushrooms appear anywhere, even in the water, and vanish faster then the collectibles; so it helps if you pause the game before dragging a child onto them.
2. these are the places I have noticed are most common for the collectables to show up:
keypad section 4 (is mostly turtle shells) and keypad section 9 (which is mostly coral).
So be sure to check these two places often and carefully!!!
Hope it helped!!
:) Tweet

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Family Girl June 2, 2010 9:32 AM

I have 3 Master builders who have just started repairing the bath. My Tribal Cheif is withchild so my builders keep wondering off and "worrying about food".I need the bath repaired but I also need food which I can't get because I've run out of honey and my fruit tree is slow at produsing fruit. I'm also currently growing 2 more fruit trees but they won't be mature 4 anouther 4 hours! How can I get more food? Any ways apart from mushrooms???

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Family Girl June 2, 2010 10:29 AM

It's okay now!

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for everyone having trouble with food,

use your chief to grant food, pause the game, wait 24 hours, repeat until your ready, you should have at least a few 100's of food if you wait a few days

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If you can get rid of the sharks, ignore what I said before and just fish :P

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Zayex XXV was just born, all is well :D

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The sad/funniest thing happened:

I was on one of my tribes, and there were only 2 children left, less than a second later, they died. GAME OVER hilarious, yet sad.

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I find that the health potion already mentioned often end up with the potion blowing up and injuring the person making it I would suggest using this recipe instead

cactus, lotus, cactus

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Tatzz x June 9, 2010 1:27 PM

hi, i've a little problem. My food is running out and i've only got 35.000 tech points. I don't have any children, except for one but she's still nursing. So i can't pick up any mushrooms or collectibles. help?

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Tatzz x-

Just keep trying to make babies if you can support them with food, as for the food problem,

if you haven't already, buy level 2 restoration, then try to get level 2 faction, so you can get rid of the sharks

And about the collectible issue, they will eventualy come back again.

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you don't need lv. 2 restoration for the bath just to have repaired the alchemy lab.

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hiben75-

I believe your right, on one of my tribes that didn't have level 2 restoration, but had the alchemy lab, I tried that, and they DID try to repair it. Hmmmm... strange

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I have no idea how to get my chief to use his powers, or what they are. Help please. (:

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Deanna-

Drop your chief on the food bin every 24 hours, and he/she'll make food

Drop your chief on a child (if you have level 2 leadership) and he/she will educate all your children

Drop your chief at the top of the path (where the statue should be, OR where the entrance to the hidden room is) (if you have level 3 leadership) and he/she will point out a rare collectible

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Anonymous June 22, 2010 7:35 AM

hmm..Can you put here the Recipes?

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JIGuest -

Look in the walkthrough for a list of potions and what they do :)

Zayex

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laura michy June 29, 2010 1:42 PM

does anybody know how to collect tech points quicker.other than dropping 2 kids on a collectable?

i have finished the bath, cleared all the leaves, cleared all the rubble, made both houses. it seems to take ages in between puzzels. i need to get level 3 restoration to fix the statue and the only way for me to get tech points is to make potions and collect shells and feathers. its really boring just to look for stuff all the time.

thanks

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Laura michie -

I suggest you put most of you tribe in the lab, if you have 3-4 scientists, you will get tech points faster. You can also drop 3 children on a collectible.

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Anonymous July 7, 2010 4:50 AM

I have finished the ruins, and the story works, biut the tablets did not appear. glitch? or am I just not looking hard enough?

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Ceciguest July 8, 2010 1:56 AM

For puzzle16, how exactly do u put a villager into the sun disk room to make ppl appear?? I tried so many times without any success! Plz help!

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APPGuest July 10, 2010 11:17 PM

I keep trying to get my chief to educate the children but nothing happens. I have dropped him on the kids and the kids on him and still nothing. Does the chief have to be over 18 to use this skill?? (mine is only 14 at the moment.)

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stephanie2 July 13, 2010 2:45 PM

i have gotten all my puzzles done & everything .. what am i supposed to do now ? just wait to get all of my collections done ?
does anyone know ?

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Anonymous July 15, 2010 9:33 PM

I've completed all the puzzles but now in stuck. I don't know what to do. And collectibles aren't showing up. Help!!

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I can't find the multi-colored stick-shaped item. Any help?

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Help! I accidentally turned my cheif Crazy! What do I do?

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I'm having problem with the Statue puzzle. I bought all of the tech I possibly can and all of the other puzzles that I can possibly do are done. According to all of the walk throughs I've found with this puzzle in there, I simply have to start dropping villagers are to it and they'll start working on it. I've done that. Several times with multiple villagers - sometimes just one guy over and over and other times, a whole mess of them. But, still, they do nothing other than notice there is a statue and wonder off.

Any suggestions?

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Can a child make potions? I left the game alone for four hours. When I left I had fifteen villagers. When I came back I had five children and no adults. I have evenough tech points to buy the lvl 2 faction but no villagers able to do anything. should i just wait until someone is old enough or just start over?

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RootBeer -

First, have you drawn up the plans on the chalkboard in the lab? Have you used a master builder to put an anchor point on the statue? You can't do the task until that is done. Once that is done, drop your chief on the part of the statue that is laying on the ground. Once your chief starts directing people you can then drop builders on the statue to start moving it.

cburns -

No, the children cannot make potions. Just wait until one of them gets old enough (age 14).

Help! -

Was that through a potion or an island event?

Xingyun -

Unfortunately, the stick shows up in a different place each game. All I can tell you is to go slowly around the area and look closely, it can be hard to spot.

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I've completed all the puzzles except 2 tablets, I don't know what to do. And collectibles aren't showing up. Help!!

chief showing magical fish but I dont know how to catch that ..HELP!!!

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Is there a potion that can jump experience up for any villager? Mainly building experience.

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jaffar.m.n -

Once you've cleared the rubble, the pieces of the tablets show up very slowly, you just have to remember to look every time you are in the game.

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Tab27 -

The cactus + orchid + tiger lily potion makes them exercise, which adds a bit to their building experience. Otherwise, unless you have any building work for them to do, drop them on the huts to repair them.

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where is the multi-coored stick item in the thrird puzzle i can not find it

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Hey everyone! Um, I have played this game before but I just want to know the difference between the two factions. I am about to buy level 1 faction but I want to know which one I should buy: Nature or Magic? Any thoughts?

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In puzzle number 9 I got my statue positioned beside the Lily, each time I try to make the chief give directions the chief picks up the lily instead. How do I solve that?

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Anonymous August 30, 2010 10:46 PM

Hi there..
I have 5 villagers all males i need females to have babies and make my tribe bigger.. what to do?? any ideas?!

Thanks

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is anything different if im playing on an ipod touch

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Hi! I'm just wondering what is an esteemed elder? Can anyone tell me? Thanks a million.

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Can someone remind me how you get the pearl out of the clam? I know you replace it with something but what and how?! HELP!!!!

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how do i get my villigers to clear rubble, when i put one on the rubble it says my villiger is confused. am i doing something wrong?

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I can't find the burial area! Or they won't work there! help?

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What is the significance of the story in the cave? Is there something that will happen in the future about this? Right after I dropped a villager in the cave, and I watched the little slide show thing, a baby was born, who dislikes magic. So now I feel like there is something more to the story... Someone help?

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Found something out...

If you're quick, you could get two children on the one collectible/mushroom without pausing. Found this out while I was in a rush and didn't press spacebar.

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Oh yeah, and thanks for the walkthrough. In the comments section I've found so many hints as well, and I found the fact that children could heal as well useful. Now I have a 6-year old that's midway to being a Master Doctor. I used the potion to make everyone but her sick. xD

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Just saying something about the female chiefs and babies -

My female chief had a baby but did do the magic food.

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I want to ask something,too. If a child's watching people work, do they gain anything for that?

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Cheeselover September 30, 2010 9:04 PM

I need help my villagers won't repair the lift every time I put them on it they work for about 15 seconds then they shake their heads at me!I have level two restoration would any thing else help?

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what do i do when i solve all the puzzles?

[Move on to Virtual Villagers #4! :) -Jay]

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Is there anyway to clean the debris out of the lab? It is really ugly considering the other half is clean.

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For healing someone without medicine level 2

Use a parent who is not nursing and drop them on a person in the hospital area. The sick person will sit down and start healing.

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how long does it take to repair the bath?

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I've built all the huts, (and most of the puzzles) but I still need to train builders for other puzzle tasks. How do I train builders?

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Concerned Citizen October 14, 2010 2:27 PM

I have discovered an error in the potions listing:
http://spreadsheets.google.com/pub?key=prs5h_XQvhjHtkzsbvr_8BQ

Whoever's the moderator, please make the correct ammendments.

Details as Follows:

Potion of TTT(Tiger Lilyx3) does not create the effect of "Nature is calling!" but is actually "Whee! What a fun potion!" The drinker will go and play as though he/she was a child.

[Edit done. Thanks. :) -Jay]

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How can you fix the lift? i tried putting 3 adept builder on it but they all say they're confused. do i need a level of tech?

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What is the maximum number of children you can have and should i buy nature or magic faction? Oh and how can you get a child to be an apprentice?

Plz reply!

Thanx

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