Is it possible to start a never-ending game in Dorfromantik Classic Mode without cheating? My answer is yes. This guide describes how to do it.
Perfect Placements are the Key
In the early stage of the game, your main source of new tiles is the completion of quests. This will change soon as you keep making progress, though. Later on, perfect placements constantly provide you with the tiles you need to keep the game going. Thus, it is of utmost importance to take your time and find placements without mismatching edges! Any mismatching edge will effectively cost you two tiles. That’s because both affected tiles cannot become a perfect placement anymore, which means that they won’t get “refunded” once they are fully surrounded by other tiles.
As long as you have less than 100k points, you sometimes may have to make compromises when it comes to perfect placements. That’s because you may need to complete quests urgently since you might run out of tiles otherwise. I recommend not to make any compromises unless there are no more than five tiles left. Unfortunately, there’s no guarantee that you won’t run out of tiles early in the game, but making compromises too early will make it harder to get new tiles later on.
Bundle your Quests
However, it’s not advisable to increase the size of the biggest area of a kind by adding new sections to it right away. Instead, start a new small area of the same kind close to it and keep it growing. Also sections that start new quests should preferably be added to the new area. Thus, the number of sections needed for quest completion will stay constant. Once the new area has enough sections such that connecting it to the biggest area will complete all quests, connect it and repeat the whole procedure.
A disconnected new forest area with a bundle of unfinished quests.
Be careful, though, with quests for exact numbers of sections (as opposed to minimum numbers marked by ‘+’). It may not be worth trying to complete them unless it can be done rather quickly or you have multiple such quests with similar numbers. If you decide that it’s not worth it, I recommend to make them fail as quickly as possible because the maximum number of open quests seems to be limited (although it apparently depends on the size of your landscape or number of previously completed quests). The same goes for hidden quests you will discover when your landscape keeps growing.
Keep your Landscape Compact
Over time, you will receive a lot more tiles with only one or two kinds of sections than tiles with three or more. Blank sections are also more common than filled ones. Thus, try to avoid spots on the landscape where a perfect placement would require a very specific tile with many different filled sections, especially if sections of the same kind are not adjacent to each other. Otherwise, it will take a long time to get the exact tile that makes a perfect placement. This especially holds true if rail sections are involved. This rule is not carved in stone, but you should keep it in mind to make progress more quickly.
It will be rather tricky to find a perfect placement for these spots …
… whereas it is likely that you will get the matching tile for this spot soon.