What to do with Idle Workers

Farm Boy

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Nobody else worldbuilders in bears and stages gladiatorial games?

Only wolves, and only if the roommate gets up from the computer while sending out an unescorted settler.
 

Greybriar

Prince
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When I have done all I can with my workers, I divide them up between my cities. They sleep there until they are needed, usually when it's time to build railroads or rebuild something that has been destroyed.
 

Ataxerxes

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When I have done all I can with my workers, I divide them up between my cities. They sleep there until they are needed, usually when it's time to build railroads or rebuild something that has been destroyed.

I sometimes forget the most basic things. I often set the workers to "Build Trade Network" and they automatically sleep in one or two cities. Then as soon as something pops up, the rush to it. Then as soon as rails are available they all go to work.

This has a danger, however. They will also run to an enemy stack that has destroyed a tile improvement.
 

Michael Williams

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Some more esoteric suggestions:

Idle workers could act as...

Spies, by running around with Open Borders.
Scouts, by moving through the fog of war. Don't do this if there are Wolves or Panthers running around.
Lookouts, by sleeping on a hill where it has great visibility (you need this to be safe).
Good Will Ambassadors, by helping your allies with repairs.
Lumberjacks, by chopping down far-away forests and jungles.
Prospecting, by building mines everywhere.. (you have a small chance of discovering rare elements.)

Or, you could build a road in every tile!

Just be careful with your unit costs and unit supply.
 
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