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This is a unique post from me. I know most posts here are usually related to screenshots or discussions surrounding the game, but I'd like to take a moment to say that I've been using Anno 1800 as a coping mechanism when it comes to dealing with some of my own anxiety and depression in the past year. I loved playing Anno 1800 for so many reasons (including it being one of the best city-building games ever made in recent years). But one of the most important reasons is also because of how the game feels so immersive at times, I can get lost in it (as a good distraction from everything else that I'm overcoming right now).

I'll always love my coffee plantations. The other one I love is Herbs (so colorful).

Recently I took a brief break from the game after spending roughly 500 hours to reach the end-game stage. But hey, that's still far from actually finishing a single save. I estimate that for me to consider a saved game completed, it'll roughly take 1800 hours. There's still so much to do in the game still (including tourism, the arctic region, and beautification).

If only hitting your first 200 tons of coffee production is an achievement in itself.

Yeah, after returning from my brief break to continue the 2nd leg of my city-building journey, I finally increased my coffee production past 200 tons for the first time. Never thought I would see this day, but here I am.

I'm now at a stage in the late game where it's a lot to do with optimizing some of my production chains across the different regions. Again, I'm not really trying to go for the min-max type layouts. I'm gonna stick with my current organic (reimagined realism) building style. I'm also setting my sights on reaching 4000 Artistas, so I can finally start building that dam in Manola.

Anyway, I'm just thankful that the devs have created such an amazing city-building game. I loved the complexities of the logistics mechanics because just as challenging as it is, it is also a great way to keep my mind engaged (and a welcomed distraction from the anxieties that I'm experiencing from time-to-time). I can't tell you just how many times I have struggled to sleep at night (due to anxiety-induced insomnia), so I would stay up and continue playing Anno 1800 until I get so tired I would fall asleep almost immediately.

I'm honestly looking forward to the day when the situation in my life can improve (reducing the anxiety and occasional depression). But even in the meantime, I'm going to continue enjoying and appreciating Anno 1800 for the game that it is.

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4 months ago - /u/Ubi-Thorlof - Direct link

For us always great to read posts like yours, hearing stories that go beyond "only" enjoying a game. Very glad to hear that our game has helped you through some tough times, and our best wishes that things will improve for you!

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