Naheulbeuk’s Dungeon Master: How to manage your minions and keep them satisfied
Naheulbeuk’s Dungeon Master is the latest in the The Dungeon of Naheulbeuk series from Artefacts Studio. The sim management game puts you in the shoes of an overseer with grand plans to turn a dingy old tower into the prime destination of every adventurer in the Lands of Fangh—but you'll need to ensure your critters and helpers have their needs met if you're to succeed in your endeavors.
Our guide tackles how to manage your minions in Naheulbeuk’s Dungeon Master. I also discuss how to further improve the Prestige of the various rooms that you build, which will help increase your dungeon’s rank, unlocking new floors and functions.
How to manage your minions in Naheulbeuk’s Dungeon Master
To start managing your minions in Naheulbeuk’s Dungeon Master, you can either check the Minions tab in the bottom-left corner of your screen or click on a minion with an icon above their head.
Each minion has their own particular preference, be it the type of food they eat or the bed they sleep on. These distinctions are often based on a creature’s type. Moreover, there are other boosts granted by the different rooms, furniture, and decorations that you place all over the dungeon.
Bear in mind that all of the minions you recruit have a weekly salary that’s deducted from your coffers.
Increasing Prestige and ranking up
Prestige is the most important facet to consider if you want to progress further in Naheulbeuk’s Dungeon Master, and is represented by the number of stars in each room that you build. More stars leads to increased minion satisfaction, implying that they’re happier in the rooms where they work, rest, or pass the time. The higher the Prestige, the faster your dungeon increases in rank, opening up additional floors where you can continue building more rooms.
Prestige is boosted by various types of decorations, which you can see in the Interior tab or whenever you scroll down to the Decorations list while modifying a room. These range from candelabras, fountains, and partitions to gargoyle statues, paintings, and posters.
Since you have to be mindful of limited space and budget, I suggest making use of fixtures such as braziers, candelabras, and torches to boost Prestige. Braziers and candelabras are relatively cheap, as they only cost 40 gold, but they usually take up one tile as well. Torches also cost 40 gold and only take up a single slot on walls, which saves a lot of space since they’re unlikely to get in the way of functional furniture (e.g. tables, lockers, and beds).
Dormitories: Getting some sleep
Minions in Naheulbeuk’s Dungeon Master aren’t robotic drones that can work non-stop. They also need to take a break. That’s where the Dormitory comes in.
The Dormitory is where you place various types of beds so your minions can get some sleep. Regular beds can be used by most recruits, including humans, elves, orcs, and goblins. Later you’ll gain access to more specialized beds, like Dwarf Beds for dwarves, Straw Futons for trolls, and Caskets for vampires.
Try to have enough beds for all your denizens—though not necessarily a 1:1 ratio, since not all minions have a set sleeping schedule.
Bathrooms: Bio-breaks and cleanliness
Cleanliness helps various creatures view their work and surroundings more favorably. For starters, you can click on the “Keep the Room Clean” toggle for various rooms, including Kitchens, Taverns, and Bathrooms. This ensures that your Elf Domestic employees routinely take care of the mess.
Speaking of the Bathroom, this is obviously where your minions relieve themselves. A single type of Latrine applies to all races, so you don’t need to worry about looking into different kinds of toilets. However, you do need to look at what they use to bathe:
- Non-greenskin recruits (like humans, elves, and dwarves) use Showers.
- Greenskins (i.e. orcs, goblins, and trolls) use the Mud Inflow, as they need to make themselves dirty just to feel giddy.
I’ve also noticed instances where minions have an icon indicating they can’t seem to find the nearest Latrine. It might help to build smaller Bathrooms on opposite sides of each floor just to prevent worker satisfaction from dropping.
Kitchens: Cooking different types of food
Food—and more specifically the type of food—is a key aspect of managing minions in Naheulbeuk’s Dungeon Master. Here’s a quick summary:
- Human workers have the Bland trait, which means there’s nothing that makes them truly unique. Human Cooks are also able to cater to various kinds of denizens and clientele that don’t have any specific requirement.
- Elven workers are often vegetarian, which is why you’ll need an Elven Cook to handle their meals.
- Orcish workers are purely carnivorous, and an Orc Cook is the one that automatically creates various meat dishes.
Taverns, Canteens, and Break Rooms: Customer and minion satisfaction
The Tavern is a unique type of room in that it’s your primary way of earning gold in Naheulbeuk’s Dungeon Master. By default, you’ll need the following to keep it functional:
- A Simple Bar that serves drinks to customers.
- The different chefs you’ve hired in the Kitchen so they can cook for a diverse clientele.
- Different kinds of Beer Kegs to attract various recruits.
- A Secret Entrance so customers can visit the location.
- Multiple decorations to improve the ambience and “Tripe Adviser” rating.
Taverns should only be for visiting patrons, who won’t like it if they also have to mingle with the staff. This is why you should build Canteens, rooms where your employees can have their meals. Again, food types come into play here, as there are Vegetable Buffets for vegetarians (like elves), and Meat Buffets for pure carnivores (like orcs).
Lastly, you should consider plopping down a Break Room with Gaming Tables, Games of Chance, and Reading Desks. These keep your minions happy when they get some much-needed R&R.
Guard Rooms, Training Rooms, and Workshops: Beefing up security
It’s not always smooth sailing in Naheulbeuk’s Dungeon Master. Your tower will eventually get attacked by would-be adventurers seeking plunder and other riches. You’re often warned of these attacks a week prior, so you’d best be prepared.
This is where you’ll make use of Guard Rooms, which should be placed near your dungeon’s main entrance. Likewise, you should purchase Lockers for different kinds of races, which will spawn guards each week. At the start, you can expect only human, elf, goblin, and orc guards. Later, you’ll gain access to Lockers that spawn dwarves, trolls, and barbarians. Don’t forget to take note of the kind of food that they eat, as well as any specific type of bed that they prefer.
Guards are also fairly weak early on, which is why they require the Training Room. You can buy Combat Dummies for melee units and Training Targets for ranged units.
Be forewarned, however, that AI-controlled guards might not even realize that your dungeon is being ransacked. I had instances when soldiers continued to train in spite of adventurer parties having entered the dungeon already. The best way to prepare for these eventualities is to purchase a Tocs’hen, a warning device that can only be placed in dungeon hallways, not inside functional rooms.
Once that’s done, you can continue beefing up your security and armed troops with Workshops. These let you create weapons or tools via Dwarven Artisans and Goblin Artisans, respectively. Items you create can be sold in the market or stockpiled to grant passive buffs.
Later, you’ll have access to the Map of the Lands of Fangh, where your Drow Spy can reveal distant locations. In turn, you’ll be able to send your own raiding parties of guards to acquire new riches. Just beware of any reprisals coming your way from the villages and settlements you’ve plundered.
That’s everything you need to know about how to manage your minions in Naheulbeuk’s Dungeon Master. By building several rooms on multiple floors, taking note of your units’ preferences, and adding a lot of torches and other decorations, you’ll soon have a tower that’s the envy of all warriors and wizards in the land.
Naheulbeuk’s Dungeon Master is available now on the Epic Games Store. Those who want to experience the trials and tribulations of adventurers and treasure seekers can also check out the studio’s previous game, The Dungeon of Naheulbeuk: Amulet of Chaos.