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The game proceeds in basically three stages. Getting Started, where you are just trying to get your city off the ground; Construction, where you are spending most of your resources on buildings and research; and Combat, where you are building your army, and attacking other cities. Each stage is has slightly different concerns for keeping up your gold and resources.


Notice that your play style may have you in Combat before Construction, or both at the same time. Just look over both sections and decide for yourself where to concentrate your resources.

Getting Started Phase

The best thing you can do when starting out is follow the recommended quests. The game will direct you building-by-building to start a well balanced city, with the resources that you need and a reasonable gold income. The quests also reward you by with many resources, often completely replacing those that you used to obtain the quest objective. Follow the quests until you reach level 7, at least.

  • Food - The quests will direct you to build 3 Farms and upgrade one of them to level 3. This should provide plenty of food for your new city, so long as you don't start training troops. You are too small to defend yourself right now, so don't waste resources training troops that will eat a lot of food and then die if you get attacked by a stronger player.
  • Wood - You will find yourself running out of wood a lot in the beginning. The quests will direct you to build 4 Sawmills, and upgrade one of them to level 3. Consider building 5 or 6 if you have the space, and upgrading them all to level 3 when you can.
  • Stone - The quests will direct you to build 3 Quarries and upgrade one of them to level 3. This will provide you with plenty of stone in the beginning. Later on, you will need a lot of stone for just a few constructions, and then you won't need very much stone at all. Stick with 3 quarries for now.
  • Ore - The quests will direct you to build 2 Mines and upgrade one of them to level 3. You will not start needing ore until later in the game, when you are building cavalry troops and seige engines. Stick with 2 mines for now.
  • Population - In the beginning, you need people to employ to collect your resources. Your people will also pay taxes to provide you with gold income. The quests will direct you to build 3 Cottages and upgrade one of them to level 3. Consider building more than this, as many as 8-10 cottages, to increase your idle population and tax income.
  • Gold - The quests will direct you to set your tax rate to 20%. You will also hire your first knight, which means you need to collect enough gold to pay the knight's hourly salary. You can set your tax rate to 20% long enough to get the quest credit, then lower it if you like. You don't need very much gold in the beginning, just enough to pay salaries and a little to start research in your Alchemy Lab. Gold is also the one resource that cannot be protected in a Storehouse, so don't bother collecting a lot of it if you are just going to get attacked. Consider adopting the Increase Gold strategy described on the Gold page if you are under frequent attack.

Construction Phase

to be written... Greenmanofwow 00:32, February 12, 2010 (UTC)

Combat Phase

An army marches on its stomach. -- Napoleon Bonaparte

to be written... Greenmanofwow 00:32, February 12, 2010 (UTC)

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