| - What is the purpose of this game?|
- How do I earn money?
- How can I earn XP?
- Why can't I buy all types of units?
- Can I get special units from another country?
- Where did my soldiers go?
- Where should I attack?
- What do I win by attacking?
- Which players can I attack?
- How do battles work?
- How can I heal my soldiers?
- How many people can join an army?
- How well are cities defended?
- How do wars work?
- What happens if my country is defeated?
- Why would my country surrender?
- What are warlords, kings and emperors?
- What is terrain and how does it work?
- How does the individual ranking work?
- If I don't promote my soldier, does he still get xp?
- My soldier has enough XP but I can't promote him, why?
- I was killed in a battle where no one else even got injured!?
- Where do the officers of a defeated city go?
What is the purpose of this game?
This game is a simulation of 18th century warfare, both on land and at sea. You will be one of the thousands of officers in the army or the navy of one of the more than 50 countries in the world.
Together with the people in your country, you aim to make your country the most successful of them all. Whether you are in the navy, fighting for domination of the seas and oceans and securing transport routes for your countries army, or in the army, fighting in cooperative strike to capture cities from other countries, you will form an important part of you countries success.
This Beginners Guide explains the army part of the game. Your task is to rid the forests of robbers, raid foreign villages, attack enemy officers that have their camp close to the border, or even attack and possibly capture a city of another nation.
You are helped in your quest by your soldiers, who will follow you in whatever you plan to undertake. You can hire them in the city castle. Don't hire too many, cause the salary of a low-ranked officer might not allow this. And don't do stupid things: you might get them (or yourself!) injured or even killed!
How do I earn money?
There are 3 ways to earn money: Through your basic salary. Every half an hour you get your salary, and pay the salary of your soldiers. What is left of your salary you can save for later. If you get to a higher rank, by gaining enough experience (XP), your salary will be increased.
The other way is through battle. If you capture enemy soldiers they can be ransomed by their officers. If you lose a battle, your soldiers may also be captured.
Apart from your own income, you are also rewarded for the merits of your country. Every day you will receive some amount of gold depending on the amount of cities your country has and how long they already occupy them. In each city you can see the value you will get each day in gold from this city. This value increases by 5 every turn it is occupied by your country and is reset to 0 when the city is taken. Next to that you also get your share of the tax paid to the country by merchants. You will receive these amounts at 06:00 game time.
How can I earn XP?
For every battle you get some amount of XP, for a hard battle you get in general more XP than for a very light one. There is a lot of randomness involved in this though.
Apart of this there are several cases in which you can get bonus XP:
When you defeat another player: You get more XP for defeating a higher player. If you lose, the defender gets the XP.
When you defeat a city (as part of larger army): You get more XP for a larger city and for a higher rank (being that with a higher rank you probably contributed more to the victory than the lower rank in the same strike force).
Why can't I buy all types of units?
Every city has its own supply of soldiers in the castle. It's possible that the unit you are looking for is not available in the city where you are. In that case, travel a bit around the country and you are sure to find it somewhere. Every 6 hours there's a chance the city will get new soldiers to hire.
Note that only a few unit types are available everywhere; apart from these universal unit types there are special units for continents and countries (check the Army reference guide for more details). Make sure the unit you are looking for actually does appear in cities of your country.
Can I get special units from another country?
Actually, you can. If you capture a city of another country that has a stock of their special units, you can buy them in this city. However while you are holding the city, it will be supplied with your special units so you get them only till they are sold out.
Where did my soldiers go?
Soldiers don't desert you anymore if you run out of money to pay them. If your troops are gone, they will have either died in battle or you would have had to dismiss them.
Where should I attack?
In the beginning, it would be wise to stay in the relatively safe market or forests of your own country. Also, look at the situation; don't go rushing in a camp of robbers with only a couple of apprentice soldiers... On higher ranks you can defend your beaches against pirates or the surrounding lands against robbers and barbarians.
When you climb the ranks you'll notice that you don't find any robbers in the forests at all. This is not a coincidence; by then you already have build up enough reputation for robbers to stay out of your way.
This is the moment to wage yourself outside the nation's borders. Again, don't attack other countries cities as you'll most likely get slaughtered going there alone. Rather raid some neutral villages. Raiding villages is easy, they don't give much resistance, however this is not without risk, as you have a chance the village will be helped by a nearby captain, or even a general...
Once you have reached the rank of Lt. Colonel you can initiate invasion armies. This way you can combine forces with other players to attack the cities of other countries. It may be wise to do a bit of spying before you send you and your subordinates to a possible death...
Regardless of your rank you also have the following options: Attack players of your own rank and higher in border-cities (you have a chance to capture them and get half of their gold). You can only attack players of countries that have a real war with your country. Join a higher officer in attacking a city. If you are part of his army when he takes over a city, you will be rewarded by much more XP than you can get in ordinary battles. You can see whether armies are being prepared when you go to the city castle. You must be at least 3rd Lieutenant to be able to participate in armies.
What do I win by attacking?
In many battles you will not earn any gold, but you will always get XP points for you and your soldiers. This will make them stronger and it will lead to your promotion. If you are promoted you get a higher salary and can hire more soldiers or promote more of your soldiers.
In wars any battle you win against your enemy makes your country stronger and the enemy weaker, bringing them closer to defeat.
Which players can I attack?
When you go to the border and see some players in neighbouring cities you will notice that you can't attack all of them.
You can't attack players who: Have a lower rank than you have Were attacked in the past 3 hours (6 turns) and they didn't initiate a fight. Are currently online (You are online for 5-10 minutes after your last action.) Are injured Are from a country you are not at war with Are from a country you have a friendly war with
This should prevent unfair fights in which people might get killed without a chance to defend themselves. It is allowed to attack a player with many injured soldiers because of his own attacks, so if you fear such an attack make sure you are clear from the borders when you go offline.
How do battles work?
Battles are fought in 3 stages:
ranged attack: This phase consists of 1 round of ranged attacks. All units of both sides which have a nonzero Rdmg (ranged damage) simultaneously fire 3 times at a random enemy unit, with a chance to hit equal to their Racc. Each time they hit, they do 1/3rd of their Ranged damage, adjusted by a random factor of 80% to 120%.
Cavalry charge: After the ranged, the cavalry charges in and does 2*R*[Str] damage to a random enemy soldier.
Melee fight: In this stage, every round every soldier of the largest army attacks a random enemy soldier and does R*[Str] damage. The enemy soldier then counterattacks and also does R*[Str] damage to the attacker.
Where R is a random factor between 80% and 120%.
After each round, soldiers with less than 50% of their HP become injured and are taken out of the battle. Soldiers who reach 0 HP die. Soldiers who are about to get injured get a chance to be cured by a Medic or Priest (if there are any in the army), the higher level soldiers first. A healer can heal at most one soldier per round. The officer (player) fights with his soldiers and has equal chances to get injured or even die (in which case your account is reset). So be careful who you attack.
This goes on until one side has only half of his initial number of soldiers left. If both sides lose half of their soldiers, the side with most soldiers left wins. The remaining soldiers of the losing army try to flee but have 1/6th chance to be captured. Captured soldiers will automatically be freed by paying ransom to the capturer. This way you can earn money from battles. If you capture an officer you get 50% of all his gold (this means you lose 50% if you get captured). If you kill an officer you get all his gold: he won't need it anymore anyway.
How can I heal my soldiers?
Soldiers that are injured in a battle heal automatically. Every half an hour they will gain 25 HP. When they are fully fit they can fight again. Officers heal 40 points per turn. You can also go to the hospital in the city centre to get them healed quicker, but this may cost a lot of money. It's very handy when you don't want to wait half an hour for your last 2 soldiers to heal 1 more point.
How many people can join an army?
The size of an army is limited only by the rank of the army commander as only officers below the rank of the army commander may join that army.
How well are cities defended?
Cities have city garrisons to defend themselves even if no players are present in this town. These garrisons are considerable, so be careful to attack them on your own. Any players present in the city at the moment of the attack will also help in the defence of the city.
Cities also differ in size, with the larger cities having a larger garrison. Capitals are defended best. You can see on the map what the size of a city is.
To find out how well these cities really are defended... spy on them :-)
How do wars work?
You can attack only the countries you are at war with. Only the HC of a country can declare war on a country they are not yet at war with.
A war is always 2 sided, so if someone attacks you, you can also attack him without having to declare war on them. Wars timeout if the attacker takes no city of the other country for 24 hours.
Army and Navy are at war with the same countries.
When a war starts when two countries are allied, the war is considered 'friendly'. In this case you can't do PvP-fights.
What happens if my country is defeated?
If your country is defeated (loses its last city) you simply lose your nationality and can change it to any other. You keep your rank and army. You will only not be able to enter the headquarters in this new country if you are higher than brigadier.
Why would my country surrender?
Once a country is down to only 1 city and they have a working court martial they can vote to have their country surrender. This may be desired if you are trapped in your last city though the enemy doesn't have enough people in 1 army to beat you. They can still keep you trapped though and heavily attack all offline officers. Surrendering makes your last city neutral and let's everyone join a new country.
What are warlords, kings and emperors?
Warlords, kings and emperors are leader of a country; their title is dependant on their XP: leaders with relative low XP don't get a title but only a [LD] tag behind their name, at higher XP a leader gets the title warlord, still higher XP for the king rank and leaders with very high XP get the emperor rank. A player with one of these special ranks has the highest rank and can therefore lead everyone in battle.
A leader is elected from a country's HQ. The leader should be the political face of the country and his decisions should be considered to be taken in name of the country (hence the election by the HQ). The leader can appoint HC/WC members and 2 IM to assist him.
What is terrain and how does it work?
Every city has a terrain type and units and countries get bonuses or penalties based on the terrain they are in. The bonuses apply to the hit-points, strength and ranged strength of the units and vary from -10% to +10% per terrain for units and for countries (but most bonuses are -5% or +5%). The unit and country bonuses stack, so if you are in Egypt (with +8% in desert) and have a Camel (with +8% in desert) the Camel will have its stats increased by 16% when fighting in a city with desert as terrain type. That's quite a big bonus, but on other terrain types you may get a significant penalty! (In forest for example, the same unit/country combination would decrease the Camel's stats by 10%)
- You can see the bonuses of countries by going to the country rankings and clicking on a country (you can also see which units the country has, and by clicking on the units, their bonuses).
- Another way to see the bonuses of units is in the reference guide; the bonuses of world and continent units are visible in the table, the bonuses for other units become visible when you click on them.
- You can see what terrain type each city has by going to the map page and clicking 'terrain maps' at the top. Also on the detailed continent maps with city names, the names are colour coded to show their terrain.
How does the individual ranking work?
The individual ranking is an addition of your xp/5, the square root of your gold and an amount for the strength of your army.
If I don't promote my soldier, does he still get xp?
The soldier will continue to gain XP even when not (yet) promoted to a higher rank (when eligible).
My soldier has enough XP but I can't promote him, why?
You are probably at your maximum income (the hard cap). You will not be able to promote any units until you are no longer at the hard cap (either by getting a higher rank yourself or by dismissing a soldier).
You will receive a message that your unit is eligible to be promoted even when you cannot promote them.
Also note that a unit needs to get above the amount of XP mentioned after the slash (as in 637/1000 for example). So the unit will need 1001/1000 to be able to be promoted. There is a minor bug which gives you a message a unit can be promoted when the amount of XP is exactly the amount mentioned after the slash. You will need to get it 1 more XP point then (by fighting a battle) to be able to promote it.
I was killed in a battle where no one else even got injured!?
Getting killed in a battle where none of your soldiers got killed or even injured would be a case of (extremely) bad luck. There's only a tiny chance of this happening, but with millions of battles fought over the course of an age it will happen sometimes.
You, as an officer, fight alongside your men in battle and run the same risks as they do. It can happen that you get hit by a few enemy cannonballs and die, even when your army is crushing the enemy.
You can minimise the risk of this happening by getting cheap low HP units, which gives the enemy artillery more targets to fire at and reduces the chance you will get hit. Think of them as your bodyguards :-)
Where do the officers of a defeated city go?
All officers who are in a city which got defeated by an enemy move back to the capital of their country, except those who are killed in the battle (if any).