Spying is one of the most power tactics inside the rules of Evony. However, many spies either, 1. Get caught easily, or 2. Don't use it to their full potential.
This guide is broken into two parts.
Part 1, How to go under the radar
Part 2, How to crush the alliance.
A. Go Above the Radar
Surprisingly, the best way to go under the radar is to make yourself known. Most spies don't even say hello in chat in fear of getting caught. That is really suspicious. Make yourself known, crack jokes, and say hello. Get people to like you.
B. Get in the War Reports
Someone who never attacks or is never attacked is a dead giveaway. You can attack your friends with a few 500 scout and cav every once in a while. (Make sure they are ok with it) it really makes you seem like your fighting. Don't get attacked because it might giveaway your troops count and you want that secret. Try to send a lot of your troops away to a valley and then be attacked so you look like your weak and need help.
C. Give a Helping Hand
Ask if anyone one wants some food or iron. It's a good way to get cords too. Reinforce people only if it won't help much. Offer to help attack someone, however don't attack for real, send a little attack that will show in the WR but won't show what you sent.
D. Fake incoming Attacks
Tell the alliance you're trying to crush that someone is sending a huge attack at you. It makes it seem like you are in the line of fire too. Maybe you can even get them to send you some troops.
E. Fake Being Scouted
Similar to step D. Tell them that some player in the other alliance scouted you. You may even get some lumber and iron to rebuild. Be careful because if they see your honor didn't change they will know your lying.
A. Get Login Times
Main reason spying started. If you watch the login times in the alliance "members" section you can see what times people are usually online. Very effective to launch attacks on high prestige players since alliance members can't reinforce.
B. Get them to Reinforce You
Get a person to send you resources or troops, anything that makes them weaker. If you are close to a player of the alliance you work for, tell the alliance you are trying to kill that he is farming your NPCS and therefore need food a lot. Get a good stockpile going because you are gonna need it for the final step.
C. Get their troops before they go to bed or work
Basically, combine steps A and B. Get their troop count low before they go offline so an attack is devastating. Many players will give you some archers and layers if you say you need it. You could be surprised how many layers someone is willing to give not even thinking about getting attacked with cavs.
D. Leave some of your army in your "friend's" embassy.
If they believe that you can't farm your NPCs you can ask a "friend" to keep some troops in their embassy. It lowers their food count and also gives them a false state of security. You can recall them at any time and leave him with a lack of that troop's type. Also helps you get a huge stockpile.
E. Send your real friends your WR.
Even if your alliance attacks someone with 1 scout you get a full report in WR. This is obvious however. Try sending some 500 scout and cav spam. It's like scouting but you get to save the scouts for scoutbombs. Be careful because you people can only get blind attacked for so long without finding out why.
F. Place the blame on someone else.
Should be in part 1 too. Chances are someone in the alliance fits the stereotypical description of a spy. If you lead a chase on him they might kick him out and think they are in the clear. ONLY DO THIS IF THEY ARE TALKING ABOUT SPYS. No need to start a chase if they aren't thinking about it.
G. Try to get a rank in the Alliance
If you are helpful and nice and funny you might make it to officer which gives you a ton of opportunities. It works best if you get current officers to quit the alliance or the whole game so a spot opens up.
H. See who shares login info.
We all know people do it. If player A and player B share info and one of the two is always online, an attack on them is not recommended until most of the alliance is gone.
I. Lead the Final Attack
When people really doubt you or when you are ready to go back to your real alliance you need a big finish. You should not have many major attacks over this time and you might have gotten a lot of resources. Use all of this to make troops for a final attack. Wait till the host is offline, have someone attack with one scout and send them the WR. If you got a high rank in the alliance, expel everyone you can before you get expelled. When the alliance has lost almost all members and the host is zeroed you are pretty much victorious. Now you can use those troops you made to attack the remaining members or to defend against them or if you were kicked out before the host was zeroed attack him too.
Spying is difficult but useful. It requires a certain amount of people skills and a certain charm to get it just right. I have used these tactics on many different servers with many different people and have only been caught once. I have been an officer in an alliance a couple of times and even a presbyter once. It takes practice but it gets very fun after a while. It is really like playing a whole different game. Try to remember that your lie is only good if you can keep it. Once they find out your lying you gotta think fast if you don?t wanna be on their target list.
Any questions or comments are welcomed and wanted.