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    Purpose

    This guide is for new players who are just coming out of the seven day protection period and are facing for the first time attacks from players looking for easily won resources.

    Background

    It is assumed that you have spent the last seven days preparing for this. You have built a strong economy and have a healthy hourly flow of resources and gold. You have built as many traps, abatis, and archer towers as possible. You have a truce agreement or two and a handful of other buffs available. You have at least a level 5 beacon tower coupled with a mid level in informatics. You have constructed two or three warehouses per city.

    The Strategy

    You will be facing overwhelming numbers from your opponents. The key to survival will not be attempting to outgun the enemy. You must protect your assets- both military and resource.

    1. Close your city gates. Although you will be vulnerable to enemy scouts, the fact is: you don't have not much of value, anyway. Closing your gates will allow you to conserve your army for offensive operations: the conquest of valleys, raiding barbarian villages, and counter-attacks.

    2. Your wall defenses will be decimated by a superior attacker or group attacks. While this is discouraging, you must continue to rebuild your wall defenses. Strike a balance between improving your economy, building military units, and rebuilding wall defenses. The strategy here is to make attacks on your city an expensive and bothersome proposition for aggressors. Their military assets will be better used elsewhere on easier targets.

    3. Attacks effect loyalty and public grievance. This is where a healthy economy will come in handy. Use comforting to keep your loyalty up and public grievance down. Disaster relief is an inexpensive way to do this. Reduce your taxes as needed post attack to increase loyalty if you are unable to use comforting.

    4. Spend resources on intelligence, namely beacon towers and informatics technology. You will gain acceptable intelligence reports around level 7. If you know the size of the force being sent against you, you will know whether or not to counter attack by opening your gates.

    5. Hide your gold. Use the marketplace: place a low bid on an expensive commodity, ie. 0.1 for lumber. Hit the max button, then post. Your gold will be held in the marketplace until you cancel the bid. This is known as banking your gold and is the safest way to hold on to your gold while under attack. This works best on a level 2+ marketplace as you will still be able to conduct trade even while banking your gold.

    July 1, 2009 Edit: You cannot use the marketplace to hide your gold. Alternatively, load transports or workers with resources that you want to keep, then send them to another city or valley. After the attack has passed, recall your transports or workers.

    6. Build and upgrade warehouses. Most attackers cannot loot goods under the protection of a warehouse. This is the easiest and most cost effective way to protect your resources. When you are able, research Stockpile technology. This will expand your warehouse capacity. Give emphasis to lumber and iron- the two most valuable and sought after strategic resources.

    Counter Attacks and Loss Prevention Strategy

    It is a common attack strategy to send a force to wipe out wall defenses, then send a couple of lightly armed forces later to pillage. Close your city gates for the first wave. If your tower indicates a smaller force approaching after the main force, determine whether you can defeat the oncoming wave. Do this by using the exercise function on your rally point. Open your gates and destroy the pillaging force(s). Your tower may be giving you estimates for the oncoming forces. The following chart will be helpful in decoding this:

    Few 1-25
    Pack 25-50
    Lots 50-100
    Horde 100-250
    Throng 250-500
    Swarm 500-1k
    Zounds 1k-2.5k
    Legion 2.5k-5k
    Bulk 5k-10k
    Giga 10k+

    Scout your enemy's valleys and check for occupying forces. If you can spare the manpower, attack undefended valleys. Withdraw your forces after your counter attack. This will hamper production of the very resources being used to attack you. It will force your opponents to dispatch forces to retake the valley. These forces will be unavailable to attack you.

    Lastly, use your Truce Agreement item. This item will not be effective on forces that are already inbound. You will receive a 12 hour reprieve from attacks, but you will be unable to scout or attack others. I suggest applying the truce agreement immediately after protection expires. An extra 12 hours of immunity will allow you further develop your economy and military assets.

    Diplomacy and Alliances

    A very good way to discourage attacks is to join an alliance. Look for one well established in your area and contact the officers via mail. There may be conditions for entry: prestige, gold, resources. An strong alliance is a good deterrent and your alliance may garrison troops in your cities to aid your in your defense. Your alliance may also provide resources for you to improve your defenses.

    Contact those who are attacking you with mail. They may be under the impression that you have abandoned your city. Tell them that you are an active player, and a new player. You may be offered a spot in an alliance. You may buy yourself some time. If they are aggressive, stall them. Ask for some time to consider your options. Do not pay tribute. Any resources you give to other players may be used against you!

    Conclusion

    It is possible to become strong even under constant attack from others. Be patient. Do not be discouraged. You will prevail and soon you will be able to repay those who ruthlessly attacked you in kind.

    Use sound strategy, be consistent, involve others, counter attack.
    Last edited by cha1n89; 02-15-2010 at 12:13 AM.

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    "defense"

    Nice made =)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Latis View Post
    "defense"

    Nice made =)
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    Another strat I found effective early on was to move as much of my gold and resources from the town being attacked to a town that's not being attacked, if you happen to have two towns. I did this after a scout had visited and before the attack. You still take the defensive losses, but the attacker may figure it's not worth the time to attack you again if you're moving your resources.

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    moving all your troops from one city is a good idea it worked for me but most people dont understand the the use of scouts in defence a while back i was attacked at that time i thought 1000 scouts was enough. iwas scouted with2k he killed my scouts and got my intel then he came at me in wave
    s i outlasted him put he banged me up pretty good later someone else scouted me this time i had 5000 scouts she lost all hers and did notget my intel and she never followed up on any attack enough scouts to keep you from being scouted can save you from follow up attacks

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    k i might add thoughs.. =)
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    if anyone needs help then send me a message me =)
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    nice guide

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    ty =).........
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    Number 5 i think wont work anymore.

    Yes, you can hide the gold from a scout but it will be plundered anyway.

    good work on this guide!

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