How do I play this game?
Read the Quick-Start Guide
to get past the growing pains and into the fun more quickly!
How do I get more prestige?
Upgrade your buildings, creating an army.
(Seriously, click Overview, Comforting and choose Praying!)
Send 300 warriors on a suicide mission against the highest level barbarian city near you (about 700 prestige).
The more warriors you send, the higher the prestige!
Where do I get the Lords Package?
Click the small gift icon in the top-left corner to claim the Newbies Package and the Package for Lords
Then, click My Items, open the Chest Tab, and open the packages!
What is a Barbarian City or NPC Town?
Barbarian cities, also known as NPC towns, fly a black flag in the Map
You can attack these and get great resources and prestige, but they are well-defended and regenerate very quickly!
How many troops do I need to defeat a Barbarian City?
To learn about Barbarian cities, see Barbarian Cities.
How do I get lumber?
Build more sawmills
Buy from Marketplace
Raid Barbarian cities
Ask alliance members for a gift
Win from the Wheel of the Fortune
How do I get another city?
Defeat a valley (the valley level doesn't matter)
Collect at least 10,000 gold, food, lumber, stone and iron
Get 250 workers
Click on Map, click on the valley you own, click Build City
What does it mean Conquer a Flat?
Click Map, click a flat, click Attack
Is it better to build a city on a L10 Flat vs. a L1 Flat?
No. The city would be exactly the same, but if you abandon it, the level of the resulting Barbarian City will be the level of the Flat
How do I abandon a city?
Click Overview, Cities tab, and Abandon
Do two academies in two cities speed up the research process?
No. Each academy researches one technology at normal speed, but a second academy can research a different technology at the same time!
When you redistribute points on a hero, does it redistribute only the attributes gained since you recruited that hero?
No. It does a complete reset on the hero as if he were Level 1 again (but with the same experience points)
What makes your city look bigger from the Map View?
On the outside, your Town Hall level affects the appearance, or how big, your city looks. Level 1 Gives you a small village. Level 4 Gives your city some walls. Level 7 Gives your walls towers, a gate, and increases the size of your walls. Level 10 Makes your city extremely larger, much like a castle. Remember, this is only about appearances from the Map View.
How do I increase the number of citizens in my city?
The number of citizens depends on your stable Loyalty rating and the maximum capacity of citizens in your city. The number of citizens in your city is calculated as max-capacity * loyalty%. Your stable loyalty depends on your tax rate as 100 - tax rate.
See also: Taxes and Loyalty
Is there a suggested (logical) layout plan for the city?
Each building functions the same regardless of where it is built. The only advantages to an organized layout is finding buildings when you need them.
How many cottages, barracks and so on should I built?
This depends on your goals: if you want to attack others, build more barracks. If you want to defend, build more cottages to support a large standing army. Also, your second city will have a completely different layout.
To gain the benefits of a valley, you must conquer it with troops. Try sending 50 warriors against a level 1 valley. You should win and start receiving the benefits of the valley! To see the benefits, click Overview (beneath your portrait on the right side of the screen), then the Valleys tab.