Can you turn a small fortress into the undisputed power capital of the kingdom? This is your challenge as the lord of a castle in Goodgame Empire, a free no download MMORPG and strategy building title from Goodgame Studios. Your main goal is build an ever-expanding stable of farms, keeps and other castle holdings using resources such as wood, stone and food. These resources accumulate over time so, like most browser games, there will be a need for you to check back on almost daily basis to make steady progress. A typical session will have you logging in, collecting taxes, checking on what has happened while you were offline, and then spending resources to build additional buildings. More building types can be unlocked after completing quests, so be sure to finish those as soon as they pop up on your to-do list.
Goodgame Empire employs a cartoony, 2D visual style, giving it a distinct feudal period feel. The game also uses a data-intensive UI, which helps you keep track of accumulating resources and the progress of building projects. Most actions like queuing a new construction can be performed with a few of mouse clicks. The simplified decision-making helps lower the learning curve of Goodgame Empire. One of the biggest appeals to the game is watching your small castle expand its borders, adding a barracks one day then a windmill the next, until it becomes a massively impressive keep.
Aside from the single player campaign that focuses on resource management and empire building, players can participate in multiplayer PvP. You can forge powerful alliances with other players, combining your standing knight armies to defeat that cocky lord that has been belittling your growing fiefdom. There is a built-in chat system to facilitate your multiplayer scheming, so get friendly and buddy up with dependable allies in Goodgame Empire. Victory in PvP offers not only bragging rights but also additional points for your game-wide honor ranking. And even if you don’t plan have plans to lay siege to your rivals, having an ally in Goodgame Empire will serve you well, if only to share tips and tricks and trade certain resources should you run out of some. If you’re the type who craves punishingly hard and complicated games, then this might not be your cup of tea. But if you’re looking for a light and easygoing strategy game, then Goodgame Empire serves up the breezy fun in spades.
Goodgame Empire Guide: 8 Tips for Beginner Lords2012-08-22 15:16:35 - By Michael Jamias
Goodgame Empire is a strategy browser mmo that puts you in the well-shined shoes of a castle lord. Expanding your influence from a simple keep to a multi-castle empire is the number one priority, and to do so you will need to accumulate resources, train a formidable army, and develop a productive economy that will bankroll your ever-burgeoning territories.
If you’re a beginner, try to heed these eight tips to hit the ground the running and quickly amass a vast and powerful empire
Complete new assignments obsessively
In Goodgame Empire, beginner assignments often pay for themselves, meaning the resources you spend to complete a quest such as extending the castle wall or erecting a brand-new building will reap you a net gain of resources.
Beginners would do well to simply complete one quest after another. There is the temptation to go off script and build what you want, but there’s plenty of time to do that in the future. For now, the best strategy is to build up resources, and nothing will do this as fast as chaining assignments.
Assignments also earn you XP, which you will need to level up and unlock more building options for your castle, so in a sense you will have no choice but to finish the beginner assignments regardless if you like them or not. Why not get them over and done with now so you can get into the meatier core of this surprisingly deep no download mmorpg?
Upgrade production buildings the soonest you can
Production buildings like the Stone Quarry, Woodcutter and Farmhouse are essential to the growth of your empire’s wealth and population. Left-click each production building to see when the next upgrade is coming because doing so will earn you significantly more resources per hour. Make a simple list on when production buildings will unlock their next upgrades, so that you do not have to check every time you hit a new level. To check the next level of a production building, left-click the building and hover the mouse over the topmost icon. It will most likely be shaded out and provide information on the level when the next upgrade will be unlocked, as well as the resources you will need to use up. Budget accordingly so you have resources in stock when the upgrades become available.
Time your tax collections precisely
Coins are also a valuable production currency, usually need to purchase troops. To maximize your Coin income, you will need to master the art of timely tax collection. Collecting taxes on schedule is an imperative; being late will earn you far lower taxes or force you to bribe the tax collector to gain the full amount.
Always be aware of the little timer icon on the lower right of your game screen, which tells you when taxes are due for collecting. When the timer hits the one-minute mark, it's better to drop everything you are doing and anticipate the collection rather than do another task in the meantime then forget that you had to wait for the taxes. Goodgame Empire is engrossing enough to make you lose track of time and earn sub-optimal tax Coins.
Add storage regularly, not when you’re forced to
Stopping production simply because you do not have enough storage for your incoming resources is a big waste. This is why you need to keep a close eye on your production storage capacity. A minimum 20% capacity buffer could be a great starting threshold for an MMO beginner, which means once resources have reached 80% of the maximum, you should build to expand capacity. You can check the capacity for each resource by sliding your mouse over the top menu bar. For a more comprehensive summary of your economy, click the "Economy" icon on the bottom menu and click "Overview".
Zoom with the middle mouse button
Scroll down the middle mouse button to zoom in or scroll up the same button to zoom out. It’s better to get used to this functionality early on since it will be an important convenience control for managing your ever-growing castle grounds. Later in the game, you will find yourself moving to and from the other ends of your castle that is now big enough to fill multiple screens. The zoom out functionality cuts down on the laborious swiping, while the zoom in lets you easily see the square grids for planning your castle layout.
Relocate and rotate buildings for an efficient castle layout
Speaking of the castle layout, you need to know that there is a “Relocate” button. Left-click on a building you would like to move, say a Dwelling, and left-click the Relocate "x" icon – this will be vital when organizing your castle buildings to fit the limited space.
Clicking the “Relocate” button will unhinge the building and let you move it elsewhere with no cost. Remember though to plan your castle space ahead of time (or to expand the borders if you no longer have enough space) because it will be harder or even impossible for you to relocate pieces if there is no empty space. You can also rotate buildings, especially those are too long or too wide, and need to be positioned at a certain orientation to fit properly.
Store up Rubies for now, but use them up wisely
Some Goodgame Empire players conserve their Rubies like it is some treasure that should be kept in a locked vault. But it is a useful, production-boosting resource that if spent properly can really speed up your progress.
For now, beginners will find little benefit in using their rubies to complete or hasten the production of units and buildings. It normally takes a few seconds anyway to get the task done, so what’s the point of speeding them up? So save them up in the meantime because in a short while, when your production times lengthen to minutes and maybe even hours, using up the Rubies to shave off 50% off your production time will be a big time saver. In general, use up Rubies when you are planning to erect expensive buildings and mass-produce troops for your castle.
Of course, if you have cash to burn, you can totally ignore this advice and replenish your Rubies supply through a cash shop purchase. But if you’re ready to spend like a king on Goodgame Empire you might want to consider an alternative way to spend your real world cash…
Consider upgrading to a premium account
Premium accounts are a good bang for your buck if you’re in any way planning to play Goodgame Empire in the long run. Premium account owners of the strategy MMORPG enjoy a lot of free services such as free recruitment and production slots and tax collection cancellation, as well as no-cost changes to castle names and coat of arms.
If you add up the Rubies you spend on those services over the course of three months, then suddenly the basic $19.99 for three months of Premium subscription will seem like a steal. The cheapest subscription is the 12-month Premium subscription, at $54.99 for a year, which translates to roughly $4.6 per month compared to $6.3 per month in the 3-month and 6-month packages. Choose this if you are hooked to Goodgame Empire and are ready to become one of its more hardcore players.
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