Evony is a massively successful online game that is free to play and plays in a browser window. Originally known as Civony, it plays in a similar fashion to Sid Meiers Civilization and fans of that game will most likely like this one too. Evony is a persistent world real time strategy (RTS) game set in a fantasy medieval setting. The game is very easy to play and understand, but if you are completely new to the genre of online strategy games then a few pointers will help you out and that is the aim of this article.
The first thing to understand is that this is a battle game. While it is perfectly possible to form or join an alliance – and indeed I would recommend that you do – the main object is to engage in battle against other human players and overcome them. Players new to the game are sometimes heard chatting in the general chat of the game bemoaning the fact that someone has attacked them. This is the point of the game!
To stop more advanced players merely destroying those new to the game Evony has a mechanism called beginners protection. This means that a new player cannot be attacked for the first seven full days of play. This is real world time. Using this time wisely is a must. When beginner’s protection is removed automatically you want to be as strong as you can be. It is possible to remove it before seven days are up by attacking another player, or building a level five town hall, but I would not recommend doing that.
In your first week of play you need to build up both your army and your resource gathering capabilities along with high level walls and a reasonable level of overall development. Place your early emphasis on building resource gathering tiles. The four types of resources are gold (raised from taxing the population), wood (collected by building lumber mills), stone (gathered from quarries) and iron (smelted in iron mines). While gathering all four types of resources are important, wood is a strong limiting factor early in the game. I recommend building two sawmills for every five resource gathering tiles you make, at least during the early part of the game.
A huge help with understanding how the game works can be gleaned from playing through the routine Evony quests. Not only will they help you understand the game better, but completing them often grants you more of the resources you used to complete them than were required to do so – thus giving you free resources. If you are the kind of person that learns best by doing, then completing the routine quests is possibly the best Evony guide you can get.