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Falcon's Eye Strategy Guide By: Justin Verduyn @ Xenophobia (701)239-9737 ÕÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍ¸ ³ Just what exactly is Falcon's Eye? ³ ÔÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍ¾ Set in a medieval world, Falcon's Eye gives you extensive control over a feudal state. You must learn to balance the various needs of your empire, while competing with other states to acheive greatness. The game is designed around one basic premise. It is that an online game must emphasize interaction between the players. The opportunity that online games offer of competing with other, human opponents must be utilized. Because of that, Falcon's Eye offers interaction in every possible way, including warfare, trade, magic, and diplomacy, and communication. This tends to bring out the most competitive spirit and a strong dedication from the you, immensely adding to its entertainment value. Falcon's Eye takes this interaction to an even higher level. Through InterBBS warfare, Falcon's Eye allows you to interact with people throughout the world. ÕÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍ¸ ³ Choosing a Race ³ ÔÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍ¾ A very important decision indeed. This will greaty affect the rest of your game. If you would like to experiment for awhile, then download a copy of Falcon's Eye and set it up on your computer, and play every race. Then see which race does the best for your particular strategy. Here is a description of each race, and then a comment on each: Humans Humans - Humans are often described as the jacks-of-all-trades. While they are not particularly inefficient in any area, they are not noticably skilled either. Humans are used as the standard by which all other races are measured. Diplomatically skilled, people of other counties tend to approve of the human race. The Paladin provides pride and honor to the human race, symbolizing the good in the world, through virtues such as honesty and honor. The Cleric gives the human army the benefit of healing wounds in war. Clerics, while not particularly effective fighters, are able to revive many other fighters which normally would have been lost in combat. Adjustments: Popular amongst all other empires Adjustments prior to .910: None My personal opinion of the humans is that they aren't too good. Unless you like the Falcon's Eye (see The Falcon's Eye) I wouldn't use them. They would be a good race if you were playing in InterBBS mode and were the nation's coordinator, since having most people naturally like you is good. Barbarians Barbarians - Exceptionally strong and stupid, barbarians are a race of raw power. Their size and strength gives them additionally combat power, but their lack of wisdom causes their productivity to drop in all areas. The barbarian social upbringing also does not stress magic as highly as other races. The Monster provides a strong offensive unit with the ability to break down opposing defenses. The Mammoth serves as a complement with strong defensive capabilities and the ability to force attackers into confusion. Adjustments: 115% Combat effectiveness Armoureres work at 80% efficiency Druids work at 70% efficiency Builders work at 75% efficiency Scientists work at 75% efficiency Wages 80% of normal -1 Total Spell Books Adjustments prior to .910: 150% Combat effectiveness I like the Barbarians since their Combat effectiveness is high. Merchants are the definate choice for money makers on this one, since the Armourers are already at a disadvantage. Recommended action for magic would be making friends with someone who is either an Elf or a Solarian. This race should definately be used as one of the primary attack counties in InterBBS mode. Halflings Halfings - The Halfling is a small, but noble race. Their small size gives them the ability to create smaller structures and be more efficient in construction. However, naturally, it also reduces their combat abilities. In the Halfling education system, Magic is considered a powerful tool, and stressed highly. The Dragon provides the Halflings with a strong offensive and defense military force. It also has a special attack capable of breaking down enemy defenses. The Magician provides a worthy offensive unit whose magic can also confuse the opposing attackers. Adjustments: 85% Combat effectiveness Builders work at 140% efficiency Druids work at 125% efficiency Adjustments prior to .910: 75% Combat effectiveness These guys don't really have anything wrong with them, except they aren't the best in combat. However, the Druids work at a slightly higher rate than normal, so that is good. This is the race that I chose when I was first introduced to the game. Finding that I was falling behind others, I have not chosen this race again. The 140% efficiency of Builders doesn't mean a lot, since not many Builders are required in the first place except in the beginning. Dwarves Dwarves - Mountain dwellers at heart, dwarves are extremely talented constructors. Their size provides a natural disadvantage in combat, though, and their education system leaves more to be desired. The practices of alchemy and magic are lacking, while construction is stressed as the heritage of the Dwarf race. The powerful Golem, a creature of solid rock, provides the dwarves with a solid defensive and offensive unit. The rock attack is able to effectively penetrate through defenses. The Centaur also provides a solid defensive unit for a low price. Adjustments: 90% Combat effectiveness Builders work at 250% efficiency Druids work at 80% efficiency Alchemists work at 75% efficiency Blacksmiths work at 110% efficiency Adjustments prior to .910: 85% Combat effectiveness I think that I might have chosen this race once, when I was experimenting. Nothing is really fantastic about this race, except for their extremely high efficiency in their Builders. This race may be a significant help in InterBBS mode since many an opportunity is lost by not having the right building at the right time. A lot of money could be made by this race if you played the market right, and always had a large quantity of blocks for sale at a low rate. Elves Elves - A powerful race, elves are known for their impressive abilities in many aspects. Strong magic traditions, efficient Silver production techniques, and natural combat ability make the elves a dangerous race to compete against. However, elves have a natural tendency to overwork themselves, insuring every detail to be perfect. Because of this, everything they do is noticably more expensive as well. The Wizard, while not extremely powerful, has the magic ability to negate special powers of opposing units. The Griffin provides the elves with an additional offensive unit. Adjustments: 110% Combat effectiveness Builders work at 50% efficiency Armourers work at 50% efficiency Druids work at 150% efficiency Alchemists work at 120% efficiency Wages 175% of normal +1 Spell book Adjustments prior to .910: 125% Combat effectiveness One of my favorites, the Elves have the ability to possess the knowledge of every Spell book. This can be done by building the Cathedral, and then destroying it and building the Temple and subsequent buildings. This race has both good Combat and Druids effectiveness. However, they require more money than normal, simply because they are performing better. This race also has a large advantage in local mode, but in InterBBS mode the advantage is not as great for Mehul Patel (author of FE) has restricted the number of InterBBS Spells that can be cast. Trolls Trolls - A race of travellers, Trolls have become excellent at warfare, but have never successfully mastered the art of advanced civilization. Silver production, and Magic ability are both lacking, but strength and size make them talented Builders. The Hammerhead gives the Trolls a strong defensive force to protect their cities. The War Troll, while not quite as strong, has the unique capability of combatting Knights extremely effectively. Adjustments: 110% Combat effectiveness Druids work at 80% efficiency Alchemists work at 70% efficiency Builders work at 130% efficiency Adjustments prior to .910: 125% Combat effectiveness The Trolls are a slightly higher than mediocare race. I wouldn't necessarily pick them, except for their Builder's and Combat effectiveness is somewhat high. They have no real outstanding attibutes that I would consider important in the overall scheme when compared to other races. Orcs Orcs - The most evil of all races, Orcs have no honor whatsoever. This however, gives the Orc race extra military might, by improving their internal morale as well as through using unorthodox fighting methods. The lack of honor, however, causes Silver production to drop as Orcs steal from their own for personal gains. In addition, people from other counties, including other Orc counties, tend to dislike and distrust the Orcs. The Minotaur provides an adequate offensive unit with the additional ability to penetrate enemy defenses more effectively. The Orc Lord, while not very powerful, is capable of cutting through Foot Soldier forces extremely effectively. Adjustments: 125% Combat effectiveness Alchemists work at 85% efficiency Unpopular amongst all other empires Cannot have Non-Intervention Pacts -1 Spell book Cannot research Life Spells Adjustments prior to .910: 160% Combat effectiveness Some people will swear by this race, myself, I don't. While their combat effectiveness is really good, their inability concerning their Spells probably offsets their Combat effectiveness. This decision is something that you will have to make. Solarians Solarians - The race of the unknown. No one really knows too much about the history of Solarian people; they are perhaps the most unique of all the races. Strong fighters, the Solarian military structure not only develops combat skills, but also provides a sense of honor which creates strong internal morale. Magic is regarded as one of the greatest powers a Solarian can achieve, and every Solarian Druid strives to be the greatest in the land. Their one flaw is money. While not as efficient in Silver production, the Solarian people demand extremely high wages, causing problems to every Solarian government. The Champion provides a worthy multipurpose fighting unit, while the Unicorn provides a magic attack capable of weakening opposing defenses and serves as a healer to revive otherwise lost units. Adjustments: 125% Combat effectiveness Builders work at 125% efficiency Alchemists work at 80% efficiency Druids work at 130% efficiency Wages at 300% of normal Adjustments prior to .910: 160% Combat effectiveness When the above says their wages cause problems to Solarian governments, it's not kidding. Immediately after registering FE I created a County of Solarians thinking that their wages wouldn't really matter much. I was wrong, it matters a lot more than one thinks. It is really crippling in the beginning, especially if your SysOp or League Coordinator has set the wages to high. Other than that, they are a really good race. Think of them like you would a jumbo jet, slow to start but when it gets moving, it gets moving. Overall, I chose the Barbarians or the Elves as my race depending on which strategy I would like to play for the game. Though strongly discouraged by SysOps, a duplicate account could be setup with the other race being played. The only way this might slide is if the FE game is in InterBBS mode and the SysOp is active. I don't encourage this, but it a possible solution to your problem of which race to pick. ÕÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍ¸ ³ The Main Menu ³ ÔÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍ¾ ÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄ[Main Menu]ÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄ (-) Take Turn (6) Foreign Affairs (I) International Room (1) Labor (7) Communications (T) Technology (2) Defense (8) War Room (*) Private Chambers (3) City Improvements (C) Council Room (0) Quit (4) Mystic Circle (5) Commerce ÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄ (-) Take Turn Take Turn - Falcon's Eye is a turn-based game. Each turn is the equivalent of one month, while the entire day is a year (there are not necessarily 12 months a year). Each month, you will produce goods and incur various new expenses. You are required to immediately pay 25% of your total expenses; if you cannot afford this, your County may go through some turbulence. You will then be offered the opportunity to pay the remaining costs for your County. Each month, unpaid expenses cost you in interest added to your total remaining expenses, so it is highly recommended you pay immediately. However, by not paying, you are essentially taking out a loan. NOTE: You may automatically pay all maintenance costs each month through a Toggle Option in the Private Chambers menu. That really takes care of everything that there is to say about taking a turn. Just make sure to know what turn you are on at all times, as this will affect some of your decisions. Some things should be done every turn, others only at the beginning or end of the year. They will be covered later in the guide. (.) Pay Maintenance Pay Maintenance - Should you not pay off all maintenance expenses during the take turn option, you may cover those expenses here. It is most useful if you do not have enough Silver or food at the beginning of the turn but are able to acquire them before the turn is over. This is really useful for if you do not pay your expenses eventually your people will move out causing an upset in your labor distribution, but also by taking land with them they will reduce the chance of you gaining the lost people back. Where they go or where they come from is unknown, but people are good and to lose them for simply not paying your mainetance is bad FE etiquette and a poor gaming habit. (1) Labor Labor - Labor serves as the production capability for your County. At this menu, you may assign your workers to different occupations (more information is available on each when selected) to produce food, Silver, Weapons, Stone Blocks, or Runes, or to conduct scientific research. When a worker is placed in an occupation, they start at a 5.0 skill level. (Except on your first turn in the game - all initial workers start at 7.0 skill) Each month, the skill level of all of your workers will rise, until they reach the maximum of 10.0. A 5.0 skill worker can only produce 1/2 of a 10.0 skill worker; when you fire a worker to place him/her in another occupation, that worker will start again at a 5.0 skill level, so it is in your best interests to keep people mostly in their own occupations. Your people also demand monthly wages, an expense you will have to deal with each turn. NOTE: You should never leave people unemployed - they still consume food, although they do not require wages. The distribution of your people is also very important. However, this is a topic within itself, and will be discussed later. Right now, just remember that you should never allow a month to go by without employing all of your people. Your people are the core of your County, if they are happy you're happy, if they aren't then you aren't. (2) Defense Defense - The defense menu is where you train your military units for battle. To train a unit, you must supply a certain number of Weapons, as listed in the menu. You may get information on the defense and offense capability of a unit by selecting the Unit Information option from the menu. If a unit has a special ability, you can get more information on his abilities in the Race Help for your race. NOTE: Military units require both food and Silver to maintain, so be careful when buying a military. All units require the same amount of food, but Silver is based on their strength. A controversial question on the defense is this: At the beginning of the game, you have x number of Weapons. Without the Barracks to halt their decay, you will lose approximately 3% of your current Weapon supply. It will take about 20 months for you to lose half of your Weapon supply, and another 16 to be down to a mere 1/4 of your original starting supply. On the other hand, there is the maintenance fee of whatever unit you would decide to train. So the question is this, is it better to train your units, or to let your Weapons dwindle... A chart will be provided later to show the maintenance costs of each unit. (3)City Improvements City Improvements - As your County grows, you will want to build new improvements to strengthen your empire. Several of the buildings have prerequisites so that you will only be able to build them after you have built others. Each improvement consumes some acreage of your lands; as soon as construction is started, these lands "disappear" from your scores, as they cannot be captured by opponents. The only way to destroy another player's improvement is through an Earthquake Spell. Also, you can only build one improvement at a time, so pick carefully. Additionally, at this menu you can buy new lands. Your land serves as a location for people to live, so obtaining land is in your best interests, as it directly expands your population. NOTE: Buying improvements shrinks your available land supply for people to live on, so when building improvements, you may lose people if you do not buy new lands as well. Another important menu to go to on your first turn, the City Improvements' menu allows you to purchase more land. More land means a lower population density; a lower population density means more people will immigrate; the immigrants mean more labor. And labor is always good, until your density is too high, then you have to buy more land since then your people will emigrate and that's not too good. Another thing that can be done here is telling your people to build improvements. Another section will deal with which improvement to build first, but be sure that you start something on your first turn. (4)Mystic Circle Mystic Circle - The Mystic Circle is where your Druids cast their Spells. Most races can learn up to 3 Spell books without any difficulties. You should choose these books wisely, as you can't change later on. Some races' special benefits or disadvantages and building certain improvements can change the exact number of books your race may learn. Each Spell cast requires a certan amount of Runes, whether successful or not. In addition, some Spells are much easier to cast than others. The number of Druids per acre of land in your County (as of the end of the last month) is the main factor in determining whether a Spell is successful or not; the larger the ratio, the more effective casting for your County. In Spells against opponents, their ratio also determines the amount of success your Druids will have. NOTE: Each time a Spell is cast, the cost to cast it again in the same year triples as accessing those same powers becomes more difficult, except for the Wizards' Eye whose cost is constant. Therefore, you should consider carefully whom you wish to cast Spells upon. Unfortunately, the Circle is basically useless until you are out of protection. Your Runes will decay with time, and I usually put all of my Runes on the market to be sold so that none deplete, and a financial gain is possible. Since your Druids cannot cast Spells until you are in your freedom, I would recommend not choosing any Spell books since you won't be able to use them. The Circle is where Spells are cast either on your own County, and the counties of others in your nation. It is very important that you keep a high ratio of Druids/acre as that will determine the success of Spells that you cast, plus the more Druids that you have the more Runes you will produce. Spells require a certain amount of Runes before they can be cast, so it is important to figure out before hand which Spells you want to cast, and which you would rather leave until later. (5)Commerce Commerce - The commerce menu is an area from which you can trade goods with other players. Through trade, you can make deals to get things you need or just send out assistance to other counties. You can also buy and sell on a common market, where your Merchants will try to find the best available price out there. If no other player has goods for sale, you always have the option of buying from a general market, but the price may be very high. NOTE: If you have a lot of excess of any good, you may wish to attempt to sell it on the market. However, once your goods have been placed for sale, you cannot recover them, so it might help to advertise that things are for sale in messages to other players. NOTE: When trading military forces, the quality of those forces drops to 50% of their initial value. Also, while food, Weapons, and Runes are in private trade deals, they tend to slowly decay with time. Should a trade deal not be answered within 72 hours of the time you sent it, it will be returned to you, unable to complete its mission. A good menu to use when you are more powerful than your ally for you will be able to send parts of your resources to aid his/her County. If you don't want to give your resources away, you can sell them to anyone in the general market. One feature about FE's market is that it will automatically sell your goods when someone wants to buy goods from the market. For instance, if County A were to put 100,000 Weapons for sale at 100 Silver/Weapon, County B could go to the Market, and purchase the 100,000 Weapons for 10,000,000 Silver. Then, if County B wanted more Weapons, it would be given the option of purchasing the total amount of Weapons at the next lowest price. So if County C has 50,000 Weapons for sale at 125 Silver/Weapon, County B could buy those 50,000 Weapons for 6,250,000 Silver. It is easy to tell if you are buying goods from another County, for FE puts an asterick "*" in front of the price. Since County A's Weapons were sold, the player for County A would receive this message: "100000 Weapons were sold for 10000000 Silver" While mastering the Commerce Market is not essential to a successful County, it will surely benefit it. (6)Foreign Affairs Foreign Affairs - Maintain relations with other counties is vital to building a strong empire. While your County can propose various pacts to others, your people also maintain their own feelings toward different players. By going to war with a friend of the people, you will anger them; however, over time, they will learn to dislike your enemies and like your friends. In the meantime, though, plan carefully as when your people are unhappy, your approval tends to drop. Another place that is good to visit in your first month, Foreign Affairs is where you can propose pacts to other counties. Different pacts do different things, and if you accidently propose the wrong pact don't worry about it since you can cancel your proposal to that County. Only one pact at a time per County is effective, so sending every pact to your ally will only result in one being accepted. If someone declines your proposal, then your approval will drop, the same is true on the flip side of the coin so be sure to propose pacts that the proposee will accept. If your people do not like your allies, then you can not send anything to them, in order to improve your standing with them propose cultural alliances. (7)Communications Communications - This menu allows you to talk with other players about anything you would like. We ask that, because this game has all sorts of players and messages can be sent to other BBSes, you keep foul language out of the game at all times. Beyond that, enjoy communicating! Not to be underestimated by the limit of choices, this aspect is important too. Good communication is important to success with any team. If you are not able to talk amongst yourselves, then you are already at a disadvantage. Remember, a cord of three strands is not easily broken... (8)War Room War Room - The war room is the center from which you conduct your attacks. You have several options of what to target, and you may attack any County whom you have declared war on. NOTE: In your attacks, you may set different attack strategies and attack objectives. It is recommended that you hit ? to learn more about the different options at their respective menus. NOTE: Each time an attack is made, the forces return with a lower quality rating than when sent. This means that it is better not to send too large excess of forces in attacks, as you only will hurt the quality of your military. This is a really good menu, but like the mystic circle is useless until you are out of protection. This is where you are able to use the military that you have been creating in order to benefit your empire. There are three different attack types, and those will be discussed later. About the only thing that I'll mention now is to make sure not to send too much. For instance, if you are attacking a County with only 1 Peasant, then sending 1000 Peasants would be a big mistake. Be sure to send the appropriate amount. (C)Council Room Council Room - The Council Room is a central area from which you can monitor all aspects of your County. You can get information on your agricultural and budget situations to see where how your expenses are distributed. Also, you can learn how productive your people are and get a general status of your County. It is recommended you visit here often to make sure everything in your empire is functioning properly. This room will tell you many interesting things that are important to both you and to your County, such as informing you of problems that might arise before they actually do. Be sure to visit here frequently so that your County will remain healthy. (I)International Room International Room - This is the menu from which you can interact with all the other BBSes (nations) in the game. The Magic and Trade menus will function just as from the main menu. The War and Message menus have additional options which are self explanatory. NOTE: At the magic menu, you will not be able to cast Spells affecting only yourself from this menu, so the number of Spells available here will be lower than those at the regular Mystic Circle menu. This Room is a reflection of the Main Menu, and is available only in InterBBS Mode. Some things are different with these selections than with the others, the main difference being the time it takes before you know what effects occured due to your actions. (P)Presidential Court Presidential Court - Having been elected President for your nation, you have additional abilities and responsibilities on your BBS. You are in charge of setting relations standards with other nations. In addition, you set the defensive strategy for your nation against group attacks from opposing nations to your entire country. This is available to only one County per nation. I would recommend browsing through here if you happen to be the president. Being the president should be given to the most level-headed person, and also the best FE player in your nation. If you know of a player who is good but isn't the president then write messages to the other players asking them to vote for him/her. To vote for your president go to your private chambers and hit (-) then proceed with the instructions. (T)Technology Technology - The technology menu allows you to change the concentrations of your Scientists. Initially, they work solely on decreasing maintenance costs for the County. Here, you are allowed to change their work to specialize in any of the many areas available. Here you can set what area your Scientists will concentrate on. By either lowering or raising the level of the chosen area, your Scientists will either lower costs, or raise the effectiveness of the area whichever is appropriate. So if you had a lot of Scientists concentrating in maintenance, eventually your maintenance costs would go down. The areas raise and lower on a curve that can never reach 0. (*)Private Chambers Private Chambers - This is the miscellaneous menu, where you can set different preferences for the game and view news and scores. In InterBBS games, you also can vote for your nation's President here. Your Chambers is a good place to go when you are planning attacks against a local County, or to read the news file to see whom to attack or send aid to. The Chambers should be visited on your first turn, not only to turn Auto-Pay Maintenance to a Yes, but to check the options and remember them for future use. (0)Quit Quit - Quits the game until you want to play later. ÕÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍ¸ ³ The Labor Menu ³ ÔÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍ¾ ÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄ Key Type Employed Skill Key Type Employed Skill (A) Farmers 0 7.0 (H) Blacksmiths 0 7.0 (B) Armourers 0 7.0 ( ) Unemployed 0 (C) Builders 0 7.0 (.) Fire Workers (D) Alchemists 0 7.0 (/) Labor Advice (E) Scientists 0 7.0 (-) Worker List (F) Druids 0 7.0 (?) Help (G) Merchants 0 7.0 (0) Quit ÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄ (A)Farmers Farmers - Farmers are the agricultural source of your County. While it is possible to rely on the market for food, it is generally cheaper to maintain your own production. One farmer working at 100% productivity can produce 1 Bushel of food per month. Farmers are the people that grow the food for your County. A vital part to any County, and a definate priority when hiring people. When one first starts a County I would recommend hiring first 25 people, and then going to your Council Room and checking with your Secretary of Agriculture to make sure that you are going to produce enough food. If you are a little below par don't worry about it since your Farmers will become more skillful as time passes, allowing them to produce more food per farmer. However, be sure that you have at least one farmer per unit required; this will assure that you will be able to provide for your population. (B)Armourers Armourers - Armourers produce Weapons with which you can arm military units. The "Weapon" is the basic unit with which military is bought (ie, a Foot Soldier might cost 3 Weapons). Armourers work without additional lands or supplies, making them a good choice for empires with limited lands. One Armourer at 100% productivity will produce one unit of Weapons per month. Personally, I like the Blacksmiths better, as they have more building improvements than the Armourers. At the beginning of the game though, the Armourers are better naturally, unless the race you chose reduces their effectiveness. However, when you begin to have a good number of Armourers (about 1000) I would fire them and switch to Blacksmiths. Both the Armourers and Blacksmiths are a necessity to any nation, even if you are planning to go the Magical route. I like to have about 1/5 - 2/5 of my people at either Armourers or Blacksmiths. This should ensure a good number of Weapons per month will be produced, while still leaving room for your people to fill other important roles too. (C)Builders Builders - Builders are needed to create structures in your County. Builders gathers and prepare Stone Blocks for use in construction work. All buildings and houses are built using Stone Blocks only. Each Builder will, at 100% productivity, ready 1 Stone Block per month. In the beginning, I would recommend hiring the remainder of your people as Builders. After covering your food and Silver maintenance, you should have people left over. These should be Builders because you need Stone Blocks in order to build City Improvements. If you don't have enough Stone Blocks, then obviously you can't build the building. You can not pay for your building on a lease or a loan, FE will only accept an upfront payment. In the beginning Weapons aren't important because you're in protection and can't be attacked or attack. What is more important is to get your County self-sufficient. When you are able to do that and start to have excesses being produced, then you are ready to hire other people but not till then. A good supply of Stone Blocks is nice to have because they sell for a fairly high price on the market. (D)Alchemists Alchemists - Alchemists are experts in changing metals into Silver. Silver is required to maintain your County, and can serve in miscellaneous functions such as buying food. Each Alchemist can produce 100 Silver per month, working at 100% productivity. I don't really use the Alchemists because there isn't enough buildings that will improve their productivity. If your race utilitizes the Alchemists more than usual, perhaps they will be better suited for you than Merchants. Once again however, I don't use them. (E)Scientists Scientists - Scientists work on developing better methods of doing things. In the long run, strong scientific research can lead to lower expenses and greater productivity. Each month, Scientists develop bits and pieces of research that affect various technologies. Because these new methods must be implemented throughout the County, the power of science is also based upon the size of the empire. A larger empire must maintain more Scientists to maintain equal monthly scientific research. I feel that my people can be used elsewhere better than discovering and improving the various technologies. I like to hire more Blacksmiths and have them them produce more Weapons per turn than having a higher military level. That is only my personal preference though, I haven't done complete testing to see which is more effective unfortunately. (F)Druids Druids - Druids are the masters of magic. Spells require an assortment of Runes to be cast. Druids work each month to produce those Runes, which can then be stored for later use. One druid is capable of producing 1 rune per month at 100% productivity. Your Druids are good people to have around, but not at the beginning. Since you can't use the Runes the Druids produce, and can't be attacked by any Spells until you are out of protection they really aren't that good. The more Druids that you have, the better your chances of successfully casting Spells and of repelling Spells cast against you. (G)Merchants Merchants - Merchants travel throughout different counties trading goods and making profits. The more Merchants there are throughout the nation, the less profits each will be able to earn. However, the more in your County, the more effective each will be as they can effectively cooperate to gain the greatest profits. A single merchant is able to bring in 115 Silver per month at 100% productivity. The choice income for me, I like the Merchants a lot. They have many buildings to improve their productivity, and they earn more than Alchemists. If you are going the Merchant route, then that will change your building plans, but that will be covered later. Merchants are good overall, and I use them a lot in my games, I would recommend at least looking into using them for awhile even if you prefer Alchemists. (H)Blacksmiths Blacksmiths - Blacksmiths work to improve the quality of Weaponry. In large numbers Blacksmiths tend to be most effective as they work together in designing new products. In small numbers Blacksmiths aren't quite as capable as the average Armourer. At 100% productivity, a lone Blacksmith can produce 0.9 Weapon per month. My choice for Weapon production, the Blacksmiths are good producers of Weapons when they have all of their improvements. Until then, I would choose the Armourers until you've built some improvements to enhance the Blacksmiths' productivity. ( ) Unemployed The number of people that you haven't hired yet. It is important that you hire everyone before proceeding to your next turn. If you leave your people unemployed they will still require food but won't give you anything in return. FE will warn you if you are about to take a turn and have unemployed people. (.) Fire Workers If you would like to fire people from one occupation and hire them in another occupation this is how you do it. This isn't where you hire workers to fight fires (Seriously I've been asked that), this is to allow you to more people around. For instance, if you have a lot of Weapons being produced per month, but don't have enough Silver being produced to pay maintenance costs, then you could fire your Blacksmiths/Armourers and hire Merchants/Alchemists. The only downfall of this is the new people are unskilled at their jobs and therefore have a lower productivity level, if you return them to their old jobs they've forgotten how to do them and require to be retrained in them too. As you can see, moving your people around every turn does not enhance your overall productivity and should only be used if you need the extra resources. (/) Labor Advice This will have your Secretary of Labor give you a report on the productivity levels of each labor type, how much each individual is producing, and the net production for that labor type. Very useful when trying to make ends meet or when comparing different types of labor. (-) Worker List If you need online instant help, then this function will give it to you. However, it will be in a list not the help database so it may take a little longer to find the information that you're looking for. ÕÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍ¸ ³ The Defense Menu ³ ÔÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍ¾ ÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄ[Military Training]ÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄ Key Name Cost (Training) Owned (A) Peasants 2 0 (B) Swordsmen 6 0 (C) Bowmen 6 0 (D) Knights 10 0 (E) Special One 15-60 0 (F) Special Two 12-50 0 (Z) Defensive Strategy (.) Remove Military (*) Unit Information (0) Quit ÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄ Due to the different nature of The Defense Menu, a chart has been provided in order to more clearly explain the different options. Here it is: ÕÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍ¸ ³Name Networth Silver / Unit Attack/Defense Food Per Unit ³ ³Peasant 2 0.2 2/2 .025 ³ ³Swordsman 6 0.6 6/3 .025 ³ ³Bowman 6 0.6 3/5 .025 ³ ³Knight 10 1.0 8/6 .025 ³ ³Special Unit Unit Cost 1/10 of Unit Cost .025 ³ ÔÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍ¾ (Z)Defense Strategy Aggressiveness Aggressiveness - Aggressiveness is a measure of how forcefully your army battles with opponents in war. With a high aggressiveness, your attack power increases, but your ability to defend your forces drops. In battles lost, you will do more damage to your opponent. In battles won, however, you lose more of your military. A low aggressiveness serves the opposite effect. Sacrificing your attack capabilities, you position your forces more effectively on the defense. This way, in battles lost, you do less damage to your enemy, but in battles won, you lose less forces in combat. A higher aggressiveness also increases the fatigue of your forces, lowering their quality rating more than normal. A lower value will do the opposite. If you are like me, then you don't mind sacrificing some military units in order to win a battle. If you are the conservative type then stop for a moment and consider what you are doing by setting it to Low. You are not willing to risk units which are trained by simply letting time pass in exchange for gaining land, people, or other resources with which you might even capture more than you lost. That is why I always set my Aggressiveness to high, the same is true if I'm the President of my Nation. Battle Length Battle Length - This factor controls how long your forces will fight before retreat. By setting this to a higher value, you increase your chances to win a battle. However, whether you lose or win, you may suffer greater damages. With a low setting, you will lose less forces, but also lose more battles. A higher battle length also increases the fatigue of your forces, lowering their quality rating more than normal. A lower value will do the opposite. The same principles from Aggressiveness apply here. I set my Battle Length to High so that I can win the battle. Especially in InterBBS Mode when it takes days to get attacks back. The County/Nation which you are attacking can increase dramatically in Networth in the amount of time it takes your forces to get there. If you've set your Battle Length to low, then you risk having sent your forces in vain and you'll only lose when you could have conquered. I also set my Nation's Battle Length to High when I'm the President too. (.)Remove Unit If you would like to convert your unit to another, and can't find an ally who you can trade with, or want to simply reduce costs, this will allow you to "untrain" your units and receive 1/3 of their cost back. So if you want to return a Knight you'll receive 2 Weapons back. (*)Unit Information The following is a chart that displays some information about each unit. This chart should influence your decision when you are choosing military units to hire. Attack Resistance Cost Special Unit Name Race (Swords) Per Weapon (Shields) Weapon (Weapons) Ability? ÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄ Peasant All 2 1.00 2 1.00 2 No Swordsman All 6 1.00 3 0.50 6 No Bowman All 3 0.50 5 0.83 6 No Knight All 8 0.80 6 0.60 10 No Paladin Human 10 1.00 5 0.50 10 No Cleric Human 2 0.13 2 0.13 15 Yes Monster Barbarian 20 0.80 5 0.20 25 Yes Mammoth Barbarian 8 0.32 10 0.40 25 Yes Dragon Halfling 18 0.30 9 0.15 60 Yes Magician Halfling 12 0.40 2 0.67 30 Yes Golem Dwarf 15 0.30 6 0.12 50 Yes Centaur Dwarf 7 0.28 8 0.32 25 No Wizard Elf 8 0.13 4 0.67 60 Yes Griffin Elf 12 0.60 2 0.10 20 No Hammerhead Troll 8 0.17 12 0.27 45 No War Troll Troll 10 0.50 6 0.30 20 Yes Minotaur Orc 12 0.60 4 0.20 20 Yes Orc Lord Orc 6 0.30 4 0.20 20 Yes Champion Solarian 14 0.56 5 0.20 25 No Unicorn Solarian 2 0.17 2 0.17 12 No ÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄ ÕÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍ¸ ³ The City Improvements Menu ³ ÔÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍ¾ ÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄ[Construction]ÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄ Key Name Cost (Stone) Key Name Cost (Stone) (1) Land 4035 Silver (9) Pub 75 (2) Library 100 (.) Destroy Improvement (3) Town Square 200 (/) Improvement Council (4) Barracks 400 (*) Improvement List (5) Smithy 250 (=) Improvement Chart (6) Temple 400 (-) Descriptions (7) Church 650 (?) Help (8) Farm 100 (0) Quit ÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄ Here's the Improvement Chart: ÕÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍ¸ ³LibraryÄÄ> SchoolÄÄ> MuseumÄÄ> University ³ ³ ÀÄÄ> Artists' Hall ³ ³ ³ ³Town SquareÄÄ> Trade FairÄÄ> Farmers' Market ³ ³ ÀÄÄ> Town HallÄÄ> MarketPlaceÄÄ> Merchants' GuildÄÄ> Bank ³ ³ ³ ³BarracksÄÄ> Fighters' GuildÄÄ> Training GroundsÄÄ> *Colliseum ³ ³ ÀÄÄ> *Dungeon ÀÄÄ> Town WallsÄÄ> Towers ³ ³ Palace <ÄÄStronghold <ÄÄ´ ³ ³SmithyÄÄ> ArmouryÄÄ> Armourers' Guild Castle <ÄÄFortress <ÄÄ´ ³ ³ ÀÄÄ> WaterwheelÄÄ> Cotton Mill War College <ÄÄÙ ³ ³ ÀÄÄ> Mine ÀÄÄ> Sawmill ³ ³ ³ ³TempleÄÄ> PyramidÄÄ> OracleÄÄ> Wizards' Tower ³ ³ ³ ³ChurchÄÄ> CathedralÄÄ> Jesters' House FarmÄÄ> IrrigationÄÄ> Water Tower³ ³ ÀÄÄ> GranaryÄÄ> *Caravan ³ ³ ³ ³*Fairy Garden PubÄÄ> TheatreÄÄ> Circus ³ ÔÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍ¾ * = Have other requirements as well By pressing (*), FE will display the Improvement List which changes depending on how many Stone Blocks that you have. If you have a lot of Stone Blocks then the required number of blocks for each building will rise. I don't have the exact formula for it as of yet, but I may have it published in my next release of this. For now, just remember that the more blocks that you have sitting around, the more you'll have to give. The Improvement List will show you how long each building will take and how many acres of land it needs (which doesn't change), and how many Stone Blocks are required to build it (which does change). (/)Improvement Council The Council tells you which improvements you currently have, and what one you're working on and how long that improvement has left before it is built. (.)Destroy Improvement This will cause an improvement of your choice to be destroyed. When you destroy and improvement you'll receive 1/2 of the initial invest in land back. So if you built a Pub and decided that you didn't want it, you would receive 10 acres of land back for the 20 that you spent. You don't receive any of the Stone Blocks back though. This is used if you build the Church then the Cathedral learn the Spell book that you receive, but yet you want to build the Temple in order to have the Pyramid and other things that the Temple allows. You can do this if you want but it takes 60 acres of land and 25 months. Useful if you are the Elves and want every Spell possible, or if you just want another Spell Book. Remember, when you do this you lose all of the Stone Blocks and half the land. The following is every building that FE currently allows and a short comment about each one, the list is in the order the buildings are listed on the Improvement Chart. Library Library - The Library serves as a center from which Scientists can study and learn new techniques. The Library increases the productivity of Scientists by 20%. Requirements: None Allows: School The Library isn't all that good except that it leads to other good improvements that are good. Build this if you have some extra time, but not right away. School School - A School system helps train workers in their respective fields, increasing productivty in all areas of work by 5%. It also serves as a requirement for higher education. Requirements: Library Allows: Museum and University (Registered Only) Useful because it improves the productivity of everyone, the School would be a nice addition if your County is running smoothly. Not direct enough to help you in time of need, the School will add to your County, not solve your problems. Artists' Hall Artists' Hall - Bringing to the County a respect for the arts, the Artists' Hall serves to build approval for the government. Each month, approval rises by 1 point. Requirements: School A very, very nice addition to your County. This will help your approval rating a lot because unlike the other improvements which raise your approval yearly, the Artist's Hall will raise it every month! Museum Museum - A Museum helps to bring together people of the County to see and experience the past. It brings a small sense of pride to the populace, adding 2 points to your Approval Rating. Requirements: School Having a good Approval Rating is important to your County, and anything that will add to that helps. This is another "extra" for your County. University - Registered Only University - By preparing workers for their professions with advanced Schooling, the County is able to start new workers at 7.0 skill in their professions (instead of the normal 5.0), allowing people to change jobs without as much productivity loss. Requirements: School The University is nice because it allows you to change your people around and not lose a lot of time waiting for them to become productive. This will help your County in time of need since you can move people from one type of labor to another relatively easy. Town Square Town Square - The Town Square serves as a center from which to build new improvements for the County. The square houses markets, guilds, and fairs for the County. Requirements: None Allows: Trade Fair and Town Hall Not adding anything directly to your County, some claim it is useless. However, it is important indirectly for it allows 6 other buildings to be built. This should be built on your first turn though, it isn't that important. Trade Fair Trade Fair - A simple improvement, the Trade Fair takes advantage of the Town Square to build a simple market for trade. Given a locale to sell their goods, Merchants gain a 8% productivity boost. Requirements: Town Square Allows: Farmers' Market A fairly good improvement and worthy of being built in the 7 years, it adds 8% productivity to your Merchants' productivity. The Trade Fair is only good if you are using Merchants as your Silver producers. Farmers' Market Farmers' Market - By having an alternative market to the standard nationally supported one, you are able to buy food at the market at prices 80% of normal. Requirements: Trade Fair Good if you don't have enough Farmers, or are planning a large offensive movement and need to keep the troops at home for awhile, the Farmer's Market provides a good discount on food. Basically it says Buy 4 get the 5th one free, which isn't too bad of a deal. Town Hall Town Hall - The Town Hall helps give the people a sense that they can contribute in their government, boosting your approval by 3 points. It also sets the stage for more organized markets for Merchants. Requirements: Town Square Allows: MarketPlace Approval Rating is always good to improve, and the Town Hall allows the MarketPlace, one of the principal improvements for Merchants. Usually built in the first couple of days in my games. MarketPlace MarketPlace - The MarketPlace is an organized center for Merchants to trade goods. It reduces the effectiveness of the Trade Fair, but increases the productivity of Merchants by 15% itself. Requirements: Town Hall Allows: Merchants' Guild One of the better improvements in the game, the MarketPlace increases the productivity of the Merchants by 15%! I've tried to do some testing to see how much it actually lowers the effectiveness of the Trade Fair, and because the Merchants' Productivity changes every turn, I wasn't able to get a good estimation of it. I would say that it lowers the Trade Fair to be able half as effective, but I'm not sure of that exact number. Even if the MarketPlace reduced the Trade Fair to nothing, the MarketPlace would still enhance the productivity of the Merchants. Merchants' Guild - Registered Only Merchants' Guild - The Merchants' Guild gives your County the ability to buy goods from the national market at reduced prices. Through the guild, the Merchants find better sources of goods, giving you a 20% discount on Stone Blocks, Weapons, and Runes. Requirements: MarketPlace Allows: Bank By having both the Merchants' Guild and the Farmers' Market you are able to reduce your expenses from purchasing items from the national market. It does the same thing as the Farmers' Guild, only on Stone Blocks, Weapons, and Runes instead of Bushels of Food. Bank - Registered Only Bank - Creating a Bank for your County provides a source of development for small businesses. Through loans, Banks are able to make a profit on your stored Silver. Each month, you will earn 2% interest on your stored Silver, up to a maximum of 100,000 coins, each month. Requirements: Merchants' Guild A nice addition to have the Bank will give you up to 100,000 coins every turn as long as you have 5 million Silver, otherwise it will give 2% of your total Silver. The benefits of this are obviously more money at no risk. If your Bank is destroyed then you don't lose the money that you have since you can't really store your Silver there. If you are actually storing your Silver there, then it is transparent because you can spend your Silver from anywhere and no where does it mention how much you have stored in the Bank. Building the Bank does not automatically add an option to the Main Menu, instead your interest is calculated at the beginning of each turn on the first line of your Monthly County Report, you'll see how much money you made in interest. Barracks Barracks - The Barracks is vital for any successful military. Naturally, Weapons tend to decay with time. Providing a Barracks as a storage site, however, halts that decay, allowing a County to stockpile Weapons without creating a military. Requirements: None Allows: Fighters' Guild The third building that I build every game, the Barracks halt the decay of Weapons, enabling you to build a large military force, without having to pay maintenance on it. You can build your force in the form of Weapons and right before you are ready to attack simply train your forces. Granted, their quality will not be very high, but you can have enough attack points to overcome the lower quality rating. The Barracks are a really good improvement to have. Fighters' Guild Fighters' Guild - A training center for combat, the Fighters' Guild allows 1% of your Peasants to be trained into Swordsmen each month. Over time, this allows you to produce military at substantially lower costs. Requirements: Barracks Allows: Dungeon (with Pyramid) and Training Grounds A good investment, the Fighters' Guild allows you to get Swordsmen for 1/3 of their cost. Every month the Fighters' Guild is able to train 1/3 of your Peasants into capable Swordsmen saving your 4 Weapons. If you had 100 Peasants, then 3 would become Swordsmen on the next month, and another 3 the month after that, and so on. Dungeon Dungeon - Creating a Dungeon allows you to imprision and retrain criminals from your society. Out of the Dungeons, you'll be able to train 100 extra Peasants a turn for your army. Requirements: Fighters' Guild and Pyramid 100 extra Peasants isn't all that much, but it does give you free military which is nothing to sneeze at. I usually don't hold my breath until I get this improvement because it takes a long time to get it, 59 turns in fact and that's assuming that you have enough Stone Blocks and acres of land to hold all of the other improvements that come first. Training Grounds Training Grounds - The Training Grounds provide a location for Swordsmen to train and improve upon their combat skills. With the grounds, each month 1% of your Swordsmen are converted into Knights. Requirements: Fighters' Guild Allows: Colliseum (with Circus) and Town Walls I like the Training Grounds, but usually don't start building them until I have my County self-sufficient first. The reason for this is simple, the improvements that come after the Training Grounds are relatively large and require a long time to build. The Training Grounds are not only good themselves, but lead to even bigger and better things. Colliseum Colliseum - Attracting thousands to watch gladiators duel, the Colliseum brings a form of entertainment rarely found in these medieval communities. By spending to serve the people, the Colliseum boosts your approval rating by 2 points. Requirements: Training Grounds Again another improvement that boosts Approval Rating, the Colliseum is a good item to have if you have the time and resources to build it. I usually save it because I would rather build something that will affect my County more drastically. Town Walls Town Walls - By enclosing your primary lands in walls, you are able to more effectively prevent theft by enemies. The Town Walls serve to reduce enemy capture of land, people, and resources by 10%. Requirements: Training Grounds Allows: Towers The Town Walls are really good because they reduce the amount of resources that can be captured, possibly detouring other counties from attacking you. A misconception is that the Town Walls improve your defense, they don't improve your defense at all but reduce the amount of resources lost in battle. A good improvement if you are at war with another County that can beat you. Towers Towers - By placing your Bowmen in Towers, they are able to attack and resistance damage much more effectively while defending your lands. The Towers make your Bowmen 20% more effective than normal. Requirements: Town Walls Allows: War College, Stronghold, and Fortress The Towers are good, but only when defending your County. Since you can't take them with you into battle, they will not help you there. They are pretty good if you have Bowmen, but would be a complete waste they weren't a requirement for other improvements. Stronghold Stronghold - The Stronghold serves as a center of defense for the County. It bolsters the combat ability of all troops by 5% while defending the County by organizing and controlling the battle. Requirements: Towers No Fortress or Castle Allows: Palace I never build the Stronghold nor the Palace, I prefer to have more military might than good relations. If you look ahead at what the Palace does, you'll see my reasoning behind that. Just ignore this one, unless you're not like me and would rather have good relations, or if you're hurting for approval points then this would be something good because it leads to the Palace which improves relations with other counties which in the end affects your Approval Rating. Palace Palace - The Palace is an inspirational structure that both provides the government a home as well as helps bolster respect for your empire around the country. All other counties see their people improve relations with yours each month. Requirements: Stronghold The Palace would be good if you are the President of your Nation and were Humans, then the other people would have a hard time hating you, and perhaps the Orcs would even respect you. I don't build the Palace because I have Cultural Alliances with the counties that I want to be allied with. Fortress Fortress - The Fortress provides a small location from which to stage a rally during a battle defending your County. Because of its size it only provides a 2% increase in the capabilities of your army, but sets the stage for the construction of a larger, more effective Castle. Requirements: Towers No Stronghold or Palace Allows: Castle I build the Fortress every time because it allows the Castle, which is good for me because I like military might. I don't really like losing battles and anything that can help me with that is good. The Stronghold is better for that than the Fortress, but the Castle is a lot better than the Stronghold. Castle Castle - A powerful, central station for your armies, the Castle allows your troops to function 10% more effectively defending your County by forcing enemies to first scale walls and cross moats. Requirements: Fortress With the Castle to protect your empire, and the Town Walls to further reduce pillage, you are almost guaranteed to successfully defend your County. A favorite of mine because it lasts forever (unless an Earthquake comes), the Castle improves the defensive value of your entire military. War College - Registered Only War College - Specializing in military training, the War College teaches professional and most advanced skills to people willing to learn. The college trains 100 Knights per month to add to your army. Requirements: Towers By the time you build this, you'll be receiving 100 free Peasants, 1% of them will be trained into Swordsmen, and 1% of the Swordsmen will be trained into Knights; when you add the War College into the equation you are getting a good deal of free military. The War College is a very expensive improvement though and should only be built if you have the time and resources for it. Smithy Smithy - The Smithy serves as a workplace for your Blacksmiths. With the Smithy, Blacksmiths can produce Weapons at 10% higher productivity. It also is necessary in the creation of other, more advanced structures. Requirements: None Allows: Armoury, Waterwheel, and Mine A definate favorite of mine, the Smithy enhances the Blacksmiths by 10%. This is good for it allows your Blacksmiths to produce more Weapons per turn, thus allowing a bigger military with which you can defeat bigger counties. However, it shouldn't be the first improvement built because you probably won't have enough Blacksmiths to benefit from its full potential. Armoury Armoury - The Armoury is a central location at which the condition of Weapons can be maintained and improved. Battle tends to affect the quality of one's military, and the Armoury doubles the rate at which your quality rating rises each month. Requirements: Smithy Allows: Armourers' Guild Good to have in time of war, the Armoury doubles the rate at which your quality rises each turn. This is great because it allows your force to be better trained. A small but well-trained force can defeat a larger undisciplined force. Look no further than the Battle of Britain for proof of this. Armourers' Guild Armourers' Guild - By providing a place for Armourers to gather and coordinate the designing and developing of higher quality Weapons and armor, the Armorers' Guild increases the productivity of your Armourers by 15%. Requirements: Armoury I don't build the Armourers' Guild until last because by the time I can build it, I've already transferred all of my Armourers into Blacksmiths. I don't use it, but if you have a lot of Armourers then this would enhance them. Waterwheel Waterwheel - The Waterwheel provides Blacksmiths with a source of power which helps automate their repetitive portions of their work. By saving time in this aspect, the Blacksmiths are able to work more on the new creations, boosting their productivity by 5%. Requirements: Smithy Allows: Cotton Mill and Sawmill Another improvement that betters the Blacksmiths, the Waterwheel adds another 5% productivity to the Blacksmiths. Plus, the Waterwheel allows two other productivity-enhancing improvements. With the Smithy and the Waterwheel, the Blacksmiths are producing 15% higher that without them. Cotton Mill - Registered Only Cotton Mill - The Cotton Mill makes possible a multitude of products previously unthinkable. The effects are wide-ranging, bringing about an increase of productivity in all areas by 3%. Requirements: Waterwheel Much like the School, but not quite as effective, the Cotton Mill raises the productivity of everyone by 3%. A good improvement that adds to your County. Sawmill Sawmill - While construction ability is generally measured in terms of Stone Blocks, a great deal of wood is also required and included with the Stone Blocks. The Sawmill makes wood production much more efficient, increasing the productivity of Builders by 10%. Requirements: Waterwheel Helping with the rising costs of Stone Blocks for the larger buildings, the Sawmill makes the Builders 10% more efficient. Mine - Registered Only Mine - Mining brings out better metals for use in Weapon design and construction. This metal is most important to Blacksmiths, improving their production capability by 10%. Requirements: Smithy The Mine does the same thing as the Smithy and Waterwheel, except the total productivity added to the Blacksmiths is 25% by now. Temple Temple - Giving the people a source of organized religion, the Temple boosts the popularity of your government. So long as you have the Temple your Approval Rating will rise by 1 point per year. Requirements: No Church, Cathedral, or Jesters' House Allows: Pyramid Disallows: Church A good but costly improvement, the Temple is good for your Approval Rating and even better than that, allows the Pyramid. While the Requirements for this may seem complex all it really means is if you build the Temple then you can't build the Church, or anything that the Church allows, and can't have anything that the Church allows built when you want to build the Temple. Pyramid Pyramid - The Pyramid, adding to the mystical nature of your County, is used by Druids as a storage site for created Runes. Naturally Runes tend to decay with time. With the Pyramid, however, all rune decay is halted. Requirements: Temple Allows: Oracle Halting Rune decay, the Pyramid is a must for Elves or Solarians because it allows you to store your Runes for awhile in order to cast a barrage of Spells at a County. The Pyramid however, requires 20 turns to be built and therefore is not built right away. Oracle Oracle - Building a stronger mystical presence in your County provides your Druids with an additional source from which to learn and work. The Oracle notably increases the success rate of your Spell casting. Requirements: Pyramid Allows: Wizards' Tower By increasing your success rate with Spells, you are able to save yourself Runes and can cast more Spells against a County than you could if your Spells fizzled. A good thing to have if you are into casting Spells. Wizards' Tower - Registered Only Wizards' Tower - The Wizards' Tower serves as an additional source of rune production. Practicing wizards are attracted to the tower, and together, they produce 150 Runes per month for the County. Requirements: Oracle 150 Runes really isn't all that much, but it's nice to have something for free. This would probably be saved until the last 5 buildings or so need to be built. Church Church - The Church establishes religion in your County. Because it is County sponsored, it preaches approval of the County, increasing popular acceptance by 2 points per year. Requirements: No Temple, Pyramid, Oracle, or Wizards' Tower Allows: Cathedral Disallows: Temple The Church is better than the Temple, but the improvements that the Temple gives makes the Church my second choice. The Church is good if you want to build the Cathedral to get the extra Spell book, but other than that, if you're into casting magic the Church isn't really an improvement to your County. Cathedral Cathedral - Expanding the religious influence of the Church, the Cathedral provides Druids a center from which to increase their mystical research. This allows your Spell casters to learn 1 additional book of Spells. Requirements: Church Allows: Jesters' House If you have the Elves, this will allow you to learn every Spell book possible a real advantage is war. If you build the Cathedral in order to learn the Spell book and plan on destroying it, make sure that you've learned the Spell book before destroying the Cathedral, otherwise your time and resources will be spent for nothing. Jesters' House Jesters' House - Supported by religion, the Jesters' House is a house for the poor and sick. By helping the less fortunate, in times of crisis or anger, your people are more reluctant to challenge the government. In months of falling approval, ratings will decrease at a rate of only 50% of normal. Requirements: Cathedral Nice if you are having problems keeping your Approval Rating high, the Jesters' House lowers the rate at which people dislike you. However, it does not make people like you more by itself, the Church does that. Farm Farm - By creating a County supported farm in the County, you are able to naturally produce an additional 50 Bushels of Food per month, regardless of standard food production. It is especially useful in smaller empires, where a large number of private Farmers may not be available. Requirements: None Allows: Irrigation Ditch and Granary Finally, the improvement that I build first because it allows the Granary and Irrigation Ditches, the Farm is really important to your County. In my opinion providing enough food for your County is one of the worst requirements. Being that a Farmer usually produces only one food unit at 100% productivity, a large amount of Farmers are necessary. The Farm gives you free food, which lowers the amount of Farmers that you need. Irrigation Ditches Irrigation Ditches - An irrigation system in the County helps reduce Farmers' dependence on the weather. By controlling the water supply to the farm lands, Farmers are able to increase their productivity by 10% Requirements: Farm Allows: Water Tower Anything that can help the Farmers is good, and the Irrigation Ditches do just that. The Irrigation Ditches reduce the number of Farmers that you need by 9%, and that's good because that 9% can be used elsewhere. Another building that is built in the first 7 years of gameplay. Water Tower Water Tower - An expansion to the irrigation system, the Water Tower helps give Farmers the tools necessary to maximize food output throughout the County. The Water Tower improves farmer productivity by 15%. Requirements: Irrigation Ditch Maximize food output is right, the Water Tower is awesome because fewer Farmers are needed again. The Water Tower is yet another building high on the list to be built first. Granary Granary - The Granary serves as a storage site for your food surplus. While food supplies tend to decay normally, the Granary prevents the decay allowing you to store supplies indefinitely. Requirements: Farm The Granary is so immensely important to your County that I don't think that I can stress it enough. The second building that I build every game, the Granary halts food decay and that is good because it is one less thing to worry about depleting. A very important building, definately good. Caravan Caravan - Developing the Caravan allows goods to remain fresh during trade deals. While Food, Runes, and Weapons normally would decay during trade, they are maintained in good storage with the Caravan. Requirements: Granary, Smithy If you trade frequently then I would recommend building this improvement. If you tend to stay to yourself though then this improvement is not a good use of your time. You must decide for yourself if the time and resources spent building the Caravan are worth it. Pub Pub - Providing Pubs throughout your cities increases approval around the County by 3% each year. However, because the military tends to use these Pubs as well, combat effectiveness is reduced by 5%. Requirements: None Allows: Theatre You'll have to decide for yourself if the Approval gain is worth a 5% reduction in combat effectiveness. The Pub is a cheap way to gain a higher Approval Rating and should be used in a crisis. 3% a year is a pretty big deal to raise the Approval Rating. However, during war when your people rally behind you anyway, the Pub tends to eat away at your County so much that it might be destroyed since it was so easy to construct the first time. Theatre Theatre - The Theatre brings to your people a County supported form of pure entertainment. Sensing that your government cares for its people, your approval rises by 1% yearly. Requirements: Pub Allows: Circus A building with no strings attached, if you've already built the Pub and are still in need of a higher Approval Rating, the Theatre will do just that. Circus Circus - The Circus is a great way to build approval throughout the County, as it attracts every sort of person. Each year, the Circus will bring about a 2% increase in approval. However, as people spend their time visiting the Circus, their productivity suffers a 5% drop. Requirements: Theatre An even worse trade off than the Pub, the Circus will only raise your Approval Rating 2% not 3%. However, when these 3 improvements are built, you'll experience a 6% rise in Approval Rating a year, notice that it isn't a month like some would expect, but a year which translates into a day of your time. Fairy Garden Fairy Garden - The Fairy Garden is a magical and mystical garden in your County where fairies often visit. It is unknown just what powers these fairies possess, but they often bring various opportunities for your County. Requirements: Irrigation and Training Grounds The Fairy Garden provides random gifts being given to you by the Fairies. When the Fairies visit you, it is recorded in the news file, but not what they give you. Not be counted upon in time of crisis, but good to have when you have the time and resources to build it, the Fairy Garden will sometimes give you either resources, or aid you in other ways like restoring your magical abilities, meaning any Spells that you've cast that tripled the requirement to be cast again will be brought back down to their original requirement. ÕÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍ¸ ³ The Mystic Circle ³ ÔÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍ¾ ÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄ[Mystic Circle]ÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄ Key Name Cost (Runes) Key Name Cost (Runes) (1) Wizard's Eye 100 (-) Spell Descriptions (.) Research New Spells (?) Help on a Spell (/) Mystic Advice (0) Quit ÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄ (1)Wizard's Eye Wizard's Eye - All Spell Books The Wizard's Eye is your source of knowledge of your opponent. The Eye gives you access to all of another County's status information, to do with as you wish. However, once the Eye is recalled, it is up to you to remember that knowledge, as to retrieve it again will require another Spell. This will let you into the other County's Council Room if you are casting it in local mode, if you are in InterBBS the Wizard's Eye will only tell you how many total people, resources, and how many of each military unit. Not nearly as much information as in local mode but still better than nothing. Something new with .910 is that the Wizard's Eye won't triple in price like all of the other Spells. This is excellent because you can now cast the Wizard's Eye four times when before you could have only cast it twice, or seven times when you could have only cast it three times, etc. (.) Research New Spells This will let you research new Spells that allow you to cast different Spells that can either aid your County or hurt others. Different Races can learn different amounts of Spells and the Orcs can't learn the Life Spells. Be sure that the Spell books you pick are the ones that you want since you can't change your mind later. ÚÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄ¿ ³Sorcery Spells ³ ³ The Book of Sorcery - The Sorcerers' book is the most diverse of all the³ ³ Spell books. Unlimited in nature, the sorcerer has a wide range of ³ ³ capabilities. Sorcery is the only known form of magic capable of ³ ³ capturing tangible items and returning them to your County, serving as ³ ³ an alternative to traditional warfare. ³ ³ Spells: Sword Strike, Capture People, Capture Silver, *Curse* ³ ³The Sorcery Spells are pretty nice Spells and are useful for local mode. ³ ³Usually I choose this Spell book because of the Spells that it offers. ³ ³ ³ ³Sword Strike ³ ³ Sword Strike - Sorcery Spell ³ ³ This Spell enchants every swordsman in your command, strengthening the ³ ³ blade of the sword. The enchantment will last for several months and ³ ³ will aid every swordsman's offensive combat skills. ³ ³Sword Strike will last for two years, and is good if you have Swordsmen. If³ ³you don't have any Swordsmen then you really don't need this Spell and it's ³ ³a waste of your Runes. ³ ³ ³ ³Capture People ³ ³ Capture People - Sorcery Spell ³ ³ An agressive Spell, Capture People sends an illusive wind through an ³ ³ opponent's County, carrying back part of its populace, and allowing ³ ³ them into your County for your own work. ³ ³The capture people Spell is nice if you have a lot of land in which you can ³ ³house your people. If you have too many people then you won't be able to ³ ³keep them and they'll emigrate. Using the capture people Spell is a nice ³ ³way of gaining people and you aren't limited in the number of times it can ³ ³be cast a year, so theoretically you can take an entire County's population ³ ³if you have enough Runes. The capture people Spell will capture 2% of the ³ ³population. ³ ³ ³ ³Capture Silver ³ ³ Capture Silver - Sorcery Spell ³ ³ An agressive Spell, Capture Silver sends an illusive wind through an ³ ³ opponent's County, carrying back part of its Silver supply, ³ ³ conveniently depositing the Silver into your own treasury. ³ ³Much like the capture people Spell, the capture Silver Spell will take part ³ ³of the County's Silver 10% to be exact. Useful if the County has a lot of ³ ³Silver that you're in need of. ³ ³ ³ ³Curse - Registered Only ³ ³ Curse - Sorcery Spell ³ ³ By cursing a County, you cause little things to go wrong throughout the ³ ³ empire. To account for these problems, Silver maintenance costs for ³ ³ the County are 10% higher for the next year. ³ ³This is good if you are going to attack someone and are preparing to attack ³ ³them. The curse will eat at their income, and that is good to do because ³ ³then the County can not spend their money on buying land or resources. ³ ÀÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÙ ÚÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄ¿ ³Nature Spells ³ ³ The Book of Nature - Druids specializing in this book learn to call upon³ ³ the powers of nature to cast their Spells. The Spells of nature vary in³ ³ effect, both benefitting your own County and damaging others. The ³ ³ Earthquake Spell is often considered to be the most powerful of all ³ ³ known Spells. ³ ³ Spells: Create Calm, Create Food, Call Storm, *Earthquake* ³ ³The Nature Spells are good because they have Spells that will both help you ³ ³and hurt others. I usually choose them too for that reason. ³ ³ ³ ³Create Calm ³ ³ Create Calm - Nature Spell ³ ³ This Spell calms your populace's attitude towards other counties. It ³ ³ has the benefit of improving your people's stance with unfriendly ³ ³ counties. However, it also has the disadvantage of hurting relations ³ ³ with good friends, as your people also feel less strongly toward them. ³ ³ Create Calm is most beneficial when your people have negative feelings ³ ³ for many other counties. ³ ³Good if you have a lot of negative feelings toward a lot of the counties in ³ ³your nation. Having good relations with them is important in order to not ³ ³only help your Approval Rating, but to trade with them. ³ ³ ³ ³Create Food ³ ³ Create Food - Nature Spell ³ ³ A County often finds itself lacking in food, especially if recently ³ ³ assaulted by opposing forces. In emergencies, this Spell often can save³ ³ a County, creating a large portion of the month's agricultural needs of ³ ³ the County. ³ ³You can use the create food Spell to earn some extra money in the market, or³ ³to save yourself from turmoil if you don't have enough Farmers for that ³ ³month. If you don't pay your maintenance then eventually your people won't ³ ³like you and revolt, taking both themselves and the land they lived on with ³ ³them. Be sure to pay your maintenance costs. ³ ³ ³ ³Call Storm ³ ³ Call Storm - Nature Spell ³ ³ Accessing the powers of mother nature, this Spell brings a looming storm³ ³ over an opposing County for several months. This storm ruins farming ³ ³ efforts and drastically reduces the amount of food produced during this ³ ³ time. ³ ³The storm is powerful because it reduces the amount of food produced for a ³ ³period of 3 months. The farmer's productivity is cut in half. The benefits³ ³of this are great because the County suddenly is concerned with things ³ ³besides attacking you. I use the call storm a lot, however, it is only good³ ³one at a time. By this I mean that if you send one against a County, then ³ ³want to send another one you'll only affect them for the same 3 months. ³ ³ ³ ³Earthquake - Registered Only ³ ³ Earthquake - Nature Spell ³ ³ Reaching into the deepest powers of the mystical universe, this Spell ³ ³ calls upon the forces of nature to shatter an opposing empire. ³ ³ Unleashing an earthquake throughout an enemy's County, the Spell is ³ ³ capable of destroying housing and improvements as well as shaking ³ ³ popular confidence in the government. However, during the course of ³ ³ one year, a County may only suffer up to one earthquake. ³ ³The Earthquake Spell is powerful because it will destroy an improvement ³ ³that the other County has spent both time and resources on. The good thing ³ ³about this Spell is that it really makes the person mad, which can cause ³ ³him/her to act irrationally and wasting his/her resources foolishly. Almost³ ³any attack against a County will do this, but if you destroyed a County's ³ ³Pyramid that would hasten the process. You are only supposed to hit by a ³ ³maximum of one a day, but you can still be hit by more. ³ ÀÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÙ ÚÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄ¿ ³Life Spells ³ ³ The Book of Life - Emphasizing the powers of life, this book provides ³ ³ Spells designed to benefit one's own County rather than hurt others. ³ ³ The powers of life can prove essential in times of crisis, pulling a ³ ³ County from the brink of disaster back to normalcy. ³ ³ Spells: Protection, Create Confidence, Falcon's Blessing, ³ ³ *Aura Of Majesty* ³ ³A group of Spells that I always learn, the life Spells are able to pull a ³ ³County through in time of need. Plus, they help you after a lot of nasty ³ ³of nasty Spells are rampaging through the County. Some of the Spells even ³ ³add to the productivity of your people. ³ ³ ³ ³Protection ³ ³ Protection - Life Spell ³ ³ The Protection Spell embodies each of your forces with a mystical shield³ ³ for several months. In every battle your armies fight, they will have ³ ³ an increased defensive strength. ³ ³This is good during war times, or threat of war because it gives your army ³ ³with an increased defensive strength. This might allow you to win the ³ ³battle that you would have lost without it. The Spell is relatively cheap ³ ³to cast and not very expensive either. I use this Spell a lot as do the ³ ³counties that I'm fighting. ³ ³ ³ ³Create Confidence ³ ³ Create Confidence - Life Spell ³ ³ Your people's approval of you is based on their confidence both in you ³ ³ and the direction the County is headed. This Spell instill a sense of ³ ³ confidence, boosting the approval of your people. ³ ³Boosting your Approval Rating, this is a good Spell. The Approval Rating ³ ³is not guaranteed to stay high, but will help a recovering rating. If your ³ ³people are emigrating rapidly, then it is probably because you don't have a ³ ³high Approval Rating, which is caused by a lot of different things. ³ ³ ³ ³Falcon's Blessing ³ ³ Falcon's Blessing - Life Spell ³ ³ The Falcon's Blessing Spell disSpells any enemy enchantments upon your ³ ³ County. By accessing the powers of life, it is able to ward off the ³ ³ evil Spells such as the Black Wind, which sit upon your County otherwise³ ³ uncontrolled. ³ ³If you are hit by some Spells such as call storm, the falcon's blessing will³ ³disSpell it. This is great any time for it allows you to concentrate on ³ ³other things instead of worrying about your available food. The falcon's ³ ³blessing will disSpell all evil Spells against you in one casting and that ³ ³feature realy adds to it. ³ ³ ³ ³Aura Of Majesty - Registered Only ³ ³ Aura of Majesty - Life Spell ³ ³ The Aura of Majesty instills in your people a strong sense of pride in ³ ³ their work and abilities. During the next few months, your people will ³ ³ work at higher than normal productivity levels, giving the County extra ³ ³ assets. ³ ³This Spell is great and adds 25% of the current productivity to each labor ³ ³type. So if the Farmer's were producing at 100% then they would producing ³ ³at 125% after their Aura of Majesty was cast, however if your Blacksmiths ³ ³were producing at 148% then the would be working at 185% after the Spell was³ ³cast. The Spell lasts for one year and should be cast in the first month of³ ³every year in order to have the Spell last its full potential. Don't worry ³ ³if you don't cast it in the first month, FE will remember how many months ³ ³you have left to benefit from the Aura of Majesty and give you the months ³ ³during the next year. ³ ÀÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÙ ÚÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄ¿ ³Death Spells ³ ³ The Book of Death - Accessing all the evils of the world, the Book of ³ ³ Death contains Spells aimed at hurting one's enemies. The opposite of ³ ³ the Book of Life, this book can bolster an attack with an array of ³ ³ Spells capable of crippling one's enemy. ³ ³ Spells: Create Anger, Food Decay, Disease, *Black Wind* ³ ³Possessing some of the most malevolent Spells known to man, the Death Spells³ ³are a good group of Spells to learn. All have a good point and are useful ³ ³in war, but useless in peace. I usually learn these too, remember when ³ ³playing the Elves you can learn 4 Spell books, and the above 4 are usually ³ ³the ones that I learn. The Chaos Spells are a nice extra, but aren't really³ ³necessary to the County, and thus are only chosen after building the ³ ³Cathedral. ³ ³ ³ ³Create Anger ³ ³ Create Anger - Death Spell ³ ³ This Spell sends a sense of anger and hatred throughout an opposing ³ ³ County's people. It will worsen their relations with all other counties³ ³ in the game, potentially destroying important relationships. ³ ³Make sure that the person on whom you are casting this isn't already at bad ³ ³relations with everyone. For instance, if you were to cast this on Orcs you³ ³might not receive the same effect as if you were to cast it on Humans. A ³ ³good Spell to cast on a County who is the President of an opposing Nation, ³ ³the Create Anger Spell causes the other counties to hate that County. ³ ³ ³ ³Food Decay ³ ³ Food Decay - Death Spell ³ ³ Casting Food Decay causes an opponent's food stores to melt away, ³ ³ destroying a significant portion of his or her supply. A County reliant³ ³ upon past production could be forced into internal turmoil with well ³ ³ timed Food Decay Spells. ³ ³Food Decay will ruin half of the available food the County has. When ³ ³coupled with the Call Storm Spell, you can literally tear a County apart. ³ ³The Food Decay is powerful because it can change the strategy of a County ³ ³and severly limit the options that the County can do. If you destroy all of³ ³its food then it can't build a large military force against you without ³ ³first supplying food and money for it. If you can cause enough damage to ³ ³start hurting the County's people, then you've done a good job. ³ ³ ³ ³Disease ³ ³ Disease - Death Spell ³ ³ This Spell brings about a plague throughout an opposing County. The ³ ³ plague spreads throughout the County, killing a portion of your target's³ ³ work force before a cure is found. Each plague is unique, disallowing ³ ³ the possibility of medical vaccines or other protection. ³ ³The Disease Spell will kill 5% of the County's population. This can cause ³ ³massive damage to the County if you've upset the balance of labor and the ³ ³County is not producing enough food or Silver to pay its maintenance. ³ ³However, by killing people you are lowering the County's population density ³ ³and are therefore allowing the County to gain people back. That is ³ ³something to keep in mind before casting the Disease Spell. You can cast ³ ³this as many times as you have Runes because of the nature of the Spell. ³ ³ ³ ³Black Wind - Registered Only ³ ³ Black Wind - Death Spell ³ ³ Powerful and long-lasting, this Spell places an eerie black wind ³ ³ circling your target for up to 3 years. As long as this wind blows ³ ³ through the empire, it has a negative effect on the total populace, ³ ³ reducing the maximum people in a County by up to 20%. This is most ³ ³ effective against empires expanding to incorporate additional workers. ³ ³After casting a Disease Spell against a County, be sure to cast the Black ³ ³Wind Spell as this will lengthen the amount of time it takes for that ³ ³County to recover. The Black Wind Spell will last for 3 years but can be ³ ³disSpelled with the Falcon's Blessing. ³ ÀÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÙ ÚÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄ¿ ³Chaos Spells ³ ³ The Book of Chaos - Little is known about the nature of the Book of ³ ³ Chaos, except that the Spells tend to be aimed at creating uncertain ³ ³ from certain, abnormal from normal. The Spells are diverse, serving ³ ³ both to help your own County and harm opposing ones. While they tend ³ ³ to be not as powerful as other Spells, Chaos Spells are fairly easily ³ ³ cast and produce a higher success rate. ³ ³ Spells: Flaming Arrow, Create Fear, Drain Magic, Silver to Ashes, ³ ³ *Invisible Magic* ³ ³The Chaos Spells are not Spells that I place on the top of my list. The ³ ³Chaos Spells have only 2 Spells that I use anyway, so that lowers the ³ ³priority of it. If you use Bowmen however, then it would be a good book to ³ ³learn. ³ ³ ³ ³Flaming Arrow ³ ³ Flaming Arrow - Chaos Spell ³ ³ Magically engulfing every bowman's arrow in flames, this Spell boosts ³ ³ the potential of your Bowmen's offensive skills. The flames last for ³ ³ several months before burning out. ³ ³The Flaming Arrow will last for two years before burning out. It is only ³ ³good if you have a lot of Bowmen since that is what the Spell is expressely ³ ³designed for. It is useless if you have a small amount of Bowmen. ³ ³ ³ ³Create Fear ³ ³ Create Fear - Chaos Spell ³ ³ When people are confident in their County, Approval Ratings naturally ³ ³ increase. However, when the opposite is true - when the people are ³ ³ filled with fear - they lose confidence. This Spell plays upon that ³ ³ fact by bringing a sense of fear to an opponent's people, lowering their³ ³ support of their leaders. ³ ³A Spell that lowers the Approval Rating of another County is definately good³ ³and that is what the Create Fear Spell does. This Spell can be cast more ³ ³than once because it has an immediate affect. It lowers their rating which ³ ³can cause emigration, a goal of your attack. Since emigrations weaken the ³ ³County, it is nice when you can make that happen to another County. ³ ³ ³ ³Drain Magic ³ ³ Drain Magic - Chaos Spell ³ ³ Using your own magical power, Drain Magic calls upon the forces of ³ ³ darkness to destroy an opponent's Runes. It is the most evil of Spells ³ ³ as it calls upon magic to destroy magic; however, because of its ³ ³ effectiveness, it is also widely accepted. ³ ³Able to destroy 25% of a County's Runes at once, it is nothing to glance at.³ ³If you can destroy the County's Runes then you are able to reduce the ³ ³chances of getting attacked back by the County. In order to personally ³ ³avoid having this happen, I always spend all of my Runes before I'm done ³ ³for the year. ³ ³ ³ ³Silver to Ashes ³ ³ Silver to Ashes - Chaos Spell ³ ³ A sudden flash of smoke, and a portion of your target's Silver reserves ³ ³ will no longer exist. In its place will lie a pile of ashes. That is ³ ³ the power of the Silver to Ashes Spell. ³ ³The Silver to Ashes will convert 25% of a County's Silver to ashes. This is³ ³good because it reduces another spot the County could have been counting on ³ ³in time of need, plus it's just nice to have a poor enemy instead of a rich ³ ³one. ³ ³ ³ ³Invisible Magic - Registered Only ³ ³ Invisible Magic - Chaos Spell ³ ³ In general, when a Spell is cast upon another County and fails, that ³ ³ County learns of your fizzled attempt. However, with Invisible Magic, ³ ³ the target County will learn only that a Spell was cast, but not whom ³ ³ it was cast by. The Invisible Magic Spell is an enchantment which will ³ ³ last for several months before losing its effectiveness. ³ ³A good Spell, the Invisible Magic allows you to hide while still weakening ³ ³a more powerful enemy. This is good because then the enemy County won't ³ ³know which County to attack unless he/she casts a Wizard's Eye on each ³ ³County to see who has the Invisible Magic cast. I like this Spell, but I ³ ³wouldn't chose this book of Spells just for this one Spell. ³ ÀÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÙ The following chart lists all of the Spells, their corresponding key, book, if it helps your County or hurts another, the base amount of Runes, and the Score received when it is successfuly cast. Keep in mind that you don't receive any Score if the Spell fails. ÕÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍ¸ ³Key Spell Book Type Starting Runes Score³ ³1) Wizard's Eye All Benefit 100 0 ³ ³4) Sword Strike Sorcery Benefit 200 700 ³ ³5) Capture People Sorcery Attack 1500 1600 ³ ³6) Capture Silver Sorcery Attack 1500 1200 ³ ³7) Curse Sorcery Attack 1500 1200 ³ ³A) Create Calm Nature Benefit 300 600 ³ ³B) Create Food Nature Benefit 500 500 ³ ³C) Call Storm Nature Attack 1000 1000 ³ ³D) Earthquake Nature Attack 2000 1500 ³ ³G) Protection Life Benefit 100 500 ³ ³H) Create Confidence Life Benefit 500 800 ³ ³I) Falcon's Blessing Life Benefit 1200 500 ³ ³J) Aura of Majesty Life Benefit 1000 1200 ³ ³M) Create Anger Death Attack 300 500 ³ ³O) Food Decay Death Attack 400 800 ³ ³P) Disease Death Attack 1000 1200 ³ ³Q) Black Wind Death Attack 1600 1200 ³ ³U) Flaming Wind Chaos Benefit 200 400 ³ ³V) Create Fear Chaos Attack 500 700 ³ ³W) Drain Magic Chaos Attack 600 1200 ³ ³X) Silver To Ashes Chaos Attack 1000 800 ³ ³Y) Invisible Magic Chaos Benefit 1600 900 ³ ÔÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍ¾ ÕÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍ¸ ³ The Commerce Menu ³ ÔÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍ¾ ÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄ[Commerce]ÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄ (1)Trade with other Counties (2)Visit the Market (3)Place Goods on Market (0)Quit ÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄ (1)Trade with other Counties This will allow you to give resources to your allies or anyone else in need. You can also trade military units too, but their quality rating will go down. You won't be able to trade with a County that your people dislike. If this happens you'll need to find a way to make your people like that County, or perhaps there is another County that is willing to let your goods flow through it, for a percentage of course. (2)Visit the Market Here you can visit the national market and purchase unlimited amounts of one of the following resources: Bushels of Food, Stone Blocks, Weapons, or Runes. If another County is selling goods then an asterick will be placed in front of the price to let you know there is a limited quantity of that resource at that particular price. If purchase all of the resources, then the next lowest price will be shown with a limited number of resources at that price too. Eventually the national market's prices will be shown and you can purchase an unlimited number of those. (3)Place Goods on Market Allowing you to place you own goods on the market, this option is a good way to make some money if you have extra goods. You must sell every item for one gold minimum, and a maximum of whatever you want. However, your goods won't be sold first unless they're the lowest pricest. An advisor will assist you in finding that information. ÕÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍ¸ ³ The Foreign Affairs Menu ³ ÔÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍ¾ ÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄ (1) Peace Treaty (A) View Relations (2) Free Trade Pact (B) View Popular Relations (3) Cultural Alliance (C) Cancel Proposal (4) Protectorate (/) Relations Advice (5) Military Alliance (-) Treaty Help (6) Non-Intervention Pact (?) Help (8) Denounce a County (0) Quit (9) Declaration of War ÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄ (1)Peace Treaty Peace Treaty - The Peace Treaty serves primarily as a transitional treaty. If two nations are at war, Peace must be agreed to before any other treaty may be established. Beyond this, it serves little purpose. A County may have an unlimited number of peace treaties in effect at any given time. The peace treaty's purpose is to officially declare a war between two counties over. Until peace is agreed nothing else can be proposed. Other than that they are totally useless. (2)Free Trade Pact Free Trade Pact - Free trade is crucial to building economies. They lower wages which must be paid to workers. However, if one of the two economies is notably larger than the other, only the larger one benefits. Lower wages naturally create a dislike between the people of the two empires, and an imbalance in economic size may lead to loss of Approval Rating for the larger County. A County may only have 3 of these agreements at one time. I have tried to see how much the free trade pacts will lower the wages, and haven't had much success. I've suspended further testing so that I can release this Strategy Guide in a timely manner. With what I've tested so far the wages are lowered 6 Silver, however there are probably other variables that I've not accounted for in my testing. The free trade pacts however will lower your wages, which is good, the only problem is that they create a rift between the two allied counties. (3)Cultural Alliance Cultural Alliance - By bringing together the people of two different areas, Public support between the two counties grows. By creating Cultural Alliances, counties are able to bring together people, no matter what their past relations. However, often this transition takes time. A County may have up to 3 of these agreements at one time. Cultural alliances are really good for improving the people's relations with each other. As they forget their past differences they begin to respect each other and eventually have Powerful Respect for the other, which is better than Extreme Hatred. Be sure that as soon as your counties' people both like each other that you propose a different agreement since you are limited to only 3 at one time. (4)Protectorate Protectorate - By offering to be a Protector, you are volunteering 20% of your defenses to assist the Protectorate (your partner) when attacked. In exchange, your partner will pay 10% of his monthly income to you. In the Protector-Protectorate relationship, popular relations tend to polarize; if the people of two counties dislike each other, they will probably move towards greater dislike, and vice-versa. At any given time, you may only have a total of 1 protector/protectorate treaty. I've proposed numerous protectorate treaties, but they Protectorate to be never receives the proposal. Hopefully Mehul Patel will fix this in future versions of FE, until then I can not comment on the effects of this treaty. (5)Military Alliance Military Alliance - The Military Alliance is an agreement in which if either you or your partner is attacked, the other will assist in defense by providing 20% of his military force. Note that popular relations between two counties tend to polarize. If the people of the two counties like each other, relations will tend to improve and vice- versa. A County may have up to 2 of these pacts at any time. A good treaty to propose after your cultural alliance, the military alliance bonds your two armies together and allows a portion of your forces to defend his County. This benefits both him, and when you're attacked it will benefit you. (6)Non-Intervention Pact Non-Intervention Pact - The Non-Intervention Pact is a statement declaring that the two counties will, under no circumstances, combat each other. This pact overrides any Military Alliance two counties may have. If a County is supposed to come to the aid to defend another, but has this pact with the agressor, no aid will be given. A County may have an unlimited number of these pacts. Personally I've never proposed any treaties of this type, I haven't found a reason to do so, and until I do I would rather have a different treaty with a County. (8)Denounce a County Denounce a County - Coming out and Publically criticizing a County affects what every other County's people think of both them and you. Counties that have good popular relations with yours tend to dislike the other County and trust you more, especially if they already disliked the target. However, the opposite may be true in counties that do not like your people. In general, this is an effective method of hurting an opponent, but it may hurt your own progress as well. You may denounce 1 County per year. A way to hurt another County's popularity, the denounce a County option isn't a treaty, but instead is a Public statement against a County. Useful for the Orcs if you need popularity, the denounce a County is a weapon that you should use wisely as it can only be used once per year. (9)Declaration Of War Declaration of War - A Declaration of War is a Public statement declaring all relations with a given County to be void. Depending on previous popular relations, it can affect both counties' Approval Ratings and Public relations. War must be declared before a County is allowed to attack another. Before you can attack someone you must officially declare way. Be careful about doing this, because your Approval Rating can drop dramatically if your people like that County; if they hate that County then your Approval Rating will rise. ÕÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍ¸ ³ The Communications Menu ³ ÔÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍ¾ ÄÄÄÄÄÄ[Messages]ÄÄÄÄÄ (1) Read Messages (2) Write Messages (0) Quit ÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄ (1) Read Messages By choosing number 1, you are going to be able to read any and all messages written to either you or that are marked public. This is useful is you didn't read them all when you first started. (2) Write Messages Here you can write a message to anyone in your nation. If you would like to write to another nation, then you will have to visit the InterNational Menu and do it from there. ÕÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍ¸ ³ The War Room ³ ÔÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍ¾ ÄÄÄÄ[War Objectives]ÄÄÄ (1) Capture Land (2) Capture People (3) Capture Resources (?) Help (0) Quit ÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄ (1)Capture Land Capture Land - Land is an essential resource for any County. Land provides terrority for constructing various buildings and housing projects. This attack option allows you to fight to capture enemy lands as your own, destroying their construction works in the process. Definately my favorite, and probably the best overall attack, the Capture Land Spell will take 10% of the County's acres from that County and add that land to your County. This is really good because you will gain more people since you've lowered your population density. Even though it mentions that you will destroy the improvement the County is working on, in my testing I've not found this to be the case, it doesn't even affect the number of months left on the improvement. (2)Capture People Capture People - People are the heart of any empire. Without them, your County would be nothing more than barren lands. Without them, you'd have no one to work and support the County. By selecting this option, you can set up an attack to capture your enemy's people and put them to work in your own County. Initially, these new workers won't approve of your actions, but slowly they will learn to adapt and become normal citizens in your County. I don't like attacking to capture people unless I have enough land to hold them. If you have an higher population density than normal, and you capture a lot of people then the people are going to emigrate because the density is too high. Thus rendering your attack useless, except that it will upset the balance of labor in that County by capturing 10% of the labor force. (3)Capture Resources Capture Resources - Counties tend to stock up on supplies such as Silver, Food, Weapons, Stone Blocks, and Runes for future use. This option allows you to raid their stores and capture these essential resources. While you're unable to do long term permanent damage, it may boost your own County to a greater future. Perhaps the most useless attack of all, the capture resources allows you to capture 15% of each type of resource. It is really useful only if the County has a large number of resources. ÕÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍ¸ ³ The Council Room ³ ÔÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍ¾ ÄÄÄÄÄ[Council Room]ÄÄÄÄÄ (A) State of the County (B) Budget Office (C) Sec. of Agriculture (D) Sec. of Labor (E) Improvements (F) Foreign Affairs (G) Mystic Square (H) Research Status (I) Sec. of War (0) Quit ÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄ (A) State of the County This screen will tell you three main topics: items about your people, your inventory, and your total military strength. It will also tell you if your approval is expected to rise, or fall and by how much. (B) Budget Office This will give you information on your financial matters by showing your current treasury, production, and the result of that. It will also give you a breakdown of your maintenance, and tell you if you will have a net loss or gain next month. (C) Sec. of Agriculture The Secretary of Agriculture will tell you your current food stores, food production, and the total food stores. He/she will also show your how your food consumption is being consumed. He/she also can tell you if your going to make enough food to pay your expenses next month, and how by how much. (D) Sec. of Labor The Labor Department is useful because you can compare which labor type is more productive than another; it will also show you the total units produced by each labor type. (E) Improvements The Improvements' Report displays the improvements that you've built and how many months you have left on the current report that your building. (F) Foreign Affairs Foreign Affairs gives you a listing of every nation and if your relations are going to improve next month. (G) Mystic Square The Mystic Square will list all of the Spells that are currently affecting your County and how many months until they expire. (H) Research Status The Science Department will show you how your Scientists are coming along in each of their research areas. (I) Sec. of War The Secretary of War will tell you where you military is, and the total of each military unit. ÕÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍ¸ ³ The International Room ³ ÔÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍ¾ ÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄ[International Room]ÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄ (1) View Rankings (8) Send Message (2) View Relations (9) Go to War (3) View Defense Strategies (L) List of Nations (5) Cast Some Magic (T) Travel Times (6) Send Trade Deal (0) Quit ÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄ (1) View Rankings View Rankings will rank your nation and individual counties by 8 different criteria such as: total score, net worth, and land. This is useful for finding a nation to attack, or an ally to propose to. (2) View Relations This will tell you what nations you're friends or enemies with. It will also tell you if you're at peace with them or just don't have any relations with them at all. (3) View Defense Strategies Your President sets your defense strategies which are used for group attacks. I usually set mine to High, High. (5) Cast Some Magic This will allow you to cast some International Spells. Notice that the Spells that you can cast in your Mystic Square are not all available to be cast here. However the effects of Spells are the same. (6) Send Trade Deal Here you can send items to your allies in other nations in order to share your wealth. The trade deal will be automatically accepted on the other end, and you can not demand anything from them in return. So be sure that if your trading with someone that you've made previous arrangements. (8) Send Message You can send International Messages in four different types. You can send them Public, to multiple nations, to everyone in the world, or just to another nation's national President. (9) Go to War Ah, a good part of the International Operations is attacking other counties and taking their resources, people, or land. There are three different types of attacks for International attacks. They are as follows: Individual Attack Individual Attack - The Individual attack is the most efficient way of attacking an enemy. After selecting the military to send, your attack will immediately be sent on its way to the opposing target. In addition, you are able to capture more from your opponent than would a group attack. An individual attack will give you 30% of the County's land, 15% of the County's people, and 20% of the County's resources. Start Group Attack Start Group Attack - The Group Attack is a second alternative to the individual attack. It allows multiple counties to join out in attacking the opponent, which may be either an entire nation or a single County. The disadvantage is that amount that can be captured from the opponent is less than an individual attack. A group attack will capture 10% of the nation/County's land, about 10% of their people, and 15% of their resources. It doesn't matter if the group attack is against the entire nation or just one County, each County will lose the above amount of whatever your goal is. Join Group Attack Join Group Attack - This option allows you to add your forces to a group attack started at an earlier time. The real purpose of a group attack is to involve other counties, and this is where they can put their forces into the attack. If you are battling against a larger foe, many counties that are united can often bring one large County down. It is a simple matter of teamwork and cooperation, and that is accomplished by joining forces here, in a group attack. ÕÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍ¸ ³ Technology ³ ÔÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍ¾ ÄÄÄ[Research Priorities]ÄÄÄ Military 0% Food Production 0% Maintenance Costs 0% Magic Power 0% Alchemy 0% Construction 0% ÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄ Military Here you may change how effective your military strength is, good for fooling the enemy into thinking that you aren't as powerful as you really are because he/she/they can only see your networth, and military. If you've got a local enemy though, then he/she can send a Wizard's Eye against you and see how effective your Scientists have been. Food Production How much more efficient would you like your Farmers to be, change that here. Maintenance Costs In order to reduce your maintenance costs, simply enter the level of concentration for this field. Magic Power I'm not sure exactly what this is, but I'd bet money that it affects your Druids' production of Runes. Alchemy This is for your Alchemists, if you don't have any Alchemists then this would be completely useless to you. Construction Improves how many Stone Blocks each Builder can produce. ÕÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍ¸ ³ Private Chambers ³ ÔÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍ¾ ÄÄÄÄÄ[Private Chambers]ÄÄÄÄÄ (#) Abdicate (1) Auto-Pay Maintenance No (2) See Scores (3) See Today's News (4) See Yesterday's News (G) Game Setup (H) Help Database (I) Instructions (M) Create Macros (-) Vote for President (0) Quit ÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄ (#) Abdicate Abdicate: To relinquish an office, power, or right (Webster). That basically sums up what this option does. It is suicide and there is no way to bring you back from the dead. FE will ask for confirmation on your selection, but then you're dead. (1) Auto-Pay Maintenance I always change this option to a Yes. I can not imagine why you would not want it to be that way. Enabling this option will cause FE to automatically deduct from your resources the amount necessary to pay maintenance for one month, much the same way that automatic Bank payments are completed. If there aren't enough resources to pay your maintenance, then Auto-Pay will be disabled for that month. Once your current expenses have been payed off it will be re-enabled. (2) See Scores Lists the Names, acres of land, Score, and Networth of all counties in your nation. Nice for planning alliances or attacks. Also if you watch the score closely you can find who is casting Spells upon you, even if they've cast Invisible Magic. (3) See Today's News Simply scrolls Today's News across the screen. (4) See Yesterday's News Displays the news from yesterday. (G) Game Setup This is interesting because you can see how the major points of the game are setup. Of course not everything is listed but everything important is. (H) Help Database A friendly online help, the database is quite knowledge about facts, but doesn't provide much in the way of strategy. The database is divided into groups by topic. (I) Instructions Starts the process of listing the author's instructions for FE. Quite a lengthy file, I recommend reading it once you are familiar with the major aspects of the game, as it will be more meaningful after having some experience. It does allow you to stop reading after every page though. (M) Create Macros Can you imagine how nice it would be to play one turn in two key strokes, and do virtually unlimited things? That is the purpose of a macro. For instance I have made Control-D go to the Labor Menu and hire all available workers as Blacksmiths, and then proceed to the City Improvements menu to purchase all the land that I can afford. Finally it takes another turn. Not too bad for only two keys, huh? (-) Vote for President Obviously this won't vote for the President of the United States, but it will cast your vote for President of your nation. The votes are tabulated daily, so if you change your mind the results will come back the next day. The President doesn't have any perks, but he/she can decide on your national defense strategies, and other such things. He/She is generally considered to be one of the most level-headed, politically minded players that your nation has, as those are the tasks that he/she must fulfill. ÕÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍ¸ ³ Miscellaneous Topics ³ ÔÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍ¾ ------------------------Networth and Maintenance Chart----------------------- This chart explains many different things and how they are related. Hopefully this will answer some questions on how much different items are worth and what it costs to maintain them. ÕÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍ¸ ³Name Networth Silver / Unit Attack/Defense Food Per Unit ³ ³Peasants 2.000 0.20 2/2 0.025 ³ ³Swordsmen 6.000 0.60 6/3 0.025 ³ ³Bowmen 6.000 0.60 3/5 0.025 ³ ³Knights 10.000 1.00 8/6 0.025 ³ ³Special Units Unit Cost 1/10 / Unit Cost 0.025 ³ ³ ³ ³Person 4.000 0.00 8.000 ³ ³Acre of Land 4.000 0.00 ÚÄÄÄÍÍ Not Applicable ÍÍÄÄÄ¿ ³ ³Weapon .010 0.02 ³ ³ ³ ³Stone Block .010 0.02 ³ ³ ³ ³Rune .010 0.02 ³ ³ ³ ³Silver .001 0.00 ³ ³ ³ ³Food .001 0.00 ÀÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄ¯ ®ÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÙ ³ ÔÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍ¾ ------------------------------Popular Relations------------------------------ One question you may have as you play is what causes popular relations to rise or fall. Here is a list of the factors that can affect relations between the people of two counties: 1) Humans are skillful in maintaining positive relations with other counties. 2) Orcs naturally tend to have trouble maintaining good relations. 3) Relations tend to balance out. If A's people like B's people more than B's like A, the two will move toward each other until they balance. 4) Larger counties tend to have inherent problems, as their people begin to look at others as weak or uncivilized. 5) Treaties are the best way to maintain good relations. By being at war with another County, your people will think negatively of them. Peace helps to remove any anger between two groups of people. Various alliances tend to benefit relations, bringing two counties closer together. 6) If a County rejects your trade deal, your people will feel some resentment toward their County. -------------------------------Approval Rating------------------------------- It is critical to the success of your County to maintain a strong approval rating with the people. A higher Approval Rating increases the number of people willing to live in your County, so a strong rating gives you a larger potential labor pool. Sometimes, it may be difficult to gauge why your approval rises or falls; here are the factors that affect your rating: 1) Pride helps to increase approval of the County. A strong month of growth helps to raise your ratings, while a loss in networth may hurt approval. In times of crisis, however, you may find that your approval jumps as your people rally behind their leader. 2) The people of Falcon's Eye tend to be neither cynical nor trusting. Approval tends to naturally move towards the 50% mark. 3) Larger counties tend to be more demanding of their leaders and naturally will have lower approval. 4) Overcrowding tends to decrease approval. This is a self-correcting problem, as higher approval leads to higher population (overcrowding) which will come back and lower approval. 5) Your diplomatic relations are the single most powerful determinant of Approval Ratings. Being allied with counties your people dislike, or being enemies with friends of your people, hurts your popularity. Similiarly, being enemies with your people's enemies tends to help your ratings. 6) Having trade deals rejected lowers your Approval Rating, as your people see you as having made a bad deal. If you've controlled all of these factors and still your Approval Rating is falling perhaps the best thing to do is just wait it out. You will lose some people but then they will start coming back. If you have a Black Wind floating around your County then you need to cast the Falcon's Blessing and get rid of it. ----------------------------Definitions for Combat--------------------------- There are some terms used in the military aspect of the game which you should understand: Quality Rating - The quality rating of your army. This value helps determine how effectively your troops can fight. When military is used in combat or traded in trade deals, their quality rating drops. Quality naturally rises as troops remain at home. Therefore, it is wise to wait between attacks, giving your forces time to recover from their last battle. Resistance - Resistance is a measure of the ability of an army or unit to survive. An army with a strong resistance means they are difficult to kill. A unit with a strong resistance will survive through many more battles than one with a lower resistance value. Attack - Attack ability is a measure of the ability of an army or unit to damage an opposing army. An army with a strong attack value means it is effective at killing opponents. Offense - Being the offensive army refers to the army that is actually attacking the opponent away from his/her own lands. Defense - Being the defensive army refers to the army that is standing on his/her own ground defending a County. In war, there are many benefits given by magic or building improvements that refer to the different definitions above. In war, a strong resistance means that an army is going to take less damage overall; a strong attack value is necessary, however, to kill an opposing army. -----------------------------The Falcon's Eye-------------------------------- The Falcon's Eye is a glass eye from a famous sculpture of a falcon. Each year, it is awarded to the most popular County in the game, based upon how each County's people look upon that County. In order to be awarded this honor, you must, through relations management, work to give your County's people positive relations with other counties throughout the game. While you have the Falcon's Eye, you gain the following benefits: 100% success on the Wizard's Eye Spell Each month, your Approval Rating will rise All workers have 10% higher productivity Scientists work at an additional 30% higher productivity However, having the Falcon's Eye makes others jealous of your people, causing popular relations with your County to slowly drop. This has the added benefit of causing the Falcon's Eye to circulate. --------------------------------Yearly Events-------------------------------- Random events occur every year that aid various aspects of your County or nation. There are two different events that would benefit one item. In the first example "Merchant Bonus" either the strong economy or agressive buying would improve the Merchants productivity. The following is a complete list: Merchant Bonus A strong economy helps boost merchant sales this year! Agressive buying spurs stronger merchant productivity for the year. Blacksmith Bonus Rare iron discoveries increase Blacksmith productivity for the year! Fasicnating new metals boost the productivity of Blacksmiths for the year! Farmer Bonus Splendid weather during the growing season has helped increase farmer output! New farm equipment helps farming everywhere! Druid Bonus Mystic forces have blanketed the nation, improving Druid capabilities for the year! This year, the Year of the Mystic, provides boosted Druid capabilities! Approval Bonus Travelling fairs throughout the nation have helped to raise confidence in governments! Declared the Year Of Trust, people are forgetting past anger and coming out to support their leaders! Relations Bonus A national festival this year should bring people closer together, improving relations! The country has a vast celebration, allowing people to forget some of their past differences! ÕÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍ¸ ³ List Of Run-Time Errors ³ ÔÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍ¾ Here is a list of FE's run-time error codes and what can be done about them. ALWAYS check PROBLEMS.LOG to see if it has any info on the problem. This file will be located in your FE directory. 2 - File not found Check the RESOURCE.DAT and other configuration files to make sure that all the files exist (check for misspelled directory names too). 3 - Path not found Make sure (in the configuration files) that all the directory names are right. This is reported when FE tries to write a file to a directory that does not exist, or if the filename is invalid. 4 - Too many open files Try increasing the FILES= statement in your CONFIG.SYS file. If this problem persists, it may be a bug. (FE Betas 1, 2, and 3 had a bug of this nature.) 5 - File access denied Be sure none of your FE data files are marked "read only". Also, when specifying score and news files in RESOURCE.DAT be sure you put a file NAME, not just a directory. 6 - Invalid file handle This should never occur. It means DOS is badly corrupted; check for viruses and run CHKDSK (SCANDISK) on your hard disk. 100-Disk read error This usually indicates either a bug in the game or a bad inbound IP game packet. 101-Disk write error This usually means the disk is full. 102-File not assigned This should not occur -- please report it as a bug. 103-File not open This should not occur -- please report it as a bug. 104-File not open for input This should not occur -- please report it as a bug. 105-File not open for output This should not occur -- please report it as a bug. 106-Invalid numeric format. This usually means that in one of your configuation files, you have put text instead of a number. The most common place this occurs is in the node list -- if you have an extra blank line somewhere, FE will read the blank line as the BBS name and then the BBS name as the BBS number, and the name is not a number, so this error occurs. Check all the configuration text files to make sure it matches the format required by FE. ============================================================================= The following errors indicate a problem with your hardware, and not with FE. 150-Disk is write protected This means that the disk that FE is trying to write to is write protected and the write protection needs to be taken off. 151-Unknown unit 152-Drive not ready The drive is not ready. This may just be a one-time problem, but if it happens more than once, check your cables that are connecting the drive to other parts of the system. It might be happening because the computer is tired and needs to be turned off for a minute. 153-Unknown command 154-CRC error in data This means that the file that FE is trying to read from has a CRC error. Try running ScanDisk if you are using DOS 6.0+. 155-Bad drive request structure length 156-Disk seek error 157-Unknown media type The media type on your drive is unknown. If you are using a non-IBM compatible then this might come up, or it the media byte may be corrupted. If you are using DOS 6.0+ try running ScanDisk. 158-Sector not found This is a problem with your hard-drive. If you are running DOS 6.0+ try running ScanDisk to try to fix the problem. 159-Printer out of paper Try putting some more paper in your printer, or push your tray in because it may be ajar. 160-Device write fault For some reason FE can't write to the device it is trying to write to. If this is the hard-drive and you are using DOS 6.0+ try running ScanDisk. If it is not your hard drive, you will have to figure out what the device is and why FE can't write to it. (Check your modem cords) 161-Device read fault For some reason FE can't read from the device it is trying to read from. If this is the hard drive and you are using DOS 6.0+ try running ScanDisk. If it is not your hard drive, you will have to figure out what the device is and why FE can't read from it. (Check your modem cords) 162-Hardware failure This means that somewhere along the line you have a hardware failure. Good luck! ============================================================================= 200-Division by zero Please report this as a bug. 201-Range check error This can happen when your players' empires get larger than what FE can handle. It can also occur when corrupt IP packets arrive. This is the main "the numbers are too big" error. If you have run FE PLANETARY, and this occurs, to salvage your game, delete the inbound packets. :( 202-Stack overflow error Please report this as a bug. 203-Heap overflow error This indicates that the system has run out of conventional memory. FE does not use EMS or XMS for data; it _can_ use EMS for swapping the program out, but empire data is stored in conventional memory. Try removing some device drivers or TSRs; also, check your BBS software to see if it can swap itself out before running door games. 204-Invalid pointer operation This should never occur - please report it as a bug. 205-Floating point overflow This rarely occurs, but if it does, it means numbers are too big for the game (or the math chip) to handle. This also is caused by huge empires. 206-Floating point underflow This should never occur. Report it as a bug. 207-Invalid floating point operation This means that the numbers are too big for the game (or the math chip) to handle. This is also caused by huge empires. ÕÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍ¸ ³ How to deal with Bugs and Problems ³ ÔÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍ¾ Q: I can't figure out why I keep getting an error, what should I do? A: First try replacing the GAME.DAT in the FE GAME directory ([Path to game directory\GAME\) with the GAME.DAT in the BACKUP directory ([Path to game directory\BACKUP\). If this doesn't work write a message in SRGAMES for some help, or write to Mehul Patel or Justin Verduyn. (see end of guide) If you are SURE that nothing can be done then you will have to reset the game. Q: PROBLEMS.LOG says STATUS.PAK or some other file like that is missing, what should I do? A: Try replacing GAME.DAT (more detail above) with the backup GAME.DAT. Q: Does FE have any errorlevels? A: Yes, it has one. 1. If the game exits any time it's not supposed to, then it exits with an errorlevel of... Yep you guessed it... 1. Q: Why does FE kick me back to the board if I send out a large attack? A: Sending too many forces in one attack (or putting too much in a group attack at one time) will cause FE to get overloaded when it tries to calculate the cost of the attack. This generally happens when you have a large amount of land and a large army. Try sending your stuff bit by bit (about 20 million swords at a time) in group attacks. Q: Why don't my attacks come back? A: There can be several reasons for attacks not coming back. - MIT (Missing In Transit) FE will return your forces after a set amount of days if it does not receive the results of your attack. Often these problems are caused by poor routing, attacks to other continents that take too long to return, accidential deletion of packets, and other problems that cause packets to get misplaced. - PROTECTED. If FE reports back to you saying that your target was protected, it means that the target you sent your attack against was under protection and cannot be attacked. Try attacking someone that is out of protection (usually denoted by a score in the 10,000's) until your original target is out of protection. - TARGET NOT FOUND. If FE reports this back to you, either the County you sent your attack to abdicated or was killed by your teammates. - VERSION DIFFERENCES. The SysOp of another BBS may not have the same version of FE that your SysOp does. Sometimes this can cause errors resulting in lost packets, or even worse corrupt packets. If this is the case make sure that your SysOp has the correct version for the league that you are participating in. ÕÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍ¸ ³ Notes & Acknowledgements ³ ÔÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍ¾ * This is being done for free, so if there are any grammar or spelling problems, I'm sorry about it, but you can live with it. * I've written a few programs for BRE and I think that they're quality products. If you would like to check them out they should be available on Xenophobia (701-239-9737) for download using the GUEST;GUEST account. Please call and look at my Bulletin Board. The latest version of this Strategy Guide will also be available there too as FESG(Latest Major FE Version).ZIP * Send your strategies, questions, answers to questions, basic facts that people should know, etc, to me at one of the following places: Justin Verduyn: SRGAMES echo 1:2808/5 (FidoNet) firstname.lastname@example.org (InterNet) Call Xenophobia at (701)239-9737 logon as GUEST;GUEST and leave a message for Mildred. US. Mail: Justin Verduyn 2831 23rd St. S. Fargo, ND 58103-5805 * How to contact the author of Falcon's Eye: Mehul Patel: email@example.com (InterNet.. Most likely to be read..) SRGAMES echo 1:106/900@fidonet * Small parts of this text are derived from Xangel's and Zarkas BRE FAQ.