Forge of Empires

The difference between you and me is… Ha ha!!

The difference is EVERYTHING!!!

When we talk about playing a video game we tend to relate things via our own history, intelligence, mood and oh… everything! People who playe Forge of Empires are no different. From the essential of trading goods and choosing what ratio to use to choice of profile pic the variety is endless.

One of the most persistent and consistent difficulties arise, as I say, trading goods. I’m playing actively in 4 worlds/guilds, playing around in 1 world and beta world D. Some of the guilds I belong to (a different one in each world) use “fair trade” rules. The rest, use “fair trade” rules. OMG  You would think it would be easy to define “fair trade” rules right? Nope.

To my mind fair trade practices are those that I don’t need a calculator or app to calculate what ratios I need to trade at across different eras (levels right next to each other) are NOT “simple.

I checked out Wikipedia just now and “Fair trade” is defined as: an organized social movement that aims to help producers in developing countries to make better trading conditions and promote sustainability.

And furthermore…  “fair trade is a trading partnership, based on dialogue, transparency, and respect, that seeks greater equity in international trade. Fair trade organizations, backed by consumers, are engaged actively in supporting producers, awareness raising, and in campaigning for changes in the rules and practice of conventional international trade.

Okay, okay. Let’s say this, simple fair trade consists of trades going up or down ONE age/era/level only double or halve in number. Uh… Like this:  2:1  and  2:2  and 1:2  It does not matter how advanced the ages are the trades will still function using the same ratios regardless. Always doubling trading for the next higher era  OR  half of the number of goods asked for when offering goods in the era directly below the era you’re offering for what you want  OR  in the same era asking for the SAME number of goods that you are offering. So it would look like this:

Offering 20 coffee, asking for 10 coke. That’s like offering 50 coffee for 25 coke. Got it?

Offering 50 coke for 25 gasoline

Offering 5o gasoline for 25 packaging

When going down an era just revers the numbers thusly: Offering 25 packaging for 50 gasoline.

Ah ha!!

The other method is based upon the idea that the goods in eras further along (higher) in the tech tree cost more and are not double the era that comes just before it. No 2:1  or  1:2 ratio. Thusly, trades are based upon higher operating costs for production of higher era goods.

Whatever. Players are often referred to what I think is the most commonly used Forge trading calculator found Here.

Whatever. Leaders, friends, neighborhood associates… offer whatever proportion you want when trading ACCEPT for trades meant for your guild only. These should follow whatever guidelines your guild leaders have chosen. If you don’t you’re just asking for trouble and possibly ridicule and eventually even getting the boot.

There are so many differences of opinion on how to trade properly. I want – I just want – guild leadership people to post somewhere obvious the ratios they demand us to trade… WITH EXAMPLES!   That’s all I want.

I don’t want to examine the trades I can see on the board to see if I can find a similar trade by someone else in my guild so I can do what they do and not piss people off.

I want to create trades that don’t make me sweat. I want others to want to pick them up quickly.

No sweating. No swearing. No scrambling.

Just clean, simple instructions that make me feel good.

No sweating. I get enough of that when new neighbors in the hood start raiding my goods the first day and all those following that. It’s okay to sweat over stuff getting stolen. Not okay to sweat trading. Nope. No sweating.

If this post is confusing that’s too bad. That’s what happens when I try to remember what which method each guild uses. Crikey.

Supplies – New Page

Posted: February 8, 2014 in Uncategorized

Check out the newly added Supplies page. More to come soon.

One of the many things to consider when playing Forge of Empires is the rate you wish to produce goods. Each Era has several goods plants you can manufacture and use throughout the game. Each player is give 2 (two) goods that are “boosted” or have a “push” as I like to call it. This simply means that instead of producing 1 (one) of the good you are making per 4 (four) hours, you make 5 (five) per 4 (four) hours.

Generally, players will tell you to only produce the goods you have a push for. It is very logical. It is what I do. I have build “one-off” plants before when I wanted goods that were simply not available at the time. It’s painful but in one expensive day (a whole day costs more than the shorter production periods) 20 goods are produced. 24 hours is an easy way to keep track of when your goods are ready to be “picked-up” or “harvested”. There is always the chance that someone will overcome your defenses and plunder your city taking whatever goods are laying around for them to take. This sucks.

An advanced friend of mine who has more points than I’m ever likely to see said she always produces 1,000 of a good  before demolishing the building. That way she has plenty to use throughout the game without freaking out about not having enough of a good nor being able to trade a good she produced to acquire a good she needed.

I’m testing this method presently. In one city I haven 5 granite producing plants. I make 100 granite a day as long as I have the coins and supplies to do so. Granite is a highly desired good that seems to be on the rare side… everyone wants to buy some! I’ve decided to play slower in this particular world so I can try this out. I do like seeing the bigger numbers.

I’ve also been trying it in my advanced city that takes place in the Modern Era. I had 900 of two of the goods being used in this age. Within a very short time it was all gone. Valuable lesson learned…. make way more than you think you  need!

Forge of Empires – Play Free!

Game Tip: If you are looking for blueprints for Great Buildings you wish to build you should consider polishing & motivating as many people as possible as often as possible. When you do this you will periodical receive free blueprints. This is a challenging and cheaper way to collect blueprints although I admit it is slower than buying them with 200 diamonds per blueprint (there are nine per building). Diamonds of course can be had by winning certain quests or special events or by buying them with RL (Real Life $).

My most exciting time was a recent weekend when I picked up blueprints and completed two Great Buildings! Just that weekend! This is rare, but it was worth the p/m time. With that city I have 33 in my guile, 75 in my Friends list and 80 in my Neighborhood. Every 24 hours I can p/m them all… or not, it’s my choice.

1. If you have a slow computer only play in a few worlds.

2. If you have a fast computer go ahead and play in as many as you want. Just remember you have a life too. 

3. Do not spend a lot of RL (real life) money on the game unless money is no object and you like doing things the easy way. LOL

UK world #1…. sold everything and bought Happiness makers for people to polish. I’m out!

USA world
#1  Probably drop. Stuck trying not to enter the Colonial Age because I’m not prepared to. Not really any friends here that I would miss in real life (RL).
#2  Just switched to a guild for smaller cities (fewer points). Although it is huge, hovering about 80 and I had to wait to get in, I fit nicely into the middle of the pack and think I can move up with some effort.
#3  My elderly city. Started a year ago. Finished the tech tree and the last age released to date. Waiting on the Modern Age to be released. I’m just amassing a fortune and goods.
#4  Uh… I’ve forgotten…. See, too many to do.
#5  I support a GB circle/team so I feel like I should keep playing here… but I’m not really advancing. I could stop here and just let them know I’ll be leaving the team. We’ll see.
#6  I like building this world. I’ll stick.
#7  Not personally involved in this newest world from Forge of Empires just yet. No Great Buildings so I won’t let down those who are playing with me. Probably will drop.

Uh… so much to consider… and then stick with.

I do enjoy playing Forge of Empires (FoE), but the bloody thing takes so long. If you play in more than one world you are at the mercy of your faculties becoming obsessed with real-time competition and the quest for more. More city building that is.

I’d gotten back up to 8 worlds I was playing in again. Switching back and forth between my Chromebook and my laptop is so hard on my hands that after a holiday season of playing too much with no place to go my hands, especially my thumbs, are killing me.

In addition to the pain and lack of time both machines are dying. The Chrome overheats and burns my fingertips and makes my lap burn. So, time to send the machines off to be fixed and reduce the amount of time I play.

Did I mention that I have a time consuming job? I’m a writer, right? I don’t give myself enough time to be creative OR let my hands rest to heal. Heal? I shouldn’t need to let my hands heal or rest after playing a game just so I can work.

Time to get real…. again.

I love playing Forge of Empires (FoE). I probably play too much but I expect it’s better for my brain than watching TV or something. We’re in the midst of a “quest” in FoE. They have them several times a year. This one is the winter/Christmas one of course. Each day brings a new part of the quest (an individual and different quest). With 8, yes EIGHT, worlds/cities I’m a bit busy. It frustrates me a bit because I’ve found I really have come to like building and rebuilding my cities and developing my own style of playing.

FoE, in their infinite wisdom, have made “unattached” military units a huge part of the “gifts” you can win when you compete a quest. These sort of suck. Since they are unattached if they get killed when you attack someone and they die they can’t be replaced or repaired. You just lose them. You can use them for defense and I do this with most of the quest units however, since these tend to be strong units the prospect of fighting with my Iron Age military units against far superior unattached units so I can win points and medals (very important stuff) very difficult. All my guys get killed all the time. Suddenly the crappiest cities have defenses the opponent could never afford to buy and I can’t beat them.

I win the free units as well, but that’s not the point. It hurts my opponent too and I see it hurting the game overall as lower Age tournaments are abandoned in favor of creating a mercantile city with an unattached defense. That sucks. It means I won’t be able to battle until my younger cities get much much older and have stronger units. Grrr…

Visit Forge of Empires to check out this addictive game… regardless of your age you might just love it.

Forge of Empires

Over 40 and Addicted

Posted: December 11, 2013 in Uncategorized

I admit it. I play Forge way too much. I’ve come to realize this because of many things but this one is probably one you may not have heard of before. I play because during my brief contact with other players I have discovered that they are mostly women and either in professional jobs, mom’s at home, and …. grandmothers. Seriously. Obviously this is a gross generalization but I think you get the idea.

And then the game gods switch the neighborhoods around or you leave or join different guilds. Or, RL (real life) invades and all that time you spent polishing and motivating your 80 person Hood, your 80 person Guild and something like 120 Friends (if you’re really addicted and competitive) and they collide and I’m sorry but that trip to the hospital to have heart surgery just has to take precedence.

But don’t worry. We’re old enough and wise enough (and addicted enough and have no lives) that we’ve either had someone in the guild post an update on your condition to your “friends” or you have brought along your laptop and you hop right back in as soon as you can sit up and see actual words that are words.

Sound like anyone you know?

“Honey, put it down. I’m trying to sleep. It’s too bright and you’re still clicking your nails on the touchpad too loudly. God. Sleep woman….”