Monthly Archives: March 2013

Forge of Empires Version 0.29 – The Chat is online!

Wouldn’t it be great, if it were possible to discuss new features, tactics and the latest gossip with you neighbors in Forge of Empires? Wouldn’t it be very useful, if  you could directly negotiate with other players about commodity prices to always get the best offers? You can look forward to all this and even more featured by our brand new chat function! From now on, you will find a new chat icon in the top right corner of your screen. Clicking it will open the chat window. The chat features three chat modes:

  • global chat: Here you can talk to all players in your world and share information or discuss new updates
  • Neighborhood chat: Here you find all the players you interact with on a daily basis. Therefore it’s the perfect channel to arrange tactics or alliances.
  • guild chat: In this channel, you can exchange gossip, hints and tips with your guild mates.

Our new chat features also a whisper mode to send private messages to other players. To use it, just click on the players name and select the whisper option. In addition you have the options to ignore users or report them if necessary.

I’m really excited what you think about new the chat. I for my part already used the chat for a couple of hours and talked shop with some Forge fans about clever war tactics…

Forge of Empires: Suggest a Great Building and become immortalized in the game!

Forge of Empires takes you on a journey through the Ages. Starting with a primitive settlement in the Stone Age, your city evolves through the dark middles ages to a huge settlement in the industrial age. Each era, its own style and architecture are being visualized in an especially impressive way by the magnificent Great Buildings. For the new age we’re planning, our developers had a great idea: We no longer want to decide on our own which Buildings will be included in the game. We want you to be involved in this process. Therefore you have the chance to help us choosing a new Great Building by making a suggestion in the Forge of Empires forum. The first one who suggests the winning buildings will win the prestige of seeing their names added to Forge of Empires, in the buildings’ description!

As soon as the contest is over, we’ll pick a handful of suggestions and you can vote for your favorite building to be included in the game.

This is how you do it: First, you have to register in the forum. Once you’ve registered, you can post your suggestion in the contest thread. These are the rules: Your suggestion must have been built between 1880 and 1930. Its only allowed to entry one suggestion per person. Do not repeat previous suggestions. Only the first entry for a suggested structure will be valid. You can look forward to great prizes:

  • If you are the first person from all game countries to suggest the chosen Great Building your name will be immortalized in Forge of Empires, in the Great Building’s description!
  • If you are the first person in the national contest who suggested the winning buildings, you will gain  a Full set of blueprints for a Great building of their choice, 3000 Diamonds and
    20 of each Good from player’s current Age.
  • We will give 1000 Diamonds and two Blueprints of the player’s choice to ten players who had great suggestions that we didn’t choose.

But be quick: The event ends on the 25th of March. Good Luck!

Forge of Empires: The Easter bunny arrived!

Did you already see the golden egg icons hovering over your decorations? They were not placed randomly by the Easter bunny, but they are part of our new Easter event in Forge of Empires. But that’s not all: You can look forward to special quests, the new action, “Hide Easter Eggs”, and a unique Easter Egg trade-in shop. But one thing at a time:

During the event, Easter eggs will be introduced as a new collectible resource. A graphic shows you how many eggs you have already collected. There are two ways to gather Easter eggs: Either you solve the special Easter quests and gain eggs as rewards, or you collect eggs other players have placed in your city. You can find hidden eggs with the already mentioned golden symbols. When you want to hide Easter eggs you can use the new hide Easter eggs action. To do so, visit a neighbor’s city and click on the new positive action. Just like with Forge Points, you have a hide eggs counter, which increments by one each hour, but there is a limit of six actions in the action bar. So choose wisely which neighbor you want to surprise.

So let’s talk about the new trade in shop:

Here you can exchange your eggs for pretty cool units, items and buildings. My personal favorites are the wishing well and a new unit, the rogue. The wishing well generates something at random. This could be Forge Points or supplies, but also diamonds! Very useful! The rogue is a new unit type with special abilities and, in my opinion, he is one of the most powerful units in Forge of Empires. Here is why: If the rogue is getting attacked, the initial damage is ignored completely. Instead, the Rogue transforms into a random other unit of your army. Isn’t this awesome?

To make the whole event and the new unit more clear to you, please find below a video. Enjoy!

 

The event will run until April 3rd. After it ends, the trader will remain available for a further week and leave on April 10th, giving you an opportunity to trade any remaining eggs.

Full steam ahead – The first weekend playing the Industrial Age

Last week we introduced to you a new era for our strategy game Forge of Empires: The Industrial Age. There are a lot of cool features such as new buildings and units which are waiting to be explored by you. And there is even more: Our developers created a whole new campaign map with a lot of huge provinces. Great battles are guaranteed! On the weekend I finally had the time to play the new age extensively and I’m really excited! The new buildings look great in my city and it steams and hisses all over the place.

My personal favorite is the rubber plant with the conveyor and the huge steaming boiler. It’s hard to believe that only a short time ago an old windmill stood on the same place. But this constitutes the special appeal of Forge of Empires: My city is changing permanently and I’m always working on new tasks. I will now focus on the new campaign and capture some provinces. Maybe after I conquered the new world I’m powerful enough to build the Royal Albert Hall…