Since you guys still have to wait for the start of Forge of Empires, I will try to help you pass the time by telling some more about our experience playing the internal alpha here at InnoGames.
Being one of the first to play the game that your colleagues worked so hard on during the last few months is obviously a big deal, so we were all very excited when we finally received the mail with our access data. A lot of colleagues immediately started playing, and during lunch some already bragged about being the first to reach the next age with their village.
So, when I finally had the time, I was very eager to catch up to them. But after a few minutes, I forgot everything about competition and was full into city building mode. The journey of my village begins in the Stone Age, and right from the start, I can build a number of structures with very different purposes. I took care of streets, residential and military buildings, but I forgot to also take care of their well-being by positioning special buildings that provide for happiness. At first, those are mostly plants or stone sculptures, but later in the game people need schools and taverns and theatres to remain satisfied with their ruler.
Quickly I collect my first resources and the inhabitants of my small settling run around buzzily. Zooming in, I am really impressed by all the small movements and details of every single building. One immediately realizes that Forge of Empire was developed using Flash, which allows for great graphics and a lot of animation in the browser. After I finally finish admiring my beautiful yet very little evolved settling, I decide to find out how to proceed further in time…