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Tips on How to Start Playing Crusader Kings II

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Tips on How to Start Playing Crusader Kings II

If there’s one game that combines the element of war, intrigue, religion and politics, it’s Crusader Kings II.

This grand strategy game which was developed by Paradox Development Studio is a sequel to Crusader Kings. Since its release last February 2012, the game has received worldwide positive acceptance. It has over more than 1 million copies sold only 2 years after its release.

For those that are not familiar with Crusader Kings II, it’s a game set in the Middle Ages and you play as a medieval ruler trying to gain more influence, power and territory.  To achieve success for your dynasty, you would need to have strategic use of marriages, war and assassinations among many other things.

As a player, your main objective is to gain as many piety and prestige points as possible in order to surpass the various historically relevant European dynasties in a fictional prestige ranking. Crusader Kings II is a game about people: your dynasty, your lovers, vassals, family members and enemies.

What makes this game so compelling is the personal element added to it. You are not in charge of an abstract nation; instead the fate of your family is in your hands. It follows the life cycle of human beings – marriage, having kids, death and then an heir will take over and the whole thing begins again. Developing a real personal connection with your characters is inevitable. You will cheer for every triumph they have and mourn their death.

How do you actually play Crusader Kings II?

Below are some tips on how to get started on this addicting game.

  1. Start as an Irish count

This is probably the first tip every veteran Crusader Kings II player will tell you.

You can start as early as 1066 in this game, so go ahead and pick the Stamford Bridge start date then pick a Count in Ireland to play as. It does not matter which one, as long as you pick one that is not too old. Each county in Ireland is its own ruler in 1066. Choosing this timeline will let you learn the ins and outs of the game without having to worry that bigger nation will bother you and impose their rules on you. It’s easy to work your way up from Count to Duke and finally on to declaring yourself as King or Queen.

Before moving on to the next step, pause the game and spend some time familiarizing with the user interface, especially the top left panels. Majority of your gameplay options are in this section.

  1. Create a Family

Remember that in this game, you are not playing as a single character or as a nation, but as an entire dynasty. Crusader Kings II holds lineage and family as the most important things. You don’t want to face defeat when your character dies without an heir to inherit your dynasty.

With this being said, the very first thing that you must do is to get married and secure yourself an heir. Rule for long enough and you can make some changes to succession laws to affect the type of heir you will have. Most likely though, first born sons are made as heir.

  1. Fabricate Some Claims

Improving your realm is important if you want your dynasty to grow for your future generations. One way to do this is by raging wars, though you have to carefully assess if raging war against other dynasties is necessary.

Before you can raise your own troops, you would need to acquire a valid claim first. Though there are several ways that you can gain a claim, you would need to fabricate one during the early stage. This is where your Chancellor can help you. You can find your council by clicking the first button to the right of your portrait in the UI. You should always have a full council, where each of them has three tasks that you can assign. One of those tasks is to fabricate claims.

Before jumping in though, make sure that you spend ample time in checking out the different map modes that are available in the game. Check out the De Jure Duchies view as well as which duchy your current county is part of. In Ireland, chances are you will be part of a two county duchy, so you want to fabricate the claim on the other county. Issue the order to your diplomat and wait until that claim comes through.

  1. It’s Time for War

Now that you have fabricated some claims, you are now ready to go to war.

A number of regular strategy gamers might find this stage disorientating. First, you need to remember that you don’t specifically train troops. Instead, you are provided with levies by every county in your realm that you need to raise. You will be provided of the maximum troops that your own holdings can and you can build and improve buildings to increase the number of your troops.

You should create and maintain good relationship with your vassals as the troops that they are providing depends on the laws you set and how much they like you. If you want to know the number of troops that your vassal can provide, simply hover your mouse over your vassals troops counts in the military panel.

Once war has been declared, beat down your opponents with your raised troops then sit on his holdings to siege them. Winning the war enables you to expand your realm by claiming your neighbor as part of it. This is why playing in Ireland at the start of the game is a wise choice. You can easily claim yourself as Duke and raise your prestige, so long as you can raise the funds to claim the title.

Repeat stages 3 and 4 around the rest of Ireland until you can bring your supremacy to the entire country.

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Step-by-Step Guides on How to Play Burger Tycoon

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Step-by-Step Guides on How to Play Burger Tycoon

Do you want to experience being a business tycoon?

While you may find it quite challenging to rule the business world, it’s not as hard as it is in the virtual world. If you want to have a feel on how to manage a burger establishment and make it even more successful, why not try playing Burger Tycoon.

This single-player online video game will not only fulfill your dream of being a successful businessman, it will also challenge your strategic and business skills. This game is not as easy as it sounds. It requires careful strategic planning as not being able to do so will have many pitfalls waiting. For instance, your cows will face their demise if you run out of soy. Using illegal substances to make your soy grow faster will result to being sued. Every single decision you made should be carefully thought of if you don’t want to face numerous contingencies.

How can you get far in Burger Tycoon? Below is your step-by-step guide on how to play and rule this game.

  1. Setting Up Your Farms and Restaurant

Starting this game in a correct pathway is very important. If you already have a game started and has not played it for long, it may be too late to save it and become profitable. Start with a clean plate instead and start a new game.

As soon as your game starts, pause it. Failing to do so will cause you to go bankrupt. Then build three soy fields on empty pastures. Select “soy” from the agriculture window and click on the empty pastures three times. Click another empty space and select the “Cow” option. Repeat until you have four. Click the Feedlot button found in the lower-left corner and click the scientific machine along the back wall and select the eyedropper option to enable hormones for the food.

Click the icon burger found in the lower-left corner to switch to the restaurant screen. Hire a single cashier and line worker. Once you have your cashier and line worker, switch to the corporate screen by clicking the McDonald’s logo. Corrupt a health officer so that you don’t get penalized for your poor meat quality. This option should remain enabled for the rest of your game.

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  1. Making Money

Now that you have finished setting up everything, it’s time to start making money. Switch to the pasture view and unpause the game. Wait for two complete soy harvests and click the DNA button on the soy fields to remove the genetic modification from the field. Sell your soy to earn your money back.

Wait until your second cow harvest. After your second cow harvest, you are now ready to have your restaurant full staffed. Add two more assembly workers and two more cashiers. Activate the food pyramid and the third-world marketing options by clicking the marketing department in the corporate screen.

Your restaurant and your farm are now on its full production mode.

  1. Maintaining Your Business

Make sure that you regularly check your cow pasture fertility. Your beef production on that square will stop if the pasture fertility degrades. How would you know when the fertility has degraded? The large blanks spots on the ground will be the indication. Sell off a cow pasture that is no longer fertile. Doing so will make the pasture blank and you can buy a new one again.

You would need to destroy the rainforest squares so that you will have more space on your farmland. Before doing so, make sure that you corrupt a climatologist from the corporate screen. Destroy two rainforest squares and allocate this space for your new cow pastures. With the two new squares and the two original squares that weren’t being used, build your cow pastures again.  Switch back and forth between the two sets of four open squares to build your pastures on and swap these pastures when they degrade.

An unhappy worker can greatly affect the productivity of your restaurant. As soon as you see that they become unhappy, give them rewards immediately. Giving them badges usually do the trick however it only works for a little while. Remember that discipline rarely works, so avoid giving unnecessary punishments to your workers.

You should know when to cut your losses though. If rewards can’t seem to put them in a good mood, just fire that crew member and hire a new one. Before doing so, make sure that you corrupt a politician first from the front desk of the corporate screen. This will prevent backlash from angry employees.

Additional Tips

  • Once you have at least $50,000, you can bribe the mayor so that he will give you access to four additional land spaces that you can use in adding more soy fields and pasture. Just remember that you don’t have to build all of them at once.
  • Never sell back a piece of land that you have outfitted. Doing so would only give you 50% of the money that you spent in acquiring it. Plus, you would need to pay the full price should you want to have the land back.
  • If you want to draw customers back, set up advertisements. As soon as you have accumulated $75,000, you can already set up an advertisement. Remember that you can only have one advertisement at a time because multiple ads can drain all of your resources quickly.
  • Always keep an eye on your profits. If you have noticed that they are starting to drop, evaluate what you may be doing wrong. Analyze every aspect of your business to point out where the problem is. There could be several factors that contribute to the decline of your profit – you could be using too many illegal substances in your soy, your employees could be misbehaving, or you may need to invest more in soy fields and cows. Remember that there may be times that you need to corrupt all four officials – climatologist, politician, health office and nutritionist.

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5 of the Best Real-Time Strategy Games on PC

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5 of the Best Real-Time Strategy Games on PC

If you want a game where you have full control of your army, then real-time strategy (RTS) game is perfect for you. In this game, you get to fill in a Commander’s shoes in finding and managing your resources and building your empire. Teammate is also promoted in this game; you can create alliances with other playmates and think of strategies on how to defeat your opponents.

If you’re looking for the best real-time strategy games on PC, we have made your lives easier. You can find on the list below which RTS is best for you.

  1. Command & Conquer

 

This RTS video game franchise that was first developed by Westwood Studios is perfect for beginners. This PC game series has both a single player and multiplayer mode which are pretty much highly addicting. You get to build new structures, collect resources or train new units to fight one another.

The gameplay is pretty much simple. You are required to construct your base and acquire resources. These acquired resources are used for funding of any ongoing productions of various types of forces. You need to have strong forces if you want to rule in assaulting and conquering the base of your opponents.

The Command & Conquer series have been a commercial success with over 30 million Command & Conquer games sold as of 2009.It’s also one of the highest ratings for a RTS PC game in existence. The series has acquired  six world records in the Guinness World Records: Gamer’s Edition 2008.These records include “Biggest Selling RTS Series”, “Most Number of Platforms for an RTS”, and “Longest Running Actor in Video Game Role” for Joe Kucan, who has played the part of Kane, the villainous mastermind of the series, for 15 years. Click here for the best Command & Conquer game.

  1. Age of Empires III

Since the franchise of Age of Empires series started, it holds the title of being an RTS game that gives players the most choices for factions. A player has 14 different empires to choose from in Age of Empires III.

If you have a thing for geography and history, then you will find Age of Empires III quite interesting and enjoyable. Unlike other RTS games, this one features real life countries with actual historical military units like samurais. The game begins where you have to start off with a civilization that has to go through the dark ages. You need to research for technologies and then eventually opening up trade routes. From there, you’ll build up a massive army to take over parts of Europe and Asia.

If you want a recipe of realism on your game, Age of Empires is the perfect dish. For every advancement to another age, a bonus system called “Politician System” is used. When you choose to advance to the next age, you will be presented with two or more “Politicians” accompanied with different bonus when you select them.

Age of Empires III won PC Gamer US’s “Best Real-Time Strategy Game 2005” award. The game was named fifth-best game of 2005 by GameSpy. An ‘honorable mention’ in the ‘Best Music’ category was also given to the game.

  1. Supreme Commander

 

Supreme Commander is one of the best games in scale and zoom. Not only does it have an immersive gameplay aspect, it also has a full 180-degree aerial view. If you want to have a closer view or zoom out the entire map, you can just conveniently zoom in or zoom out. Others may find the game too unit heavy and intensive though.

Designed by Chris Taylor and developed by his company, Gas Powered Games, Supreme Commander is considered to be a spiritual successor to Taylor’s 1997 game Total Annihilation, alongside the Spring remake. The game focuses on using a giant bipedal mech called an Armored Command Unit (or ACU) to build a base. You would then need to reach higher technology tiers by upgrading your units. The primary goal is to conquer opponents. You can command one of these three factions: the Cybran Nation, the Aeon Illuminate or the United Earth Federation.

The game has received high praise from many reviewers and players worldwide.

  1. Company of Heroes

World War II has always had a soft spot in our hearts. Most of us are big fans of war movies because it reminds us how strong our brotherhood and love for nation is.

Company of Heroes is a 2006 RTS video game that is set during World War II. Your goal in this game is to capture strategic resource sectors located around the map. You use these resources to produce new units, build base structures and defeat your opponents.

This game has received positive acclamation and won multiple awards for the best strategy game of the year. Because Company of Heroes was a great success, a sequel Company of Heroes 2 was released in 2013.As of January 2013, the whole Company of Heroes series has sold more than 4 million copies worldwide film adaptation starring Tom Sizemore was even produced.

  1. Star Craft II

 

StarCraft II is arguably one of the most popular RTS game ever created. It is a sequel to the 1998 hit game StarCraft.

This military science fiction RTS video game was developed and published by Blizzard Entertainment. It has its worldwide release in July 2010 for Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X. The game revolves around three species: the Zerg, a super-species of assimilated life forms; the Terrans, human exiles from Earth; and he Protoss, a technologically advanced species with vast mental powers.

The plot of the game is set four years after the events of 1998’s StarCraft: Brood War. It features the adventure of Jim Raynor as he leads an insurgent group against the autocratic Terrain Dominion. The game includes both new and returning characters and locations from the original game.

Starcraft will always keep you on the edge of your seat, as it needs more time-sensitive strategically made decisions with the constant feeling of urgency. This is an excellent choice for you if you’re up for a challenge and adrenaline-pumping game.

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Plague Inc: Tips on How to Become a Better Player

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Plague Inc: Tips on How to Become a Better Player

Can a deadly plague really wipe the Earth?

While this has not happened in real life, Plague Inc. gives you an opportunity in creating and evolving pathogens to annihilate the world. This real-time strategy simulation game developed by Ndemic Creations will certainly get you hooked with its complex yet fun gameplay.

For those who are not familiar with the game, it lets you indirectly control a plague that has infected patient zer. There are different pathogens and various game modes that you can choose from. The objectives of this game include, but are not limited to: using a pathogen to infect and wipe off the Earth’s population, use the “Necroa Virus” to convert the entire world into zombies or enslave the entire population with the “Neurax Worm”.

Plague Inc is not an easy game. Aside from its complex gameplay, the factor of time pressure to complete the game will certainly put you on the edge of your seat while playing this game. Below are some tips on how to become a better Plague player.

  1. Spread the Pathogens to Everyone Quickly

There are three ways for you to lose at this game. First, if your plague is cured by the world’s renowned scientists before it managed to kill everyone. Second, your plague gets killed and burned itself out quickly in countries it infected. And lastly, your plague failed to spread on other countries resulting in condition one or two.

How do you avoid these three pitfalls?

Prioritize your transmission upgrades in the early game. If you want to increase the infectiousness of your plague, you would really need to spend all your early DNA points. After all, the component of this game is quiet simple – you need to infect everyone if you’re going to kill everyone. Think of a strategy where you can infect the majority of people and nations before any serious effort starts to cure your plague.

  1. Hold Out for the Holdouts

Limited accessibility and specific climates are some factors that make a nation hard to infect. Greenland and Madagascar, for example, are the worst offenders because of their very cold and very hot climates respectively. You will be having a hard time infecting Morocco too since it has road access only.  If your plague gets too scary too fast, the Moroccans will just close their borders, kill all of their pigeons and livestock and wait out for the disease to subside. Try to infect these holdout countries before you can start the real annihilation.

Since most islands have contact with other countries through boat only, it’s important that you should get at least level one of the water transmission upgrade early on in every game.

  1. Keep an Eye on New Releases

One of the most recurring events in this game is the London Olympics. As long as your disease has at least level one drug resistance, has not manifested as too severe and has spread to at least two countries, you can use the Olympics to infect your plague all over England.

If you want to get ahead of this game, it’s critical that you plan your disease upgrades accordingly. Are there more rain lately caused by global weather patterns? Is there a major bird migration coming up? Have doctors made a new progression in the cure, making your plague less effective? You should always take these factors into account when planning your strategy.

Pay attention to new releases. Are there any symptoms that doctors have acquired a new understanding of? The global cure gains a few percentage points automatically if you use DNA to grab that symptom. Keep your eyes open on these new updates if you are in a close race to beat the global cure effort.

  1. Virus and Bio-Weapon Tips

Your disease has a mind of its own; it mutates the symptoms well before you’d like them to appear. Plague has a way of gaining its deadliness steadily even without symptoms in Bio-Weapon. With this being said, you find yourself always racing the clock when playing as a virus or Bio-Weapon.

Control the over eagerness of your microbes by using the special upgrades in the Ability section. You can use try to use their natural tendency to mutate deadly symptoms to your benefit. Let the plague mutations do some of the killing for you. Then, use your later DNA toward infecting those last holdout countries.

  1. Parasite and Prion tips

Parasites and prion progress well under the radar. Parasites, more specifically, can silently infect the whole world before the effort of finding a cure begins. Both can give you serious challenges especially in the late-game though.

Compared to other plagues, parasites gain very little DNA in the later portions of the game. It can put you on a critical situation, especially if you don’t have any DNA left. To avoid this from happening, don’t spend too much of your early DNA on upper level Transmission upgrades. Let the infection spread at a slower rate. You can spread more havoc with your stockpiled DNA.

If there’s a disease that is so subtle, it would be prions. Your plague can develop without being detected. Unfortunately, it takes a very long time to develop. Use techniques to stall as much as you can. Use the Prion’s special ability, as well as The Walking Dead symptom combo, to confuse the brains of all those scientists you infected months before they can figure out what’s going on.

  1. Be Creative with the Disease Name

You can be as creative and spontaneous as you can be when creating the name for your disease. You may get it on top of your entire friend’s leaderboards so your disease name should stand out. Obamacare, Beiberfever, Laughing Herpes, Duck Mouth and Dream Ears are just a few examples of disease names that don’t just stand out but will tickle your sense of humor.

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Tips on How to Rule Clash of Clans

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Tips on How to Rule Clash of Clans

If you don’t know Clash of Clans, then you might be from Mars. Since it was released last 2012, it dominated the world of avid gamers. And why not? This popular “freemium” strategy game is indeed addicting.

You find yourself spending more and more time building your townhall, upgrading your armies and looting resources from other base.  Nothing beats the satisfaction when you hear gold and resources looted by your goblins and armies. You’d say that you will only spend an hour playing Clash of Clans but before you notice, it’s already dawn and you have lost lots amount of sleep because of the game.

The reward of seeing your town expand and your troops stronger is definitely worth all the lost sleep and time that you spend on your phone playing this game. If you’ve decided to join the bandwagon and try your hands on this addicting game, below are some tips that you should learn by heart.

  1. Understand the Mechanics of the Game

The gameplay itself is pretty simple. First thing that you need to do is to create your base. Then you add things to your base such as army camps, barracks, walls, gold mines, cannons, mortars and other various buildings. You need workers to build these buildings.

Build strong defenses by upgrading your buildings and your armies. Having stronger troops will make looting so much easier. Other players will be having a hard time attacking your base if you have stronger walls and higher level of defenses. How do you make your base and army stronger? Loot, loot and loot some more.

  1. Take Advantage of the War

Defeat other players so that you can gain resources that you can use in upgrades. You need these resources if you want to upgrade your townhall, troops, walls, etc. Aside from gaining resources, you will also gain trophies and experiences. This will determine which league you will be in.

One of the best features of this game is Clan War. You join a clan, either made up of friends or co-workers or of total strangers sharing the same passion. Clan mates can donate troops and other resources. If you need more archers to attack, just simply ask and your clan mates will gladly extend a hand.

You can also rage war against other clans. Whoever wins the war will get the resources. Learn some strategies that you can use in clan wars here.

  1. Know Your Resource

These are the resources that you need to upgrade and progress in the game:

  • Gold: Used primarily for upgrading your important buildings such as you town hall. It also costs you gold when searching for other players to raid for resources.
  • Gems: Highly valuable (costs real money to buy) and can be used to speed up waiting times on buildings and units, buy you more builders, and boost resources.
  • Elixir: Main resource for training and upgrading your troops spells.
  • Dark Elixir: Used to train and upgrade DE troops that are unlocked later in the game.

Use these resources to build a stronger base and troops. Be warned that upgrading takes time so make sure that you strategize carefully. You don’t want to go to war without a king or queen just because you’re still on the process of upgrading them.

  1. Save Up Your Gems

Newbies, listen up! Never ever waste up your gems. Not only they are expensive to buy but they are also hard to accumulate. You can find these gems when you’re cleaning off terrains. Save them up as they accumulate.

It’s easy to spend them in expediting your upgrade or boost your production, but don’t get tempted. If you really want to play this game without spending a dollar, use your gems wisely.

  1. You Need to Pack Tons of Patience

In Clash of Clans, patience is definitely a virtue.

Why is that so? It takes lots of patience to look for other bases that you can raid.  Upgrading can also take several days, especially if it’s the town hall that you’re upgrading. Not having patience can get you crazy waiting for 10 days while you’re upgrading. You won’t be able to use a troop that is being upgraded so it’s best if you strategize which other troop can you use as a replacement.

First thing that you need to achieve is getting more builders. Aim in getting all 5.This way, building and upgrading will not take that much time.

  1. Set Up a Solid Base

There are many ways that you can set up your own base. If you want a stronger base though, you can check out some of the strongest base in YouTube. This will somehow give you an idea on how to set up your base that enemies will find hard to attack.

Upgrade your town hall so that other resources and upgrades will be unlocked. Higher level of troops and amenities are only available on specific town hall level. Make sure that you make upgrading your town hall level a priority.

  1. Do’s and Don’ts in Raiding

Raiding other bases is important to advance in this game. It is through raiding that you will find the resources that you can spend on upgrading your troops and amenities.

Finding a good base to raid may sometimes take time. Either the resources available to loot are too low or the bases to attack are too strong.

If you feel that you’ve already spend 30 minutes looking for a base to raid and still can’t find a good one, try lowering your trophies and league.

Joining an active clan war is also another way of earning resources. Here, effective war strategy is needed. You would need to plan which account will attack the opponent account. You can’t just someone from your clan that has a town hall level 4 to attack an opponent with a town hall 10.If you want to win the war, you must think of better war strategy.

Reinforcing each clan member with stronger troops before the start of the war is also very important. Though winning or losing the war will get you a war bonus, you should always aim to win. Why settle for smaller war bonus when you can get more?

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Everything You Need to Know Before Playing Endless Legend

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Everything You Need to Know Before Playing Endless Legend

Endless Legend is a promising game for those that are fans of strategy games. It has a healthy amount of complex mechanics which will require you to level up your strategy skills if you want to get ahead in the game. Playing this game can sometimes be overwhelming, especially if you’re a beginner.

Today must be your lucky day! We have compiled a list of guides for you to make your first game not just quite bearable but also fun.

Setting Up Your First Game

 Factions

There are 11 available factions that you can choose from, each with their own unique characteristics including appearance, abilities, units and play-styles. It’s best to choose the default “Wild Walkers” on your first game. These former forest dwellers are the most traditional faction. Ardent Mages or the Vaulters are also newbie friendly.

Difficulty Level

You can either play using the easy or newbie settings. The intelligence level of AI gets lower if you select a difficulty that is below normal. Choosing a newbie difficulty means that AI will more likely not declare war on you. This will allow you to explore the game at your own pace. On easy mode, war will be declared however the attacks will be weak.

World Settings

A normal world size with shape Pangea is highly recommended for newcomers. You should also set your world difficulty to easy so that you won’t be clashing into your neighbors.

Core Concepts of the Game

Now that you have started your journey in this game, understanding the important game mechanics is critical.

Resources

Faction controlled cities are used to generate resources, recruit armies and construct buildings. These five different key resources are important in order for your faction to acquire stability and growth.

  • Food – used to increase and sustain the population. More food is required for larger cities.
  • Industry – used to produce buildings and units. If a building construction cost 200 and you’re earning 20 industries per turn, it will take 10 turns to complete the construction.
  • Dust – standard currency in Auriga. You use it to purchase heroes, strategic resource or pay maintenance cost on your armies and cities.
  • Science – used for research. This resource is important in quickly unlocking new weapons, building and advancement to new tiers of technology.
  • Influence – used for empire level actions, where you get additional resource gain or boosted attack on units. It is also used for diplomatic proposals with other factions.

Cities and Workers

Cities are units where you raise your armies. Armies are composed of individual units spawned by the player, each of these unit types have their own uses in combat and abilities. An action points system is used in moving armies. Each of these interactions and movements subtracts one action point until the counter hits zero. Once you’ve reached this point, you can no longer take any further action. Units are used for combat, exploration, questing and diplomacy.

Cities will automatically harvest any tiles in their range. This means that the city gains the income associated with those tiles. Every inhabitant in your city can be assigned as a worker and you can use these workers to boost any of your 5 resources.

Strategic Resources

Strategic resources are used to construct powerful armory and weaponry for your armies. For you to obtain these resources, you have to create a so called “extractors” on resource nodes. You can also build a city on top of your resource nodes which will act as extractor.

There are six types of strategic resources which are divided in three distinct tiers:

  • Tier 1: Glasssteel (yellow) and Titanium (blue)
  • Tier 2: Adamantian (orange) and Palladian (red)
  • Tier 3: Hyperium (purple) and Mithrite (green)

If you want to construct gears of superior quality, you must aim for higher tier resources.

Luxury Resources and Boosters

You should never miss out on the opportunity of acquiring luxury resources as they can provide exponential benefits to your empire.

Just like with strategic resources, luxury resources can also be harvested by city districts and extractors. Gathering enough luxury resources of the same type means that you can use it to spend on booster. Simply click on a luxury resource with a yellow square around it if you want to activate a booster. Boosters will be active for 10 turns.

Win Conditions

There are eight win conditions in the game:

  • Elimination Victory – you should annihilate all factions. Nothing should be left alive.
  • Score victory – you achieve this victory by having the highest number of overall points at the end of the 300th turn in a normal game
  • Expansion Victory – you should claim 80% of the map
  • Economic Victory – you should collect 555,500 Dust in a normal game
  • Diplomatic Victory – you should collect 3000 Diplomatic Points
  • Wonder Victory – be the first player to complete all of the quests and build the associated Wonder
  • Scientific Victory – you must discover five of six technologies in the 6th era
  • Supremacy Victory – conquer all capitals on the map

Additional Tips to Remember

  1. Explore the vicinities with a hero – Take time to search for villages of minor factions and explore ruins. Explore your own area first, and then expand to the neighboring ones. You won’t be able to accomplish anything if you don’t have settlers.
  2. Create units only when necessary – Avoid manufacturing units. Your initial set of army is capable enough of handling nearby villages. Manufacturing new set of soldiers will just hold back your production queue.
  3. Up until turn 20, obtain at least 60 Influence Points – Obtaining at least 60 influence points will enable you to pick not just one but two options of empire development. This will certainly put you on the edge of the game.
  4. Don’t focus on villages of minor factions – Their units do not attack mines and your initial army is strong enough to deal with them. Put off pacifying them, especially if they don’t offer any interesting bonuses.

Having an acquired knowledge of the components of this game will certainly prepare you for the long and challenging battle ahead. If you love strategy games like Endless Legend, click here to find out more interesting tips about games of the same genre.

6 of the Most Difficult Strategy Games

6 of the Most Difficult Strategy Games

Strategy games are unarguably one of the most difficult games. Puzzle games can make you think but nothing can use up all of your brain cells than the strategy games, especially those that are of difficult levels. Strategy games are not created equal. There are some that would really make you think twice while there are a few that can drain not just your mental capacity but emotional and physical aspect as well .Completing these difficult level would make you wonder if the developers created these just to make your life miserable.

This type of game genre is certainly not for the faint-hearted. You can’t play these types of games if you don’t have wit and higher strategy skills. If you think this game genre is hard enough, wait until you play some of the most difficult strategy games on the list below.

  1. Frozen Synapse

 

Available for: Mac, Windows, iOS, Android, Linux

Frozen Synapse shows that indie strategy games are beyond generic and simple. This is a perfect example of a gameplay that is easy to learn yet difficult to master. Regardless if you are skilled or unskilled though, you will certainly find this game quite enjoyable and exciting.

How do you play this turn-based strategy game?

You control a unit of combatants and your goal is to eliminate all of your enemy units. If you think it sounds simple enough, sorry to say but you are mistaken. What’s good about this game is that you have the ability to simulate the actions of your current turn, which allows you to see how it might play out. When you’re satisfied, all turns are simultaneously resolved.

Your enemies have smart AI, making them a difficult opponent. If you’re not challenged enough though, you can also play Frozen Synapse online against other high-skilled players. Frozen Synapse is a title that you should not miss out if you’re a fan of strategy games. It’s a game that will constantly put you on your feet.

  1. Commandos 2

 

Available in: Mac, Windows, Xbox and PS2

Commandos 2 may be in the market for quite a long time, as it was released way back 2001, however it’s still considered as one of the most difficult strategy games of all time. It is known for having the steepest learning curves of any games of its kind.

In this game, you get to control a squad of commandos. If you want to accomplish a number of objectives, you must rely on tactical positioning and advancement. Many people confuse this game with turn-based game or real-time strategy game. It actually falls under the category of “real-time tactics” game, which is something of a hybrid genre.

It’s recommended that you play the PC version if you want to have the best experience on this game. The gameplay controls of this game are not really very intuitive in the console alternatives.

  1. XCOM: Enemy Unknown

Available for: Mac, Windows, PS3, Linux, iOS, Android, X360

This first installment in the gigantic series titled UFO: Enemy Unknown debuted way back in 1994.It was a commercial success which led to a number of games have been released under the X-COM franchise up until around 2001. After several years, XCOM: Enemy Unknown revived the XCOM franchise. Fans did not mind the long wait as it was certainly worth it.

In this turn-based tactical game, you have to control a squad of alien-fighting soldiers. Your goal is to defend the Earth from an imminent invasion. You will undergo a series of missions which are interspersed with phases of development, research and expansion.

Critics consider this game as one of the most challenging tactical strategy games of this generation. Click here to check out other video games in the XCOM franchise.

  1. Xenonauts

 

Available for: Windows

Xenonauts and the aforementioned XCOM series have a bunch of things in common. If you’re wondering why that is so, it’s because Xenonauts got its inspiration from XCOM series, though that doesn’t mean that Xenonauts is a sequel. Despite the similarity of the gameplay and theme, it’s not a remake or a clone.

The game is divided into two distinct components: a tactical element that involves turn-based ground combat and a strategic element that involves real-time air combat. There are playability improvements created, which includes a cover system in combat, starting combat formations, and alternative victory conditions.

Xenonauts received positive reviews from fans and critics alike. It has a score of 85% from PC Gamer and a 77% on Metacritic, based on 21 reviews.

  1. Europa Universalis IV

Available for: Mac, Windows, and Linux

The Europa Universalis IV is the most advanced franchise in the Europa Universalis series of strategy games.

You will find a surprising amount of depth in this game, particularly when it comes to the variation of options and actions available during gameplay. It covers a wide time period ranging from the 1400s to the 1800s.

At the start of the game, you would have to explore and scope out the unknown world. You will then move to expand your territory, exploit resources from other worlds and finally exterminate your opponents. Europa Universalis IV is perfect example of a 4X strategy game. Compared to other 4x offerings though, this game has greater lean towards diplomacy and has lesser focus on direct combat.

  1. Sins of a Solar Empire

Available for: windows

This real-time 4X strategy game takes place in the future when civilization lives among the stars. You can advance your own empire by conquering various star systems though diplomacy and military.

What sets Sins of a Solar Empire apart from other games is its massive scope.  The 3D environment, just like true space, is an entire ocean full of celestial bodies with which you can interact. What makes this game extremely difficult is the depth is all of its game systems and technology trees. There are plenty of things that you must do that it will take you more than hours to finish a single game.

Strategy games are not only a fun way to kill time but they are also an effective brain exercise. Click here for tips and information about other strategy games.

5 Tips on How to Play the Sims 4

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5 Tips on How to Play the Sims 4

Life simulation video games have recently taken the video gaming world. A lot of people are getting hooked to this game. Why not, having the ability to manage your own restaurant or take care of your virtual farm is indeed addicting and enjoyable.

The Sims has been one of the most played life simulation strategy game since the first installment of this huge franchise was released. I remember a friend who talked nothing but his virtual people every time we hang out. It baffled me how she’s worried that her people may not be well-fed or any desired unfulfilled while she’s having her own real lunch with real people.

If you’re one of the million people who have been hooked to this game, you need to know everything there is to know about this successful franchise. As the latest franchise, The Sims 4, was released on 2014, you need to know the ins and outs of this game.

If you haven’t tried playing The Sims4 yet, below are some of the helpful tips that will come handy.

  1. Taking Care of Your Sim’s Needs

Just like its predecessors, you need to meet the needs of your Sims in this latest installment. You have a total of 6 categories to watch out for. These needs are displayed with a green bar as the game starts. You would only want the color to be green at all times. As more needs are neglected or not fulfilled as the day progresses, the bar will turn to yellow, then orange and red if things get worst. There are some serious consequences when you get a red bar so you must do everything to avoid this from happening.

How do you know that all the needs of your Sims are met?

Click on the smiley face that is in the bottom right corner of the screen.

  1. Understanding Their Aspirations

What are aspirations?

These are long-term goals that will help give your Sim something to work toward. It’s also the choice that you will have to make right from the “Create-a-Sim” screen so it’s important that you make a good decision from the start. Here’s the catch though. Just like how you can change your aspirations and goals in the real life, you also have the command to change the dreams and hopes of your Sims mid-game should you feel that something is not right. With just a click on the star in the bottom right corner, you can conveniently change your Sim’s aspirations.

How can aspirations impact the lives of your Sims?

First, it has an impact on their personalities. It also has a weight when it comes to choosing what skills or careers they must have. For example, choosing a knowledge aspiration can expedite the leveling up of your skills whereas fortune aspiration can cause your Sim in earning more money. When you feel that the aspirations are not paying off, you always have the liberty of switching it.

Click here to view the full list of aspirations available.

  1. Understanding Relationships + Social Lives

Socializing is not optional in The Sims 4. It’s the most basic needs of every Sim in this game. Regardless of what type of Sim they are, they feel the need to go out of the house and socialize with others.  As a result, two different types of relationships are formed in socializing.

Basic friendship is the first type of relationship formed. This type of relationship will exist with every Sim that you will meet. Romantic relationship is the second one and this can only happen to a few Sims. Just like with real life, you can be friends with everyone but only a lover to someone, right?

You must ensure that you’re on top of your Sim’s relationship aspect as it plays a huge role in the game. You can gauge your relationship needs as you interact and mingle with others. You can also click on the smiley face in the bottom right to view your Sim’s social needs. Click on the Long Term Relationship window at the top of the screen to have an overview on where you stand socially and what you need to do to be on top of your Sim’s social needs.

  1. Prioritize the Emotional Well-being of your Sims

Just like how emotions have a huge impact on our daily life, so it does in your Sims. Just like the events in our lives can alter how we feel, your Sim’s emotions are also proportionate to the events in their daily lives.

For example, if you let your Sims take a long, steamy shower, they will come out of the bathroom feeling flirty. A brisk shower, on the other hand, will leave them refreshed and energized. Get to know your Sims better and do as much things as you can to put them in a positive emotional state.

  1. Learning + Developing Skills

Just like with its predecessors, skills are an important factor in The Sims 4. There is a variation when it comes to handling learning skills though. For example, Sims that are older or on their teenage years don’t have any skills at the start but they can quickly acquire those in their daily routines. They may initially cook inedible food; however they can quickly learn how to cook mouth-watering dishes by studying the food that they eat.

This is where the different levels of skills come into play. Let’s take cooking for example. Your Sim may learn to acquire a skill in cooking, but this skill needs to be developed until they reach level 10 or master. What’s good about it is that batch of new options are made available as they level up. Say your Sim has reached level 5 in cooking skill, gourmet cooking skill is unlocked. This new skill is instrumental until your Sim reaches the highest level.

Don’t be fooled. The Sims 4 may look easy, but it’s a complex game that needs more time and practice to master.

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What is Strategy Game?

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What is Strategy Game?

Strategic planning is a crucial element in our everyday life.

We need to have a strategy in everything that we do, even in the simplest activity of riding a subway train. You would need to think of a better method to get on the train fast and get a comfortable spot. Strategic planning is also very important in your professional aspect. You won’t be able to create and present that report if you don’t know how to strategize in the first place.

Now that it’s been established that you can’t get much success in life if you don’t have strategic skills, do you know that you can practice this skill by playing video games? Yes, you heard it right. There are games that have been created to help you create or plan strategies and improve your analytical skills. Read on to know more about strategy video game.

What Are Strategy Video Games?

Strategy video games are a genre of video game that helps you achieve victory by emphasizing on planning and skillful thinking.

One of the most popular goals in this game is to reduce the forces of enemy. To achieve this goal, the player must create a plan of action against one or more opponents. If you want to become victorious, it’s a must that you should have exceptional planning skill. There’s not much of an element of chance or luck in this game, so you have to make sure that every action you make is carefully planned.

In most strategy video games, the player is given a godlike view of the game world and has indirect control game units under their supervision. The element of warfare to varying degree is very common in most strategy games. The game also features a combination of strategic and tactical considerations. Aside from combat, strategy video games challenge your ability to explore or manage an economy.

Though most of the action games require strategic thinking, they are seldom classified as strategy games. The main emphasis on strategy games is your ability to outthink your opponent. They are typically larger in scope and do not involve much physical challenge.

Although they involve tactical, strategic and sometimes logistical challenges, they are far from puzzle games. Puzzle games call for planning in isolation while strategy games call for planning around a conflict between players.

Click here to view all the list of strategy video games.

History

If you want to trace back where turn-based strategy games started, we have to go as far back as the times of ancient civilizations found in places such as Greece, Rome, the Levant, Egypt and India.

One of the earliest games in this genre is Mancala, a game originated in Samaria approximately 5000 years ago. One form challenges two opposing players to clear their side of a board of mancala pieces while adding them into their opponent’s side and thereby preventing the opponent from clearing their side.

Chess is another game that has stood the test of time. Many believed that chess originated in India around the sixth century CE. It’s a game of tactics and skill which forces the players to think two or three moves ahead of their opponent just to keep up.

Learn more information and tips about other strategy games here.

Top 3 Highly Expected Computer Strategy Games in 2018

Top 3 Highly Expected Computer Strategy Games in 2018

They are saying that 2018 is going to be an amazing year for games. There are three games that stand out the most for me in 2018. One has already come out in the beginning of the year, while two are still anticipated and we hope that we get the release dates very soon. Are you a strategy game enthusiast? Then you must know these three games.

Legendary Age of Empires

This is a very important year for Age of Empires. 20 years after they launched their first game and reaped a big success, they released the Definitive Edition of the game. By the looks of the trailer, the graphics has improved a lot, along with more choices of game play.

There isn’t a gamer out there that hasn’t at least heard of Age of Empires and they were all on their feet when they announced that the game will absolutely be built for Windows 10; something that the players were struggling with when their nostalgia kicked in.

The Valkyria story continues

Eastern Front is the 5th installment in the Valkyria game series. First the game will be released only in Japan and Xbox players will have to wait a bit for their version of the game.

Unknown to some gamers, especially if you don’t play strategy games, but well known in the strategy game community, the newest Valkyria game is an action strategy game based in Europe, during the Second World War. You have to build your forces and create a good strategy to win this one!

Anno is holding everyone on their feet

The first Anno game release happened in 1998 and this city building game has kept its fans happy for 20 years now. Announcing the game last year has kept the players waiting for the release date. While giving a sneak peak with a trailer, they said that the game will be out in the last months of this year; promising better graphics, more game play and building options.