Welcome to part 2 of the Game of War: Fire Age beginner’s guide! Click here to go back to part 1 of the guide.
Job number 1 will be to fill your rural areas with the farms, quarries, camps and mines in order to shore up your resoures, as well as to build essentially one of everything in the urban area, since these will rapidly clear your empire quests. The empire quests are one of three different types of quests in your quest menu, with the other two being the timed hero quests and alliance quests. Clearing the quests increases your power and your hero’s experience points (as does almost everything else that you can do in the game), and is a quick way to win prizes such as speed ups and crafting materials, or resources.
Once all of your necessary buildings are built and your resource levels are racked up, you can either continue to follow the quests or you can start to prepare for when the protection wears off (or catch up, if it has already worn off). The menu button, in the lower right corner of the screen, contains all of the shortcuts you’ll need for training troops, wall traps, or starting research.
Training huge numbers of troops is paramount in the barracks (the more barracks you build and the higher you upgrade them, the higher the max amount of troops that you can train at a time), but the academy research will allow you to unlock more advanced troops, better offense and defense for your troops, faster construction and resource gathering, and advanced wall traps (as well as more powerful stats) for them, as well. Check out the “info” button next to each troop and trap to see their stats (attack, defense, speed and health).
Whether you are trying to upgrade a building, do research or train troops, you will be able to see the requirements to complete your desired action before you do it. If you don’t have enough resources, don’t meet other requirements such as building levels or required research is not done done, then a red “X” will be next to the one that you don’t meet. Hunt down the red X and meet the requirement, and you will be then be able to do what you want to do.
One of the buildings which will often stop you from completing upgrades is the Stronghold, which is the centerpiece of your city. Upgrading it will allow you to engage in more marches, put in more requests for alliance help, and upgrade everything one level higher. The highest level it can be upgraded to is level 21, for now, although as the game becomes older, future updates may upgrade how high you can go with it.