Author Archives: Kurdruk

About Kurdruk

Kurdruk is a fictitious character. Specifically, he is a fictitious Orc. Orcs are, of course, a fictitious race. And so, being a fictitious member of a fictitious race, it is unsurprising that Kurdruk lives in a fictitious land - Illyria. So it is no surprise that Kurdruk's great wisdom relates to life in the realm of Illyria - in other words, in Illyriad.

Law Codes

Whether it is, or is not, possible to resolve disputes in Illyriad through justice and fairness is something that will be decided by the biggest alliances, and so by the biggest players. If they want to resolve disputes through superior … Continue reading

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Law or War

In Illyriad as elsewhere, there are two ways to resolve a dispute: with recourse to law and/or justice, or by force of arms. I personally think that law/justice makes the game a more pleasant, welcoming, inclusive place to play, but whatever your … Continue reading

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When Wargamers and Farmers Fight?

Illyriad is currently experiencing an unusually high level of in-game violence. One possible reading of this situation (which I personally believe to be accurate, but that’s an argument for the Illyriad Forums) is that this war is between those who … Continue reading

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Orc Equipment Load-Outs In Illyriad

Effective equipment combinations for use by Orcs in Illyriad: Clan Guardsman Defenders Unit: Clan Guardsman Weapon: Iron-Banded Spear Armour: Extra Heavy Armour (Leather) Best Attack: -4% (-8% Elite) Best Defence: +30% (+60% Elite) Uses: The Clan Guardsmen are the best … Continue reading

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Obvious Troop Load-Outs In Illyriad

There is no such thing as a “+1 sword” in Illyriad. The bonus that equipment gives is dependant on who you are, where you are, and what you are doing with it. If you wish to use equipment, you will … Continue reading

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Army Equipment in Illyriad

As I write, Crafting and weapon equipment has been live in Illyriad for hours, not days, so these are first impressions. But I will be updating the post as things become clearer over time. [Update: as I expand on each … Continue reading

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Banditry in Illyriad

Banditry, Fact and Fiction: Fiction: A group of rural warfare specialists lurk behind trees and amidst boulders, waiting to leap out on the lightly defended caravan which approaches. If they aren’t the heroes, then they are incorrigible villains who will be … Continue reading

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Turning War Into Gold

Waging war in Illyriad is expensive. That’s probably the main reason why people rarely march to war. In conventional browser-based wargames, attacking other players is a way to get rich (and so build more troops, and so attack more players…). … Continue reading

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Blockade Swarms

Scale usually gives the advantage in Illyriad. An attack with 10,000 troops will crush a defence with 1,000, regardless of terrain and tactics and similar subtleties. However, Blockades can favour the small as much as the big. A Blockade of just … Continue reading

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The Black Skull Feint

In their recent war against LWO, Black Skull Horde found themselves facing an enemy several days distant. They needed to confuse their enemy, launching fake attacks, but the usual way to do this – to order armies to Feint – … Continue reading

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