Ten quick points for new players:
- You can get one free Prestige point each day. All you have to do is to log in and click to claim your daily free gift on the Herald page (the first page, the “newspaper”, that you reach when you log in). Presitige is by far the most valuable thing you can claim here.
- You can increase your production by reducing your tax rate. Go to your Castle screen and set your tax rate using the slider. On your first day, setting it to 0% will get you a 25% boost to production – well worth having! When you start wanting to experiment with troops or diplomats, put this up a little to give yourself some gold with which to pay your soldiers and diplomats.
- Keep taxes low until you have a good amount of resources being produced each hour. On my later cities I didn’t start producing units until I was getting 2,000/hour of each basic resource (stone, wood, iron, clay).
- Things that are rare and difficult for you to make, are plentiful for established players. For example, it is time consuming for you to start producing weapons, but established players will probably have stockpiles of spears, and maybe bows, beer, etc. If you are asked to join an alliance, see if the alliance recruiter will send you some weapons when you join up. That will allow you to start experimenting with troops, without having to distract yourself with weapon production.
- Research is vital to opening up new buildings and military/diplomatic abilities. You may be able to get some Research Points out of the Temple of Reason, and if you are playing as an Elf you may get Quests which earn you books, but the most reliable way to get RP is to upgrade your Library. So, don’t neglect it.
- You probably won’t be attacked. This is not Travian – this is a much more welcoming, sand-box style game. But be sensible. Protect yourself.
- You probably won’t get attacked? That also means that other people don’t expect to be attacked by you. If you send troops or thieves to attack active players, expect them to be angry, and expect them to have bigger friends who will make you regret your attacks.
- Illyriad is a slow build up. (You’ll be grateful for that later, when you have half a dozen cities, as the slow pace will give you time to tinker with your towns without having to invest hours each day in the game! But it can be slow at first.) So, it’s worth finding a few things you can experiment with which only need a few troops or diplomats early on. A dozen or so troops can be used to experiment with combat (hint: try attacking small groups of NPC animals in the wilds – groups described as “Few” or “Handful”, for example.) And you can start sending diplomats to investigate some of the Mystery sites on the map (the ancient Heroic Statues are worth a visit, if you spot any – but keep away from the Heart of Corruption!)
- A good alliance will help you grow swiftly, and cooperate with you (if you want) as you explore the game world. A bad alliance will boss you around and drag you into needless wars. Join an alliance. But make sure it’s a good one, and ideally an interesting one!
- And finally, look out for more hints and tips on the Illyriad Forums. There are a lot of very knowledgeable players who are very happy to share what they have learned here.