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  • Hi peeps,

    I've been playing Ikariam for some time now.
    Just made an account in Alpha, to be honest not really to play, just to look at the insane scores and mines. But while searching the world I came across several people who had multiple towns on one island.

    I can and do understand the reason why people have multiple towns on Marble or Wine islands, but some had up to 4 of 5 towns on either Sulpher or Glass islands. Can anyone give me and explanation about why? Once's you have completed all your research and you start on the futures, made it up until future 5, maybe even 10. But after so, why do you need so much Glass that you want to have 5 towns on the island? Same with Sulpher, in war times it sure comes in handy. But even then 5 looks a little too much?

    Hopefully someone can give me some clearance..
    Thanks :)
  • On alpha,
    Forge is only found on Sulphur islands, so to get instant forge, you need 5 sulphur towns.

    and the crystal towns are for research. later on in the game, higher futures have more effect. 5 towns basically allow you to conduct an experiment every 2 days.
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    • Lord Of Pillages AKA BadManS.
    • Alpha Player
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  • DarkxBadManS wrote:

    On alpha,
    Forge is only found on Sulphur islands, so to get instant forge, you need 5 sulphur towns.

    and the crystal towns are for research. later on in the game, higher futures have more effect. 5 towns basically allow you to conduct an experiment every 2 days.
    Thats truly a completely different world then.. A ''must'' have of 5 Sulphur towns changes to thought process a lot.. Epecially when you do need millions of Marble and Wine to keep your cities growing and alive
  • Paradox of Darkness wrote:

    If you have 5 sulphur towns, than you basically ensure that you have army all the time and by pillaging other players you can get more resources than digging your self.
    Smart playing strategy!

    Do you think that also works op new servers? Lets say the one that is opening coming Monday? (To pillage / buy enough Marble/Wine to keep your cities alive).
  • Definitely yes. Even if you don't pillage players or can't find them, you can pillage barbarians an unlimited number of times.
    After building material, the next resource they give out the most is wine.
  • Many players have one ot two island on the sulfur and crystal,and it's very difficult to play with a single city,The 12 cities require a lot of crystals and sulfur,and with five cities on sulfur and crystal you have enough resources for 12 cities.

    Because everyone needs sulfur and crystal,and everyone will change the other resources for them.
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  • kirby k2 wrote:

    Many players have one ot two island on the sulfur and crystal,and it's very difficult to play with a single city,The 12 cities require a lot of crystals and sulfur,and with five cities on sulfur and crystal you have enough resources for 12 cities.

    Because everyone needs sulfur and crystal,and everyone will change the other resources for them.
    I kinda agree with you. People do mostly need Marble and Wine, I've always seen Glass and Sulp as great resources to have. Bot not the main ones. Your empire can live an grow without them. Glass is always expensive, just as Marble. When I look at my trading port I see that Wine is relative inexpensive but the feeling of being depended on others to sell you wine?.. If they quit your empire is gone.

    But lets say, 12 towns is the max. Where would you place them on? And would you have chosen other resources if you was able to find the Forge miracle on all resources, instead on only the Sulp ones
  • If there is a miracle that I need, for example, hefest, of course, I will put 3-4 cities on sulfur,Before he was only sulfur,is now on all other escorts.

    I personally have only two cities for sulfur and crystal, most of them are on marble and wine.
    Life is an eternal struggle.
    Who does,he can.Who knows no fear,goes forward.
    V.Z.Misic
  • kirby k2 wrote:

    If there is a miracle that I need, for example, hefest, of course, I will put 3-4 cities on sulfur,Before he was only sulfur,is now on all other escorts.

    I personally have only two cities for sulfur and crystal, most of them are on marble and wine.
    Understandable!

    I can not imagine the people who have only Wine or Marble towns. It must be a money pit to get all those resources traded, or trade them in game with the trading post.
  • Daantej wrote:

    kirby k2 wrote:

    If there is a miracle that I need, for example, hefest, of course, I will put 3-4 cities on sulfur,Before he was only sulfur,is now on all other escorts.

    I personally have only two cities for sulfur and crystal, most of them are on marble and wine.
    Understandable!
    I can not imagine the people who have only Wine or Marble towns. It must be a money pit to get all those resources traded, or trade them in game with the trading post.
    I have a player in an alliance that has 9 cities on marble and 2 for wine,and now makes 12 cities, and has all the resources they need for a new city.
    Life is an eternal struggle.
    Who does,he can.Who knows no fear,goes forward.
    V.Z.Misic
  • It is annoying that forge is only found on sulphur islands on alpha, but if you want to have a good forge time 3-6 towns need to be on sulphur.

    Only reason for sulphur towns is the forge wonder.

    and in terms of Crystal, Once your researchers reach 4500 research points an hour, you're basically doing an experiment every 2 days, it's just getting 10-12 towns with level 25-30 academy can also be costly. With 4-6 crystal towns you can farm enough crystal to experiment every 2 days and focus on building all academies to level 25-30...

    Crystal towns are built to decrease research times; going from researching 1 future level taking 2+ months to 3-6 weeks, is very beneficial.
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    • Lord Of Pillages AKA BadManS.
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  • Yes only at sulphur forge
    I have 4 crystal towns..academies lvl 29-32 and I do a lot of experiments
    Also in the past they were no wonders..:P
    sulphur is also important to train troops fast..we are not talking about 2-10 generals but 30 or more in few days..so that means a lot of sulphur
    Military Future lvl 16 for example normally needs
    8,524,800 points..this is almost 2 months and some days for me ..that's a lot
    But its worth it ..some players have demolished their academies after future 7-10 for example just to have one extra space..they 1-3 academies only for experiments

    One of the best strategies in the past was..having 11-12 cities at wine...(ofc only for players who plays with ambrosia )
    Imagine ..12 cities..donating in one island ..best production ets etc..
    But now with wonders and piracy its not worth it..because you gonna have one type of wonder instead of the best 3 .and you cant raid player that they are in other locations..you are not flexible
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