Choosing the Right Alliance for You: An OSG Guide to Surviving (Barely)
– by Ken Griffey
The world of OSGs is a dangerous one. Sure, when you sign up for that hot new Evony clone, you may feel invulnerable. You may feel like no one can touch you. You may even start to get a little cocky, and think that you have everything all figured out. But what you don’t realize is that the cozy little protection offered by the “break in” period is about to end, meaning, you’re going to be out there…with THEM! Which means, like the first day of prison, it’s open season on your soft, pasty noob ass. And while it seems like it may be a good idea to pucker up and make friends with that possibly racist neighbor named Bubba333, he’s only using you for your looks, and people get hurt that way.
So what is left for you to do? Join an alliance. Follow this guide, and you’ll be slinking and mooching your way to OSG glory (or at least mediocrity).
1. First, watch this tutorial.
2. What? Still need more info?!? After you have been playing for a few days, you will most likely begin to receive messages from random players that you’ve never spoken or even seen, before. This is because each alliance has recruiters who look around their ocean, island, or what have you, and try to find players who seem to be leveling up with vigor, or who have at least shown that they have played on a consistent basis.
3. It is very important that you do not immediately join the first group that contacts you. I mean, you wouldn’t marry the first girl you saw walking down the street would you?!? For all you know, she could be some kind of drug addict, or gypsy. And what would your mother think? In game, you want to do research on who you’re allying yourself with. How many members do they have? Are those members concentrated in a realm near you? If you were being attacked, how quickly could they send aid? These are all VERY important questions you need to ask yourself, since joining an alliance is pointless if a)they are too weak to help you (or rarely play) and b)it would take them days to help you when you needed it most.
4. An alliance, like any of the relationships you’ve failed in, is built on communication! If you don’t know what your leader, or the other members are doing, it can get you into some serious trouble. Just recently, the head honcho of my clan decided to basically try and get several other groups to ally against one of Grepolis’s strongest alliances. Needless to say, the latter found out, and now have declared war on EVERYONE associated with the former. None of us knew he was attempting to do this, or even suggested it. It was his own plan, but now we’re facing the consequences. What’s worse is, those players who have paid for upgrades and poured money into the game, stand to lose much more than myself or many others. That is one of the main reasons why it’s important to do your research!
5. Finally, see what groups the players nearest to you have joined. Ask them what they think of their respective alliances. Chances are, they will be friendly and be more than happy to share that information with you. Who knows, they might even send you an invite. This also serves the purpose of allying yourself with someone in close proximity, which like I stated before, means you can get help in a jiffy. Or, they will recognize you as the indecisive weakling you are, and crush you like an ant.
Hopefully this guide has provided you with an idea of how to scrape out a life for yourself in whatever game it is that you’re playing. So go ahead! Feel free to talk as much smack to that player who is 70 levels above you, and could wipe you off the face of the earth in a second if he so wanted! What do you have to worry about? You’re in an alliance.