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Return of OSG1

Online Strategy Games

Could it be true? Has Oliver returned? After two long years (two years!), OSG1 (Online Strategy Games) is back!

While in the fortress of solitude, It seems there has been a huge shift in the marketplace. When I posted my last article, Online Strategy Games were really a niche market. Even among strategy-gamers, the biggest names were Civilization or Starcraft, games that you would play with a few people at most, and never offered persistent worlds. While Travian and Ikariam had millions of players worldwide, their numbers were small compared to other strategy games, and tiny compared to game franchises like World of Warcraft.

But now, the iPhone, iPad, and Android comprise some of the biggest gaming platforms out there. They are also a perfect fit for Online Strategy Games since you will always have access to your empire and can receive alerts whenever someone is attacking you. Looking at the top games on these new platforms, it seems some of the biggest ones are online strategy games!

Game of War, Kingdoms of Middle Earth, War of Nations, These titles are right up there with games like Angry Birds or Monument Valley. As foretold, OSG’s have inherited the earth! I took one look at Kate Upton here and knew it was time for OSG1 to make a comeback.

Look forward to more reviews about this new generation of mobile strategy games and see which are deserving of your military genius.

Game on!

Eternal War

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Hello readers! Dipping my toes back in to the world of online strategy games. I’ll start by sharing a few links.

The Eternal War! This meme has been circling the internet lately and of course got my attention. In short, Lycerius has been playing the same game of Civilization II off and on for the last ten years. It’s reached a point where there are three superpowers, locked in an eternal stalemate, with most of the world laid to waste by nuclear war. It’s a very interesting subject, and even has its own subreddit. There’s more!

First Contest of 2012!

online strategy game contest

OSG1 is kicking the year off right with another contest, featuring our biggest prize ever! Are you looking for some free Ambrosia for Ikariam, free credits for Edgeworld, free Lord of Ultima Diamonds? All you have to do is post a comment filling in this sentence: “You know you’ve been playing ____ too much when…” Insert your favourite online strategy game into the blank, finish it off, and you’re done.

At the end of the day on the 27th I’ll pick my favourite and the winner will receive £30 worth of virtual currency for their game! Entries will be judged based on humour, cleverness, applicability, and, most importantly, how much I like them. Feel free to enter as many times as you want! No fair copying the previous contests tough. Also to be clear, it can be any persistent browser based strategy game; could be Travian, Grepolis, Backyard Monsters, whatever. Okay, best of luck to all!

Cheers,
Oliver

Ikariam Islands

unique original gameplay in online strategy games

Ikariam is a world of islands. Not in the way that “every man is an island”, or that your planet in OGame is an island in a sea of stars, but literal islands. Each island hosts a number of cities and mines that are separate from the rest of the world, and the way these cities interact, and interact with other islands, is very unique to Ikariam and makes a fascinating Online Strategey Game. Read on!

To The Victors Go The Spoils

online strategy game philosophy

Fair warning, this article is rather dense. But, sometimes it’s good to move beyond saying this game is good or this game is bad and be able to explain why. So, let’s take an academic look at a few models of resource production in online strategy games and see how they affect game-play. That is, how does a player’s resource production change throughout the course of the game, and what is the result? Shall we?

OSG1 Mini-contest 2

free multi player strategy game contest travian ikariam grepolis cityville social city glory of rome

It’s time for another contest, brought to you specially by Tororin, the winner of previous! I really liked the last contest, but thought we needed more entires, so now is your chance! All you have to do is post a comment filling in this sentence: “You know you’ve been playing ____ too much when…” Insert your favourite mmo browser game into the blank, finish it off, and you’re done. At the end of next week (June 3rd) I’ll pick my favourite and the winner will get 10€ of virtual currency for their game. Entries will be judged based on humour, cleverness, applicability, and, most importantly, how much I like them. Feel free to enter as many times as you want! For examples of entries, just see the previous contest! No fair copying.

Cheers,
Oliver

Ikariam 0.4.3

free browser game ikariam

Let’s end the week with a little Ikariam news. They’re putting out a new version, Ikariam 0.4.3. In the past, updates to the game have come under a lot of heat for going counter to player wishes. The last major change reworked the espionage system, which was great, but also added a myriad of new ways for players to “buy their way” to the top. The biggest change in this version is that they are separating Ports from Cities.

One of the great features in Ikariam is that players have an Army and a Navy that opperate independently of each other. This opens a lot of strategic potential in the game. Previously, whenever your army locked down a City, its port was blocked as well. However, now they have moved the port separately, so even if an enemy is occupying your city, your navy can prevent their reinforcements from ariving. It’s a small change, but a good one. The rest of the change are rather minor. Some bug fixes, a 24 hour delay on leaving alliances, tweaks to rebllion, etc. Oi, talking about it makes me want to play. I think I’ll go check in on my Empire…

Cheers
Oliver