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!
For me, one of the most exciting aspects of Civilization is deciding where to build my next city. Since each city’s production is determined by the surrounding terrain, it becomes an interesting spacial challenge and I have spent hours weighing the benifits of a few spots. Well, here I get the defensive bonus from being on a hill, but I loose the food bonus for the cattle. Here I gain access to the coast, but lose the iron resource… Read on!
Civ World is a gaming that I really wanted to like. Certainly Civilization has been one of my favourite series throughout the years, and even the latest version, Civ V, was brilliant. The main weakness of Civilization, in my opinion, has been the difficulty of multi-player. It still mostly relies on the players to organize themselves. By taking the game to Facebook, Civ World commited to fully embracing multi-player. Unfortunately, a lot of the original series’ appeal was lost in the process.
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As always, more going on in the world of online strategy games than I could possibly cover. Let’s take a quick look at Empires & Allies, Civ World, and new servers for OGame and Lord of Ultima.
The time has finally come to vote for the MMO City contest. Take a look at the following entries and then vote for your favourite. Voting will last until the end of the month, and whoever has the most votes will win the MMO City Contest and the $30 of virtual currency of their choice. Each IP can vote once per day. Best of luck!
Here are the entries:
As you can see on the screenshot, I have chosen for my food production city. It is the city that is the heart of my entire empire, which exist of 137 cities. Read More!
There was a time, when our rule over this certain continent flourished. Time went by and life was easy, perhaps too easy. It made the barons lax in their cities and eventually they wandered off into sunset to look for more excitement in their lives. It was this dark time that our enemies took notice that the continent was ripe for picking and they launched massive assaults against our castles there. Our disease ridden enemies were frenzied for kill. Read More!
My first Lord of Ultima city, with beneficial production. Used as a baron base and slight support it has a fine history. Built from the ground up by Santa Cruzians, it was a slow town, calm and peaceful. Though the residents always enjoyed their set of fun, which was normally joining the soldiers and raiding nearby dungeons, killing wretched spiders and getting rich. Read More!
Well, the results for Browser Game of the Year are in. Let’s run through the important ones.
Find out who Won!
Just wanted to catch you up on a few important OSG news items I missed earlier this week.
First, did you think this was the only blog with extensive coverage of online strategy games Aloriah and Lord of Ultima? Well, think again! Reader Guzzer has his own blog, “Guzzer vs Browser Based Games” and he recently posted a great article about the end of Aloriah’s Midgard server.
Also, Khan Wars has gone to version 3.0, the Dark Embrace. As far as I can tell it’s pretty much the same game, but with a few changes to the graphics. To be fair, I haven’t actuall logged in to version 3.0, because I can’t seem to remember my username / password. But, XS software was kind enough to send me a poem about their new version, so enjoy.
Walking in fog and darkness, through forests, plains and hills,
destiny made me witness the fall of great warriors.
The forces of Darkness rise again, commanded by the Ghost Khan,
proclaiming his evil fame!
Their blades are sharper than ever before
Their masters fearless – as only the bravest must be
They took our dreams, our faith and our trust
And left behind only shadows, tears and mistake