How to grow?
Growing is one of the most important things in Alliances At War. The more acres you get, the more homes your tribe can have. They provide citizens, which will give you more income, and those citizens can also be trained to become military units. Military is vital to defend your tribe or to attack other tribes!
More acres means more power. And more power means people with less power will be afraid of you. That is the whole point of a war game, right?
There are mainly 2 ways to grow in Alliances At War: attacking and exploring.
Below you will find both ways explained:
This is one of the main ways to grow. It is a lot of fun to grow by attacking others but the downside is that you need to be quite active to be an effective attacker. The main goal as attacker is to get enough military units with offense to invade other tribes. Make sure you can keep the acres you take from them, though! If you cannot hold on to captured acres, you will lose them. That means you have lost military during the battle and gained nothing.
The other way to grow is by exploring. Thieves and mages are most likely to grow by exploring because they do not want to waste money and citizens on offensive military units. Instead they use their money and citizens for exploring and training defensive military units and thieves.
Explorers do not have to be as active as attackers. After all, they have more citizens than attackers, more defense than attackers, and they can grow all by themselves. Attackers on the other hand will be constantly searching feasible targets to attack.
An explorer wants to grow as quickly as possible, yet does not want to lose acres by getting attacked. Explorers will constantly try to find the right balance between the wish to grow and the fear to lose acres.
Minor ways to grow
There are also some minor ways to grow. These are used in addition to the two main ways. First, some race spells give a small number of acres (1-8) every tick. Second, the thief operation Land Claim gives a considerable amount of acres; the more thieves you send, the more acres you will receive.
Last updated: January 2013