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|Release date(s)||May 6, 2009|
|Genre(s)||Fantasy Medieval MMORTS|
Evony (formerly known as Civony) is an Adobe Flash-based multiplayer online game with graphic elements reminiscent of other similar real time games; however, there is no cultural diversity and the buildings and units are very limited. The game is set in medieval times, where a player is to establish a city, begin developing various technologies, and build supporting structures and alliances to generate armies and resources for the purpose of attacking other players and computer generated cities.
Evony is set in a persistent world during the medieval time period in which the player assumes the role of a lord or lady of a city or alliance. A new player is given "beginner's protection," which prevents other players from attacking their cities for a total of 7 days or until a player upgrades the town hall to level 5 or higher. This gives new players the opportunity to accumulate a few resources and troops and get accustomed to the game before other players can attack them.
The player sets tax rate, production and construction. The resources in the game are gold, food, lumber, stone, and iron, and the city's idle population. As with similar games, one first has to increase the city's population and hourly resource production rates as well as construction of certain buildings in the city, and then start building resource fields of their city and building an army. Your army can include siege machines, such as ballistas, catapults, and battering rams, and foot troops, such as archers, warriors and swordsmen.
All of Evony 's items must be purchased with cents which can be bought with real money, through its item shop in game or won at the wheel. some items will accelerate the player's progression through the game. Winning items in battle is the primary way for acquisition of resources and or cities.
Attacker now has numerous advantages that are purchased items from Evony shop, Broken Gates ( defenders gate stuck open or closed for 1 hr ), stacked fleet feet ( can be stacked up to 3x ), that an attacker can strip a defenders city in a matter of minutes. There are alliances running player monitoring programs that look for offline players, who are offline due to internet connection problems, commonly after maintenance, then they port and cap all the players cities while he is offline. There have been several players who stacked the 3x fleet feet on top of the "attack a player holiday speedup bonus" to create glitched "instant attacks" on cities anywhere on map. They holiday the accounts to keep the glitched instant attack accounts active for several months.
- Buildings: The city always holds 34 positions for buildings in town, where one is permanently occupied by the town hall, and up to 40 positions outside the walls (depending on the level of the town hall). The latter are resource fields. Each building can be independently upgraded from level 0 to level 10. Each time you upgrade your town hall it opens up three more resource fields. Level 10 requires a special item - a Michelangelo Script. Initial construction may take from under a minute to several days. Until the introduction of Bernini's Hammer or Gundolf's Compass, there were not any queue options for buildings. Only one building may be queued unless special items are applied. Each upgrade requires double the cost of the previous level in resources used and doubles the time required. Building time may be reduced by researching the construction technology, and by assigning a hero with a high politic attribute as mayor. There is a speed up button, that will instantly finish buildings, or will allow the use of items that decrease building times. These items can be won through battle, spinning the wheel or purchased using cents.
Technology and military
- Technologies: The 19 Technologies that start with level 0 and can be researched using an academy if one was built. Prerequisites may include specific levels of other technologies and buildings. Research time is influenced by the intel attribute of the hero assigned as mayor. Research time may also be shortened by using items.
- Troops: Army units are built in the Barracks and can be queued. The level of the barrack determines how many slots can be used for training troops. Two factors influence how many units you can train: the number of your idle population and your resources. One slot allows for one unit type. Training time is determined by the attack value of the assigned hero as mayor at the time of queue. There are also items that can shorten training time.
- Fortification Units: Fortification units assist in your city's defense. They are built into the wall, where wall level determines queue slots available. The value increases with rising wall level. Unit building time is determined by the politic value of the hero assigned as mayor as well as that same hero's intel attribute.
Heroes can be assigned as the "Mayor" of a city, lead attacks against other players or against NPC's/valleys. The hero earns experience points which increase his level, and provide attribute points which are placed in either politic, attack or intelligence. These attributes are crucial for succeeding in the game.
- A high politics attribute of the mayor will shorten construction time for buildings, walls, wall defences, and increase production of resources.
- A high intelligence attribute of the Mayor will shorten technology research time and assist in troop building in the highest troop type.
- A high attack attribute of the mayor will shorten troop training time and assist in defence when being attacked and will increase the fighting abilities of your troops as well as longevity.
What is never explained by the game creator is how you can build heroes through a variety of what would be called exploits. Once you have a high Politics hero, it can build a certain type of wall mechanic that allows you to fast build an attack hero, by using it to attack this wall. Or you can use a politic hero to build Instant Walls, and by gaining XP it's level rises very quickly. The automated facility of the NEAT bot, as an example, allows you to create a leading hero inside a week, rather than years in normal circumstances.
The core elements of the game are the Heroes (For building troops and defending) and the resources. Given high levels of both, and an automation bot, you can build continuously until you have what is effectively an unbeatable army.
The game features player versus player game play making it possible to attack another player's cities, and almost impossible for players that have not formed or joined alliances to survive. The level of the building called rally point in the attacking city determines how many attack waves and how many troops in each wave that can be sent in the attack. Unlike other games, buildings cannot be destroyed, but a city can be lost - even if you are off-line. During an attack, your city can be reinforced by fellow alliance members or another of your cities(requires an embassy). Various army units are available, and all battles are based on a player attacking another player's city, a Non-Player City (NPC) or Valleys/Flats. NPCs arise when a city is abandoned or during server maintenance. There are certain troop setups used to attack these NPCs favorably. Even if not favorable, attacking NPC's is used for leveling up the heroes however hero loyalty will drop and must be monitored. An NPC can be taken over, and if it's a level 10, all buildings will be at level 10, saving huge amounts of resources and time. However, certain reconfigurations may be undertaken to configure city layout, like dismantling cottages in favors of barracks, and - on older servers - dismantling farms in favor of other resource fields. Taking a NPC level 10 close to an opponent is a well-known strategy for staging attacks.
The game allows the player to control up to ten cities through gain of titles. To gain a title, a certain rank is necessary. Both Title and Rank require Medals gained by use of in-game coins to purchase medal boxes, by attacking valleys or winning medal boxes from spinning the wheel.
The game has two different monetary systems. The in-game monetary system revolves around gold. Gold can be obtained by completing quests, by taxing the city's population as well as attacking NPC's. It is also possible to sell resources for gold on the marketplace or to trade resources with other players within your alliance for gold. A player can also use real money to buy game cents with which to purchase items and resources from the in-game shop.
Prestige is a measure of a player's rank in the game. Players gain prestige by following quests, building and upgrading structures, training armies and successfully attacking valleys and cities and other players outside your alliance. Honor is also a ranking system; however, it only changes with a successful or unsuccessful attack of or defense against another player. Honor also effects the amount of troops that may be healed. (higher honor-less troops healed). The overall ranking system that is displayed in the player's window is based solely on their prestige compared to other players in the remaining server population.
The game itself requires hours of effort every day for building up cities and for "farming", which is term used for attacking NPC's (Non Player Cities) for resources. In the early stages of the game, an automation option was offered from an external developer. This was called "Bob's Bot", written by Bob! (last name unknown) During 2011 a newer more comprehensive Bot was offered by Dueling Electrons (Website now shut down) called the YEAB bot (Acronym: Yet Another Evony Bot). When they demanded payment for use of the automation facility, most players moved to the NEAT bot, written by SumRandomGuy and Tech. The website is available at sumrandomguy.com where you can download the bot and the director, which allows you to run multiple accounts.
Multiple accounting is now the norm in Evony, and the developers seem to have accepted the bots as inevitable. On new servers, however, Evony is limiting players to three accounts per IP number. On older servers the limit is 20 bots per IP. Most experienced players get around this by creating a computer with multiple Virtual Private Networks (VPN's) and many of the larger players still run 30 or more accounts. This is entirely due to the common use of what is called "Bots" or automation.
The main issue most players complain about is the unfair benefits given to some accounts in the game. Added to this, the almost total lack of any form of communication that meaningfully deals with client complaints, the issue remains one of players being unfairly treated. As a result there are "Super Accounts" that have clearly cheated, and nothing is done to correct the imbalance. It is widely presumed this is because they have paid money for exploits, and are protected in some way by the staff. The Customer Service Department consists of a series of auto responders, and rarely, if ever does a complaint get addressed.
Evony 's 2009 online advertising campaign was criticized for featuring what The Guardian called "a string of increasingly racy images." The images depicted females who, as the ad campaign continued, became increasingly unclothed, none of which had any relevance to the game itself. In 2009 Gavin Mannion commented that Evony 's "latest ad is seriously pushing boundaries of what is acceptable to publish on Google". Other ads used stock photographs from pornographic DVD covers.
Evony has also been accused of promoting the game via "millions of spam comments left on blogs". The company denies they are responsible for the spam. Others attribute the spam to players making use of the pyramid scheme-based iEvony affiliate program.
Several years after the release of Age II, the game has received much negative reception from fans about in-game bugs and glitches, such as buildings overlapping each other, as well as other simple commands not working. The servers also suffer from frequent crashes as well as being down for hours on end sometimes without any explanation from The Evony Team themselves. Although complaints about bugs and the like are frequently sent to Evony staff, it appears as though not much is accomplished, as Evony usually only opens new servers as an ineffective replacement, or promote new campaigns for their packages and the like instead.
Far worse than the server issues and lag created problems, however, are the intentional exploits written into the game by the game developers. These are originally used by developers (Generally called Ev Devs) to test the game mechanics, but it appears that these extraordinary benefits (Free food, Instant Troops, Fast March, No Red Bird Exploits) are handed out to select players, who gain a massive advantage as a result. When the exploits become too widely know, Evony shuts down the server and re-writes the code to remove them. Within days another exploit appears, however, so it can only be presumed to be intentional.
The In-Game censorship is well know, and somewhat ludicrous. Certain words must be spelt differently when writing in alliance chat, or in world chat. Even words such as "fart" cannot be used. One example of absurd censorship is the term "Alliance Warfare". This is a game developed by disgruntled Evony players, who wanted a better game experience. The name of the opposition game is banned. However, Evony reaches out past the game and tries to muffle critics outside of the game sphere.
On August 25, 2009, Evony's lawyers threatened to sue a critical blogger for defamation over a variety of allegations as to the game's provenance and the practices of the companies behind it. The developers of Evony denied the allegations from internet blogger Bruce Everiss and sent a cease and desist letter for defamation based on Australian law. Everiss responded by linking to a documentary which reportedly showed evidence of Evony 's fraudulent history. Shortly before the case was due to begin in Sydney, Evony parted with their legal team and asked for an adjournment of the case. After the adjournment, the case was resumed with a new hearing in March 2010. However, two days into the case, Evony withdrew the libel claim against Everiss.
The so-called Customer Service department of Evony is described by various players as non-existent. Auto-responders are the norm, and if you do get someone who writes to you, it is clear that English is their second language. An example from Nov 2014 of a Customer Service response: "What you said seems beyond normal occasions in Evony game". The main issue for players is that, should you have a genuine complaint, it is almost impossible to get to someone who understands English, and if you do, even harder to find someone interested in helping you.
Terms of Service
The Evony Terms of Service, in summary, states that you own nothing. You pay them money to develop a character, but you do not own it, nor do you have even an effective leasehold over account you have invested (sometimes quite heavily) in. This is clearly illegal in some countries, such as Australia and New Zealand, where the relevant Trade Practices Act does not allow for this sort of business practice. Regardless, there is no tiered Terms of Service offered according to the legal requirements of any given country a player may be from. If you have a legal complaint, you are required to write to am email address, to which you will only receive an auto-responder as a reply. The site does not offer an address, or even company details where service of legal documents can be arranged.
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