Some new players have recently expressed their frustrations to me regarding the limitations that the game puts on the development of their armies when first starting out. As a result, I wanted to share with you all some game secrets that I wish I had known back when I’d first started playing the game. I hope these will prove beneficial and allow you to get as much out of the game as possible.
You might think that Sparta: War of Empires is a game built on anxiety - the constant pressure to upgrade your Buildings and develop your City, trying to decide how to best respond to a Raid, etc - but the truth is that this anxiety is imaginary and your performance, despite what you might think at the time, is ALWAYS positive. BE AFRAID OF NOTHING AND LAUGH IN THE FACE OF THE ENEMY, because nobody in this game can do anything to prevent you from having a good time. The way Sparta manages to keep players interested is by creating myths, withholding information, and focusing your attention onto things that make the game seem difficult. The way to truly prosper in the game is by learning and mastering the following insider secrets.
Negative Grain production is a device intended to slow down the game and keep you vulnerable for as long as possible so higher-level players have somebody to prey on. The worst that can happen when you have negative Grain production is that you are constantly short on the Grain you need for upgrading Buildings and training Units. So stop worrying about keeping your Grain production positive. There is a time for that but it is not now. In the meantime, shift your attention to your Units.
In order to make up for the drain in Grain production, upgrade your Harbor and Port and hide your Grain on your ships by advertising it for sale at an unprofitable price to the buyer. If you upgrade your Harbor and Port to Level 20, you will have 20 ships capable of carrying 24,000 units of Grain – enough for most upgrades at a low level – and, while in the ships, the Grain will be safely out of the reach of enemy Units. If somebody happens to buy your Grain in spite of its high price, so what? You just got a great deal and received a ton of Bronze or Timber in return!
Farms, Mines, and Lumberyards all upgrade at an extremely slow pace. This is intended to slow down the game and keep your attention focused on the home front, thereby allowing more experienced players to roam around the map and wreak havoc on your City. Shift your focus away from Resource Buildings to Buildings that really make a difference. Whatever you do, don’t follow the advice of the quest adviser as this is not designed to help you progress as quickly as you might otherwise.
Make the Temple of Demeter your top priority and upgrade it as high as you can. At Level 20, the Temple of Demeter reduces Grain consumption by 89%. That means that a Cavalry Unit, which normally consumes four units of Grain an hour, will only consume 0.04%, allowing you to feed 100 Macedonian Horsemen for the price of one. This is the best thing that you can do for your consumption rate. So, from the very start, and as often as possible, check your Port to see if someone is looking to trade an Eleusis article for those articles you have stored in your Ephorate. Keep doing this regardless of how urgently you want to complete other Agreements. Eleusis articles are rare and come late in the game. So there will be plenty of chances to complete other Agreements while you wait for that coveted Temple of Demeter.
You should be focusing on Units instead of Buildings. Staying at home is the slowest way to grow. Build as big an army as possible as early as possible and go to war from the very start. Prioritize fully upgrading all Agreements that increase the strength of the Units you can train and are planning to use and wait on the others until they become useful to you. Carefully consider all the tournaments, challenges, and other events that are regularly offered in the game and participate in as many of those as possible. Never mind the losses. In Sparta, the way you advance is by losing Units: the more Units you lose the more you win – Experience Points, Tournament Points, new Units, Coins, Glory Points, Dominion Points, Scrolls, Upgrade Sketches, Boosts, Unit upgrades, etc. Remember – IT ALWAYS PAYS OFF, no matter what it might look like. So, in order to get the most out of your in-game activities, let the Event Advisor be your guide: whenever possible participate in activities that are part of an ongoing event. While waiting for an event to open, you should be preparing for it. The EVENT ADVISOR IS YOUR BEST ALLY IN THE GAME.
Whenever possible, prevent other players from getting a look inside your City. If they do get a look and decide to attack you, make sure that they get nothing for their effort.
The way you keep your secrets is by posting as many Scouts on the lookout inside your City as possible. Your Scouts don’t die when fighting other Scouts (unless those Scouts are Venators, which is rare), they only die during raids. Keep as many as 100 Scouts (maybe supported by a couple Amazon Warriors, if you have the Coins to buy them) on the lookout. Scouts are expensive Units for beginners so, if you have to, hide them in the Acropolis when you’re not online. Protecting your City with Scouts gets rid of 50% of potential attackers.
THE ACROPOLIS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT BUILDING IN THE GAME. At the top Level your Acropolis hides up to 50,000 units of each Resource type, and at the higher Levels it automatically sends every Unit into hiding immediately after training, meaning that you can train Units overnight without being afraid of raids while offline. Have you ever leapt in expectation when spotting an undefended City with 30,000 Resources of each type in its storage buildings only to raid it and come home empty handed? Well, that was because most of it was hidden in the Acropolis. Upgrade the Acropolis as high as you can – all the way to the top!
I can’t stress enough the importance of giving NOTHING to an attacker. That is the most important factor in making them lose their interest in you. A lot of people think that the Acropolis does all the hiding and forget that each Mine and Lumberyard can hold over 1,000 units of their respective Resources while waiting for you to send them into storage. Deprive your attackers of that too – remember to empty Mines and Lumberyards often.
Many players base their game on laying siege to their neighbors. However, this doesn’t really make sense because within 15 minutes you could send a wave of 10 raids that would bring back as much as your yield would be for a whole week of sieging. Sieges are not a big nuisance since, apart from yielding very little profit, they do not prevent the sieged player in any way from doing what they would normally do in the game. But sieges look awful on the map, increase the anxiety level of the sieged player, and – worst of all – work as a BIG signpost saying: this player is easy meat, this Coalition doesn't protect its warriors. Everybody sees them and everybody takes notes. So NEVER TOLERATE SIEGES. If you get a siege go to your Coalition chat and shout as loudly as you can for help or liberate yourself immediately – immediately meaning in a matter of minutes rather than hours. You just DON’T want that signpost hanging over your City.
There are many more secrets in Sparta, but if you start off with these you’ll find that your game will become much more rewarding and enjoyable. Your City will also develop faster, your goals will become more obtainable and interesting, and you will soon inspire respect and fear among the other Archons in your neighborhood. Good luck, Archon!
This article was written by player Roach, who granted permission for it to be posted on Plarium.com. Any thoughts or views expressed herein are the player's own, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Plarium Global.