The Hitch Hoplite's Guide to Grepolis Hello All! First of all before you start reading further this is not a guide to the basics of the game but the more advanced mechanics and tactics, if you want a guide to the basics please see Osl’s. Some of you may know me, especially those who frequent the forums often, and some of you may not – it doesn’t matter. I’ve been playing for three years now, got linked to grepolis when it first came out and have been playing since day one of Alpha. In my early days I established my presence on the external forums and in some very good alliances; TW-Shadow on Alpha, co-founding Phenomen on Beta and was one of the original six odd members of GrepoHugs on Gamma. During this period I got to know some great players and friends and had a lot of fun with them as well as exploring the mechanics of the game. After this I took a break and came back in around November 2010 and entered the world Nu, I lead in Shadows Fall for a time before wanting to move onto a bit of a faster world. Therefore I set up a premade alliance Shine, heading into Xi and got absolutely crushed by PV. It was at this time that I was offered an account to go back into the fray of Beta with Phenomen and I played as Chimosan, a rank 5 player with 900,000 points. This time was in my opinion the golden age of my grepolis experience and in a rather vicious world war I was able to move up to rank 2 in the world with around 1.4 million points and also claim the 2011 Beta Forum Personality Award. Subsequently since then I’ve quit and come back again and played in alliances such as Alliance X on Theta, Gone in Sixty Seconds on the first speed world, Nightmares of Elysium on Tau and The Indomitable Gauls on Psi. Now I really have diverged in this ‘brief’ introduction so I’ll just wrap by saying I’ve had some up and downs but learnt from them all. Now what I just said is why you are actually reading this, throughout my three years I’ve absorbed and learnt a lot about this game and now want to share that with you in the hope that I’ll help you improve into a better player. I’m certainly not the best player, not even close but I hope that what I am about to tell you will be helpful, plus I managed to pilfer the Phenomen guide library before the ship sank. So here goes… Blitz Schnellen Guide One of the most important things when starting a new world and rising to the top, is of course to start well. This mini-guide will give you a (very) detailed step-by-step plan in helping you to get the fastest start that you can possibly manage. The aim of this guide is to keep your resources well balanced so you can grow the fastest as well as at the same time building up your troops ready for a conflict. By the end of this guide you should be laying siege/revolting your second city with 300 slingers, 75 hoplites, 150 horsemen, 42 transports and 30 light ships. However there are a couple of extra things which I now need to make clear; 1. For this guide to be successful you need to be constantly farming, by this I mean both the farming villages on your island and other players in your surrounding area. The maximum resource input from farming villages per day is if you do 5 minute demands for 17 hours, obviously this is very taxing but if you can manage it then your growth will be speed up enormously. One final tip is that 5 minutes before your final 5 minute demand for the day use the 4/8 hour (depending on whether you have booty) demand in order to get more the maximum resources. Remember the more you farm the better you’ll do; ‘Success is dependent on effort’ – Sophocles. 2. This guide does not take into account the level of the farm, you will need to level up the farm as you grow and expand your army. Try to keep an eye on how much free population you have left and level up your farm when it gets to around 30. 3. This guide also does not take into account your attacks on other players and the losses you might sustain. If you do lose units then re-recruit them, re-balance your resources using the market place and carry on from the guide where you left off. 4. There is a bit of luck involved in the game and I would be astounded if you got all the farming villages that I tell you to preferably get in this guide, the most important thing would be to get one silver --> rock and two silver --> wood. 5. Good luck! Enjoy playing the game and to the scholars among us then yes blitz schnellen means lightning fast in German.