Today I’m gonna present to you an improvement for the early game phase of Grepolis.
We consider it to be specifically helpful to new players and to be appreciated by the adaptable longtime players as it offers more interactions early in the game.
The early game is of much importance to you and us as it determines if new players will stay with Grepolis and play with you as allies or enemies to fight with. So making them survive is key for a game world filled with players to game with. But currently we have the situation that a lot of them are loosing their first city very early and by this are conquered and eliminated from the game, with a high chance of not restarting again.
There are various reasons for them to be conquered. Sometimes it’s wrong decisions, missing information in the game, picking the wrong fight or starting in a bad neighborhood… but still we would all like them to prevail and keep on playing and fighting with us.
To increase the chance of survival and becoming good players we want to enable building a city much earlier.
Enabling those players to build the first colony ship much faster and letting them set up their second city in strategically better or safer position is what we have in mind. This second city will be their chance to survive and grow.
But not only new players will profit from that gameplay improvement. Colonizing itself will become a valid option in the game again allowing for a bigger variety of play styles specifically in the early game phase.
- Make the technology “Colony Ship” available from academy level 13 instead of 22.
- Reduce the required harbour level to level 10 instead of 20.
Some might fear that the “Conquest” technology will be put in earlier too.
But to explicitly point this out we are NOT going to enable the “Conquest” technology earlier in the academy. So conquering will stay and take place as previously known, from level 28.
Small quests changes
- The quest to build the Harbour level 10 will have the rewards increased to 5000 wood, stone and silver (from 3500 wood,2100 stone ,1500 silver).
These resources should provide a sound foundation for the player construct the colony ship shortly after finishing the quest.
- The quest to construct a colony ship will have its reward changed from 5 Transport ships to 10 Gold instead.
We are looking forward to hearing your feedback and to discuss it here on the devblog with you.