This guide is reproduced from jakeludington.com. It provides some tips and a video walkthrough to the players. By reading this article, maybe players can understand more about this game. Evony is a browser game, but it's very similar to Age of Empires 2. It's very interesting. By the way, the game name has been changed into Evony yet.
Evony is another of the increasingly popular massively multiplayer online role playing games (MMORPG) available for free. The game looks a great deal like Age of Empires II with a little live-action Settlers of Catan thrown in for good measure. The object of Evony is to build up the civilization in your town so that you can invade other towns and grow your empire. One of the most compelling reasons to play Evony is the price - the game is promised to be "free forever", although I suspect that the option to buy additional coins with your real world funds will be more popular if the game gets traction with a large audience of players.
Getting Started with Evony
The Routine Quest is your starting point to understanding all the aspects of Evony. Here you learn all the controls and keyboard actions. You build your first city and get a deeper understanding of how the game works before you engage in any multiplayer game play. You can ramp up quickly in the first quest, gaining some decent rewards and learnign Evony interface controls.
While Evony is "free forever" one key way to get ahead early in the game is by purchasing extra coins with real money. This allows you to get key supplies faster than simply playing the game. At some point Evony may be dominated by people who spend the most in this "free" environment. You can obviously build more buildings faster if you have more resources to build with.
Population is impacted by two main things: The number of cottages you have and the level they are determine population limit. Your loyalty rating is the other factor. Loyalty of your peasants is directly related to how much you tax them. A lower tax rate increases loyalty, but decreases tax revenue, so you have to find the balance between the two. To determine your stable population, you need to know the maximum capacity of your cottages, and then multiply that my your loyalty as a percentage. So if your max population is 100 and your loyalty is 80 then 100 * .80 is a stable population of 80.
Flags determine who people are in relation to you. Gold is your flag color. Green is people allied with you. Blue is a friendly alliance. Red is a hostile alliance. Grey is anyone else.
Maximum number of Valleys you can have is determined by your town hall level. Valley levels change frequently based on changes in town hall level, so be sure to check prior to your invasion to make sure you haven't just attacked a much stronger valley.
Allows you to assign Clan ranks to the members and to create new ranks with certain rights. Changing the rank is pretty simple, just use the drop down menu behind the member and press save. If you want to make him the master of the clan which is the founder rank, you need to press Elevate to master twice. If you want to kick a member just press twice on kick.
At the beginning, you need to focus on building up your civilization, so that you have a strong thriving foundation. For small buildings, you can accomplish this with a speed-up mode that completes buildings at slightly faster than game speed. For more elaborate projects, it may require letting the game run while you go do something else for a bit.
Like many MMORPG games, there are already people prowling for lude conversation on the Evony chat service. Unless you enjoy being bothered with that sort of thing, I highly recommend switching chat to the Private Only mode to avoid the creeps.
This video provides a Evony walkthrough of basic game screens.