Ikariam Alliances: Tips & Tricks of the Trade
Posted on 14. Mar, 2008 by The Gimcracker in Gaming
I’ve been getting quite a few blog hits regarding Ikariam. The game is still so new that I was apparently one of the first wave of bloggers to mention it, and now The Gimcrack Miscellany is coming up in all sorts of search results for Ikariam. Rightly so, as a lot of the instructional verbiage sprinkled throughout the game has not yet been translated from German >> English >> l337 (so I can understand it).
Here are some tips and tricks I’ve figured out in Ikariam that may be of some assistance to you and yours.
How To Start An Alliance
So, you want to be an alliance leader? No you don’t. If that didn’t convince you, then here’s how.
- Change your field of research to Seafaring.
- Research Foreign Cultures.
- Build your Embassy. The first level of your embassy gives you 3 diplomacy points, and each upgrade to the Embassy gives you 1 more point. To get hella points, build embassies in all your towns and get 3 points for each level 1 Embassy you build.
- Click on your Embassy to create your alliance. This requires 3 diplomacy points, not a level 3 Embassy like it says at the top (it’s a misprint).
- Name your alliance and come up with a “handle” or “alliance code” or whatever they call it. This is used to easily identify and list your alliance in the high scores list. So, if you name your alliance My Lil PWNies, your handle might be PWN or PWNY or something that uniquely represents the heart of your alliance.
Just like that, you are an alliance leader. But you’re extremely lonely because your alliance only has one member.
How To Invite People To Your Alliance
This is a little tricker. Growing your alliance requires diplomacy points. If you have, say, 6 diplomacy points, you need to transfer them to your alliance by clicking on your Embassy and selecting the “transfer diplomacy points” link in the left hand column. Each diplomacy point allows you to invite another person to your alliance. The question is, how do you invite them if you don’t speak German?
- Click on the world view and find your friend who should be working but instead is playing Ikariam.
- Click Diplomacy
- You have to select the correct subject. This is where all the confusion in the world of Ikariam exists. If the geniuses at Gameforge.de would simply translate the 20 or so possible words that appear in this drop down list to English, the world would be a much better place. You’re trying to find the one that invites them to your alliance. Sadly, I can’t remember which one it is and I can’t view it in my account since I’m already a member of an alliance.
I realize this is probably the only reason you are still reading this guide, and I’ve failed you. Here’s what I can tell you, it’s not the one that says “Kultur…something…” because that is for a cultural treaty. It’s also not the one that says “Handalsab…something…” because I think that one is for a military treaty.
- Once you send the message, the person has to accept the invitation. All he has to do is click the Accept button in the message you sent him and he’s in!
Now you and your buddy can team up against that guy on your island who doesn’t even have an alliance. What? That guy just joined the #2 ranked alliance and is now ravaging you with his amassing army 6 times a day?
How To Leave Your Alliance Once You Figure Out You Can’t Really Lead One On Your Own
Go to your alliance page and disband your alliance (via the link on the left column). This way, you’ll get your diplomacy points back. If you hand over leadership or quit the alliance, I’m not sure what happens. Do you really want to find out? OK, so now you and your friend are homeless and angry and dirty and ready to get that guy back who’s been abusing you mentally, verbally, and sexually.
How To Join A Top Ranked Alliance
This is the most important step in the game. Capitalizing on other people’s work is what it’s all about. Don’t try to reinvent the wheel, man, just ride the glory of a top ranked alliance so all the other n00bs on your island look at you with fear and trembling. I stock up resources like it’s y2k with the measliest defense you’ve ever seen. And I have not been attacked a single time.
It’s obviously because people see I’m part of something bigger and scarier that will come get you in your sleep if you mess with it. So how do you get into a top ranked alliance?
- Click Highscore at the top of the page
- Click Alliance Highscore in the left column
- Look for an alliance that is ranked in the top 100 and that has an average score of 4000+ points (preferrably).
- Click Write Message under the Actions column next to the alliance you want to apply for.
- Write a very brief message to the diplomat. Just say your name, coords, and rank/points that you currently have. Also, ask him for the URL of the alliance forum. If he doesn’t know what you’re talking about, don’t join the alliance, because an external private forum is crucial to manage alliance communication.
- Go to the forum and look for a post that says Alliance Application or some such jargon. Post a reply with the same information that you sent the diplomat in-game.
- Rinse and repeat for 5 – 10 different alliances. You are probably not going to get into the first few that you choose, but being in an alliance at least in the top 100 is going to guarantee that you don’t get attacked near as much as being in no alliance, or an alliance between you and your best mate ranked in the bottom 100.
Every alliance has an external alliance page (within Ikariam) that is viewable to the public. This usually has forum information on it, as well as other information about the overall goals of the alliance. This page is not accessible in the Highscore section, and the only way I know how to get to it, unfortunately, is to know the coords of a member in the alliance. Once you have the coords, you can go to Island View, click on the player, and then click on their alliance name in the left column.
Good luck finding coords as they’re not publicly posted very often. Ikariam discourages posting of coords in their internal forums, so don’t bother trying to find them there either.
Once the alliance decides to recruit you, they will send you a message and all you have to do his hit the Accept button. Voila, you’re in!
I happen to be in the #1 ranked alliance on Gamma called 300 Spartans. Our alliance leader, Leonidas, also happens to be the #1 ranked player on our server out of 19,931 players. Since I’ve been in the alliance, I’ve had absolutely no problems with any other players, which is probably why I’m currently ranked #275. Just in case you were wondering, that’s inside the top .02 percent.
The best part is, you can do the same thing. Just follow these simple steps and you can ride on the coat tails of other people’s glory, and have a thriving, peaceful civilization that always reminds you of Age of Empires when you first glance at it and then you remember how much better that game was and how you wish it was browser-based so you could play it at work.
Aufnahmegesuch anfragen == Admission request
Kulturgüterabkommen kündigen == Cultural asset treaty
Handelsabkommen anbieten == Commercial trade agreement
Allianz Militärabkmmen = Military Alliance offer
Oh, and it won’t let you quit. You have to click “break up the alliance” in order to disband it.
Ah, i thought not but I wasn’t able to test it.
Thanks for the translations. What about Kulturgüterabkommen zuruckziehen?
That's: withdraw a cultural treaty offer.
Also "Kulturgüterabkommen kündigen" actually means cancel a cultural treaty.
Hey the inviting to an alliance thing, this is what is says
Allianz Militarabkmmen To the town (whatever the town) anbieten
Thanks for the help, only way i found it out was because i hadn’t researched the other options yet.
Sweet, I couldn’t remember exactly what it said. I wish they would just translate it already.
Thanks to some google translations, in regards to the Allianz Militarabkmmen options, Anbieten means “offer” and zuruckziehen means withdraw. I’m not sure though how exactly they come into play as I was able to do one before the other and now can do both before anyone has joined or new researches were finished… Can anyone explain this phenomenon?
I’ve heard a lot and it has been helpful, but for the person receiving the invite how do they respond or beyond having an embassy the person has to research something as well?
on the same matter to invite someone to join after establishing an embassy one needs research more to do so or what?
Thanks for the “offer” and “withdraw” translation distinction. I think I experienced the same thing as far as seeing one of the options before I thought I should. Could be bugs since the game is so new. I know there are a lot of bugs currently in the game.
To accept an alliance invite that someone has sent you, just click on your Diplomacy screen and check your messages. Expand the message from them and click either Accept or Decline. Clicking Accept will bring up a reply box where you can reply to the person if you want. To be safe, submit a message back to them to ensure it processes your acceptance, although I don’t know if this part is necessary.
The only thing you need to create or join an alliance is an Embassy (which requires researching Foreign Cultures under Seafaring). The variable that determines joining, creating, and growing alliances is Diplomacy Points. You get 3 points when you build you Embassy, so that means you can join an alliance after just building one level 1 Embassy.
On the same token, you can also CREATE an alliance after just building one level 1 Embassy, because founding an alliance costs 3 Diplomacy points. However, if you want to invite someone to your alliance, you need to either A) upgrade your Embassy, which will give you 1 Diplomacy point, or B) build an Embassy in another one of your colonies, which will give you 3 Diplomacy points. In either case, it costs 1 diplomacy point for each person you invite to your alliance.
For instance, if you want to create an alliance and invite 10 people other than yourself, this will cost you a total of 3 + 10 = 13 points. You can get this many points a number of ways, but one way would be to build three separate Embassies (if you have 3 total colonies), upgrading three of them once, and upgrading one of them twice. Every upgrade gives you another point, regardless of which Embassy you upgrade, and your points pool together between all your colonies, just like your gold does.
Does that help at all?
Thanks for the help, though when an invited individual with the required points tries before researching diplomacy (for military treaty) they receive an error message. Well i think thats the only other possible reason for the error message, not sure.
dudes Handelsabkommen anbieten == Commercial trade agreement
Allianz Militärabkmmen = Military Alliance offer
is wrong my diplomat has taken allianz militerwhatever is inviteing people hanlabakon anibian is milatery treaty forfrends stationning troops in your town but lokeing the quote you mount your netedrake moor than you mount your wife
I thought that sounded wrong. The word “allianz” was too close to “alliance” to mean “military treaty”.
I’m glad someone appreciated #1 on my wow top 10 list.
hey.im the diplomat in the alliance im in and i dont seem to have the option to transfer diplomacy points over to the alliance!my diplomatic influence is 19.do i get to invite others into the alliance or will that lie within someone elses roll?
I am yet to figure out what diplomatic influence is, but I do know that only the leader of an alliance can transfer diplomacy points
Only the alliance leader can transfer diplomatic points to the alliance. Only the alliance leader gets a resources bonus from the alliance too, so it balances out.
Actually, the leader does not (yet) gain a resource bonus. Or, at least, I haven’t noticed one. It says, on the bonus resources screen, “The gods give the leader resources for every member of the alliance. The distribution of those resources is not yet implemented!”
Now that you mention it I do remember hearing something like that. I also know the island blessing structure is not in place yet either.
This blog is great! You have answered a lot of questions for me. Thanks so much.
What they said:
What they meant:
“I recommend this candidate with no qualifications whatsoever.”
(Yes, that about sums it up.)
“The amount of mathematics she knows will surprise you.”
(And I recommend not giving that school a dime…)
“I simply can’t say enough good things about him.”
(What a screw-up.)
“I am pleased to say that this candidate is a former colleague of mine.”
(I can’t tell you how happy I am that she left our firm.)
“When this person left our employ, we were quite hopeful he would go
a long way with his skills.”
(We hoped he’d go as far as possible.)
“You won’t find many people like her.”
(In fact, most people can’t stand being around her.)
“I cannot reccommend him too highly.”
(However, to the best of my knowledge, he has never committed a
felony in my presence.)
Remember dont let anyone you know use your computer to play this game or make sure you and your friends/family dont have names that are similar or they will BAN you! Saying that you are multi-accounting!!
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