The Intelligence Engine


How to Win at Multiplayer

Posted by [email protected] on December 17, 2012 at 12:35 AM

This blog post is an introduction to the key multiplayer concepts you need in order to succeed.

The best way to learn multiplayer, of course, is to play the single-player campaign to the end.  The campaign is designed to teach you all the intricacies of City Conquest.

But this post should point you in the right direction.

Overwhelmingly, the main mistake that new City Conquest players make is that they don't get enough income.  Growing your income stream is essential to victory.  The tactical game is important, but it's much less so if one player has a big income advantage over the other.

Right when the game begins, work to build your Extractor income.  This is the fundamental, low-level income you'll need to build your whole city.

  • Grab the nearest available source of gold first.  Build Extractors on at least 3 gold deposits nearest your base, and build a Skyscraper or two if you need to to get 3 gold Extractors.
  • After you've done that, grab the nearest available source of crystals.  You should be able to get at least 2-3 crystal Extractors going.  Remember to put this off until AFTER your gold Extractors are built.
  • Only after you've done all that, build a Gun Turret next to your Capitol facing toward the enemy.
  • As you are doing this, sell any abandoned buildings near your base, or that you may extend your base onto in the course of getting gold and crystal Extractors built.  This will get you 1 gold and 1 crystal per building sold, which helps quite a bit in the early game.  DON'T extend your base too far out of the way to get abandoned buildings that are far away until you have the income level -- it's not worth it.
After that comes the even more important part -- upgrading your skyscrapers!  This is the real key to victory, since while basic Skyscrapers give you no income, upgraded Skyscrapers grant you 1 gold and 1 crystal each time your Dropships deliver troops (or 2 gold and 2 crystals if you upgrader them twice).

As soon as you can, you should upgrade one Skyscraper to get that additional source of income.  From that point onward, make a point of upgrading 1 or 2 additional Skyscrapers every drop phase to keep your income stream going.  Eventually, you can upgrade 3, 4, or even 5 Skyscrapers per drop phase and still have income left over to build other buildings.

Ultimately, you can get an exponentially-growing stream of revenue from building and upgrading Skyscrapers.

Remember to keep spending your gold and crystals -- they do you no good just sitting in your inventory.  Spend what you need in the early game to defend your base and keep your enemy on the defensive, but don't overspend!  You may be tempted to upgrade your Capitol right away to get that fancy energy shield, or build a large army right off the bat, but consider spending it on Skyscrapers upgrades instead -- you'll find that you eventually get it back with interest.

There's much more to multiplayer strategy than this of course, but if you learn to ramp up your income properly, you'll be a very large step ahead of most other City Conquest players online.  We'll be back later in the week with more tips to help you learn to build a better base!

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