My Lands (MyLands): The «work done, have your fun» thesis seems to have started showing signs of strain. Now, simply playing MyLands online strategy, you have a real fun! You will especially like the game, if you have got acquainted with the legendary «Heroes» — Heroes of Might and Magic. The main elements of MyLands are almost the same:
MyLands is a conditionally free game with a magic resource — the Black Gems. It can be both purchased for real money and obtained in the Game: stolen from Monsters in Ruins, produced in Salt Lakes of flying islands, and bought at the auction for the in-game Gold. The Black Gems can be spent on Premium services.
What players like most about MyLands?
MyLands universe contains many worlds, but all of them are divided only into two types: military or mining. The life in military worlds is harsher than in mining ones. However, earnings of the Blck Gems are also higher there (at the same opportunities). The world’s area is 73×22 cells. Each cell is a kingdom full of monsters, enemies and friends. Humans, elves, dark elves and demons – here is almost the exact list of races inhabiting My lands.
It is obvious that dark and light races run an infinite war between them. Although the armed forces of all races are initially almost equal, they may have different bonuses. Some races’ healers revive more troops in battle, while others’ mercenaries attack more aggressively.
To diversify the ordinary course of war, MyLands has missions – non-combat and combat.
|Exploration||To accomplish this mission, you will require a building – expeditionary corps, and training of explorers. Premium Account gives an opportunity of automatic exploration of a particular kingdom (very useful).|
|Resources purchase||The building “Market” allows having economic relations with other players. To achieve the tasks, you will need a merchant guild, and, in particular, training of merchants.|
|Resources transportation||Similarly to resources purchase, a merchant guild and unit training are needed.|
|City foundation||City foundation may be carried out only at a location that you have previously explored. In addition, an obligatory requirement is to have a trained settler.|
|Domain seizure||There are various mines, pits, gold veins, diggings, which can be seized. Seizure is possible, if there are no enemy fortifications or towers left.|
|Buildings destruction||Buildings in outer domains and structures raised beyond a city’s gates can be destroyed.|
|Slave capture||This mission is obligatorily accomplished using carriers, as only carriers have capacity.|
|Vision||A specific science needs to be studied. In addition, you need to have at least one building with trained visionaries. Using visionaries, you can observe others’ missions.|
|Espionage||A special skill also needs to be studied. Spies make it possible to penetrate a rival’s domain or castle, watch buildings, troops, availability of resources, etc.|
|Robbery||Just as with slave capture, carriers are involved in robbery.|
Even though war is the main event in the world of MyLands, the emphasis in the game process is made on the economic side, as the more troops you create, the more resources you will need to allocate to them. Just as in real life, it is not enough to have money for creating an army. Crops, wood, gold, iron – this is what a My lands unit consists of. Therefore, those who like crushing the enemy with legions of newly-recruited soldiers will have to reconsider their opinion with regard to war: units are not expendables here, they need to be fed, nourished and cherished.
Your army in MyLands can and needs to be «upgraded». To do this, an Alchemist Lab needs to be constructed. The science you will study there will be at first used to study the types of units, and then to «upgrade» them – increase each unit’s force, but also its particular characteristics.
Just as many other strategies, has a strict system of troops opposition. For instance, it is known that pikemen should be used against cavalry, cavalry against archers, infantry against pikemen, and so on. It is the same with My lands, and the system is easier to remember as a picture read from the left to the right: warriors are killed by cavalry, cavalry is killed by airborne units, airborne units are killed by archers, and archers are killed by warriors… Mercenaries, mages, healers and carriers live separately in the world of war.
Each type of troops is trained in a particular building, the level of which can also be upgraded. However, a building’s development level does not define the unit’s force. The higher is the building developed, the less time will be required for training. And I have to say that this is quite important, as all processes in My lands take very much time. For example, construction of some buildings takes 120 hours (i.e. five days!) of virtual workers’ hard labor. And a healer’s training takes as much as three hours at the building’s first level. At the same time, at the building’s seventh level, the time is reduced to one hour (however, it can be accelerated to 21 minutes, which is done by many players to develop more rapidly). Taking into account that a single unit doesn’t play any role, and huge hordes of soldiers are required, game sucks you in the nets of unit training for months, years – for eternity!
By the way, the rating system should be mentioned. It protects game novices from experienced gamers. A recruit of My lands has to pass through five stages of training and army creation in order to get completely involved in the dangerous world full of adventures. The rating of army strength doesn’t allow stronger players with a higher ranking attacking weaker rivals on mining servers. Thus, a novice of My lands universe gets an opportunity to try himself as a great state’s ruler for months, without fearing his army’s integrity being threatened by stronger neighbors. However, this doesn’t fully apply to military servers.
Everything is very simple with economics in MyLands: extract resources, construct cities, train and maintain your army. The essential money, namely gold, comes from destroyed ruins. Thereafter, it is sent to the market, where the player can exchange it for the required resources: crops, iron, and so on…
My lands also has other sources of gold, for instance, gold veins. However, it is not an easy task to seize and, moreover, maintain them. This task is almost impossible to fulfill without magic and diplomacy.
An online game can’t be imagined without an opportunity to unite in clans. My lands is about the same: having constructed a diplomatic corps, you will be able to contact other players, unite in clans with them, share experience, help each other with resources, and fight the enemy together!
Speaking of My lands heroes, Heroes of Might and Magic come to my mind. Everything is the same here! A hero gathers an army, makes it stronger, faster. With the hero, the army better attacks and defends. However, the hero alone is worth nothing in My lands, so he’s just stuck in the tavern, waiting for you to hire him.
Scrolls with spells and artefacts help the hero. The more powerful are your hero’s artefacts, the more frightening he is in you enemies’ eyes. They should be searched for in ruins, but most often, they can be found sold at the artefact store for the gaming currency of black gems. Your hero may also get an artefact for accomplishing some quests.
Even a novice can earn some BG (Black Gems) in My lands. The Black Gems is a specific resource used to purchase game commodities (including both artefacts and scrolls) and improvements. Here is the approximate mathematics: at 20 BGs per hour per one salt lake, you can get 480 BGs per day. The problem is that such domains are often seized by strong players.
The game’s currency, Black Gems, is a specific resource used to purchase game commodities (including both artefacts and scrolls) and improvements. Here is the approximate mathematics: at 20 BGs per hour per one salt lake, you can get 480 BGs per day. The problem is that such domains are often seized by strong players.
There is another type of earnings of the game currency in MyLands: BGs can be purchased at an auction. You construct a market, collect gold in the surrounding ruins, create «golden cities», hire a special hero with the required artefacts and scrolls, which will increase gold in your cities. Then, you spend gold for BGs. Also, take into account that the game has an Archruin – lvl 7. It appears once per quarter, but the resources it contains are hard to imagine: over 100000 BG in a single archruin.
There is a proverb saying that the first pancake is always a blob. However, this thesis cannot be applied to MyLands. However, this didn’t anyhow hinder MyLands to become the best online strategy of 2010. It is worth giving it a try, isn’t it?