|Introduction to the Beginner's Guide|
This guide is meant as an introduction for the beginning of the game for new players, not a guide on the most efficient and fastest ways to start the game. It will tell you what you need to know, what to focus on, and how to lay a foundation for expanding and progressing through the game. Also, this guide will alert you to common pitfalls for newer players and ways to avoid them. This guide uses a lot less pictures than my other guides, because there is a lot of information I'm trying to get across. It can be a bit much, but take it slow and you and your city will flourish.
Forge of Empires can be very confusing when you first start. There's a lot to get used to, a lot to do, and it can be hard to understand how to play strategically. One of the hardest things to pick up is the abbreviations. Almost everything, from resources to ages to strategies are abbreviated by players discussing the game. It can take a little bit to get used to all of the abbreviations, but soon you will find yourself using them with ease! I'll be using both the full terms and their abbreviations in this guide so you can become used to them, and you can find more about them in Part 8: Abbreviations/FAQ.
Alright! Let's get start— Wait! What if you're already further along than what I discuss? Are you stuck?! Trust me: you're fine. Try to use some of the strategies I discuss in this guide to improve your city based on where you are. In most cases, it is easier to fix what you have rather than start over completely.
—Ok. Now we can get started. This guide is broken up into several sections, which are linked to below. I would recommend reading them in order if you are a newer player. This guide assumes that you are near the end of the Bronze Age (BA) or the early Iron Age (IA), but it has tips that can help anyone at any point in the game.
Part 1: The Basics
Part 2: The City
Part 3: Fighting and Negotiating
Part 4: Guilds
Part 5: Events
Part 6: Great Buildings
Part 7: Progression
Part 8: Abbreviations/FAQ
Part 9: Author's Note