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Saturday, June 4, 2011

Lord of Ultima: Ranger Military City Layouts V2

This is an update for my Ranger Military City Layouts to add a third variant, ie, permanent dedicated defense.

The first variant is a defense configuration for a contested continent. Here is the Defense Ranger Military City Layout which you can see in the LoU Flash City Planner.
Max Units: 70,000 rangers
Recruitment Speed: 3s
Storage: 2,175,000 wood/food and 575,000 stone/iron
Food Deficit: 8,750 per hour (need to restock every 10.36 days)

As you can see, it is designed for maximum troop strength and reasonable recruiting speed. Being on a contested continent, this is not castled of course. Only your offensive cities are castled.

Thus, there is no food production, ship it in via the trade minister.

I have kept the design simple, without deviation from the conventional military city layout in the middle. This allows for easy conversion to the farming configuration once the continent is conquered.

For towers, I use:
  • Lookout Tower x2 to give 20 hours of attack advanced warning. I find 1 tower/10 hours is not enough.
  • Ranger Tower x 22.

The second variant is a farming configuration for a controlled continent. Here is the Farm Ranger Military City Layout which you can see in the LoU Flash City Planner.
Max Units: 176,000 rangers
Recruitment Speed: 3s
Storage: 2,975,000 wood/stone/iron/food
Food Deficit: 22,000 per hour (need to restock every 5.63 days)
Shipping Capacity: 4000 carts

Given this is for a controlled continent (off water), the city is castled to maximize troop strength. You lose out on a lot of troop strength if not castled.

There is no food production needed as you will have surplus food from dungeon raids. If there are no dungeon raids for whatever reason, ship in food via the trade minister.

There is a good amount of storage but not too much, as you will be shipping out the surplus with the trade minister anyhow.

There are a lot of marketplaces as shipping capacity is key:
  • You will be farming resources at a high rate, and need to be able to ship it to your warehouses/new cities.
  • Rapid shipping to palaces will be needed once palace building gets to higher levels.

The moonstone tower is there if you need some resource purification.

For towers, I would use:
  • Lookout Tower x2 to give 20 hours of attack advanced warning. I find 1 tower/10 hours is not enough.
  • Ballista Tower x22 as the most risk is someone catapulting your city.

The third variant is permanent dedicated defense for a strategic city, eg, palace. Here is the Defense Ranger Military City Layout which you can see in the LoU Flash City Planner.
Max Units: 284,000 rangers
Recruitment Speed: 3s
Storage: 2,575,000 wood/food and 975,000 stone/iron
Food Deficit: 35,500 per hour (need to restock every 3.02 days)

As you can see, it is designed for maximum troop strength and reasonable recruiting speed. There is no need for Moonglow Towers, Marketplaces, etc. You just build lots of rangers who sit and defend your palaces.

Like always, there is no food production, ship it in via the trade minister.

For towers, I use:
  • Lookout Tower x2 to give 20 hours of attack advanced warning. I find 1 tower/10 hours is not enough.
  • Ballista Tower x22 as the most risk is someone catapulting your city.

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    "Lord of Ultima is EA’s first game in the free Strategy MMO genre and is completely playable in a web browser. Developed by EA’s Phenomic studio, the game’s creator Volker Wertich (the genius behind strategy classics such as the Settlers) takes this genre to the next level. Lord of Ultima features deep strategic gameplay and multiple social features including an advanced trading system, alliance features, online chat, and forums. At launch it will be available in English and German language.

    Set in the legendary Ultima universe, the game takes you to the new world of Caledonia, formed from the remains of Sosaria which was shattered into countless islands. You start your journey with a humble village which you grow over time into a mighty and prosperous capital. On your path to glory you will have to expand your power by creating additional cities, exploring new continents and forging a vast empire. You must master the art of diplomacy and trade as well as the military activities of spying, plundering, attacking and sieging enemy cities to finally become the mighty and feared Lord of Ultima."

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