Rush Tactics #8 — Noob November: Picking the right civ
November 1, 2012
New players unite! Josh and Greg lead the community in compiling their best tips for new players jumping into Age of Empires Online. This week, we start with the basics: picking your civilization, setting up your capital city, and starting your first quests.
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Noob Question #1: What does AOEO change from earlier AOE games?
Leveling civs individually
These were simpler days, when villagers said Rogan and crows were not spies.
Noob Question #2: What civilization should I play?
Do you like to try before you buy or go all-in?
Pro (Persians, Babylonians, Norse) — skip early levels, get decent gear
Premium (Greeks, Egyptians, Celts) — learn units gradually, more story with campaign
What kinds of quests are you looking for?
Easy — Greek
Simple — Egyptian
Complex — Celts
Out-of-the-box — (go all out!) Pro civ, buy Northern Invasion + Fertile Crescent
Do you want to focus on infantry, archers, priests or horsemen?
Infantry: Celts, Norse
Archers: Persia, Greeks
Do you like to turtle or jump out the gate early?
Let the rush begiiiiiiiiiiiiiin!
What was your favorite civilization in AOE2?
IF IT WAS…
Aztecs (infantry + frontline priests)
Celts (infantry + siege)
…PLAY THE CELTS!
Byzantines (buildings + counters)
Chinese (economy, science)
Teutons (Buildings, economy)
…PLAY THE BABYLONIANS!
Goths (fast infantry, mobile + empowered Barracks)
Huns (fast rush and constant harrass, but not cav archers)
Vikings (infantry + boats, weak cav, decent archers)
…PLAY THE NORSE!
Japanese (Fishing, Infantry)
Spanish (Trade, missionaries, versatile)
Turks (gunpowder, late-game offensive)
Briton (archers) – Greek?
Mayans (archer, resources) – Greek/Baby?
…PLAY THE GREEKS!
Saracens (camels, with strong infantry and archer support, navy)
…PLAY THE EGYPTIANS!
Franks (ranged infantry, knights, and Castles)
Koreans (Defense, Siege, Sea)
…PLAY THE PERSIANS!
Some things never change: the best monk is still a dead monk.
How to set up capital city
Why play AoEO?
Improvements since launch
Skirmish Mode is the best part of AOE2
New civs added 4 times a year
More campaigns than earlier AOE games
Plus these bad boys are back in action with the Egyptian civ.
Greg is an entertainer extraordinaire, gondolier and PC Gamer contributor. Josh is a game designer at SOE and former editor for PC Gamer and the Official World of Warcraft Magazine.
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Josiah Pang for making our logo, Jason Shaw for the music, and all the community that helped us improve our strategy on the forums.
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