The Federation HUD gives players a few more and different options than the standard HUD. It demands more attention as well, since the default options for puzzles and choices presented sometimes have negative, not neutral consequences. These penalties for an inattentive or AFK player make it not advisable (at this point anyhow) for a player that often misses turns.
Resource management is the principal added point in Federation game play, as the player adjusts acreage and gold reserves and manages disasters and special options to keep the empire's citizens (not to be confused with subjects) happy, healthy and within the fold.
Please be advised, once one has purchased the Federation HUD, the standard HUD becomes unusable. Should one care to swap back to the standard HUD, they must contact Ultralite Soleil for a refund and re-activation of the standard HUD.
The Path To Royalty
A player who wants to become a Queen or King must first complete this series of purchases that improve grounds and assets and prepare for ascension. The full path has 17 purchases at a total cost of about 400 million gold. New options presented include castle beautification, roadways, cathedral construction and the like. Some parts are multi-stepped sections (find architect, design cathedral, find location, and so on), and most offer three options for pricing and messaged outcome.
Detailed observations from several players are recorded in the Path to Royalty Notes.
A new tab that replaces the Fellow tab, one can make an Ally of anyone ranking Count/Countess or above, who is not directly above or below one in their line. In other words, if we have Players A, B and C in the same line, in that order top to bottom, Player A may form an alliance with their Liege's Liege but not their own Liege. So A and C may be allies but not C and B nor A and B, presuming all are ranked Count or Countess or higher, of course. Also, it appears that there is a limit to how many Allies one may gain, 4 being the current noted limit.*
(* The Swirly Potion is reported to allow you to be able to get a 5th Ally and build another Embassy to gain another 1 gold per acre production. -Nemesis)
To gain an Ally, stand near another player. Both players must be ranked Count/Countess or higher, have the Federation add on, have fewer than 4 allies already, and cannot already be in a liege/subject relationship with the other person. Should one player (or both) have ten (10) direct subjects already, the HUD will skip the process of offering the Liege Swap option and go more directly to the Ally option. Sometimes it may take a few cycles of offers to get the Ally option. It has been found if you click NO to the liege/subject option that comes up first, the next round will have the alliance option. It appears that the need to remove the HUD to initiate this process is gone and that when one is near an appropriate Ally, the option will appear in due time.
When one examines the Allies tab, each page is for an individual Ally, and there is an option to "Send Ambassador". Checking that box will cause a set of options to appear on the next turn. One then may select between the following: to do nothing, to send a gift (worth a specific amount of gold), to send a certain amount of citizens, to build an embassy if one does not presently exist, or to break the alliance. If one selects to send a gift, they'll find that the next month they get to chose what of a number of gift items they'd prefer to send to their ally.
None of these functions allow one to directly send gold from one player to another. However, a gift of citizens can translate into significant long-term gold for one's ally through increased tax credits at census time and percentage bonuses to monthly homage income.
Breaking an alliance is difficult and expensive. It costs gold at a level comparable to building an embassy. Also, after breaking an alliance, a period of 24 online hours is enforced before one is able to make a replacement embassy, with the additional loss of gold production for that period if one formerly had four allies with embassies.
If at a later time an ally becomes a direct ( above or below ) then the alliance is broken along with any benefits ( embassy ).
An embassy can be purchased, which will be built in the empire of one of your allies. The cost of an embassy is considerable (a bit over five times the cost of an acre of land).
Once an Embassy is built, additional offers may appear. One type of offer is for the recipient of the embassy to read confidential papers of their ally. The offer also suggests that the ally might not find out. The cost to read the papers is considerable. The benefits/consequences of reading the papers is questionable.
Embassies increase the frequency of offers to sell land at a higher cost.
When one is sabotaged, if an ally with embassy is online that ally may get an opportunity to pay for an investigation. A successful investigation reverses the effects of sabotage and causes the perpetrator to lose the same number of acres.
The main benefit of having an embassy is that the strengthened diplomatic relations let you transfer citizens without losing as many of them. You can also send more citizens at one time. Without an embassy, 60 % of the citizens you transfer to an ally will leave for parts unknown. If you do have an embassy, only 25 % will be disgruntled and leave.
Maintaining four alliances and supporting four embassies is rewarded with increased production of +1 gold per acre per month.
The Festival is a recurring game feature much like The Trader. A Festival requires a year and a bit to complete the process. It encompasses a series of events beginning with an announcement in September that the upcoming year will be a Festival year. The fee to participate, if desired, is roughly equal to an acre's purchase price.
September - festival is announced. Online Kings and Queens get an opportunity to bid to host the Festival.
December - pay approx one land's purchase price to join the festival.
January - festival begins, income from land is doubled for the year and Kazim's Booth appears (new on Jan 8, 2012 - see below)
February - pay 10 gold to the Fortune Teller for a cryptic fortune (or to get the key to the mysterious book if she notices)
Jousting requires the donation of one acre (unless the Draught of Quintain is in effect) and consists of three one-on-one matches over the course of the entire Julie Apocalypse Memorial Tournament. Victory in three matches earns a substantial purse of gold, a gold bar and bonus citizens for each entrant who accomplishes it.
Winning one or two matches gains acclaim and notoriety but nothing else. The jousting appears to be a Rock/Paper/Scissors game with facing East giving the advantage in a tied result. Thus a jouster facing west has a 1 in 3 chance to win and facing east has a 2 in 3 chance to win.
Attendees at the festival who are not jousting often have the chance to wager on featured matches.
Should one win all three matches in 10 jousts, a special award of 1 gold per acre increased production is received. Quite a few players have now achieved this accolade. The first to do so was Jousting Queen Julie Apocalypse of Bohemia.
A new feature was seen in the Festival on Jan 8, 2012. In the January turn Kazim's Booth made an appearence. This allows a number of gold bars to be purchased (between 2 and 5 seen so far) and to be sold (only 2 seen so far).
Every so often (once a day or so), you may be visited by the Abbot of a local monastery. He will ask for a donation of 10% of your current gold balance. If you give him the gold, one of several things will happen:
- He will pass on a portion of the money to each of your direct subjects. These payments often total less than the donated amount (however they can total more depending on the rank of your subjects, especially if you've researched disease), but it is one of the few ways to give gold to your direct subjects.
- Each of your directs subjects will receive one acre of your personal land.
- You will receive a "warm feeling" - and nothing else. No benefit to you or your subjects.
- The Abbot may offer to translate your book (see Book, Key & Translation below).
- The Abbot may leave leave a pair of Gold Bars on your doorstep. This happens rarely, but is more likely to occur if you have fully researched disease.
If you fully research disease, the Abbot will ask for less money (5% of your total) and will always give to your subjects - no more "warm feelings".
Book, Key & Translation
One time, you will receive an old locked book from the Trader. This book can only be opened with a key received from the Fortune Teller. Lastly, the book can only be read (translated) by the Abbot. The net result is an increase of +2 gold per acre per month. A Bronze potion can be purchased from the Alchemist to force the next stage in the sequence (ie getting the key from the Fortune Teller or the translation from the Abbot).
Citizens are now the subject of an independent article.
The coming of the Alchemist is marked by the appearance of a red moon. You can purchase potions from the Alchemist in exchange for Gold Bars. The Alchemist does not appear to you if you do not have any gold bars.
- Found in the weeds of an acre which is bought
- Found when selling an acre - "Fortune smiles on you. While taking one last look around the acre of land you sold, you see a gold bar."
- Won at jousting
- Being voted King & Queen / Queen & Queen / King & King at the Festival Ball (10 Gold bars each)(Partners need to be on the Federation HUD to receive the gold, but only one party need have attended the Festival)
- Trader deal (5 Gold Bars)
- Donating to the Abbot sometimes gives 2 gold bars, even if you have disease researched. Message seen on HUD: "The abbot bows & thanks you effusively for your donation. He rushes back to his monastry with your gold. A warm feeling envelops you as you discover a pair of gold bars resting on your doorstep." (NOTE: Your direct subjects will not receive anything when you get gold bars, even if you have disease researched - confirmed by KK).
- Some Path to Royalty steps will give you 5 gold bars. (top architect in the land (+5gold bars) & crow jewels (+5gold bars))
- When you are sent any gift from an ally through the ambassador - Seems up to 3 gold bars have been seen from this method. Sender sees this text: "You have arranged to send [gift name] to [your ally]. Hidden in the box was a gold bar! It wasn't yours. Perhaps just a mix-up with the courier." Recipient sees this text: "Your ally [name] sent you a gift. You receive a [gift name]. Hidden in the box was a gold bar. Your ally claims no knowledge of if, so you keep it." The recipient of the gift receives the gold bars.
Note: If you have any gold bars, they will appear on your account tab, on page 2.
When the moon starts to turn red, and shimmer and return to normal (3 turn process), the follow occurs for anyone who has a gold bar. Everyone sees the first message, the second, third message depends on whether you have gold bars or not.
"The moon glimmers redly."
"Villagers on the outskirts of the kingdom send reports that an alchemist is headed this way. Her covered wagon is decorated with intricate patterns. She will be here soon." OR "The moon shimmers with a red glow."
"The Alchemist has parked her red covered wagon at the edge of the forest tonight. Hundreds of potions line the shelves inside, in small glass vials. Prices are listed in gold bars. You quickly count your stack: XX bars" OR "The moon returns to normal."
"The moon above glares a dull red. The Alchemist beckons as you draw near. She offers you this selection of potions. Which will you buy?" You then get to choose from a scrolling menu a selection of three vials if you pay the Alchemist a Gold Bar.
New Potion Mixtures
Potion Mixtures (Moved to it's own page)
Potions (Moved to it's own page)