Narrow Passage. emphasis on building/harvesting/upgrading

•February 12, 2012 • Leave a Comment

This video is mostly about building, harvesting and a killer tactic to use when you are the underdog.

I recommend watching all the 17 minutes, but you can go through these main points:

After converting on the island I make sure to harvest all woods prior to building.
1:55 I use shift clicking on hut to get the braves out.
2:32 The tower I build in mid to be able to build other huts in perfect square. *good habit.
Good observers notice that when I take out two braves to build another hut first I harvest nearby woods and then send those two with wood to the plan.*good habit
6:40 could have used the dismantle trick more but Greens attack got me out of the flow.
7:47 notice all wood manually to the FW plan *good habit
8:13 I harvest some wood which would look ridiculous but you see the reason later -> 9:07 *pre-planning good habit
9:07 I send two braves to build a tower and later I build there two huts which I plan to fill with FWs.
10:05 I send 3 braves to build a hut at front where I want to put FWs later. I often use the FW in huts trick where I ally wait for opponent to come near the hut and disally him(there is an article about that trick here).
10:40 copying your shaman as a decoy is always a good idea b4 BD.
11:30 I notice the other is BDing but having nearly 20 warrs I did’t want to put off the strat i was planning, and i was counting on my ally to deal with him.
14:50 I love clicking on objects, like trees or troops and hope that he sends his shaman in that direction.
15:20 how to send my warriors using followers panel 2 per hut
16:15 aim for enemies warrior hut and then bring your troops in. but don’t start BBing all your way through.
->what went later on: I put all plans possible on my side and send on each 2 braves and kept managing my warriors in enemies territory.

In maps like NP you need at least 2 warr huts and 2 FW huts.


Using towers to modify land

•February 11, 2012 • Leave a Comment

I noticed this from more experienced players. When you LB up a hill and you want to gain height advantage  they build quickly some towers to make walking up harder. You see that the change at the 1st tower was quite nothing, but at the second one  after you pass the tower walking up is very steep and so slow, so you are a light target and have to avoid walking up, you can easily be pushed down, etc.

You don’t have to build the towers fully you just need to deform the land ,till they build the tower for one wood.

The Road to Pro (outro)

•February 9, 2012 • Leave a Comment

This site is quite helpful but becoming a great player is hard and needs years of Experience this helps you to not spend much time as a Frustrated Chimp and to make you right away a challanging player.

Here are straight forward directions that will help you on your way to Pro.

  • Don’t Noob Bash

Play games in which your the weakest player. At the same time play with noobs so sometime they’ll be a challenging player give them tips, give them the link to this site.

  • Get friends

If you play around 2am most often you’ll see the same players who also play around that time, Instead of making them opponents make them friends. With friends you have a better online experience. Get friends that are more skilled than you are, and especially make a Good friend whom you use to ally in Pro games. My ally is my Bro SemiShaman. Join games that are hard. This way both of you will start improving together.

  • Do 1v1s

One of the reasons is that while being the weakest player in every game you can learn a lot from others to the downside it gives you the possibility to hide behind the better player. You need to step up, Dare to Do a BD/Side, Get Hill. In 1v1s it’s you and your opponent no outside factors, You either show that you improved or you lose!

  • Don’t let Pride hinder your improvement

Even after three years of playing when someone gives me a tip on something I think about it. lately Shadow a skilled player told me to stop casting spells after him. I’m not sure I do that, but I did that game. That’s sth I’ll check on my next games.

  • Get in a good Clan

In the Popre community you’ll find a lot of members who try to get a win and show off and losing in that situation sucks, Being in a clan with players of your skill or higher gives you the opportunity to play games without any of you boasting about the outcome. At the same time in a clan you can make the best friends and the ones who tell you about your weak points.

  • Fair Play

This is an article I wrote on fair play

  • Suggestions on how to avoid frustration:
  1. Play with your friends,
  2. Don’t play with lag(ping over 230),
  3. Don’t play AsG worlds(if somehow always LB on),
  4. Make a list of players you had a bad experience with and don’t play with them,
  5. Be pissed off when someone does something in expense of your time(pausing to often, asking to ally up 10+ min ingame, telling brb and leaving you for more than 5 minutes)

and remember its about fun the day you find it frustrating and not funny leave it.

  • Do something Worthwhile for the community 

Leave something that outlast your stay at the PopRe community. It’s not about being remembered, as it’s about having the feeling that you left something good behind, that your time wasn’t completely wasted(as it’s a usual feeling after you step of an online game).

The FWs in huts Trick

•February 9, 2012 • Leave a Comment

Very handy trick, it causes confusion and is a Recall trick. As you see I just allied him even though I didn’t have any FW in he used all spells. He wasn’t a pro but the same would Pro’s do or they take warriors attack the huts and try to walk on the side, what I do is just ally him, wait for him, Select my FWs in huts shift click his shaman[FWs cast their first blasts which do not harm him], unally him[FWs cast the second blasts] and he’s in water.
You can use it in FO. As blue opponents often try to go for ur back. put 6 warriors in the huts right before your reincarnation side. When opponent starts coming hill down Ally him[he thinks you dont wan’t your braves to go out and die] keeps walking when he’s in between your huts with 6 fws dis ally him.

Anytime you BD build huts on the LBs and send FWs in, even without FWs it slows enemy shaman down which gives your shaman time to reincernate.

Another good Habit is to get used to LB places from where enemy might attack. Simple logic if you LB you can build def there, If enemy does your without defense.

Just another Populous site!

•February 8, 2012 • Leave a Comment

When I started playing populous online, I noticed in the first games that the way I play wasn’t any good. With the simplest logic “Copy what better players do” I got the basic skills but had difficulties to do the final leap. I had formed some bad habits which were preventing me to improve any further and what made me realize them was a video of the player Prime on how to play Pressure Point.

This blog is dedicated to help you make that hard leap. I will include How To videos for different maps, basic strategies, different tricks, and the basic stuff for complete newcomers, I’ll link helpful websites and make this the most comprehensive guide to improve your game.

I will ask Pro players to record their games, This way you’ll be able to see what habits make them such good and what is preventing your further improvement.

When I refer to Habits I mean acquired patterns of behavior ingame. exp:

  • Bad habit: Selecting Braves choosing hut plan and laying it on ground. Repeating this with other huts.
  • Good habit: Laying all hut plans and then sending ur braves in small groups to work on them.

That’s a simple habit we formed playing in Single Player. I’ll state some of the bad ones I had and how I fixed them.

Each of you has to be a keen observer and distinguish the differences between you and a Pro player in the videos I’ll be uploading.

Don’t try to read all articles at once. just open this site each time you are waiting for a game.

 Going through this blog won’t make you a Pro. And I wouldn’t advise any FW ranked player to spend much time around here.


•February 8, 2012 • Leave a Comment

Get a good mouse (3$) and a good mouse pad (another 3$).

In MatchMaker under Options>Populous do these changes:
under Controls: check AutoCast and Stay Selected (all others unchecked)
under Graphics: resolution 1024*768 Show footsteps and Fix Texture checked.

I want to stress the importance of setting the Resolution to 1024*768, as it gives you a better overview over the game, improves your building/upgrading/harvesting as you have more on your screen per the same time. I advised a lot of people to do so and they noticed that it improved their game.
You’ll suck until you adapt to the new pace of 1024*768 but it wont take more then two games ;)

Get to know you ally. Talk with him in case he’s better than you ask him for tips and directions in-game. In case your the better one give tips and directions to him in-game.

Be lag-less. Turn everything off. Uncheck in MatchMaker under Options>Populous in the general section “Hide Chat while playing” will prolly be a infinitesimal change.

Decide your strategy.
Do you want to control the game with troops or spells. If you are skilled with light and shaman fights you should go with troops. Kill enemy shaman and get your troops in, keep charging Light to suppress any comeback meanwhile your troops go havoc on his population. Always try to encircle your opponents reincarnation site with FWs.
If you are skilled with mana. Build up a good def and keep pushing enemies defense inside with spells meanwhile pushing yours outside.
A rule of the thumb:
Huge bases be a trooper, Kill enemy shaman send troops in destroy warrior and FW hut, enemy hardly can go through all the huge base and kill your warriors.
Small bases be a Mana player one EQ does a lot of damage on small bases.

Give your ally directions, tell them what you are planning. Time your attacks. Double one of them and if the other one is threatening move on to double him.
Whenever you can’t get enough time to inform your ally about your intentions pause the game tell them “brb” and start writing pvt with your ally. don’t forget for “Thx that you waited”
Chatting while paused
Whenever someone Pauses if you had some braves selected you can control all your braves and after unpause they’ll do everything you told them. Each time someone pauses start upgrading, building new huts, harvesting and sending your troops to different directions.

Be active, Be threatening, look dangerous. appear as though you have all the spells and they shouldn’t let you in their base. You can fake that:
In pp cast one EQ on opponents Defense and before he starts coming at you on that side go for hill and send ghosts to take their FWs out and kill them, even though you do not posses EQ to enter their base your opponent doesn’t know that(you even get the FWs killed ;))
In CR go for the side, go near to opponents base that way you’ll say “I’m still here, you should handle me first before you can move on to my ally” your shaman could be your last thing alive and most people would be scared. Once I was blue and got doubled by green and red. but I kept red busy I hardly had 20 pop but kept looking threateningly going for the attack instead of building up defense (for which i wouldn’t have had the FWs) Casting 1 eq trying to get reds FW and Warrior hut, until my ally deals with green(which isn’t that hard after green used all spells on blue)
In FO: opponents get hill, charge one lb and go for the side. a)opponent will come to defend side b)they won’t be able to double your ally. (you can make warriors and launch an planed attack with your ally)
Start Shaman fights meanwhile charging your light(not always only when essential to give your ally moving time) In cr as blue I sided red not having a single thing just getting his shaman to my side and letting yellow in to double red(timing your attacks)

Opponents always think that you have 2Eqs and 2FS if you enter their base, Meanwhile you are charging one half light and dodging their lights to make them spend mana ;)

Post Game
Reflect what you did, was it good or Bad. What made you win or lose. What made the opponent win or lose?
Ask your opponent or ally what you could have done better. If you’d put some FWs in huts he wouldn’t have been able to enter your base, you should try that out next time. If you’d have gotten his shaman instead of the opposite, the game could have had a different outcome you should be more careful with your shaman.