Evony Production and Playing the Market

This is Part Three of our series on how to succeed at Evony without paying money.

Be sure to read the previous sections in order to maximise your chances of success at these strategies: City Placement and Evony Heroes.

Executive summary: Monitor the market: buy low, sell high. Maximise your lumber production to give yourself working capital. Research to improve production. Level mayor and hold forests quickly.

The best item to produce is lumber. Produce as much lumber as you can and sell it to buy the other items that you need. The exception to this is if you are starting up on a mature server, in which case it may be better to focus on iron: it can sell for similar prices and you may find less competition for capturing hills.

The politics score of your mayor is a direct multiplier to production: 57 politics is 57% extra production, etc.

Also keep in mind that valleys boost production. Any square on the map that isn’t a city is a valley, even the hills. You can click on the squares to check.

Build a market!

A key to doing well early on is to play the market – you can continue to play the market later in the game but it is very important early on.

Certain times of the day or week certain things change value, it may vary per server but assume that most players are in the USA and that means they’ll be buying things like lumber when they log on in the late afternoon / evening but may be selling excess as they go to bed to avoid over production. Similarly early morning US times food is cheap but as people log on and see their army hungry the price goes up.

You’ll have to monitor your market but early on the prices can fluctuate by over 100%. Prices tend to go up overall though with the usual fetish about round numbers: prices rise slightly slower coming up to a round number threshold than they do after that threshold.

All this money comes in handy for research and the first thing you’ll be researching is ‘lumbering’ to improve productivity. The market will probably be your main income, so don’t throw all your capital at some bit of research if it means you can’t take advantage of good deals.

Once people start to farm NPCs, money and food become less valuable.  After most people have completed their building stone tends to plunge in value.  When PvP starts in earnest, lumber starts to be very valuable and stone can fluctuate greatly over the day.

Tax, Population, Loyalty and Levy

If you leave the game for a day the total population is your maximum population adjusted by the loyalty percentage.  Loyalty plus tax will equal 100 so if you log off with 100% tax you’ll have zero loyalty and population within 24 hours.

You can keep 100% tax and 95% loyalty while you are on line because loyalty drops one point per six minutes and you can ‘comfort’ every fifteen minutes.  When lumber is valuable you can ‘Levy’ lumber and ‘Pray’ to keep high loyalty, otherwise ‘Disaster Relief’ is likely to be cheapest.


Next post: Leveling Heroes and Farming Medals!

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2 comments

  • Travertine tiles wrote:

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  • John Gamings wrote:

    “You’ll have to monitor your market but early on the prices can fluctuate by over 100%. Prices tend to go up overall though with the usual fetish about round numbers: prices rise slightly slower coming up to a round number threshold than they do after that threshold.”

    why exactly is that? I’ve never paid much attention to my market before but maybe I underestimated it’s value. I’ve never had a problem getting enough resources though so maybe I won’t need it

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