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    Posted: 31 May 2015 at 05:11
This is an update of my previous siege guide, which for some reason I am unable to edit.  This guide focuses on unopposed sieges of inactive players and does not describe tactics for opposed sieges used in warfare.

1.  What does siege do?

A siege attacks the buildings in a city, not the armies.  There are two possible outcomes to a successful siege:  Raze and Capture.  Razing completely destroys the city, wiping it off the map.  Capture transfers the city from the attacked player to the successful sieging player.  Capture is only available if the sieging player has sufficient population to add another city in the usual manner (by settler).  If the sieging player does not have sufficient population to add another city, the only available option at the conclusion of a siege is Raze.

2.  How do I siege someone?

In order to siege a player, you need to have completed the Siege Encampment technology and have built siege equipment (catapults or the equivalent such as mangonels).  Battering rams or the equivalent such as siege hooks are NOT required in an unopposed siege.  The Siege Encampment technology becomes available at barracks level 20 and takes 4 days.  

To make siege equipment, you need to research War Machines, which requires a level 15 barracks and takes 2 days.  To make siege equipment you need siege blocks, which can be purchased on the market or built in the Siege Workshop.  It is more efficient to begin making siege equipment while studying Siege Encampment, as each unit of siege equipment takes 11 hours to build.  The more siege units you use, the faster the siege will be completed.  I used 5 to take down a very small inactive town.

Once you have the siege equipment assigned to an army with a commander and have studied Siege Encampment, you're ready to siege.  To start the siege, click on the city and Send Army, then choose Siege.  In the bottom part of the Siege page you will need to select a square next to the city from which to siege.  Which square you choose is of no importance to an unopposed siege but is highly relevant to a siege that will be defended.  I leave it to the vets to explain how and why.

If the city you are sieging has troops, it may be advisable to send a separate army to Attack and wipe out the troops before the siege begins or during the siege.  This will save having to have an army sitting there with your siege troops to wipe out the army during the last phase of the siege.  On the other hand, as you successfully reduce the population of the city during the siege, some of the army may desert due to lack of tax income, and therefore the army at the end of a siege MAY be smaller than the army at the beginning. 

 In either case, it is advisable to at least scout a city before beginning a siege to ascertain the status of the army.  You may also wish to spy on the city to assess the general number and level of buildings as well as the resources available should the city be captured.

After you have done that, you sit back and wait for the siege army to travel.  When the siege has landed, it takes 12 hours to set up the camp.  When the 12 hours has elapsed, your siege engines will fire one volley each hour.  Each time they fire, you will receive a report indicating the number of hits and misses, and for hits which building was destroyed and the level that remains.  Your siege engines will miss a lot at first and get more accurate the longer the siege is in place.

You need to reduce the city to 25% of its original population in order to capture or raze it.  For example, if a city starts with 400 population, you need to reduce the population to 100 before it can be captured.  If a city starts at 8000 population, you must reduce the city to 2000 population in order to capture it.

You receive a notification at the beginning of the siege of this target population.  When you have reduced the population enough, with each hourly report you will be given the option to Raze or (if you are eligible based on population) to Capture the city.

The final step in the siege is to send your army to raze or capture.  If you have previously cleared the troops from the city, this should be a straightforward process.

A note about walls:  Destroying the walls using battering rams, siege hooks, etc., is NOT necessary to successfully siege a city.  The main reason one would want to tear down the wall would be to reduce the defensive bonus of that army in the city, to reduce casualties in your army when you clear the city.  This is usually only necessary in an opposed siege, or possibly if there is a very large defending army in the city.  Particularly if the intention is to capture the city, it may be better to leave the walls intact and take the additional troop losses.  This means you won't have to rebuild the walls after you've captured the city.

The final phase of a siege (raze or capture) is fought on the underlying terrain of the city square, similar to direct attacks or razes of the city.  Therefore one should consider the type of terrain the city is on when sending an army to accompany a siege.  

Another consideration in sending a siege army is the possibility that the square may be occupied at the time the siege lands, either by another player's army or by an NPC.  Even for unopposed sieges of inactive players, it is desirable to send a reasonable force to prevent the loss of siege units in such an incident.  If possible, at least 1000 infantry or cavalry (depending on t

Edited by Rill - 16 Jul 2017 at 22:57
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Brandmeister Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 31 May 2015 at 05:41
A fine guide to sieges.

I recommend adding a few words about picking a siege square, and specifically bouncing armies. It's a common rookie mistake when getting help to capture a city. Also a few more words around the fact that a player can get help, and how to set up in a team siege, specifically that the capturing player doesn't necessarily need siege engines.

I don't agree with the statement about leaving the wall intact, and taking the extra losses. Troops can take a long time to build, and are expensive. A level 20 wall will double your casualties. If there are many defenders it is far more cost and time effective to destroy the wall and just rebuild it after capture. Stone is cheap, and most alliances have it in nigh limitless supply. The city wall doesn't take that long to rebuild, just a few days, and the wait can be completely eliminated for only 30 prestige. You can't do that with troops.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Snook Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 31 May 2015 at 15:12
Nice work Rill
sent this alliance wide to help out
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