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Topic: Illyriad Gameplay FAQ
Posted By: GM Stormcrow
Subject: Illyriad Gameplay FAQ
Date Posted: 16 Apr 2010 at 18:39

This is a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) with answers.  We'll add to this list as and when people ask questions regularly on the same topics. 

If you have a contribution to make to this FAQ, please post it in this thread.  One of the Illyriad team will have a look at it, edit it if necessary, and add it to this main FAQ post.

Best wishes,

GM Stormcrow

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Posted By: GM Stormcrow
Date Posted: 16 Apr 2010 at 18:49

Q:  I started constructing/upgrading a building (or researching a skill) that said it would take (for example) 20 minutes, but it's now saying it won't complete for more than 20 minutes. Why is this?
A: The Research and Building queues are linear; they can only be researching or building one thing at a time.
 So when you add a second item to the queue, it will not start until the item before it has finished.

Q:  Is there any way to queue more than two buildings or researches at a time?
A: No, there can be one building being constructed and one waiting in the queue at a time. Research is the same, with one item being researched and one waiting to be researched.

Q:  Is there any way to speed up research?
A:  No, research speed cannot be increased.

Q: How can I get more research points?
A:  Upgrade your library to increase the production of research points per hour.  You can also convert books to research points in the Reading Room in your library.

Q: How can I build a storehouse?
A:  You built a storehouse during the tutorial.  It is a small, rectangular yellow building with a peaked roof. The storehouse holds the total amount of resources in your city.

Q: How can I build a warehouse?
A: Upgrade your storehouse to level 15 and study Inventory Management. A warehouse holds additional resources in your city.

Q: How do I cancel something that is already in my building or research queue?
A: You cannot cancel building or research that is already in the queue. 


Q: How is my city's population calculated?
A: Your city's population is equal to the amount of food consumed hourly by all the civilian workers in buildings. 

Q: How can I get more population?
A: Each building you construct or upgrade adds a certain amount of population.  A few buildings do not add any population at some levels, such as the level 1 flour mill.  The amount of population added by a building is equal to food consumption.  Each unit of population consumes one food per hour.  The amount of population a building creates is listed under "Consumption" on the building sheet, and the total production at the next level is found in the "Upgrade Further" box on that page.

Q: How are my city's taxes calculated?
A: Your citizens provide 4 Gold per population per hour at the default taxation rate of 25%. Changing the tax rate can provide up to 75% extra gold, at the expense of productivity, and lowering the tax rate can provide up to 25% extra productivity at the expense of taxation.


Q. What are those pulsing piles of resources on the map, and how do I gather them?
A. They are abandoned resources that are available to claim. To gather them, click on the resource and choose "harvest resources" to send your caravans. For more info about harvesting" rel="nofollow - read here or" rel="nofollow - check out this guide .

Q:  How can I get more resources?
A: Upgrade resource fields to increase resource production.  You can also claim free resources for your daily bonus by mousing over the world map (tree) button and clicking on the H button in the top left corner, then clicking "Claim daily bonus."  You can increase production of specific resources by 20% by spending prestige (mouse over the crown button).  Production of a particular resource can be increased by casting a Geomancy spell.

Q:  What happens if I produce or receive more resources than I can store?
A:  Any resources that are produced by the city or brought back to the city by caravans or returning armies in excess of total available storage disappear.  

Q: What does it mean when I get a mail saying my caravan was interrupted?  Or when my caravans interrupted another caravan?
A: When two players send caravans to harvest at the same resource, the second caravan to arrive will interrupt or "bump" the caravan of the first player.  The first player's caravan will return to his/her town with the amount of resources that had been harvested up to the point of being interrupted.  The second player's caravans will then begin gathering the resource and will stay until it is full, until the available resource is exhausted, or until it is bumped by another caravan.

Q: Is there any limit to gold, research points or mana?
A: Gold, research points and mana are not subject to storage limitations.  You can accumulate unlimited amounts of these resources.


Q:  How do I get quests?
A:  After you have completed your Tavern and researched Trade Contacts, mouse over the world map (tree) button and click on the Quests (list) button at the bottom.  You will need barrels of beer to accept a quest.


Q:  How many spells can I cast at a time?
A:  Only one spell from each spell school can be cast on a particular city at a time.  For example, one could cast a Mark of Fear OR a Mark of Slaying OR a Mark of Seeking, since all of these spells are from the Runes spell school.  However, you can cast multiple spells of the same school from one city at a time.  For example, you can cast geomancy spells on the cities of several of your friends, as long as those cities do not already have a geomancy spell active.


Q: Can I use prestige to speed up incoming caravans from other players?
A: Yes.


Q:  How can I get more than 5 caravans?
A: Upgrade your marketplace to level 5 and study Bartering in the Trade portion of the research tree.  Continue to upgrade your market and study additional subjects in that research line to achieve a maximum of 70 caravans per city.  Research in the Improved Loading line of the research tree to increase caravan carrying capacity.


Q: What are the differences between the races?
A:  Races differ in resource plot distribution and in the statistics of their diplomatic and military units. Each race begins with a total of 25 plots.  Humans begin with 5 of each resource plot.  Elves begin with 5 of each plot except 7 wood and 3 clay.  Dwarves begin with 5 of each plot except 7 stone and 3 iron. Orcs begin with 5 of each plot except 7 clay and 3 wood.  Each race has the same basic types of diplomatic and military unit, but each unit has a different name and characteristics depending on race.  Each race has a "specialized" military unit that is substantially stronger than other races' unit of the same type.  The specialized units are human cavalry, elven bows, dwarven infantry (swords) and orc spears.  Elves have a 5% bonus to magic.


Q: What can thieves steal?
A: Basic (t1) thieves can steal anything beginning with a "b":  basic resources (including food), beer and books.  Advanced thieves can steal anything but siege blocks, cattle or horses; they cannot steal anything gathered by a cotter, herbalist, miner or skinner, nor anything crafted from these harvested items.

This FAQ is a work in progress. Huge thanks to Rill, Fluffy and Manannan for their contributions to this list.

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Posted By: Tallone
Date Posted: 08 May 2012 at 22:01
I am just starting out and have nothing to trade but would like to harvest resources. How do I order a caravan to travel to a particular square and pick up what is there?

Posted By: dunnoob
Date Posted: 08 May 2012 at 23:10
Originally posted by Tallone Tallone wrote:

How do I order a caravan to travel to a particular square and pick up what is there?

Follow the two links given under Resources in the FAQ. Wink

Posted By: Tallone
Date Posted: 06 Jun 2012 at 23:17
Upps! fell at the first hurdle.

Posted By: Gossip Boy
Date Posted: 06 Jan 2013 at 10:41
Originally posted by GM Stormcrow GM Stormcrow wrote:


Q: How are my city's taxes calculated?
A: Your citizens provide 4 Gold per population per hour at the default taxation rate of 25%. Changing the tax rate can provide up to 75% extra gold, at the expense of productivity, and lowering the tax rate can provide up to 25% extra productivity at the expense of taxation.

Each citizen provides 1 gold/hr at the 25% tax rate and 4 gold/hr at 100% tax rate.
Damn, I really want those lazy citizens to pay more tax.

[08:34]<Rill> when you've just had part of your brain taken out, you lack a certain amount of credibility
<KillerPoodle> I can say anything I like and it is impossible to prove or disprove

Posted By: slickvik01
Date Posted: 28 Jun 2015 at 19:43
I have a big question. Is there a maximum for  the number of cities you can have?

Posted By: GM Rikoo
Date Posted: 28 Jun 2015 at 19:45
This thread will help:


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Posted By: Rill
Date Posted: 29 Jun 2015 at 07:27
Getting more than 9 cities is difficult; while up to 42 cities is theoretically possible, no one has more than about 25-26 at this time.  According to people who are doing it, 30 is probably about the maximum one could reasonably achieve.  (Prove me wrong and post!)

Posted By: Yitshak
Date Posted: 01 Feb 2017 at 18:18
When is it day / night in illy ? 

There are icons for season and moon phase, a date and time display but when is sun up / sun down ?

The reason I ask is [@=132] - midnight armour and [@c=137] sun burnished armour have very good stats in the night/day but poor the other way round. 

I know this probably isn't a frequently asked question - in fact I can't find it anywhere else, but it is a question and I hope it's in the right place

Remember to be nice to the squirrel.

Posted By: kodabear
Date Posted: 01 Feb 2017 at 18:58
Originally posted by GM Stormcrow GM Stormcrow wrote:

... and a horde led by rotting zombies
a) Send your armies to occupy Standing Stones (either Active or Inactive) anywhere on Elgea, or 
b) Occupy a square at The Rift in Ursor.

Your army should arrive before nightfall (1845 Server Time) in order to be guaranteed that the Standing Stone will become Active for that night.

I see dead people
The Undead will rise throughout the night (1900 to 0700 Server Time) and attempt to reach the Active Standing Stones.

From the undead Tournament

Posted By: Yitshak
Date Posted: 13 Feb 2017 at 19:11
Thanks koda, fountain of all knowledge

Remember to be nice to the squirrel.

Posted By: Diva
Date Posted: 14 Feb 2017 at 17:29
How hard would a tournament be to resurrect the Zombie Standing Stones ... LOTS OF ILLY PLAYERS never played that.  Aren't there a few more type tournaments (not like King of the Hill) that could be resurrected for some who never played it?  I don't think ANY vets would be against it.. for more action in the game... 

"Um diva.... you are sort of acting like a .... diva...." - PhoenixFire

Posted By: Thor 2
Date Posted: 10 Jun 2020 at 05:34
Okay here is a new FAQ how does one get demon mounts Evil Smile

Posted By: Gallant
Date Posted: 07 Oct 2020 at 17:34
I've reset my password as the instructions described, and I still cannot login. I get the wrong UN or Password message????

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