Topic: Anno Online /
A Short Guide for Absolute Beginners
Due to recurring questions ingame, I have put together some bits of advice you might find useful, particularly if you are not familiar with the single player Anno games (basically, Anno Online is kind of a simplified 1404-spin-off ).
1. (and most important): Rubies
Log in each and every day, even if you don’t have the time to play. Just spare the few minutes it takes, as BB rewards consecutive log-ins handsomely. Small, but useful items each day, 240 uncut rubies every 7th day and 3k cut rubies on day 100. You don’t want to miss out on these.
You’ll receive a special building, the ruby cutter, very early in the game. You’ll find it in your inventory bag and its job is to process the uncut rubies you’ll get every now and then into cut ones. Don’t add any uncut rubies to the cutter before you have upgraded it, else processing will cut the yield in half.
You can place it wherever you find a free spot, as it doesn’t require access to a distribution house or a road.
You’ll get a nice batch of uncut rubies for free along with said ruby cutter. Don’t go overboard and think twice before spending these or purchased ones.
It’s simply a waste to buy goods or other items you can craft for rubies. Save them for the real important things, e.g. island slots or islands.
Apart from a very few things, you can obtain everything in the game just by playing it.
All it requires is brains and patience.
2. How to …
…rotate a building: Press R. Will work only with rectangular structures.
…get ascension rights: Increase your population by building houses to meet the requirements as you’ll have to reach certain thresholds to advance to the next tier, e.g. 250 pioneers will allow you to ascend pioneers to vassals. Furthermore, make sure your residents get all the goods and services they demand.
… get more ascension rights: increase the number of the lower tier’s homes. You can check out how many you need by pressing the population button in the upper right corner & selecting the second tab.
…unfog Newport Island: As your town advances, you will be able to unfog more sections of Newport, allowing your town to grow. Click the fog and it will tell you the requirements which will be an increasing amount of coin and a certain amount of two goods according to your population’s level. Once you have accumulated that, click the discover button and wait. You may speed this up by paying rubies, but imho this would be a major waste.
…keep your economy well balanced: Build cost-efficiently. Keep residential areas and workyards separated early on to maximize the effects of costly attractions on your residents and take advantage of the workyards’ AoE (though, if you didn’t, you can easily fix that as the x-button allows you to move your buildings around for free).
Most buildings cost upkeep, which increases with the building’s tier.
Build only as many workyards as you need for a small overproduction. Until you hit the threshold of 250 merchants, you won’t be able to trade with other players, so your market sales will be your only steady source of income. You’ll need a bit of an overproduction to provide newly built houses with the goods their residents demand. But don’t overdo it, else the upkeep of the excess buildings will eat into your market’s profits and may very well push your economy into the reds.
The ideal place for workyards is the harbour area, you’ll need less distribution houses as most of that area is covered by the harbourmaster’s carts. Build workyards that provide raw materials within the range of the workyard that processes said materials, e.g. a sheep farm in the neighbourhood of a spinner’s hut, so the sheep farm won’t have to wait for a cart to pick up the wool, but send someone to carry it to the spinner directly. This will speed up your production significantly. When you place a building, its AoE will be shown in green.
Due to the upkeep costs, try to keep attractions from overlapping. While placing, its AoE will be shown in green. If you already own several of the same kind, e.g. 3 chapels, doubleclicking one of these will show the area they cover in green, so you can easily tell where they overlap and adjust accordingly.
…find out whether production is keeping pace: Go to your warehouse and hover the cursor over the good’s icon. It will display a pop-up that will tell you the current maximum production as well as the consumption of this good.
…speed up production: Build a provision house, as soon as it becomes available. It doesn’t cost any upkeep. You can process excess raw materials there and craft buff food. The first buff available will be fried fish. Add your excess fish to the PH et voilà, your first home-made buff. Apply it to a workyard to get 200% production for 30 minutes.
…get more building materials and coin: Every few minutes, the so-called smurf poo will appear on NP (small piles glowing blue). Pick it up and get 5 wood or stone plus 5 xp (later in the game, tools and glass will appear as well). Lord Northburgh will visit your town frequently, don’t miss to click his ship to receive 5 to 20 k coin.
Furthermore, your residents will bring up petitions. Give them the goods they’re demanding and be rewarded with substantial amounts of coin.
…provide linen garments to ascend vassals to merchants: At this point you can’t grow hemp yet as NP lacks this fertility nor can you buy it from another player. The shop provides some basic goods for coin too, so buy a batch and let at least one vassal house ascend right away (before your residents will have consumed it all).
…get a hemp island and provide linen: Either build a discovery ship and send it to find an island with hemp fertility, buy it for rubies (not recommended) or start doing PvE and either buy it at 19 bronze ducats at the black market or try your luck and get some pirate chests at 2 ducats each. (I won’t recommend the latter, although that’s how I myself got my hemp island. But be aware that this option means gambling.)
Once you’ve got your hemp island, you’ll have to build some hemp farms and weaver’s huts and build a transport ship to carry the linen to your NP residents.
…build a ship: You’ll need two buildings that must be placed at the coast near the harbourmaster’s office: A naval engineer to craft planks and sailcloth and a shipyard to build the ship from these materials. In addition, you’ll need a captain for your new ship.
Only exception are the battleships, they are crafted form raw wood and wool and don’t require a captain.
…hire a captain: Where would you look for a ship’s captain if not at the harbour tavern ;) Don’t confuse it with the tavern building though, this tavern is accessible from the shop ( button with chest in the lower right corner). Captains are hired for coin and don’t cost any rubies.
…get ducats for black market purchases: Follow the naval battle tutorial. Build some battleships, send your scout ship to find encounters, fight pirates and loot the reward chests. Build a repair crane before you start doing PvE to repair your ships after battle. Once you’ve gotten the option of dismantling captured ships, this will yield additional flags. The naval engineer will craft one ducat from 50 flags.
…get cannonballs for ship upgrades: Again, loot the reward chests from battles.
…do PvE: Follow the tutorial. Check out the collected maps before you send your ships into battle and focus on easy maps. Discard the rest. If one of your ships is about to sink, never pay rubies to save it. It’s cheaper to build a new one. If you want to use repair kits, chain shots or smoke screen you’ll have to equip these before you enter the battle.
Battles are like rock paper scissors, if you’re not sure which ship to use against an enemy vessel, check the picture in the upper right corner of the battle map.
…find new encounters: Send your scout ship to find some. On return, click the ship and a map will go into your inventory bag. Open it and click the island icon. Click one of the maps in there and a new icon with two crossed swords will appear at the left side of the screen. Click it to assign ships and gear, check out the map before going into battle and ofc battle the pirates. Keep in mind that maps stored in your inventory will expire after 12 hours.
3. Some Do’s and Don’ts:
…be nice and polite in chat. The community is very friendly and helpful, but will frown upon rude behaviour.
…ask your questions – there is no such thing as a stupid question. Nobody will rip off your head.
…participate in general chat conversation. It will bring you to other player’s attention. Many players accept friend requests only from people who are active in chat. It may even result in an invitation to join a guild.
…make friends. The more the merrier. Buffing a friend’s workyard and receiving such buffs will increase the buff’s duration significantly.
…check out the icons and buttons thoroughly. You will find there most anything you’ll need, rendering many questions obsolete.
…read a lot! The official forum as well as some fansites hold a whole lot of great tips and detailed guides for almost every situation in the game.
Check out these:
…build a guild hall unless you really want to start a new guild and already have some friends who will join, because for whatever reason, you can’t delete this building.
…use explicit, offensive language or harass other players. Not only will the community frown on such behaviour, it’s violating the game’s ToS and most of the time, there’s a mod present in chat. So, if you don’t want their banhammer crash down on you… just don’t.
…be a troll. Be warned, we’re eating trolls for breakfast. Even the veggies do.
…be a Magic Fish beggar. Advanced players may hand out free goods or otherwise lend a hand once in a while, but only on their own accord. You won’t make friends if you’re claiming handouts as your right instead of putting all your effort into building a stable economy.
…snipe trades. Sometimes players are making a special deal in chat which has to be placed with the common trade market. You won’t make friends if you snatch away these goods from under the nose of the player who was meant to receive them.
…make such private deals in global chat. Use the whisper channel and you won’t attract snipers.
…spam friendship or guild requests in chat. You’ll only end up on people’s ignore list. Participate in chat naturally and friendship requests or guild invitations will come to you.
I hope, this will help you get started, so cu ingame & have a great time :)