So here you are, you decided to join the amazing world of fort fighting. This guide will explain the basics that will help you go through your first fort battling steps.
Fort fight: Fort battles are a player-versus-player turn based game where two teams of players fight to take over or defend a fort. Fort fight is a team based experience that takes place in chats and lasts for about 1,5 hour.
Crit: A critical hit is a class advantage that only duelers have that deducts an additional 10% off an enemy fighter's maximum health points. Dueler class players have a 10% chance (20% if premium) each round to score a critical hit on an opposing player.
Bail: The action of moving away from the line of fire, usually by dismounting a wall or tower.
Blind Spot: The spot in a sector or tower where you are exposed to as few opponents or as little damage as possible. It is used for blocking purposes.
Ghost: Ghosting is a class advantage only adventurers have and makes them powerful blockers. Starting with the 2nd time they get hit in one round, they get a 25% chance (or 50% for premium) of not being hit at all. It’s not dodging. It’s more than that, it’s like they don’t exist.
Green: When you set your move in a fort fight, your arrow is red. When two fighters agree to swap positions and have set their swap correctly, the arrow between them turns green.
LOS: Acronym of Line Of Sight. This is perhaps the most important thing in a fort fight. It shows you the areas on the map that your character can shoot at and get shot from. You can see your current LOS by hovering the mouse over your character's icon on the fort fighting map. All bright areas are your LOS. The greyed out areas are those that you cannot shoot at and you cannot be shot from. If you move, your LOS will change.
Moat: Sectors outside the fort, next to the towers. Blocking them usually prevents the enemy from moving faster and prepares the attacker to mount a tower or a wall.
Mount: Usually followed by the name of a tower, building or wall. When you are ordered to mount something, aim to move on it (only if you’re next to it).
Negatives: These are the areas that surround and contain the flag. These are the L shaped sectors around the flag plus the square of the flag. They are called like that because they are the only sectors on the fort map that give negative bonus to the person standing on them. The flag area gives -20 on your attack and on your defence value. The L sectors surrounding it give -10 on the attack and on your defence value.
Swap: When either another player or the battle leader ask you to swap positions. Green arrow confirms the swap, red arrow means one of the two players hasn’t set his character to swap.
Point: The spot in a sector or tower where you are exposed to as many opponents possible. Usually taken by players with the highest hp at that current round. A person taking point is protecting those behind him from getting shot, but allows them to shoot at the enemy.
Before you join
In order to take part in a fort fight, two things should always occur.
- You must have signed up for the fort fight. - Your character must be located at the fort when the battle starts.
Step one: Click on the Multiplayer Games button
Step two: Click on the Fort Battles button
Step three: Click on the fort battle you want to join
Step four: Click on the "To arms!" button
Step four: Sign up to the battle. If you hover over the "attack" or the "defend" image you will see which other towns have joined the attack or the defence respectively.
This is the screen if your town isn't part of the attackers' nor the defenders' alliance or if you're townless.
What will I need?
You should wear clothes that boost your fort fighting skills. These skills are Setting traps, Health Points (from now on we will just call it HP), Dodging, Hiding, Aim and Leadership. Depending on the current fort fighting formula some skills might be more important than the others. For example, in the version we're now playing, Aim and Dodging are not that important. Health is the King, Leadership gives you damage (it also help with aiming and dodging), Setting traps and Hiding gives you resistance and help you aim and dodge better. The current fort fighting formula can be found here.
Hint: As a beginner, the wisest thing to do is to wear clothing that increases your HP because you will probably make movement mistakes. Since you don’t want those mistakes to get you killed in just one round, having as much HP as you can get might save you. Furthermore, in many worlds giving out ranks is done on a descending HP base; this means that those with the highest HP get priority in getting ranked while lower ones either have to wait or they don’t make it in the fort fight at all. So the more HP you have, the higher your chances are to get a rank.
Left Hand Gun
You will also need a left hand gun. A fort fighting gun. Here is a list of all fort fighting guns.
Furthermore, there is a new feature in the game called "Item Upgrading" that affects weapons and clothes. Some of them are good for fort fights too, so you might want to read about it here.
As we said, your fort fighting abilities are affected by 6 skills in total (Setting traps, HP, Hiding, Dodging, Aiming and Leadership), therefore you can understand that there is a numerous amount of buffs that can boost those skills. What I am going to list for you here is just a personal choice of what the "best" fort fighting buffs are. Feel free to find your own ideal combination and let me know if you have any other suggestions.
When it comes to using buffs, it's always nice to have in mind a lovely thread Slygoxx made a long time ago. It is not 100% up to date, but it is a great guide for using buffs in general. You can find the thread here.
So, keeping in mind we will be using 1 Character Buff together with 1 Item Buff:
|Fort Fighting Buffs|
|Image||Buff Name||Type of Buff||Fort Battle Related Effect||Uses|
|Amulet||Character Buff||+10 Dodge, +10 Health Points||1|
|Bayonet||Item buff||+25-75 Fort Battle Damage||1|
|Disappearing Ink||Character Buff||+2 Strength, +15 hiding, +15 setting traps, +15% HP Bonus||5|
|Hip Flask||Item Buff||+40-40 Fort Battle Damage||2|
|Hushpuppy||Character Buff||+2 Mobility, +15 Leadership||5|
|Modern Armor||Item Buff||+4 Fort Battle Defence, +10% Health Bonus||2|
|Vegetable Dumpling||Character Buff||+2 Dexterity, +15 leadership||5|
|Westerner||Item Buff||+20-60 fort battle damage, +4 Fort battle attack||5|
|Ammunition Slide||Item buff||+40-60 fort battle damage, +4 Fort battle attack, +4 Fort battle defence||5|
You can test and find out yourself your favourite combinations according to your attacking or defensive build.
After you join - Before the fort fight
One of the first things to do is to check the battle chat topic; usually this will guide you on where to start and/or where to set your character. If there is no topic, ask someone else in the chat for help/advice on where to set.
How to set your character and your target
Click once on the desired spot you want to start on the map. You will see a yellow mark that indicates your character. This is where you will be placed once the battle starts (unless someone else starts at the same spot with you, but ignore this part for now).
Click on the desired target spot. A red cross will appear. This is where your character will aim to move to unless you change your target when the battle starts.
Attention: If you are an attacker and you fail to set a target for your character, the game with automatically set your target to the flag.
There's only a limited amount of players that can take part in a fort fight so you want to make sure you’ll get in.Click here for details
Having a rank can insure you join the battle. Ranks are given out by a General or a Captain who has this responsibility before the battle begins (usually it starts maximum 1 hour before the fight).
General rules of ranking: \*Wait to ask for a rank until the ranking procedure starts
\*Always ask only once for a rank. There is no need to spam the whole chat over and over again just to get a rank. Usually this ends up in having the exact opposite result.
\*No caps please unless you are the person ranking. No need to shout at the rest.
\*Using the word “please” shows manners too and makes the ranker’s job more pleasant. Don’t forget after all, he’s the one usually stressing about getting you guys and gals in the battle.
\*No spamming - Your chit chat is making it difficult for the ranker to see who has asked for a rank.
\*No offensive language.
\*If you are going afk/offline during the fort fight, notify the ranker in advance.
Question: Why are there different ranks?
A rank determines the order in which people shoot and move. In attack, all the town’s councilors and founders are given a general’s rank (4 stars) automatically, however, in defence, only town founders get a general’s rank whilst councilors get an automatic captain’s rank (2 bars). More about the order of the events can be found here.
Let the battle begin!
Congratulations! You’re taking part in the battle! Before we start explaining how to move, let’s have a look at the map.
AT stands for Adventurers Tower
DT stands for Duellers Tower
ST stands for Soldiers Tower
WT stands for Workers Tower
You will also hear people saying "AT1" or "DT2" and so on. This is to indicate a specific spot on a tower. The numbers go as follows and they are the same for all four towers:
Now let’s go to what we are here for. The battle just started, we know where everything is located on the map and now it's time to fight!
First thing to do: Right click with your mouse on the fort fighting screen, select Quality and set it to low. Doing this will make LOS more clear to see.
Taking a closer look at the characters on the map, you will distinguish the five classes that are available in the game.
You may also notice that some players are represented as a square character or a semi circular shape
This indicates the difference between specific fighters too. Fighters with a square character are either members of the digging alliance (attackers side) or part of the alliance that owns the fort (defenders side). The rest of the fighters are represented with a semi circular shape.
The Classes bonuses summary
\*Adventurer Special skills: Ghosting. This means that after 2-4 shots, there is a high chance that you guys pretty much "disappear" from the fort map. You are still on the map, we can all see you, but you cannot be shot. You're invincible. You're the ultimate blockers.
Writer's comment: We love you, we truly do. You guys have the ability to ghost. Okay, landing a hit is like winning the lottery and this can be frustrating, we know. But think of this. Forts are won or lost because of you. If you block long enough, we keep it. If you are attacking and capture a sector the attackers need, you give them a huge bonus. We love you.
\*Dueller Special skills: Crits. This means that you can cause very high damage to the opponent. You have the chance of dealing a damage that's equal to 10% the opponent's Maximum HP + your gun damage (plus the extra damage you get from your leadership). Yes, this is why you see some crazy hits like 1500 or even 3000. Those are crits by duellers.
Writer's comment: Yes we love your damage. Yes we love your crits. And yes we do adore the fact that you can ko the right blocker at the right time and let us get to the flag/wall/tower. You are our damage dealers.
\*Soldier Special skills: Sharing Leadership and High Health. For all the other classes, 1 skill point that's spend on Health skill points, it gives them 10 health. For you guys, it gives you 15 health (if you are premium, this goes up to 20 health). Furthermore, you increase the leadership of you and 4 of your neighbouring players by 25% (50% if you're premium). Do not focus too much on this now though until you're an experienced player.
Writer's comment: You're the meatshields, our front line, taking the bullet for the rest. You always move to protect the rest of your team mates. Capable both of blocking and shooting, you're a very good all around class.
\*Worker Special skills: Increased sector bonus. You get 30% more (or 60% if you are premium) bonus from the sector. So if someone in your sector has a gun that gives +3 attack to all, you get that and on top of it 30% more. Same goes for damage and the rest of the bonuses. This bonus includes buildings, walls and tower bonuses.
Writer's comment: You are a good blocker that can deal some damage. You're pretty much like an enhanced soldier when it comes to being a meatshield. On your tower you're just beasts.
\*Greenhorn. Special skills: None
Writer's comment:You are those romantic guys that decided not to pick a class before you reach 150 or you're just too indecisive to do so. You have no fort fighting skills. You're just mediocre meatshields. The rest of the team is waiting for you to finally make up your mind and pick one of the 4 above mentioned classes. Do it already!
Every proper fort fight has a leader. You will identify that person in many ways. Usually it's a person writing in capital and bold letters. Most of the time they use a coloured text too. He or she is an experienced player that has done this before. Always follow the leader’s orders. Fort fighting is a team game, so it is crucial that we are all moving as one.
|The general idea is we move as a team, sharing the fire we take while trying to hurt the opponents. This is why having a good LOS is important and working as a team is even more important.|
Hint: During the battle you might get some orders that you don’t understand. Don’t be ashamed to ask in the chat for clarifications. From my experience, there is always someone that wants to help new players and will end up talking to you in a whisper, helping you throughout the battle.
In order to move, click on your character and then click on an open spot at the end of your arrow in a neighbouring sector or in your current sector. At the beginning of the next round, your character will move to that spot or the closest one available. If the sector you are aiming at is full, you won’t move until a spot empties. Always remember that other fort fighters will probably aim at the same spot as you. Who will get that spot is determined by the movement hierarchy as described here. Therefore, if you are low in the movement hierarchy, try aiming at spots that are a bit less "popular" so as to be able to move as you wish.
Caution: You cannot move diagonally.
Movement hint: Aim one sector at the time. The game’s Artificial Intelligence (AI) isn’t that smart (yet) and doesn’t take into consideration the existence of enemies in the fort battle. The way it is designed, it is trying to get you to the spot you aimed at as fast as possible. Therefore, aiming 2 sectors away might get you in a pretty bad position with tons of enemies shooting at you and most probably ending up getting you killed. Always aim one sector at the time unless the leader orders you differently.
Aim and targeting is automatic. You cannot choose who you want to shoot, you cannot aim past the people in front. You may only shoot at the closest target in your line of sight. What you can do though is aim at a specific sector (that is adjacent to yours); this will make you shoot at the people in that sector.
\*One shot can’t take more than 1/3 of the maximum HP of a player. By maximum HP we mean maximum amount of health a player has when the battle starts. For example if the battle starts and you have 5400/7000 hp, your maximum HP is 7000.
To make it simple, always keep the following in mind:
1. The defenders shoot.
2. The defenders move.
3. The attackers shoot.
4. The attackers move.
So when you are attacking, always remember you will be shot at the beginning of the next round. So try not to be too much exposed at the enemy if you're low on health.
|Fort fighting is something that you are improving at as you gain more experience (like most things in life to be honest). Therefore, don’t be disappointed after a bad fort fight. Also don't be disappointed if you miss a lot or you don't dodge well. Always keep in mind that the attack and the defence chances are based on probabilities and sometimes we don't get lucky. Be persistent and you will get there. After all, we were all noobs before we started (some of us still are and will always be).|
After the fort fight
After the fort fight is over, you will get a report with the results.
If you passed out during the fight, you will be send back to your town's hotel and the game will automatically set 8 hours of sleep for you. If you don't have a town you will remain at the fort's location. If you die during a fort fight you don't lose your inventory or your banked cash; but you do lose the cash you're carrying on you and your energy drops to 0. If you survive, you will remain at the same location. Your health will match the health you had when the last round of the fort fight ended.
Q1: What the heck! How did I end up on the wall? I didn't aim there!
When you end up in a sector you haven't aimed at, this means that you probably set your character to move 2 sectors away, letting the game's AI decide the best route for you. The best route for the game is the shortest way but surely not the safest one.
Q2: Why am I not taking part in the fort fight? I have a rank!
Blame the ranker! Apparently the person giving out ranks ranked more players than he should (also known as overranking). Therefore people with a higher rank than you (Generals > Captains > Privates) or higher leadership got in first and you didn't. You can find more details on the priority of the events here.
Q3: Why am I starting at this spot? I didn't place my character there!
Ok there are two explanations for this one. Either someone with higher hierarchy sat on you (stacked you) and you were pushed to the closest available spot or you forgot to place your character on the map before the fort fight.
Q4: Do I have to be awake to take part in the fort fight as a defender or can I sleep at the barracks?
You can set to sleep in the barracks. If you make it in the fort fight, the sleep will be cancelled though and after the fort fight you will be just sitting there. If you don't make it in though, you'll continue sleeping unless the fort is lost.
Got any further questions? Please contact me (Musagete) and I can help you and add them to this manual.