Why can't I find anyone on the server?
Make sure you're logged into http://www.ikariam
, not http://www.ikariam
. We're on Beta server.
How do I rename my town?
You can rename your town through your Town Hall.
How do I mine Sulphur/Wine/Marble/Crystal?
You must research Wealth
Why do I suddenly have 50 of each resource?
You just finished researching Wealth
Does happiness affect the amount of gold citizens generate?
Sort of. Happier citizens have more sex, thus increasing your population. Your population earns you money (4 gold/worker not collecting resources, researching, etc). So the happier your citizens are, the more money you'll eventually make.
How do I found a new colony?
Collect the resources necessary
Click on an empty space on the island view of your destination
What's the best place to build my next colony?
How many cultural treaties can you have?
- You generally want Marble, Crystal, Sulphur, Wine (in that order)
- Building on a highly populated island often means their resources have already been upgraded. This lets you devote more people to collecting resources.
- Building close to your home base allows for quick and easy transportation of goods between them. It also lets you better share their defenses.
- Building far away gives you more options for trading and raiding. I would recommend building bases 1-2 hours away from each other.
As many as you can afford with your current pool of Diplomacy Points (based on your embassies).
What are action points? How do I use them? How do I get them back?
Each city has their own pool of action points. You start off with 2, and get another for each 5 levels of town hall.
Trading, pillaging, blockading, sending good, etc. all take an action point. You don't get it back until your ships return from their mission (or are killed by the enemy).
What good are spies?
Is there any reason to build an embassy in more than one of your cities?
Yes. The diplomacy points you get from embassies (2 + embassy level) stack. These DP can be used to establish treaties.
How do I set my account for "Vacation"?
Click on Options at the top of the screen. Scroll down to "Activate Vacation Mode"
How do you take over an island?
Each island has 16 spots where you can build cities. If a group of people (ie, an alliance) want to monopolize an island, they can attempt to fill up all 16 slots before anyone else gets there.
Can you actually take over a city too?
Not yet. You will be able to take over some control of a city with the Governor
research in a future patch.
Is there any benefit to running two academies at once?
Yes. The research points you earn stack.
Is there any benefit to running two workshops at once?
Not really. You could research different upgrades simultaneously, but otherwise there is no benefit. You should probably build your workshop on an island that has crystal.
What's the best way to deal with douchebags in Ikariam?
You can always threaten/raid them. If they insult or curse you in a message, you can report them
and hopefully have them banned.
What bugs does the game have in it?
List of Known Bugs
How do I use crystal to buy research points?
You must research Glass
first. Crystal can only be used to "finish off" a technology. So Mechanical Pen, say, costs 21000; if you want to spend 5000 crystal to speed it up, you need to wait for your scientists to generate 16000 research points first, then use the crystal to make up the remainder in one go.
Are Workshop upgrades enabled yet?
Not as of this writing. They are expected to be enabled in the next patch.