Game of Thrones: Conquest may initially come off as a simple game, but don’t underestimate the amount of strategic thinking needed to succeed in this game for the long-term. Most real-time strategy games can get pretty grueling during the middle stages since that’s when players have finally built enough resources to finally start becoming aggressive. During these times, it’s wise not to get left behind, so here’s a beginner’s guide that we’ve prepared to help you get ready for the game.

BlueStacks' Beginners Guide to Playing Game of Thrones: Conquest

The ultimate goal of real-time strategy games is to become the last man standing at the end of it all. Throughout the weeks or months that you’ll play this game, it will revolve around a lot of conflict between other players, whether in diplomatic or military form. The player that has the weakest claim to either of those aspects will eventually get overrun by a bigger player or allegiance. This is why the early game is a critical phase to help the player stand on their own two feet later on.

Building the Economy

Economy refers to the total resource production of your House. The acquisition of important early game resources like Food and Wood are essential to keep your lands functional and help them grow. Later on, stone and iron will be added to the game, but for now, beginners should prioritize the first two resources by building up their economy in a way that prevents them from running out of Food and Wood early. If they don’t, they’ll lag behind the competition in terms of progression rate.

BlueStacks' Beginners Guide to Playing Game of Thrones: Conquest

The most reliable way to improve your economy is to build the maximum number of resource production buildings – like the Farm and Sawmill – and upgrade all of them to their highest possible level. There are other ways to increase your economy, but that discussion will be reserved for a later article. For now, the most important thing is to have the mindset that you should always have a stellar economy that never runs out of resources, especially when you need it most.

Raising an Army

Having a stable economy is only one part of the game. If you have a good amount of resources, other players will be inclined to attack you with the hopes of stealing your resources to improve their own economy. The only way to prevent this from happening is to raise an army that’s strong enough to defend your own House from external threats. Besides, your army can also carry out other tasks that you want them to do for you. Being a defensive or offensive player depends on your playing style, but having an army is non-negotiable.

BlueStacks' Beginners Guide to Playing Game of Thrones: Conquest

Your House’s army has quite a few functions in the game aside from defending. You can send your troops to attack other players, monsters, or collect resources around the map. Simply having a good army usually deters other players from attacking you, since they’re afraid that they will lose too many of their soldiers from the attack. If and when that happens, you can strike back and attack them while their army is still frail and in recovery.

Developing Your House

Players must also develop other parts of their lands. Constantly upgrading buildings, training troops, and researching new technology to help your House become more efficient should be your primary goal. It’s a good idea to always keep your workers, maesters, and facilities busy so that you won’t get left behind in the race to reach the Iron Throne. Never let your workers be idle for more than five minutes since it’s a complete waste of resources.

BlueStacks' Beginners Guide to Playing Game of Thrones: Conquest

One of the most important upgrades to your House is the Keep, since it affects all of your other buildings’ limitations. Always upgrade all of your other buildings and facilities to the maximum level first before upgrading your Keep since all of them have important functions that you may or may not understand at the time. Players should be smart about the order in which they upgrade buildings so that they don’t end up waiting too long for the next upgrade.

Completing Missions

There are a ton of missions in Game of Thrones: Conquest. Event missions, daily missions, and general missions all give awesome rewards that will help your House grow faster. Players should always review all of the missions that they need to do at the beginning of each day so that they have a clear goal of tasks that they need to do before they turn in at night. Missions make each day feel satisfying and rewarding since the tasks presented may be somewhat complicated, but are surely not unnecessary.

BlueStacks' Beginners Guide to Playing Game of Thrones: Conquest

Simply following the general missions is a good way to improve your House. Tyrion Lannister isn’t just a good advisor in the series, but also in the game!  The missions he gives will really help you in the long-term aspect of the game. For daily missions, players should always aim to complete 100% of the missions, even if they already received the maximum point rewards, as individual missions also give out rewards for completion that might prove useful in the future.

Pledging Allegiance

Allegiances are this game’s version of alliance, except that they stay true to every meaning of the word since you are tasked to serve a Lord/Lady of a higher standing. There are a lot of benefits to pledging your allegiance because, for one, it builds camaraderie between you and other like-minded players, but it also develops a relationship that benefits you in the game, especially in the military aspect. Perhaps someday you can even be the Lord/Lady that other players pledge allegiance to.

BlueStacks' Beginners Guide to Playing Game of Thrones: Conquest

Pledging your allegiance to a powerful Lord/Lady basically places you under their protection. Since that player most likely has other bannermen serving under them, you have a lot of players to look to when someone threatens to attack you. The same can be said to your allies and your Lord/Lady themselves because you all work towards protecting each other’s best interests. Allegiances also give out some rewards that you can claim when other players achieve a major in-game milestone.