So you just started your new city in Rise of Empires: Ice and Fire, and would like to find the best beginner tips and tricks to get started on the right track? If so, then you have to look no further, as you’ve arrived at the beginner’s guide that will teach you everything you need to know to have a good beginning in this mobile strategy game.

Read on to learn about the basics of Rise of Empires, as well as some general pointers on how to start the development of your cities.

Basic Base Building and Development

The building mechanics in this game are pretty straightforward: You choose the structures you want to construct from the “Build” menu, and then you choose a viable location to place the buildings in question. We really like this type of building system, which operates on a grid, since it lets us design the layouts of our cities to suit our own preferences, instead of having predefined locations for every single building, so that all cities can eventually look wildly different to each other.

As you’d expect from a game in this genre, you can find a wide variety of buildings in Rise of Empires, each with their own functions. And while building new structures is as straightforward as choosing a location and waiting for the timer to count down, there are some factors you need to consider when choosing how to prioritize your development.

We’ll talk about your building priorities in Rise of Empires: Ice and Fire further down, but for now, you just need to know that, aside from constructing new structures using the method mentioned above, you can also upgrade these structures after they’re built, simply by clicking on them and then on “Upgrade”. The benefits from upgrading buildings vary according to the structure, though they usually increase the structures’ production rates, in the case of resource buildings, or grant access to more features, in the case of military and research structures.

One important thing that you should know about the building mechanic is that, initially, you’re limited to a very small territory. Luckily, you can expand the borders of your territory by completing development milestones such as the main chapter quests. You can check the conditions for unlocking more territory by clicking on the locks at any time.

Population Growth and Resource Assignment

Now, when it comes to actually develop your town, Rise of Empires: Ice and Fire has a very important metric that you need to consider at all times: Population. 

In short, most of your progress in this game is limited by your population, since you need to always reach a certain number of inhabitants in your town in order to upgrade your Castle. And considering that the maximum level of your buildings, as well as your access to new and better structures, are limited by the level of your Castle, growing your population should be one of your main concerns.

In order to grow your population, you first need to have enough space to accommodate new inhabitants, which relies mostly on the number and levels of your houses. Building new houses, as well as upgrading the ones you currently have, will bump up your population limit. However, increasing your population limit is not enough to actually make your population grow; that’s what the Tavern is for. 

In order to get new citizens, you need to attract them by keeping your Tavern stocked with both Ale and Food. As long as you have these resources in stock, as well as space for new citizens, your population will grow. Keep in mind, however, that these resources are not allocated automatically to the Tavern, and in order to restock this facility, you must click on it and then on the “Transport” button.

The Tavern’s Ale and Food are drained rapidly whenever your population is growing. However, this consumption will slow down once you reach your current population limit. Regardless, try to always keep this building stocked in order to maintain and grow your population.

Putting Your Army to Good Use

Despite a good chunk of your resource generation coming from Farms, Quarries, Lumber Yards, and other production structures that you can build and upgrade, you can boost your production significantly by using your armies.

Despite their looks, fighting is not the only thing your troops are good for. Particularly, your army is a valuable asset for the development of your city, since they can be sent to the world map to collect resources, therefore providing a significant boost to your resource generation.

The only caveat of sending your troops to gather is that you have to do it manually every time. That is, send them out, wait for them to get back, and then send them out again. It’s your discipline and diligence with this process that will give you the extra push necessary to develop your town quicker than other players. Alternatively, you could play Rise of Empires: Ice and Fire on PC with BlueStacks, and use the Macro Recorder to easily automate this process with the press of a button.

Chapter Quests and Their Importance

Games in the genres have a tendency of being quite extensive, to the point where it’s easy to lose track of what you’re supposed to be doing at any given moment. Luckily, you always have the chapter quests to keep you on the right track.

You can find the chapter quests at all times on the bottom left of the screen, giving you a list of objectives that you can currently complete. And for each of these that you fulfill, you’ll progressively gain access to new features, as well as a variety of rewards in the form of resources, experience, and much more.

When at a loss of what to do, always check out the chapter quests and complete them whenever possible.

There’s much more to learn when it comes to grasping the ins and outs of Rise of Empires: Ice and Fire. However, with the basic tips and information we’ve shared in the beginner’s guide, you have most of what you need to get a good start.