Barracks, Villas, and Beds… Oh My! – Game of War

I was recently asked the question: Which buildings should I maximize? Hospitals, Barracks, or Villas?

First, let’s see what each building does for your army.

This building allows you to train troops. Simple. The more barracks that you have the more troops you are able to train at a time. Also, as you upgrade it provides +defense boosts:


When attacked your troops that fall in battle will be placed in the hospital to be healed at a much cheaper cost than retraining in the barracks. The highest Tier troops you have are given priority here. If more troops fall in battle than you have beds available for then those troops above the bed capacity will be killed. These troops must be retrained. Hospitals also provide a +health boost:


This building provides two services. It produces silver and increases training speed. It also provides a troop attack boost at SH 21 of 2%:


With that knowledge, how many of each building should you build?

To decide, you must first decide what the account will be used for?

Will it be a march trap, anvil, landmine?
This type of account will likely attract many attacks and the use of hospitals will be very important. However, a large troop count may not be desired. If you can build your necessary troop count with just a single or two barracks, a villa, and rest hospitals then you can quickly heal fallen troops for the next attack.

Will the account be used as a rally trap?
A rally trap is mid range size ~200M power. Here, many beds will be required to again quickly recover fallen troops to prepare for the follow up rallies. However, more troops will likely be required to be victorious against a full t4 rally. So, possibly as many as 3 or 4 barracks will be needed to take advantage of larger speed ups such as 3 day and 7 day.

So, that brings us to the next question. How big is big enough to tear down those beds?

Personally at 700m power I’ve not been attacked in months. The last rally I took I was at ~300M power. They stopped after the second failed rally. The beds I had at the time were very handy when recovering from the hits. I felt fortunate at the time that I had spent the time, resources, and speed ups to build them. But, I pushed on and have doubled in size.

I recently saw some scout reports on billion power players that have either many barracks, one villa or two villas, and one or no hospital; or many villas, one barrack, one or no hospital. These players must feel that no one is going to attack them so why waste all those tiles on beds that will likely never get used again. Then comes along xxKuranxx and CoPoTo and they log in to zeroed accounts.

Well, outside of a run in with those two are they likely to be attacked? No.

So why not build many villas for the troop attack bonus? Troop attack is difficult to attain in Game of War. It is much more difficult than health and defense which is provided by the other two building types. Also, look at the bonus we are given. Only 2%. That’s likely because 2% attack is equal to 5% Health, or 10% Defense. Otherwise, why didn’t Mz make all building troop boost the same number across the board?

So, going back to the question I must ask, what is my account being used for? I answer T4 production. My role in my alliance at the moment is to provide cannon fodder for rallies at wonders and against zeroing our enemies. Large numbers of T4 are sometimes required to get those tasks complete. Hospitals won’t help, barracks help me train more at a time, but they also require more speed ups. Villas will provide a faster troop training which will save me on speed up cost which is the most difficult to obtain without dropping loads of cash or selling resources that will be needed to train troops.

A word of warning, however, before tearing down all those hospitals. In my circle, if we notice a scout report is void of hospitals we will target that stronghold before a target that has healing abilities. I keep antiscout or shield up at all times. It is very important that your enemies not know what makes up your stronghold in most scenarios. I can explain situations where you would want enemies to see what you have but that’s another post.

I hope the above will provide some food for thought in the coming weeks. The alliance city is looming and many of my alliance members are sort of waiting to see how it will change the game before they make any drastic changes. I agree with that line of thought. Whatever you decide to build, understand why you have done it and defend your choice. It’s your account, do what you want with it after informing yourself.

Over time, the purpose of your account may change. At that point reassess your design. Have fun with it!

Thank you for having me!

Hello everyone!

I have been invited by Darkthorne to make an occasional post here on his site, a great honor! (I apparently have QUITE the personality in game chats!) So I just thought I’d take the time to introduce myself.

I’m HarryCubed in game, I’ve been playing since Mid April, 2014, (#94 Dahae, Alliance MGd) and have a problem with getting obsessed with these types of games. I have spreadsheets, calculating just about anything that interests me at any given time, tracking stats, etc. My wife just looks at me and shakes her head, but she’s likely happy I’m not spending the time tracking her every move on my spreadsheets.

About me:

1) I’m a severe rule follower. If we agree as an alliance that XXX is the rule, no matter how stupid I think that rule might be, I’ll follow it and try to make sure others do as well.

2) I’m incredibly sarcastic. You might think YOU’RE pretty sarcastic, but no. Not close. You’d come in 3rd in a head to head sarcasm race with me. I’m also very modest. Probably the most modest person you’ll ever meet.

3) I try to be respectful in all things I do, real life or in game. I get that people spend money, and I’m not a fan of the “cheap shot” until I’m offered no alternative. (Tiling inside the kingdom is like killing civilians. I don’t like it. Outlanders, however, everyone is fair game.) Not a fan of cursing, or overly inappropriate chat, but occasionally, in the right crowd, I can approach that “line” you shouldn’t cross and tip toe along it.

4) I like to be entertaining. I can sustain myself on LOLs in chat alone. Whether you think I’m funny, or you think it’s funny that I THINK I’m funny, a LOL is appreciated!

5) I LOVE MATH, love the math of these games, will do endless experiments just to test things out, often coming back to the game an hour or 2 later forgetting I had to finish an inferno or something….

6) I’ve learned a lot about this game, but I still feel like I know so little. If I ever post something you think you can give me info about , please don’t hesitate. I LOVE more information to add to my already extremely time consuming hobby!

I’m not sure yet what my focus of my posts will be, I’ll take recommendations from anyone, but it’s Darkthorne’s great website, so I’ll take my direction from him.

Just a note about the weekend in #94 Dahae. We currently hold both OUR wonder, and the #56 Outlander wonder. I’m not sure if that’s the first time that’s happened (Probably not), or just the first time I’ve noticed it because our alliance is now a major player in the kingdom so I’m involved with it more, but it’s still pretty cool. Most, (all but one really) of the major alliances in Dahae are now working together for a better Dahae and it’s showing up in things like the dual wonder, the teamwork between alliances when they find a big enemy unshielded, etc. I’m proud to be a part of MY alliance, MGD, but also, proud to be working with so many other great players and great alliances for a better kingdom overall.

and finally,

7) I can talk. I can talk for so long I post my message and you have to scroll back 2 pages to see what I’m responding to. I can rant. I can go off on tangents. I can type fairly fast, but not as fast as I can think of what I want to say, so I will occasionally come across as disjointed, or scattered. I’m OK with that. If you heard me talk in real life, you’d see I type just like I talk.

Hopefully, I can entertain you a bit, educate you a bit, and make Darkthorne’s site just that tiny bit better with my presence.

For those of you that know me in game, you’ll understand this best:
You’re welcome.

DF vs. Dahae for Wonder – Game of War

It appears DF will once again challenge the entire kingdom of Dahae for control of wonder.

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For now we are holding with 5 hours left.


First rally against DF was mostly ranged as they reinforced with strat ranged and infantry. However, they quickly reinforced with strat cavalry to counter before rally hit. We called out to cancel but time was too short between scout report and message in alliance chat sent.


Wonder battle lesson #1: watch for wonder reinforcement swap or send even amount of troop type.

Rally 2 was full core relic March and they pulled out of wonder. We are now holding and waiting…

3 hours left… quiet… too quiet.


DF finally awakens to set rally with one hour remaining. BG the OG sets:


Versus our Hero Mopar Lar:


Result of first wonder defense:


Our reinforcements:


Several more rallies ensued from BG the OG to no avail.

Next up 1 Bloody IKA:


Result of those rally defenses:



The battle rages on:


One hero remains: