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**Note: This changelog is separated from bugfixed and new features, see Changelog 1.0


Dear Kings and Queens,

Forge of Empires, while still in Beta, has come a long way. Under continuous 
development since its launch, we've seen two new ages added to the game, as 
well as countless other improvements and bugfixes. The question of "when should
we come out of Beta?" is a tricky one. There will always be room for new 
content and features, not to mention bugfixes, but today we are happy to 
announce that Forge of Empires is finally ready to leave its Beta status behind
and enter version 1.0.

What does this mean to you as a player? 

The only real change you will notice is that the Beta label will be removed 
wherever it appears ingame and meanwhile, the development team will be working 
hard to produce new content and features to enhance your gameplay. One 
significant change with the update to 1.0 will be a large amount of rebalancing
to the game, and to some quests. We know that rebalancing can affect gameplay,
however this is a necessary step based on feedback to preserve balance in the 
game and make it ready to leave Beta status. We've also got a new loading 
screen with a random game tip displayed while you wait for the game to finish 
loading.

Just to reiterate, changes and improvements to Forge of Empires will be 
continuing after the update to 1.0, it doesn't stop here. We've got plenty of 
new features and content in the pipeline, and we hope you're looking forward to
seeing what the future has in store!

The update will take place today (not the regular Wednesday update). This is to
allow time for any unexpected events that may arise before the weekend, and we 
apologise for the short notice. There may be a short period of downtime during 
the update, and we are sorry for any inconvenience caused by this. Please see 
below for a list of changes and information about the rebalancing.

Thank you for playing Forge of Empires!



Sincerely,
The Forge of Empires team.


New skill - Chivalry

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The skill is used by the High Middle Age Knights and Late Middle Age Heavy Knights (with Chivalry values of 3 and 5 respectively). The skill increases attack and defense when this is the only unit with chivalry in the army. 

This is a "reactive" skill, that may either kick in when a player loses one of their knight in battle (then the last knight will get the activated bonus) or be active from the start (if the player only brings one chivalrous unit to battle).

New loading screen

A random loading screen will be displayed each time you log into Forge of Empires. There are also some tips and hints shown on the screen. QlnkKac

Quests

Old quests from the storyline and bonus content have been reworked with new success conditions. Most of the changes were done for the Late Middle Ages bonus content (including the notorious Swords and Sorcery quest). All the quests that had strictly LMA-connected requirements now either have a different success condition or an alternative that can be done using Colonial Age means.

Please note that completed quests are not affected, but active/future quests will have the new requirements.

Information about exactly which quests have changed and how is in below.

Name Old Condition New
Poison in the Well Research Medicine Research a technology that unlocks a cultural building
Fire in the Hall Research Water Reservoirs Research Water Reservoirs or a technology that unlocks a military building
Thanks of a Princess Build a residential from the Late Middle Age Build a residential from the Late Middle Age or 2 residentials from the High Middle Age
A Cry for Help Build 3 of any residentials from the Late Middle Age Build 3 of any residentials from the Late Middle Age or Colonial Age
Cursed Build a cultural building from the Late Middle Age Build a cultural building from the Late Middle Age or Colonial Age
Cursed Again! Have 1 Farm, 1 Doctor and 1 Alchemist Spend 32 Forge Points
Prevent the Curse Recruit 2 Great Sword Warriors, 2 Longbow Archers, 2 Heavy Knights, 2 Imperial Guards or 2 Cannons Recruit 2 Great Sword Warriors, 2 Longbow Archers, 2 Heavy Knights, 2 Imperial Guards, 2 Cannons or 2 Musketeers
More Enemies Ahead Recruit 3 Great Sword Warriors, 3 Longbow Archers, 3 Heavy Knights, 3 Imperial Guards or 3 Cannons Recruit 3 Great Sword Warriors, 3 Longbow Archers, 3 Heavy Knights, 3 Imperial Guards, 3 Cannons or 3 Musketeers
Swords and Sorcery Have 2 Libraries and 2 Academies Have 1 Library and 1 Academy * Have 9 Rangers *
Here be Dragons Produce 6 Kegs of Beer Produce 6 Kegs of Beer or 6 Boxes of Cigars
A Maidens Kiss Build 1 Cartographer Build 1 Cartographer or 1 Trading Company
A Maidens Admiration Build 1 Cartographer Build 1 Cartographer or 1 Trading Company
A Maidens Reward Build 1 Cartographer Build 1 Cartographer or 1 Trading Company
A Maidens Gratitude Build 1 Cartographer Build 1 Cartographer or 1 Trading Company

*After unlocking the technology “colonies” the player has to have 9 rangers rather than library and academy.

Unit changes

Some unit stats have been changed. Below is a list of units' changes

Stone age

  • Clubman defense reduced to 3 (was 4).

Bronze Age

  • Slinger attack reduced to 6 (was 7).
  • Horseman attack increased to 8 (was 6).
  • Warrior defense increased to 10 (was 9). Unit bonus against light increased to 3.

Iron Age

  • Archer attack reduced to 10 (was 11).
  • Range reduced to 5 (was 6).
  • Mounted warrior attack reduced to 9 (was 10), and defense increased to 8 (was 7).
  • Legionnaire unit bonus (light) increased to 4.

Early Middle Age

  • Mounted archer attack increased to 8 (was 6), defense increased to 6 (was 5), and range reduced to 4 (was 5). Its unit bonus has increased to 5.
  • Armoured Infantry defense has increased to 18 (was 17).

High Middle Age

  • Knight attack increased to 16 (was 15), defense increased to 17 (was 16).
  • Heavy infantry attack increased to 16 (was 15), defense increased to 26 (was 22), speed reduced to 12 (was 14).

Late Middle Age

  • Longbow Archer range reduced to 6 (was 7).
  • Heavy knight attack increased to 22 (was 21), defense increased to 25 (was 24).
  • Imperial Guard attack increased to 23 (was 21), defense increased to 33 (was 30), speed reduced to 12 ( was 14).
  • Cannon attack increased to 14 (was 13).

Colonial Age

  • Field gun attack increased to 15 (was 14).

Industrial Age

  • Howitzer defense increased to 35 (was 30).

Infiltration cost changes

Previously, the cost to infiltrate a sector on a campaign map was always 100. This has now changed, so the more you advance through the game, the more coins will have to pay to infiltrate a sector. Below is a list of ages and associated costs.

Bronze Age

  • Infiltration costs range from 100-400 coins.

Iron Age

  • Infiltration costs range from 800-1200 coins.

Early Middle Age

  • Infiltration costs range from 900-1800 coins.

High Middle Age

  • Infiltration costs range from 1800 - 6000 coins.

Late Middle Age

  • Infiltration costs range from 4500 - 10,000 coins.

Colonial Age

  • Infiltration costs range from 3000 - 15,000 coins.

Industrial Age

  • Infiltration costs range from 500 - 20,000 coins.

Other changes

  • When attempting to gain control of a sector through battle, please be aware that the units defending some sectors will be changed with the rebalancing.
  • Rewards gained for conquering the HMA province Veletrites have been adjusted.
  • All sector rewards have been adjusted and given a boost, with the exception of the very first province.
  • 5- and 15-minute productions have been reworked.