Evony (www.evony.com) is an massively multiplayer online game designed to allow users to build cities and create nations.
The browser based game starts with the user defining who they and what their game name is going to be. From there, users can start creating their empire.
The encourages players through the development of their cities using quests as a checklist. While building cottages, farms, cities walls and more, players cities slowly develop into empires. All players have the ability to talk to other players as well as making alliances with other cities as wars do happen.
For new players, there is a grace period of 7 days to allow newbies to build their cities up enough to get a good decent start in the game.
Because the game is browser based, the game can be played on almost any platform, so long as it has a web browser that can display Adobe Flash. Even slow internet connections will be able to play as it is not graphic entensive.
Evony is played in realtime. Meaning that building your city can take from minutes, hours or even days. For example, a level 1 cottage will take less than five mintues to complete. Where as upgrading your town hall can take 2 hours. Upgrading city walls can take days. Rules define that anything under five minutes and be "Sped Up" for free. However, anything that takes longer than five minutes will require users to purchase "Coins".
"Coins" requires users to pay evony for the in-game currency which can be used to buy items such as the ability to speed up build times on buildings taking longer than five minutes to player guides.
Communication is easy give the chat window located at the bottom of the game window allowing players to chat to other either isolated to a chosen aliance or to those in the "World". Also, Evony creators have provided a forum for Game and other general discussion.
Generally, players understand an etiquette while also not affraid to excersice their right to wage war on others.
Overall, the game is good if you have the time and patience. Being realtime, everything happens very slowly. If you're looking for action packed, this is not the game for you. However strategy skills are very useful in Evony in order to succeed.
Tip: For people thinking of looking me up in the game, my name is Glorshia on Server 38.