In Kings of Chaos, you are in command of an army of either humans, elves, dwarves, orcs, or undead. The aim of the game is to strengthen your army to attack enemy warlords and take their gold! Players are ranked so you can see how your forces stack up to everyone else.
To build up your attack and defense strength, you must recruit soldiers and equip them with weapons. You may also hire mercenaries or train your soldiers. To recruit soldiers you must have people click on your unique link (you can find this in your Command Center). Each time you recruit an additional soldier, your attack and defense strength will increase slightly, as will the amount of gold you receive per turn. Also, for every two recruits each of your officers gets, you will receive an additional soldier! The number of officers you can have is unlimited, so the more people who sign up to be your officer the faster you can build your army.
In addition to those soldiers generated by unique link clicks, you can choose to conscript soldiers - once a day you will recruit a number of soldiers determined by your current 'unit production' value. This value can be upgraded on the Training page.
To train your soldiers, use the Training page. Soldiers can be trained to be specialists in either attack or defense - whichever you choose, they will boost that ranking further, while ceasing to contribute to the other ranking. You can also train soldiers to become spies or sentries, which will be discussed in more detail later. In this case they cease to contribute to your attack/defense strength and the amount of gold you get per turn, as instead they are being kept in readiness for any covert missions you may choose to send them on.
You can hire mercenaries on the Mercenaries page, but only up to a strength of 25% of your total force - so for every 3 normal soldiers you gain, you can hire one more mercenary. Mercenaries contribute to your attack or defense strength, but do not contribute to the amount of gold you gain each turn.
Weaponry can be purchased (and repaired, sold or scrapped) on the Armory page. For each race there are various weapons available for both attacking and defending, becoming increasingly expensive as they become more effective. The exact strength of each weapon in your armory is dependent upon its state of repair (weapons become damaged during battles and must be repaired to remain fully effective), and also your level of siege technology and fortifications. Higher levels of siege technology and fortifications raise the strength of every single weapon you possess, so they are well worth upgrading. You can upgrade your siege and fortification levels on the Command Center page.
Covert Action is a general term for your Spy and Sentry ratings. Your force of spies becomes more powerful by training soldiers to be spies. Every spy you train increases your spy strength, and therefore helps you move up in spy ranking. Also, if you conduct many espionage missions spies will sometimes get caught, so you will need to replace them. If your spy rating is high, you will be able to see more players' gold on the battlefield without having to spy on them. Your force of sentries becomes more powerful by training soldiers to be sentries. Every sentry you train increases your sentry rating. The higher your sentry rating, the harder it is for other players to see your gold on the battlefield, spy on you or sabotage your weapons. If you invest in spies or sentries you should upgrade your covert skill when you can. Upgrading applies to your entire force of spies and sentries. Upgrading covert skill, training spies and training sentries can all be done one the Training page.
Each race in Kings of Chaos has a particular area in which they excel. These can work to your advantage in gaining higher rankings, so it is worth considering them before choosing your race:
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Quick Start Guide
In Kings of Chaos, you are in command of an army of humans, elves, dwarves, orcs, or undead. To be successful, you must manage your army and defeat your enemies. You must keep your troops in top condition and recover from losses. A powerful army will be strong in all four aspects of the game: attacking, defending, spying, and sentry (counter-intelligence). This makes it important to keep your forces and efforts relatively balanced in all these areas.
Getting Started (Creating/Activating your account)
To create an account and establish your presence in the Land of Chaos you must register and activate your username. To do this click the "Register" link in the Menu Bar on the left, fill out the requested information including an email address you have access to. You will then be sent an email with instructions on how to activate your Kings of Chaos account. Once you've done this, you are ready to log in and command your army. Congratulations! You are now a warlord in Kings of Chaos.
When you have a KOC account and give your Unique Link to someone to click, the clicker will also be given the option to join your army as one of your officers! For every two clicks/soldiers an officer receives, you will receive one soldier. (Without doing anything! Just for being their commander! Sweet.)
The Menu Bar contains most of the important features and tools of Kings of Chaos. Located on the left of the page, it allows you to navigate through different aspects of your army and manage your forces.
The Command Center is where you can see a broad outline of your forces.
When you wish to venture out beyond the safety of your fortifications, click the Attack button. Here, you will view the Battlefield, a listing of other players ranked near you. Players in yellow are online and those in green are not currently signed into the game. If you have previously reconned a player, you will see an eye in the first column which will link you to your intelligence log when clicked. The amount of gold in a player's treasury will be displayed if your Spy Rating is much larger than the opponent's Sentry Rating. You can page through the battlefield and search for other armies to attack or spy on. Once you click on a player's name you will see their User Stats, where you can see basic info about the player, any officers the player has, and you can recognize the player as friend, neutral, enemy, alliance member, or ignored if you wish to ignore all messages from them. From the User Stats panel you can choose to send a personal message, or conduct an attack, recon, or sabotage mission.
Here you can see details of ingoing and outgoing attacks. This can be a very useful way to see how much offensive and defensive damage you do on average, who you need to try to get protection from, or what armies you have had success with in the past. In your attack log you will see Attacks on You and Attacks on Others, and you will be able to page through the attacks if there are too many to fit on one screen.
Your Armory is where you keep track of your weapons, and keep them in fighting condition.
Your intelligence files are similar to your attack log, but they give you details of covert missions from and against you. Here you see details of Intercepted Intelligence Operations as well as Intelligence Files from missions you have conducted. Not all missions are intercepted and therefore you will not see everyone who has reconned you or sabotaged you. Not all recons or sabotages done by you were intercepted either, this is called "ghosting". When no missions are intercepted, that player has been "ghosted".
Recruiting is an effective way for you to build your army's morale, which eventually results in new recruits. When you recruit for another player by completing the CAPTCHA on the recruit page, your army's morale increases and they receive one soldier. When another player recruits for you, your army's morale drops, but you gain a soldier. Recruiting proceeds in this order: you, your friends, other members of your alliance, then finally any other users with positive morale (ordered by greatest morale). This means that the greater your morale, the quicker it will be converted into extra recruits.
Only logged-in players can turn your army's morale into new soldiers. Non-logged-in friends can still increase your army size by clicking your unique link, found in your Command Center. Click here to learn how to use your Unique Link to gain officers
On this page you can see the details of your current troops, and you can hire mercenaries. Mercenaries can be hired as attack specialists, defence specialists, or all-purpose troops. Once hired, they cannot be retrained. Mercenaries cannot be spies, and do not contribute to the amount of gold you receive each turn, but they do boost your attack and/or defence strength (depending on what type of training they have). Mercenaries become available for hire randomly and their numbers are limited so there are often none available shortly after that. You can only have 25% of your army consisting of mercenaries. Mercenaries are added to your total fighting force (TFF) and they have to die to lower your TFF.
The buddy list can be used to keep track of people who you recognize as either neutral, friend, enemy, ignored or alliance members. You can recognize players via the drop down on their stats page. You are allowed a maximum of 180 players per buddy type. (Hopefully that's 180 friends, not 180 enemies!)
The Logout option on the menu will log you out from Kings of Chaos. This is useful if your computer is used by more than one person, to prevent others from accessing your Kings of Chaos account. If you stop using the site for a length of time, you will be automatically logged out anyway - this is to help reduce the load on the extremely busy KoC webserver.
The Send Message page is accessed from a user's stats page, by clicking on the Send Message button. You are then presented with a page which has areas for you to enter a subject and a message to be sent to that user.
When someone has sent you a message in this fashion, you will notice the message indicator beneath the main menu will change to show how many new messages you have waiting for you. To read them, simply click on the red number and you will be taken to the Read Messages page. The most recent message will appear at the top of the page, with older messages beneath it in reverse order of receipt. You can use the buttons on the right to Reply to or Delete each message.
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The following are prohibited:
Rules regarding accounts on the same IP:
When sharing your link, you may do the following:
Browser and Recruiter Rules
Any browser used to access the Kings of Chaos website must adhere to the following rules:
Recruiter: A methodical system of gaining officers, or soldiers, where participants click on each other's links. Retrieving links may be automated, partially automated or completely manual. All images must be clicked manually.
Any such recruiting systems or "recruiters" must adhere to the following guideline:
All recruiters and tool developers must allow a Kings of Chaos admin a fully-functional test account to ensure compliance with these rules. If you are a developer and have questions, please email a Kings of Chaos admin. Kings of Chaos does not maintain a list of "approved" tools - updates to a previously-legal tool may make it illegal. Use of browser add-ons and tools is at your own risk.
Failure to adhere to the above posted rules and guidelines may result in account suspension or termination. Kings of Chaos reserves the right to change these rules at any time, without notice.
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Frequently Asked Questions
How much does this cost to play?
How do I get a bigger and better army?
How are rankings calculated? All players are ranked in each of the four categories of attack strength, defense strength, spy rating and sentry rating. These four rankings are added to give your overall ranking.
What are the siege, fortification, and unit production levels?
What happened to all my stuff?
Why am I losing gold and soldiers?
How come I'm not listed in the rankings?
Why doesn't my rank improve when I get more weapons?
How are Alliance Rankings calculated?
Why can't I/my friends view the recruit page?
It's hard to get people to click my link. Is there another way to
Why don't I ever kill any enemy soldiers?
How do I change my race?
I forgot my password, what should I do?
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Age: The length of the round, which varies but usually lasts roughly six months. Between ages, your army size, wealth, weapons, and race will be reset, giving you a chance to change races. You will, however, get to keep your officers.
Alliance: Multiple warlords working together for a common goal, or just to have fun. You can find a list of alliances on the Kings of Chaos forums.
Armory: The place to purchase weapons.
Army Size: The number of recruits you have. This is the number of people who have clicked your link, plus a fraction of the army size of your officers. Determines the amount of money you get each turn.
Attack: To attack someone, you use one attack turn. These attack turns are replaced at the rate of one every three hours, with a possible of 8 per 24 hours. You may store up to 40000 attack turns.
Attack Log: A log of everyone who you have attacked recently, and anyone who has attacked you recently.
Attack Turns: Attack turns are one of the crucial resources in the game. You use attack turns to pillage other armies and take their gold. You receive one attack turn every three hours, with a possible of 8 per 24 hours. You may store up to 40000 attack turns.
Battlefield (BF): The Attack button in the Menu Bar on the left side of the page takes you to the Battlefield, a listing of other players ranked near you. Players in yellow are online and those in green are not currently signed into the game. If you have previously reconned a player, you will see an eye in the first column that will link you to your intelligence log when clicked. The amount of gold in a player's treasury will be displayed if your Spy Rating is much larger than the opponent's Sentry Rating. You can page through the battlefield and search for other targets.
Blackpowder Missle (BPM): Currently the strongest attacking weapon.
Clan: See Alliance
Command Center: Clicking here allows you to view your own stats, including stats that are not available to everyone else.
CAPTCHA: Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart. The random images used to deter cheating.
Casualties: Normal losses suffered in the course of attacking and defending. If your army is not very big, you will probably not suffer very many casualties, if any.
Commander: The person whose page you visited before joining, possibly the person who told you about Kings of Chaos.
Defensive Action (DA): The total defending power of your army. Based on your trained defense soldiers, untrained soldiers, mercenaries, their weapons, and your Fortifications.
Dwarves: One of the races in Kings of Chaos. Dwarves get a 50% defense bonus, protecting them when attacked, and a 0% income bonus.
Elves: One of the races in Kings of Chaos. Elves get a 40% spy bonus, making them extremely good at recon and sabotage.
Fortifications: These contribute to the strength of all your defense troops and weaponry. The basic fortification is "Camp" - they can be upgraded in the Armory.
Ghosted/ghosting: Sabotage or recon missions that are successful and were not intercepted so that the warlord who was sabotaged or reconned has no knowledge or record of the mission.
Gold: The basic monetary unit of Kings of Chaos. Spend gold at the Armory to purchase weapons.
Humans: One of the races in Kings of Chaos. Humans get a 30% income bonus each turn, as well as a 0% spy bonus.
Intelligence: A list of other warlords whom you have spied on or sabotaged, or from whom you have intercepted spies. NOTE: Not all missions are intercepted. As they are not recorded, they are called "ghosted".
Invisibility Shield (IS) Currently the strongest defensive weapon.
Losses: See Casualties
Profile: An in-depth description of a warlord, showing stats useful to know when deciding whether to attack them.
Officer: One of the people who visited your link and decided to join up. They help build your army.
Orc: One of the races in Kings of Chaos. Orcs have a 35% attack bonus and a 0% defense bonus, making them fearsome in battle.
Race: The type of warlord someone is. There are five races: Humans, Elves, Dwarves, Undead, and Orcs.
Rank: Rank shows how well you are doing compared to all other armies in Kings of Chaos. Your rank is computed by adding your Strike Action, Defensive Action, Spy Rating, and Covert Rating. The person with the smallest sum will be ranked first, next smallest is second, etc. To achieve a high rank you must have good ratings in all four areas of the game.
Reconaissance (Recon): Using spies to learn about another warlord's personnel, weapons, and military effectiveness.
Recruit Link: See Unique Link.
Sabotage: Using spies to remove another warlord's weapons so they cannot be used in combat. All weapons or tools that have been successfully sabotaged are removed from your armory immediately.
Sentry Rating: The strength of your counter-espionage forces. Based on the number of sentries in your army, and your spy level.
Siege Technology: This contributes to the overall strength of all your attack troops and weaponry. The basic is "None" - it can be upgraded in the Armory.
Spy Rating: The strength of your espionage forces. Based on the number of spies in your army, and your spy level.
Spy Skill/Spy Level: The skill level of each individual spy and sentry in your army. Upgrading strengthens all of your spies and sentries.
Stats Link: Can be found by clicking yourself on the attack page (battlefiled or BF) and checking in the address bar of your browser.
Strike Action (SA): The total offensive power of your army. Based on your trained attack soldiers, untrained soldiers, mercenaries, their weapons, and your Siege Technology.
Subofficer: One of your officers' officers, or their officer, etc.
Tool: Purchasing tools increases the effectiveness of your spies or sentries. You can buy tools in the Armory.
Total Fighting Force: The total number of your trained and untrained soldiers, plus any mercenaries you may have.
Turn: The basic unit of time in Kings of Chaos. Currently 30 minutes long.
Turn Based Gold (TBG): The gold you get each turn. Your TBG is based on how many soldiers are in your army, with certain races getting income bonuses. Soldiers contribute most to your TBG. Spies and sentries contribute less to your TBG. Mercenaries do not contribute towards TBG.
Undead: One of the races in Kings of Chaos. Undead get a 35% sentry bonus and lose 50% fewer soldiers when attacked, making them a good protective race.
Unique Link / Unique ID: The link used to increase your army's TFF by clicking on it. Give this to people to click! If they sign up as your officer you'll receive a 50 soldier bonus, a bonus soldier for every two they get, and a helpful ally! This link is found in your Command Center. Click here to learn more about using your Unique Link
Unit Production (UP): Upgraded Unit Production allows you to augment your TFF (total fighting force) by a set amount of soldiers every day. These soldiers will join your forces at the same time each day.
Vacation Mode (vmode): An option to deactivate (suspend) your account for a length of time. Useful if you are going on a long trip and won't be able to play KoC during that time. Once you are in vacation mode you must wait until the time has elapsed before playing, so be careful. You receive no TBG (turn based gold), UP (unit production), recruit clicks or attack turns while in vacation mode. When your account comes out of vacation mode, you must wait until you are ranked before you can attack anyone.
Warlord: A player in Kings of Chaos.
Weapons: Offensive or defensive equipment for soldiers in your army. Attack weapons are only used when you attack, defense weapons are only used when you defend. You can only use as many weapons as you have soldiers, and you can buy weapons in the Armory. Your soldiers are not very effective without weapons.
Still have questions? If you have a question that wasn't answered in this guide, try heading over to the Kings of Chaos forum or the Kings of Chaos internet relay chat room (using the "forum" link or "chat" link at the top of every KoC page).
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