I feel like I achieved some kind of milestone now that I can write about the Hobbit Kingdoms of Middle Earth 2nd city after acquiring the deed some weeks ago. I’ve been enjoying this game for some time as laid out in my review and at the time I didn’t have a 2nd city. Well now I do (and having a 3rd city is now possible.) After acquiring a 2nd city I wondered what would be the best way to maximize the benefits of having one. Due to microtransactions being a part of the game play and considering the time I’ve spent playing a lot of the research topics or key building upgrades take a lot of resources and days before an upgrade is finished. So it wouldn’t be optimal to just recreate the same thing I have in my first city when it could take a long time to just be equal to my 1st city. And knowing that one thing that could be very problematic is saving up to research a topic but being attacked prior to having enough resources and losing them because of insufficient might. So my idea was to use my 2nd city just for the sole purpose of building up my might and not being limited by the upkeep costs. Before I get to that it’s necessary to mention some changes to the game since my initial review.
- Support for 3rd city deeds and increase number of plains
- Support for Apple’s Game Center so it’s easier to find friends and achievements
- Events and new items notifications are now in-game
- Game play performance upgrades
The most important one is obviously the increase in the number of plains available. You see, in order to acquire a 2nd city you have collect 100 relics from attacking Goblin Camps and occupy a plains location on the map. (You can also acquire a 2nd city deed through the daily chance). Once you have both you can create your second city and since you’re starting from scratch you can build whatever you want. However all troops require a certain amount of food as upkeep and they directly affect your population numbers while you’re training troops.
So after building the simple buildings I would need in my 2nd city with the exception of farms and houses I moved all my troops from my 1st city there. And I saw an immediate impact in my productivity in my first city. The food upkeep is less and the number of troops I could train at one time increased tremendously so I was able to produce the stronger units at a high rate when it’s not possible to produce those troops in my 2nd city without all the building upgrades. And the only negative result in the 2nd city is I have to transport food or other resources there any time I want to build or upgrade any building but that literally takes seconds compared to days. It’s basically a ghost town slowly being built up while its true benefit is increasing my might without the restrictions placed on a functioning city. Why? Well sometimes raids on Goblin camps and other cities can be very rewarding and you can’t do that on a regular basis without your might eventually decreasing. This is a way to consistently increase your might without having to cut down on raids. Also when you try to defend your city without hiding your troops you can lose them all if you’re attacked by a much stronger foe. So it should go without saying that the troops in this 2nd city are kept hidden so they’re not destroyed.
And this is another benefit of using the 2nd city this way: You can use your resources to build up the defenses of your first city much faster and there won’t be much of anything to steal from your 2nd city. I was able to double my might in no time and now I can increase it as fast as I want after I move enough troops.
I don’t plan on keeping my 2nd city as a ghost town permanently as I’m transporting resources from time to time so I can keep upgrading essential buildings. But I’ve found that this strategy has allowed me to get the most out of having a 2nd city and the most out of the extra resources in my first city that aren’t given to others in the alliance or just waiting to be taken in an attack on my city. If you do get a 2nd city you might want to consider this strategy or let me know if you’ve had success with another one. I plan on continuing to use it to help me acquire a 3rd city as well.
UPDATE 11/2/13: My 2nd city is now a fully functioning city just like my 1st city. I’ve maxed out on all the research so now I’m focusing on getting the final relics for my 3rd city because I have a plan on how to mass produce tier 4 troops once I do.