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Beginners DM Guide


Join Date: 2 November 2013
Edited 13 November 2014 - 8:00 am by 4V3NG3R_
Death Match Guide for new players



Death Match is a game type which is played in post Imperial Age and the starting resource is quite high.
You start with 20000 Wood, 20000 Food , 10000 Gold and 5000 Stone.
Game Settings
Map Style: Custom
Location: Any Custom DM map
Population: 200
Reveal Map: Explored
Starting Age: Post-Imperial Age
Victory: Conquest
Speed: Fast
Here I will try to cover all important things for Starters.

The Starting

you start with a Town center , a hussar and 3 villagers. As the game starts , quickly queue villagers in your TC then start building a house and miliatry building with your iniial 3 villagers. Then in a fraction of second send your hussar to enemy and try killing his villages to slow him down.
With the initial three villagers start making a house and two miliatry buildings. Always keep 1 villager on each building. For example : If you are Celt then 1 villi will make a house and other two will make two barracks. After your first new villi is produced queue more buildings to be built.Also queue required units in each building and set gather point in fornt of the base. Make upto a certain number of buildings (Covered in building section). After your build finishes your base will look like this:

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After the main miliatry building is finished make a castle in front of your base and also start making town centers on your main gold pile. And set the gather point of TC ojn your gold. In whole game you should have atleast 7 TCs. Now you will have a good number of units to start fighting.

Buildings | Units Specifications

Below are the initial buildings which you should make with your initial three villagers according to civis.

Aztecs 1 House, 2 Barracks and more barracks with archery range to make Arbalest + Eagle.

Britons 1 House, 2 Barracks then Archersy ranges. use mass combos as well as rams and onagers.

Byzantines 1 House 2 Stables then followed by stables and castles. make Camels and Castle unit .

Celts 1 House, 2 Barracks then more rax also can do stables. Make woad raiders champs and sometime pala too.

Chinese 1 House, 3 Stables then castls and sieges. make Chukuu and camels with a few onagers

Franks 1 House, 2 Stables then followed by more stables and castles. Axeman+pala

Goths 1 House, 2 Barracks and then more barracks. Goth flood

Huns 3 Stables followed by rax as well as archery range. make pala+helberder+CA

Japanese 1 House, 2 Barracks followed by more rax and castles to make samurais (massed) also some rams.

Koreans 1 House, 2 Barracks followed by more castles and siege to make wagons and onagers

Mayans 1 House, 3 Barracks followed by more barracks and castle to make Plumbed archer+Eagle warrior.

Mongols 1 House, 2 Stables followed by stables and castles to make camel+mongudai

Persians 1 House, 2 Stables followed by castles and siege workshop to make scorp+elephants

Saracens 1 House, 2 Stables then few more stable and castle. Camel+ mamulakes with a tiny hels

Spanish 1 House, 2 Stables then followed by more stables and castles to make pala+ Conquistador

Teutons 1 House, 2 Stables then followed by more stables and castles to make Teutonic knights+pala

Vikings 1 House, 2 barracks then followed with few more barracks and then archery ranges with few siege workshops make Champ+Archer then berserks

Combat Tips

After sufficient number of units are produced add some siege to it and move in patrol to unit base. use combination of units like Plal+ CA or Pala+helberder and other.. When you see you are loosing battle come back with yor group near your castle so that you can get an edge over the opponent.
While you are fighting try to make a forward castle. Always get ready with your rams or trebs so that if your enemy loses its unit you can directly roll your siege on his base and put him in distress. Either you can be aggressive or stand back and wait for opponent. But never loose pop always keep reinforcing and raiding enemy.

Territory Expanision

This is most important part. As you will develop your base and make your TC then you should try to expand through sideways. It has many advantages. if you will not do it then you will have a chance to be surrounded by enemy and he can roll on you. So always after makiing your base send some unit along with your villi to side gold piles and make a TC and castle there. then start expanding from sides and try to gain as much map you can. Then make a few units from your outlying bases and try to raid his territory. try to kill his villi and keep expanding your base.


Raiding comes as a result from map control, explained just above, which when done constantly and well, can really make or break a game.

Raiding in not only DM, but RM and every other sort of game in AoC, has the target of destroying, or at least crippling, the enemy's economy which means the game is lost for them. You raid by creating units like hussars or if you can afford it - paladins, from stables, with the gather point near the enemy's economy like the open farmers or lumberjacks. When the units finally get to the gather point, they will freely kill the enemy's villagers; and fewer villagers mean a weaker economy.


After a few time in game your resources will start to recede away. Regarding economy you would have already started making TC in starting and pumping them on golds. So the gold flow would have been normal if you would have sufficiently made the TC around gold pile. but after some time your food will start to recede away. When you find that your food hitiing to 2500 then start mking farms. produce villagers from the TC as well as get some villagers from Gold to make farms. Put farms somewhere safer place so that you wont get raided. Also at the same time start giving villagers to Wood. After a certain time you should have around 35 farmers, 20 lumberjacks and 25-30 Gold miners. Also some stone miners. the proportion might vary according to units you are making.

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Late Game

After some time in game your all gold and stone pile would have been lost and the time would have been for Food and wood. Till then all your villagers have been moved to Food and wood.
Around 50 on FooD
Around 35 on wood.
Now its time for Hussar raidings and helberder+skir fight.
Relics are important now. Player having them can add gold unit at intervals and can have an edge over it. Always keep raiding his farms and try to cut him out of resources.

Hope you will have fun. I will add more things later.
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Join Date: 2 November 2013
Posted 27 August 2014 - 8:40 am
I will try to make it more vast by adding recs and more images n info ;good
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Join Date: 25 March 2013
Posted 27 August 2014 - 8:48 am
Thanks fella
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Join Date: 25 March 2013
Posted 27 August 2014 - 8:49 am
hmm. good luck
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Join Date: 19 January 2013
Posted 27 August 2014 - 9:26 am
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Join Date: 20 October 2013
Posted 27 August 2014 - 9:48 am
Watch _Jidba games and its perfect example how to play DM.
its for new players. They cant directly watch jidba before playing themselves. ;)
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Join Date: 7 December 2013
Posted 27 August 2014 - 2:10 pm
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Join Date: 2 November 2013
Posted 27 August 2014 - 2:23 pm
Ty very much.
Lets make dm active again
cheers ;cup
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Join Date: 2 November 2013
Posted 27 August 2014 - 2:27 pm
Tomorrow i will add each civ recs and team game tips. I will have to search hard for each civ :S
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Join Date: 2 November 2013
Edited 27 August 2014 - 2:40 pm by 4V3NG3R_
Or join me in NPL ;)
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Join Date: 24 August 2014
Posted 29 August 2014 - 11:29 pm
pretty decent guide tbh. GJ
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Join Date: 2 November 2013
Posted 13 November 2014 - 7:59 am
Hmmm I forgot to update it i should do it . :S

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