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Espionage

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Espionage allows towns to designate certain residents as spies by training a Spy Unit item and giving it to a player. When a resident is a spy, he will have the ability to perform missions when inside another town's borders. Each mission has a chance to succeed and fail. These chances are effected by the presence of enemy spies online and greatly influenced by the proximity of enemy spies and scout towers. When a spy mission is performed a countdown begins in which the spy must remain inside the enemy town's borders. As the spy mission progresses the spy's 'exposure' increases. If the spy's exposure reaches certain percentages, different countermeasures are deployed against the spy. Once completed, the money for the mission will be taken from the town's treasury and the success or failure of the mission will be logged to that spy unit, which can later be dropped as a mission report book.

Mechanics[edit | edit source]

Spy Exposure[edit | edit source]

A spy's exposure always starts at 0 and doesn't increase until the mission starts. Once the mission starts the spy receives 0.1% exposure per-second. If there are other players nearby when the spy is performing the mission(within 30 blocks) the exposure is increased by an additional 0.2% per player nearby. If the spy is in range of a scout tower the spy will receive another 0.5% of exposure per second per scout tower.

Each mission has a duration, the longer the mission the more exposure a spy will gain while attempting to do the mission. As the exposure level increases, the following counter measures start to take place.

Exposure Level Countermeasures

Exposure LevelCountermeasure
20%When the exposure level reaches this percent, the town that is being spied on is notified that they are currently being spied on.
50%When the exposure level reaches this percent, the town is notified of the position the spy is located at
70%When the exposure level reaches this percent, the town is nofified who is performing the mission, and the mission's success chances are cut in half.

Mission Chances[edit | edit source]

The Mission's success chances are also effected by the number of players online in the enemy civilization. Each mission has a requirement for the amount of players online called 'intel' the more intel required for a mission, the more players need to be online to get the maximum success change. The success rate of the mission is reduced by the % of residents online to intel. For example, if a mission's intel is 20, and there are 10 people online. That mission's success chance is lowered by 50%. If there is nobody online the chances of success are 0! (This example may no longer work with the new equation) Equation: Success Rate = BaseMissionSuccessRate*MIN((Residents Online/Intel Required), 1.0)

Mission Intel Levels

MissionIntel (aka players online)
Investigate Town0. No players required for this mission. Always has full chance of success.
Steal Treasury2
Subvert Government8
Poison Granary0
Sabotage6
Sabotage wonder8
Pirate0

Building Spies[edit | edit source]

Spies like other units are produced at the Barracks. Once the spy has been built, add the spies unit item to your inventory and you will be presented with an array of "mission books" Each book is a different mission which can be performed while you're in enemy territory. To perform the mission, make sure you have the required amount of coins in the town's treasury, then select the book and right click. Once the mission begins your exposure will be indicated by the XP bar.

Spy Missions[edit | edit source]

Note : Spy mission currently have no cooldown

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Mission Duration[edit | edit source]

The length of a mission greatly effects your ability to perform it, since each second that ticks by increases your exposure. When your exposure gets too high the town being spied on might be able to kill you or drive you out of their borders, effectively preventing you from performing a mission. Below is a table detailing the length of missions. Remember that you must stay within the town's borders and stay alive in order to successfully complete your mission. In addition some missions require you to be within range of a specific target. You must also be within the correct range of the target when the mission countdown ends.

MissionDuration
Investigate Town45 Seconds
Steal Treasury2 Mins 20 seconds.
Subvert government5 Mins
Poison Granary1 Min
Pirate1 Min
Sabotage(wonder)5 Mins

Mission Reports[edit | edit source]

Every time a spy performs a mission, the time, date, mission, results, and who performed the mission is logged on the server. When a player has a spy unit and dies, a written book is generated containing a log of all of the spy missions that spy unit has performed. By killing spies, towns can verify that they have been spied upon and can take the appropriate diplomatic action.

See also[edit | edit source]

Tutorials Town Mechanics Civ Mechanics Defensive Structures Town Structures Tile Improvements Wonders Units Command Reference