Don’t be a farm!
HELP I’M BEING ATTACKED THIS GUY KEEPS ATTACKING ME AND I CANT BUILD ANYTHING I THINK HE IS BASHING WHAT DO I DO CAN I GET HIM BANNED THIS IS SO UNFAIR HELP!!!!!!
Is this you?
In OGame, “farming” is when a player raids other players with weak defenses/fleets and a lot of resources. Every day you raid the person and “harvest” the resources they have raised. Obviously, you don’t want this to happen to you. But, there are a lot of things you can and should do before posting a lame crybaby “helpme” topic Baby on the Help & Questions board. Here are just a few:
Check to see if the other player is really bashing.
You can attack someone else a lot without it qualifying as “bashing.” There is another topic by bibob (click me) that describes the bashing rule. In case that’s not enough, I have also made a re-explanation of the bashing rule that I will put in my next post.
Scroll down to Click THE BASHING RULE YET AGAIN see it.
Use your resources!
This is just basic common sense if you ask me, but a lot of people don’t seem to get it. The reason people farm is for resources. The more resources you have the more profitable you are, and the more people will want to farm you. It’s amazing how many people just let their resources pile up, unused. If you have enough money for an upgrade or research that you know will come in handy someday, what the hell are you waiting for? Upgrade already! You should try to have as little excess resources as possible. Make it a point to use up as much as you can before you go offline at the end of every session.
One good way to use up excess resources, especially at the beginning, is to just spend whatever you have left on defences whenever you go offline. That way, even if you get attacked it’ll be that much less for the other person to get in a raid. You can also build ships, but be warned: other players can collect resources from destroted ships, too, so if you build a decent-sized fleet make absolutely sure to…
Fleetsave when you’re offline
Fleetsaving is when you send your ships away from your planet to protect them. While your ships are traveling somewhere, it is impossible to attack them. Every time you go offline, figure out the number of hours you’ll be gone and send your ships on a mission that will take that many hours. See my OFFLINE FLEETSAVING section further down.
Fleetsave when you’re being attacked
At some point, you’re going to be attacked by someone too strong for you to hold off. Even if you can’t destroy the fleet, you can still make sure they won’t get anything when they do hit you! See the topic by Archain or my PRE-ATTACK FLEETSAVING section below.
This can useful but don’t count on them too much. No matter how much defense you build, the other person can always build more ships. Maybe a lot faster than you can build defenses. But it’s still good to build some. Early in the game, especially, a lot of people will attack without even knowing what your defenses are—it’s always fun to log in and discover someone has just had 3 heavy fighters destroyed in one round. Smile And like I said before, bulking up your defenses is a good way to use up excess resources when you go offline, even if they are destroyed, at least it’s more resources that your attacker won’t be getting.
PM the attacker
You’d be surprised how often this works. Yes, OGame is a competitive game but not all the people who play are total jerks. If you tell them that their attacks are making it impossible for you to advance, and ask them nicely to let up, there’s a decent chance that they’ll be willing to attack you less—or maybe even stop attacking you entirely. After all, there are always plenty of other planets in the galaxy. Anyway you don’t have anything to lose by trying.
DON’T send them insults or empty threats. If they’re farming you, chances are they already know what you got, and they know it’s not nearly enough for you to get them back. If you call them a *ing ** ******** **** ******** and threaten to attack them with 20 death stars from “your other planet” not only will you look like an idiot, you might get banned for sending an insulting message.
Turn down/turn off your mines when offline
This is kind of a desperate measure. But, if you are getting attacked every single time you log off, this might help stop it. If you reduce the amount of resources you put out when offline, you can make it unprofitable to invade your planet. If you do this for awhile, the person who was farming you will stop, and probably forget about your planet. Then you can start building up again.
Go into vacation mode
This is an even more desperate measure, and some would say is abusing the system. But the option is there. When you go into vacation mode, it is impossible to attack you. If you are in vacation mode, anyone attacking you will have to stop, and chances are very good they won’t check your planet again for a long time. However, remember that you have to turn your mines down to 0% so you will earn absolutely NO RESOURCES while in vacation mode. Also you can not turn off vacation mode for at least 48 hours. So think carefully before you use this.
CAUTION: Vacation mode only stops attacks that are launched after you go into it. That means that if someone attacks you, and you go into vacation mode hoping to stop it, not only will the attack still go through, but you will be unable to log back in and fleetsave.
Contact a GO(Game Operator)
Do this when you have no other options. If the situation is really extreme (for example, if you’re being attacked twice daily by several members of an alliance) then it may well be necessary. It is against the rules to attack someone to the point where they cannot advance, so a GO might intervene if you can show them this is happening. But make sure you have tried other options before you do this—please don’t waste the GOs time when the only problem is you playing OGame very crappily.
Contributed by Hefty Smurf from the OGame Forums.