To Siege the enemy is to forcibly place troops in their City, killing whatever troops they had left outside the Acropolis. A siege has three primary effects in the game. First, it changes the graphic of the City to indicate it has been claimed by you and some individuals want nothing more than to plaster their name over the entire map. Sieging will net you points toward the second reason for sieging Cities and that is the Siege Rankings and a chance to win drachmas, each week. Finally, you may make Protectorates of up to three sieged cities which reduces their gross production of Timber or Bronze by 25% and allows you to siphon off some of those resources for your own personal use. Note however that sieging an enemy City has no other affect. In other words, you will not be preventing them from raiding, collecting resources or performing upgrades. In some cases your would-be victim may actually prefer your siege of their City as a makeshift means of protection from other enemies.
If your City has been sieged, you may choose to liberate it yourself instantly, presuming you have the strength to do so, or you may have a friend do it for you. Liberating Cities is an Achievement so you may indeed have a total stranger liberate you just for the credit of doing so. In any case, if you are liberating someone make sure you do so with Offense units as you will be the attacker and the occupier will be the defender.
Sieging can be performed in three (3) ways:
From the Map:
From inside the enemy's City:
From the War Council:
Sieging other Cities allows you to prove your dominance over your rivals, place in the Siege and Tribute rankings and seize a percentage of your enemy's resource production. The Top 10 players in the weekly Sieges and Tribute rankings may also earn Drachmas for holding their rank. Sieging a City won't automatically make a protectorate out of the City. That is a choice you make after you put the siege in place. Once made into a Protectorate, those Cities will offer you a percentage of either Timber or Bronze, as you choose.
To make a Protectorate of a City you have Sieged:
- Go to the War Council
- Open the Garrisons tab
- Select the Resource type you want to collect from the Sieged City.
To collect all resources accumulated in an Protectorate, click "Collect" when the button is active