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Frequently asked questions

If you don't find the answers you are looking for below, email David or check out the forums.

Your Account

Can I change my name, email or colour?

Yes, email me with what you'ld like to change, and I'll change it for you. These can't be changed by users because it would let people grief other players.

Can I change my password?

Yes! Go to the Forgot Password page and submit your email, you will be emailed a link to a page where you can enter a new password.

You spelt colour wrong!

I’m in New Zealand, which used to be a British Colony so I spell colour with a U. I apologize to all Americans who are upset over this. If you stop using miles, feet and inches I will change to spelling colour without a u.

Can I sign into my account more than once?

No. You can only sign into one place at a time. If you try to sign in a second time with the same account, then the first one will get signed out.

Can I have more than one account?

Sure, I sometimes use one account to watch somewhere while I play my main account elsewhere and its okay to make an alt (alternate) account to trick your enemies with.

But... If you create lots of accounts to collect their starting resources, you will be permanently banned. Don't even risk trying this once, I will find out, you will be banned, your units will be removed from the game. There are systems in place that monitor how many accounts you have created.

Do not make wasteful alts! you will be banned!

What else will get me banned?.

Abusive behaviour will get you banned! If you wouldn't say it to a seven year, don't say it in Ironfell. If someone is being abusive, use the report button in the menu to report them. I'll check out what they said and if they have been abusive they will be banned.

Too many accounts have been created from your IP Address in the last 24 hours.

If you see this error message, 3 accounts have already been created from your IP address in the last 24 hours. This can happen if you're connecting at school or work where lots of people share one IP Address. You can wait a day or email me with your IP Address and proof you are a school or office and I'll whitelist your IP Address.

Browser and Desktop Controls

Left Click - Select and Move a Unit

If the unit you clicked on can not move its menu opens instead.

Right Click - Open Unit Menu

The menu shows you information about the unit, what it can do and what it can build.

Double Click - Select Many Units

Double-click on a unit, and you will select units standing next to it. Click to select a destination, and they will all move to that destination location in formation.

Double-click on a tunnel and you will travel your view through it.

Double-click on a group of similar buildings and you can get them all to do the same task at the same time. For example, build a line of Barracks, double click one of them, select Archer, select a direction, and they will build an Archer each.

Short cut keys

F1 Open and close the menu.

F2 Open and close the trade panel.

F3 Open and close the points of interest panel.

F4 Open and close the alliance panel.

F9 Open and close the mini map panel.

F10 Open and close the resources panel.

SPACE Toggles the chat panels.

C Closes all panels.

ESC On the desktop versions exits full screen.

CTRL-Q On the desktop version quits Ironfell.

Android Controls

Tap - Select and Move a Unit

If the unit you clicked on can not move its menu opens instead.

Press and hold - Open Unit Menu

The menu shows you information about the unit, what it can do and what it can build.

Double Tap - Select Many Units

Double-click on a unit, and you will select units standing next to it. Click to select a destination, and they will all move to that destination location in formation.

Double-click on a tunnel and you will travel your view through it.

Double-click on a group of similar buildings and you can get them all to do the same task at the same time. For example, build a line of Barracks, double click one of them, select Archer, select a direction, and they will build an Archer each.

Resources

How do I get more Food?

From your Wood Shack, build a Farmer. Farmers build Farmlets (small farms). Each Farmlets gives you 60 food per hour. Build a bunch of them and sit back and wait. Look for schools of Herring, a Herring Boat can gather from them and give you a quick food boost. Your Farmlets can also build Paddocks, these generate 100 times more food than a Farmlet, but they also cost 100 times as much to build.

How do I get more Wood?

From your Wood Shack, build Woodcutters. Take them to Trees and set them auto-gathering. Finding Trees is the tricky part, look around for trees that people have forgotten or missed. Woodcutters on automatic eventually get stuck in a bunch, if you position yours away from that bunch they will get more wood. Click on Tree Stumps to see how long until the tree grows back, and get to the newly grown Trees before someone else. If all else fails, you may have to wait for your own trees to grow back.

In prehistoric realms, there is a different type of tree - Wollemia Trees. Your Woodcutters can gather from these as well. But these trees do not grow back once they've been cut down. To get more Wollemia trees you need to have Ultrasaurus or Diploducus dinosaurs. They both poop out Wollemia Tree Seedlings onto Swampy terrain. Wollemia trees grow over time, if you can wait 42 days they will become Ancient Wollemia Trees and contain 30,000 Wood EACH. You will need to defend them, as other people might steal or attack such mighty trees.

How do I get more Iron?

From your Wood Shack, build a Miner, take them to an Iron Deposit and build a Small Mine on top of the Iron Deposit. Each Small Mine gets you 100 Iron per hour and each Large Mine gives you 400 Iron per hour. You have a Small Iron Deposit in your home realm, make sure you mine it!

How do I get more Knowledge?

Get your carpenter to build Colleges, each College gives you 10 Knowledge at a random time each hour.

When you are feeling wealthy, you can build Universities and Churches which give you more Knowledge.

How do I get Oil?

Oil Seeps bubble up out of the ground on randomly selected hillsides. When you find an Oil Seep, you will need to get an Engineer there to build a Pumpjack to extract the oil from the seep. The Pumpjacks extract 60 Oil per hour and it takes them about a week to extract all of the 40,000 Oil found in a Seep.

How do I get Electricity?

Engineers build Windmills which create Electricity slowly and require lots of Wood to build. After about 22 days and generating 100,000 Electricity, Windmills fall apart and stop working.

Engineers can build Oil Generators. The Oil Generators need Oil Tanks built adjacent to them, and the Oil Tanks require lots of Oil. They quickly generate lots of Electricity - 480,000 Electicity in about 2 days.

What are Microchips and Uranium for?

These other resources are not available yet. They’ll be needed for building more advanced technology. Uranium will be extremely rare.

About Ironfell and DataSmugglers

What is this thing?

Ironfell is an independently made time travel themed hex-tile MMORTS. Its a simple strategy game. It’s free to play, and I hope it will earn money using the “shut up and take my money” business model.

Who are you?

I’m David Colquhoun, a guy from New Zealand who likes to build things. DataSmugglers is the name of my company (with 1 employee, me). I used to work for advertising agencies, building things like; 3D graphics engines, viral microsites with millions of views, games, CMS’s, physical robots, virtual changing rooms, banner ads. Thanks to the talented people I’ve worked with; projects I’ve been a part of have won a truckload of awards from Emmys to Gold Lions. Now I’m trying to find a better life / work balance (ha!) and build something that makes sense, pays my rent and hopefully doesn’t require working 80 hour a week.

I’m not looking for millions, just enough to pay rent, food and a bit left over for beer.



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