Survival Guide - Dust Settles: Alliance Messages and Forums
Your alliance has two primary ways of communicating with all members at once,
alliance messages and alliance forums. Messages are a sort of news-post style
system for posting snippets and really important messages for all to see. Alliance
forums are for more detailed discussion, planning etc.
Whenever a new alliance message or forum post is created, you will see an update on the right-hand side of your screen telling you how many have been posted since you last read them. Alliance messages act like news posts in the sense that unread messages will be shown in a brighter orange whereas old read messages will show up as a sort of brownish orange. Once you have read the messages they will change to a greenish yellow to remind you that the message is new in comparison so that you can read through multiple pages of posts (if your alliance is particularly chatty) without risking marking them all read. Forum posts will show up in bright green in the main sections and with the red "New" at the top of the appropriate individual posts until you mark them as read using the "Mark All Read" link at the top.
When one of your alliance members is attacked, either by standard
army or special ops, you will receive a message about the attack at the top
of your game screen as you would when you are attacked. Of course the message
letting you know that an alliance member was attacked will be much smaller and
much less detailed than one letting you know that you were attacked. This message
will only tell you who was attacked, whether the attack was ops or battle, and
who was the attacker (if that was revealed).
If you need to tell your alliance about something new or update them on something's status, just go into your alliance message page, and click "Send an Alliance Message" at the top of the page. A form will open where you can type your message and post it for your alliance to see. There is no special formatting yet available for these messages (links, etc.) so post URL's if you need to send someone to a specific webpage. Once you have finished typing your message, click "Send" and your message will be posted for all in your alliance to see.
To read your alliance's messages you will use the "Messages" link
in the Alliance section of your bottom bar
to get to them. Once you open this page, the newest messages will be displayed
first with the oldest messages displayed in pages farther back. Use the links
below the messages to navigate to older or newer messages or the drop down box
to skip to a page farther away. New messages that show up orange when you first
enter this page will show up highlighter yellowish when you switch to a new
page until you log back in. Old messages will be shown in a brownish color like
the one above.
To get to your alliance forums, click the notification on the right bar to
open them in a new window. Make sure you click the link for alliance forums
instead of the link for the main forums.
There are four rooms standard to every alliance forum, General Discussion, Strategic
Planning, Requests, and Data Dump. The General Discussion room is for the random
tidbits and conversations that don't necessarily have any significant impact
on the rest of the alliance. Strategic Planning is for discussing and assigning
tasks, positions, masteries, attacks,
etc. for each alliance member and setting up certain tactics for the game. Requests
are for those times when you need to set up an aid
run, merchant package, etc. The final
room, Data Dump, is for sharing of large amounts of information such as battle
reports, spy reports, etc.
There are a few different things that can differentiate a thread from a standard
one. First there may be locked threads in your alliance's forums. These are
threads that for one reason or another, the owner of the alliance decided to
lock so that no one else could post a reply. This may be a thread used to show
a guideline or structure for a post or it may be because the owner felt the
thread was out of hand. A similar, owner given status is a sticky. Threads that
have been marked as sticky will remain at the top of that room until the end
of the round or until the sticky status is removed. These are generally important
threads that everyone will need to look at, at least once. Either of these can
be given or removed only by the owner of the alliance. If you are the owner
you will see extra links at the top of the page whenever you open a thread that
will allow you to lock/unlock or sticky/unsticky a thread. You can also sticky
a thread or lock it when you create a new one, or lock an existing thread when
you reply in the preview step.
When you want to create a new thread or reply to an existing one, click the
appropriate link to open an entry form. If you are creating an entirely new
thread, you'll need to type in a title and message at minimum, though you can
add a subject as well to describe in more detail what the thread is about. If
you are just replying to an existing thread, there will only be a text box for
the message. Once you have your message typed and ready to be posted, click
the "Preview & Send" button at the bottom. This will take you
to a quick preview that will allow you to look over the message with all formatting
in place before you put it up so you can see if anything needs to be altered.
If you need to fix something, click the "Edit Message" button, otherwise
click the "Submit Final" button.
You'll want to make sure you remember to end the tag properly so that your
entire post doesn't end up in bold or something similar. Also make sure you
spell the tag properly, especially the quote tag, or your post could end up
looking a bit different that you intended. If you are using the color tag, you
can use a web-appropriate word (like red, green, blue, etc.) or hex code (like
#990000). Check out this
page or this
one for some common colors (listed by name and hex code usually or just
hex code) that will work through HTML. Be sure to check the text in the preview
to make sure the color is visible on the background and that it looks like you
Unless you and all of your allies happen to be lucky enough to be in a position
where you are surrounded by nothing but friends who won't or can't attack you
or happen to be out of range of everyone else, then at some point someone's
going to be opsed or attacked. You will be able to keep track of attacks made
on your alliance members through notifications and the Alliance Attack page
linked on the bottom bar. Each notice of a new attack will tell you which ally
was attacked, who attacked them (if that was revealed), when the attack occurred,
and whether your ally won or lost.