Don’t play Evony

Spam, a tin of

Evony breasts advert

Evony is a new, free, browser MMO. And their marketing consists of spamming up the internet like crazy. This blog is receiving a huge number of spam “comments” from them. Fortunately Akismet anti spam puts them automatically into the bin. Here are some of the email addresses they are using for this spam:

tsenseless.evony.com/bx8s07@naplesnews.net

tsenseless.evony.com/4cdtyg0fv@hotmail.com

tsenseless.evony.com/m36fqptkw2@naplesnews.net

tsenseless.evony.com/sfhwrv@live.com

tsenseless.evony.com/fhgpzdbk80@naplesnews.net

tsenseless.evony.com/w85@darkhorsefan.net

tsenseless.evony.com/xycw5vd@student.com

tsenseless.evony.com/ndh4pr1@bolt.com

tsenseless.evony.com/f3ypkg6@postmark.net

tsenseless.evony.com/ftcs@usa.com

tsenseless.evony.com/6n8ck@naplesnews.net

tsenseless.evony.com/rjd@email.com

And so on. They are doing this from the IP address 63.223.110.211

Whois Record

OrgName:    Beyond The Network America, Inc.
OrgID:      BNA-42
Address:    450 Springpark PL
Address:    Suite 100
City:       Herdon
StateProv:  VA
PostalCode: 20170
Country:    US

NetRange:   63.216.0.0 - 63.223.255.255
CIDR:       63.216.0.0/13
NetName:    BTN-CIDR5
NetHandle:  NET-63-216-0-0-1
Parent:     NET-63-0-0-0-0
NetType:    Direct Allocation
NameServer: NS.CAIS.COM
NameServer: NS2.CAIS.COM
Comment:    ADDRESSES WITHIN THIS BLOCK ARE NON-PORTABLE
RegDate:    1999-12-09
Updated:    2004-11-12

OrgAbuseHandle: PAD13-ARIN
OrgAbuseName:   PCCW AUP Department
OrgAbusePhone:  +1-703-621-1637
OrgAbuseEmail:  

Edit: I have written a second Evony article giving an overview and background.

Is Evony Malware?

Evony advert ridiculed by PopCap.

Queen of Evony competition.

190 comments ↓

#1 Bruce on 07.10.09 at 1:53 pm

Evony – A patchwork of stolen parts.

http://www.arksark.org/blog/2009/07/05/evony-a-patchwork-of-stolen-parts/

#2 Arkenor on 07.10.09 at 4:05 pm

Thanks for the link, Bruce!

It boggles my mind that Google is prepared to carry ads for those scoundrels.

#3 Todd on 07.10.09 at 11:47 pm

So you know what’s funny? I’m reading your post right now, and just to the right of it is a banner ad for Evony.

#4 Bruce on 07.11.09 at 8:07 am

Another article about Evony spamming: http://www.popehat.com/2009/07/10/how-not-to-sell-me-on-using-a-web-product/

#5 Bruce on 07.11.09 at 11:01 am

Evony causing problems with Adsense
http://www.google.com/support/forum/p/AdSense/thread?tid=7c9ef267b8b3c01f&hl=en

#6 Bruce on 07.11.09 at 11:05 am

Evony as a scam: http://www.nfopocalypse.com/index.php/2009/05/13/civony-gold-farmers-go-first-party/

#7 Bruce on 07.11.09 at 11:06 am

More on Evony as a scam: http://erdtirdmans.blogspot.com/2009/05/gems-from-evonycivony-forums.html

This is what is happening: http://bbs.evony.com/showthread.php?t=5280

#8 Bruce on 07.12.09 at 6:54 am

The Chinese behind Evony: http://mu.ranter.net/civony/civony-update-free-game-apparently-funded-by-thousands-of-stupid-world-of-warcraft-players

“……….Turns out that umge.com is a Guangzhou-based company that is developing Civony, some other Flash game called Leuric, and apparently a traditional Windows client MMOG. They’re apparently also associated with WoWMine, an MMOG farmer/gold seller operation that gets bad reviews in MMOG gold seller news sites………….”

#9 Bruce on 07.12.09 at 9:31 am

I found this: “Super Continental LLC just got sued by Microsoft for Click Fraud. Eric Lams owns Super Continental and he owns UMGE LLC which is the developer for Evony.”

#10 John on 07.12.09 at 9:33 am

There’s an evony ad on your blog, stupid. Do something about it.

#11 Bruce on 07.12.09 at 9:41 am

John, I have emailed Google to tell them what is going on and I have posted on the adsense forum that I linked to above. Evony are spamming like crazy just now, they must know that the bubble is about to burst.
But they will be back again with another scam.

#12 Crazy Dave on 07.12.09 at 11:36 am

Isn’t this the game whose advertisement says “I need you my lord” or something like that?

Heh, if I’m going to to spend my time playing an online game, I will choose a decent one that isn’t made by the Chinese.

Nice detective work Bruce. Let’s just hope that Google stops spamming the web with Evony ads upon getting enough concern emails and calls from people.

#13 cab on 07.12.09 at 12:59 pm

can someone please tell me why there is a hot chick as the banner for this game? i dont want to play it but you gotta admit she is hot as!

#14 joe on 07.12.09 at 2:16 pm

ironically, there’s an evony banner on this page for me.

#15 Jim on 07.12.09 at 4:34 pm

Just ad the urls – found on that Adsense link http://www.google.com/support/forum/p/AdSense/thread?tid=7c9ef267b8b3c01f&hl=en – that Evony is using to your competitive ad filter to stop the ads from appearing on this site. Worked for me. Google isn’t going to stop them when they’re making money off them. We’ve been complaining for a long time now but at least we’re not letting them continue to show ads on our websites.

#16 Bruce on 07.12.09 at 4:51 pm

Jim, I have put the following in my Adsense content filter. The problem is that they keep on coming up with new urls. Google might be making money, but will they get paid when the bubble bursts?

evony.com
evonygame.com
evonyhome.com
evonyminiclip.com
evonyonline.com
evonyy8.com
playevony.com
evonyfreeonlinegames.com
evony-game.com
evonygamezer.com
evonymyspace.com
sweetgameonline.com
playnowmelord.com
chooselucky.com

#17 Rich on 07.12.09 at 8:56 pm

even so i think its a good game

#18 Jim on 07.13.09 at 7:13 am

I dont doubt they will continue adding new domains so hopefully the small but growing group of people reporting these new domains will continue. Whether or not either Evony or Google gets paid doesnt concern me since one is enabling the other. It’s right there in plain sight on the Google Adsense forum yet Google takes no steps or responds to the problem. As usual we look for support from each other.

#19 Bruce on 07.13.09 at 2:29 pm

Lots on Evony advertising here: http://www.codinghorror.com/blog/archives/001286.html

#20 Rampand on 07.13.09 at 6:12 pm

Thanks for the links guys. I knew there was something fishy about these flash ads.

#21 S. on 07.14.09 at 4:13 am

Evony is developed and owned by RMT-seller http://www.wowmine.com (this is not an advertisement, it’s the truth). This company earns between $300.000 to $500.000 PER DAY from selling WoW Gold, which enabled them to single-handedly develop their own mmorpg with a CHINESE team.

The CEO of “UGME” (non-existent company!) is Eric Lam. Yes, the same Eric Lam who was sued by Microsoft for nearly a million for ADVERTISEMENT FRAUD just a few weeks ago: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/16/business/media/16adco.html

Everything said in this blog post can be verified by e-mailing me. The truth behind Eric Lam, WoWMine and Evony needs to be exposed for once and for all! (this truth is instantly deleted if mentioned on Evony’s official forums).

#22 Bruce on 07.14.09 at 5:43 am

Good article on the Evony advertising and where the imagery is coming from: http://www.jeffhaines.com/blog/?p=46

#23 Bruce on 07.14.09 at 6:05 am

This article http://artgrafi.com/comment-spam-lewd-advertising-and-stolen-assets-abound-for-evony.html is a great overview of what is going on. With some great links to other good articles around the web going into further details of what is going on here with Evony.

#24 Gabe on 07.14.09 at 12:00 pm

Great to see someone’s doing something about this.

The ads personally pisses me off the most… they are not just misleading or annoying or distasteful…they are a blatant lie. The game does not consist of boobies or “saving you queen” …looks like the game developers thinks that all males are sexually deprived basement dwellers.

#25 Bruce on 07.14.09 at 2:40 pm

Some of the companies, people and websites behind Evony: http://www.wowgoldfacts.com/?p=825

#26 anon on 07.14.09 at 5:47 pm

Why does this new game have the same look and feel?

#27 Bruce on 07.14.09 at 8:53 pm

Here is an email I received today:

hello, A bunch of evony users (myself included) have decided to hold a walkout and will not be using evony until they stop using their unorthodox advertising methods…
I ask that you please help us by making blog posts about this to create publicity. The Evony Team does not want the walkout to have publicity thus our message will be conveyed if you help us…
You can read the walkout announcement on the Evony Users Association group on evony…

#28 Jim on 07.15.09 at 12:41 am

Google has finally decided to look at the problem by escalating the ads to their adwords specialist team as noted in their own response http://www.google.com/support/forum/p/AdSense/thread?tid=7c9ef267b8b3c01f&hl=en

Of course escalating the problem and actually taking action are two different subjects. We’ll see how long it takes. I remember a very similar adwords scam that employed the same technique which affected nearly everyone and that ad campaign is still running. Yes. That was also after it was escalated.

#29 captbasch on 07.15.09 at 5:51 am

The best way to combat this kind of spam abuse is to directly report it to their support center. So we did try to contact one of the Evony admins a few days ago and gave them the spam related links and screenshots. You can read our resentment about their spamming here:
http://www.mmogrindhouse.com/game-news/bizarre/do-you-have-what-it-takes-to-be-the-next-spam-queen/#more-1559

#30 Bruce on 07.15.09 at 6:22 am

Another email:

we have decided last minute to not do a walkout…
but there is much unrest in the evony forums…
the staff don’t get along with the users, one of the best moderators were banned for not much reason (ban should be lifted soon) the off topic section is like a time bomb…
if someone posts the wrong thing mass banning will occur, evony seems to be hanging from a string…
I encourage you to monitor this, i could lead to a good blog post…

#31 Bruce on 07.15.09 at 7:19 am

Excellent quick summary of Evony with good links: http://mu.ranter.net/civony/is-this-really-subliminal#more-1301

#32 Joyce on 07.15.09 at 4:35 pm

My husband is addicted to this game and pays no attention to me at all ever since he started playing it. How do I get him to at least cut down on his playing time? It’s gotten so bad that if I ask him the simplest questions while he’s playing, he snaps at me! WTF!?! He comes home from work and directly turns on his computer and ignores me completely for the entire night. I even have to go to bed alone because he plays so late. HELP!

#33 captbasch on 07.15.09 at 5:48 pm

Re: Joyce
wear your sexiest lingerie and seduce him by saying “Play now, my Lord” and call me in the morning… (JK)

#34 JimH on 07.21.09 at 1:23 pm

I have played this game for a few days and it is fairly enjoyable as “civ” type games go. However, based on the comments above (and my own frugality) I will NOT be buying any game currency. Still, all this raises an interesting question. If a company makes a product that is at least somewhat rewarding is it right to use said product if the some of the company’s business practices are less than proper? After all, most of you are using Windows aren’t you?

#35 Person on 07.22.09 at 9:17 am

They’ve even started stealing advertisements from the True dating service: http://showerbeers.blogspot.com/2009/07/evony-steals-true-advertisements-spams.html

#36 Matthew on 07.22.09 at 10:28 am

They’re constantly advertising on my website http://www.darnkitty.com/, I’m worrying that the advertisements are becoming more and more risque and less and less appropriate for my site!

#37 aj on 07.23.09 at 3:19 am

I think Google should stop displaying their ads….its just everywhere and plain ridiculous!

That chick on their banner must be one of the most recognizable faces on the internet in the past month or so…god damn spammers!

#38 The Raymond SSC Security on 07.25.09 at 4:17 am

Yes after following the “EVONY” thing i agree with eveyone who posted here, EVONY pretty much is runned by 1 person, The funny thing is it get’s 500,000 unique vistors to it’s website http://www.evony.com. Too bad the people who play evony don’t know the facts about the game, The only thing they know it is a game with a hot women as a banner front, also if you ever click on a link banner they all lead to google adsense and all my website now for some reason display EVONY. I think someone like all of us here should start an organization that hates EVONY.

#39 Eric on 07.26.09 at 5:35 am

I started playing and it seems like a decent strategy game but a friend just told me you cannot get past level 10 without pay to play.

I play Ikariam and in that game you don’t get any real advantage when you pay to play except reports on one page for all of your cities. Also, you can queue building to build after current projects. Not really too big an advantage.

#40 amos on 07.29.09 at 1:27 pm

Joyce,your husband is clearly addicted to this game ,you should seek counseling with your husband because this might be bad for your relationship with your husband..forget about talking to your husband on managing his time,because this game requires one to be VERY active to enjoy being at the top,another thing you should fear is your husband dumping a lot of money in the game…the better he quits the game and get his life on track the better it is….i failed most of my subjects by playing these types of games,and i even pour in an amount of RM 500.00 which is a lot of money in malaysia into a similar game,Travian….Other players:please be aware of the fact that these types of games may be exciting but would make your life worse.

#41 Niko on 08.01.09 at 6:09 pm

Can someone suggest a better and similar mmo flash based game. I like Evony, but I’d rather play something without all the bad press.

#42 Bruce on 08.01.09 at 6:15 pm

Runescape.

#43 austin on 08.03.09 at 2:56 am

evony rockes

#44 Rampand on 08.03.09 at 3:59 am

@ Joyce.

The symptoms you have listed are typical of a MMO addict. The bad news is that merely dissuading him from playing evony might prove to be even worse than the situation at hand, because evony is one of the less addictive MMOs out there. Like any addiction, if you want him to stop playing, only a decision from his part will help.

Make him understand how you feel about his playing, and how it may hurt your relationship. Don’t be demanding or try to set limits, or it may just spiral into a pointless control/power struggle. If he just ignores your overture, you’ld be better off seeing a counsellor.

tl;dr
1. Be understanding to him
2. Try talking it over
3. If the above fail, go in for counselling
4. ????
5. PROFIT!!1!1!

#45 KCPTECH on 08.05.09 at 11:33 am

This game rakes in money for the owners of it, period. Its daily revenue is phenomenal.
The really isn’t free if you want to keep what you have after the 7 day no-fire policy. Everything in the game cost game cents. Your Credit card or Pay Pal account will cost you $5 per 50 cents of in-game currency. Items cost between 50 cents to 400 cents, and only last from 24 hours to 7 days. Some people may spend nothing, but eventually lose everything they have to an invasion with those spending real money to buy items.

To do the math, the game collects on average $5 a day from players. Some spend nothing and others spend a lot. At $5 a day, with 5750 players on each continent, and 30 continents per server, and 46 servers in operation, that’s a pretty good scam I think. Yes, almost 36 million dollars a month. The game owned and operated by an actual Gold miner, who realizes he can make much more money this way than having to discover, claim, mine and refine actual gold.

#46 Jim on 08.05.09 at 7:02 pm

Adsense Pro Policy has announced:
Any Evony ads should now point only to evonyonline.com, so having evonyonline.com on your filter list should now effectively block all Evony ads.

To read the entire response from Google:
http://www.google.com/support/forum/p/AdSense/thread?tid=7c9ef267b8b3c01f&hl=en

#47 Hotnoob on 08.09.09 at 8:13 am

yeah, it’s spam, but the only thing that people can actually do about it is stop playing the game, because they arn’t really doing anything illegal… other than their game being mostly copy and paste.

#48 Trevor on 08.14.09 at 7:44 pm

shutup hobknockers evony is a supportive game

#49 John Tulcon on 08.20.09 at 2:38 pm

Do you really get to see pics like the girl in a bra up there. because when I signed up it was super clean and I only signed up to see pic like that.

#50 Caleb on 08.24.09 at 3:38 am

Sexy girl with big tits saying “come play”….Shitty, pointless/time consuming not to mention boring civilization style online game…show me the connection here…And what a shameless way to get horny, bored geeks to play their sub-par strategy “game”. I can’t believe people are giving these greedy pricks real money for game coin…What is wrong with these people?!

#51 TonySmith on 08.24.09 at 2:31 pm

Joyce,

If you’re struggling to get your husband off the computer, wear a low cut dress and say “Art thou coming hither to thy chamber, my lord”?

#52 frichie on 08.24.09 at 4:16 pm

How is this any different to the multitude of facebook games that require u to visit websites in exchange for cresits/coins whatever, and yes you can skip the mission and just pay by credit card/paypal.

I started playing evony on thursday, its been fun so far, and not as time consuming as other games, cos u limited in what u can do (upgrade 1 building at a time etc) so unless you want to watch the poor animation for 5min-1hr, you switch over and do something else,all the while resources accumulate. I havent needed to BUY any coins and wont anyway, you get most stuff through rewards.

BUT I am concerned by the sinister (sounding) developers and whether they are in fact using my bandwidth to do something else behind the scenes. Although the game doesnt seem to be bandwidth intensive, i have noticed a distinct drop in performance when downloading and Evony is running in the back ground. Im gonna do a malware sweep tonight.

#53 J Money on 08.25.09 at 5:04 pm

Stop being pusscakes its a free online game!

I have recently started playing Evony, it is an online multi-player strategy game. At first I was just checking it out to see what all the hype was about. I continued to play because of the atmosphere and online neighborhood. I joined an alliance right away and the quest instructions were very clear and helpful. The combination of these two things gives this game an upper hand on any other game I have played in this category because you get the support of your fellow players and the admin team. The 7 day protection is a great way to build your empire so you dont get rocked by a feuding enemy which is amazing because it makes you be able to get into everything and learn the skills before you gradually go further into the game. I would reccommend this game to anyone who likes strategy games (especially medieval ones) and would also rate it as the best game to just pick up and play for new folks too! The intergration right on the browser makes it available pretty much anywhere anytime.

Come play,

DooHaBucS
Server 30

#54 Tatiana on 08.26.09 at 11:04 am

OK. I don’t care if evony is a cool game or not. Just do not use some chick’s breasts (or some sluts with provocative looks) as your advertisement.

sickening, if this goes on I will sue google.

#55 Reggie on 08.26.09 at 11:09 am

Tatiana, you are a retard. You even use the word “slut” to refer to the women in the advertising. Holy cow, just stick your head in a bucket already, or, maybe, sue yourself! Ha ha!

#56 H on 08.29.09 at 9:40 pm

So the ugly looking bitch has a problem with the slut with provocative looks ha ? Welcome to the 21st Centuary Tatiana !

#57 Patterson on 08.30.09 at 5:52 am

OK, here’s how I see it. It’s run by the Chinese, which a lot of people find worrisome this day and age… it’s run by gold farmers who nobody, but gold buyers, are fond of. That’s a separate issue in and of itself, and not really associated with evony. Evony is a symptom of an overall ‘gold-seller problem’.

The other major issue seems to be their ad campaign practices. While I disagree with spamming and the like, one can hardly blame evony for slapping some pixel-skin on their ads just because people are clicking it. The fact of the matter is that its a great way to get a first look, but if people are looking for some jollies, they won’t have to wait long to find out evony’s not that kinda site, and thus as an ad campaign it has no real staying value. People play the game because they like the game. Aside from this particular site, most seem to just complain about false advertising (just funny, not technically anything criminal about the lack of half-nude women) and how the game is boring (hardly a crime).

Also, my take on the censoring of comments by evony staff: Yeah, sorta lame, until you stop and think that all MMO games function pretty much the same way. Why not hop on the Warcraft boards and start calling for a boycott until they do something about dirty role playing where kids can see it (a legitimate concern for lots of people) and see how long before they remove the thread. Besides, it’s China, a land currently based on government censorship, hardly surprising they’d go that route.

Oh, and as far as the woman with the addicted husband… No one online twists one’s arm for money in this game, although they make it pretty easy to spend. You don’t -have- to spend money to make it big in the game, it just takes more of a time investment. Oh, and speaking of which, the time he’s spending online with this game isn’t playing. The game is specifically designed to be played over large amounts of time. While the first few buildings and upgrades come quickly, the majority of the game is carried out over spans of hours, days, or weeks in which the player can do little more than wait. Same thing goes if they’re big in attacking other players. Eventually you’re pillaged out for a while. If your husband is spending 8 hours a day glued to his screen, he’s not doing anything but watching timers and talking to his online buddies. Evony isn’t the problem, he’s got problems with addiction. If it’s not Evony, it will be something else, and not necessarily a video game. He’s gonna need counseling, I’d wager, but he’s gonna have to want to do it himself.

In short, I think folks make a bigger deal of this game than it is. The people who support them financially and buy game coins are the same people who buy gold in games like WoW, whereas the people who don’t (IF they like evony at all) will play it the ‘hard’ way, because they like the challenge of a good game. If they’re advertising in a way that offends your sensibilities, I hate to say it but ‘Welcome to the Internet, it only goes downhill from here…’ If you’re offended because they advertised ‘bewbies’ and you didn’t get any, grow up. If you’re offended because they’re Chinese, take stock of the items you have in your home that were produced there, or have components that were. If you’re offended because they sell gold, get mad at the buyers who keep them in business and create such a market. If you’re offended because the game is boring, go play something else. Pretty sure that will cover everyone’s contingencies.

#58 Lord Mitovius on 08.30.09 at 6:23 am

i was about to enter the game tonight, when this article came across my view. i hate adds, even thought its known that they support the free part of the game. i just hate them to death.

thank you for preventing me from being dissappointed.

long live Hard copy games.

#59 Blake on 08.31.09 at 10:12 am

I have the I-Evony Client and it did have some kind of malware but not sure cuz my virus protector shut it down and deleted it as soon as i Installed

#60 Patterson on 09.01.09 at 12:28 am

My guess is it was identified as such because it’s designed to access e-mail systems from a third party program. In otherwords, I can use it to send an invite via an aol e-mail account without actually logging into aol to do it.

#61 Lord Duke Nukem on 09.07.09 at 5:36 am

Boy, you people get upset over the most trivial things. Evony hasn’t cost me a dime yet and I have been playing for about a month now. I have two cities on the game and I enjoy it. The bloke that said he hates advertising: have you looked around? Advertising is everywhere. Do you wander around with blinders so you never have to look at a billboard? Do you get all upset when a commercial plays on TV? Perhaps the reason he doesn’t like ads is he lacks the self control not to purchase everything because he saw a clever ad about it. That’s your fault pal, not the ads. Making you part with coin is the purpose of advertising after all.

As far as the litigation aspect of it goes, the United States as well as some of the other industrialized nations are in bad need of tort reform and a loser pays system. Amazon is being sued by a 17 year old high school student over the loss of the book “1984″ removed from his Kindle. The upshot is he couldn’t complete his assignment because the book was no longer on his Kindle. Amazon found out they didn’t have the publishing rights to the text so the removed it to prevent a copyright infringement suit and the got sued by this moron anyway. If we had a loser pays system this 17 year old moron who doesn’t possess the wherewithal to go to a library and check out the print edition of George Orwell’s book “1984″ would be responsible for paying Amazon’s legal fees. That would put an end to much of this type on nonsense. Before you get upset that this would limit the peoples access to civil courts, the simple solution would be bond underwriting the same method that criminals use now to bond out of jail. If they can do it it not a stretch for a bondsman to underwrite the loser pays escrow.

Remember, Evony is a free game that will try to sell you stuff each time you login to play. Whether you buy anything is entirely up to you. Evony isn’t going to charge anyone a fee to play because the would kill the golden goose. There are enough credit card wielding idiots playing the game now. I’m just not one of them.

BTW, I’ve earned 40 credits which is worth 4 game coins by advertising my join link in the same places I found it…on opt-in traffic exchanges. I don’t want to upset our ad hater bloke, you’ll find ads on opt-in traffic exchanges.

#62 viv on 09.08.09 at 11:24 am

I have played evony for few weeks now and it does not have fair play if you build up to high lvl without spending any cash you get wiped out ,My opion is they have in game players to do this to make you spends money to re build game SUCKS……………………..

#63 Bobbeh on 09.09.09 at 2:56 am

Well, all I can say is it looks like Evony sucks ass.

#64 Steve on 09.10.09 at 3:03 am

In game advertising sux. It’s not a matter of “OMG can I resist the temptation to buy”, but more the annoyance factor. I hated the gold spammers on WoW and no doubt would detest the Evony scams / spammers even more.

Secondly, be very very wary of installing their software. If you’ve heard of the “Storm worm” then you’ll know what I mean. China has a bad reputation for malware and you might just get a permanent infection to be implemented by the perpetrator at an indeterminate time in the future. Oh and if you think your current virus scanners / malware programs will detect it, you may be mistaken. “Storm” can be detected on individual computers only. Try to remove it and the program attacks. It can’t be detected across a broad range of computers because it modifies its own code every time it transmutes. Imagine what they could download to your computer upon install ….
And hey maybe that’s not their intention, but they sure do seem like a sneaky company to me.

Thirdly, who the hell wants a fun game to suddenly turn bad, after you’ve dedicated hundreds of hours to it, by the bots attacking your towns (and all your alliance too) just because you guys decided not to pay real cash for improvements? Maybe they weren’t bots, but how would you know? Obviously they could generate messages like F@#$ you loser (or whatever).

Hey your alliance better get these guys, lets spend some real dollars and kick butt!!!
Easy way to sucker new buyers into their cash economy …..

Fourthly, yeah I’ve done a fair bit of reading into this game (including their forums). Sounds quite fun in some ways, but the battle mechanics need a serious revamp.
What army in history has ever won that focuses so strongly on catapults and archers (to the point of needing no skirmishers)?

Fifthly, big tits / hot chick (no I didn’t say filthy, please learn to read lol), forget about her, that’s just advertising. If you buy a womens magazine you’ll find much the same story. Come to think of it, if you buy a mens magazine same again. Check out the TV, billboards, utube, mailbox paraphernalia, taxi cabs, blimps and yes even National Geographic. Just a fact of life. If you get suckered in by it then perhaps you’ll learn for the next time when you’re bombarded by sexy advertising.

#65 WT on 09.10.09 at 12:04 pm

A priceless advice for anyone who considers playing Evony: first, register in their forums and read carefully, specifically the Bug section. You will see what people experience for months: the American company who is behind the project could not care less about any complaints people report. People write, they lose real money in the game, experience loss of access for days following upgrades, bugs that leave they behind in the game – I repeat, they report they lose the real money they put in the game – but they never get any replies from the service. In the forum, players who report these issues get banned (go see it with your own eyes, it is all visible), and the topics get closed by admins without a reason.
According to me, these guys have no future.

#66 Ryan on 09.14.09 at 6:58 am

Hey Bruce,
if you have ever played Age of Empires II (Cheap game now, it is ten years old!) you will see the perspective and graphics are just stolen from it.

#67 Salsa on 09.14.09 at 4:51 pm

Graphics stolen – I don’t care.
Copyright infringed – I don’t care.
Adds sexist – so are >50% of all adds I see everywhere.
Adds stolen – I don’t care.
System copied, ripped off – I don’t care.

Now… costs money – no it doesn’t. You can do everything in the game without paying a single cent/penny/etc. If you choose to spend money on “a game” then it’s your stupidity if you don’t want to.

What don’t I like about Evony.
There is no contact or admin support, at all. Zero, absolutely nothing. I can’t post on the forum. My existing account is not banned but I can’t login. When I ask for password reminder – nothing. When I contact via bugreport – nothing. If I try to create a new account – can’t. I have no way to contact Evony for any legitimate reason. But, meh, it’s free, so no one has any right to complain – though I know they will anyway.

So overall, if it seems to be too good to be true – it probably is. “Free” stuff on the internet is >95% not free. Money doesn’t grow on trees and all that. The only way I know to get good stuff free is download it illegally. There are a few exceptions, but that’s the general rule. So Evony isn’t any different from all the other gumph on the internet – but that doesn’t stop anyone does it.

If it’s that bad, throw away your computer. Get a life. Go rockclimbing or travel. But if you complain, you’re wasting more time than you waste playing MMOs. As far as I can see, it’s just another form of attention seeking. Nobodies forcing you – are they?

#68 louis on 09.15.09 at 3:04 am

i dont understand, evony is a great game like age of empires or empire earth (sort of) but why Bruce Everiss are u critizizing the game like that? maybe some people dont like the game but its really dumb to post this and send it to evony. all i can say bruce is good luck with the lawsuit

#69 hebeiren on 09.16.09 at 8:27 am

Sigh.. I’m Chinese and I could tell it was a Chinese game just by looking at the style of advertising. Ironically most Chinese people would probably recognize it as a money-grubbing scam (there’s 100 times more “games” like this in China), and avoid it right away. You westerners need to smarten up, because I bet this kind of thing will be commonplace in the future, and not just from China either.

Unfortunately, even the internet is not immune to shanzhai garbage…

#70 SeanB on 09.16.09 at 5:53 pm

Evony, which used to be Civony, is changing it’s name again. Now it’s Kingory. Exact same game yet again, same stupid advertising tactics, just a new name.

#71 galager on 09.20.09 at 7:04 am

When you see the ads, click on them and then close the browser.

You will make money for the site the shows the ad.

The real win is that EVONY will have to pay for all those clicks! When they run out of money for ads, the ads will stop.

So, please click on all the ads you see! this will get them gone!

#72 JohnB on 09.25.09 at 3:14 am

I played this game for about 2 months and did not miss one day. It destroys you to the point that you worry about sleeping in case someone attacks you and 2 months worth of work is blown. I never paid a cent to play this game and got into the top 300 on the server through hard work. But playing before, during and after work each day and 12-15 hours a day on weekends, neglecting my wife and child tooks its toll. After a total commitment to the game I walked away after appologising to my alliance members and plan not to return. This is a single persons game because you have to leave everything else behind to stay at the top. Good game, I agree, but nerve and relationship destroying

#73 Cody B. on 09.25.09 at 5:49 pm

I, too was planning on blogging about the similarities between Civ 3 and 4 and the ludicrous ad campaign, but I think I will most likely link to your blog since you have pretty much covered the gamut, so to speak. Great job as always Mr. Everiss. Keep up the HONEST GOOD WORK!!!!! The world needs more people like you!

#74 Chad on 09.28.09 at 7:52 pm

OMG Boobs on the internet!!!!!

NOOOO, What has this world come too!!!!

#75 BudWeiser on 10.01.09 at 2:35 pm

this game needs to be flushed down the toilet.

#76 Lance on 10.02.09 at 1:43 pm

The game blows and the advertisement is just a hook it’s not worth the time. you might as well go out and get a good game. I played it for maybe 20 minutes and was like wow this is no fun what so ever it’s nothing to get excited over unless your lonely and just want to stair at the advertisements.

#77 LLReich on 10.04.09 at 4:29 pm

…. think above would b bad enough …. check out evony forum re: hundreds, if not thousands of complaints made by paying customers of offer termed 250c for $5! Sheeish! What a disappointment.

#78 LLReich on 10.04.09 at 5:05 pm

p.s. don’t believe me? take a look:

http://bbs.evony.com/showthread.php?t=59914

http://bbs.evony.com/showthread.php?t=58818

this is just example of TWO thread compliants – there are numerous others.

#79 L.J on 10.05.09 at 3:04 am

DO NOT PLAY THIS GAME!!!!
I figured I give it a shoot and check it out.I have never played a game like this before. I learned my lesson in this game you buy coins to purchase items to use and play this game. I had items, coins and other thing go missing into thin air over night!!!?? Other items just dont work and cause problems playing the game!! I spent over $300 usd on this game when I noticed that ..ha I couldnt have use this and that, So I started watching the game more carefully when I noticed the problems. I have sent 10-15 emails to everyone I could to figure out a way to fix this problems. All I get back is the same reply email telling me how to log in onto the server??? Thats not the problem Im having! They use and hide behind Paypay as a way of payment leaving you feel safe cause after all “paypal is the safest way to pay online” NOT!! paypal will not help you and they know that they are other people having this same problem with them but dont do anything about it.Its something that the buyer protection doesnt cover!

#80 Gaming Reviews on 10.06.09 at 3:50 am

lol yeah, there is an evony ad right next to the article. I found it ironic. But anyways, I’ll admit I played this game for about 2 days. Then it came down to the point that it took so long to do anything and I finally decided to quit playing this garbage due to they try to get you to pay. PAY!?!? For what? Absolutely nothing. It’s a waste of space and it kinda confuses me too as to why G is letting them run ads. I guess it all comes down to the Benjamins….

#81 Evonyscam on 10.07.09 at 12:03 am

Hey, I am spreading the news my friend. Check my blog at http://evonyscam.wordpress.com/

Keep up the good work Bruce, don’t give up.

#82 Rudeawakening on 10.08.09 at 2:25 am

this game is rubish u have no control what so ever, all mmo are turning into crap.. and scams, they draw u with the social aspect then really ur just interacting with other losers (to the game ofcourse) :P

why spend 300-500$ on this game while u can get a console or another game which u have full controll over.. want social aspect ? making a website finding local people with same interest to share your gaming needs and interact with real people… in general all MMO are scams… money makes company company needs to find ways to make money , and best money making tool is MMO games :P simple really..

#83 vaughan on 10.09.09 at 9:38 pm

hey bruce i went to register on evony and it said my email address was been used by another emporer. how do i stop this so i can keep well away from evony?

#84 A on 10.11.09 at 2:03 pm

I’m tired seeing Evony’s shit adverts everywhere. I’m installing adblock now.

#85 lulu on 10.12.09 at 12:43 am

Bruce … found this little tidbit on Evony’s Forum … it’s a billing claim from money brokers … check out the Regan Mechantile (Hong Kong) – I think HONG KONG IS in CHINA … last time I looked … amazing how Evony has claimed they r not China based corp but billing is coming from HONG KONG …. (perhaps a GLITCH??!!??) … just thought is was interesting …. copied directly from the evony forum ….

TRANSACTION CONFIRMATION

You have successfully made a payment to Regan Mercantile(Hong Kong) Limited using your credit/debit card (VISA, xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx) on XX XXX 2009.

The amount of USD 50.00 has successfully been debited from your credit/debit card.

This charge will appear on your card statement as a debit by: MB*Moneybookers.com

Sincerest regards,

Moneybookers

*******************************

Moneybookers Ltd., London, Registered in England and Wales no 4260907.
Registered office: Welken House, 10-11 Charterhouse Square, London, EC1M 6EH, United Kingdom.
Authorised and regulated by the Financial Services Authority of the United Kingdom (FSA).

#86 Daveo.s15 on 10.15.09 at 4:49 am

Well I definately got a shit load of adgen trojans and different things etc by logging on to evony with my virus protection turned off.. 88 all up I had.. Michael Jackson songs would start playing then I could hear commercials coming out of my speakers but nothing on the screen.. also my e-mail address I use for evony is now constantly spammed every day wif crap.. I mean 100 email perday.. very annoying searching for real mail inbetween all the junk..

#87 aussie on 10.17.09 at 3:23 pm

I love the game (true some people in the chats are simple jerks, but what can you do?).
But, in regards to Bruce’s lawsuit and being Australian myself, that after reading some posts I felt compelled to make my own comments on EvonyMasters.com…….basically no so much as supportive of Bruce, but clearly on his side of the fence….and also clearly defendingthe Australian Courts – I am sure Evony will be fined minimum by courts if they proceed. This is due to the fact that I do know something of Corporate law and have been involved in IT (alot in security) for some time (over 10yrs). I am totally convinced that evony is ‘walking the plank’ as I put it in regards to their vilification of a not-for-profit blogger.

Strangely enough – 2 mins after I posted that comment, The servers were upgraded and I can no longer log into my accounts. I fully suspect that my IP address may now have been blocked by them. We will see if that is the case….but its also true that everytime you complain about the many, many bugs in the programming you get no response except how to logon. Their lack of respect for the gaming community will ultimately be their downfall. Unfortunately…..

#88 Antje on 10.19.09 at 3:59 pm

I’ve been wondering whether it was a Nigerian scam after all.

#89 me on 10.31.09 at 4:41 am

evony is a great game and sometimes i stay awake right through the night as i am while writing this.It is a great game but someone needs to make something like it that doesn’t involve paying for cents as it gives some an unfair advantage.

#90 MissGin on 11.05.09 at 10:14 pm

Evony is the best!! but there are tons of ppl who are there just cuz they clicked on a add that has nothing to do with the game… and they end up not playing very long…

#91 kirk on 11.08.09 at 9:08 pm

i have played evony for almost 2 months now and while i think its a decent game (in some reguards) i dispise the constant encuragement to spend money on the game.
i did spend some money on it however the conversion is really pethetic compared to games like last chaos or perfect world (played both those for 7 months at a time) with evony its $1 = 10 cents with last chaos $1 = 100 AP with perfect world its $1 = 1 gold if i remember the currency right however perfect world may sound like it is a rip the value is pretty decent considering its got 2 forms of currency
in my time playing evony i have noticed several things that concerned me like it being nearly impossbale to progress with cities then the requiering items to make lv 10 buildings simplistic battle mechanics without visuals
overall i find runescape funner and a better value (btw if theres a reveiw on runescape id like to read it)

#92 Dani on 11.09.09 at 3:30 pm

I hate Evony because it tkes time away from my relationship. I think there should be more Computer addicts anonomys groups out there for people who spend more than 5 hrs leisure time with the computer than with their spouses.

#93 Emily on 11.11.09 at 9:27 pm

theres 2 other games so far thats just exactly like evony its http://www.napwar.com n killgory.com not sure if i spelled the last one right but their both almost exactly like evony just goes buy a different name n seems like better graphics to em then evony has

#94 Sara Fleming on 11.15.09 at 6:07 am

I used to be a player on the game untell there was a large amount of racism. A player actualy named himself Hitler (guess what his allience name was). After weeks of complaing he was finaly gone. One of the players on my alliance was getting racist letters from members of a different alliance. Some how they found out she is from Vietnam. Even though we complained, and she sent the letters to the creaters nothing happened. I found out from a person in another alliance that that alliance spends a lot of money on the game. Since they care more about people who spend money on their game and not the other players. I just cann’t play.

#95 Neighbour on 11.18.09 at 10:05 am

I don’t care. You’d swear someone stole your souls the way you all complain. IT IS JUST A USELESS GAME. If you don’t like it, play something else.

If your offended: BIG DEAL! No one cares. The world will always offend your principles, so get over it.

Don’t be schmuck – no one ever spends real currency on low quality nonsense – so DON’T. Spend your money on the people in your life or something. If you do spend it, then you asked for it. How can anyone in this day and age actually trust the internet?

It’s hilarious how some of the men complain about the false adds. Lol. Get over yourselves.

#96 Smokie on 11.20.09 at 5:25 pm

Being said and done…I only came to interest when I googled ‘evony’ and wanted to see a gameplay video or screenshots today. I’ve seen the ads with the hot chicks in them for awhile now, but if your like me, that ad wouldnt faze you a bit. Today marketing and promoting is done in such tasteless ways that you ‘just have to accept it’ for face value. Personally Im more interested in the actual product then what ‘they’ use to sell it/how they sell it. Sure the ad is….’off topic’ if you will, but damn people ITS JUST AN AD…ITS JUST A GAME. If it offends you, ignore it. Plain and simple. If you really want to complain about something then why not bitch at the ‘women’s magazine’ developers. You look on the cover of ANY womens magazine and what do you see? You see a super model, looking all hot wearing skimpy ass clothing and what else do you see on the cover ‘How to have 21 days of scorching hot SEX’, ‘How to please any man’, ‘How to have better sex’, ‘How to turn up your sexlife’ etc etc etc. Which in turn – turns and manipulates all these young girls minds into turning and trying to be someone they really are not….or how about how America is messing up this world and how 9-11 was a lie and set up? or how about ranting for equal rights? There’s alot more messed up problems in this world and on the net…than a simple hot girl posing for a online game! I wish that people put this much effort into real problem solving.

#97 Ryan on 11.24.09 at 12:09 am

i used to play like months ago i get on now my city gone my stuff gone says i have earned 100,000,000
but dont have anything lol

#98 Sara on 12.02.09 at 1:38 pm

I have a huge problem with this game: My huby simply won’t switch it off. When I ask him to do so (at around 2 am in the morning) he pretends he is working… I looked into the history with him, just to proof him that I am not mistaken. Guess what he did?

#99 Sara on 12.02.09 at 3:58 pm

OK, I know some of you guys out there make your money with these games. That is ok. But what about addiction? How do you handle somebody who doesn’t want to see he is ruining his health! How do I approach him?

#100 LISA on 12.02.09 at 4:07 pm

I know. Same thing here.
After all I just expect to talk about having a LIFE for the whole FAMILY. I am not talking about a young man here… But all he did (after me trying to have a conversation) was telling me the game was boring anyway and he would stop at once. But this was AFTER GOING INCOGNITO – as if I was an enemy.

#101 Lonely Wife on 12.05.09 at 9:52 pm

Joyce,
I am curious. Is your husband still playing Evony? I am dealing with the same issue. My husband started playing the game a couple months ago. He spends so much time on it. i tried to play it so that we could at least have that to talk about. I just don’t have the time to devote to a game. I feel like my marriage is failing.

#102 Phil on 12.06.09 at 2:02 am

ok so i want to play evony seems like fun but if people are suggesting not to play it what are the alternitives to it which are free to play where you can control armys not 1 person like for instance runescape i have to much time in the afternoons and weekends when i finish work and my other half lives in england and im in germany everyday working

#103 Gamer on 12.07.09 at 7:36 am

LOL. Know when your beat. Who cares if theyre a bunch of chinese gold farmers etc. They are RL CASH FARMERS! They see ways to make money quick and go for it. Stop being jealous. I think what they do sucks but you know what, good for them. Anyone who plays Evony 24/7 is no pro gramer and could easily sit there and probably play Minesweeper all day long too. Its just a little point and click flash game to pass some time here and there. If you donate money to games like Evony then you really need to look at yourself and how you budget your money, where will you stop? Best not to begin.

@ Joyce, the issue is between the two of you. Not what he’s doing. If working with him wont work, leave him. Wether its Evony or all day w/model trains, he doesnt seem to care much for ya anymore it would seem. Could be many things. Get pro-help if u care that much.
Also gaming/internet can be addictive to some like drugs, could need help for it. Point out to them how sad it is that they consume so much of their time on a stupid little program some china man made and that they need to take a step back and review their situation before things past a point of no return.

GL

#104 Jason on 12.07.09 at 2:30 pm

For the last 3 days i have not been able to play my evony account, and was wondering if anyone here is having the same problem.

#105 Jason on 12.07.09 at 2:35 pm

What is the deal with this, is there some kind of up date or something.

#106 bluezippyJ316 on 12.08.09 at 5:38 pm

The adds seem to have gotten even worse. It’s getting to the point of hilarity in my opinion.

http://img51.imageshack.us/img51/1627/evonyadds.jpg

#107 bluezippyJ316 on 12.08.09 at 5:44 pm

@Bruce – Oh, and I agree, Runescape is a better alternative, although it can be just as “addictive.”

#108 Susan on 12.12.09 at 3:10 am

Ok so my boyfriend has been playing this Evony game for almost a month now. He goes to work comes home and gets on the game. He stays on the game till 2am or 3am. It REALLY bothers me. The game gets more of his time than I do. Even when we are eating supper hes infront of the computer playing.

#109 ModinKhan on 12.14.09 at 8:10 pm

I play the game constantly
it has no graphics
the design is very limited
there are bugs all over the place

however i still log into it every day to do some “farming” to keep all my troops alive
and have to continue to do so as i refuse to spend any money on the game… you think the internet spam is bad? the spam mails that evony sends internally trying to get players to spend real money are super irritating!

many of us server 8s that were merged into the new n1 server hate how much lag and server crashes occur

many of us have pledged not to spend a single penny unless they fix their crappy server

evony is a good game because of the humans that play it not because of the game mechanics ( they suck )

but im afraid its here to stay and it seems like new servers go up everyday

try it out before you bag it out…however be warned

it IS super addictive

#110 Derek on 12.19.09 at 5:53 am

post #57 I 100% agree with you. and to this I add,

yet another evony defender. I have read numerous articles and seen a few videos of alleged “proof” that this is all bad stuff. and virus’s and u can’t play without paying. BS. 1) I haven’t paid anything and very high up in the game. granted it takes along time to do some stuff (205hrs to research archery lvl 10) so it makes it tempting to pay for speedups. sorry I’m not that lame I’ll set it an forget it until it’s done. 2) my anti virus and anti spyware run scans everyday. nothing suspicious has ever been found. 3) I don’t see how you relate evony to gold farming for WoW. maybe it’s a cover website but I don’t care I don’t play WoW so have at it. 4) stop complaining because another guy got rich before you did. or some guys game made it big and yours didn’t. I have played tons of games that are similar to alot of other games. big deal doesn’t mean anything. 5) last but not least, IT’S JUST A GAME. Get over it. get over yourself. and get a better antivirus if you’re that scared. :-)

#111 Joel M on 12.19.09 at 9:45 am

Bruce,

Im sure this will not get published, but if you hate Evony so much why dont you stop the Ad’s appearing on your site?

Making some money from it im guessing :) Here is a idea, remove all the google ad’s, since they are working with Evony you should really hate them aswell.

#112 what the hell on 12.21.09 at 9:06 pm

come on guys, the ads are bad and all but why the heck do you all highlight CHINESE as if it is a bad thing

#113 John Doe on 12.23.09 at 7:48 pm

I deleted my account due to numerous issues by the programmers and moderators;

1). they claim free gifts (Christmas gift) but then require one someone buys coins first then the folks that are on the receiving end of the gift, to buy something to get the “free” stuff. That is illegal marketing here in the states. Its called bait and switch.

2) when someone has (including myself) reports a bug to the programmers one will never hear anything back such as needing more information, that they see the problem and are resolving such issue, etc.

3) when reporting harrassment to the programmers/moderators; you never see anything ever done about it. Example: colorful language or the use of illegal hate-speech defined by U.S. law. I was warned twice by the moderators that reporting hate-speech was a violation of the terms of the game. WHAT? So you can post or say hate-speech (race remarks mainly) to anyone one would choose but then when you report such issues to the programmers/moderators it is I that is warned of such language? And what about the screen shots of such issues? Is the person(s) being warned or banned? Nope, see them still on doing the same things or on new servers.

4) physical violence threats. Been on the receiving end of both physical violence threats and also one a civil tort lawsuit threat. When filed an online complaint with screen shots of proof of action, never heard anything from the programmers (was in June 2009).

5) finally got tired of lack of action by programmers/moderators and looked up U.S. case law of these and other civil/criminal violations; was warned by the moderators that they would “turn me into” the FBI internet crimes division for possible criminal action. WHAT? Oh so I stand up for my rights and defending myself from other gamers and the lack of evony officials of acting on their own game rules and its me that is threatened with legal action?

6) this is the final straw here and the final reason I left the game for good. In the evony game forum there is numerous complains of illegal activity, including fraud and sharing of or promoting of adult websites. Their is children under the age of 18 years old that play here so adult theme anything is illegal in the U.S. But, when I received an internal email that had a link that forward to child porn, that was the end of the road for me. I deleted such email (sorry didn’t want to keep that stuff on my computer – illegal in the U.S.) and reported to evony programmers and moderators. I was immediately banned from the forum where one can only report such illegal activity.

So that was the last straw, if evony officals don’t want to enforce their own rules then to save my ownself, I will just stop playing the game and walk…no run away from this site and all that is associated with it.

While I am not saying this happens each and everyday, there is a double standard here. If one doesn’t believe me all one would have to do is view the thousands of complaints on the public forum of evony and see that what I say is true.

This game has allot of promise but needs allot of security measures and a new level of customer service that right now is not seen.

#114 Kori on 12.31.09 at 4:29 pm

I had played Evony for months and was extremely high in the game roughly around 800,000 Prestige and over 5,000,000 in honor and i loved it, but i never once bought an item. I have been Evony free for about 4 months now, not due to the scams or being threatened but just because of the heavy time requirement it took.

The game i would agree is very shaky when it comes to service and buying items, but why even give into buying a speed up? You are able to become extremely strong without purchasing anything just a little patients is all that is required. Most of us, including myself had a little time to spear and wanted to play a fun addictive game and that is exactly what Evony is, it does not ask for a credit card number to sign up so it is your fault for paying for items. If you wanted to spend money on a game go out and buy a better one, there are tons of games that make Evony look horrible. Dont spend money on a game that is free.

Service for this game is god-awful, i would say it is a waste of time to even write a complaint. But hey what do you expect… you are playing a free game of course they dont care about 1 user complaining about the game, they want money not a better game.

As for threating emails and haressment, what do you want them to do? No matter what you play you will always get people that do this… This is no different on xbox live, Guild Wars chat, WoW or any other game that allows public chat and mail. There are horrible people out there they can do nothing to change this and they frankly dont care.

I personally received about 10 emails a day threating me, calling me childish names just for the fact that i was destroying one of there base or farming them for food. You have to be a bigger person and laugh at them, nothing they say or do will hurt you, they dont know you so stop complaining about the emails. Also, why on god’s green earth would you follow a link provided by a stranger? of course that is going to lead to bad things, you think that person is going to link some useful heart-warming story?

All and all Evony could have been a blockbuster hit when it came to the free online strategy games. If they would have been in the hands of responsible owners and developers but sometimes were just not lucky. I strongly recommend not playing this game because it is not worth the time or effort.

I would be grateful if you could list me some games that are good in your opinion that i could try out to pass the time.

#115 belal on 12.31.09 at 7:40 pm

wich boy wants to play come play my lord well actually its mostly for girls that likes it.

#116 Angelorum on 01.01.10 at 6:18 pm

The so called game Evony is a generic game based on stolen ideas from AGE OF EMPIRES! Please be aware that it is not a free game. They want you to spend your money buying Evony Coins to aquire greater kingdom status. The game itself is a build your kingdom strategy game but, building structures such as town centers (stolen from Age of Empires along with every other structures in the game) takes a long time to build and if you want the structure to be built faster, the gamer has to purchase evony coins. If the gamer does not have enough coins guess what?…the gamer has to break out his credit card and buy Evony Coins!
This game is disgusting! I want to put this message out there lest you fall into the trap that the makers of Evony has set for you. I have played this game and after 7 days of building my kingdom, some jerk comes in and destroys what i have worked hard in building. It made me feel like i just wasted my time building for nothing. It made me very angry. Please do not play this game. It will save you a world of aggravation.

#117 Kori on 01.02.10 at 2:57 am

Sorry but there have been tons of other games that have used the Town Centers, you can not say they are stealing anything… For a fact it is FREE, i hope your review your statement were you say “they want you to spend your money” they dont force you to buy them. You can play this game without buying anything and be powerful i have and so have tons of other players, and for losing your base that is the whole point of this game, to conquer everything.

#118 Cat on 01.04.10 at 9:41 am

I’m with Tatiana, and no, I’m not ugly. I’m a paid model but I’d never degrade myself to do a shoot like that, especially when it’s going to be plastered all over sites that kids go on. All my body image issues stem from seeing mens’ magazines and images like the ones advertising Evony. I don’t want that to happen to anyone else.

#119 joho0 on 01.05.10 at 11:19 am

Three things
1) Sex sells! If you don’t understand that one then you’re not human.
2) Spam is never going away. Ever! You can cry and piss and moan all you want but if some guy can con a grandma in Duluth, he’s gonna try…and try…and try. Deal with it and stop your whining.
3) Evony is a legitimate business. Just like the adult book store or the pawn shop. People may frown when passing but they’re still legitimate. Deal with it!

And a parting shot…you people whine way too much. You all need to focus on the important problems in your life and not this.

#120 EVONY IS A SCAM on 01.05.10 at 10:24 pm

Bruce you should try to add this information to wikipedia (as long as they arnt in on the scam, they do advertise for them alot) as i know that would slow down there buissnes ALOT. EVONY IS A SCAM.

#121 GearAddict on 01.08.10 at 2:41 pm

Evony to me is an odd and mostly lost cause to save anyone from it who has already begun playing it. My sister found the site during her previous semester of college and wow…..She FAILED….Why? Because she was too hooked on playing that game and getting to be one of the top players. (Which she achieved due to mass addiction.) The spamming of course like you noted is terribly out of control. And you really don’t need to pay anything to be good, just commit a strategy and some time. Don’t commit all your time and money, that’s just uncalled for and not needed…..For any game if you set your mind to it.

#122 paul on 01.09.10 at 12:11 pm

i think evony is a rip off

#123 Roy on 01.11.10 at 3:14 pm

We live in a world where alot of highly addictive things are: i) Freely available ii) Completely unregulated iii) Legal (sometimes – like the web – because it is very difficult).
Examples: alcohol, tobacco, sucrose, caffeine, pornorgraphy, computer games, etc.

This rubbish game is, alas, no different.

To those who have addictive partenrs/friends/relatives – you need to address this problem form this global perspective. If you get them off of Evony, they may get hooked on something else.

There are some great books on this stuff – I’m reading one at the moment – if you understand the biochemistry of what is going on in the brain, you can beat this! (Not going to say what the book is as I am not a spammer).

I have recently quit caffeine and sugar (the two are linked so its easy to quit both at the same time believe it or not).

Good luck – DON’T GIVE UP!

#124 Buth on 01.12.10 at 1:59 am

guys evony is a gr8 game…..ive played it and i havent used any money…true its addictive but hell…only stupid people cant balance their game tym with their real life…@GearAddict…im also a university student and i play evony everyday…but still i have ttym to study and pass well in my exams…simple…if u guys dont like evony…dont play it….but dont criticise something u havent played..or have played but dont know how to manage ur tym…..@Bruce..dont start a stupid site when u know that its pointless….many people will still play evony and the ads will still be everywhere…..so every1 hating evony..get a life..mine is beautiful and i balance it well with evony since i have so much tym wen im not studying or exercising..as for those with husbands playing evony…..join evony and hog onto the PC…ur husband will not get the tym to play evony and will eventually quit..problem solved.

#125 Connor on 01.12.10 at 10:00 pm

Bruce, your reason for making this blog are very logic, but I have found nothing wrong but the innapropriate ad. about Evony, previously known as Civony. This game is fun, free (for the most part), and is quite addicting. But I don’t plan on not paying attention to anything but this. I have found few other games besides Runescape which also has a few problems that I could blame them for but won’t because it is also an addicting game just like Evony. And as far as advertising, it is everywhere. Runescape for a small time had been everywhere. It is starting to slow down and not pop up everywhere. It is always coming up with new stuff just like Runescape and is a haven compared to WoW which is way too much. Where as Evony is free forever if you want it to be. And Joyce, I would just guilt tri your husband into spending time with you and less on Evony.

#126 Andy on 01.16.10 at 10:20 am

Evony is a game that is enticing and fun. But to the unknowing gamer, the company that provides this supposedly “free” game to the public is really a front for a crimeware company — Regan Mercantile US, LLC. This company will entice you into playing. And even make it fun.

However, in reality, the company who actually wrote the software 321WAN, a Hong Kong company, is actually intent on stealing personal information from the gamer — i.e. personal info including financial information, passwords, bank account and credit card and email, etc. The list of stolen personal information you will unknowingly give up by playing this game is unlimited.

The way they perform the crimes they perform against unwitting players is by putting a very nasty rootkit called the “SMM Rootkit” onto the PCs of unknowing players and using the “trojan horse” capability of this integrated “MS Windows 98, ME, and XP” hack to continuously send what are called in programming terminology “events” from yourself (the “client”) to the “server” (the host machine running MS Windows Server 2003). This computer appears to be located near Taipai in China, or possibly in Taiwan, based upon the remote IP address.

They use U.S. hosting services of “ThePlanet.com” to hack computers who connect to their service. I have traced the primary hacking computers to the Chicago, USA area, which are using servers out of Houston, Texas. For those of you who are network savvy, the IP addresses of the offenders are 174.120.11.67 and 174.20.11.68. These two IPs trace back to “Regan Mercantile US, Ltd”, and are apparently used to hack players who do not “pay” enough to Evony (in upgrades and speed-ups by using real money to buy what are considered non-cheats).

Apparently, if you register with iEvony, you can join alliances on various servers so that you can be a “top dog” of the game and gain “prestige” and “honor” by hacking computers of unwitting players, stealing their hard-earned resources, medals, speed-ups, etc. The ultimate cruelty to the unknowing gamer is that within a few weeks of building a castle to perfection, a host of the “bot-cheating” alliances will steal your castle from you because they are using the rootkit to capture all of your passwords and personal information, and can “eliminate” you from the game without your knowledge. One day, you attempt to log into your account and your account no longer exists. Apparently, Evony will either sell you pre-built castle to players who do not want to build one theirselves via E-Bay, or turn your castle into what is called an NPC so that other players can capture pre-built castles “supposedly abandoned”.

This company provides “free” software with built in trojan and keylogging software to allow players to steal information from the user by remoting into their computers using a host of internet protocols. What is really interesting is their use of the “ntp” protocal, which allow Evony administrator hackers to hack your installs of Windows 2000 and XP (and possibly Vista and Windows 7, I do not know yet). They do not need to use your DSL modem or your cable modem because they use your atomic clock, which is present on almost all PCs after 1998.

So, what has the new age of hacking brought to our gaming industry. A hacked PC and unknowing financial losses in the stock market due to hundreds of possible “public” Evony players hacking into your PC and stealing vital financial information and trading information that allows them to short stocks or place “put” options on stocks to lead you to financial ruin and their gain. Could “Regan Mercantile US, LLC” be associated with (Mark?) Regan, who runs various investor sites from the CBE (Chicago Board of Exchange), and who has stated he uses Twitter to log into various accounts of investors his group follows to possibly “illegally” obtain inside trading information of “day traders” and the like?

#127 You're all Crazy on 01.20.10 at 7:20 pm

Andy’s post above is AWESOME! lol

1st of all. Business models based on providing free web-based games/services with payed perks isn’t new. Checkout a plethora of games on Facebook and you’ll find the same or similar business models. How can you blame these games for allowing you to pay for in-game perks…? They’re not necessary and if the game is built right, the perks don’t make it completely impossible for a non-paying player to compete. If you really enjoy the game, fork out some $$$ to support it and enjoy it even more.

2nd. Complaining that you left beginner protection and were killed by another player isn’t Evony’s fault. Maybe you just suck at the game?

3rd. Playing a flash game in your browser isn’t going to install trojans or other viruses on your computer. Installing 3rd party exe’s or vising related sites very well could contain malicious content. Use your best judgement and keep your scanner up to date…

4th. Complaining about other player’s behavior is a bit crazy. You can’t expect a game of this scale to be able to moderate or respond to 100% of reports. Just like any other online service, deal with it. There should be better service for people who pay than someone who’s just playing for free, but it doesn’t sound like customer service is exactly their strong point…

Evony has been fun so far and I don’t know how long I’ll play. I know for sure that I wont be paying any Real Life cons for imaginary in-game ones…

#128 Evony Player on 01.23.10 at 2:41 am

I will say this game rakes in a ton of cash. Now you get rewards from other players spending money and I get bombarded from others spending money nonstop in this game. I get on average 5 messages (a day) that I got a reward for an alliance member spending money in game.

I dont mind playing this game, but it is intended for people with access to computers 24/7. If you want to try a game similar to Evony where real cash can not buy you advantages in game try TRIBAL WARS. It is almost the exact same game, similar layout everything… only you can’t pay cash for power-ups.

Since playing Evony I have crashed 2 computers that seem to have loaded up worms and viruses. It should be noted that I do not download music or movies on my comps… and only had them crash from worms AFTER starting to play Evony. I suspect Evony creaters have loaded the game with some form of spyware or viruses.

But to those that enjoy the game and want to spend their money have fun and enjoy… to those that hate the spam Evony sends out… I agree spammers suck and should be shot in the streets. Sadly greed will always prevail in our society… after all anyone with a bag of cash can easily buy their own politician to protect their rights as scum er spammers (businees owners ;P).

#129 MAGGI on 01.26.10 at 12:23 am

Her is my bad judgement story: After a big attack, I spent (against my better judgement) $$$ to help me rebuild my losses faster. After 3 days and several emails to the Evony admin. I still did not receive what I paid for, yet PayPal had paid them. When I could get no response, I opened a dispute with PayPal claiming I did not receive the service I paid for. ONLY when PayPal removed the money from Evony, did Evony give me the coins I had bought. I contacted PayPal and told them the matter was resolved and they could re-re-lease the funds. After Evony was reissued the $$$, they froze my account saying I had not lived up to MY obligation….and they need to check it out with PayPal again. So…now I have spent money on a stupid game that I cannot get into to play!!!! I am very frustrated. I phoned PayPal and they cannot RE-open a dispute once it’s closed, so I’m screwed.I have been locked out 5 days now. Evony has basicly stolen $30.00 stupid dollars from me and frozen me out of the game until further notice. Anyway I can legally get a refund? I want to get back in the game so I can QUIT!! Not playing 5 days makes you realize it’s not all that great anyway!

#130 Bob on 02.03.10 at 7:46 pm

After playing this ‘game’ for two weeks my computer slowed to a crawl.
Transferring my acount to a different “clean” computer instantly slowed it to the same pace.

I’ll be wiping all vestages of this game from the drives and keeping well away from the site.

#131 Bob J on 02.05.10 at 8:02 am

I have found that every computer of mine that has been exposed to this site has developed problems.

I have spent all day re formatting six hard drives, two in each computer, to get rid of all the bits of evony, It’s worse than trying to uninstall Nortons AV.

Some drives are cactus and I have bits of computer all over my lounge. It’s no longer just a sofware problem the thing is dismanteling my hardware!!

I tried to look at Runescape, I got as far as login then Evony blocked everything.

I was forced offline for several hours and during this period my city in Evony was attacked several times . This cannot be a coincidence. I need to spend real cash to get back in the game.

That ain’t happening.

Bye Evony nice knowing you, thanks for the memories!

#132 Bob Johnson on 02.05.10 at 8:22 am

Come on guys, don’t blame the Chinese. There are con- men in every culture !

As an Australian, I assume that everyone could be a good mate unless they prove otherwise.

People in my community?

You can call them any name you want, but if they live around me they are Australians! my neighbours , my friends.

The shit element in our society should not sway us from our natural instinct to be suportive to others.

If they are arseholes then the community will deal with them

Don’t tar an ethnic group with a wide brush!!

Evony, like the television can be cured.

Pull the plug!!

#133 Bob Johnson on 02.05.10 at 8:34 am

Maggie.

I can’ get back into my site until the people with the kow how, sly behind the counter jobs, stuff the genuine players mob, have plundered whatever I have built.

That’s not just sour grapes, I had defences but someone paid in real money to get around them.

So who’s the looser? not me. I never bought anything, relying on cuning and planning. But that’s not enough when the dice are loaded!

Bobj.

#134 Bob Johnson on 02.05.10 at 8:47 am

To Evony Player.

Couldn’t agree more!

Shit man, you want to play , then you play, don’t complain, your choice.

But if u get sucked into something that is against ur principals because of their technical inexactitudes (lies) then by all means go for it. Bring em down, money grubbin f……………………………………….s.

#135 Bob Johnson on 02.05.10 at 9:02 am

Sorry ,but the Evony site has cost me, at this moment a full day of re formatting and re loading six hard drives.

Evonianis are not being co-operative, I am sure that they are a lifeform unto themselves.

Regards, Lady Roberta d’ El Salaris of Evony. (ex Earth).

We will drive them off by playing, loud, consistant
Celtic music.

Resistance is futile. You will join the Hive.

My alianzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz will win!

#136 Bob Johnson on 02.05.10 at 9:13 am

The games rub off on you.
I wanna go up to the hills and set up a sniper nest from where I can pick off the bad guys.

Shit thing is, I don’t know the good from the bad.

#137 Bob Johnson on 02.05.10 at 9:29 am

To Your all Crazy.

You are right my friend. This is just a game, but it allows people to act as they would like to in a real world .

That is the worrying part.

Are we, as a species, capable of committing the
the ofences against humanity as we have seen over the last weeks whithin the games?

Think about this and post your obsevations to me at .

ledlight@rbe.net.au

#138 CapTTripS on 02.05.10 at 4:00 pm

I too have been playing evony for almost a year. I started in the BETA stage. Then after the switch to EVONY the game BOOMED. All I want to say is “Don’t knock it until you try it.” I have not spent any money, As some have gracefully put it I have not been “wiped out”
The fact is online games and sites need ads to grow, I do agree that the ads used here are a bit trifle and raunchy. However is that not the same to be said about MOST ads these days. There is even dust mop and mop ads on T.V. that are a bit erotic. Do we stop watching channel 7 because of them,have you stopped eating Burger King because the whopper jr. carries an “extra” wrapper to be safe? NO, therefore we may feel put out by the ads. But whether you like them or not give the game a try.
It is a cultural blast with players from all over the world.Believe it or not most in game players are very nice and successful people who agree the ads are over the edge but as even the oldest of players why they started and they will say “BOOBS” then ask them why they stayed and you will be told “Because this game is FUN.”
Thank You for trying to tear apart something else fun in this life because you dislike an ad. In that case STOP mopping your house, watching tv, wearing deodorant,cologne,or using shampoo,and most of all DONT EVER LEAVE your house.

TT

#139 Andy Bily on 02.07.10 at 2:03 am

I reported that Knights and Knights2 alliances stole a castle of mine without conquering it (level 10 castle). I request that the castle be returned to my account to the Evony staff. The Evony staff has not responded and are therefore involved in the theft. The Knights and Knights2 are involved in the theft of customer accounts without actually conquering the cities — i.e. Lords steve627394, CaesarMike, and jonbro.

The Knights, Knights2, and Knights3 as well as Hydro, Hydro2, Hydro#, and other related alliances have created an Evony world not worth playing. NEVER spend a cent on this game. It is NOT worth it because the Evony staff will steal your castles and close out your accounts at will and you will not receive even an email notice of the act. The company is a sham run by a guy who Microsoft recently sued named Eric Chuen Lam.

His address in the USA is as follows, just in case you want to pay him a visit or give him a call (don’t worry, he is a short, lightweight guy standing at 5’5″ and weighing only 145 lbs):

501 Silverside Rd., Suite 105
Wilmington, DE 19809-1376
(302) 342-8830

Eric Lam has multiple sham and shell companies in the US — Evony LLC, Regan Enterprises LLC, The Company Corporation (may be just the company that gave Eric the company registration — registration agent), Spuer Continental US LLC (based in Wilmington, DE), Prexair Inc. (21 Princeton Ave, Wilmington, DE 10809-2606 — (302) 791-7760), and Genslar (a larger corporation with offices in various locations in the US, but based out of 600 California St, Suite 1000, San Francisco, CA 94108 — (415) 433-3700).

I suggest we all start calling these sham companies of Eric Lam and start asking why he and his staff are placing rootkits and trojans on our computers, hijacking our computers so that we cannot load software and surf with SSL, and why they are using keyloggers within the Evony client software to steal passwords, SSN, drivers’ license, bank, credit card, and other personal information from players of the game.

And why once you leave the game you cannot remove the trojan software they place on your computer. Why do they not pay for the computers they ruin and damage since the trojan is non-removable since the hackers from Evony at ThePlanet.com will not allow a player to return to normal life without their downloading/uploading services, spamming bots, trojan software (client/server software) remaining on your computer after playing the game.

I feel that there is a substantial need to sue Eric Lam and his associated companies. Please contact me to arrange a class-action lawsuit against Eric Chuem Lam and his associated companies. I, as a former player of the game, am mad and wish to get justice in the courts against this two-time loser of a hack.

#140 Fred on 02.07.10 at 5:38 pm

i think evony is a good game but is expensive to buy game coins.

#141 bobefrustrated on 02.09.10 at 11:13 pm

Evony. The free game, but the first 3 in game mail messages are binus packages that you buy HAHA. When you play you start alone. You Join an Alliance (other members) To defeat others and defend your own Cities. Fun little game till you relize it’s a waste of time. Once you’re safe free time is up, you will start being attacked by Alliances. If you or your buddies don’t have enough to protect your City, it’s over. Like you have to start a new account and begin again, because once you get defeated, they wil drain some of your Items and keep attacking until they are gone, then your citizens start leaving and you can’t do anything. It’s not like you get attacked and continue in the Conquers Alliance, you can’t do anything. Your city just sits there. Until it becomes derelict and then it’s not yours anymore. The thing is all Alliances get taken eventually, because the sly game makers made it so you can only have so many people in one Alliance, and unless you’re in the best Alliance for that time. You will get attacked, and I haven’t seen any Alliance on the list from when I first started, so it’s really a waste, but if you get hooked you can spend alot of money on it to before you get taken. I spent over $100.00 in one week and it still did nothing. When a bigger Alliance comes, they will take you. It’s like a pryamid game. Free, yes. Waste of time, definitly.

#142 EVONY = VIRUS on 02.11.10 at 4:33 pm

Dear morons,

I’ve cleaned about ten computers, one of which Malware bytes wouldn’t save, because of Evony. If you play this crappy Civ ripoff, you are gonna infect your machine. You might even have information stolen from you – heard of identify theft?

Fools deserve what they’ve got coming.

#143 Theo Smit on 02.21.10 at 1:44 am

I like the game really funny game came up as a popup indeed but i like it . …………greetings from Holland

at our service …..Theo

#144 saleem on 02.25.10 at 2:33 pm

I reported that Knights and Knights2 alliances stole a castle of mine without conquering it (level 10 castle). I request that the castle be returned to my account to the Evony staff. The Evony staff has not responded and are therefore involved in the theft. The Knights and Knights2 are involved in the theft of customer accounts without actually conquering the cities — i.e. Lords steve627394, CaesarMike, and jonbro.

#145 Runnybunny on 02.26.10 at 6:05 am

I never played evony, nor, after reading the above do I wish to.

The way the game was explained, it bears a uncanny resemblance to the iPod/phone game called haypi kingdoms. However, in haypi, the devs are contactable, they do respond (within minutes) and friendly + knowledgeable players have been given a “expert” tag that means you can ask them questions.

That is the only difference I can tell by reading the above posts but maybe it’s worth looking into?

#146 Jason Hill on 02.26.10 at 6:47 pm

Last I heard the game was taken over by bot-using cheaters who crush anyone they want.

Here’s one of the graphics people have started putting in their signatures:
http://i50.tinypic.com/1556nn5.png

#147 Jason Hill on 02.26.10 at 7:21 pm

Now they’ve started a petition. Wow.

http://www.petitiononline.com/stopchet/petition.html

#148 sk8 on 02.27.10 at 11:07 pm

I have played evony for almost a year now. Foolishly dumping 30-60 $ a week into this game. Their customer service is the worst in hystery. They only cast blame to their patrons rather than accepting responciblity for their own actions and the lake there of. No cheats in evony they claim B.S. i say. there are numorous reasource glitches in the game that can be capitalised on and are! They 3 day ban botters and scripters who only use a automated system to do tasks for them like farm npc build etc. but dont touch anyone who is actually useing a cheat to gain infinet reasources there by makeing them invincble in the game. I recomend you dont even look at evony if you havent , as it will only dimenish the happiness in your life if you do :(

#149 RedDawg on 03.02.10 at 12:38 pm

Well I woke up this morning to find the two accounts I used banned and closed by Evony. I’m certain the reasons this has occurred is due to my complaining of botters and I do not spend any money on this game. I know I have two accounts and this may be frowned upon but I have had them both from the beginning and has never been an issue in the past. It has only been since I have been complaining that they have started harassing me and putting my accounts on Holiday. To be honest I am happy to be done with this game. It is very addictive and can ruin the best of anyone. Back to real life which has no one plundering me or flaming me on the World Chat room.

#150 pissed of wife on 03.03.10 at 1:19 am

My husband played this game for about 2 months. within a week of starting he was in cybersex chats with women and webcam with girls!!! most of the time I would be sitting right beside him trying to communicate etc. No response…too busy trying to hook up on that stupid game….to the women above who have husbands/boyfriends that seem addicted to this game…hack the account and check out the messages!!!
MEN ARE PIGS!!!!!

#151 ErdTirdMans on 03.04.10 at 1:42 am

Just looking at some analytics for my sites and anted to stop by and say thanks a million for the linkage, Bruce! You’ve sent a bunch of readers to my personal blog and NFO (the video game blog I write for) – almost enough to make me want to revisit Evony…

Almost.

#152 Koolman on 03.04.10 at 10:58 pm

I wonder if any of you have actualy tried the Game??
and all I can say about you folks complaining about Evony spamming up the Internet…MY God you people are smart enough to know how to block what you dont want… I think you folks are only ticked off Cause Evony creators are making huge amounts of Money, Money made Honestly to I mite add,, the Player has the choice to spend money on the game or not.
I think you all need to get a life outside of your PC’s
Why Not find something constructive to complain about… like starving kids in the world..
your all a bunch of Bah humbugs !!

#153 supershwa on 03.05.10 at 8:04 am

EVONY IS EVIL

Period.

That is, if you’re not Chinese. Evony is a great example of modern Chinese businesses taking advantage of Western economies and their cultures. It rakes in the cash while playing the “diplomatic immunity” legal perspective. Their advertisement is what is generally considered FALSE ADVERTISING and the game concept utilizes the hook-line-and-sinker technique: it pulls you in with the “free” concept, but titillates you with upgrade$ at every corner, while maintaining the addictive and/or community factor.

On top of this, they’ve STOLEN CONCEPTS/IMAGES/DESCRIPTIONS from other U.S. based games, movies, websites and stories – this is considered a crime in our country, but Chinese law often goes unchecked.

EVONY IS BAD, because it tantalizes the least disciplined in the gaming world, teasing the gambling addition, while the money goes straight to an economy to the other side of the world that is exempt from our own rules and taxes…

!! DO NOT PLAY EVONY !!

#154 RedDawg on 03.06.10 at 12:59 am

Koolman you are way out of touch about Evony. Most of the people making comments on this blog have not only played Evony but have been directly affected by the tactics the owners have used to their own benefit. The people that run Evony are criminals and it will not be long before you hear of their execution on Chinese radio and TV stations. Not that I want that to happen since it is cruel but Evony is a scam and must be stopped. To say they have made money honestly is an ignorant comment on your part and you should investigate before you add your text here. Yeah you’re right too; you dont need to spend money on Evony but if you don’t you get trounced by players that cheat or Evony eventually closes your accounts for not spending money or complaining.

#155 Taibe on 03.06.10 at 1:45 am

Dude Google left China a while back it’s this year but earlier in it. Google doesn’t like Chinese government but they will still advertise Evony. For the money anyway. But, id o understand where your coming from…Idk why Evony have perverts as leaders either because that female ad makes some people click. But anyway, Evony fails epicly.

#156 ImJustAPlayer on 03.08.10 at 9:09 pm

Errr…. yeah…. don’t get the “bad comments” at all. No offence intended of course to those who HAVE had problems. And, no, I have NOTHING to do with Evony or its development/implementation etc. I think it’s not a bad game, the ‘End Game’ on any one server is quite intersting. I’ve NEVER had any spyware/malware/keystroke loggers/whatever you want to call it or think/believe/have proved to exist etc been downloaded to my client, and I KNOW FOR SURE because I have a permanent, external to my client, LAN traffic monitor attached, specifically watching traffic from designated ip addresses. Honestly, in close to one year of playing Evony (and, yes, I DID spend three lots of 30$ – which I could damn near have spent in the local pub in one EVENING) NOTHING, but NOTHING (yep, I’ll say that agin, NOTHING) untoward has EVER come towards my machine…. oh I give up…. PLAY THE GAME for goodness sake – just part with a few bob if you really feel you have to – otherwise – be cool

#157 lino on 03.08.10 at 10:30 pm

why are they using boobs and hot girls to advertise…….thats stupid

#158 Knight on 03.11.10 at 4:43 am

Y does it matter wether or not the chinesse made evony or not…… almost EVERY game in the us is made by the chinesse………

#159 Knight on 03.11.10 at 4:46 am

Oh and the adds you guys keep seeing is from evony USERS that are using IEVONY to get free coins….. not the evony ppls lol….

#160 Bob on 03.13.10 at 12:21 am

guy guys, has anyone found a way to remove these annoying banners? I downloaded some FLV Player or something that forced me to install some toolbar, when I removed the tool bar and the FLV Player, the banners still keep coming, first it was evony and now its some just random banners that keep coming up with ip address: 64.128.87.132 and 72.232.183.154

it’s driving me nuts and I can’t work out how to remove them

any help appreciated.

#161 jeramie on 03.14.10 at 5:36 am

i mostly see this banner on torrent sites

#162 ROYALKING on 03.15.10 at 2:20 pm

hey so what evony is doing this. yea they need to change there adds but its a competitive world and i am a evony addict. if you can get past all this and start to play you will love the game. so just try to ingnore there adds they have already been sued about them before. and whatch what you post evony is on the prowl and is sueing people who tell others that evony is a scam and trying to get people not to play.

#163 Sara Fleming on 03.15.10 at 9:49 pm

I must say I was interested in seeing the betta version on Evony. I figured that they had to have fixed the problems that many people have stated above…… WRONG!!!!! In order to complete 1 of the quests you must spend $5, another is I belive $30. Yes real money, the kind that you spend at the store to get food. Though I have not seen any hate mail, or names that are raciest. The fact that you need to spend actual money inorder to do 2 of the taskes………yah…………no. So those of you who don’t wanna spend your cash, don’t even bother checking it out. Though I must admit getting 1,000 coins and 2 amulets are cool. But not enough to make me wanna come back.

#164 scott on 03.29.10 at 4:51 pm

Spamming, Chinese trying to take over the world, Evony not being free, it’s all in your head guys! So what if they use boobs to advertise, you all looked at em, just off to the side of the screen there!! It’s a good game for the most part, depends on how seriously you take it As for the advertising, who cares, i hate adverts, but without em, we’d all be screwed. Oh btw, you always get sad teens on Evony, asking “where are the naked women then”!!! Sad, but true!

#165 Douglas Abbot on 04.07.10 at 6:59 am

Hey I just would like to say evony is cool but hey there other things in life to do so I say everyone stop playing internet s*** and have fun outside! :)

#166 Aussie on 04.13.10 at 9:02 am

Hey bruce im not very good on the computer can anyone tell me how to delet my account

#167 Austin on 04.28.10 at 8:20 pm

I hate evony there money hogs

#168 poskov on 05.05.10 at 7:07 am

evony is the biggest failure EVER. it is the defination of faliure. stealing other companies’ stuff; they have no shame. the chinese suck!

#169 thorr eyagame on 05.06.10 at 3:10 pm

I just left evony sad that I wasted all these months playing. Real life is more important. I saw the girls on the ads, that is not why I started to play. Evony says they seed the map with 1% medals. I say that is hogwash, they attach a file to your account and that dictates what you are allowed, depending on how much you spend. The game is free to a certain point. I random is chance, then winning the same item on amulet several time is at best an example of the random lie. It is not random it is calculated.

#170 Tenshi on 05.08.10 at 3:30 am

Look if you have a problem with it dont look at it, personally i think this is a bunch of racist garbage i read all of these posts and i see that the biggest problem here is that the game was made in china. Second off if you have a problem with them taking your money then dont spend money on the site! stop and think about this all of the animeish games you buy for your game consols have some kind of asian origin, infact MOST of them do.
and another thing, just because you have a problem with it does not mean everyone does for every complaint you put in too google there are atleast 3 positive comments,
this is not a great way to spend your life is it? complaining about what cannot be stopped? and being upset about what you cannot do anything about?
If you choose not too support evony/civony then that is a personal choice but there tens of thousands of people who do like it and you just cannot compete with that…
take a moment and try to think of an honest reason you dont like the GAME…not about the people or the place it comes from but the GAME the actuall interface?

if you have an honest reason for that then by all means please keep blogging, but if you have a problem with the people then you should avoide World of War craft, Runescape, DnDonline, solarius, and even anything put out by EA games because they may not have been created in china but that is where they are mass produced, and further more you should only buy products and talk too people from your own country. Because that is the main problem i have seen made it is Chinese THAT is what everyone is complaining about
and as for the Game Coins and random spins i have too disagree upon trying it myself within a week i was awarded a holy helm of mars (which is one of the MOST coveted of items) a mechanical battalion and 100 game coins, TRUE it does increase your chances of winning but it does not totaly depend on it,
I believe this just seems too be a group of people who have played the game and have found that they were not up too snuff and found it too difficult for them…i have been playing since Mid October/Early November and have found it too be dificult but those who complain about it are the ones who dont know how too play.
So unless you have an amneable reason for hating the Game-and again i mean the interface-and not where it came from or who made it, then stop because other wise your are just punishing those who you shouldnt, instead boycot the place where it is produced not the product alone unless you plan to do the same with ALL products from the area

#171 Anora on 05.12.10 at 2:21 am

Need more explanation on why evony sux? read this!

http://www.cracked.com/funny-4570-evony/

#172 Anora on 05.12.10 at 4:50 am

@ Kori-
(Quoted from Kori’s prior post) “As for threatening emails and harassments, what do you want them to do? No matter what you play you will always get people that do this… This is no different from xbox live, Guild Wars chat, WoW….”

What I have to say to that- You were saying that this game is free not to complain then you decided to post up 3 games of which are all paid for. In game such as something on Xbox live, GW and WoW, they have no reason to have a report system because the games are paid for! Whether or not GW or Xbox live have subs, you still have to purchase them from the store.. so of course they’d have no report system.. you paid for it!

As for Evony however, all free games HAVE to be on top of their TOS! It’s the law! And, for the game to be as stupid as to sit there and completely ignore rants and complaints by people playing the game.. that’s basically committing game suicide.

I’m a HUGE major gamer and have played MANY games.. basically all free games such as PWE (Perfect World Entertainment) games, GPotato games, Aeria games, and other sorts of games text based.. I have played games from other companies also and all games have a system where you can complain and report issues and they take action ASAP! Of which actions SHOULD be taken by Evony creators but again, these moronic creators were Chinese gold dealers for WoW which is illegal in itself so for them to do any of this is of absolutely NO suprise to me.

As for the list of mmo’s you wanted to pass your time:

(3D MMO’s):
-Jade Dynasty
-Perfect World
-Battle of Immortals
-Aika Online
-Soul of the Ultimate Nation
-Allods
-Rappelz
-Tales of Fantasy (still in their closed beta I think)

(text based MMO’s that put evony to shame):
-Alienaa
-Vaperida
-The West

(Payable ones):
-Star Wars Galaxies

(If you want something more kiddy and childish or something for the kids to play):
-Ether Saga Online
-Wizard 101
-Dance! Online

#173 Chelsea on 05.12.10 at 2:26 pm

u know the weird thing is that this crap keeps popping up even after anti-spammers get rid of it and the funny thing is that if evony keeps it up they will get a major law suit from someone

#174 Blaine on 05.13.10 at 11:04 pm

Play the game, and see for your self what a steaming pile of poop Evony is. Aint nothing but a ‘money’ hack.

#175 VONSTEINER on 05.16.10 at 2:53 am

I have spent a ton on EVONY, had a HIGH level player on server #102, played for 8 months, and really loved the game, addicted like crack. On 5/13/10, EVONY deleted 90% of my progress, 8 of my 9 cities, 8 billion resource, 65 heroes, and 7 million Army on Server #102. ZERO Response to forums, emails, and calls messages left. EVONY IS A HUGE RIPOFF, a waste of time, and even if you SPEND MONEY, they will delete or cancel your account if you become “TOO GOOD.” With no answer as to why. YOU DO THE MATH. IS this a game you can win? NO? Is it addicting like CRACK? YES. Will they delete you if they don’t like you or you get too powerful? YES.
EVONY sucks, and it’s the BIGGEST GAME RIPOFF ON THE INTERNET. DON’T EVEN START PLAYING IT, and if you are playing it quit, or at least DON’T GIVE EVONY any money. It’s a joke.
VONSTEINER, “SCREWED BY EVONY and REGANMERCAN”

#176 Jones on 05.17.10 at 12:29 am

I’ve played evony for over a year. I like it because its an easy game to play, free, and it has other people you can talk to at anytime. I don’t really think anything of the advertisements it shows, but they are all over the place. I didn’t know it had bad press till i read this website because i usually just get on, build something and go on with my life. I’ve never spent money on it because thats stupid. But i can say that every other day they will send a mail to you every day to spend money to get cents and how good their deals are. And they made super servers. These super servers have no medals so you cant upgrade your rank unless you buy them. Before them people could get them from the vallies around your city. I play on the first super server, SS1, My account name is Wowzers. I may keep playing the game but i dont know…haven’t made up my mind yet.

#177 Misty on 05.18.10 at 1:57 pm

Your all retarded, nearly all of the products you buy have a label that says “Made in China” or Mexico or the Philippines or Thailand. Now how many of your own a Nintendo, Wii, Xbox, PS? None of which are American Made. Evony is really no different, your still spending money on a game, your still going to WalMart and buying all their foreign made crap thats going to break in a month too. Evony doesn’t have pop up ads. NetFlix and those stupid IQ tests what about them? Why don’t those bother you and you can write a thread about how you don’t like it because they are way more annoying than an Evony ad thats on the side or top of a page. And yes they do ban accounts for using bots, cheats, harassment and other things that go against site rules just like every other social site out there. Besides half of the people out there complaining are ex-Evony players that sucked at playing the game and ran off to complain about how it’s unfair that they were plundered or that they just sucked at playing the game.
~Lucrecia of HONOR SS8~

#178 Anora on 05.29.10 at 6:37 am

Why thank you for calling us retarded Misty.. nice to see an Evony addict.. btw how’s your life going? To shit? I suspect as much being an Evony addict.. if I were you, I’d stop spending crappy time on a piece of shit game like Evony and go breathe in some fresh air for a change.

#179 dylan on 06.08.10 at 10:54 pm

my sis cant stop playing, for awhile it toke over my life. now mt sister cant stop playing. IT IS THE WORST GAME EVER!!!

#180 Tyler on 06.13.10 at 11:19 pm

bruce you are right about the advertising but the game is really really fun

#181 ForgottenSlayer on 06.15.10 at 12:28 am

I am trying evony out and I am checking to see how it goes seems fine right now but I dislike the paying aspect. Anyways bruce runescape is a online flash game but something similar to this that doesn’t’ require you paying is Utopia a game I played along time ago. It is good fantasy game also from what I have seem it is much more warfare based and while you don’t get to pick your starting allies it is kingdom builder that is free and when I last played you couldn’t buy your way ahead I haven’t played in awhile but after I get bored and killed by people who brought their way ahead of me I think I’ll go check it out just putting it out there if someone is looking for something somewhat like this with less shadiness. Also I enjoyed my time with the game that even though I have not played it in a couple of years I would recommend it to anyone looking stat game fix plus you can be undead and that is just damn cool
I’m sure there are tons of other games just like this but read about 55% of this and intend to read the rest of this and did not see a single recommendation of a different game that was akin to this one so I thought I’d post this.
I sure there will be a few naysayers who will chide me for shamelessly plugging Utopia but I am in no connected to them I just enjoyed the game immensely and giving a option that people might try if they are looking for something different

#182 Phillip on 06.19.10 at 9:39 am

wow, i ip scanned it and said it was a dead ip, can you tell me why?

#183 Hiya on 07.27.10 at 8:04 am

I love how they use sex to lure you in to play the game. Evony always have pretty girls wearing very revealing clothing. I am sooooo weak…

#184 Matt on 07.28.10 at 12:07 am

this is crazy you guys dont know anything about the game i am here as a evony veteran i have been playing for a year now and have not spent $1 on the game and still have billions of billions of resources with lvl10 cities and on the site http://www.evony.com it even says anything other broswer even with evony in the name is a fake DUH do some research before trying to bash something

#185 Shasta Oppenheimer on 09.11.10 at 3:09 am

I like Your New style man

#186 Travis White on 09.21.10 at 2:29 pm

I have played EVONY, well, since before it was Evony, it was called Civony and I was a beta tester. I have seen many changes in format since the game’s inception. The changes have all been geared towards “encouraging” players to “buy” more items. There is no debating this. Even when players created defensive strategies by building NPC’s around them Evony removed the players creation. The EVONY team continues to interfere with the gamer with the singular purpose of gleaning more cash from players. Customer support is NON-Existant. I had an issue where Evony “lost” my coins, I wrote for 3 months with no response. Even the powerless moderators were unable to contact EVONY. They simply took my money without recourse. Evony is simply a money grabbing effort. Want examples? I have tons. Sure you can still suceed, but you must quit your job and have your dinner brought to your computer because you have to log some serious hours EVERYDAY. Want to take a little break? Then you pay for it…….am I bitter about the experience? Nope, I could care less…..the FACT is…this game WAS conceived and excuted to bilk as much money as possible from players. There is no arguement against that.

#187 EvonyLover on 09.29.10 at 12:10 am

Lol..that last post was correct. Evony will destroy your personal life, however, for some of us that don’t have anything better to do it is way past worth it. For those of you that have never tried it then u have little room to talk. If you have played it and still feel the same then u are entitled. I personally have made many friends off the game and learned a lot about myself and how to read others, which are good life skills to learn. Let’s not forget that not everyone has to love a game. But, lets not ruin it for those that do. I would love to work for Evony one day. Any game that has that many players, especially that many that play it all day and all night has got to be good. Otherwise no one would do it. Thanks for letting me put in my 2 cents(no pun intended) :)

#188 Prinzz on 10.12.10 at 5:55 am

I ~heart~ Evony

#189 RosieRose on 10.14.10 at 3:31 am

I love Evony! I’ve been playing over a year. Tell you what, I can play the game better for free than more than half the people who blow their life savings on it in an attempt at game greatness that they seem to think will carry over to their real life. Bottom line: If you don’t like the game, don’t play it. If you do like it, play it, but watch out for me ;). If you are no good at the game, stop whining because you get your butt kicked and find something that suits you better.

#190 Cripp on 10.24.10 at 8:15 pm

First this blog went from talking about evony and press and how bad it is then it went to counseling for some chick that wont leave her husband alone and then i skipped some lol and went to the bottom and it was about how good the game was. What is this blog about? if its about bad press, sure everything gets some bad press, if its about that crazy chicks husband, get over yourself, if it’s about the game being good, its amazing and if you dont like it, your entitled to say that, but if you dont know what the blog is about shut-up okay? its about bad press, not about your personal issues or what you think of the game. It gets bad press okay if you were as big a deal as this game is, people would be looking for bad things to say about you 24/7. Overall this is called a failblog sorry brucey :/ get over yourselves people.

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