The nome locations are represented by names, numbers, and location north or south. Example: Bastton, (7S); which is nome of my capital city located in the nome named Bastton at 7 South. Other players may be in the north and they would have a "N" instead of a "S".
You can see the nome map by clicking on the name of the nome listd ahead of the city name on the city view map of your city. This will show all the cities in your nome.
You can "zoom" out and see more nomes by looking for the ^ and v buttons clicking on the "-" button. You can use the arrow buttons to scroll toward the north or south of the present nome you are viewing.
You can jump to a nome by typing in its name in the box provided on the nome view map and clicking GO or typing in the number +N or S (example: 7S) to jump to the desired nome. Typing int 7S and clicking GO will jump to the nome at 7 South.
When you click on a city on the nome map, it will pop open a small menu on the left of the screen with the name of the pharaoh and next to that there will be a small
icon next to it. Clicking on that icon opens the message window and you can then send a message to that specific pharaoh player.
If he replies, you can click on the
on the city view map screen to accessed received and sent messages.
Once a player has sent you message you can open that menu and click on that player's name and send him a new message using method. Messages received will only be retained for about 7 days and will eventually be deleted by the game. So you may want to write down the player's name, city name, nome name, and number/NorS address on paper for future use.
You can also type notes to yourself by clicking on the scroll icon
and save such info or anything you want to keep there.
You can also access messaging by clicking on the name of the player that appears on the General, Trade or Nome wall by first clicking on the
icon. The General "wall", as it is called, is for players to chit chat in. The Trade wall is for making trade deals with other players on the public wall. The Nome wall is for posting messages to other players in your nome.
Ships will be needed to send goods from your city to a player you have made a trade deal with. Each ship holds 100 of anything you send. 500 of something will take 5 ships. Partial shipments of less than 100 will take one ship.
Ships can and will run aground or be sunk so you will have to keep replacing them as you play the game. So keep a small force in the exchange constantly building ships as you play. You will need to have cedar to build ships.
The game will usually cost you anywhere between 0% and 10% of the number of ships you send. If you send 50 ships, you could lose none at all or you could lose as many as 5 from one shipment. You could also lose 1, 2, 3 or 4 ships, it is supposed to be random.
If you want to buy something from the trade wall, you open that wall and type a message like "need 500 cedar. have 500 bricks to trade." Usually basic goods are traded 1:1. If you are trading basic goods for luxury goods the rate is about 3-5 basic goods for 1 luxury item. I find 4 basic for on 1 luxury item is fair. What you pay and get is entirely up to you and the person you are trading with.
You'll need tons of ships so keep building them. The max ships you can have in the game is 500.