I ran into a couple of questions recently about how to join an alliance. It is hard to write a guide on it, but maybe if experienced players share their stories how they got into very first alliance it will help someone. After all, finding a group to play with is the main goal for all newcomers.
Here is mine: My first server was on usx. I did not know what to look for when I settled second village and ended up in close proximity of a big offensive player, not exactly next to him, but in the area he considered his. He sent a raid right away, I defended with all my might (thought my 300 praets are huge army back then), got an angry igm that requested to pay back troops cost, said sure if we agree on peace and to my surprise the offer was accepted. I did not let him forget about me, asked for an advise a couple of times and eventually he asked for assistance with defense and I sent all I had (well, the closest round number so it would not look like all ). Next day I received an invitation from their academy wing, got invited into skype rooms, made a few friends and was invited to play next round.
Couple years later I moved to com domain, did not know anyone here, but that was easy. I looked around, find an alliance that looked good and send a message " The account is such and such, settlers will be ready in a X hours and I want to join an alliance before I send them". Got invite with suggested coordinates for settling.
Who is next?