.US Servers Teamchat Report

I finally got around to reading the entire Team Chat for the .us servers. Overall I’d say that it wasn’t as informative or relevant as the .com Team Chat, there was a much higher percentage of silly questions and people just goofing off (I’m not saying there’s anything wrong with goofing off in chatrooms, it’s just not something I enjoy having to read through).

But there were some really good questions and answers, which I’ve compiled together for anyone who’s interested. Even if you play on non-US servers, I think you’ll find these interesting.

Question from ProtiuM: How many people are on the travian team?
Answered by Fighter: On US we have a team of over 70, worldwide it is over 600

Wow. How many other games out there have a 600 person crew running it? Reading numbers like that remind me that when I play Travian I’m part of something very big.

There were some interesting gameplay questions in the chat that I didn’t know the answers to before. Here are two of them:

Question from IRCmeet520:  How will artifacts be treated if the owner deletes?
Answered by Seth: It will work like the current way it does for the building plans, it will be destroyed, but the admin can still respawn the artifact if necessary, which will most likely happen

Question from noobtard: Ok who would be able to answer if the residence increases (the defense) for a World Wonder. It is a question I have always wondered.
Answered by Seth: The residence only adds a static bonus based on the level, basically like an over powered troop, but since there are so many defensive troops in a WW village it doesn’t really make much of a difference. The spot is better spent on the Great Warehouses and Great Granaries.

Here’s another thing I didn’t know: There actually is server that doesn’t have any Gold on it! (Just not in English)

Question from mib_i0futk: please make a server with no gold, put advertisements on it, why not? please
Answered by Lurk: There is a server like that on .org but it is in German. Running this site takes up quite a few funds unfortunately.

Sounds unlikely that it’ll ever be done on an English-speaking server, but at least they’ve given it a try.

Some great advice:

Question from mooseknuckle: what’s a good tip for an intermediate player? Something that they may not realize?
Answered by Gerwin: Negative wheat is not deadly.

Gerwin hit this answer out of the park. When I first started I was terrified of having negative wheat. It wasn’t until the end of my first server that I realized that having a ton of raiders would make up for the lack of wheat, and that it was okay to sustain a large army by using your other cities. On my second server, half my cities were in negative wheat for most of the game, and I was a much better player because of it!

Question from Gilman: When will the T3.5 map be introduced, and on what server?
Answered by retched: The 3.5 map is fully enabled on US1 and will be enabled on all future servers going forward. Unless Fighter decides he wants to open a classic.

US1 is the first .US server to use the new 3.5 map. Also, I didn’t realize it before, but S3.com is the only English-language Classic server in the world. (BTW, Fighter is the admin for .us servers, similar to Tschena on .com)

Question from redwing: i was wondering if you considered adding a King and archers to the game?
Answered by Tranqer: We have looked into adding several troops, however adding more troops (or tribes for that matter) will make the game very unbalanced. At this moment there no plans to add new troops or tribes 😉

It’s interesting that they have looked into it. I’d love to hear more about the troops they’ve thought about adding and what they would have done. But I’m also happy with the troops that are in the game now. It doesn’t really need any more.

There were lots of questions about the Multihunters and the people behind the game. Here some of them:

Question from ProtiuM: Can you go onto any players account?
Answered by Seth: The MH and Admin can see everything that is done on any account. Everything.

Question from IRCmeet995: how much time does MH spend /day /week MHing?
Answered by Seraphim_: It’s variable, actually. Some days, it may take 20-30 minutes. Other days, it can take hours. It depends a lot on whether one of the MH’s on that server has done an audit that day to check for rule-breakers. If they have, the bans prompt a lot of messages, a lot of time to be spent.

Question from Tenacity: What do administrators do?
Answered by Tranqer: Admins mostly focus on crew management, complaints, server management, marketing, and checking daily the quality and speed of services by the crewmembers to the local players.

Just like on on the .com servers, the .us servers are also taking applicants to be Multihunter or Support. If you’re interested in doing that for one of the .US servers, here’s the info:

Question from nate1: how can i become a support
Answered by memory: Go here to look for the link to the application: You must click the link: http://forum.travian.us/showthread.php?t=30895

If you’re interested in being part of the .com crew, the link for that is in part one of my report on their Crewchat.

Apparently the Multihunters on the .US servers do get Gold in exchange for helping out:

Interview> Question from arteest: Are there any in-game perks for those who work on the game?
Answered by Seth: We get gold for our accounts, but not a lot. We most live with the joy that we helped make Travian a better place for everyone.

 Question from IRCmeet657: do crew get paid?
Answered by Lurk: Our crew are volunteers; the administrator(s) get paid. The crew are given some Gold as thanks for their work.

As someone pointed out, the value of the Gold they get is FAR below minimum wage, so don’t get jealous!

Question from slowpoker: Are there any awards at the end of a server?
Answered by Seraphim_: Um… bragging rights…. your alliance’s name in neon lights…. party favors…. fireworks…. 😛

And you also get to have your alliance listed on this very site, of course! I’m making the bragging rights much more real! (I’ll have to work on the neon lights though)

If you’re looking for something to put in your signature on the Travian forums, I think this Q&A would be perfect:

Question from Twitch: question What is the point of this game?
Answered by Seth: To get to the end and build a WW, but also to smash things.

And finally, the question that we are all wondering the answer to:

Question from Eukara: how many licks DOES it take to get to the center of a tootsie pop?
Answered by retched: The world may never know.

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