The Final Fate of Travian Champions?

Over five long months ago, I said that I was optimistic that I would be able to find a way to make room in my schedule to update this website regularly. Obviously,  I was way off on that call.

Since that time, I’ve kept hoping that things would balance themselves out for me in real life, and that I’ve be able to make a triumphant return to blogging about Travian and other online games. I really enjoyed this site, I kept it going for about a year and I had a great time doing it. And I didn’t want to give up if I thought there was still a chance that I could get it going again, in some way.

But, it’s been several months now, and after a new promotion at work, and taking some time to look at the amount of courses I still need to complete to finish my education (stupid education!) and how much work they’re going to be, it’s finally sunk in that going back to updating this site isn’t something that’s realistic for me, and won’t be in the future. Staying up to date on what’s happening on various Travian servers takes a huge time commitment. So does playing Travian at a high level. I probably should have come to this decision a few months ago, but I was holding out for a miracle. I really don’t want to give up on this site, but I really don’t think I have a choice but to pull out at this point. This is a hard decision because I love playing Travian, I can say without any exaggeration that it’s my favourite game I’ve ever played. If I could only play one videogame for the rest of my life, I would choose Travian in a heartbeat. Also, I love talking about Travian, I love writing in general, and I love WordPress. But I also love accounting, I love getting good grades, and love making $21 an hour.

So, well, that’s that.

I’m really proud of the work I was able to do with this site, even though it never really got to the level I wanted it to, it was still a big success. And I’d like to see it continue. So if there’s anyone out there who is a die-hard Travian lover who would be interested in taking this site over, and making it your own, please feel free to send me an e-mail at 1randomgeek@gmail.com, and let me know why you’d like to take over running this site and what you’d like to do with it.

Even though this site hasn’t been updated in months, it still gets over 300 hits a day. And on days where I’ve had a big story, I’ve had well over 1,000 hits per day. So there’s definitely a big readership out there for a site like this, and a lot of potential for great things you can do with it.

(I toyed with the idea of just turning this site into my own personal blog which I would just update whenever I feel like with any random thing I feel like, but I’d rather it just stayed Travian focused.)

I’d like to thank the creators of Travian for making such a great game, and to all the people at Travian Games GMBH who keep it running and keep pushing it to greater heights. I want to thank all of the administrators, multihunters, support crew, and everyone else at Travian.com. Thank to all the players who compete so hard who gave me so much to write about. I wish I could keep this running because there are so many great players and alliances who deserve to be in the Hall of Fame. Almost all the players who I talked to or did coverage on were great people who were really cool to get to know. Best of luck to all of you in the future. And finally, thanks to everyone who came and read this site while I was at the helm of it. I’m really happy it was able to achieve the success that it did, and I’m going to leave it up as long as people keep visiting it (seriously, 300 hits a day for doing nothing is actually pretty cool).

Peace out!

-Randomgeek

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Glitched!

I’ve almost got part 1 of the S9.com Roundtable interview done (I’m splitting it into two parts because it’s pretty lengthy), but now WordPress is glitching up and I’m having trouble finishing it. I’ll try to get it done soon, hopefully this will pass soon. This seems to happen often when I have posts that are more than 2000 words long.

Solo Play

Godspeed wrote a reply to the post where I talked about being burnt out from playing Server 9. I thought I’d reply to some of what he said.  

Yep we all get tired at some point.
That ‘burn out effect’ but in you case your like the superman of travian with all the coverage

This is why I sugest it’s time to make a team = more guys = more coverage = better quality work = more free time etc etc

It’s WIN WIN scenario for all parties involved us the reads and you the founder of this place.

I appreciate Godspeed’s concern, and his idea of building a team isn’t a bad one, but I do think it’s a bit idllyc and it’s not the direction that I’m planning on going in. While I welcome other people’s contributions to the site, building a team and then coordinating it would be a lot of work. I tried to get contributors to help cover the regional servers, and that really fizzled out with very little to show for it. In that case, more guys did not = more coverage and better quality. All it lead to was me saying that there would be more coverage and then me feeling bad because it never happened.

So I’m a bit wary of putting a lot of effort into trying to get more people to help with the site. I can’t pay anyone, I can’t get anyone to sign a contract, so there’s not really anything I can do if someone flakes out. If that happens, it leaves me in a position where I’ve promised something (more coverage and more updates) and now I’ve got to do it myself or not deliver.

Maybe my post didn’t make it clear enough that I have a plan for keeping the site regularly updated and making it better as time goes on – and that plan mostly involves things that I’ll be doing on my own. After Server 9 ends, I’ll have a lot more free time to work on the site. I’ve been playing it pretty much since the Travian Champions began, and I’ve played it pretty much every day as much as I can.

I don’t really think I need to build a team to help make the site better. Having a team COULD help the site, if everything goes right, but I think it would make my life harder, not easier right now. Travian is a time consuming game, and I don’t think there’s a big population of people who will contribute regularly to a site like this that I can tap into. But if anyone ever does want to help with the site, feel free to send me an e-mail or contact me on Skype. I’m always open to hearing ideas.

Still, managing a team of bloggers sounds daunting and stressful. What if I wanted (or needed) to take a day off? Having other people counting on me isn’t an idea I like, especially when I feel that I still have a lot to learn.

The big improvement that I’m reaching for is how I manage my own time, not having to manage other people.

After Server 9 ends, I’m going to be changing my system for updating the site, and hopefully taking it to another level. It’s going to be a period of change and finding new ways to do things. I’ve got a lot of ideas and a long to-do list, and I’m really excited to take this chance to take a break from playing Travian as hardcore as I normally do, and I really think it will give me time to do things I haven’t had time to focus on. I really want to focus on improving myself, not trying to manage others.

But first, I have a game of Travian to finish!

My Interview from Travian News International magazine:

On page 9 of the latest Travian International magazine, I get interviewed by myrcat, one of the magazine’s most dedicated writers. She asked some great questions about the site and about me. Here’s the full text of the interview:

myrcat: This time, we are going to speak with randomgeek, editor of the page https://travianchampions.wordpress.com/. 

myrcat:  So how long have you had your site up now?

Randomgeek:  It’s been up since June ’09

myrcat:  Why’d you decide to start it?

Randomgeek: Well, I had been playing Travian for about a year by that point, and a lot of people who played the game were saying how after a server the winners don’t get remembered. A lot of people kept saying “someone should make a hall of fame”. So I thought to myself, why don’t I make one? 

myrcat: What’s your favourite server been so far?

Randomgeek: My favourite server that I’ve played on so far was definitely Server 4 2008-2009. Even though the side I was on lost quite badly in the end, I still had a great time. I was in an awesome alliance, I learned a lot about how to be a better player, and it was never boring.

My favourite server that I’ve covered on my site was server 3 2008 – 2009. The endgame was super competitive, and had one of the most shocking and dramatic finishes ever in Travian. A single-wing alliance which no one thought had a chance of winning just barely managed to have the World Wonder they were backing reach level 100 just 18 hours before the other side would have. This was after every major army had bit the dust. It was amazing to watch a finish so close. And both sides were filled with great players and had very intelligent leaders.

myrcat: Do you have plans for doing more with other domains or will you stick mainly to .com?

Randomgeek: I definitely would like to do more when it comes to covering them. Whether or not I’ll be able to get to so depends on how much time I have. I don’t want to get burnt out by trying to do too much. I’ve tried to get other people to write about other servers like the Australian, UK, and India ones, but that’s sort of fizzled out. When I have some free time in the future I’m going to try to figure out a new system to get more coverage of the other English-language servers on my site. 

myrcat: How many servers have you documented so far?

Randomgeek: So far I’ve added 4 servers to my site’s “Travian Hall of Champions”, 8 regular servers and 2 speed servers. 

myrcat: Is this your first website or do you have experience with making them?

Randomgeek: I had minimal experience with having my own website before starting Travian Champions, but I still knew enough that I wasn’t a complete rookie at it. Since starting Travian Champions I’ve learned a lot and I’m looking forward to picking up new skills as time goes on. 

Website Update

I just want to let my readers know that I think things are going to be a bit sporadic lately. The Server 9 endgame is really draining me right now and I think I’m suffering from Travian exhaustion. Mentally, I’m really, really tired of Travian right now. Don’t get me wrong – I’m having fun playing, but the mental effort required to do an analysis post and type up something long it really not something I’m feeling up to at the moment.

What I want to do, to be honest, is just stop updating this site altogether until the endgame is over. But don’t worry, I’m not going to do that- I realize it’s not in the site’s best interests. I’ll force myself to write out posts as much as I can.

Obviously, big things are happening on Server 9 right now, and I will try to summarize and record all of them before the day is done.I really don’t want to miss any of it.  But beyond that, the updates to the site will probably be erratic during the remainder of the endgame. I’m worn out. Covering an endgame that I’m playing in is many times harder than covering one that I’m not.

Crew chat summary collected

I’ve put together all of the 8 parts of my Crewchat summary into one page, and added it to this site’s Features page. If you want to read my entire summary of the crewchat, you can now find it all in one place.

S9.com Update Coming soon

It’s been a while since I’ve posted an update on the Server 9 endgame, but I’ll try to get one done later today. I’ve been working hard doing the crewchat summary, and that was a lot to read through, and of course I’ve been very busy playing Server 9.

Right now I feel like I’ve had my head down in the trench for too long – I really know what’s going on in my area and with my alliance, but as for the world outside of that in Server 9, I feel really out of date. I think it’s gotten to the point where I’m playing so hard to manage my account (and help the accounts of the 2 players I sit for) that my brain just doesn’t want to read about Server 9 anymore after I’m done playing.

But I’ll suck it up and get an update done soon, as soon as I can take a step back, catch my breath, and take a look at what’s going on in the world around me.