Some thoughts on S1.com and S7.com before I get to S9.com

Overall I’m really happy with how my S2.com endgame coverage turned out, and most people agree that I did a good job. I’m really looking forward to doing S9.com coverage. I’m a little bit nervous about covering a server that I’m also playing on, but I’m sure things will work out okay.

The S2.com coverage was really a good way for me to bounce back after I dropped the ball on the S1.com and S7.com coverage. I would like to take this time to apologize once again to all the players on S1.com and S7.com, for not being able to cover their endgames as much as I should have. When the S6.com, S1.com, and S7.com endgames were all going on at the same time, I tried really hard to keep up to date on what was going on with all of them, and I got burnt out really quickly. By the time S6.com ended, I was tired and my account on S9.com was very neglected, and there just wasn’t enough time for me too get back into a groove and cover S1 and S7 the way I should. But the important thing is that I’ve learned from my mistakes and now I know to just stick to playing and covering one server at a time (Speaking of which, earlier today I turned down a chance to take over an awesome account on S5.com that was offered to me, because I knew I wouldn’t have the time for it.).

I still have some material for S7.com that I never did get around to using, so maybe if I can find the spare time I’ll take a look at it and put some of it on the site. I was never really happy with the Hall of Fame entry so I might look into revamping that too.

Anyway, I just wanted to say sorry one more time to S1 and S7 players.

And without any further ado, now I’ll go face the impossible task of trying to make everyone on S9.com happy.

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Weekly Rewards on Travian.com Extended to Com1, Com3, Com5, and Com10

Travian.com has extended its weekly award for the top climber of the week to Servers 1, 3, 5, and 10. Whoever is the #1 climber each week will get a 10 Gold reward. This was previously introduced on Server 8 as a test. The rewards will last up until the introduction of the artifacts (at which point the game closes registration for new players). On Server 3, which is the “Classic Server” that uses Travian version 2.5, the rewards will continue right up until the start of the endgame (which I assume is a sign that new players can also join the server right up until the start of the endgame – that’s the way it always was before the introduction of the Mid-game Artifacts in version 3.5 of Travian). With the addition of these four servers that are new to offering this award, all of the servers that are open for registration for new players are now offering the reward. So you can probably expect that this will also be included on future servers as well.

Click here to read the official announcement.

The player response to these rewards have been mostly positive, but some players have suggested that there should be gold awards for players who are the top raiders. Personally, I disagree. Some players are able to be the top raider every week, and they would be able to collect a free gold award multiple times. But top climber is something you can pretty much only get once – usually during your first or second week of play. This way, more people get to have the award. Rewards and prizes that the same player keeps winning over and over don’t add a lot of fun to the game. Also, if you’re the top raider, you probably don’t need any extra gold to help you out. But anyone who joins a server after it’s already been running for a few weeks is already at a disadvantage, so giving a little gold at the players who are the best new registrants will help even things out a little bit and give players incentive to compete hard no matter what point they joined the server at.

If anything, I’d like to see the reward be a little bit bigger. 10 Gold is nice, but perhaps if it was a little bit bigger it would inspire even more competition for players to be the fastest climber. As a competitive player, I think that anything that adds a little more blood to the water is a good thing.

Travian.com Server 1: Rally Point Limit Removed

Here’s some news that I’m sure many top Travian players will be happy about. Server 1, the next server to start on Travian.com, won’t have the Rally Point Limit that was introduced in Travian 3.6.

Here’s the text of the announcement from the Travian.com admin:

UPDATE: We all get the chance to show that the rally point restriction is not beginner friendlier than the old system and does not help to keep beginners playing. Therefore traviangames agreed to start this server exceptionally without the rally point restriction for testing issues. Many thanks to traviangames for this.
So now it’s up to you to show how beginner friendly you can be

Regards
Tschena

Ever since its announcement, the Rally Point Restriction has been heavily criticized by many players on the Travian.com forums and the other regional forums (US, AUS, UK, etc.). Many of these players also wrote to Travian Games directly to say why they felt these changes would hurt the game. Elite players were very concerned about how it would affect those who rely on a heavy raiding strategy, and how it would limit alliances ability to launch fake attacks which are an important part of wars between large Meta-alliances.

What we’re seeing here is hopefully a sign that the people who make Travian (Travian Games GBMH) are listening to the feedback of their experienced and dedicated players and are reconsidering some of the controversial aspects of the Travian 3.6 upgrades.

Let’s look at the evolution of the last three servers on Travian.com, starting with the first Travian 3.6 Server, S10.com:

S10.com:

  • Rally Point Limit: 4 Attacks per level
  • Auto-dodge
  • Auto-recall

S8.com:

  • Rally Point Limit: 5 attacks per level
  • No auto-recall

S10.com:

  • No Rally Point Limit
  • No auto-recall

In my opinion this is evidence that Travian Games is listening to its players and their feedback about what they didn’t like about version 3.6.

With the Rally Point Limit gone, I think Server 1  might be one of the best Travian games of all time. The talent pool for players is going to be phenomenal. Players who were in endgame alliances on the last S1.com, S6.com, and S7.com will all be taking part. And I would be surprised if some players on Server 8 who don’t like the Rally Point limit decide to jump to this server as well. No doubt about it, this server will be epic.

The server is now open for pre-registration, and play will begin on January 29th.

The Artifacts in Action

Someone from Server 1 sent me this battle report. It’s an attack on a world wonder launched by a player who had an artifact that reduced crop consumption and one that increased the speed that he built troops at. Check it out and see what you can do if you put the artifacts to good use:

The player who built and launched this huge army, Thekinglives from AoW*Gold, finished the server as the #9 attacker overall, which isn’t surprising when he has an army this impressive. The World Wonder that he hit finished 12th overall.

I’ll try to find more battlereports from Server 1 and add them to this site over the next few days if I have the time. (It’s going to be a busy week for me so I’m not sure if I’ll get to it, but I’ll try!)

S1.com Winners Inducted into the Travian Hall of Champions

Travian Champions is happy to announce that the first ever winners of a  Travian 3.5 server are have now been added to the Travian Hall of Champions! Click the link below to view the Hall of Champions entry for S1.com 2009!

https://travianchampions.wordpress.com/world-com/s1-com-09-travian-3-3/

I apologize that for not being able to do very much coverage of this server due to the server 6 endgame happening at the same time and then being busy with the holidays. But there will be some more posts related to this server posted on the blog over the next few days.

I wanted to do something special for Travian 3.5 Hall of Champions Inductions, so I’ve made a trophy image with the winning Meta-alliance’s name on it. All future winners will also get a trophy made for them with their name on it. A picture of the trophy will be posted at the top of all future inductions. The trophy isn’t anything really fancy, I’m not a graphic artist and I just made it using Powerpoint, but I thought this would be a cool extra for the winning alliance to have a trophy with their name on it. Here’s the S1.com trophy for the winning alliance, TAG:

Click on the trophy to see a bigger version of it. The bigger version looks better.

TAG are the winners of Server 1 on Travian.com

Congratulations to TAG on their victory, and look for an entry into the Travian Hall of Champions for Server 1 sometime in the next few days! TAG will go down in history as being the first alliance to ever win a Travian 3.5 on Travian.com!

I will try to write more about this server and the alliances that played on it if time allows.

Travian 3.6: All .com servers servers to be upgraded next week!

A big announcement was made on the Travian.com forums earlier today by the .com admin, Tschena. All Travian.com servers will be making changes to Travian 3.6. Not all of the 3.6 features will be going into effect, but players can expect to see new graphics and get new free features. but the biggest controversy is that all servers will now have the Travian 3.6 “Gold Club” implemented on them, even ones that are almost over, like S6.com and S1.com.  Read the announcement thread here. The full text of the announcement is below:

Here is the full text of her announcement:

Dear players,

all servers will get an upgrade either to T3.6 directly or to T3.6 code with some restrictions on December 2, 2009.

New servers (com10)

  • Rally point: only 5 troop movements (attacks, raids and reinforcement orders) per building level
  • Status icons for reports, to identify easy attacks without losses, trades etc
  • Research loop for armoury and blacksmith
  • Enough resources at…. and “capacity” after raids shown without PLUS (and for academy, armoury and blacksmith)
  • Direct link to the NPC trade
  • Direct link to “instant build”
  • 10% off and def bonus removed (only NEW Servers)
  • PLUS cost down from 15 to 10 (only NEW Servers)
  • Graphics for artefact’s and resource fields
  • Village and link panel can be collapsed

Gold club:

  • Gold club costs 100 Gold for whole server time
  • Returning troops immediate callback (and they return immediately to your village) cost 5 gold. This only affects returning troops. And only those without catapults and chiefs of any tribe. Those can not be called back immediately.
    Additional, the callback is not possible if the village is being under attack/raid hitting within the next 3 hours.
  • Master builder: prepare three more buildings in loop even without enough resources, cost 1 gold for each
  • Send away all troops before an attack comes in (they leave at the moment of the attack and return 180 seconds afterwards) 2 gold each time troops dodge. The total amount of dodges can be set by the player for each village separately (troops have to be at home for at least 10 seconds except they are returning from the usage of this option)
  • Trade route for 7 days, 2 gold per route for 7 days (only for own villages)

then there are free features in the Gold club:

  • Merchants run three times (if selected)
  • Farm list – you can setup to easy find and attack your farms
  • 15 and 9 cropper finder with oasis bonuses filter
  • Farm statistics easy overview how effective your raids to a specific village have been

Features formerly in the PLUS Account, now free for all players:

  • Enough resources at…. shown without PLUS (also for academy, armory and blacksmith)
  • “Capacity” after raids shown without PLUS
  • WarSim with all features
  • Walls etc and Rally Point can be built anywhere and be moved on their specific building site

Changes for the PLUS Account:

  • Lowered price for PLUS Account from 15 to 10
  • Research loop for armoury and blacksmith
  • 10% off and def bonus removed (to remove the possibility to buy a combat bonus for Gold)

Upgraded Travian 3.5 Servers (com1, com2, com4, com5, com6, com7, com9, comx)

  • Status icons for reports, to identify easy attacks without losses, trades etc
  • Research loop for armoury and blacksmith
  • Enough resources at…. and “capacity” after raids shown without PLUS (and for academy, armoury and blacksmith)
  • Direct link to the NPC trade
  • Direct link to “instant build”
  • Graphics for artefact’s and resource fields
  • Village and link panel can be collapsed

Gold club:

  • Gold club costs 100 Gold for whole server time
  • Master builder: prepare three more buildings in loop even without enough resources, cost 1 gold for each
  • Trade route for 7 days, 2 gold per route for 7 days (only for own villages)

then there are free features in the Gold club:

  • Merchants run three times (if selected)
  • Farm list – you can setup to easy find and attack your farms
  • 15 and 9 cropper finder with oasis bonuses filter
  • Farm statistics easy overview how effective your raids to a specific village have been

Features formerly in the PLUS Account, now free for all players:

  • Enough resources at…. shown without PLUS (also for academy, armoury and blacksmith)
  • “Capacity” after raids shown without PLUS
  • WarSim with all features
  • Walls etc and Rally Point can be built anywhere and be moved on their specific building site

Changes for the PLUS Account:

  • Research loop for armory and blacksmith

Classic servers (com3)

  • Status icons for reports, to identify easy attacks without losses, trades etc
  • Research loop for armoury and blacksmith
  • Enough resources at…. and “capacity” after raids shown without PLUS (and for academy, armoury and blacksmith)
  • Direct link to the NPC trade
  • Direct link to “instant build”
  • Graphics for artefact’s and resource fields
  • Village and link panel can be collapsed

Gold club:

  • Gold club costs 100 Gold for whole server time

then there are free features in the Gold club:

  • Merchants run three times (if selected)
  • Farm list – you can setup to easy find and attack your farms
  • 15 and 9 cropper finder
  • Farm statistics easy overview how effective your raids to a specific village have been

Features formerly in the PLUS Account, now free for all players:

  • Enough resources at…. shown without PLUS (also for academy, armoury and blacksmith)
  • “Capacity” after raids shown without PLUS
  • WarSim with all features
  • Walls etc and Rally Point can be built anywhere and be moved on their specific building site

Changes for the PLUS Account:

  • Research loop for armory and blacksmith

 

Stay tuned to Travian Champions for more news and clarifications about Travian 3.6 and how these changes will affect the game!