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.

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Travian 3.6: More about the Rally Point Changes

Here’s a further explanation of the Rally Point changes in Travian 3.6. I must say, when you put it this way, it makes a lot of sense:

Dear players,

as the changes to the rally point brought up a lot discussion we want to tell you the reasons why we decided to make those.

We are able to detect a huge variety of different bots. We monitor this data now for several weeks. Those data is collected by Travian Games, no Admin nor Multihunter has access to those yet.

Our analyses have shown that nearly all players with having constantly more then 100 troop movements are using bots. We know that there are professionals who manage to do so without a bot.
Some details we discovered while checking different data from com5:

  • Only 31 of all players would have been limited by the new Rally Point restriction
  • exactly 12 of them are not using bots to maintain those troop movements
  • this means out of 25000 Players, only 12 none cheating players are affected by the Rally Point restriction

Worldwide analyses show that com5 is a pretty good example for the average Travian server. We found one server where 17 none cheating players would have been affected, on the other side one where only 2 would have been affected.

Now we are finished with monitoring and analyzing the data of bot usage. We will set up a new bot detection and punishing system after finishing the T3.6 test period.
So please do not discuss about bot punishments anymore because we are taking care of that issue.
The bot issue combined with the possibility to be successful without bots and playing 24/7 with 5 persons in the account was one of the main reasons why we created T3.6 as it is.

The reason why we chose com10 as one of our test servers (along with tr9 and asia5) is that lots of players from all over the world are playing on .com. Your opinion during the test period is important to us. But please argue and tell us reasons for why things are good or not. The best thing for you and us, would be you playing the new server and giving us feedback of your experiences with the new features.

Thank you in advance for your effort on helping us making Travian even better.

Best Regards
Agge (Community Manager)

(This was originally posted on the Travian.com forums here)

I say that the main problem with Travian 3.6 is the ability to instantly recall troops in exchange for gold. The Rally Point change seems to be getting the most attention from players though. Perhaps I’m in the minority, but I don’t see it as a huge deal. And if it inhibits bots usage that’s a major positive.

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!

A Look at Travian 3.6

One of the moderators at Travian.com has posted a look at what some of the new Travian 3.6 features look like, so that players who aren’t playing on one of the test servers for Travian 3.6 can see what it’s like. Here’s the link to it:

http://forum.travian.com/showthread.php?p=1499477#post1499477