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 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!

Server 5.com Preview

I mentioned the Server 5 restart yesterday, and I wanted to respond to a reader question about it.

Someone who read my announcement of the restart asked:

I figured that if anyone would know this, it would be you…

Do you know who/what alliances are coming back to server 5? If possible, I would like to wiggle may way into them.

Thanks

I think it’s a great idea to write about servers in advance of them starting. Consider this a mini “Server 5 Preview.” (I wanted to do one of these for S4.com and S3.com when they started up, but I didn’t have the time).

I have some info on who said they’d be back and who said they wouldn’t. People could have changed their minds of course.

Last server 5 was dominated by the U-EnD meta, which was mainly made from United Alliance in the southwest and Revelation in the Northeast. Revelation was led by Neo, whom many player credited with having amazing diplomatic and planning skills.

Neo apparently won’t be back, and I believe most of the Revelation leadership isn’t coming back either (though some of them might, as I haven’t heard of many of them moving on to other servers).

But United Alliance did say they would be coming back, so that makes them the native alliance with the best track record and probably the ones to look out for the most. I’m sure that if they do come back, they’ll fight hard to go all the way and to prove that they can win a server without Revelation’s (and Neo’s) leadership to guide them on their way and do it on their own. I’m not sure if they’re going to stay in the same quadrant, but in the last server they were in the Southwest. If they come back strong, they would be my pick for the early favourites.

The main opposition of U-EnD took a pretty hard loss, so those of them who do come back will be motivated to come back strong and pull off a win. Despite their hard loss to U-EnD, a lot of them sounded like they were very motivated to come back and play again. And, after losing to the best, you can be sure they’ve learned a lot.

The main opposing alliance that I’m sure the leaders said they were returning are the NW-Meta (which I assume would be based in the Northwest again) and Matrix. Both of them should enough good members to make a good impact. The were both united under the TWP banner at the end of the last server, but I’m not sure they’ll be united as part of the same team from the get-go.

Other alliances that opposed U-EnD as part of TWP include EG-Rebel, Tygers, and NATO (as well as some others). Last I heard EG-Rebel was a maybe, and I honestly I’m not sure about Tygers and NATO.

But besides these returning alliances, I’m sure a lot of new alliances will be powerful and will give all the returning alliances a run for their money, as thousands of players enter the new Server 5 looking for someone to fight.

For more information on the last Server 5, a good place to start is the Hall of Champions Induction for the winner. At the bottom of the induction is links to several other pieces of Endgame coverage, included Neo’s victory speech and the S5 pictures thread.

Also, if you look on this site’s right-hand collum and go to the “Posts by Category” widgit, you can click on S5.com, and you’ll be taken to all the blog posts that have Server 5 content in them, and you can read a lot of the history of the server there.

Short Announcements

Two quick announcements:

-The restart of server 5 at Travian.com has been announced. Here’s the official announcement thread, there’s a lot of discussion in it and you can tell a lot of players are really excited about it.

Best quote:

LLL Excalibur: I feel proud to have com5 knowledge on history since i played in it.

Neo please stay away.

To view all of my coverage of the last Server 5, which had one of the most memorable endgames of all time, click here.

– I’ve added the winning entry from the Travian building tree contest to this site’s Strategy and Tips section. Click here to view it.

Some Parting Thoughts on S5.com

I don’t think I’ll be able to top Neo’s victory speech, but there are a few more observations I’d like to make regarding S5.com before we close the history books.

– Let’s start off with a question asked by someone who was reading the S5.com Hall of Champions Entry:

Ciryan:Has there ever been 1 alliance that owned all the WW’s in the end, before?  or is it a first?  just curious

As far as I knew, no previous alliance has pulled off what U-EnD did on S5.com, but I went and asked someone with more knowledge of the history of Travian than myself, the head moderator of the Travian.com forums, Blackpaladin:

Randomgeek:I know you’ve been a following Travian a lot longer than I have, so maybe you could help answer this question for Travian Champions. I just did the Hall of Champions entry for the last S5.com on my website, and the alliance U-EnD finished the game holding all 13 World Wonders. Do you know if any alliance has ever done this before on a .com Server, or any server for that matter?

Blackpaladin:I do not know of any other server that did that on .com. I’m not sure about other domains though. I know my friend said in one Indonesian server they let the enemy have a few WW’s just to not make the game too boring, so I don’t believe they had all 13. But for .com I’m pretty sure this is a first. 🙂

Regards,
BlackPaladin

So by all accounts then, what we saw U-EnD accomplish on S5 was something that has never been done before – and probably won’t be done again in a long time. And it should also be noted that their opponents didn’t just roll over and die and let this happen. U-EnD faced decent competition and owning the server like they did took a lot of hard work and strategy.

– I mentioned in my S5.com wrap-up that one of the 3 World Wonders that got chiefed and then added to U-EnD was taken by a player from Tygers, which was opposed to U-EnD, much to my surprise. It turns out that this player, Ecnats, was planted to be spy for Neo ever since the beginning of the game. I asked Ecnats for more details about this and here’s what he said:

Ecnats: I am part of the Revelation High Council (Neo mentions me in his interview as one of those that moved from last s5) (Randomgeek: His name on the previous round was Stance, look for it in Neo’s interview.)

Before the new server 5 started, some of us agreed to set up as spies. It is very difficult to detect a spy if they have been planted from the beginning of the server, that was my chosen role this time.

My in game name (Stance backwards) – was a little silly really, as it meant that I could be discovered at any time.

Anyway, about 1 week before the server ended, I asked for an invite to (Rev), Tyger had a spy in (Rev) and saw that an invite had been extended to me, revealed this to Tyger leadership and I was kicked.

The initial idea was for Neo to take the 3 TWP WWs, but there simply wasn’t enough time to co-ordinate it all, so we just had to settle for taking the WWs away from the enemy.

Ecnats/Stance also sent me the battle reports for the Chiefing of MisstressD’s wonder, which I’d like to link to because it’s a great example of high-level play in action. I’ve included his descriptions of what each attack’s goal was. Be sure to note the timing of the attacks.

Ecnats: 15:20:18 The attack that finally cleared the remaining defense;
http://www.travian-reports.net/us/ra…p?id=59ffe9d0d

15:20:18 The catapulting of the WW and residence (thanks to xtilkx (Trinex) )
http://www.travian-reports.net/us/ra…p?id=ed6aaf9e9

15:20:19 Small secondary sweeper (in case of 1 sec insert)
http://www.travian-reports.net/us/ra…p?id=72fae64ae

15:20:19 Conquering
http://www.travian-reports.net/us/ra…p?id=f28293ee3

 

– The identity of the Hidden Leader of the NW-Meta and TWP was Nosral from the alliance NWGRID-F. While his side was servery outgunned, he deserves some credit for uniting the opposition against U-EnD and turning the Endgame into 9 vs.3 instead of 9 vs. 1 vs. 1. vs. 1. Most impressively, he told me about the Nato/U.A conflict before it happened, and predicted BobKu’s World Wonder as the one to watch before it took the lead. He didn’t expect the U-EnD side to be so good at taking out TWP’s Hammers, otherwise they would have been able to do more damage to U-EnD before the game ended.

– Many players who I talked to on the TWP side or who posted on the S5.com forums thought that Neo’s World Wonder was the one that was going to win. When U-EnD members would say that it was a “dummy” that just made them believe it even more. They thought there was no way that Neo would be happy with anything but the winning World Wonder, and that there was a masterplan for it to happen, despite all the evidence to the contrary. Even when other World Wonders were at lv.90 and Neo’s was still at around lv.50, many of them still clung to this belief. It just goes to show how paranoid they were about Neo, and how much scheming they thought he was capable of. Here’s a perfect example from an in-game message I got:

Nosral: For all of the planning that has been going on, and for all of his time, do you really think not having the winning WW will be acceptable?

We all know now that yes, it was.

– Charlie Pepper from the S5.com forums was actually Console from Tyrannus. Why did he create such a ridiculous character and pretend to be from Vietnam? Just for the LOLz:

Console:  It was all made up. I am from the U.S.. Aim let the cat out of the bag with his post earlier today. I hope none of the TVN guys are angry with us. I really thought they had a clear shot to win. We were 99% sure that there were no more large armies out there that would want to hit any of our ww’s. They would have won if it were not for the mistake of a sitter, giving someone his pw. It’s ok. Our win is their win.

Here’s some of Charlie Pepper’s best moments:

– Let me give you hint who will win ww race. We will win. UA with help of Nato and other friend from server. Our ww cannot be stop. Has been nice game. You people talk too much while play game too less. We claim victory for player from alliance and victory for many player in Vietnam! Been nice game. Maybe you people do better next round.  🙂
HONOR!

Here is link. You people who need to work on Travian skill should look here. It take many thing to win ww race and entire server

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wPd84…eature=related

– Charlie Pepper best player of this s5.

  Since nobody nominate me I will nominate self. Charlie Pepper do many fighting and have to put up with cyber attack in real life form guy who is from same team as him while manage restaurant, send crop to ww, and and keep eveyone in forum aware of who win.

Honour!!!

 I’d post more but I don’t want to encourage this type of thing any more than I already have.

– Neo has also posted his victory speech in the Travian.com forums here: http://forum.travian.com/showthread.php?t=125116

It’s been fun and memorable to do all the coverage I did for S5.com. Look for the beginning of the S8.com coverage later today!

Neo’s Victory Speech for S5.com

Travian Champions is pleased to present this victory speech from Neo, the leader of the U-EnD Meta from S5.com 08-09:

 

Here we are, at the End of Days for com5, round 3:

After 11 months of toil, our victory has been secured. For many of you, we have been together for nearly two years now and I could not have asked for a stronger, more tightly knit group of players. Dominance comes in many shapes and forms but it is with class and grace we accept this victory.

 

From the very first week of the server, Revelation has pillaged, razed, and clawed its way to the top. Despite what naysayers may claim, we slew plenty of alliances and players to achieve our status in the end game. Let no one take that away from you. What other meta has laid claim to all 13 World Wonders? We’ve built so many armies that the enemy WWs never made it past level 60. Our remaining armies were used to hunt all the other offensive armies on the server. Be proud of what we were able to accomplish as a team.

 

My regards, respect, and thanks to those who made Server 5 what it was.

 

To team Accord, agf, AOE, bookworm, ctrl-q, Dworkin, ecnats, e-roc, Gum, Jaide, kanzyani, team kahleen, Peter Pan, qmallow, Rage, team Segel, wenogg, Whisky Warrior:

You were all Revelation’s Might. WW armies are time-consuming to build and for the most part, many of you had single digit uses for your army. Patience is a virtue and I thank you for building those weapons of mass destruction on behalf of the alliance.

 

To Lady Purple, Tonia Ratched, uviteru, voltage and the rest of U.A:

I could not have asked for truer allies for the duration of the server. I appreciate your faith in Revelation and me when there were false rumors of betrayal. Players claims U.A never pulled their own weight but Aim thanks you for nullifying potential threats (to his World Wonder). I know you guys were sincere in every attempt. For two servers, we’ve gone through thick and thin. I am proud to have you as my allies.

 

To my High Council, asiankid3, Chmeee, Edge, easytarget, Fellgernon,  flyingfox, Gum, Haploid, IntoTheWow, Jaide, JayDee, kurva, New-Caprica, Rayda, Rish, Rosa, sUP_yO, The Necromancer, Yitz:

You guys kept me sane. When there was simply too much to do, many of you stepped up to help me out. Planning and coordination are an immense pain but necessary and vital. I would have easily burned out if I was not surrounded with such an impressive core.

 

To JayDee:

My own personal military strategist. The NorthWest fell faster and harder because of your diligent attack plans. I definitely learned my share of strategy from you.

 

To sUP_yO (FiZiX in game):

If I was Revelation’s Heart, you were our Fighting Spirit. In my four years of playing Travian, you are the best overall player I’ve seen, bar none. It was a pleasure being your co-player. I’m just sad you couldn’t be with us at the end.

 

To Zileas:

Another retiree but it was great to have gotten to know you. One of the very few players I’ve actually met in real life, Zileas, you definitely made Server 5 more exciting.

 

To our honored rivals (Abyss, AtcoN, baaldrix, Dr.AtsaL, felfel, Garth, gills village, hansolo, I_AM_LEGEND, lsmonkey, MarPet, madmike, Nosral, The Iceman, SALL, Self Control SneakyRussian, Woomba)

It was a challenge to fight each and every one of you. Many of you did not make it to end game yet I feel it is necessary to applaud your tenacity and abilities. Being on opposing ends does not mean I won’t give respect where it is due. On the contrary, all of you had my attention because I knew the immense threat you could and would become if we left you alone.

 

To all U-EnD members:

It was a pleasure serving as your meta leader for the past 11 months. Travian is only as fun as those that surround you. Our alliance was a family, we defended one another, attacked as one, helped those rebuild who suffered damage. The public forum trumpeted my name time and time again but I’m simply a cog in this well oiled war machine. I give my final thanks to those of you who followed my orders to the dot. Brilliant military plans would not look so brilliant without the collective group that heeds the call.

I do hope this server was as fun for all of you, as it was for me.

 

For U-EnD,

For Victory,

NeoIllusions

 

Neo helped lead U-EnD to one of the most dominating victories in the history of Travian, in which their alliance held 10 World Wonders at the start of the endgame, and all 13 by the time it was over. Neo also held a World Wonder village and was ranked as the #4 defender on the server.

S5.com Winners Inducted into the Hall of Champions

 

https://travianchampions.wordpress.com/world-com/s5-com-08-09-travian-3-0/

 

Travian Champions is proud to make the winners of S5.com the 3rd induction into the Travian Hall of Champions! The ending of S5.com was certainly one-sided, but it was also quite entertaining to cover, and I think a lot of players can learn a lot from the way that U-EnD played. Congratulations to U-EnD on a very well deserved win, you’ll be remembered as one of the best teams to play the game.