New Features on Travian Servers

Travian Servers will have 3 new features starting today. An official announcement was made on the Travian.com forums here. 

The 3 new features are:

  1. Players can use BBCode in In-game messages
  2. Players can set restrictions on what their sitters can and can’t do
  3. Players can share battle reports with other players on the same sever

To be honest, I don’t quite understand the sharing battle reports feature. Can’t we already do that? I don’t quite get what this is improving. We’ll still need to go to an external site if we want to show the battle report to players who aren’t on the server or save it after the server ends.

I’m happy about the BBCode feature for In-game messages, that should make them more interesting and I’m looking forward to seeing some alliance getting creative with using it. Here’s just a quick example of what you can do:

The word “Randomgeek” is a functional link, you will get taken to my player profile if you click on it.

Just imagine if an alliance wants to send out a mass message to attack or defend or send resources to another player – now you can put the name of the player, or even the coordinates of a village, directly in the message as a clickable link! You can also put the link to an alliance profile in the message, and the link to a battle report.

All this plus smileys too!

For an example of everything you can now put into a message, check out this post on the Travian forums: http://forum.travian.com/showpost.php?p=1612915&postcount=9

You can also now set sitter restrictions. Now you can give your sitters the ability to spend your gold! Be sure you trust them first before you do this though – if you don’t like how they spend it, you can’t get your gold back!

You can also take away a sitter’s ability to send raids, to send resources, and to send reinforcements. So if you just want your sitter to focus on building troops and infrastructure, but not have the ability to use your valuable resources, you can limit what they can do however you like. Here’s what the checklist will look like (note that letting them spend gold is checked by default, so be careful to change that if you don’t want your sitters touching your gold).

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Server 7 Restart Announced

Just in time for players who are finished with Server 9, it’s time for the return of Server 7! The server will begin in just over a week from today, and pre-registration starts next Wednesday. Click here to read the official announcement.

The Server will Travian version 3.6 but without the Rally Point Restriction or the Instant Recall function, both of which are seemingly gone from Travian.com for good.

You can view the Hall of Champions entry for the last Server 7 here: https://travianchampions.wordpress.com/world-com/s7-com-09-10-travian-3-3/. The players on the new server will certainly have big shoes to fill!

Issue #3 of Travian Magazine is online!

 

 

There was a bit of a delay in the making of the latest issue of Travian News International Magazine, but it’s finally been released now. Click this link to check it out:

http://com.travianteam.com/dateien/com_magazine_2010_04.pdf

This issue is a whopping 39 pages, and a lot of those pages are written by or are about me. (Probably too many)

The magazine features my Crewchat summary in full. I really like the job they did with adding graphics to it. They didn’t edit anything I said at all, which makes it a little odd to read in places, but overall I take it as a compliment that I did a good job on it.

I also wrote the Server 9 update. It’s now a little bit outdated, but things change so quickly on that server it’s always hard to keep up.

And finally, there’s also an interview with me! I’ll post it on this site in its entirety later today!

There are lots of other interesting stuff in the magazine too, especially the interview with Travian’s Product manager, that starts on page 10. This is the kind of behind-the-scenes information that I was hoping this magazine could bring us. I have some thoughts on the interview that I’ll try to post on this site later.

Travian Crewchat Report Part 8 – The State of the Game

Several players at the Travian.com crewchat had questions or opinions about the current state of Travian and its servers. Here’s a selection of them that I thought my readers might find interesting:

Question from Daki|Trident_com1: question I guess there was lot of complaining slow working of com1 server, so was wondering is there any new info of when that will be fixed?
Answered by Tschena: until now I didn’t receive any information (mtr reports / tracer routes) which I requested from the players. If I do not get it then we can not check it.

Question from Tymms: Why does the new server on s5 lag 100x more than the old 1
Answered by firedawg225: report problems to admin@travian.com.

Question from Hookahice: Why is this game designed in a way where getting out of croplock if NOT proportionate in the game! Think about it. If a normal (non-addict) player plays this game not using gold and doesn’t login 40 times a day… it takes ridiculous amount of time to get out of croplock!!!
Answered by buzzball: Not when you have some friends on the server

Question from webchat7581: Do you think Gauls are too weak in Travian 3.6?
Answered by KnightStalker: No I don’t.

That was me asking this question, not because I believe that Gauls are weak myself, but because someone who couldn’t make it to the Crewchat (Coonicon) wanted someone to bring this up. I know that some players feel theat Gauls are too weak, and while I don’t agree I will post some of their arguments about this on the site in the future.

On a similar topic:

Question from webchat48897: Are there any changes planned to improve the early game balance? For example Teutons are too strong early game
Answered by shadowspirrit: actually they aren’t. It’s the way they play that determines whether they are strong or not.

Teutons have been slowed down now that they don’t get as big as a cranny raiding bonus as they did before version 3,5, but I guess some players still think they’re too strong. You definitely have to be careful in the early part of the game if you have Teutons nearby.

Question from Daki|Trident_s1: What is with com7 once again? com2 finished later yet starting sooner
Answered by Tschena: Should be in about 7 weeks

Travian has a policy that the lowest numbered servers should start first when multiple servers are inactive, that’s why S2.com started before S7.com even though S7 ended earlier.

Question from Ravenslock_: I have seen some players have about 24 villages and lots of medals how do they do it?
Answered by Chrisvc: They probably have a lot of experience in playing Travian and might be dual accounts. Active raiding is the key.

Here’s some questions about the Classic Server:

Question from Peter: Will there be another round of classic after the current one finishes?
Answered by Chrisvc: Yes, we will keep a classic server. There might be light modifications to it, but it will remain ‘classic’

Question from webchat19785: Is there any chance of the Level 12 resource field cap on capital fields being removed in classic next round?

Answered by BobTim: That’s part of what makes it classic, if you want unlimited levels then play a non-classic server 😉

Question from webchat19785: This is my first round of travian, but I heard that 7 croppers were added to classic, but still called classic. So are there any other changes possible? Or did I hear wrong about the addition of 7c’s?
Answered by Tschena: It’s not completely true: Travian version 2.0 already had 7cs. In T3 they were taken out of the game. So basically 7cs were brought back but it is nothing new.

Question from webchat7581: Do you think some of the Artifacts are too strong, like the Rivals Unique Confusion for example?
Answered by shadowspirrit: I don’t think so, all have been carefully thought about

Question from govie: Why aren’t there any 50% iron/clay/wood oasis in the game?
Answered by BobTim: Because that would be too awesome!

I think 50% iron/clay/wood oases would be cool if they were added, but at the same time it’s not something I really care about too much.

Question from Tosha: Why do some troops need clay to build them. I mean: what is the clay for? 0_o
Answered by Tschena: The clay is for their houses 🙂

So that explains it!

And here’s a question that hits close to home:

Question from enkh: Where is Hall of Fame? I haven’t seen any hall of fame of travian.

I guess I need to do more to promote myself! 😉

This is my final post about the Crewchat, I think I’ve covered it pretty well. If I get enough reader requests, I’ll do a post with some of the funniest/crazyiest questions from the chat as well. If not, I’ll just move on to other things.

I’ll just close with one final thought from the crewchat:

[18:36] Question from Avael: Fun fact: The Travian crew rules. Thanks for another sweet IRC meeting, taking your time to answer pointless questions like this one
[18:36] Answered by KnightStalker: You’re Welcome, It was nice time having you on this channel =)
 

Travian Crewchat Report Part 7 – Gameplay Questions

The crewchat was also a good opportunity for players to ask questions about how the game works.

Question from webchat48897: If a village is chieffed multiple times, do buildings lose a level every time its chieffed?
Answered by rexor: Yes, it should… 🙂

This happened recently with the Meta-alliance that I’m in. Two players chiefed the same village, so the person who ended up with it got a village that was a lot less developed than he would have gotten if the two players had communicated better before each one tried to take it.

Question from fence: What happens if I go to settle a valley and when I get there it’s already been settled?
Answered by Chrisvc: Your settlers will return home.

This happened to me recently, which was really annoying because those slow Settlers had to walk all the way back to the village I sent them from, and then go out again to take another spot I wanted.

Question from Killer: Do I need to destroy the whole defense and then destroy treasury to capture artifact from someone or I just need to destroy the treasury and my hero can capture the artifect???
Answered by (x.x): The hero has to survive to take it and you have to attack on normal so yes you have to kill all the defense

Question from Corne: Hey, will settlers be killed when someone attacks me and I have no other crew?
Answered by BobTim: Yes, Settlers can be killed when you are attacked.

For some reason, a lot of first-time players think that their settlers aren’t like other units, but they can be killed off just like all the rest. So be sure you don’t leave your settlers vulnerable!

Question from Killer: Question for how many days will artifact villages remain on server if they haven’t been captured????
Answered by Tschena: Until the end of the server

Question from webchat48321: How much resources I can send to a friend? I have heard one hour of resources, does it mean 1hr from the villa that am sending res. or my total res. production from all villas?
Answered by holdwolf: !id411 The new anti-pushing system automatically prevents you from sending more than the allowed amount of resources. When calculating the total amount of res you can send, all of your villages are taken into account.

I love the new automatic anti-pushing system. I’m so glad the days of worrying that I’d get banned if I sent too many resources to my allies are gone.

Here’s a rule that I had no idea existed before this crewchat:

Question: What I should do to change my username in the game to another name. I don’t like what I choose when I registered. Is it possible?
Answered by buzzball: It’s not possible unless you have a population below 100. If that’s the case than contact the multihunter. But above population 100 a multihunter is not able to change your name anymore.

Question from webchat71594: Basically I want to chief a former alliance member who has been kicked due to the fact he is leaving the game, however I’ve been told that Travian rules don’t permit it until 48 hours after he has left the alliance, Can someone verify this?
Answered by buzzball: That’s true you need to wait 48 hours until your able to conquer him

Question from tangent: Is it more advantageous to use the tasksystem that not, that is does it give you more resources using it than not?
Answered by Chrisvc: If you are a new player, the tasksystem helps you to get the basics of the game. For pro’s however, with a detailed plan for the first few days of a server, it can be less useful.

I’m used the tasksystem on all the servers I’ve played on, but I just ignore the step I’m on if it slows down my build. I think the next time I start a new server I’ll try doing it without it.

A lot of players have been wondering what happens when World Wonder cities get deleted. This came up during the Server 2 endgame, where two of the World Wonders were actually removed because the players deleted!

Question from Themenace: What would happen if someone would take all world wonders and deleted with them all?
Answered by Chrisvc: They would manually be respawned

Question from Themenace: @ Chrisvc u sure of that ^^
Answered by Chrisvc: Yes, there will be new WW villages implemented and new construction plans as well. The game won’t just end.

Question from webchat25676: What will happen if players decided to delete WW villages in the current s8? Will you respawn them?
Answered by Chrisvc: Yes, WW villages that were deleted will be manually reintroduced

The key word here is “manually”. The villages don’t just reappear on their own, someone from Travian has to actually enter the command for them to do so. Of course, this is really all just hypothetical, I don’t think we’ll ever see all 13 World Wonder villages get deleted on a real server.

There were several questions about sending catapult waves:

Question from Pacdog: What is the max allowed cat waves allowed in same second?
Answered by Tschena: There is no limit for this, you can send as much as you manage

Question from Maksat: about Pacdog question. After how many waves MH will ban me?)
Answered by Chrisvc: As long as you send them manually, you won’t get banned.

 Question from Crusier.Rag: Why is it the case I could send 20+ waves/sec in one server and not even 10+ in another?
Answered by BobTim: One server could just be slower than the other.

 Question from maka: question : Is it legal to send cat waves using tabs in firefox? (just to prove someone wrong =))
Answered by Chrisvc: That is legal, as long as your browser is not otherwise modified.

There’s a guide in this site’s strategy guides section about how to send multiple-wave catapult attacks, and it describes the Firefox Tabs method as well.

Travian Crewchat Part Report Part 6 – The Future of Travian

Like most Massive Multiplayer online games, Travian changes and improves as years go by. At the Travian Crewchat, many players asked about what the future of the game will be like. Here’s a selection of just some of the questions and answers about what Travian will be like in the months and years to come:

Question from Daki|Trident_com1: Are there any new changes planned in future (or better say anytime soon)
Answered by Tschena: For sure there are – but they are secret 😉

 Question from Guest16256: Will be there some new things added in game?
Answered by Tschena: Yes for sure 🙂

Of course, the crw at Travian.com can’t tell people all the stuff that’s coming up in the future, because either they don’t know or they can’t tell us right now:

Question from Daki: Any new changes in Travian planned any time soon?
Answered by buzzball: a multihunter/admin hears them only 1 or 2 days before the members do so…. no sorry

Question from webchat7581: Any new version of Travian coming out soon, or will it be a long time away until we see an update?
Answered by buzzball: We as crew also know it only a few days before the real happening.. So when there is something new coming you will hear it as soon as we know…

But while they can’t tell us what WILL happen in the future, it seems as though they can tell us a lot about what WON’T happen:

Question from maka: question Will there ever be normal Plus server without Gold and without Artefacts? (It would be so much better…)
Answered by shadowspirrit: No, I doubt that will ever happen

Question from Niall: When are we getting archers?
Answered by shadowspirrit: No we are not getting archers

Question from webchat30739: Will there be a new tribe?
Answered by shadowspirrit: In one word: no

Question from webchat30739: Why will there be no new tribe? o.O
Answered by BobTim: It would be difficult to balance.

Persoanlly I think it would be cool if Travian had more tribes, regardless of whether or not they’re perfectly balanced. I used to play a lot of Civilization 3, and even though the British were one of the weakest civilizations in the game to paly as, playing as them was still fun. As long as each tribe has something distinct about them, players will use them.

Question from enkh: Is there will be any new unit in Travian?
Answered by Chrisvc: At the moment there are no new tribes planned, but who knows what the future will hold…

Question from Ravenslock: Is it possible if you could make this game be played offline where I can play verses the computer?
Answered by rexor: Hard to say… Travian is a real time game and players interact each other almost whole the day… if Travian become an off-line game, it will lost its charm 😉

Question from Coco: Where can I propose new features?
Answered by BobTim: You can go to the forums at http://forum.travian.com/ and post in the ideas section.

Question from webchat7581: What do you think Travian will be like 3 years from now?
Answered by shadowspirrit: More awesome then you can imagine

Hopefully Shadowspirrit will be right!

Travian Crewchat Report Part 5 – Questions About the Crew

The Crewchat gives players a chance to get to know the crew members, and find out what it’s like to be on the crew:

 Question from ocmeR: What do you like the most about being crew?
Answered by firedawg225: being a part of an awesome family and great people  

Question from Hoppa: Do you like this job?
Answered by Chrisvc: Yes, it’s quite a good job. We have lots of nice players 🙂 

Question from ocmeR: What do you like the most about being crew?
Answered by Tranq: I think, in my position, is being the person who knows the game and not only helping users, but also the crew with getting more knowledge. Every position has its own fun stuff. If you’re interested, please feel free to apply 😉  

Question from zwilnik: Is it very time consuming?
Answered by Tranq: Yes, being a crewmember does as much time as you want it to take. It can be between 1 hour and 12 hours 😉  

Question from enkh: Do you play travian in the real .com servers?
Answered by Chrisvc: Most of us do. But we are not allowed to play on servers where we work as Multihunters, for very obvious reasons.   

Question from Avael: I lost my link to the crew info page =(
Answered by BobTim: You mean this one? http://com.travianteam.com/com/   

That’s a good link to go to if you want to learn more about what the crewmembers are like.   

A lot of people think the crewmembers are paid to be admins/multihunters/supports, but the truth is they all do it on a volunteer basis:   

Question from Pacdog: Does Travian Games pay well? IE: are you all rich?
Answered by shadowspirrit: we are all volunteers 

Question from Pacdog: Well if you all are volunteers who is raking in all the cash?

Answered by shadowspirrit: Nope, most is going right into the game and development.  

And some players seemed to be interested in becoming a part of the crew:   

Question from ocmeR: How old do you have to be to become crew 😕
Answered by BobTim: You need to be over 18 to be a Multihunter or Admin, but you can be any age to be a Supporter!  

Question from Tosha: Where can I apply for .com crew ? 

Answered by shadowspirrit: in the forum-> announcement section. There you can read it all. 

Question from fence: I’ve got to go now… but how would I go about getting on the team if by some miracle I find I have an hour a day?
Answered by Timmooo: Please try getting to the link through this forum page – http://forum.travian.com/showthread.php?t=73171 

If you want to be a part of the crew and help out with Travian, you can apply through that link too! Thanks to all the people who volunteer as crew for all the hard work they do!