Website Status Update

Sorry I’ve been slow with getting the site updated again. I’ve been really busy these last two weeks, especially with my new job and my night courses I’m taking over the summer. And I’m also running low on sleep, which makes it hard to work on posts. I should be able to hopefully finish up the S9 stuff soon, I’ve almost got part 2 of the interview done and I plan on having that up later tonight. Still to come soon is the Hall of Champions entry for the server, my talks with some other S9 leaders on their thoughts about the game and it’s ending, and a look at the armies that were used (and the ones that weren’t). I don’t want to hold off on starting S4.com coverage very much longer, so I’ll try to get this all done as quickly as I can. Once I’m done covering S9.com I’m optimistic I can better integrate updating this site into my daily routine and get back to updating on a regular daily basis.

Deadline Day for Travian Magazine

Sorry the site has been slow on updates lately. It’s certainly not for lack of content – I’ve got tons of stuff to write about and put up on the site! It’s more a matter of me not having much free time right now. I’ve started a new job recently (yay, more money!) and the commute takes a long time to get there, and my summer course load is heavier than I thought it would be.

And then there’s my parents and their yardwork. Get a smaller place already Mom and Dad, all your kids are old now!

With only enough time to get one thing done, I decided to finish the Server 9 update for the next issue of Travian Magazine. I’ll put it up here as a preview. I tried to be fair in it:

Server 9 came to an end on May 22nd. The winning World Wonder switched alliances with one hour left in the game, giving a controversial and for many players unsatisfying end to the game. Server 9 was the first server on Travian.com to give players the full Travian 3.5 experience, previous servers were upgraded to version 3.5 part-way through.

The winning World Wonder was held by a player named Babuk, who was a member of the Meta-alliance TRUST, and prior to that a member of the Meta-alliance Rangers, who had a bitter past with the Meta-alliance Thunder, which was also a member of TRUST. The two alliances had fought a fierce war earlier in the game, and prior to that, several leaders of Rangers were in a Meta-alliance called KISS that fought against Carebears, which was led by several of the leaders that went on to lead Thunder. So there was definitely lots of chances for bad blood to build between the two sides. At the end of the game, the Thunder leaders had seemed to put the past behind them, and as the ending shows they were willing to let a World Wonder held by a Rangers player build to level 100. But apparently (and I admit I’m speculating as to Rangers’ motivations, I don’t claim to speak on their behalf), Rangers had not put the past behind them, and without the consent of other TRUST leaders, they withdrew Babuk from the TRUST alliance and switched him to Rangers when it was too late for anyone else to do anything about it.

Rangers had also apparently made a secret deal with some of the leaders of Chaos Factor, the Meta-alliance that dominated the Southern quadrants of the game. Apparently they had told leaders of CF that they would switch their World Wonder to Chaos Factor, and by promising this they had kept themselves safe from any Chaos Factor attacks. Obviously, this was a lie and Chaos Factor’s leaders who were talking to Rangers fell for it. The leaders who made this deal kept other CF leaders the dark about it, and most Chaos Factor players had no idea these negotiations were going on. Several Chaos Factor (and TRUST) players still had large endgame “Hammer” armies that went unused, as military force took a back seat to secret discussions and sneakiness. Instead of being decided by the thousands of players on the server, the end of the game was decided by the discussions that went on between a handful of individuals.

The top attacker on the server was TheGaul from Thunder~. The top defender was The Watcher from CF. The largest player was Refbabo from CF-V_JR, and CF pulled off the impressive feat of having 9 of the 10 largest players, four of whom were in CF-DW. Thunder~ was both the top attacking alliance and the top defending alliance not to have a World Wonder in it.

I’ll try to have more S9 stuff on the site soon, I really hope I can get to everything!

Website Update

Anytime I go several days without blogging, it’s always a bit awkward getting back to doing it regularly, and it’s been 11 days, one of my bigger “off” period since I’ve started this site. So I might be a bit awkward at first, but I’ll try to get back to daily updates, and devote a significant amount of coverage to the end of S9.com. Which appears to be very close at hand:

I’m sincerely sorry for not having more coverage on the Server 9 endgame while it was happening. I was spending a lot of time trying to help my Meta-alliance get the win, and it looks like those efforts will help pay off (of course I was just one of many).

Expect more updates over the next few days, I’ve got a lot to say about Server 9 and I’ll try to get to it all.

And now for something completely different…

The video doesn’t really do justice to the song, but I don’t think anything really could:

And now for something completely different…

Just because I feel like it…

And now for something completely different…

DEA Official Announces Successful Drug Bust On Son's Room

April 1st, 2010: An Important Day In Travian

Yesterday will no doubt go down in history as one of the most pivotal days in the history of Travian. It’s sure going to make 2010 a very interesting year.  Here are just some of the big news that was announced:

Probably the best news of the day is that Travian will merging with Kraft Foods Inc. With the additional financial resources of Kraft able to fund Travian’s setup, the amount of servers is going to quintuple! Read the official announcement here: http://forum.travian.us/showthread.php?t=73797.

Check out the sweet new company logo:

It wasn’t mentioned in the announcement whether or not this will lead to a Travian themed canned pasta, but I wouldn’t be surprised if that follows shortly. I’m just glad that my two favourite activities, playing Travian and eating Kraft Dinner, are now being combined! Truly, this is among the happiest days of my life.

This announcement was also made on the UK Forums and India Forums.

The Travian.com forums didn’t break this story today, but they had some big news of their own to report: that the next Server 7 will be the debut of Travian version 3.7, which will finally introduce troops with magical abilities to the game. It’s about damn time!

You can read the official announcement here: http://forum.travian.com/showthread.php?t=134987, but basically this will mean a 4th playable race known as the druids, who have a unique building known as the potion hut.

There was also some unfortunate news: after Server 7 starts, there won’t be any new servers starting on Travian.com. That’s okay though, I think the .US servers are staying open. Read the announcement here: http://forum.travian.com/showthread.php?t=135044

While it won’t have anywhere near as large an effect on the game as the above announcements, I also announced that I’m writing my first-ever book about Travian. Read the full story in my previous post. Be sure to pre-order it early so you can be the first person to receive one!

In Server 9 endgame news, there was a huge development that sent shock waves throughout the game and will no doubt have a huge effect on the outcome. Inocka, on of the leaders of the dominate northwest alliance, Thunder, as well as one of the 13 World Wonder holders, is going to be deleting her account. This will leave Thunder without a clear leader, as well as cost them what would have otherwise been one of their best chances of winning. Thunder will also be losing the Unique Rival’s Confusion Artifact, which Inocka currently holds. I’ll try to have more on this story as it develops. Read all about it in this thread (warning: this thread is NSFW, due to strong language and nudity): http://forum.travian.com/showthread.php?t=135053

Yes, it was definitely a tumultuous day to say the least! April 1st will be a day that Travian players will not soon forget!