Travian Crewchat Report – December 9th

Twice a year, the crew that helps run Travian.com has a chatroom meeting where players get to ask them questions. The Travian crew consists of the Administrators, Multihunters, In-Game Support, and Moderators of the Travian.com forums. The latest Travian Crewchat took place on December 9th. Like the last time I covered one of these, I’ve picked out the highlights from the chat event that are the most newsworthy and summarized them for players who weren’t able to make the event or who didn’t know about it.  I’ll also give my thoughts on some of the things that were said.

If you want to read the entire chat, you can go to this page to see the complete chat record.

Version 3.5 as a Classic Server?

Let’s start with some of the biggest news. Version 3.6 is very controversial and many players have been quite vocal about how they don’t like it. The good news for those players is that there’s a chance that version 3.5 servers might be retained as a classic server. But there are no guarantees.

<@Interview> Question from JVMorrow|Heldenhammer: Can we have a Travian 3.5 classic (server) to prevent all the crying about 3.6?

<@Interview> Answered by monkey7: It’s being considered, but nothing can be said for certain for now.

Question from IRCmeet556: Any chance of there being ”Classic version” servers using Travian 3.0 or 3.5? <@Interview>

Answered by Tschena: This is already under discussion but not yet decided

Just to know that they’re considering it is positive news in my opinion.

Travian 3.6

Obviously, a lot of people wanted to ask about this.

Question from buggystick: Ok, I think I will get right down to it… There has been a lot of criticism of the 3.6 update, especially the Gold Club bonuses. Have you seen any positive feedback from the change?

<@Interview> Answered by buzzball: Sure I love the new thing way more options than before and they removed the unfair 10% advantages

Question from IRCmeet803: (Do you) like the new version of the T 3.6? <@Interview>

Answered by Tranq: Yes I do to be honest. I think it requires advantaged farmers to adjust their tactics and improves the chances for newer players. All by all I think T3.6 is a good step towards a more fair game for all parties.

None of the crew members had anything bad to say about version 3.6, though some spoke more positively about than others who were mostly neutral.

Question from IRCmeet556: Has the majority of the reaction to Travian 3.6 been negative, and what do the developers think of the reaction from the players?

Answered by Tschena: That’s not really true – the majority of the forum reactions was negative: at least at the beginning. If you read now you see that most people like the features the upgraded server got. Btw: the majority of the email reactions was always positive ;)

I’m sure the overall reaction hasn’t been as negative as on the forums, but it’s surprises me to hear that the e-mail reactions have been positive overall.

Question from Saviro: How do you feel about the T3.6 update? Do you share my point of view; Travian Games is willing to help all kinds of players, as long as they’re paying ?

<@Interview> Answered by Tschena: I like that it helps new players to stay longer in the game.

I think there were other ways to help new players besides the Rally Point restrictions and the Auto-dodge, but I agree that it’s a good thing if new players stay in the game longer.

<@Interview> Question from anakib: It’s obvious the gold club favours members who have more money. This is unfair for the other players.

<@Interview> Answered by monkey7: That’s exactly the same as was being said about Gold when it was introduced. Yes you have an advantage when you use Gold. Yes Travian is kept running with the money from this gold. No, you are not obligated to buy it and it’s still possible to play without

Question from anakib: It’s obvious the gold club favours members who have more money. This is unfair for the other players

Answered by firestorm: I disagree on that one. Maybe it looks like the gold is favoring players, but you still need to be a skilled player to do well, and you just can not buy a good account by spending lots of gold. Skilled players can do very well without the gold.

Question from IRCmeet556: Why did Travian change to version 3.6 so soon after version 3.5?

Answered by Tschena: The duration between T3 and T3.5 was that long that it just look like it was changed soon again, in reality half a year was between the changes.

I suppose it depends on your definition of “soon”, but personally I would say half a year is too short of a time to make major changes that will affect how the game is played.

Question from IRCmeet556: Is Travian 3.6 finalized now, or is there a chance the Auto-dodge and Rally Point changes will be taken back? <@Interview>

Answered by Tschena: It is not yet finalized, the auto evasion function may still get dropped and the rally point restriction still get adjusted

This is something that players should keep in mind, things can still change. If you don’t like some things about version 3.6, by all means keep saying so, but don’t think that these changes are necessarily permanent.

Speaking about the Auto-dodge, here’s another question that was asked:

<@Interview> Question from vbo1: Tschena : Obviously you’ve seen all the controversy about the auto-dodge function…. what are your opinions on this… because now ‘n00bs’ that are rich can dodge .. like me I spent months perfecting my dodging and waves, and it has always taken skill, but now you can do that with gold.

<@Interview> Answered by Tschena: I can not say something about this – I never played on a real T3.6 server and did not see the influence. It may be helpful for new users and 1 Gold is just some cents – so it’s not that you have to be rich to use it. In case you have a very pro player beside you it will never help you I think.

Tshena’s answer mainly focused on how the auto-dodge wasn’t just for rich players because it only cost a little bit of gold per use. But she seems to be forgetting that you have to pay 100 Gold to get the “Gold Club” before you can use it.

One piece of really good news is that the Auto-recall feature seems to be gone for good on the .com servers:

<@Interview> Question from IRCmeet556: Is the Auto-return idea for Travian 3.6 gone for good, or will some servers have it and some not?

<@Interview> Answered by Tschena: I think .com will not get it for another server – for other countries I can not speak.

Unfortunately other servers around the world will keep the feature. This means that different domains of Travian are going to have very different rules, but they’ll all be refered to as the same version. That’s going to be confusing for players who switch from playing one region to another.

<@Interview> Question from Mickey: is next s8 3.6? <@Interview> Answered by monkey7: Yes all new servers will be T3.6

Travian 4.0

Not much new information was revealed about Travian 4.0, but some of these questions and answers were interesting:

<@Interview> Question from RyzzyK: T4.0 expected relase date?

<@Interview> Answered by Phanttis: As you might have noticed the speed of travian development has sped up drastically; new versions are coming up in tight schedules. More I cannot tell about T4, sorry. ^^

Question from IRCmeet039: Do you guys work already on T4.0 and are there any big changes there you have some idea about ? if so could you please share some :)

<@Interview> Answered by monkey7: I don’t know about any of the new features for T4. If it’s not on the public forum then I wouldn’t be able to tell youQuestion from IRCmeet039: Do you guys work already on T4.0 and are there any big changes there you have some idea about? If so could you please share some :)

Answered by Phanttis: Yes. But we cannot leak any information about it yet, sorry. :/

Question from IRCmeet039: Do you guys work already on T4.0 and are there any big changes there you have some idea about ? If so could you please share some :)

Answered by BlackPaladin: When T3.5 was announced they specifically stated it was the stepping stone between T3 and T4. ;) So yes, they’ve been working on it since T3 came out. As for features, not sure. :p

Question from IRCmeet556: Do you guys have any news about what will be coming in new versions of Travian?

Answered by monkey7: If we do you’ll see them on the forum as soon as we’re allowed to release them :)

Question from buggystick: Will there ever be any rules placed to keep really large players from destroying new players as soon as they are out of BP? (Besides the usual strategy of crannies, diplomacy… etc)

Answered by Tschena: The rally point limit is for sure a step in this direction, but whether really an attack protection will get implemented I can not say (to) you as it’s not know until now.

Gameplay Questions

Question from IRCmeet540: I was gold user in travianspeed.com but I lost all villages do you know why? because strange attacks, 14 atatcks in same time with catas, it’s not justic

<@Interview> Answered by Chrisvc: Have a look here, it is possible: http://forum.travian.com/showthread.php?t=117820

Sending multiple attacks in the same second it something that can be done, but a lot of players suspect that it is cheating when they first have it happen to them.

I’ve put a link to a guide in this site’s Strategy section that describes how to do it, written by Blackpaladin, one of the crew members. And I’m going to work on editing it to make it even better.

<@Interview> Question from Mickey: Why was it decided to make romans more powerful than teutons?

<@Interview> Answered by monkey7: They aren’t. The teutons are very powerful when played actively, especially at the start of the game

I agree with Monkey7 here. I don’t think that Romans have been made more powerful than Teutons. Teutons were too powerful in version 3.0, they were clearly the best race in the game. Romans were made more powerful in 3.5, but I don’t think they’re hands-down better than Teutons or Gauls now. Things are more balanced now.

<@Interview> Question from Mickey: With Romans now the powerhouse with troughs, what is being done for the others to make up for this?

<@Interview> Answered by Odinsstaff: Romans may have received the trough but other tribes aren’t worse. Roman troops are still the most expensive in the game and they still take the longest to build.

It’s not like the Horse Trough all of sudden turns Romans into juggernauts. It takes a long time to get that thing to level 20 and until then you’re still stuck with the most expensive troops in the game. Romans were definitely inferior in version 3.0 and the Horse Trough and other changes in 3.5 make them a lot more on par with the other tribes.

<@Interview> Question from IRCmeet105: Can anyone be the top 20 player of the server without using gold ??

<@Interview> Answered by Odinsstaff: It can be done. I have alliance mates who did it.

If you’re really skilled you can still go far in this game without gold, but you’ve got to be really clever.

Question from IRCmeet413: Is it possible to destroy an enemy completely and capture his city? If so how is it done?

<@Interview> Answered by monkey7: No it’s not possible to destroy a player completely. The worst you can do is reduce his population to zero.

Question from scilla: when the rules are they really the same in all countries?

<@Interview> Answered by monkey7: No, the rules differ from country to country

I don’t like that there are different rules in different countries, but I guess that’s just the way it has to be because different players in different countries want different things.

Speed Servers

<@Interview> Question from DennisGeorge: Can you have a Lightening server. Where everything is very fast. e.g. People in christmas holiday finish the sever?

<@Interview> Answered by monkey7: In theory it’s possible, but it’s very intensive to maintain. Multihunting would be practically impossible so cheaters would reign.

<@Interview> Question from misja056: Why we don’t have 2 3x speed servers?

<@Interview> Answered by monkey7: Because they are quite intensive to maintain, both by costs and manpower

I’m not sure why they would cost more, but it’s true that it’s a lot more work to be a Multi-hunter or a Support member on Speed Servers. That’s something that a lot of players aren’t aware of.

The Business Side of Travian

There were several questions asked about the business side of Travian. The Crewchat is one of the best places to get answers if you have any questions about that.

Question from Empirical: Who gets all the money spent on gold?

Answered by shadowspirrit: Most goes to new servers and such.

Question from Empirical: Shadowspirit you said most, and that little not spent on servers, where does that go?

Answered by shadowspirrit: Upkeep and development of the game.

One thing to also keep in mind is that Travian Games makes more games than just Travian. They also have Travians, and new games like Imperion and Wewaii came out this year. Without the money they made from Travian, it wouldn’t be possible for them to make new games like these ones.

Question from IRCmeet240: Where is the Travian gmbh office buildings located in?
Answered by Wildeye: In Munich, Germany

Question from vbo1: Hi.. I have seen that domains like Arab . have like over 30 servers . 2 speeds and 2 classics. Why isn’t .com the biggest, English is the most well known language and .com is most well known ‘ending’ on a webpage lol. So why is this?

Answered by monkey7: Because .com keeps about 15-30K players on a single server. The arabs, well… About 2K players.

This answer seems a bit incorrect. There are several Arab servers with over 15,000 players, and right now there’s one with over 40,000 players. Travian is just really popular in that part of the world.

Question from Roodbaard2: How many servers are there in total?

Answered by monkey7: A lot. Really. A LOT.

I’m not sure what the exact total is right now, but it’s somewhere between 300 and 350.

Question from Gamer: Question ! When was Travian first made?

Answered by Odinsstaff: Here’s a brief history of Travian – http://www.traviangames.com/content/company

That site is definitely worth a read if you want to know about the history of the game.

One last question that touches on a topic I wanted to talk about myself:

Question from JVMorrow|Heldenhammer: Can we have a Travian player hall of fame? I will be first inducted since I am that great.

Answered by monkey7: It’s quite intensive to maintain and we’d probably have a few civil wars over who should be on the list. So no, it’s probably not going to happen.

Making a Hall of Fame for individual players would be extremely tough to do, it’s a lot easier to record the winners of each server. But as time goes on, I think that players who repeatedly make it into the Hall of Champions or who finish really well will be remembered and I’ll do profiles on them. I might make a special section on this eventually on this site (note that I said “might”, this is not a promise). But if I do, like Monkey7 said, I expect there will be a lot of arguments over who should and who shouldn’t be in it.

Travian Meeting

They had one in Germany last year, but will there ever be a Travian Meeting in North America where players and crew members can meet one another?

Question from skypeiswm_reflex: Are there any Americans among you? Will we EVER have a USA real-life travian meeting, like the Germany one?

Answered by firedawg225: Yes there are Americans among us. I can’t really answer on the meeting. I’m a MH. If interested email support and maybe something can be arranged.

Question from IRCmeet556: You guys should have a Travian meeting in North America sometime! Will you?

Answered by monkey7: No, we probably will not. Most of the crew and players are based in Europe.

Question from Reflex: I know there was a Germany Travian crew IRL meeting, and that was awesome to see pictures of, but are there any meetings planned in the USA? ever? I know Travian is European-headquarter based…

Answered by Odinsstaff: I am not aware if there are any meets planned in the US. Players can take the initiative and organize one.

There are several people who have asked for a meeting to take place in North America for Travian, but it looks like they’ll have to manage it themselves. It’s hard to organize something like this in North America because the whole region is so big, compared to Europe where the countries and the population are a lot closer together. Still, I hope one does take place in North America someday. There will be another one in Europe next year it sounds like:

Question from Stevieus: Will there be another Travian Meeting next year?

Answered by monkey7: Yes there probably will be :)

Question from Keiji_Maeda: Do you think the Next Travian meetup in Germany is going to be more popular?

Answered by monkey7: Of course it is! :D I know I’m going to be there which is already one more :p

Questions About the Crew

Just like last time, a lot of people were asking if they can join the crew. I didn’t count, but I’m pretty sure that was the most common question.  Hopefully the crew will get a lot of good new members from this event. Remember, you can apply to join the crew anytime.

Question from Chumingo: Are there places available to join the staff of Travian?

Answered by KnightStalker: Yes you can join our team,try to apply,you can find the link in the forum.

Question from gyarados: How does a player join the .com team? any prerequisites that you guys look for?

Answered by shadowspirrit: We are looking for trustworthy people who know what they are doing.

Question from myx|Veritas: Tschena, is there still room for supporter staff?

Answered by Tschena: if the application is good enough there is always room.

Question from vbo1: to Tshena : Who reads all the applications for .com crew members ?

Answered by shadowspirrit: The admins at first.

Question from IRCmeet844: Is there any special requirement to become a crew member ??

Answered by Tschena: You need to apply, the application has to be good enough to get invited for an interview and then you have to pass the interview, that’s it.

Question from Missen: What is a normal IRL job for a crew?

Answered by Phanttis: There is no specific IRL jobs… we have bunch of students in the crew as well as teachers, lecturers, police officers, industry workers, military officers … anyone wishing to help are welcome to send us applications, no matter what profession they have.

Question from Jacuu: Where can I sign up to become a multihunter and or be apart of the crew?

Answered by KnightStalker: Please send your application(about your self and what you can offer and your online time and…) (It should be a nice written application) to admin@travian.com

Crew positions imclude In-game Support, Multihunters, and Forum Moderators.  And if you want to apply to be a crew member, remember that Regional Servers like Travian.us and Travian.co.uk need their own crew members as well.

Question from IRCmeet767: @ Tschena – how much do you get paid as admin?
Answered by shadowspirrit: nothing, we are volunteers

A lot of people still seem to think that Crew members get paid. The truth is they do it all for free. So we should all be very thankful that they volunteer to help out to make this game better.

Question from Azen: so you guys are ALL volunteers? and this is in no way profitable to you all? except just fun?
Answered by shadowspirrit: we are all volunteers, we get nothing from it

If Crew members were paid I would be doing that instead of running this website. I might try being support or a multihunter one day.

There were some questions about how Multihunters work. For the sake of my readers and for my own sanity, I won’t bother repeating any of the ones that were players complaining about why they were banned.

Question from Mickey: do you have access to our igms?

Answered by monkey7: Multihunters and Admins can view them when given a link, but it’s not like we read a few inboxes before going to bed.

Question from Pieter: How does Travian detect userscripts?

Answered by KnightStalker: We have some special systems that detects them.

Question from Luxaxix: Why don’t you repay people who get banned wrong with, e.g Gold?

Answered by Chrisvc: It happens very very very rarely that people are wrongly banned, and it there is absolutely no rule violation that occurred, they might get some compensation

If you ever wanted to know about what the crew members are like, the Crewchat is one of the best opportunities to get to know them:

Question from stormmy: I love you guys! how many of you run a server? Like are u admins and multihunters are MHs bots? Or is it you or are they old players? do you guys get paid?
Answered by Tschena: I am running 11 servers – but i have a lot of people helping me, between 5 and 10 people are hunting/supporting on one server. Multihunters are people as you and me and no bots ;)

Question from Reflex: who has been on crew the longest? the oldest vet among you? and are there any historic, famous crew members who are gone now?

Answered by shadowspirrit: I don’t know, but Tschena Phanttis Blackpaladin and myself have been here for more then 3 years as crew

Question from maj212: Wil there be another Interview like this anytime soon?
Answered by shadowspirrit:  No, we only do this about 1 to 2 times a year, its very stressful since we see dozens of questions fly before our eyes every minute.

Question from Duck2: You guys must get a lot of Abuse…how do you deal with it and stay positive?
Answered by Tschena: Yes, we do. But the seldom “thank you”s or “you are great”s or “you are doing a damn good job”s are worth it.

Goofy Questions

Okay, some of these were actually pretty funny. Here are the best ones:

Question from Stevieus: Shadowspirrit…. Will you marry me?
Answered by shadowspirrit: No.

Rejected!

Question from Mickey: Will you give me golds for cheesecake (Tschena)
Answered by Tschena: If the cake is good then we can talk about this

There was a surprisingly high amount of discussion about Cheesecake during the crewchat.

Question from maj212: I should be studying history right now and I blame you, because this is too much fun to pass

Answered by monkey7: Tell your teacher you were at a very important meeting :)

Just don’t them what the meeting was about.

Question from Mickey: I have 2 personalities can I have 2 accounts?
Answered by Odinsstaff: Your two personalities can dual one account

Sounds fair.

Question from Phoenix: Question from Phoenix: Are any of the 10% female staff unhappy with their bf/husband? Here is me: 6 feet tall and 13 years old, awesome jet black hair and according to girls in my school awesomely cute.

Answered by firestorm: Well a bit too young for me;)

Nothing like horny male teenagers in an internet chatroom trying to pick up people who are in their twenties. Note that this stud doesn’t even ask if any of them are single, no, he’s going straight for the ones in committed relationships. You’ve got a bright future ahead of you Phoenix.

Hope you enjoyed my summary of the Travian crewchat. The next crewchat will likely take place in June 2010.

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