The Curse of Kamikaze – Disband the Travian Army

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The art of the disband has been around for ages. Fifty odd years ago the Japanese realized that a system of exchange where one person was sacrificed in exchange for the death of a whole boatload of people was a worth swap.disband

While a troop type does not exist in Travian where the one solider dies and takes 100+ more with them, the concept of a suicide mission does exist in the context of saying goodbye to your army and looking forward to it (hopefully).

This has happened to few of us,  so it definitely deserves some mention.

If your army is trapped during an attack (Gauls have traps), on  the rally point you can see there is one option “Dismiss army”. By choosing this action you put your army in “kamikaze mode” and disband it.

As Gaul, things are a little different. When you capture the enemy’s army, you have couple of possible outcomes:

  • A) Peace negotiations – To try to negotiate the release of the army (possible to be pulled question of damage compensation).
  • B) Inform your alliance about the situation and ask them to organize a synchronized attack from several sides to release the prisoners.
  • C)  Sit down and cry – the Travian Manual never resorts to this!
  • D) “Release the army” – This is much better option, if the enemy doesn’t want to negotiate because the army consume food resources.

There is also a D1) option – Leave your army trapped because, if the enemy doesn’t kill them, they will start to eat his resources after 3 days of being captured.

After all, as you can see, the LAST option is to put your army in “Kamikaze mode”!!

In my experience – Good synchronized attacks (which ended ingloriously for me) was when my 19 heroes were trapped in Gaul village in neighborhood . My ally used a diplomatic and tactical approach. He warned the Gaul enemy,  and sent fake attacks, but defender took everything so seriously that he released the troops.

That was the risk.

Initially my personal favorite was to disband the army. But considering diplomacy and your overall goal to instill fear into your enemy, I eventually realized that this was not always the best solution.

When you attack Gauls, don’t ever, ever try to raid them, just attack them normally.

When you attack normally, and you have more army then Gaul got his traps, the army who didn’t got trapped will release the trapped army and everyone goes back home. Now, if you try to raid Gaul, and you have more army then Gaul got his traps, the army who didn’t got trapped will NOT release the trapped army and prisoners stay.

Travian Interview with the Cheda the Butcher

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An Interview with Cheda Worth Referring Back To

Cheda the Butcher is famous player and an active member on the .rs Travian domain.  Cheda is also the founder of the alliance called cheda“Bitange”.

I have the unique privilege to interview Cheda asking him some questions about his experience with Travian. Interviewing top players is something I’d like to do more often and if there are questions that you guys would like me to be asking please let me know in the comments or by hitting “reply” on the email newsletter.

I try my best to answer every email message sent in. Don’t be shy! Please send in a message and tell me what kind of information you want from these pros!

Ok, without further delay, let’s get into the interview. I have included my questions in bold.

How did you find out about Travian, Cheda?

Many of my friends started to play the game. I was reluctant to play, but eventually gave in because there was so much opportunity to work together.

Do you still play? 

I play but at a lower intensity than I was playing 3 months ago. For now I’m playing on RS2 and I help on an RS5 account evenings.

Which Tribe is your Favorite and Why? Do you Prefer Offensive or Defensive?

Teutons have always attracted me. What I like the most about them is:

  • Their plunder bonus
  • Rapid development at the beginning,
  • Large amount of military

I still play a lot of active accounts. It was quite logical. I think I’ve always been offensive though thinking to play and a serious one deff account and see how I will be successful there or not.

What Are Your Biggest Successes in Travian? Which Do you Prefer: Tear down, defend or build a wonder of the world?

My greatest successes in Travian are gaining a lot of friends, I have a dual called Pop (3 servers on the the same acc) who is able to cross the 600 kilometers to see other Travian players, like me.  I play Travian with the almost same team for over 3 years.

Another achievement that I am proud is that I have created an alliance called “BITANGE”  which is perhaps best know on the RS domain. There are thousands of players who have worked with my alliance.  That’s what makes me proud.

I prefer to tear down other people, construction has never attracted me even though I have sitted a couple WWs.

Would You Say There Are People in Travian You Can Safely Call Friends Outside of Travian?

Of course, I think they are the only reason I have played Travian for so long.

What Is Your Opinion of Travian Games?

I think they are doing a great job. They are very good at keeping a vigilant eye on the cheaters in the game and their punishments for cheaters come swiftly making the game fun for people who play by the rules.

What Advice Would Give to People who Want to Get Better at Travian?

I would say two things. First, you want to make sure you know how to understand the game. Second, make sure you respect others. Winning is important, but not at “any price”

Winning lasts for 1 round. Respect is eternal.

The Dirtiest Travian Gold Hack That Works Every Time

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Back In The Game With The Travian Gold Hack

I’ve been playing for the last few weeks, warming up my talent and getting the hang of the game and have discovered a travian gold hack worth sharing.

This blog gets about 10-15 subscribers per day (in the form on the left and various other pages) which comes with a certain responsibility. I get questions from players; there are some basic questions and some good technical ones that I’d like to help out with.

One of the questions is related to a common problem: You need to delete your account, but there is still gold in the account. Normally you could transfer the gold that you purchased, but if you did not pay for it (with money) then transferring it can become a problem.

So the question becomes: How Can I Transfer my Un-purchased Silver and Gold to Someone Playing on the Server?

Cheaters Never Prosper

The problem with a lot of players in Travian is they think running multiple accounts is better than properly managing one, solid, well planned account. Untrue.

 

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With the travian gold hack you need to remember that this is not for people looking to run multiple accounts and transfer gold between them. In fact this trick is not for:

  • Scripters
  • Botters
  • Disrespectful Players
  • Terrorists
  • Freeloaders
  • Kitten Killers

The travian gold hack is for players who want to transfer gold to their friends, their allies or other actual players on the server.

So how does this all work?

The Travian Gold Hack Exposed

Silver can be transferred to other players via the “auction house”. Game rules do not prohibit any auctions by themselves and therefore this trick in full compliance with them.

We need two things to make this work:

  1. travian gold hackTransferring the gold to silver
  2. Finding someone to play with you trust.

First you transfer all your non-money purchased gold to silver.

A player puts one consumable item (ie. ointment) or item that he does not need up for auction. Player B places a bid for that item in the amount of [number of silver from you – 1]. You put an offer for all the silver you have. Wait until the auction ends. After that, player A will get all the silver.

Please note that if you recently played through the same computers / PCs with the player you want to give silver and gold that are not purchased, you will not be able to see each other’s auctions. In this case, the only way to transfer silver and gold through the intermediary  in a manner similar to the above.

Hoards of Useless YouTube Videos

People post YouTube videos, and things like that to make you sure there is “hack for Travian, silver and gold”,  “cheat for Travian”, etc. From my experience: I’ve tried them all. None of them work.

I know they don’t work because I tested them on a separate computer and every one of these tricks ends up hacking your computer and installing malicious software on the computer.

Use the Travian Gold Hack to play the game and have fun, screw the scamming videos, they’ll just make your life miserable and give your enemies an advantage you don’t want them to have: lack of focus!

NLX Server Starting Soon + Dead Accounts

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So I’ve been told. I’m excited to see how this goes with my new work schedule. I have this schedule where I arrive at the office at 7:45 and work until noon. Then from 12-5 I work on strategy. This leaves me with plenty of time to play Travian on my iPhone. :-)

ive reconnected with one of the members of the A-Team from NL. Maybe I can join the end of a COMX or USX server and take over someone’s account. So many people quit Travian after starting there never seems to be a shortage of account to pick up, once someone else has done the heavy lifting. :-)

Farm Chiefing – How to Deal with This Problem

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Hey everyone,

Every now and then someone finds my email address and contacts me with a question! Thank you for finding me… not sure how that’s done because my email is not publicly declared anywhere. But I think I should, at least, have a “contact” button. So I will add one.

Last week someone asked me about this scenario:

farm chiefingThe questions was:

With so many farms getting eaten up by chiefers, how can one raid in the end game?

Farm chiefing is definitely a problem that takes place a lot after the artifacts have been released. There are two ways to overcome this problem:

Allied Front on Farms

The alliance leader can always identify certain village with brown boxes. These boxes serve as “undiscovered farms” that need to be cleared, crop locked and turned into farms. The look like this:

farm chiefingHave your alliance leader identify these villages and send out an MM asking everyone to clear and start farming them.

Worried about the alliance repercussions? Don’t worry. Just have the alliance focus on the players with 3-4 villages or less. No one is going to mobilize the entire alliance for a player who isn’t even using gold… unless there are sentimental ties/reasons for this.

Chief Enemy Farms

When a player chiefs a farm they are basically telling the world that they are not capable of dealing with the real enemy (maybe their primarily defense) and they don’t want to “rock the boat”.

It could also suggest that they don’t have a dual, and are not online 24/7… which is so much the better since you can find out when they are not around (by sending them messages) and then beating the shit out of them when they are offline.

The Player who Gave me his USX Account

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So last week I had an interesting experience… a nearby player who I never raided nor attacked sent me a message saying:

“You win. I’m sick of playing. What village do you want me to add my troops? I’ll let you farm all my villages as well.”

How nice. Turns out the player had about 6000 phalanx and 2000 TTs among other troops. That’s a lot of troops to generate from 3 villages. Just as well. I needed a nice amount of TTs to sacrifice on a nearby village that I wanted to chief.

And so I had him set me as sitter and I just took over the account.

Very cool!

Oh Chief! Oh My Chief! Travian Chiefing

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What is Travian Chiefing?

In Travian chiefing is a great thing. It works like this: You build a village and I convert it over to my side by reducing the loyalty of the people of that village.

Their loyalty is what keeps them on your side. When that travian chiefingloyalty reaches 0%, then the village becomes yours provided you have an empty slot in the village you are travian chiefing from and you have sufficient culture points.

The Sentiment of Travian Chiefing

For many players, chiefing takes too much hassle. Gotta get the academy to 20… gotta get the residence to 20… gotta research it and have to train the senator. Booo

But the join of travian chiefing doesn’t come from stealing, much like catapulting someone’s village. The joy comes from:

  • Saving yourself time (since you don’t have to build)
  • Saying You’ve Done It

Travian Chiefing: Time Saving

Sure it takes time to upgrade those buildings, but the marginal increase of time is not really that great since you’re going to be clicking the “upgrade” button at some point, anyway… might as well be upgrading the academy.

And the act of chiefing a village does save time. You don’t have to travian chiefingupgrade all those fields manually. Nothing is more frustrating than upgrading those level 0 crop fields that take less than 5 minutes, but then forgetting to go back to the computer and do the next upgrade and letting 5 hours pass by. The other fields are a pain as well.

Unfortunately upgrades need to be done again. I don’t think upgrades are carried over to the new village owner. Obviously the troops aren’t carried over either… although I don’t see why they wouldn’t be, from a “real life” perspective. Wasn’t Rome run by the mob? Whatever…

Saying You’ve Done It: Travian Chiefing Facebook

Everyone knows that facebook only really exists so that friends can show off to their friends the cool things they’ve been doing and maybe… just maybe, their friends will get jealous.

And so it is with travian cheifing. Someone who does it a lot likes show off. But they also get emotional about it:

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travian chiefing“I have just been settling” (pun…). Poor guy, he’s been settling all the time! Settling for settlers. What can a body do?

And then wait for it…

travian chiefing Tadaa!! “we’ve chiefed 1 village I am pretty sure”… the classic facebook show off. What reason could there possibly be, for telling me that he has chiefed a village?

To show off.. the classic FaceBook show off moment. Ha ha ha.

Now, if you will excuse me, I need to go back to my Travian account and deal with that 2% loyalty village up there before the village owner comes back online and fucks it all up!

Travian Recognition for 1 Year of Service

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Right, so in our last post we talked about honorable chiefing, and I 1 yearknow I didn’t finish that post (will get to it, don’t worry).

Today I received a most welcoming email from Travian Games advising me that I have been awarded 50 gold for playing Travian for a year. It looks like they keep track of users based on email… since I have used a few different emails I may find myself with extra 50x gold deposits over the coming weeks.

Moving My 1 Year Travian Gold Bonus

To move this gold is a little tricky. Travian does email me when the server ends, but they don’t seem to be too keep on emailing me about that moving gifted or non-money purchased gold.

To learn how to transfer this gold I’ve written a separate post about this process titled the Travian Gold Hack which you can find here.