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.
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.