Clay Shortage. More Raids.

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I can’t believe I’m so stressed out about having clay shortage! There is just never enough clay for me to do things in my village. Plus, I’ve been having trouble upgrading my resources because I worry if I upgrade them without being able to defend my village yet, it will all be slept away by raiders. But I guess it’s a risk I have to take since I have no other choice. Having no resources will take me nowhere. I just have to make sure I update it as frequent as I could so I can avoid giving them all away to raiders.

Speaking of raiders, I think I’m currently being farmed by a player. Although it’s not something very alarming yet still, there are losses so I have to do something about it somehow anytime soon. There hasn’t been much change in my routine recently. Just the usual upgrades and sending my hero to adventures.

My hero’s health is a bit low. It’s taking a while to heal. So I’m not going to be sending her to any adventures just yet. I need to give her time to heal so I can send her on dangerous adventures. Apparently, sending your hero to normal adventures don’t do much. It seems to me that it’s just a waste of time and resources. Why? My hero comes back with very little increase in experience and knowledge that there’s almost no increase. It’s practically useless. Then my hero’s health just continue to go downhill. I thought maybe sending me hero to all these adventures may not be such a good idea. Going on those dangerous adventures really work well but I have to make sure my hero’s health is up and good.

One of my tasks is to attack an oasis. To be honest, I have no idea how I’m going to do that. I always get caught up by a raid thus causing me to lose trained troops every time! I can’t collect enough troops to be able to do an attack. I’d say collect because I’m currently in the position of not being able to train many troops at once. I guess I need to upgrade my barracks.

I can’t wait for the day to come when I can finally tell you guys that all is well, very well. But I’m still hopeful. I guess it’s all up to me so I have to do things right! Fight! Fight! Fight!

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Updates on my village

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Shuto is doing okay. I really won’t say my village is doing very well. I’d be lying if I say so. It’s because there has been a number of raids coming at my village. There has been more recently than before so I’m a little worried. I don’t know if sending a message to the players and ask them nicely to leave me alone would work. I think that’s bit inappropriate since this is a game and there is competition but I can’t help but think of it as a desperate measure. But I won’t do it. I don’t think I could go that far.

Right now, I’m doing what I can with my resources. My main building is now at level 7. Hooray for that. Granary is leveling up to level 4. Once it’s done, I’ll level up my cranny and barracks. I need to start training troops. But I’m a bit hesitant with it since attacks come to my village and I can only train like 4 Phalanx, it might just be a waste of resources. My focus now is to continue my progress on the village.

I need to get all of my resource fields on to level 1. It is part of my task and I have some things undone.

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They are all just about upgrading the resource fields so I can get that done soon. The trick right now is not to collect my rewards yet. Collecting them and leaving them unused will be just like collecting them and giving it to the raiders. I really don’t want that right now.

I’m currently researching about how to join an alliance. I already have an embassy and I need to join an alliance. It will help me defend myself especially if I belong in a big alliance with big players. I’m still reading about it. Most of what I find is that you have to get invited. I don’t know how that works yet but I’m continuing to read about it. Although I’m not rushing getting into an alliance but it is a goal right now.

I have a Gaul tribe and one thing I noticed is that they take up so much of the clay resource. I didn’t really notice that when I had a Roman tribe before. That’s why I need to upgrade my resource fields most especially clay. I’d be prioritizing that once I get my granary and cranny upgraded.

I’ve equipped my hero with a horse and I continue to send her on adventures everyday even though her health is not full. I just don’t send her on dangerous adventures to make sure she doesn’t get killed.

Raids, raids, raids and slow progress

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Well, darn these players who feed on the weak! They should take on someone their own size.

I have to admit, I’m quite pissed to see that raids have been raining on my village already. Seriously people? You’re big villages.MEME

If you want loot, wouldn’t there be more on bigger villages compared to starting ones? Do you really have to feed on the weak and helpless? Such cowards! Man up, people!

This is so annoying! It’s holding me back on my progress. I’ve been doing well lately. I’ve got more resources and my cranny is now up. All I have to do is build more to protect more resources. But these raids are keeping me from progress.

Anyway, I hope my barracks will be up before I know it. I need troops and I need them to start doing raids of my own. But apparently, there are still a lot of work to be done. Although I’m checking a blog about a beginner’s guide to raiding and it has some helpful tips every beginner should know. Not much on the pro tips but basics so it’s pretty much good info already.

For now, I have no plans of doing raids yet. I want to make sure first that I have the enough resources I would need. But, I might build troops just to see if they can defend my village. I guess it’s a gamble and a bit of experiment but I won’t do that just yet. I have other better things to spend my resources on.

So for my next projects, I have to build a Barracks and and Embassy. My Barracks will be up soon in any minute now then I’ll be building my Embassy. These are all things in the task list which I mentioned in the previous post. Very helpful if you need to know which buildings to prioritize building.

Also, don’t forget to upgrade and upgrade and upgrade your main building. I learned that the higher the level of the main building is, the faster other buildings will construct. Time saved! It’s a very helpful tip.

Oh! And don’t forget to upgrade your cranny and granary from time to time. The higher the level, the more space there is. So if you want to improve resources, you will need to increase space first. It will be useless to upgrade your resource fields if there’s no space to store them, right?

I guess you could say that at this stage, you will really have nothing else to be busy about than establishing your village. You have to set up everything you need for a “fully operational” village. You have to build this, upgrade that, improve this, construct that. Pretty much, that’s just it actually.

I suppose I should also stop worrying about the raiders. As long as they don’t increase and they are not as frequent then it’s probably not much to worry about. It really won’t make you lose much. So far, only about 100+ of each resources is lost. Yes, it’s not that big therefore it’s not worthy to complain much about. It just pissed me off that’s all but I know being mad about it  won’t solve anything. I really just hope it won’t increase or become frequent. Becoming a farm is just the worst. What’s even “worster” that than? Being a frequent farm for so many players. Now that’s a nightmare.

If ever that happens again, I’ll definitely freak out. If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you’ll know it’s the reason why I abandoned my previous account. A situation like that would be hopeless. So don’t lose hope yet. You’re still starting so a lot could still change. Just don’t let it hinder you from progressing. Still, do as much as you can. It may slow you down but it can’t really stop you. Take it easy and all will be well.

To let you know also, I’m still sending my hero to adventures. No rest for the hero. When she comes back from a dangerous adventure and lost some health points, I send her again to a less dangerous adventure. That way the experience points continue to increase without much risk.

A Beginner’s Gaul Village

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Boy, starting a new village sure makes your hands full of work to do. So many buildings to construct with so little resources so time is of the essence. I suppose at this stage, you really can’t settle for one task at a time. Right now, I’m doing as much as I can.

My new village only has a Main Building and a Rally point. I took some time to upgrade my Main Building and it’s currently on level 4. I have just finished building my Granary and I’m now upgrading it to level 2. I want to make sure that I have everything done right before my Beginner’s Protection ends.

Of course, while waiting for my buildings to level up, I always send my hero on adventures. The more, the better! It will help gain more experience and increase the skill level of my hero. Like I said, you really can’t waste time. Do as much as you can while you wait for building progress.

Once my Granary has upgraded, I’m going to build a Cranny. One thing I learned is that every beginner should prioritize building a cranny. When the beginner’s protection ends, you wouldn’t want your resources be swept away by enemies. You would have nothing left to upgrade or build troops or practically anything. There’s nothing to do when you have no resources. A cranny will protect and hide resources from attackers so it’s very important to have it on the top of your priority list as a beginner.

Beginner’s usually have a guide or a list of tasks to complete and it’s found on the lower right part of the screen. Looks something like this:

travThis list can help you know which to prioritize and it will also help you explore what every beginner should check on playing Travian. Make sure to do what’s listed there.

Oh! One more thing is that beginner’s don’t have complete resources. Go to your resources and check which needs developing. The list of tasks can guide you. As you can see on the image I posted above, it says there “Iron Mine.” That’s because I don’t have an iron mine yet so I will need to upgrade it to Level 1.

Let me show you how my resource fields looks like right now:

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Now, I’m already upgrading an iron mine since I’ll be needing it, obviously.

It’s okay to not get everything done immediately and you really can’t expect things to go smoothly always. Try reading and researching. Reading from forums and discussions will help you see what others have experienced. You can also read blogs and articles. There are good content in them and you’ll find help there whenever you need it. Although, you cannot expect very valuable information to be freely available. If you’re into it, try getting yourself a manual. It will help so much. I mean, no “newb” player could ever publish a book about a game, right? It has to be someone who has probably played all his life and be a real expert at it. You can find gems in books and it will help A LOT!

For beginners, this can actually help for now. I’ve been reading Travian Wiki and there are a lot of practical information there that you can get for starters. Not much but it’s good for the meantime.

Travian can be really fun. Been playing it for a while and I’m sort of getting the hang of it. I know it’s not like most games that are all action with all the awesome graphics and the shootings and blow-ups and all that exciting stuff but I assure you, it can be just as fun.

What’s great about it is that if you’re a busy person but don’t want to leave the fun life, you can definitely squeeze in Travian in your time. Progress continues without you actually playing it. You can still do a lot. That’s the beauty of time-based games.

I’ll get back on you guys tomorrow for more updates. I’m pretty sure many more beginner’s like myself want to know how my progress will continue so you can also see what others experience and what are the differences from yours. We can all share the fun together.

travAnyway, here’s my hero. Hope you guys think she’s pretty because I do. She looks a bit fierce, doesn’t she?

Keep playing guys!!!

New Travian Tips Guide

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The following is a guest post by a friend who wrote a short PDF with some tips for Travian that he is making available exclusively on this blog.

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Hey everyone,

In preparation for releasing my Kindle book on Travian, I thought it would be nice to release a mini-PDF version that helps you guys out, since I know most of you guys need a hand with the gaming.

Please enter your email in the form on the right (it’s perfectly safe, don’t worry…) and you will get a PDF by email, after you confirm your email address by clicking a random looking link in an email.

Let me know in the comments if you like the PDF and if there is anything you would like to see me blog about on this blog, in the future… hopefully I’m invited to make a post on here again.

My Secret Travian

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As a beginner, I find it helpful to look for articles and books to read to learn about something in almost anything. In playing Travian, I like to research about discussions, blog articles and books that could help me learn the things I need to know so that I can get a right start on the game.

But the problem with all these free blog articles, books and discussions is that none of them provide the real secrets. I have seen players do unbelievable things in a game and I know there has to be a secret for making that possible.

So as a Travian researcher, in search of a strategy-gem,  I came across a player who was willing to teach me how to play, but whose English was not very good.

We chatted a little bit on Skype, and then he asked me if I would be willing to edit a Travian Strategy Guide if he wrote it. Since this is the opportunity of a life-time, I said YES!

So lately I’ve been working on editing some sections of this book. Wow! There is a lot of editing to do. Pages and pages and pages of sentences that are written awkwardly. I spend 2 hours every day editing the guide.

I can really understand why this valuable information is not given for free. It’s really really power, heavy duty, top-secret info that only players with several medals would have uncovered.

I really hope I can finish editing this book by the end of the month so that we can add it online, on Kindle.

Here’s to the next 180 days of torture

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New and fresh Travian account for me. With the past account that I had, I made a lot of mistakes. I’ll admit that. But now that I get to start anew, I certainly learned quite some things that I know I should not do with the new account.

I’m setting goals, straight and in plain black and white, so that I know exactly what I should aim for this time. As a beginner, it might be hard to get a right start. But getting a second chance at it will help me get on the right track. I have to set first things first. For my new Travian account, these will be the goals.

  1. Build a Level 100 Gaul Hero
  2. Settle Over 10 Villages
  3. Make new friends on USX, COMX and possibly UKX (The more the merrier, right?)
  4. Avoid Village Confusion (It was a pain, really…)
  5. NEVER EVER see 52 or more incoming attacks (I must not be a farm!)
  6. Upgrade building fast

Although I know there are a lot to work on and these goals may take time to achieve but I know if I just do things right this time, it’ll go smoothly. Don’t worry, I’ll keep you guys updated.

Wish me luck!

Farewell…

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Apparently, this post will not be about the reports of my previous experiments. Today, I’m bidding adieu to the Travian account I’m using.  It’s current situation is just hopeless. There’s no way to defend myself against the countless raids on all of my villages everyday. I never have enough resources to rebuild and create troops.

For short, I have no other choice than to start anew. It makes me feel bad that just because I can’t find a solution, I’m abandoning it right away. I have invested time and effort to solve the problem but there’s just no better way to do so.

Farewell my Travian account…

I promise to not make the same mistakes in the new one I made with you.

Experimentation Day 6: Another Defense Attempt

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So upon checking my remaining troops, I have one village that still has a lot of troops. It’s in one of my small villages. Knowing that some attackers may take this village of mine lightly since it’s quite small, I’m leaving 2,000 troops to defend it.

Like what I said in my previous posts, many of my attackers don’t have more than a thousand troops in making their raids. So having this much troops to defend my village will have high possibility for success. Now, I just have to wait.

Yesterday’s experiment still has no results but I will report them all tomorrow. The current problem I have right now is that I don’t have resources to create more troops for my villages. Since raids come every 30 mins., there’s never enough resources left for me to build troops. I might have to make a solution for this because even though I have lots of troops left, if I keep up with my attacking and defending experiments, they’ll eventually run out.

Experimentation Day 5: More Attacks!

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So the previous experiment in which Ieft 1,000 troops to defend my village somehow ended up quite well. I was right about when I said that attacks coming to my villages only had a few number of troops. I guess it surprised the attacker who sent less than a hundred troops when he found out that there are a thousand troops in my villages. Most of his troops were lost and I was able to defend my village well. So that’s a good start. Experiment 4 went smoothly and for the first time, an experiment led to a good result.

For today’s experiment, I’m continuing to send attacks to the most frequent raider. Although I’m a weaker player than he is, I’m hoping that he’ll realize to not take me lightly. I’m sending him this:

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I know it’s not a lot of troops but I’m hoping it can match up to his. We’ll see about it in the next 33 and so hours.