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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 Farming: Looting Up Resources From Other Players

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Travian Farming

For a lot of players, farming is one of the most effective way of getting resources. Sometimes, you just can’t depend on your own resources so you would have to find other sources for wood, crop, clay and iron. Travian farming is when you raid villages, usually smaller than you to loot their resources. In Travian, you can’t just go on farming without a certain strategy. Otherwise, you’ll end up meeting an enemy you wouldn’t want to be making.

We will look over some strategies on how to farm and how to find a village to farm. Raiding villages for resources is necessary at times especially when you want to speed up progress. It will take time though to master the art of raiding but with experience, I’m pretty sure you’ll get there.

Strategies on How To Farm

travian farmingNow, one of the very first things you have to do when you go on Travian farming is to look for the village to raid. Best way to start is to look for a village with a population of 2. Villages with a population of 2 usually have no defenses, not even a wall. So to start, you would want to attack villages like that. Although, small villages will also come with small reaps. That’s okay. Start small in Travian farming and then work your way up to bigger villages as you progress as well.

Villages with a population of let’s say less than a hundred, like maybe 40 or 50, these guys are most probably farms if the rest of the neighboring villages already have more than a hundred population. Trick in picking a village to farm is to look for the villages that are behind in progress. So checking for their population and comparing them with the rest of the neighboring villages can be a way to choose a village to farm. Also, villages with small populations tend to have less or zero troops at all. They make excellent farms and you would want to target them.

One tip I can give though is that when you’re not yet ready to farm a village, you can raid oases but do not raid oases with nature troops. Usually, you don’t get a lot of resources from oases and having all of your troops killed for less resources is really not worth it. You can raid an oases though if you bring your hero along but having the hero equipped with cages. Otherwise, just don’t because it’s a waste of time, waste of troops and resources you get will not be that much. Attack an oases that has no nature troops.

Take note though that these are not always applicable. There can be villages with more than a hundred population but could be abandoned or for whatsoever reason has really poor defenses. You can raid them. Travian farming can be a lot of work but it all really pays off when you do it right. Make sure you explore more villages but take extra caution if you’re doubtful. If ever you are doubtful, send scouts. That’s always the most effective way to check if a village has troops or a good defense. Let your scouts be like a “checker” to check if a village can be farmed or not.

Protecting Yourself

You may be farming others but these other players can fight back. Always remember that. They might be small but some can actually take the time to build troops and get back at you. Or some may be wiser than you thought. For big villages, do not scout them. These big villages probably has scouts on their villages so if you scout them, they will know that you’re targeting them. You might just make an enemy. Always make sure there are scouts in your village. Send troops to scout other villages but always make sure you have scouts left in the village. Don’t send them all out.

Before you begin your Travian farming, make sure you have build up defenses. When you start Travian farming, you will never know that you have already made an enemy and it may come as a surprise. So before jumping in to Travian farming, make sure you will be able to defend yourself if ever some players decide to attack you back. Protect your village, protect your resources and make sure you have defenses. It’s the dumbest thing to do to jump in to Travian farming without setting up defenses.

Raiding in Travian: Oases Raid and Raid Defenses

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Doesn’t good news always make your day? It is sure to make anyone happy when they hear good news. But what if it’s backed up by bad news? It just ruins everything. Well, that’s what my Travian had for me today. It tells me the good news, then followed by bad news…

..and then another bad news.

Plus one more bad news.

I guess I really can’t expect everything to go smoothly as it is. Here is the good news I was talking about:

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Doesn’t that report look great? A successful defense against an attack. Nine enemies captured and 1 enemy dead. Well, I say my troops did pretty well. There really is power in number. I say that any player, regardless of what tribe you are, you should really make the effort of improving anything that would give you a great number of troops. As long as you have your enemies greatly outnumbered, chances of winning against them is very high. Much more if you have specialized troops and then you are great in number, you will surely get the game going. But of course, all of these need resources. Not just crops, iron, wood or clay but most importantly, time. Time is the only resource you can’t get enough of in Travian. It is always the one you’re sure to get short of. So rushing things won’t get you anywhere. You can’t rush it. Patience is very valuable at this time. You really have to take every step slowly and carefully. So make wise use of your time. Be sure to invest it in projects that need priority.

Going back to my report, that’s it. I got a good news of a defeated enemy. But then, I had to read my other reports. They did not contain more good news. It just went like this…

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One defeat..

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..and then another.

Who couldn’t possibly get annoyed? My troops were wiped out just like that. Damn. Just when I was getting the hang of things, this happened. Well, it’s inevitable. There are a lot of strong players out there. I really just wish they don’t feed on the weak, you know?

“HEY! PICK UP SOMEBODY YOUR OWN SIZE, COWARD!”

At least, I tried. I just have to continue making progress if I want more of those good reports. I have lots of resources now and I’m looking forward to expanding them even more. Now, my warehouse is working it’s way to level 5. My main building is at level 12. Work on upgrading your main building. Prioritize it. The higher the level of your main building, the less time it takes for others to level up. So, it’s a clever use of time management. Take it as a tip.

Since I’m working on my warehouse, I can store more and more resources. Which also means, I can train more troops. I need lots of resources if I want a big army, right? I can then raid more oases and hopefully, occupy one soon. My village is situated trav 5at an area where there are three unoccupied oases of clay. Since my tribe is Gaul, this is a big help for me. I’ll work on that anytime soon. Right now, I’m still prioritizing on getting more and more troops. Hopefully, I can avoid future attacks so I can gather loads of troops.

Hold on! The bad news isn’t over. Yep, there’s definitely more. Oh, don’t worry. This is the last one, for today.

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That’s right, folks. My hero died, again! She’s on her way to being revived. Man, I can’t afford anymore of these deaths. It’s costing me too much on reviving her. I can use the extra resource for more troops, you know? It’s really frustrating. But again, I won’t mope all day about it. I just need more ways on getting more resources.

Also, I still don’t know what to do with my prisoners. I can just set them free. I really don’t care. I just want troops. But I’ll still try to see if I can use them for my advantage. They are not so many so ransoming them doesn’t seem to be very promising although I could still try for a few amount of resources. But I’d still need to build a marketplace and I also don’t have resources for that yet. Although right now, I’m busy using up my resources. I don’t want them to just simply go to my farmers. I’m not that generous. Since I can’t do much defending myself yet, I’ll use them as much as I can.

That’s not much for today but I’m glad I’m making clearer progress. At least, it’s a milestone. My first successful defense. Just you wait. There’s more where that came from!

Travian Update: Attacking an Oases and Trapping Prisoners

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Some things don’t always go the way you want them to. There are things that are just way out of your hands and the only thing you can do, adjust. You have to think of a solution to every dilemma you are in. Moping and complaining about it just won’t help so you have to view things in a different perspective to see a different way around the problem. Playing can be like that; not just life. Well, for some players, playing is life.

My Travian is doing surprisingly well today. I finally collected my rewards from doing tasks and it has helped me do both improvements and troop building today. I have finally upgraded my trapper and I can now put 22 traps. 5 of them are occupied actually. It did work and it captured some of my enemies. Sad thing though is that the last troops I built all got killed but I had enough resources today to create 17 troops. My trapper has caught some prisoners and I have no idea what to do with them. So as usual, I did some forum reading and found that I can have them ransomed. So far, that’s the only thing I have found and I don’t think that’s going to work well with me. Why? It’s because I only have 3 from one player and 2 from another. I don’t think that’s very valuable. Besides, I don’t have a marketplace yet so I can make exchanges. I also still don’t know how to set them free. (Haha!) I’m going to learn that eventually though. So let’s just wait for the perfect timing.

Currently, my troops are attacking an unoccupied oases. Since it’s one of my tasks, I had to do it. I’m not hoping much from it since it’s an attack on an oases that has nothing in it. They might just come home bringing nothing but rats. Well, at least it can increase my hero’s experience a bit. After this, I might give attacking an oases with wild animals in them and see how far my troops can go. I guess with this, I can see how much I’m capable yet as of now.

I have also bid at an auction. Still, this was part of a task so I did it and I got my hero a Helmet of Healing. It looks pretty cool on my hero. Cost me 100 silver and it’s my first time making a purchase like this. I think I might be bidding more when I find some things interesting.

You could say that a lot has been going on but I say this is just the beginning. Finally, we’ll start to stir things up!

Experimentation Day 3; Previous Experiment Results

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travWell…

This is it. What’s 700 compared to more than 3,000 troops plus a hero? And aside from this, the enemy has now sent even more attacks to my other villages as well. His attacks/raids has troops ranging from 50 to the maximum of 6,000!

I really don’t have that much troops and I don’t have that much village. Now that my enemy knows how much troops I only have, I suppose that any further attacks I make will not be considered threatening. So for today’s experiment, I’ve decided to try and give him an attack he won’t expect.

Since now he’s probably thinking that I’m a weakling and I can’t overcome his attacks, I’ll send him a big one. I’m sending a raid with 10,000 troops. Yes, it’s a big big risk but I can take this chance to see how it will result to. Yes, I know that him being able to send an attack with 6,000 troops could mean he has more than that and he has a chance to defeat my troops but it’s worth the risk to try. I won’t learn anything sitting around waiting that these enemies will just someday stop attacking me.

 

Experimentation Day 2: Another Attack to the Raider

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travSo yesterday’s experiment has no results yet since it needed 33 hours plus to complete. But today, I have made another attack on one of the other villages of the same player I sent an attack to. The plan is to continuously attack him and see how he reacts.

This attack will take 30 hours to complete and I sent 500 troops to raid another village he has. He’s a big player and he has an alliance. So pretty much, I’m not expecting anything spectacular or wonderful as a result of this. Because compared to him, I’m the ant and he’s the boy with the magnifying glass. He can wipe me out as he is a big player. In addition to that, the alliance he belongs to is ranked 3. I guess that’s pretty big too so I really don’t stand a chance.

We’ll see how all these will come up tomorrow. I’m getting really curious. But if ever I get pulverized, I’m pretty sure I’ll just laugh about it.

Travian update: 52 incoming attacks. Wow.

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How I wish I could explain right now how much alarmed I am when I opened my Travian account today. Why? Well, there are only 52 incoming attacks! And I thought having 11 attacks coming to my village was alarming; Guess I was wrong.

I could no longer count the number of successful raids that I found in the reports. My resources are definitely running out. Before all these happened, amount of the resources I had reached a 6-digit number. Now, well..

Take a look at this screenshot:trav

As you can see, I have almost nothing left. How can I continue doing progress if I’m basically being a host to a parasite? They benefit from me while I lose everything. This is way too troubling that I even dream about worrying what would happen to my poor village. I should stop sighing and start thinking what I can do about it..

..If there is something I can do.

Any suggestions?

 

 

 

5 INCOMING RAIDS! Could it be chiefing?

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Jaw dropped and eyes wide open. That’s definitely how I describe my face when I opened my Travian account today. The first thing that greeted me was an alert for 5 incoming raids! As a beginner, this is definitely the most shocking thing I’ve experienced so far.

I have no idea how to handle situations like this aside from simply dodging the attack. What can I do? It’s scaring the hell out of me and my mind’s going crazy like, “Oh snap! I can’t deal with this!” I know I don’t stand a chance against a fight like this so the best thing to do is to dodge it. Troops are safe, hopefully. I think it might be chiefing but I cannot be certain for now. I’ll just wait and see how this will turn out.

Maybe you guys have suggestions. What would you do if something like this happens?

Farming in Travian

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So I recently found out that if someone frequently raids you, what he’s doing is farming and his farm is your village.

I didn’t expect that there’s actually a name for it. I thought he was just taking advantage of me, apparently, that’s what you do if you go on farming. In Travian, farming means to raid a village for resources and no other reason. You go back to that village often to raid it to supply more resources to your own village. Yes, you gain resources in your own village but you can get immediate and large loots when you go raiding. For many players, farming is the main source of resources. If you’re the one doing the farming, this is a really good way to gain resources but if you’re the farm, you should protect your resources.

There are ways in which you can avoid being the farm. Build crannies to hide your resources from attackers. For beginners who still have Beginners Protection, it is highly recommended to build a cranny before it ends. When your cranny reaches level 10, you can then build a new one. Remember, a cranny cannot be targeted by catapults. It can help you so much so remember to keep upgrading so you can build more.

Are you a “provider” to the raider?

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It could be sad to think that my village is like a provider to this player who constantly raids it. Your opponent’s getting more and more from you and it seems like there’s nothing you can do about it.trav

But know what? I think it’s the lesser evil than having face your enemy and knowing that there’s no chance of you winning. In this case, trying is not a good option. You should be sure to at least have a chance at winning than just plainly leaving it out to luck.

For example, if you know your troops are outnumbered by your opponent’s, then don’t push through. It’s better to keep your troops safe until they are ready to fight. Try to find reinforcement that could help you in defending your village.

Remember, it’s a bigger loss to lose your troops than to lose resources. Your resources will continue to grow and it will not stop producing. But training and preparing troops can take time especially for a beginner so it is best at this point to just be a little more patient. Let your enemy have his laugh for now. Let your revenge cook up a little.

Now, I’m trying to build up an army. Training troops little by little each day.