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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.

Travian Stalker Is Back! Now, He Wants More?! Vibrator Story Part 2

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The Travian Stalker

In my previous postings, I made an article about a guy in Travian whom I met. If you have read the story, you know that this guy is a Travian stalker and has been demanding personal things from me. He was being flirty but he is a guy who is way older than me. It’s really creepy.

Just when I thought that things couldn’t get creepier, it just did.

His Return

I have been updating my Travian account and if you have read my article yesterday about updates in my account, you know what’s going on. I was happy about the results of my hero’s adventures. He went home with 36 TT’s and the latest is 35 Druidrider. I couldn’t be happier with the first report but when I read the next reports, I was like, “oh. my. god.”

There was one attack that was quite damaging. With the 400 troops this player sent, my troops were wiped out. It was not very surprising and I guess that’s a normal thing to happen in Travian. What surprised me was the other report. It wasn’t just a raid, it was an attack. This attack came from, you’ve guessed it, the Travian stalker.

See the report right here:

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I couldn’t be more outraged with what I saw! 8 catapults and he was able to destroy my cropland?! This is terrible. This is hindering me way too much with my progress and I have to do something about it. As I’m typing this now, an attack just came in from him and now my main building has been lowered to level 10 from level 11. There has been way too much damage already. I have to do something about this Travian stalker. I was able to make friends with him before by just going with his flirts. I bet I can manage to somehow manipulate him again and have him stop attacking me.

He sent me a message. I was not worried at all because I’m pretty sure  he just wants something again and I’m pretty confident I can make my way around him. This is what his message contained:

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I told him that we were friends so why would he give me such a blow. Turns out, he does want something. This Travian stalker wants to know more about my personal life so now he’s asking to know what my Facebook account is. I guess it’s a trade. My Facebook in exchange for him to stop attacking my village.

I am so confused. I was planning on telling him a fake name which I just made up. I can’t just create and account because he’ll know I’m faking it. But if I don’t give him something, he’ll continue attacking me.travian stalkerto the point of destroying my village. He already destroyed my cropland. Who knows what he’ll do next. It was already lucky enough that his attack didn’t destroy my palisade. This Travian stalker is a bigger player than I am so I can’t fight him. I won’t be able to do a successful attack. Besides, if I do that, I just made myself a big enemy.

I need a plan to defeat this Travian without having to actually fight him.

Attempted Solution

This is what I will do, I will come up with the excuse that I don’t have a Facebook account because me and my boyfriend just broke up so I deactivated it. I’ll try to see if he’ll bite to that excuse. But, if ever he won’t, there is only one thing to do. I would just have to report him to the multi-hunter. I have no choice. I really do wonder how he’d react and what would happen if I report him. Things might just get a little more interesting. Until then, I’ll keep you guys updated on how this story will end up.

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!

Travian Update: Village Raids and Gaul Trapper

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Talk about perfect timing. It seems like events don’t want me to become an offensive player. I did talk about finally doing attacks in my article yesterday. It was not mean to be as a raid  arrived at the perfect time and got all my troops killed. So you can expect that the 4 Phalanxes that I trained yesterday all died.

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To make things worse, my hero died (again!). Her health was on full when I sent her on a dangerous adventure so I don’t know what went wrong. Maybe it was too much for my hero. I guess I should cease for the moment in sending my hero on dangerous adventures. Not until I boost her experience level a bit, only then will I resume on sending her back. It’s costing me much on the resources already on reviving her. It’s not cheap, you know.

Today, I’m not upgrading anything in my village. I spent all of them in training troops and I was able to train 7. I would need 3 more and then I can try doing an attack. My trapper is also ready. I created 3 traps to set up in my village. It’s my first time using it so I’ll try to see if it works effectively in trapping enemies.

I have been checking out more articles from Dan T. Massicotte and I found one interesting. It’s an article about raiding players. I guess if you want to be an offensive player, the Teutons is the best tribe of choice. Their troops are cheap to train and are fast moving. They can also carry more load. They are really good in terms of raiding. Although you can pretty much do the same with other tribes but there are just others who have the edge.

I have to use the advantage my tribe has. It’s the most effective way of playing for me. I just want to know if I can use the trapped enemies for my own. I still have to search on that. Though, it would be nice if I can torture them. Just kidding… …or not.

Anyway, I will keep update on the progress I’m making. I’ll also let you guys know how the trapper worked for me. I have the feeling that upgrading my trapper and be able to effectively use it will help me reduce the number of raids coming into my village. I will no longer be a farm. Oh, this is great! This is absolutely exciting. I can’t wait to see how my enemies will slowly decrease in number since they would be trapped in my village. Now, I’m really glad I went for Gauls. This is very handy and I can finally get rid of farmers. They will so regret being my enemy.

Travian Attack: Raiding and Troop Specialty

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It has been more than a week since I have been busy upgrading and leveling up my resource fields and buildings. I guess it’s time to shake things up a little. Although, I don’t have enough resources yet to produce a troop large enough for a sure successful raid yet. So this is what I’m up to. Since there has not been any attacks coming to my village recently,  I will create and collect a troop with 10 Phalanxes and try to attack an oases. Well, collect because all I can make is 4-5 troops at a time. I don’t know if that would be enough but I guess I’ll find out. I will send my hero along with them. I suppose you can say that this is an experiment so we will just have to find out.

For far, nothing new actually. The usual upgrading will stop temporarily today. I need to use the resources I have for training troops. These Gauls really use up a lot of clay it is unbelievable! I really need to upgrade these clay resources more than others. Well, at least I know that I have to prioritize my clay fields. There is definitely a lot of work that needs to be done but hey, making sure there is progress everyday, though slow, as long at it’s continuous then there’s no problem.

As I always do, I’ve been on to some research and I ran into this site with really helpful information about Travian. A website called Ezine Articles by an author whose name is Dan T. Massicotte. I found an article that he did about Travian Troop Specialties. It seems that g36-ltrbased on what he said about Gaul tribes, I shouldn’t focus on becoming an offensive player. Gaul tribes are good at defense and it is their specialty. I also just have learned about this building called “The Trapper.” In Travian Wikia, it is defined as a Gaul-specific building designed to build more traps for the attackers. Basically, it’s not a recommended strategy for a Gaul player to be offensive. So from this day on, I guess I should switch course. I can be an offensive player but taking advantage of my tribe’s specialty will help me advance better.

This is a whole new path for me so I guess I have to rethink my strategies. Most especially that I spent all of my days from the very start improving what needed to be improved to become an offensive player. Good thing is that I can still use all of this to my advantage. It’s still not too late to change my goal of playing because I still am a beginner.

I have just built a trapper and its construction is now ongoing. travI guess I have to build a new village. I’ll try to figure out how. I can use the second building mainly for building troops. This can help me become offensive while taking advantage of my defensive specialties.

Looks like I have more work on my hands as I anticipated. But this change will definitely be for the better. I can’t wait to see how this will turn out.

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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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.