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Needs Based Upgrading in Travian

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Needs based upgrading in Travian is about leveraging time and your immediate needs so that you can stretch your resources as far as possible. One of the most common problems in Travian is that every player needs an unequivalent amount of resources to across the four categories to upgrade buildings, fields, and build troops.

For example, a Gaul player needs more clay than iron. So if they log into their account in the morning and build as many TTs as possible they will have < 1200 clay and a lot of iron left. At this point there is very little the player can do in this village except maybe trade some iron for clay in the marketplace or use gold to the NPC tool.

Anti Needs Based Upgrades

One upgrade that addresses this needs based resource problem is the main building. needs main buildingAs you can see in the picture on the right, the amount of resources in one category is very similar to the others. Of course crop is always lower since the building upgrade costs hourly production of crop as well. Maybe this isn’t the reason and I’m just really dumb because I don’t know the real reason… but this is the best conclusion I can make.

needs small partyAnother anti-needs based “build” is a small party. I’m a big time party-er in Travian. If I partied in real life as much as I do in Travian I would have no job, be delusional about life and totally suck in Travian. Fortunately the resource structure of the small party is fairly equal across the wood/clay/iron resource cost.

As an aside, I kind of feel like the iron resource in Travian needs to be replaced with alcohol. It just makes more sense that alcohol would make a better party than iron. And it kind of applies to the other upgrades as well…

… training a soldier cannot be done until he takes his first class of mead. Right?

… settling a new village could not ever be done without drinking a lot of alcohol… I think. Anyway…

The Way of the Needs – Barracks

The best way to use a needs – based strategy for building and upgrades is by looking at how you are using up time. I have 2 examples.

First, we have the barracks. Umm, here is a picture for you:

needs barracksMy barracks is currently at level 15. I have the resources to upgrade it (thanks to the NPC tool and my rich parents) to level 16 which would train troops faster. But look at my queue.

Needs based upgrading would ask the question: “Am I going to waste the extra resources spent on the upgrade by not training soldiers in my barracks for a few hours each day?”

A player who answers “Yes” to this question needs to focus their resources (thank god for feeder villages and farms!) on building up a consistent queue of phallies in the barracks. It’s like running taking up a new sport such as squash and purchasing a $1,500 racket. The question that goes with that racket is: “Will I be playing/practicing squash every day?” or “Do I have sufficient experience with other squash rackets to be able to appreciate the difference this one will make?” or “Am I experienced enough to justify purchasing this racket?” Whatever the question is… it probably doesn’t justify the “upgrade”, much like the barracks upgrade.

Oh Shit!

Ok guys, I have to head out for an emergency (I’m human after all…) will finish this post tomorrow. But you’re getting the point, I’m sure.

Announcing the Travian Dating Site OR Travian AU2 Stalking?!? – Funny Vibrator Story

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Online games are fun, aren’t they? Not only do they provide entertainment but they help us make friends. What’s great about it is that you get to meet people in different parts of the world. I remember the time when I was still in high school and I played Gaia Online a lot. I got to meet there a friend from France. We chat a lot and exchanged interesting things about ourselves and our cultures. We got to be friends for a while and of all, she was the best friend I made online. For some, it’s fun to find someone from the same country.

When you find someone from the same country, you tend to become friends easier. You talk and share personal things with each other. You could even team up with that person if the game allows it. It’s always fun to be making friends but sometimes, you can’t avoid meeting a creep.

Meeting Someone

I was going about my usual routine in Travian today. I checked reports, sent my hero on adventures, upgraded buildings, upgraded resource fields and training troops. I check messages if there are any and these past few days, I had been exchanging messages with someone. His first message was asking me where country I’m from. He noticed my username and village name was in our native language so he hunched that we were from the same country. So, I told him where I’m from and it was all exciting knowing that we were from the same country. We continued to exchange messages asking personal things about each other since it’s not that of a big deal in our culture to immediately ask personal questions to someone you’ve just met. He asked from which part of the country I was from. It would’ve been fun if we were not far from each other. I know a lot of people from Clash of Clans who flock into one clan because they’re from the same city and they set up meet ups so they can meet each other personally. But apparently, our places were a plane ride away so it’s pretty far.

The Awkward Part

It was all nice and friendly at first. He even apologized for attacking my village twice. So I guess that’s one less enemy. But then, he asked of my age. Of course, I didn’t gave it to him immediately. I told him I was shy. By the way, I know he’s a “he” since his name included an indication of his gender. So he told me how old he was and in return, I told him mine. He lied to me about his age because he thought I’m already old since I said I’m shy about my age.

The next message then shocked me…

He was asking for my number. He asked for my Viber account. Here in our country, it’s like a texting/chatting app. To ask for someone’s Viber account means to ask for that person’s number. I know it could sound weird because it sounds similar to a vibrator and if I wasn’t concentrating, I would’ve misread it since I don’t use that app. So when I read that message, I really didn’t know how to respond. My brain was still processing the thought that this guy could be flirting with me. The next message confirmed that since it’s content was asking me if I have a boyfriend. He was also asking for my personal Facebook account. It’s weird. It’s creepy. I didn’t know how to respond.

Here’s some screenshots of our conversations:

"ano pala age mo and may viber account kaba?" Translation: what's your age and do you have a viber account? **To ask for a viber account is to ask for a person's number
“ano pala age mo and may viber account kaba?”
Translation: what’s your age and do you have a viber account?
**To ask for a viber account is to ask for a person’s number
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“Aw haha huli ka! 34 lang ako hehehe ** yrs tanda ko sayu, may bf kaba? Sorry ha matanong” Translation: Oh haha got ya! I’m only 34 hehehe I’m only ** yrs older than you. Do you have a bf? Sorry I’m asking so much questions.

After some thinking, I responded by showing him I was a bit upset that he lied to me about his age because I was being honest. I think he thought I was trying to be cute and girly so he was kidding by telling me that if I no longer reply to his messages, he’d attack me. I’m trying my best to keep it cool. I don’t want him to think I’m interested. I’m even seriously thinking of toying with him. (Yes, I can be a bit evil.)

The Wait

I’ll try to keep up with his “flirtiness” and try to see how this will end up. I can decide to toy with him and make him think I’m interested. I could also just completely shut him out. The only advantage I see with this is that if I can manipulate him, I can get him to give me resources and troops. Might as well use it for my advantage, don’t you think?

I don’t know if any of you guys have experienced the same thing but today went a little weird for me. I also don’t know if this happens a lot on Travian. Maybe with female players, it could happen. Guys would drool over gamer girls so I guess that’s not to wonder.

So, what do you guys think?

A whole week of progress

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What a week it has been. But now as the week ends, I’m pretty glad about my progress. I have been able to achieve a lot. Good progress and good results from my efforts to improve the village. In just a few more days with just a few more upgrades, I would finally be able to do my first attack which will be in an oases. I could say that the only unfortunate event this week was my hero dying. But even though that happened, I discovered that it takes shorter time to revive the hero than to wait for the health level to boost back up to 100% so I won’t say it was a total loss. I learned something handy from it thus I guess it was a blessing in disguise.

My hero is now alive and kicking. I have just sent her to a new adventure and of course, it’s a dangerous one. I find sending my hero to a normal adventure such a complete waste of time since the increase in knowledge is not that high. It will only eat up so much time with so little benefit and is therefore not worth it. I really suggest sending your hero to dangerous adventures. It may decrease the health by significant amounts but the experience gained is much more and therefore, hero’s progress advances more.

Progress in my village and its resource fields has also been quite significant this week. Today, I’m moving on to continue upgrading my main building. It’s now at level 11 and I’m also expanding my warehouse for more resources. I think it’s time to add a new building to my village. Do any of you guys have any suggestions what’s beneficial to prioritize building? But I guess I can worry about that later. I have to make sure that whenever I start to be active in attacking and raiding, my village is already firm and strong.

 Although there’s still a lot of work that needs to be done but I’m glad to see I’m making progress. There’s now a big chance that it won’t take longer than I expected before I can begin some action. I know attacking and raiding is the most exciting part that’s why I can’t wait to finally be able to do it. I got some big plans waiting and there are so many things I want to finally be able to try. What I’m most excited about is starting to research on new troops. I can’t wait to see some new troops for some awesome action. Enemies will regret.

Advice From A Beginner

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Just a few more minutes left and my hero is revived.

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I can start sending her onto new adventures again. I don’t know if it’s right but I’m kind of happy she died. Waiting for that health to boost back up to 100% actually takes a longer time than just reviving the hero. Although it would need resources but if you have a lot, then why not? I think it’s a good strategy to just let the hero die and revive her to get back on the game quicker. It’s a lot faster which comes in with the convenience of not having to wait days for the health to reach 100%.

I’m still working on upgrading my fields and my buildings. With my village, I think after getting the barracks to a level 10, I might be able to start attacking. But before I can do that, I have to level up my resour3es first. The more resources I have, the more troops I can build.  Maybe when I’m ready to do attacks, I can start on attacking an oases. Well, since that one is also on my list of tasks that I have to attack an oases. That’s a good place to start before I can go looking for players like beginners or inactive ones to attack. I also need to research on that as well since I still don’t know how to find out if the player is either a beginner or inactive.

Pretty much, I still got a lot to learn but I guess that’s part of progress. I would also be glad to tell you that attacks or raids coming to my village have lessened. Isn’t that just great? I just hope I didn’t jinx that. Well, I am hopeful that if ever the time comes when I will start to be a target for players to farm, I would be more prepared to face them. Better yet, I would be capable of handling some enemies. Oh, how proud I would be when that day comes. So, I have to keep focus that what I’m doing today would lead to that goal. It’s really important to have your goals set right from the beginning so that every move you make coordinate with one another. You wouldn’t want to make a complete mess of stuff and it will be such a big waste of time and effort.

My suggestion is to create a game plan. Although it’s just a game and you can go all crazy if you want but if you want to play well, you somehow have to take some things seriously. From the very start, determine what kind of player you want to be, either a defensive or offensive player. And then from there, you think of a step by step plan on how you can achieve that. For example, in my case, I want to be an offensive player. I want to attack and conquer. So what do I do? I focus on improving my troop force. I invest my time on getting the buildings I would need to research troops. I would prioritize doing things that would benefit my troops. The options go on. That’s how I think is the best way to get things going. With this kind of strategy, you get to save time and resources. You can get to your goal faster when you have things well planned out. Remember, Travian is a strategy game. Pretty much, the player with the best strategy rules the game. It’s great to learn from other players but it’s also good to learn things on your own.

I’m not an expert yet so I won’t give much advises. I’m still a beginner learning my way through this game. I just wanted to share with you guys what I learn on the way. It’s great if we all share experiences so we can also learn from each other aside from learning through experience.

Of course, my village is being farmed!

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I guess for a new player who’s just starting out, you really can’t avoid being farmed. When I checked my reports today, oh my gosh! Pages and pages of raid reports! I just don’t know how I’m going to react. I ditched my past account because it was hopeless because of the number of raids it was receiving and now it’s happening all over again! History repeating itself! How terrible! I don’t know what I’m going to do. But I do have an edge. It’s not a hopeless situation this time. There is still something I can do to turn things around.

First of all, I can still upgrade my buildings and my resource fields. I can use it to get up on my feet. With higher levels, I have higher capabilities which I can use for my advantage. Although, there might be a problem with building enough troops to get my army going. Right now, I’m incapable of building a huge troop but I guess I’ll figure it out somehow. If now, then I guess I’ll just puppy dog face all the raiders to get them to stop attacking me.

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At least I’m glad that my progress has not been hindered by the attacks yet. I’m proud to say that my village is in good shape. My main building at level 10, my barracks now at 2 and my granary and cranny are at level 5.  Pretty neat, huh? There’s really nothing to it. As long as you have your goals set and you know what you should do, you can do it.

My resource fields are also doing very well. I have all fields now producing resources and all I have to do is continue upgrading them. Let me say, upgrading and leveling up is really a great strategy for beginners. It lets you build that strong player within. I bet in no time, I’d be able to do my own attacks and be able to fight off my attackers. I’m so positive about it!

My hero has just got her health in full. So I sent her to a dangerous adventure to a Natarian village and yes, you’ve guessed it. She earned attribute points! That’s right! More Off and Def bonus for my pretty hero. It’s definitely exciting! Soon, she’ll lead my battles toward great victory!

Upon doing a bit of research, I read that beginner’s should start attacking inactive villages. I think that’s a really good place for me to start if ever I want to finally jump into attacking and raiding. Although I still don’t know how to find out if that’s an active player or not but villages smaller than me would be a good target. I also need to attack an oases if I wanna get things going so I suppose I need to work on that too.

Not much pressure?

Oh no. It’s pressure alright. That thought that I have to finally do an attack. It’s like training, not troops, but myself. Oh man! I couldn’t feel more nervous about it. I mean, it’s very unpredictable. Yes, it’s exciting but it’s scary at the same time. You can never know what this will all lead to. It’s a gamble. You win, you gain. You lose, you lose a lot! Not only resources were put in but also time, lots and lots of time! If I make a mistake, like a huge one, it means that I wasted to much of my time and effort. We really don’t want this to be more of a loss than a gain, right?

But at the end of the day, it’s all still a game. You can either win or lose and sometimes, all you can do is hope for the best. But I suppose if you work hard enough, there’s actually a great chance for better things to hope for.

Owning Multiple Villages

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borat-thumbs-upIt amazes me how quick it is to build troops when you have multiple villages. You can get them all together and viola! Massive troops for attacking! It’s awesome. So I guess that’s a great aim for beginners. Aim to get multiple villages. Use them to attack and raid. You can attack your own villages. I think it’s a great way to practice. At least you have everything in your own hands. Practically, there’s really no loss but if ever there is, not that much. It’s actually pretty cool.

To help you build lots of troops, make sure to upgrade your main building and barracks to the maximum level. Helps get things moving faster saving you lots of time. Give it a try.

Comment how it works for you.

How A Residence Can Protect You From Conquerors

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travThere are a lot of ways to defend your village. But did you know that your village can be unconquerable if you have a Residence built in it?

A Residence is like a small palace. When the king visits, he stays there. When a village has a residence, it cannot be conquered. Anyone who would try to conquer your village would need to destroy the residence first. Also, for you to gain a new village, you would be required to build a residence first. It will allow you to gain two expansion slots. You can occupy the first slot once your residence has reached the level 10. When you reach level 20, that’s the time your second expansion slot will be available.

If you aspire to conquer other villages, you will be required to train a chief, chieftain, or a senator. These are trained in the residence but to be able to train them, research must be done first.

Your village will be available as soon as your residence reaches the level 10 or 20.

Learn more on how you can improve and build a better village. One step at a time, patiently, you can be a great conqueror!

See what an Academy can do for you…

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travSo you’re looking for better troops, eh? Then researching about the Academy is what you need. First thing you need to know, an Academy is a building in your village which allows you to do research to create new and better troops.

With an Academy in you village, you can make new more troops and upgrading this building unlocks the ability to research new types of troop units.

Let me give you an example: (Roman tribe)

  • A Level 1 Academy will allow you to research and build Blacksmith. Upon upgrading to level 5, you will then be able to research and create an Imperian troop.

These are the type of troops which will require you to build an Academy. Without one, you’ll have to work with the only available troop there is.

Remember that keeping your troops well-shaped will help you grow. It can help you defend your village and attack or raid other players. Improvements will always help you do better so keep track of your priorities when you play.

What’s a Stable for?

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Previtravously, we talked about the Barracks as the place to train infantry units. But is the Barracks really all you need to train troops?

If there’s an infantry, there’s also a cavalry unit. The place to train them is in the stable.

The Stable is where mounted troops are trained. Research is required before being able to build cavalry units for the Gaul and Roman scouts. With an upgrade to your stable, it increases the speed rate of mounted troops made but not the amount of time required to train troops.

There’s also a Great Stable in which it functions the same as the Stable but the advantage is it allows you to train Cavalry in two Stables. Although the high cost of training troops at a Great Stable is a drawback.

What you need to know about your Barracks

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The Barracks is a building in your village where you can train and create your infantry troops. For Roman tribes, you can train your Legionnaire, Praetorian and Imperian troops here. Teutonic tribes can train Clubswinger, Spearman, Axeman and Scout in the barracks. Whereas for the Gallic troops, barracks is where the travPhalanx and Swordsman are trained.

It’s important to keep you barracks upgraded all the time. The higher the level of your barracks is, the lower the time it will require to train troops. So with a high barracks level, you can create troops faster keeping them coming.

You can build a Great Barracks which gives you a second barracks in the village. It functions the same way as the normal Barracks but costs of training troops here is more expensive. The only advantage is that you would not need extra research to train troops.

You can build advanced troops but you will need to research them using the Academy building. There is also a way for you to improve the weapons and armor of your infantry troops by doing research in your Smithy.