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Honorable Chiefing in Travian


What is Chiefing in Travian?

When you’re in a top alliance, the entire map is your sandbox. There

are far more mid-level players that you can manipulate than you’ll ever know what to do with.

Good news for that, since the preferred method of expansion in the game is to steal entire villages. This is known as “chiefing” … which as my word processor advises me all the time: is a word that doesn’t exist!

The process is quite simple. You need to:

  • Bring your academy to level 20
  • Make sure there is an available slot for expansion in your village
  • Research “senator/chief” in your academy
  • Build one in your residence/palace.

Expensive? Yes!

Fun? You’d better believe it.

The only problem with the process is if you chief that belongs to your alliances’ farm list, once you get the village you’re going to continue getting farmed. There are few things that can be done to make the process an easy one.

1. Don’t defend the village

Simple! Once you get the village, don’t put troops in it. Your “friend” in the travian alliance are more than likely unaware of your chiefing and are still raiding the village because it’s on their farm list.

By removing your troops from the village you give them time to remove the village from their farm list once you have sent out a mass message to the alliance asking them to do so.

2. Make a Nice Travian In-Game Message

There is nothing more annoying than someone sending you a message with coordinates, and then you have to:

  1. remember them…
  2. type them into the map screen

This 2-Step process is harrowing, especially if you’re using an iPad/iPhone to play the game. I see this time and time again. Just last night:


How the hell am I going to remember those coordinates if I’m talking on the phone while sitting on the bus on the way home from work? I won’t…. and so playing Travian becomes something that requires excessive mental energy to play… well, not Travian’s fault. It’s the sender who sent the coordinates.

A better way is to link the village by inputting the coordinates in the message so that when someone gets your mass message, all they have to do is click on the “in message hyperlink” and check to see if your village is on their farm list:

chiefing message

That blurred green in the message is actually I hyperlink.

Much easier :-)

The Dilemma: Training Village Settlers But Having To Deal With Raiders


The Dilemma

The past few days have kept me busy about preparing to build my second village. I have been spending so much time and effort on upgrading resources and my residence (palace). I did so much to work on it and I have been doing on the side is researching new troops. Oh, but speaking of troops, I just found 36 TT’s from adventure which is just fabulous! Anyway, back to the topic, I have been taking care of a lot that would help me start working on my second village.

village settlers

As you can see, my village is now starting to look good and is in shape. So I am now ready to expand but the problem is I’ve been having too many raiders lately. Obviously, raiders are a problem. To expand and grow, you need resources. To build a second village, you need to train 3 settlers. I went to my residence to train village settlers but then, they are very expensive to train!

village settlers

I really didn’t expect them to be this expensive. Now, I know the solution is simple. I need to improve resource production to be able to train village settlers. The problem is the raids keep coming and I now don’t know if I should ward them off first or start working on the second village. I can’t just do both. That would be very difficult and I might make the wrong move.

Trying to Solve the Matter

Well, since the raids are hindering me from progress, I know I need to counter them. One of the raiders is my stalker. So what I did was send him a message. I am hoping that we can build a friendship again so that he’ll stop attacking me and may help me instead. Let’s hope for the best after I sent him the message. For the others, well, I have no other choice than to be train troops and protect myself. Since I don’t have enough resources to train village settlers yet, I guess I might as well use them to train troops instead so I ward off attackers and somehow be able to buy time for me to upgrade my resources and warehouse. I need more  resources to be able to train village settlers.

With my current actions, I suppose you could say that I would have to delay my plans on building my second village. Right now, I have no choice but to let it wait. I think the best thing I can do here is make sure that I will have enough resources to train my village settlers so that I can immediately use them. Village settlers can be killed during an attack so it is not ideal for me to build them one by one knowing that I village settlershave attacks coming in regularly. I have to take care of the attacks first before I train village settlers. Losing one settler is a very big loss since they use so much resources upon training.

Work Needed – Village  Settlers and Resources

It seems like it’s still a pretty long way before I can get the construction of my second village started but I can take this time to improve my village. There is no sense in just waiting because I have to get things going if I want to make sure that my 3 village settlers will be ready and I can finally have them trained and used. It seems that I have my work cut out for me so I better get things going.

This is where you see how important defense is. You can’t just always get back against your enemy. Fight them every time they attack you. That may not always be as effective as you think. Sometimes, the best way to keep enemies away is that to make them see that you are of no  use for them. No matter how much they attack you, there are no resources they can take. They cannot get anything from you or they lose troops whenever they attack your village because your defense is rocking the house. They will eventually leave you alone because they know that it’s no use and they need to improve.

Tip of the day: Keep your defenses rocking.

Experimentation Day 4: Troops for Defense


challenge-accepted-memeSo I’ve noticed that many of my raiders think that I don’t have that much troops. Why I think so? It’s because the attacks on my villages usually have very little troops only. Some even don’t reach a thousand troops. I think they might be underestimating me a little that is why I’ll try to defend them.

To do so, I’ll try leaving troops in my village to fight off attackers. I’m leaving 1,000 troops to stand by. There will be an incoming raid soon and results won’t be long. I’ll report tomorrow the results, casualties and including the type of troops mine had to attack.

Let’s see how this will work out…

Let’s Talk About Defense


During a village attack, troops that are in your village will automatically act as defenders and will fight off the invaders or attackers. There are some things you need to know about defending your village.

The city wall is there simply to add a percentage bonus for your defense troops’ values. The palace and residence adds a fixed bonus for the defense value as well. Peek into your rally point. This is where you will see incoming attacks so you can prepare in advance. You can have stonemason defending your buildings against catapults from the enemy. An armory can be used to enhance the defense strength of all your troops but it’s limited only to the village where it resides. Your cranny will protect resources from raids and attacks. Granary stores the crops your defense troops need to take up. You can’t send starving troops to battle, you know.

Always take note of everything you need to know. Learn every action and every move you need to take to protect your village. Do well and your village stays safe.

Travian: An Addicting Game?


According to scientists, it’s human nature to be competitive. It actually helped us survive and even excel. We have this subconscious need to be above others, to be outstanding. We want to be the best but some may not be willing to admit it. Games that trigger competitiveness have the tendency to be the ones that become addicting.

For the competitive Travian comxand critical thinkers, Travian is a great game to play. It lets you think about each move you make, what strategies to use and how to run a village. Let’s you experience the power of becoming the leader and the conqueror. You learn to make use of what’s available and have it work at its fullest capabilities to do something in order to achieve the a goal. You learn to interact and build strong alliances to help you conquer enemies. There’s more to Travian than meets the eye and it takes a lot of game play to appreciate. Nonetheless, Travian triggers the mind to think in a manner that’s wise especially in decision-making.

Sometimes, playing games is a great escape into a world we could only dream about. The only difference is that we play to create our own little world where everything goes our way and we get the feeling of excitement. It’s not just something we do for fun but it’s also something that motivates us. Efforts are never in vain. You may lose, but you get learn how to do better next time.

Enjoy every Travian game you play. Build, produce, fight and win!