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.
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:
- remember them…
- 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:
That blurred green in the message is actually I hyperlink.