I’ve been asked and prompted by several others to write more on the browser game Travian. On August 18th when I first wrote about Travian I had just started playing. Since then I have moved to the Us 3x speed server with my Vault Network (VN) alliance. We are currently a top 5 alliance touting the largest population and scores of any other alliance out there /boast. The reason I decided to move to the speed server was two fold; VN was moving there and I like the idea of starting fresh. The speed part of it really doesn’t matter all that much to me because given that it is merely a free little browser game that I tab to when I’m not doing anything else, any sort of enjoyment from it is fun.
I go by KeenTheMoD on my server and I am currently building up my village (KeenTheMoD’s Village) nicely. Following the advice of others, I have been building my resources into a mighty fine economy. Right now I am pulling 500+ of all resources an hour and will be nearly 600+ by the end of the day. Things are expensive in Travian! Even though I have a stronger economy than many, I never seem to be able to catch up to the population count of my friends. They’re all 250+ and I’m at about 195. Their armies are much larger but in Travian your army doesn’t count towards the pop. Can anyone explain what they could be doing to get those pop numbers? Anyway, my army is decent sized and I have a Hero unit now. I forgot to mention that I am playing as Teutons this time because they are strong offensively and that’s going to by my playstyle once I am built up.
Many others have made the same remarks about Travian saying that it is addicting. I can’t quite put my finger on it yet. Why the game holds my attention more than other games which are much more complex, involved, engrossing, and developed truly boggles the mind. Perhaps it’s that the game is so laid back and requires zero commitment that I don’t feel required to play it. I truly lose nothing if I get attacked (sure I lose a few men but they’re numbers on a page) and if I suddenly stop playing no one is hurt by it including myself. I’m out nothing! I can only be rewarded for my time spent in Travian. It’s a really good feeling.
So that’s my update on Travian. I’ll continue writing little bits on the game as time goes on. Hopefully by the time this comes up again I will be the Warlord of a massive army!