|Ever since my “demise” a week ago I’ve been contemplating that this might be the end of this set of Travian Chronicles. After checking my account today I realized that, unfortunately, there’s really no hope for the people of Athenry. The best thing to do is call it a game and start over. It’s definitely been a nice run and a lot of fun. But now I leave it to you to decide where I go from here.
While waiting for the results, let’s take a look at how I did, what went wrong, and what I learned.
First, here’s an image that shows my progress. It looks like I was doing pretty good up until that fatefull day. Hah.
Also interesting is the change in my ranking. It seems that for the first month I was constantly losing ground. I assume this is the time when all the experienced players were hitting the ground running and fighting for the top ranks right off the bat. During the second month, however, my rank started to increase drastically. Most of this was probably due to alot of players who started the game but soon grew bored or defeated and left. It looks like the number of active players dropped by 50% during February, and has gradually fallen to about 1/3 of the initial players.
Looking back at my own ranking, it seems my rank was steadily (though very slowly) improving up until the end of March. This is when Archer started to catapult me and basically wrecked my second village. Interestingly, despite basically losing a whole village, my resource production and military continued to rise at a steady rate. My population, however, remained stagnant, and since this is the only thing used to measure “rank”, I started to decline. Then, of course, there was the epic conflict with “Inside”. I’ve taken the liberty of snatching his player profile:
So yeah, never really stood a chance against him. Sadly, he struck JUST when my new alliance was getting together. However, I don’t think they would have been able to help much either. Travian Champions showed me this cool tool where I was able to get a map of the whole server. I’m the yellow dot. The blue is my alliance, and the red is Inside’s alliance group, Vandals. They occupy both the first and second place spots on the server. Unfortunately I ended up much closer to some power enemies than anyone who could help me.
Overall it was great fun and I certainly learned a lot about the game. Next time I need to be much more aggressive about getting help, in terms of sitters and a powerful alliance. I’ll definitely be taking advantage of some of these tools to help me identitfy the poewrful alliances near me and trying to get on their good side before I become a farm.
Another thing I’ll have to reconsider is my non-aggressive strategy. I really don’t like picking on the little guys, as I know how much that sucks to log in to your account and see dozens of raids. My peaceful strategy also seemed to work really well up until my enemies started using catapults. Up until then I was free to focus on just improving my resource fields and building new cities, but once those catapults come… I may have to re-think things for next time.
Finally, I’d like to give a shout-out to Randomgeek and Rylar, who offered a lot of help and advise. I’m very much looking forward to the next game, whatever it may be. Remember to vote on the poll!