What’s Travian All About?
My favourite little time-stealer, Travian is a browser-based strategy game cleverly programmed in PHP so that you don’t need to download anything to play. Started in Germany, Travian is quite easily the most played browser game right now and has grown to over 3 million players worldwide.
Events occur and resources accumulate in real time. The player starts with a small, mostly empty village and some renewable resources with the intention of building an empire. As the leader of a village, either Roman, Teuton or Gaul, your village will have its own unique types of buildings, resources, armies, strengths and weaknesses. The Gauls are largely defensive, the Teutons more aggressive and the Romans have a balance of the two styes.
Many players attack villages to gain resources (lumber, clay, iron and food) and increase their armies and empire, and most players eventually join an alliance as a defensive strategy or to destroy villages en mass.
Here’s a snapshot of my peaceful Gaul village from a while back:
I really hope some of you join from my referral links as I will get gold bounty after your village has grown to a population of 75, thus allowing me to do extra fun things! Let me know if you do. I’m user yummywakame, Gaul and in the SE quadrant on US3.
I played the UK servers 6 yrs ago … excessively.
personal end rank: 16
My alliance rank: 9
Yes, I held a world wonder.
And yes, it consumes your whole life if you’re not careful, you just have to log on all the time, and if you get into a raiding loop (where you have to raid to feed troops) then it gets even more insane.
In the end, 37 villages is not fun, it’s too much of a commitment. As is running an alliance.
Oh I had to give up on Travian months ago! I got so addicted I was left with no time to earn any money, I wasn’t getting enough sleep and it was generally draining the life blood out of me.
Try the usx server…I’m at almost 20 villages and counting! It’s much more exciting then playing at the slow pace of the regular servers
Okay I’ve preregistered on the US3 server – Username yummywakame, Gauls South East quadrant!
Oh noooo! The game just ended on my server!
Aw I’m on US4…
I’m on us6, name davidm. I cannot find a profile number in my account anywhere. I suspect I was probably after Eon since he was nearly at 75 when I started.
Nice one! I sure did. You and Eon. One of you is on the same server as me but it doesn’t show the name of the person or anything useful like that, just your profile ID number.
Still going. Up to 216 people now, so you should have got your gold a while ago.
fantastic! what server are you on?
Joined up and on my way to 75
No youre not missing something. Your brain is just wired differently for fun. Its also really slow in the beginning because your resources grow so slowly until you upgrade them.
I don’t understand…am I missing something? I just keep clicking on things but nothing seems to be fun. 🙁
I’ve made it to 75 citizens – you should have some coins to spend now! 😉
Addictive, isn’t it. At least until the first big attack when I’ll probably get bored rebuilding it all again.
I’m close to 75 – you should have your rewards soon 😉
Reminds me of WOLFMAN’S home.
Oh yay! hope you happen to be on the Theta server – then I’ll be able to find you.
Curses woman! I’m addicted now! Joined on your code – happy spending (nick: Digiball)