So I’ve been playing a game called Travian lately. It’s fun at times. It’s a free browser game in the war game/strategy genre. When you start out the game is a bit boring as you are building up your village and waiting (lots of waiting) for construction to finish. After about a week though the game gets to be a bit more fun.

There are a variety of servers to play on. Some servers are country specific while others are international. I opted to play on an international server as I enjoy diversity and chatting/playing with people from around the world is one of those things that still makes the internet feel magical. Each server game lasts for 1 year and then the servers are reset. This is the type of game that you really only have about a month of tardiness before joining late becomes a death sentence. Luckily servers are starting/ending at different times.

The game itself is simple: survival and conquest. As you build up your villages you research and train new military units. Through conquest and exploration you gain more villages which in turn allow you to build an even larger military. Meanwhile, thousands of other players are attempting to do the same thing.

There are 3 races: Romans, Gauls and Tuetons. Romans are the “well-rounded” race while Gauls are supposed to be superior defenders with Tuetons as the superior offensive race. I opted to play as a Gaul but as an aggressive one. So far things have gone well. The server is 3 months in and I’m already one of the top 400 players as well as a member of the top alliance on the server.

The one drawback I find in the game is that to succeed, you really need to devote a lot of time to playing the game. I can log into my account hourly and there is always something to be done. The casual player can still have fun playing although growth will be slower and there may be more challenges competing with more active players.

There are a lot of 3rd party websites devoted to Travian and quite a few have created useful tools for aiding the Travian player. I’ll be reviewing some and adding links soon.

Check out Travian today!

Posted under Travian, Video Games

This post was written by admin on May 24, 2009

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