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Touched
01 Apr 2009, 06:34 PM
Getting Started

The Guide is aimed at new players, and is just a nudge to get them going in the right direction, if you have been playing for longer than a week, then this guide will most probably not benefit you, it contains the very basics. Once you have grapsed the basics, this guide will include things, which are very easy, and become second nature.

Once you have been through this then you should browse some of the many other guides availble.
1.1 - Contents

1.1 - Introduction/Contents
1.2 - Choosing a server
1.3 - First Impressions
1.4 - Quests/Questmaster
1.5 - The Map

1.2 - Choosing a Server

Travian UK runs a impressive 7 servers for you to choose from. These include 3 different upgrades currently, T2.5, T3.1 and T3.5. T2.5 is running on S6, which is the 'Classic' server, an old version of travian no longer running properly. The T3.1 server are another old version, once they restart*, they will become T3.5. T3.5 is the current server upgrade, all servers are slowly changing to T3.5, this icludes new features T3.1 didn't have. Currently, the UK domain has one speed server running, this is 3x faster than the other servers, and therefore lasts only 4 months, rather than the usual 12 months.


Current UK Servers
http://i563.photobucket.com/albums/ss72/S4yang/Travian/38339MRL-Servers.png

1.3 - First Impressions

*Travian servers don't last forever, a normal server will last 12 months, and a speed 4 months. So generally it's best to start on the newest server, but this doesn't matter too much.

Once you login for the first time you will be confronted with this...

http://i709.photobucket.com/albums/ww97/Mrl_Travian/Pic.png

[wait]

Touched
01 Apr 2009, 06:35 PM
Your Village

Okay so were registered and the we've done the first few things on the guide, now you need to understand what you can do with your village, and what will happen when you do these things.

- Resource Fields

First of all, the resource fields are the big picture on your village overview(red above) these will in times to come be the centre of your village, without the resources you cannot do anything and thus you need the fields.

The resource fields give out a certain amount of each resource an hour.

http://i709.photobucket.com/albums/ww97/Mrl_Travian/WoodcutterPerHour.jpg

The more you upgrade them the more they produce, so although at first it may seem pointless it will pay of in the long run.

Many newcomers make the mistake of building too much in the way of buildings rather than resource fields, later on in the game this halts there growth and the others, who built up there resource fields gradually overtake.

So now you know about them you want to upgrade them 'eh?

Simple, click on the one of the fields availble from the village overview, there you will see this screen.

http://i709.photobucket.com/albums/ww97/Mrl_Travian/WcUpgrade.jpg

Click to upgrade.

This will boost your prodution per hour In that resource only!

You will have to do this to each resource to make a balanced production.

- Inner Village Buildings

Now that you ave the basis of your empire set up for the time being you can start to think buildings, these all have a certain purpose.

http://i709.photobucket.com/albums/ww97/Mrl_Travian/InnerVillage.jpg

To start building you will need some resources (there will be some left over) and a free buidling space.

A building space is one of those circles, click on this. Now you will have a list of buildings you currently can build.

http://i709.photobucket.com/albums/ww97/Mrl_Travian/NewBuilding.jpg

Once you have a built a building and it is finsihed you can then upgrade, most of the buildings go up to level 20 for more information read this [Guide?]

Whilst you are building something nothing else can be upgraded/built so you'll have to wait!

End Of Chapter.

Touched
01 Apr 2009, 06:36 PM
Other Than Your Village

In the world of Travian you are never alone, you play online with up to 30,000 people! Sometimes, later on, this can benefit you with an alliance and the trades availble, it also can when your starting, with helpful neighbours or just generally a nice area.

So maybe you want to meet some of these people? Well to view your 7x7, you have to click the map like button at the top.

http://i709.photobucket.com/albums/ww97/Mrl_Travian/RubbishMapButton.jpg

Then you will see something like this, it may seem confuising now but lets just go over it.

http://i709.photobucket.com/albums/ww97/Mrl_Travian/Map.jpg

Other Villages = Blue
Your Village = Red
Oasis' = Orange

-Other Villages

These are the actual other people on the server they will have the same village as you, you will see a mini statistics if you roll your mouse over,

/Maybe Picture

There are 3 main types of villages, I could spend all day going on about these so if you do not get anything about villages click ['here' link on nightstars guide]

-Your Village

This will always be in the centre of the map when you have just clicked on, 'squared' in a light orange(not here) to make sure. You will only need this function with multiple villages.

-Oasis'

Now, heres the complicated one. Oasis' are quite difficult to understand, but once you do they can be very helpful.

First of all look at the picture, this will tell you what resource it offers, e.g. forest = wood.

Once you click on it there will be information on the troops in the oasis' these will be different to your troops, as they are not playng characters, they are known as 'Nature'

Eventually if you were to annex this oasis' it would give you a boost in a certain resource, the one on the picture.

http://i709.photobucket.com/albums/ww97/Mrl_Travian/AnnexedOasis.jpg

End Of Chapter

Touched
01 Apr 2009, 06:37 PM
Now You Understand

Once you have been playing the game for a while and understand it a bit more myabe it's time to dip into the game just a tad more.

You should now have your resource field nearing level 5 each, or at least level 4. These will enable you to start to expand your empire, now you really have a few options.

You can go for a miltary style path, or economy style, maybe a mixture of both. If you have already completed the quest by now you should have a slight understanding of which one you chose, you can continue this one or switch to the other.

Military

If you were to choose this path then there is quite an expensive start, but once you get over this hurdle it can be very profitable. For a start this option best suits the teutons, there troops are cheap and quick, perfect for raiding. The idea behind the military option is to depend on other villages, aswell as yours, for resources. You do this by raiding there unprotected resources and therefore they can be used by you.

http://i709.photobucket.com/albums/ww97/Mrl_Travian/Bounty.jpg

When you 'steal' resources it will tell you how many in a report, this section is called the bounty.

To start all of this you will need a barracks, a rally point and a main building level 3 ( need this to build the barracks)

The rally point can be found in the centre of the village, it looks like a cresent moon...

http://i709.photobucket.com/albums/ww97/Mrl_Travian/RallyPoint.jpg

Then you can train your first few troops, at least 2. I would say the more the better.

Once they are trained theres no point letting them sit at home time to get our raiding.
A guide can be found - here - for more information on raiding.

As you progress you can build many more troops and many different types aswell. However each troop will need to be researched at the academy, this can be built like any other building.

http://i709.photobucket.com/albums/ww97/Mrl_Travian/Acadresearch.jpg

Economy

When playing this kind of a style your resource fields are even more important than before, as you will not be raiding half as much as you would they will need to producing lots more!

You will also need to take advantage of the marketplace, after all when people get desperate they can offer some really good deals!

http://i709.photobucket.com/albums/ww97/Mrl_Travian/Mktplacetrade.jpg

Once you do get your resource fields booming then you can be very sucessful, as on a slow server that can mean 1000 of a resource per hour.

http://i709.photobucket.com/albums/ww97/Mrl_Travian/SimmaVillw.jpg

But don't forget that you can still build a few troops to help you out, maybe even combine the two styles into your own unique one.

More information on the issues in this ost can be found here [link to VT's respurce gathering]

Touched
01 Apr 2009, 06:38 PM
Messages & Reports

In this chapter I will include the other aspects of travian other than the actual village game. For example, there is a messaging system withing travian, reports which will provide you with information on you villages. There are alliances with intenral forums so that you can communicate. You have a profile that you can edit. And the statistics, which of cause show you who's the best etc...

Messages

Messages are key for the communication within the game, when you need to contact someone you will use this feature. Without it Travian would be a totally different game.

-Recieving

When you recieve a messgae you will see a big yellow icon appear in the top right of the game screen...

http://i709.photobucket.com/albums/ww97/Mrl_Travian/RecMessage1.jpg

Otherwise this would just be grey, [note putting in a picture in intro soon] to open your message click the yellow icon and then the message.

http://i709.photobucket.com/albums/ww97/Mrl_Travian/RecMessage2.jpg

This will be shown as unread.

-Sending

To send a message you will have to 'compose' one. Simply click on the message icon and click compose. Enter the person you wish to contact, write the message and click 'send'

http://i709.photobucket.com/albums/ww97/Mrl_Travian/SentMessage1.jpg

If you then wish to know if they have recieved the message or not then go back to the 'messaging centre' and click sent.

You will then see the message's you have sent, they will show a (unread) next to them if they have not been read.

Reports

The reports are very handy for when you have multiple things going on, they are there to inform you when you either recieve reources, your sent resources arrive, you reinforce someone, they reinforce you, when you get attacked, when you attack someone and when your reinforcements in a village get attacked.

To read your reports you must go to the reports 'tab' this is right next to the messaging one. If you were to have unread reports the icon goes green.

http://i709.photobucket.com/albums/ww97/Mrl_Travian/report.jpg

Read the report and either delete it or keep it.

Statistics

The statistics is a handy part of the travian gameplay. It shows you vital information on any player, friend or foe. And over the past few months has recieved some nice add ons! Below is the opening page, the population of each player...

http://i709.photobucket.com/albums/ww97/Mrl_Travian/Stats.jpg

Then things such as most kills, known as OFF and DEF rank, which is now all updated with T3.5. Also there is something called the top 10, which takes the top 10 players from each week in certain categorys, and leads to medals, this for both players and alliances. Below is the UK6 alliance top 10

http://i709.photobucket.com/albums/ww97/Mrl_Travian/AT10SS.jpg

And some medals...

http://i709.photobucket.com/albums/ww97/Mrl_Travian/SSmedals.jpg

There is also alliance rankings, for population, offensive points and defensive points...

http://i709.photobucket.com/albums/ww97/Mrl_Travian/AllianceSS.jpg

And then general server stats, including activity and kill graphs...

http://i709.photobucket.com/albums/ww97/Mrl_Travian/SSS.jpg

That pretty much sums up the statistics.

Touched
01 Apr 2009, 06:39 PM
Finishing Off

Hopefully this guide has helped you understand the game a bit more, and maybe you will go away understanding what that residence is for now.

However, travian wouldn't be what it is without the game staff, these include the supporters, multihunters and moderators. For more information on the travian staff follow this link [Link to Laika or is it Alatrans thread?]

List of useful guides.

What Are The Medal On Travian? (http://archive.forum.travian.co.uk/showthread.php?t=37345)

How Do I Create Troops? (http://archive.forum.travian.co.uk/showthread.php?t=37341)

How Do I Make An Alliance? (http://archive.forum.travian.co.uk/showthread.php?t=37342)

How Do I Protect My Resources? (http://archive.forum.travian.co.uk/showthread.php?t=37343)

Cancelling Pre-Registration (http://archive.forum.travian.co.uk/showthread.php?t=37344)

How To Demolish Buildings (http://archive.forum.travian.co.uk/showthread.php?t=38735)

Deleting Your Account (http://archive.forum.travian.co.uk/showthread.php?t=38736)

There are many more, some yet to be apporved of, for a list of these follow this Link (http://archive.forum.travian.co.uk/forumdisplay.php?f=115)

Credits

Guide written by Mrl The Best

Credit UK Forums.

NaS
01 Apr 2009, 06:59 PM
pentuple

that 20 characters problem..arrgg

heavymetalrules
01 Apr 2009, 07:01 PM
You dont need to double post :rolleyes:

or should i say quadruple post :D

[edit] theres 5 :P (what comes after quadruple?

quintuple comes after quadruple

Touched
01 Apr 2009, 07:04 PM
I do because of the pictures, there is a limit per post.

Tullia
01 Apr 2009, 07:10 PM
organising things into chapters is also an excellent idea with a long guide; it makes it much more user friendly

Touched
01 Apr 2009, 07:16 PM
Spamming my own guide =[

I have done the first chapter the other chapters are of similar length, do you think it's too long?

Tullia?

Tullia
01 Apr 2009, 07:22 PM
Spamming my own guide =[

I have done the first chapter the other chapters are of similar length, do you think it's too long?

Tullia?



It's a huge topic, so it's going to have to be long if you do it properly.

Touched
01 Apr 2009, 07:31 PM
Thats what I thought but just checking that theres not some kind of cut off point.

jez2
01 Apr 2009, 07:32 PM
shaping up nicely :)

One suggestion though, I'd avoid using jpegs for images, they can look a bit crap round the edges (eg the haloing effecting round the large black text on white background). Png is a much nicer format for travian screenshots imo.

Touched
01 Apr 2009, 07:44 PM
shaping up nicely :)

One suggestion though, I'd avoid using jpegs for images, they can look a bit crap round the edges (eg the haloing effecting round the large black text on white background). Png is a much nicer format for travian screenshots imo.

I'll take that into account, but not sure they'll be the final images anyway.

Just to give a basic idea.

NaS
01 Apr 2009, 08:03 PM
looking good, showing detailed steps, nice

VelvetThighs
02 Apr 2009, 09:46 PM
shaping up nicely :)

One suggestion though, I'd avoid using jpegs for images, they can look a bit crap round the edges (eg the haloing effecting round the large black text on white background). Png is a much nicer format for travian screenshots imo.

only if you don't export them from a decent image editor ;)

Tullia
02 Apr 2009, 11:46 PM
only if you don't export them from a decent image editor ;)

We are NOT having that argument again!

Touched
22 Jul 2009, 09:59 AM
I think I have pretty much finished, anyone want be to go over anything, leave a message.

Hypericus
23 Jul 2009, 02:10 AM
How do you keep track of your quests. I got the first woodcutter quest screen as shown, and haven't had any others since!

Glen :P
23 Jul 2009, 02:21 AM
How do you keep track of your quests. I got the first woodcutter quest screen as shown, and haven't had any others since!

click the fat man on the right.

elmoga
23 Jul 2009, 08:51 PM
click the fat man on the right.

ROFL, nice glen, critisice the man who will get your population shot up :O!

Avi
24 Jul 2009, 11:14 AM
Thanks for the guide Mrl - some points from me below.

Guide seems incredibly brief - a lot of images but not a lot of explanation or talking the person through. Also seems a little inconsistent. You tell them how to send a message and read a report after 'Now you understand' where they are more established and building Battering Rams. I'm sure they must have used the message function long before they got to this stage. I would sort your subheadings in chronological order.

Second to this - very much doubt once someone has been redirected to Travian.co.uk via an advert, they will click on the forum button, go straight to the guide section, and find out how to register. I would cut the registration process out, it doesn't seem the right place here. A guide should be in response to a question you believe someone will genuinely seek out an answer for.

Thirdly - you could do with less of the 'chat'. For example your guide often gives excuses for being long, and starts sentences with "okay then, let's do this". I think a guide should be simple and straightforward, rather than a diary function. Maybe the odd joke to break it up, but other personal touches aren't really necessary.

(Image 01) (http://i709.photobucket.com/albums/ww97/Mrl_Travian/Stats.jpg) + (Image 02) (http://i709.photobucket.com/albums/ww97/Mrl_Travian/RecMessage2.jpg)
I am not sure I understand what is going on in these pictures... there doesn't seem a good reason why you should blank everything out. I will have a look in my archive of images and see if I can sort you out with a few which don't have massive gaps missing and highlighted.

abyss
24 Jul 2009, 01:05 PM
nicely done, although as mentioned it is brief. i also think there is no need to explain the registration part i mean, if u found it via through an advert the first thing most people if not all, will just make an account rather than come here..

Avi
24 Jul 2009, 01:39 PM
A few quick additional words and pictures and it could end up looking like this:


MRL THE BEST GUIDE: http://archive.forum.travian.co.uk/showthread.php?t=38339

Introduction
- Choosing a Server
- Logging In
- First Impressions

Your Account
- Village Overview
- Village Centre
- Outside your village
- Messages & Reports

Styles of Play
- Military
- Economy
- Statistics

Useful Links
- Guides
- Credits


INTRODUCTION
Getting started on an international server for an Massive Multiplayer Online Real Time Strategy Game can be daunting if it's a new experience for a gamer - even the term is a mouthful! This guide will talk you through aspects of the game you are likely to encounter in your first few weeks of play.


CHOOSING A SERVER
The Uk has an incredible 7 servers to offer you, ranging from the most popular to the more unique. The System on a server indicates which version of Travian is running, 2.5 is a 'classic' server, and runs an old version of Travian so players can experience what the game used to be like. T3.1 has combined elements from T3.0 and T3.5, and will be expiring at the end of those servers to be replaced with the fully upgraded T3.5. T3.5 is the latest version of Travian which includes all the newest images, changes and features.


http://i563.photobucket.com/albums/ss72/S4yang/Travian/38339MRL-Servers.png


LOGGING IN
Upon registering on your first server and logging in, you will be given the option to do Quests, look around on your own or 'play no quests'. It will pop up in a little box looking just like this:


http://i563.photobucket.com/albums/ss72/S4yang/Travian/MRL_Quest.png http://s3.travian.co.uk/gpack/travian3/un/q/l1g.jpg
● To the first quest! - We strongly advise all new players to follow the Questmaster (pictured above with a red glow); he sets a series of 22 tasks and offers a reward incentive for completing things right. The Quests also teach you the difference between Military and Economy - an important decision for players to make in the game. After the 22 Quests, the Questmaster will disappear and you are on your own.

● Look around on your own - If you opt to look around on your own from the beginning, bear in mind there will be terms and words you might not understand and may find things more difficult to grasp. Once you have decided not to follow the Questmaster, there is no way you can change your mind - so choose carefully.

● Play no quests - The 'play no quests' option allows you to receive some of the Quest rewards without having to complete them. However these are allocated to you over a period of 7 days and may not fit in with your playing style. This is still better than 'Look around on your own' where you get no reward, but you also get no help from the Questmaster and may struggle if you are new.


FIRST IMPRESSIONS
Every player's account looks the same at the beginning, you are allocated a 4-4-4-6 village. The 4-4-4-6 represents each resource tile. For example, you have 4 wood tiles, 4 clay tiles, 4 iron tiles, and 6 wheat tiles. These are represented as the following images: http://s3.travian.co.uk/gpack/travian3/un/a/res2.gif. The last image is for 'Wheat Consumption', which we will look at later.

There are only 4 types of resources produced in Travian (listed above). But as you progress in the game and found new villages, you will see there are many different combinations of these resources and some work more to your advantage than others. Take a look at the images below and see if you can spot the difference:


http://i563.photobucket.com/albums/ss72/S4yang/Travian/38339MRL-Combinations.png

Touched
24 Jul 2009, 01:47 PM
A few quick additional words and pictures and it could end up looking like this:


MRL THE BEST GUIDE: http://archive.forum.travian.co.uk/showthread.php?t=38339

Introduction
- Choosing a Server
- Logging In
- First Impressions

Your Account
- Village Overview
- Village Centre
- Outside your village
- Messages & Reports

Styles of Play
- Military
- Economy
- Statistics

Useful Links
- Guides
- Credits


INTRODUCTION
Getting started on an international server for an Massive Multiplayer Online Real Time Strategy Game can be daunting if it's a new experience for a gamer - even the term is a mouthful! This guide will talk you through aspects of the game you are likely to encounter in your first few weeks of play.


CHOOSING A SERVER
The Uk has an incredible 7 servers to offer you, ranging from the most popular to the more unique. The System on a server indicates which version of Travian is running, 2.5 is a 'classic' server, and runs an old version of Travian so players can experience what the game used to be like. T3.1 has combined elements from T3.0 and T3.5, and will be expiring at the end of those servers to be replaced with the fully upgraded T3.5. T3.5 is the latest version of Travian which includes all the newest images, changes and features.


http://i563.photobucket.com/albums/ss72/S4yang/Travian/38339MRL-Servers.png


LOGGING IN
Upon registering on your first server and logging in, you will be given the option to do Quests, look around on your own or 'play no quests'. It will pop up in a little box looking just like this:


http://i563.photobucket.com/albums/ss72/S4yang/Travian/MRL_Quest.png http://s3.travian.co.uk/gpack/travian3/un/q/l1g.jpg
● To the first quest! - We strongly advise all new players to follow the Questmaster (pictured above with a red glow); he sets a series of 22 tasks and offers a reward incentive for completing things right. The Quests also teach you the difference between Military and Economy - an important decision for players to make in the game. After the 22 Quests, the Questmaster will disappear and you are on your own.

● Look around on your own - If you opt to look around on your own from the beginning, bear in mind there will be terms and words you might not understand and may find things more difficult to grasp. Once you have decided not to follow the Questmaster, there is no way you can change your mind - so choose carefully.

● Play no quests - The 'play no quests' option allows you to receive some of the Quest rewards without having to complete them. However these are allocated to you over a period of 7 days and may not fit in with your playing style. This is still better than 'Look around on your own' where you get no reward, but you also get no help from the Questmaster and may struggle if you are new.


FIRST IMPRESSIONS
Every player's account looks the same at the beginning, you are allocated a 4-4-4-6 village. The 4-4-4-6 represents each resource tile. For example, you have 4 wood tiles, 4 clay tiles, 4 iron tiles, and 6 wheat tiles. These are represented as the following images: http://s3.travian.co.uk/gpack/travian3/un/a/res2.gif. The last image is for 'Wheat Consumption', which we will look at later.

There are only 4 types of resources produced in Travian (listed above). But as you progress in the game and found new villages, you will see there are many different combinations of these resources and some work more to your advantage than others. Take a look at the images below and see if you can spot the difference:


http://i563.photobucket.com/albums/ss72/S4yang/Travian/38339MRL-Combinations.png

Taking into account all you have said above, etc.. I am going to go over alot of the guide again, alot of new pictures etc...