This will be my 500th post, so I’ll make something special out of it
Gold in Travian Kingdoms
One of my bigger disappointments about this game is, how it uses the Free 2 Play concept in a way that’s, for a big part, Pay 2 Win in the early (most important) days.
Every new server you can find those players on the auction house and buy all cages/bandages/health potions/helmets and swords for ridiculous prices. €10 spend on a helmet for Culture Point production and €5 to completely heal your hero back again twice a day (helmet and potions). Then as soon as the artworks show up after a couple days then they double their CP outcome for 10 days and get an unfair advantage over everyone. These players support Travian and I understand that a business needs to make money to employ and keep servers running, but mostly keep investors happy.
My goal of this post is not to take this “earning” part away, but to change it in a way that it will be competitive for everyone AND make sure revenue is created on a regular basis.
I’m suggesting a server that is Free 2 play and register, but you can buy 2 kinds of VIP accounts that will give standard benefits and a little freedom for other options.
F2P: Gets 20 gold/week FREE (Anyone can register)
Silver VIP: Gets 150 gold/week + PLUS, Resource/Crop bonus activated all server €15/month
Gold VIP: Gets 200 gold/week + silver VIP + building slots all free and trade routes €20/month
The gold you can spend on anything extra you want: Cardgames, instabuild, NPC, Silver conversion.
It’s NOT possible to transfer any gold ON or OFF this server.
If 20% of a 2.000 player server would take this feature it would generate €8000 / month for a single server.
Another way to generate some income would be Cosmetic features for hero/village/item
If you could make the Sword of Imperian have blood on it or something like that I’m sure some people would pay for that. A paint job for armors/helmets and boots is also something you can easily make a few extra coins. Don’t forget new hair colors and pirate eye patches for your Heroes for only €3. You can even give the option to buy some kind of pet wolf/pig/eagle (that doesn’t do anything), but can make your avatar look a bit more unique.
This thread has been pushed by me many times, but I want to keep pushing it, because I feel that players really want this. We’ve seen on the TEST that you don’t need a lot of gold to play this game, and it can get pretty competitive. There are other changes that need to be made to this game, but this is goldfeature is one of my concerns and I want a civilized discussion about it.
The question should be: How can Travian make money, but also Keep generating income in the long-run without ruining the game.