Posts by Bukka#PL

    Why play com2 which ended up being a blockwar (which I consider boring) compared to for example recent COM1 where 8 kingdoms started a WW race for themselves and not as a group project (6 groups remained independent and went for their own goal, 2 helped building someone else)? Played too many blockwars already, so I believe com1 was a better server. No offense to the teams at this round (I'm just an observer). Hammers are impressive, so are BM's stats and so is anti-BM coalition's dedication to beat them. But guys, seriously, you should have told BM that diplomacy is as much part of the game as war is, then they might understnad what happened and not be angry about the outcome :D

    You shouldn't read into BM's delusions if you want to see how server was played. They would have you believe com1 was everyone vs 4uma.

    I bet strategic has a hand in that account, he does like to control his "sitter" accounts I suspect suspicious activity again (cough cough) next he'll be chiefing Bloom's villages too ;)


    Bukka#PL you don't want to rid travian of toxicity?

    are phoenix this desperate that they'll recruit any level of corrupt player?

    You speak of toxicity and yet you guys are the ones crying on forums and calling for witch hunts everytime you disagree with one's action


    I wouldn't worry Wychor, spikers are a tiny speed bump at best and it's a losing strategy.


    Just stay on top of checking def points and you'll be able to squish them yourself.

    Then go ahead and try to zero him if he is such a problem to you

    Take away def points and it's gonna be a lot harder to find who is spiking.

    I didn't really do damage to you, cause I didn't spike. I don't have time or care to do it.

    And while that op it didn't do much damage alone, just as a single raid doesn't help much, but imagine if it kept happening every day?

    1. About your arguments to remove greys all together, I don't particularly agree, most armies on tk can be done with a proper account built decently.
    2. I don't really get your point on metas, whether there are greys or not it won't change them.
    3. If anything, removing greys will be a loss for governors and a win for king and dukes who don't need to raid/farm to have insane armies.
    4. Then again, if you think about it, farming a guy who hasn't grown in the past 5 days, or a guy who has become grey for a day is rather similar.. it just means its harder to spike cause you don't know who is afk for real or not, while farming becomes safer since most people check their targets if done properly.

    5. Also, if it is so easy to be top raider, why aren't you up there? It's easy to say it requires no skill and little work, but there is actually a lot of work put into it that is needed in order to be at the top. And even without farming you can build 100k+ armies if you have some good account economy and logistics.

    1. Then why is an argument 'they need farms to feed their armies' is being used over and over again? Without widely available income (greys) average army size will go down and will allow those who can farm up and feed big armies will stand out more.

    2. Maybe, my reasoning was that since those metas invite everyone, most of their players hold next to no troops and most play simcity. And what happens is that kingdom is not being attacked since there is no incentive to do so - it keeps producing def and can defend those players. If those troops were needed in early/mid game to fight for resources, perhaps those semi/inactive players would be left defenseless.

    3. Sure, but I treat kings/dukes and their govs as a single entity - a kingdom, so a divide between gov and king doesn't matter in a scale of a kingdom

    4. Yes, but it requires a lot more work to find, scout, and clear them than to look at the map and add to farmlist greys with notifications above them. Besides, if game turns into a fight for resources early/mid then I'd expect that a lot less players would quit due to boredom (like you guys keep saying).

    5. I never meant its easy to be top raider, but to get enough res from farmlists to outclass any res production from village. I was playing off when I had a lot of free time and was spending most of it in front of pc, so I didn't count sending farmlists as a work, since i was doing it by the way. But you are right, if you need to go out of your way to send those lists then it requires a lot of work.



    A few additional ones:

    - If players don't generate resources, if they're offline, nobody would fight about resources, because either one is online or ones warehouses are empty --> nothing to fight for

    - Kings/Dukes can't farm --> they invite even more people to ones kingdom to gain even more tributes, nobody in big metas cares about governors

    - Deff won't get weaker at all, they usually don't farm and aren't affected by this. Good def accounts weren't weak, if they would use their deff more often. Production speed is key, not current deff amount.

    1. It was an exaggeration.

    2. Number of people isn't what is limiting their tributes right now anyways, it's treasury area.

    3. Of course it would, perhaps not at the same rate as off, but it would anyways as without extra income from greys, they would have to choose between economy and troops.

    Yep, exactly. You might be busy for an hour or two once (why crop supplies tho, 1k units -> 10 per hour starve, who cares) and another 5 minutes for recalling all reinforcements, but a farming offaccount is busy 24/7 sending farmlists every few minutes and has to keep their farmlist updated on a daily basis, which takes 30+ minutes per day aswell, depending on map size, used methods, and so on. Like the other guy said, play a farming off account yourself to see how much effort and time one has to invest to farm decently. Clicking farmlists on a high frequent time - which you need to get a decent amount of resources - is more time consuming than one might think. TK farmlists are better than T:L farmlists in that regard, because the time consumed per farmlist click is less, but if you don't have the luxury of having a monitor more than you usually need, clicking farmlists takes maybe 20-30 seconds per village, for 2-3 villages you're at 40-90 seconds every 5 minutes, depends highly on the situation. Maybe a bit less, but it's an unexpectedly high percentage of your time.

    Then why do you do it? Why send farmlists if it takes so much work? Cause it generates so much res its mad and it's virtually free. And you want to make it even more available? Currently all greys do is generate resources for people who are online, it takes no skill, just some minor work to maintain those lists. What it also means is that if you want to create a big army then you are forced to send those lists, as you cannot generate enough res to feed them otherwise.


    What I propose, is to remove greys all together. How I think it will impact the game:

    - Active and experienced players get to fight with other players for resources.

    - End game armies will be on average weaker, but so will def due to early/mid game fight for resources.

    - Big armies will be harder to create, but will be also much more impactful and impressive, as it will require some heavy teamwork to pull off.

    - So called 'meta' kingdoms, whose main strategy is to generate as much treasuries as possible via inviting as many govs as possible will be much more weaker due to having harder time fighting for resources.

    No, Mayo/Pob, I understand what you complain about, you want to have more free income for those who are online the most. Maybe we should just remove greys and have res production halted when you are offline, would that satisfy you?

    Besides, as always you just pasted your opinion on spiking, completely ignorant of discussion.

    Because it isn't. Where's the strategy? Where's the tactic? Do you really see yourself as genius strategist, when you spike farms? You don't need any effort, any skill, any strategy, any thinking, not even time or troops to spike, but do a lot of damage to someone who is putting a lot of effort and time into his hammer, if you do so regularily. People complain rightfully about this, because it's imbalanced and overpowered from the defender's point of view - and uncalculateable, volatile and frustrating for the offer's point of view. Imagine I had a button "kill 100 clubs of mine, but kill also 1500 def from that player, thx" and would press it multiple times a day. Same thing (exaggerrated and not 100% analogue, of course, but the principle stays ...)

    I said it somewhere else, not sure if earlier here or in another spike cry thread, one should - for the sake of less frustrating gameplay and better balancing - prevent spiking but add a calculateable cost to farming, activity and effort should get one an advantage, but from my own experience that advantage is just ... insane, due to lack of concurrence. Maybe com is different, I play mostly de ...

    You mean to say that if I time my troops to arrive at the same time to 40 different greys with crop supplies so they don't starve, and pull them out before enemies can clear it somehow takes less effort than clicking a farmlist?


    I'm sorry, I am not a god, I'm at best decent. I never meant to imply otherwise, but if we want to talk about strategy then we can't base our assumptions on enemies making bland mistakes, ex. "Average people don't level their wall, so rams are useless."


    About catching farming units at home, I agree, you're gonna find let's assume 5% of their troops but there are 2 scenarios:

    1. Enemy is kingdom/friends less (or very weak ones): If he is building off units then he is not gonna have any decent def, therefor it's easier to clear/cata his village and turn him into farm.

    2. Enemy is among top5 kingdoms: If your TTs walking times is even an hour (good luck), then you're gonna find just how much def can be amassed during that hour, and since you have no rams, and TTs aren't that strong, I doubt you're gonna have any decent returns on those troops.

    If he sent def to random grey villages without cooperating with his teammates from kingdom who farm a lot, he will have problems with them as well. But if he cooperates with other teammates we can speak about the tactic, not "spiking" as such. In the first case it's clear how to proceed. The second is hard to say, maybe just create a thread on the forum and start crying.

    And how can you know if it's some random kingdom less guy or coordinated effort when first thing people do when they red farmlist icon is to go to forum and cry how much spikers ruin game for everyone?

    On com2 few of our deffers coordinated with our farmers to spike greys around kingdom BM. We lost next to none off/farming units and had great returns on our def, but that doesn't matter cause not even an hour after def landed entire BM kingdom was crying on forum how spiking is a bs and we should be banned for that action.

    It's NEVER seen as a valid strategy/tactic.


    "I mean that if they are sending lists every 10minutes then how can you hope to catch them with army home?"

    Where did you refer to saved troops in your posts? Twisting words =/= having a good argument. You said when someone is sending FL every 10 minutes, you can't catch their off, because it's not at home anyway. And that's just nonsense, like I said. By the way, many players don't save their troops correctly. Many don't save at all (even decent players), many save them in oasis, and so on. Maybe com is different, but when I recall how many troops we killed at home, because nobody saved them ...

    Sorry, I just assumed we are talking about a decent players and possible strategy against them. Of course you can hope that someone is leaving 50k clubs at home and that might work some of the times but if your opponent is active enough to send farmlists every 10min and experienced enough to feed such an army then I'd doubt he is gonna leave his rams/cata or army at home. And yes, COM is completely different ballgame than some local servers.

    If that were true, just kill the rams and cats and voilà their hammer is useless.

    But it isn't. A teuton hammer with 75k clubs won't even come close to having none at home ... don't forget, that there's a 1k outgoing attack limit, ergo max 2k raids on their way. You usually don't have an average of 38 clubs per farm. Also, farming with TK isn't the best way to go (speed low, cost high when spiked), so you can kill at least them. Did you even ever try to kill a hammer at home or are you just assuming stuff without any knowledge and experience?

    No, you are right, it's best to leave troops at home whenever you're not at pc. What are you even saying?

    When I know that I won't be available for X hours, then I'm sending away whatever I have left. As I assume every decent player.

    And I'm talking from perspective of having a hammer, but if you wanna kill the hammer of some inactive then sure, everything works.

    Maybe for one man, but for a group it's easy to find him and punish him afterwards. Everyone can screenshot each page of defenders and send attacks to villages with the spike. Every time we find spiker, we punish him right away. This game is about cooperating. It is hilarious how people are sending farmlists 8-16 hours per day in 10-30 min intervals and have a problem find one or two people who are sending def to grey villages. Very impressive. :/

    Sure, if it's a single disgruntled guy with 100 pop then that's easy, what if its one of top players from top kingdom. Are you gonna try to zero his villages? Cause sure as hell his kingdom is gonna stand behind him and it will be VERY costly for you.


    Thanks for also bringing that up.
    We need to get rid of the ability for govs to hide troops in robber hideouts.
    Other than that, you will always be able to find some portion of their troops somewhere.

    Yeah Teutons won't be able to snipe the really good players cause their troops take too long and the other player will notice, but that is what TT and EI are for, sniping offense troops.
    Teutons have the advantage that they can just raid a lot more than the other tribes cause they just have more units. So yeah, they have higher upkeep but they can out compete the other tribes.


    So no, right now spiking is NOT the only way to weaken enemy hammers. That is if you are a decent player though.

    I didn't mean hiding troops in robbers. I mean that if they are sending lists every 10minutes then how can you hope to catch them with army home? Even with TTs at best you're gonna find few minutes of troop production and you risk running straight into wall.

    And even if you catch them when they are asleep, their army wont be home, only whatever troops was produced and whatever came back from farmlist. And same story, with TTs/EIs you're gonna run into roman wall and then you can forget about seeing your horses again.


    It is up to the offense players to then kill the farming army of his competitors.

    And how do you want to do that? You're not gonna find an army of any decent player home. Only way to get rid of it is to level entire village/city and if he is in one of the top kingdoms then you're gonna need to sacrifice a whole lot of more troops for a chance to do that. Any way to weaken someone's army right now is through spiking.