Ive been thinking a bit more about the idea of an outpost as a collective effort of a kingdom to build rally points for multiple tribes and it doesnt even have to be working as adding offensive forces together in 1 attack. Though this would help for smaller kingdoms to make juicy wall breakers with the right set of skills and too powerful kingdoms might have to change their game strategies.
They would rather get to use their own units separately from common rally point. There are still a lot of benefits and new options that mixing tribes is bringing to the table. For starter a variety of units to choose from assures that a defensive roman and defensive teuton could operate from the same village without the fear of sweeping cavalry or infantry attacks that they haven’t prepared for alone.It also lets you introduce offensive gaul with the mix and that is very versatile trio and highly functioning to correlate surplus resource with the correct unit.
This idea gives a lot of ground to play on:
How many stables, workshops or barracks in the village?
What sort should the wall look like?
Are all the different special buildings allowed in the same village?
What is the building order like/ can everyone build it simultaneously?
Which tribe merchant types are working in the marketplace?
Is travian plus or res/crop bonuses allowed in that village if 1 of the players has them activated?
Can it settle or chief any other villages?
Would not be sure about settling from that village since who would control the next village…still all of them?
I will try to give my minds eye view of how it should look like…
A weak side effect might be rally points limit of sending out attacks for mass raider, but yet again if the other two don’t send out much attacks, then even that strategy is still on the table in hybrid villages. A Bonus would be that all 3 players support that village, so it grows quicker and it therefore doesn’t have problem of building troops and buildings at the same time.
It also inspires communication and opens many doors to take travian next even in the further future. (One could even think of the idea of mixing tribe units at some point in the development of the game, like TTs getting even faster from learning from training in the same village as roman cavalry or teuton scouts learn to ride horse and become EL etc, but that is too farfetched for now).
At the same time hybrid villages lessens the major problem of multiaccounting because what would be the point of merging with your own fake accounts…that’s too much to hassle, especially if mixed villages of different persons have greater potential to be strong foe so multiaccounting strategy has less chance of successful outcome. I also have a kind of feeling that it helps smaller kingdoms to fight metas…only if they don’t let sabotagers join their forts of course.
Think of it like a village becomes city at some point during evolution when players have enough CP. The same way 3 players use CP to make a united village. Each tribe sends 1-3 settlers and then they all get to reside there. Or maybe more suitable if senators and chieftains are sent since it’s a big leap in village strength which also looks more political representation of unification of tribes in a certain point in the game.
I think this should be 1 time deal like merging of 2 kingdoms or making a village into a city, but hybrid villages are able to chief other hybrid villages because then 3 players lose a village and other group of 3 players take over that hybrid village which gives possibility to acquire a stronghold inside another kingdom that could disrupt its integrity.
I would leave the basic village layout stay the same, but give some other little perks. Because when 3 players lose an expansion slot on 1 village, they should gain something special in turn.
Therefore I suggest that there can be built maximum 3 barracks and other type of troops training facilities simultaneously for each tribe to use on their own, but if the building slots are limited, then they have to choose what needs to be built there because its hard to fit 9 war buildings in 1 village and leave enough room for all the other necessary buildings. This naturally keeps room restrictions on those villages and makes player want to change some buildings during evolution, but also introduces idea of fast growing offensive army in one spot and faster regeneration of defenses after taking a hard hit.
An Another perk I would give the ones, who choose to settle in same village is making that village with 18 fields of crop(6 crop fields for each player), because it wouldn’t be able to keep all the troop count fed in any other way. They would already have to share resource production of 1 village with 2 other players so that’s a loss for the net income of the kingdom.
For creating a non crop resource income for these villages, I would even bring an option of claiming external resource mines from the empty wilderness areas on the map that look like forests, claypits and iron mountains. The hybrid village itself could be founded only on wilderness areas that look like crop fields or lakes since some crop oasises look like lakes aswell so the idea of 18c village would be concise. Its also a method to create satellite buildings, keeping kingdom infrastructure intact and give guarantee for each tribe to get boost of their own essential resource income.They can upgrade these satellite mines level by levels with much bigger values so there is more incentive to build them , but the satellite mines/woodcutters/pits can be raided(resource collection work a bit like tribute collection), but only be catapulted when attacking a Keep itself? So it kinda acts as a single village, consisting of external fields on map that provide it with wood, clay and iron and the crop comes from itself.
These villages should have simultaneously 2 fields upgrading and 2 town building slots plus the idea of multiple walls surfaces when picturing 3 tribes in 1 village. 3 Walls that every tribe player can separately build, so this village gets possibly 3x less time to get it strong again. But the downfall could be that they cant all max out their own type of wall…if one built to level 20 then other 2 can only build theirs to level 15 and 10. So its possible to try different variations and find out the best one (or maybe all tribes max to lvl15 and every player can only repair 1 wall). When letting simultaneous upgrading work for other buildings in that village and bring about a new era of travian experience, add another layer to kingdoms union, an extra step in gameworld evolution and invent a flash town which built by multiple kings or governors gets 4x building speed(2x from roman and 2x1 from other two tribes). Almost looks like 4x server speed village has appeared in 1x server, but only in building time, not resource. Resource wise 3 times slower because 3 expansion slots go in 1 village if its chosen to not put other types of wilderness working as satellite mines or use these ones as non-crop Keeps. Other tribes also bring bonuses to this village with their special buildings to compensate the loss of resource with tons of strategic maneuvers.
Mixed tribes and pure crop villages gain a big motivation for players to play a server until the end by allowing virtually every player in the game get a good chance at having access to excellent cropper at some point
in the game, which also makes it harder for those who managed to fast settle the first gameworld best croppers and make it possible for governor trios to match the power of a king. Kings should also be able to join these triple player villages so they can give back some taxes by helping build a united village, so virtually every player has the chance of becoming part of the kings bonuses during the game which also grows the number of successful kingdoms and therefore weakens the metas.
I would like to call this fast arising and hybridized village the “Keep”
Give it a great story and draw some fine art in there and call it “Kingdom Keeps” ..at least that’s my vision of it.. has some extra layers of meaning there by saying kingdom keeps it together ..or can you keep your Keep?
So the Keep has its plusses and minuses… having access to coupling a Keep with oasis can also compensate for the loss of kingdom total resource income plus it enhances the chances of cropless players. Also this could be arranged like the mother villages have to be cities or at some certain pop or need maximum level residence/palace for a Keep.
This idea could go even further and let the same sort of tribes also settle in same villages and create hybrid villages of their own sort.
I do really think it prevents multies from the soul since it promotes cooperation between individuals from across the globe since that’s the best way to keep the villages up…24/7
Though it doesn’t prevent multies in the sense of people making accounts that are just built up to be raided for start bonus by raiding em empty, but it instead gives a little extra benefit from teamwork of those who choose to work together and the reward from cheating doesn’t account up anymore against cooperative gameplay. So the multies die out when 3-player teams from all around the clock work together.