Travian is gaining more shadow in the background, because Real (Fair) Competition doesn't excist anymore.
How do you get to the top in travian?
I feel that Gold should not be on that list. Get a server where you CANNOT buy gold, but need to pay a monthly subscription.
Any player can join for FREE, but they can't buy gold or ANY gold features (this is so people can still have a look and servers wont be empty)
Players that want to play with gold pay €15 / month and they get 250 gold EVERY week.