New Year’s Special Infographic – Stats so far…

The New Year’s Special servers have now been open for several weeks. Despite freezing conditions on the battlefield, the race for the World Wonders is fully underway. As the five tribes battle it out, we took a closer look at the servers for some interesting insights, check out what we discovered! Read More

Finals 2017 – War Diaries Week 14: Plans are Coming

Welcome to War Diaries 14 for the Travian Tournament 2017. In this edition, alliances are preparing for critical spawning of the building plans next week! Safiren, our official tournament reporter has the details… Read More

Travian For Dummies: 5 Tips for Scouting About

Scouting is one of the many keys to success in Travian: knowing what’s going on in your area and in fact all around the map will keep you secure and lead to better attack tactics. Long story short: information will win wars. Therefore, we assembled a few tips on how to use and train your scouts to the best of their abilities. Read More

Finals 2017 – War Diaries Week 13: Are the Rumors True?

It’s week thirteen of the Tournament Finals 2017 and Safiren has just delivered a new War Diary from the battlefield. Read below for her update on the recent happenings of this year’s epic and action-packed finals!

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Finals 2017: Player Interviews – hugo234 (NB-乾兌) & Evgeny (X3 WHITE)

We’re back with another edition of Player Interviews! In this round, we interview the experienced Chinese leader hugo234 (in-game: ‘qiongcun’) from the alliance NB-乾兌 in the south-east and Evgeny (In game: MalGanis) from X3 WHITE, a small Russian alliance also from SouthEast who conquered the World Wonder 100/-100 area from ND (Arabs). Read More

Meet the Team: Jessie, Senior Quality Assurance Tester

Welcome to another edition of Meet the Team! This time, we meet Jessie, our Senior Quality Assurance Tester. 

Hello Jessie! Thank you for allowing us to learn more about you and your job as a Senior Quality Assurance Tester. Could you tell us a little bit about yourself and for how long have you been working for Travian Games?

Hi! I started an internship as QA Tester in 2012. My first project to test was Miramagia, but then I was told a position as a QA Junior will be vacant in Travian: Legends, so I took the opportunity and got the job! : ) Since that time, I’ve never left the team.

For our readers who aren’t familiar with the position, can you briefly outline your responsibilities as a Quality Assurance tester? Why is the QA one of the most important roles in the project?

A software/game tester needs to test new features regularly and verify bugs that have been provided by our Tech Support or Community Management teams. We approve releases and hotfixes regularly. If there are new features by the game designers, we discuss and document potential edge cases. And finally, we plan and write automated tests.

So, what does an average day look like for a Senior QA? How does it all start and end?

I first check all the tasks and prioritize then the whole QA team discusses work distribution. If there is time left besides daily business, I try to find out new ways to make our work easier, be it finding new tools, learning new technical skills or preparing/creating new workflow solutions for the team.

How has the QA process for Travian: Legends evolved over the years?

It has changed a lot! When I joined, we needed the help of developers for almost every step. Some processes took even a whole day. Today, we can do most by ourselves and most of the processes are done in 10 minutes. Additionally, we have implemented automated tests and thanks to that, we cover more places in less time.

Out of all the features and bugs you’ve tested which was the most challenging one to test?

When we introduced the new European map with regions and their artifacts, this was the test that was the hardest. I think we needed almost 3 months with 4 QA people to test thoroughly.

Do you have any particular highlights from your time as a QA tester for Travian: Legends? Any stories that come to mind?

I was able to convince the team that we need an estimation called “Testing Effort” for QA, so from that on, our test planning has improved!

We’re all gamers here and I know you’re a passionate gamer, what are your favorite games?

Oh, I love too many games! My favorite genre is RPG, both western and Japanese ones. My childhood was all about Pokémon, Dragon Quest Monsters, Final Fantasy, Golden Sun, Valkyrie Profile and Tomb Raider! My current favorite game is The Witcher 3, but I also love the games from the Tales of… series and all the games from the Atelier series! And I’m not even done…

Last question, what’s something that most people don’t know about you? Any hidden talents?

I LOVE to sing and I have to admit I am good at it. I also have played the piano for 8 years and the violin for 3 years.

 

Thanks for reading this edition of our Meet the Team series! Tune in next month for our interview of one of the Travian: Legends artists!

 

Finals 2017 – War Diaries Week 12: Mapping it Out

Welcome back to another edition of Safire’s War Diaries! Each alliance’s territories have been clearly established and their diplomatic efforts are starting to get more serious… Read More

Caesar’s Civil War – Five years that changed Rome

This conflict, also known as the Great Roman Civil War, was the last internal conflict of the Roman Republic which transformed Rome into the Roman Empire. Read More

Finals 2017 – War Diaries Week 11: Respect

Welcome to Week 11 of Safiren’s War Diaries. This year’s Finals has been incredible so far, great rivalries and epic battles throughout. In this week, artefacts continue to switch owners and a healthy amount of respect and sportsmanship is maintained between opponents…

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Tribe History: 3 of Rome’s Most Famous Military Tactics

The tactics of ancient Rome were so formidable for their time that, even after 2,000 years, military schools and colleges around the world still teach them. Although the organization of troops used by the Romans was predated by the Greeks of Macedonia, the Romans took this organization to whole a new level. Many would argue that the success was the standardization of equipment and training, including various commands which every unit immediately understood.

As the Roman Empire grew, so did the military’s tactical toolbox. While supremely adaptable, there were three tactics that endured the duration of this great empire.

The Wedge Formation

While old, the wedge was an extremely effective offensive military formation. It was designed to cut through enemy lines and confuse their cavalry. Legionaries would form the shape of a triangle pointing towards and charging directly through the enemy. Each soldier was close enough to his next comrade in the formation so they could defend and protect each other. The main weapon they carried was a gladius (sword).

When the general yelled “cuneum formate”, the legionaries would form a wedge and charge at the opposition. The point of the triangle pointing right at the enemy was made up of the most experienced and best troops. This concentration of power allowed the formation to drive a wedge into the enemy forces that were then widened by the rest of their formation. The wedge was used often, most notably at the Battle of Pydna in 168 AD, which helped end the empire Alexander the Great had previously founded.

The Roman Tortoise

This is probably the most famous and recognizable formation. It’s easy to see how this formation got its name. The testudo (Latin) or tortoise formation was a type of shield wall formation commonly used by legions during battles and sieges in particular. The soldiers would form a tight block formation, with the front rank kneeling behind their interlocked shields, which measured over a meter in height.

The second rank would place their shields over their heads to protect the formation from attacks from above, balancing the shields on their helmets and overlapping them. While it was possible to march in the testudo formation, the speed of which the unit would travel would be tortoise-like. It was usually used in response to distant missile fire. This is how I imagine my Roman troops besieging a nearby village!

 

Triplex acies or the triple line

This formation was formed by three ranks, with the Hastati(the least experienced troops) in the first rank (closest to the enemy), the Principes (men in their prime, with good equipment) in the second rank and in the final rank the feared Triarii, the most heavily armored elite soldiers of the legion. When defeat was near, the first and second lines usually fell back on the Triarii to allow either for a counter-attack or a withdrawal. The three lines would often line up, with alternating gaps, creating a wider but still fighting front that looked apparently unbroken. “Falling on the Triarii” or “ad triarios rediisse” in Latin became a common Roman phrase indicating a person to be in a desperate situation.

Thank you for reading this edition of Tribe History! We hope you enjoyed the historical information. Next time you’re under attack by Romans, or are attacking another village as a Roman, imagine the troops using these tactics!