Travian in “single-player mode” – is that possible?
There are things that seem trivial if someone actually spells them out, but yet they tend to surprise us more often than we thought possible. For example when playing Travian: Let’s imagine Steve and Katy start building up their village roughly at the same time, both gaining the typical beginner’s experience. They both are friends even outside of the game and regularly talk about game mechanics in Travian, for example which troop units they prefer, how shocked they were when their hero died for the first time and so on. However, the full server means they’re pretty much on their own.
A couple of weeks in, Steve starts talking about his new alliance. About support that he received in battle and also the tips his fellow players gave him. For the first time, Katy has a different game experience, since she doesn’t pay any attention to other players in the game.
Here’s the trivial point: Each player is different and enters the game with different interests, wishes and goals. Steve is puzzled and asks: “Is it even possible to play Travian successfully without working together with others?”
Surely, a very difficult, if not even impossible undertaking, particularly when joining the battle for culture points and winning the server.
Those defining “success” in a different way and those who just enjoy building up their small empire without having to compete with others, can also play Travian “successfully”, right? Or do attacks by other players just occur too frequently at some point? Or does at some point resentment towards passive players within a kingdom gain the upper hand, making it inevitable or even more difficult to play solo?
Our two oh-so-different players Steve and Katy can’t agree on this issue. Katy enjoys playing Travian in her own style, while Steve is certain that her fun will soon come to an end. Either through attacks from other players or because Katy realizes that it’s always more fun to play for the overall victory on the server.
We’d like to pass on this question to you. Travian is a rather complex game and each gaming experience differs from the other. Have you, perhaps mainly at the start of your Travian career, played passively, even in isolation? Did it work out or did it make you lose your enjoyment in the game? What do you prefer? Communication and interaction or building up your empire in peace and quiet without caring for other players?