Welcome to our last Travian: Tides of Conquest alliance spotlight (for now!)! If you are not familiar with the concept, on a weekly basis we have been interviewing a key member of a well-known alliance that is planning to join one of our upcoming Annual Special‘s gameworlds.

Let me introduce this week’s guest: Ivan from Voodoo.

Hello and welcome to our fifth and last Alliance Spotlight, Ivan. First of all, tell us something about yourself and your Travian: Legends career.

Hi, I’m Ivan. People usually know me by my real name, I have had a lot of aliases over the years and played with a lot of different teams – mostly French or Special Servers (from 1x to 3x speeds).

In the last server, I played under the Manticore account and was one of the leaders of the Voodoo family!

I have been playing Travian since the release of “Travian Classic” which was sometime in 2007, if I remember correctly. Travian was at first just a game I could play while in class and a few hours at night in my dorm while studying, but it turned out to be very enjoyable and addictive.

To me Travian is more than a game, putting tactics and gameplay aside I really enjoy being part of a group with different backgrounds/cultures/knowledge.

Besides Travian, I am a huge traveler but settled a couple years ago in the US. I work in Technology, more precisely anything in the Digital space (websites, mobile apps, online marketing, etc) – so I spend my day on a computer which does help to keep up with Travian.

How many Annual Specials have you played? What was your favorite so far and why?

I have played 4: Fire and Sand, Path to Pandora, Codex Victoria, and Shadow Empires. Of course, I will be playing the upcoming Tides of Conquest.

My favorite was probably Fire and Sand due to all the changes it brought to the game. It was very exciting to rediscover the game, having to change tactics, etc. 

By reading the Travian: Tides of Conquest feature set, what is the most interesting feature, in your opinion? Why?

I think the most exciting feature is how Victory Points are working on this Annual Special. The fact that you can steal or remove VPs from the opposition is huge.

In my opinion, with this change, leaders will have to change their military tactics wherever it is on the defensive or offensive side. I also think this will bring a more action-packed server.

How does your alliance normally recruit for an occasion such as the Annual Special? Do you have any special tools you use?

Our alliance has a main core of players and we usually build on top of it. We don’t have a crazy recruitment process, we mostly look for personality and will to commit to our strategy and finish the server together.

We are a very friendly alliance and a nice group overall. Quite a few previous rounds’ opponents end up joining our Discord and sometimes embark with us on our new adventures.

During the last server, we had plans to create our own Off and Def tools but these take time and resources. At the end of the day, we were able to manage pretty well with existing tools. But if anyone wants to do some coding, message me, I have a lot of ideas 😉

Without revealing your strategy, how do you come up with your “winning strategy”? Guide us through the process.

To be honest, it all depends on your team. I have played a long time with teams where everything was focused on winning the server, but it became tiresome.

Lately, I switched a bit more on the “having fun” aspect.

Depending on our group and the opposition we will face, we set our global “Server” goals – which could well be winning it all!. As the server evolves, our strategy adapts, and new goals surface.

In my opinion, I would rather have fun and make sure everybody in our alliance does too than “overtrying” and end up washed up without wanting to come back and play again.

One last question: what is your biggest wish for this Annual Special? Apart from winning, of course! Anything new you want to try out with your alliance?

I wish to have a fair and competitive server. I really hope we see more mid-server action and the introduction of new strategies.

Personally, I want to try to improve our team synergy and strategies.

About our goals on the server? Register on Europe 2x and come play Tide of Conquests, I’m sure you’ll notice us 😉

Thank you for your time, Ivan!