The case of TRAVIAN
“TRAVIAN is one of the most popular browser
games in the world. As a player in TRAVIAN, you
will build...
Community
• Where are the players?
Community
• Who are the players?
– In relation to their in-game roles
– In relation to other players
– In relation to the ...
Critique
• Negative feedback loop in global server
• Strong suggestions
• Creative uses
if my
english not
vry good 
• ”This is a war game!” - really? Who said so?
– The game itself
– A ”Travianic culture”
• You must stay in an
alliance in...
...So I set up the unusual name ‘Noob’. Sounds very bossy And set out
to try to conquer the server. But I had no idea how ...
Creative uses
Recapitulating...
• Players are defined in relation to the
game, its rules and its community.
• Both game and communities ...
References
• Noob. (2013, April 13). Skype interview.
• World Wonder. Travian Wikia. Retrieved from
http://travian.wikia.c...
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The case of travian

  1. 1. The case of TRAVIAN “TRAVIAN is one of the most popular browser games in the world. As a player in TRAVIAN, you will build your own empire, recruit a mighty army, and fight with your allies for game world hegemony.” (Travian Games GmbH, 2013)
  2. 2. Community • Where are the players?
  3. 3. Community • Who are the players? – In relation to their in-game roles – In relation to other players – In relation to the game
  4. 4. Critique • Negative feedback loop in global server • Strong suggestions • Creative uses if my english not vry good 
  5. 5. • ”This is a war game!” - really? Who said so? – The game itself – A ”Travianic culture” • You must stay in an alliance in order to survive. • Traitors will be catapulted and farmed. Strong suggestions
  6. 6. ...So I set up the unusual name ‘Noob’. Sounds very bossy And set out to try to conquer the server. But I had no idea how travian worked. So to my surprise we have ppl here with 3-6 years of experience asking questions and Im most of the time “Its my first ever game experience. Im not much of a gamer, never touched MMORG except once for Eve online but that was 3 days. I wanted to apply for an MBA and had no time. So I figured what better way to learn the needed management skills and try out different tactics than to simulate it? Creative uses Its a game, a simulation with real people. If I entered Harvard and wanted to simulate leadign 100 people for several months it would cost sooo much. Here, its like an awesome learning experience.” (Noob, 2013)
  7. 7. Creative uses
  8. 8. Recapitulating... • Players are defined in relation to the game, its rules and its community. • Both game and communities strongly suggest how players should interact. • Game and communities tend to exceed the boundaries of game plattaform.
  9. 9. References • Noob. (2013, April 13). Skype interview. • World Wonder. Travian Wikia. Retrieved from http://travian.wikia.com/wiki/World_Wonder on April 14th, 2013. • Travian Games GmbH. (2013). Retrieved from http://ts9.travian.com/allianz.php?s=5&o=6 on April 14th, 2013. • Langton, C. (1995). Artificial Life: An Overview. MIT Press. • Salen, K., & Zimmerman, E. (2004). Rules of Play: Game Design Fundamentals. MIT Press.

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