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World 9 Blog: What’s going on?

October 19, 2009 in Random Thoughts, World 009 News

Due to my lack of time to formulate blogs, I will now release Monthlies, starting next weekend. These will be (hopefully) as good as the old weeklies and should hold us till summer, when the blog will hopefully expand again. I have been working on a large animation with a friend, so Adobe Flash has been cluttered with that among other things. My dayly schedule is thrown into chaos and I can’t find the four hours of straight work (or the focus) to formulate a good blog.

HOWEVER…

This does not mean i’m quitting, it just means i’m going to work at a gear that is more approachable with my wacky schedule. If someone with either skills in animation, time to gather information and resorces, or someone who is willing to take on a column for the blog approaches me, I may be able to produce bi-weeklies. Hopefully winter = more time on my hands, but you can never be too sure…

Over and out!

-Samulis

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World 9: The end of the Beginning

September 15, 2009 in Random Thoughts, World 009 News

Hello fellow citizens of Tribalwarsland!

Well, it’s not the beginning of the end, it’s more of the end of the beginning of this war.  Now it will enter a more subtle phase, with scattered mass OPs and such spread throughout the durration. This is when the real test of strength and endurance begins and several world superpowers collide and come apart in a sort of dance of death.

Anyway, Flash practically drove me insane in the process of making this, so I will probably make a SECOND HALF of the film instead of just one part. Edit: I found the high-quality sound was making flash go crazy, so I changed it to high quality mp3 files, which flash LOVES. This week is John Williams week, featuring some of his most known compositions. If you can name all four pieces and/or which movies they are from and either mail the list to me or post it in the W9 Blog discussion forum, your name will be featured in next week’s blog. I also added some fun side-features and such so you don’t all get bored to death. The War Stats are MISSING. I will add them tomorrow. There are a few un-removable glitches that pop in and out, so don’t panic if it freezes on a blank page that says ‘nobling map’ in the top corner, just refresh the page.

http://fc02.deviantart.com/fs50/f/2009/257/4/6/blog_no__6_by_Lord_Samulis.swf

 

In other news:

Half-Priced coins are to be implemented in the upcomming weeks (according to King Wenseslesas Shugarpuff of Tribalwarsland in a recent mass message to the world).

[IB] has sprung back and holds a fair-sized harvest on the nobling map.

DNS is continuing to run over RAW, however, according to the numbers, ~DNS~ has mysteriously lost over half their points in the last several weeks.

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Roger, Roger!

-Samulis

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W27 Bloggery!: A Distinct Lack Of News.

September 1, 2009 in Random Thoughts, World 027 News

Hello all you TWites.

I do hope that you are well, and haven’t been too disappointed in my late blog. Unfortunately it seems that as time ticks by slowly, this week there has been a distinct lack of news in w27, so much so that I can sum up the world in 3 bullet points!

- The ‘world war’ between Shadow and Most other tribes in the top 10 continues, with Shadow continuing to extend their impressive gain over the rest of the world.

- The Coalition remains leaderless, and seem to be adrift. Unless someone steps up to lead this fight they may be crushed sooner than later.

- REF have remained fairly silent, only having skirmishes with Shadow, with no real commitment being put in by either side (although REF still seem to have better stats against Shadow than some of the tribes that are at war with shadow).

Because there has been a lack of reportable news instead I decided to pen down my thoughts on the state of Tribal Wars. Recently I wrote an article on the state of faking within TW which was intended for this blog (despite getting an early publish in the TW27 weekly), so I hope you enjoy; any comments, criticisms or gripes will be happily taken on board (and mocked!)

The Death of the Fake

Over a couple of conversations over a number of worlds it’s come to my attention that many players no longer really understand what faking really is. A couple of recent attacks against my accounts and some that I sit have shown that faking seems to be almost a lost art.

I was recently asked when setting up a recent attack, why I didn’t just rely on fake scripts to send fakes. This question perplexed me for a while, as I’d never really thought about it seriously, however after a conversation with the player I was able to show him why scripts aren’t particularly great at the job that they are meant to do; it was my realisation with the advent of scripts that have the ability to save us allot of time, many players (especially the newer ones who have grown up exclusively using scripts) don’t really understand what faking players is really meant to do, and that just running a script a couple hundred times doesn’t really provide adequate cover if you are planning on attacking targets with a large amount of nobles and nukes.

The whole idea behind a fake attack is that they are meant to mask attacks that are being sent at a player in an attempt to significantly deter a player from supporting the villages that are the real targets of the planned attack, they do this by confusing a player and hopefully drawing support to other targets, which makes the real target more vulnerable than if the fakes had not been sent. Unfortunately fake scripts do not realistically have this effect. Fake scripts (or at least the ones that I have seen knocking around) choose a random village from a pre-selected set of villages and send a single ram (or whatever troop input that you’ve chosen), while this does up a players attack counter, there is very little else that the attack does; because the attack is an isolated attack and not part of a series, anybody with any amount of experience and nouce will recognise it and either move troops (in case it’s a random nuke) or worse ignore it. Now I’m not saying that fake scripts don’t have their uses, used in conjunction with effective faking, they can add pressure to players and significantly improve the chance of attacks being successful, however their use as the exclusive mode of faking is severely ineffective when it comes to fighting anyone of experience.

Now not all players will do this, newer players who haven’t had the dubious pleasure of being attacked often may panic purely at a swarm of attacks and scream for support to all of their villages purely by seeing a mass of attacks. However if there are experienced heads in the tribe they are often able to calm the player down and show them how to navigate these attacks, analyse what the attacks are, and diagnose what is actually getting attacked by nobles and what actually needs support and what can be ignored. While some players are impervious to this brand of common sense it does help many players see what is there and subsequently navigate the attacks and any subsequent attacks with minimum losses to their village count.

The crooks of the problem is that many players on offense do not really see the need to change the way they attack, often finding that in the early/mid game, that players are that inexperienced that fake scripts are successful, and it isn’t until they come up against someone with a bit of skill (or someone who’s being tutored by someone with a bit of experience) that this ceases to work. This leads to a situation which we have today, where many players no longer understand what faking really should be, because they simply haven’t had to rely on anything more than a fake script and will enough to press it a couple hundred times.

So the question is where does this leave us now? Will there be a situation where real faking slowly fades out as the older worlds wind down, or will this skill slowly permeate the newer worlds as players become more experienced after finding that fake scripts are inadequate? I guess only time will tell.

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A Video.. For us all to watch

August 29, 2009 in Music, Random Thoughts, Team Writings, World 026 News

Hello Guys & Girls.

This isn’t anything to do with tribalwars, But my sister made this and it’s very sweet & lovely. Please watch, I know your going to flame me about it, But I dont care.

if the above/below doesnt work, please click  HERE

Thanks.

NML0089

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W27 Newsery

August 7, 2009 in Random Thoughts, World 027 News

Good’ay Boys and Girls. It’s time for this week’s rendition of the W27 weekly rag.

This week there have been two important changes within the world; this being the official declaration by the ‘coalition’ and formation of the Reformation tribe.


One For All, and All For One (the saga of a world at war):

As predicted in the last blog post the ‘coalition’ have officially declared war upon Shadow, the tribes Nstlk*, Dstlk*, [IRON], LA-G, TK and FURY have all banded together in an attempt to topple the number one tribe Shadow. This world war has been something which has been in the works for quite some time, and players such as myself called for it 2-3 months ago. Despite a not so professional declarion the tribes have all began a concerted effort to take on Shadow, and although you would expect the coalition to have a huge advantage here is the match up.

Nstlk* – Ranked 2nd – Top 40 = 14 million

TK – Ranked 3rd – Top 40 = 13 million

[IRON] – Ranked 4th – Top 40 = 12 million

LA-G – Ranked 5th – Top 40 = 9 million

FURY – Ranked 8th – Top 40 = 3 million

Dstlk* – Ranked 10th – Top 40 = 1 million

Total = 52 million (240 players)

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Shadow – Ranked 1st – Top 40 = 48 million

Although the coalition does have advantage in numbers, and points, its general points per player are much, much, much lower than Shadows. They will also have to deal with communication issues, not being able to support each other, being on the edge of Shadow (who dominates the core) and having no identifiable leader (at least at the moment). Certainly this is an interesting development as the world bands together to try and stop Shadow who look like if they aren’t beaten will easily run through the world unopposed. Now there remains only two tribes undeclared in the war *TKP* and SAM, with these tribes able to either add or relieve pressure on Shadow, they could be important players in the next few weeks political game of chess.

The Birth Of A Tribe:

The other event this week was the creation of the Reformation tribe by a few members of Nstlk* who were fed up with the tribes unwarlike attitude. And have created a small tribe who will fight on their own without the help of other tribes. Currently ranked 8th with the largest average points per player in the world, they have already declared that they will not be joining the coalition, and will be having most of their maps ‘red’. Whether they can make an impact remains to be seen, however one thing is certain, they can’t do worse than Nstlk* has done over the past month.

The World As It Stands:

Attack – Red

Coalition – Blue

REF – Orange

*TKP* – Green

SAM – Pink