As many of you already know, I am the face of the Sicilian Pin account, and I am apparently a drama magnet no matter what round I'm playing. I feel a lot of connection to many of the players and leaders of SNAFU/SUSFU, but the time has come that I can no longer resist killing their troops, attacking them, and doing everything in my power to destroy them. So out of my respect and admiration for many of you in SNAFU/SUSFU, I feel a compelling obligation to officially say that I will no longer dodge/spend when I have the capability to destroy your raiding parties, and will no longer not-send follow-homes when I could do so, and will no longer refuse to participate in any offensive operations conducted against you. Since you all took me in at the opening of this server, I feel that I owe you an explanation for this change of colors, which I will provide below.
Please understand that I have done everything in my power to avoid fighting you, but now feel compelled to do so.
Last round of US1 was the first server of "real" travian I played -- where I used gold and was on the winning team and had help and advice from super experienced players. One of my favorite people I met on Travian is Meherrin, and I wanted to play a round with her, so over the objections of my dual (who did not want to start in the Southwest), I signed up to play with SNAFU/SUSFU in the Southwest.
However, early in the game, there was a personal conflict among players on skype, and Meherrin decided that it would be best if she did not continue playing the round.
There were other factors that pressed me away from the main body of SNAFU/SUSFU players. I wanted to play a hammer this game, and last game I sat on a trash 50% 15c, so this game I wanted to feel a 150%. When it came time to "call" where to send settlers, I found that all the non-grey 15c's in the entire southwest with 75% or greater crop bonuses were claimed. (OK, maybe there was one left in the back corner or something, but all the reasonable ones were already "called.") In addition to being asked "who could vouch for me" by the leadership I contacted about this (which I found off putting, since I had been participating in SNAFU forums from the beginning), I was told that I could not settle any of the options I suggested. So, I looked to the grey zone. (Hence my cluster in the sweet center of the map.)
This caused a problem:
Those villages closer to me? The alliance T~A, not SNAFU/SUSFU.
Now at this point in the game, my dual and I were stuck between a rock and a hard place. TA players were cropping up near us, while our allies were all an hour plus away. (Additionally, although my friends in leadership always made me feel welcome when I spoke to them, there were always those who made it clear that they never wanted us around. Tarheels said as much in the massive US1 skype room when we finally left, but I don't feel the need to find the quote -- I can if there are questions about this point, though.) My dual was in favor of remaining in SUSFU, believing that it was the safer course of action. [Both he and I are quite busy in life and have limited online time. Jobs, school, etc...these things take priority.] However, I believed that joining TA was the safer course of action, since I believed that my friends in SUSFU would not be inclined to attack us, while the TA players right next to us had no such personal connection. The issue was that for SNAFU/SUSFU, we were certainly only a liability. We were separated from their main body but had TA players right nearby, and were certain that we'd lose any conflict since we had such limited online time. At best, we'd find ourselves ghosted, defenseless, and forced to rely heavily on allied reinforcements just to prevent being farmed.
Turns out, I was mistaken on at least one count, although possibly both. SNAFU/SUSFU does not appear to have had any qualms in attacking me, despite my friendships, although they may dispute this. (I have chat logs where Carni and Scarecrow both say that they were opposed to attacking me, and they imply that others were of the same opinion, but say, in effect, that they were overruled. To this day, no one in SNAFU/SUSFU has had the courtesy to identify the party or parties that determined that I was not fit to occupy my villages.)
I took pains to avoid any drama in the switch. I gave my spawn to a SNAFU/SUSFU player before I dropped tag. I even provided informational assistance to Carni and had friendly contacts with other players in SNAFU/SUSFU after the switched tags. Anyway, I'm told that there are some who take issue with my dual, so that might be it, but I have no sympathy for this. My dual was the one who wanted to stay, and who has much less free time to spend on this game anyway. (That means that I'm the one defending, not him, so if you're trying to get at my dual, mission: failure.)
Then, one day while I was stuck in traffic on my way home from work:
Converter - Battle reports Travian
I don't feel the need to post further ones, because there are hundreds of them and they're fairly unremarkable. I posted a list of them previously, although didn't share the contents.
Now, to be clear here, I get that I dropped tags and ended up in TA, which isn't such a friendly thing to do. So I get that this makes me a target for attacks. Ok. But I'm not *merely* a target of attacks in general -- when I look in our alliance defensive history, it lists the last 60 attacks against us. As of this moment, 22 of them (more than 1/3) are against me. Now, I'm no mathematician, but I do know that I account for much less than 33% of TA's membership, and even account for less than 33% of our presence in the SW. True, other TA players have been ghosted, but I've been the target of at least as many failed ghost attempts as there have been on all other TA players combined. (I can show some of them if asked -- I have the reports.)
So the suggestion that this is just routine doesn't really explain the relative frequency with which I'm seeing attacks from them. Plus, 20 out of the last 60 attacks being on me is a record low as far as I know -- the last several times I have checked, it accounted for way over 50% of the attacks against us. So I feel like 20/60 is a bad example and want to stick with 50%, but that's not relevant.
Anyway, it was this attack tonight (also posted above) -- while I was out to dinner with my mother for her birthday -- that has taken the cake for me -- Converter - Battle reports Travian
[The additional attacks across the rest of my villas pulled resources, which I haven't given up almost at all despite constant attacks all week because I was able to glance at the game every hour, despite the cost of not being able to do research.]
At long last, I am forced to kill as many troops as I can from SNAFU/SUSFU, and agree to engage in offensive operations against you. To those of you who are my friends, I am sorry, but if asked to attack your accounts, I will now do so without hesitation. Even though so few of my troops were home at the time of that successful mace scout, the fact that you're willing to throw thousands of troops away for no gain against me shows that you're considering me an offensive threat.
You've made me into one.
Anyone else on this server--be you in the NW or NE or wherever you are -- if you ask me for any intel I have on SNAFU/SUSFU troop counts or locations, I will share what I know. If you're fighting SNAFU/SUSFU units and need defense (especially you FB players in the middle of the map near me), send me an IGM and I'll send you everything I can. As far as I can tell, TA doesn't have leaders or anything, and don't expect me to be able to get other TA players to cooperate, but since the SW has decided that I am better off dead, I'll do what I can to make it be them instead.
I know this will probably end in my demolition, but I am a person who has always stood by the decisions I have made when I do not believe that I have erred, and this is one of those cases. I do not believe that anything I have done this server has warranted the treatment I am receiving from my former allies. Disagree with me if you will, that is your right. But I stand by my decisions. I have taken what I want, and I intend to pay for it. But, if I can, I'll make the other guys pay for it instead.
I apologize for not sourcing all my claims of PM conversations, but there is a forum rule against releasing them without consent. If anyone wants to see the conversations I am referring to, with the exception of non-archived IGM's from the start of the server, if you ask I will seek permission from the other parties to release them.
I still like and respect a lot of you playing in SNAFU/SUSFU, so if you wish me to be excluded from this, just PM me. I will honor any request to not attack any member of SNAFU/SUSFU, and any request not to share any scout or other battle reports visible to me (due to being in an alliance with scouts and lots of battles and stuff), UNLESS you are one of the small number of SNAFU/SUSFU players actively attacking me. (For you, such a request will not be honored. Sorry. If you attack me I consider it a waiver that allows me to release any information I learn about your account to anyone who asks. Specifically, how many troops you attack with, and where they come from, etc.)
~ The Burninator.