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    • This isn't accurate in a real hammer, but the strength boost for each is an identical percentage, so it doesn't really matter.
      That’s probably the biggest misconception in Travian.
      Smithy boosts are not a flat rate, they vary from troop to troop. It’s partially a percentage of the base attack, and partially a flat boost based on wheat consumed. So troops that are less efficient in attack/upkeep get a bigger boost.
      Level 20 clubs have 52.36 attack so a 30.9% boost
      Level 20 axes have 75.36 attack so only a 25.6% boost

      This leads to all sorts of interesting facts:
      EI/EC are more powerful than steppes/marauders
      Level 20 scouts have some attack even though level 0 scouts have none
      Level 20 Teuton scouts are about 10% worse at scouting and 20% worse at detecting a scout attempt than any other tribe.
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    • Tineren wrote:

      This isn't accurate in a real hammer, but the strength boost for each is an identical percentage, so it doesn't really matter.
      That’s probably the biggest misconception in Travian.Smithy boosts are not a flat rate, they vary from troop to troop. It’s partially a percentage of the base attack, and partially a flat boost based on wheat consumed. So troops that are less efficient in attack/upkeep get a bigger boost.
      Level 20 clubs have 52.36 attack so a 30.9% boost
      Level 20 axes have 75.36 attack so only a 25.6% boost

      This leads to all sorts of interesting facts:
      EI/EC are more powerful than steppes/marauders
      Level 20 scouts have some attack even though level 0 scouts have none
      Level 20 Teuton scouts are about 10% worse at scouting and 20% worse at detecting a scout attempt than any other tribe.
      Ah, whoops. That' my bad, I tried to do math too fast. In my head I thought, "They have the same upkeep, so the smithy boost off of upkeep will be same!" I realize now I also made this same mistake with weapon bonus. This makes the math even more messy because it now depends on how well TKs are queued. If TKs and axes are queued in equal amounts, you would use a TK weapon, whereas you always us a mace weapon over TK. If you have axes queued more heavily than TKs, axes might end up being the proper weapon choice.

      So I was originally just planning to say, "Bias the numbers a couple toward maces, it'll be fine!" But I plugged in a test case just to be certain. To my surprise, the difference is pretty extreme (about 50% longer for axe pay-off). The two are already so close in damage output / time that little differences make a big change for simulations like this. So I redid the whole thing. If a kind mod wouldn't mind copy-pasting this over the old post, I'd be ever grateful :love:

      Armour_US wrote:

      This is going to a be a long post. Jacopo got me thinking about an age-old argument. I've always had my beliefs, but I've never done the math. Today, I decided to do the math.

      Maces or Axes?

      Axes vs maces is an interesting argument that I've seen thrown around the forums since the beginning of the game, but I've yet to see someone do out the math. What makes a hammer "better" than another hammer? When it comes down to it, it's fighting strength that matters. In a perfect world, everyone trains maces. They gain a good bit more strength per hour, so it makes sense to only make them. They are also considerably cheaper to keep queued than axes. They're faster. They raid better. Some like to use axes for hammerstands, but that's a hybrid strategy so it's hard to quantify so I'll ignore that for this analysis. The only reason that people use axes is for the improved attack / wheat consumption. This (besides the defense) is quite literally the ONLY advantage axes hold over maces. Players who can keep maces/TK queued 24/7 with a small trainer in the GB/GS all game are few and few between. It typically requires an alliance dedicated to hiding the EGH in little pieces around the map. Even when using them as a working hammer, just the sheer build-cost is rather steep. So I'd like to suggest that there are several "tiers" of Teut hammer based off what the player can afford to keep queued and what they can afford to feed. For this exercise, I'll be making a few assumptions. First, I'll assume that the player's res production is constant. Any troops that are fed are fed with res that otherwise would go towards the hammer. Second, I'll use some typical late-mid game numbers for queuing times. That means this: 8% recruitment bonus and tier 2 infantry and cavalry helms. This gives us 76 seconds for maces and 127 seconds for axes. All strength values are also based off of level 20 smithy and a tier-2 weapon. This gives us 56.4 strength for maces and 79.4 strength for axes. I've accounted lower stats when mixing troops. An odd assumption is that you queue up all of the troops from "axe savings" at the end of our measured period. This is the absolute optimal build for maxing axes' utility in our equations, and is a bit odd, but still demonstrates the absolute minimum time needed for axe pay-off.

      Now, moving on, what are these "tiers"? They are several hammer styles, ordered by feed cost and strength /time (the two go hand in hand). These styles are:
      Axes, barracks only
      Maces, barracks only
      Axes, barracks (2x arti) only
      Maces, barracks (2x arti) only
      Axes, barracks (2x arti) + Axes, GB (1x)
      Axes, barracks (2x arti) + Maces, GB (1x)
      Maces, barracks (2x arti) + Axes, GB (1x)
      Maces, barracks (2x arti) + Maces, GB (1x)
      Axes, barracks (2x arti) + Axes, GB (2x arti)
      Axes, barracks (2x arti) + Maces, GB (2x arti)
      Maces, barracks (2x arti) + Maces, GB (2x arti)

      A couple notes. Yes, you lose off on some of the weapon bonus if you mix. But the weapon bonus is smaller than most think. Maces get a 9.5% boost from a Tier-3 weapon. Axes get a 6.6% bonus. However, switching one queue from axes to maces grants an 11.4% boost in strength. So yes, 2x axes + 1x GB maces is stronger than 2x axes + 1x GB axes. The bonus for sticking to one troop type is much less than people usually assume.

      Another important note: if you raid, maces are significantly better than they appear in the following list. Maces are the third best raiding unit in the game, behind TT and EI. A mace hammer lets you easily be a top raider. So if you like to raid, give a little bias to maces over what is here.


      One more note: I don't include TKs here, but TKs should always be added to the 2x arti or GS after the same tier of infantry is filled out. Infantry are always more resource efficient, so there isn't much analysis to be done there.


      More notes: I've included tier-2 weapons for infantry in this model. However, if you have the same amount of axes and TKs queued, you would use a TK weapon over the axe weapon. Do some math to find out if you build would use an axe weapon or not. If not, bias set the break-even times up a few days.

      Yet another note: what does 1x GB mean? Clearly, all my tiers with a GB already have a 2x arti, so the troops are actually in 2x time. The jump from no GB to 24/7 GB is a huge leap, so I use 1x GB as an intermediate. It represents a player who runs a 2x GB 50% of the time.

      So what good is this tier list? What does it measure? It measures absolute strength /time. However, there are other factors that play into building a hammer. As a hammer grows old, the cost of maintaining it cuts into the resources that could be used to build it further. A hammer may eventually reach the point that production must be dropped in order to continue to feed it. It's possible that choosing a low tier could have resulted in a larger hammer by nature of the hammer being more feedable. There are also other factors that go into making a hammer. How do you intend to use it? Is it an EGH that will sit around doing nothing all round? What if you want to build a working hammer? What if you only think it will last 30 days, max? The goal is to have the max strength for what your resources can build at the time it splats, whatever the use is. Any savings over the course of a hammer build can be reinvested into more troops. But how long do each of the choices you make take to pay off? To figure this out, we need a mathematical model of the hammer-building process.

      The Details


      The Model

      One way to represent a hammer build is as a total cost. If we use total cost, we can first find the break-even point for axes vs maces. Then, we can find how long it takes for the savings to out-match the reduced strength / resource of the axe hammer. Our total cost can be thought of like this: total cost = build-cost + feed-cost. Build cost is a linear function of either troops or time, so we represent it as either build-cost = x * base-cost or build-cost = t * base-cost / training-time, where x is the number of troops or t is the time. Feed cost can be represented by series(x(y)) where y goes from 0 to h, h is the total number of hours, and x(y) is the number of troops at time y. This can be simplified to series(y/training-time), where y goes from 0 to h and h is the total time in hours. This, in turn, is the mathematical equivalent of .5 * (h^2 + h) / training-time, where h is the total time in hours. Combining these, we get that total cost = h * base-cost / training-time + .5 * (h^2 + h) / training-time.
      Now that we have a model, let's take a look at the barracks. If resources is you limiting factor, how long do you need your hammer to survive before the axe hammer gets you extra strength? Let's say that you have enough to queue up your barracks 24/7 at 1x speed with either troop. Your limited extra resources are being invested into either a 2x trainer arti your alliance has access to, or, a GB. This gives us three scenarios to test. 1) you invest extra res into axes in the GB, 2) you invest extra res into maces in the GB, and 3) you invest extra res into the 2x trainer, and make the same type of troops.
      First, we need to find the barracks resource break-even point. Before this point, there are no "axe savings," which is the variable we will test. Experience tells me that the answer is 9 days, which we can verify mathematically (I've used hours for all time-units):
      Maces = (9*24)*250/(76/3600) + 0.5*(216^2+216)/(76/3600) = 2557895 + 1110126 = 3668021
      Axes = (9*24)*490/(127/3600) + 0.5*(216^2+216)/(127/3600) = 3000189 + 664327 = 3664517

      However, maces are naturally 11.4% stronger than axes in the same training time. So we've spent the same amount of resources on a worse hammer. For this reason, the break-even point we should care about is the strength break-even point. The result will be different for each of the three cases I gave above. Let's do the math real quick.

      First, we need a new model. An inverted model, to be exact. Before, we knew how long we had, the question was how much did it cost. Now, we need to know how long we can train for given a certain level of "axe savings." The easiest was it to sub in the constants for simpler ones. Let's say base-cost / training-time = a and .5 / training-time = b. In that case, we have total-cost = a * h + b * (h^2 + h). This can be rearranged to a quadratic (hey, I knew I'd use high school algebra at some point!). 0 = b * h^2 + (a + b) * h - total-cost. A quick plug into the quadratic formula gives that h = (sqrt((a + b)^2 + 4 * b * total-cost) - (a + b)) / (2 * b). At this point, the math is little too complex, so I'll keep most of the work to my spreadsheet (don't worry, I'm not doing all of this by hand! I'll put a download link at the end of the post if you're curious.) From h, we can get that the bonus strength from axes savings is h * base-strength / training-time.

      Tier 1

      Case 1) 1x barracks production. The "axe savings" go into 1x GB axes. Result: 45.4 days
      After 45.4 days of hammer-building, your axe savings will let you queue up GB axes for the last 203 hours of your 45.4 days. This means you now have 30886 barracks axes + 5769 GB axes, netting you 36655 axes for 2910458 fighting strength, equal to the amount you could get from the 51612 maces you could train in this same time with the same resources.

      Case 2) 1x barracks production. The "axe savings" go into 1x GB maces. Result: 38.1 days
      After 38.1 days of hammer-building, your axe savings will let you queue up GB maces for the last 155 hours of your 38.1 days. This means you now have 25920 barracks axes + 7352 GB maces, netting you a total of 2443321 fighting strength, equal to the amount you could get from the 43313 maces you could train in this same time with the same resources.

      Case 3) 1x barracks production. The "axe savings" go into 2x arti barracks axes. Result: 21.4 days
      After 21.4 days of hammer-building, your axe savings will let you queue up 2x barracks axes for the last 95 hours of your 21.4 days. This means you now have 14558 barracks axes + 2715 2x arti axes, netting you 17273 axes for a total of 1371580 fighting strength, equal to the amount you could get from the 24328 maces you could train in this same time with the same resources.

      So that's if you only have the resources for 1x training in the barracks. These numbers are a good guideline for beginners, for long-term hammers, axes win out strongly. Even without a trainer arti, even GB axes pay off over maces in 45 days. That said, a working hammer should figure out how long they expect to survive. If they expect to only last 30 days, a mace hammer is probably a better call without a 2x arti.

      Tier 2

      What about if you are a few tiers higher? What do you do then? Let's say that you have access to a 2x trainer arti and can keep your barracks queued. Spare res go to either 4) GB axes or 5) GB maces. How long does it take for this to pay off?

      Case 4) 2x barracks production. The "axe savings" go into 1x GB axes. Result: 49 days
      After 49 days of hammer-building, your axe savings will let you queue up GB axes for the last 458 hours of your 49 days. This means you now have 66150 barracks axes + 12988 GB axes, netting you 79138 axes for a total of 6283583 fighting strength, equal to the amount you could get from the 111410 maces you could train in this same time with the same resources.

      Case 5) 2x barracks production. The "axe savings" go into 1x GB maces. Result: 42 days
      After 42 days of hammer-building, your axe savings will let you queue up GB maces for the last 356 hours of your 42 days. This means you now have 56700 barracks axes + 16867 GB maces, netting you a total of 5385855 fighting strength, equal to the amount you could get from the 95494 maces you could train in this same time with the same resources.

      For working hammers, axes are not going to be worth it in this tier unless you believe you will survive more than 45 days. GBing axes is an especially bold move as the payoff is nearly 50 days.

      Tier 3

      Let's go up one more tier. You have already decided based on the above what you will be producing in your 2x barracks. Therefore, I won't make that a factor here. You want to know what you should be producing 24/7 in your 1x GB. Any axe savings will go directly into 6) 2x GB axes. Is axes worth it?

      Case 6) 1x GB production. The "axe savings" go into 2x GB axes. Result: 67.9 days
      After 67.9 days days of hammer-building, looking only at your GB, your axe savings will let you queue up 2x GB axes for the last 634 hours of your 67.9 days. This means you now have 91665 1x GB axes + 17995 2x GB axes, netting you 109660 GB axes for a total of 2209663 fighting strength, equal to the amount you could get from the 154383 GB maces you could train in this same time with the same resources.

      This seems like a very strange choice for a working hammer. The only reasonable use of 1x GB axes is in an EGH. A working hammer should not survive 50 days if used right. Maces are the way to go here.

      Tier 4

      If you're at a higher tier, it's really up to you. If you can keep 2x barracks + 2x GB queued up all round long, you are truly a master of resource management and raiding. If you think you can survive maces or plan to be a working hammer, do maces. If you're unsure or want to do an EGH, axes may be the better choice. A mace hammer at this tier is about 20% stronger than an axe one.



      Making You Own Decision

      So what should YOU build? There a couple things to consider. First, what do you think you can handle? 1x barracks? 2x barracks? 2x barracks + 1x GB? 2x barracks + 2x GB? As a beginner, you probably won't be queuing full-time 2x barracks unless you have some great mentors. If you've played before, you know what you're capable of. Are you a working hammer? If so, get a number that is how long you think your hammer will survive for. Go to what tier you think you can support. Pick based on the break-even points there. If resources is you main constraint, the "Days to Strength Break-Even" is how many days until the resources saved by an axe hammer will get you enough extra troops to reach the same strength as a mace hammer. If the hammer survives longer, axes are better than maces for this use. There are other things to consider as well. Are you a raider? Bias toward maces. Maces are amazing raiders and the extra res will net you extra strength. This depends on how good of a raider you are of course. Are you an EGH? First, figure out if you alliance will feed parts your EGH for you. Figure out how much extra wheat you can expect to gain from storage. Factor this amount into whether you can afford to go up a tier. If you are confident you can maintain 2x maces in the barracks and GB, you already know that's the best. If not, axe 2x barracks + mace 2x GB is a good compromise. If not that, axe 2x barracks + 2x axe GB. If still not, fill in as much as possible with axes.

      Break-Even Points Summary


      TIER 1: 1x barracks 24/7

      Axe Savings go to:Days to Strength Break-Even
      GB Axes45.4
      GB Maces38.1
      2x Barracks Axes21.4


      TIER 2: 2x barracks 24/7

      Axe Savings go to:Days to Strength Break-Even
      GB Axes49
      GB Maces42


      TIER 3: 2x barracks + 1x GB 24/7
      (This assumes that you have already chosen the troop you will produce in the barracks. Therefore, this table only factors in the troops you produce in the GB)


      Axe Savings go to:Days to Strength Break-Even
      2x GB Axes67.9


      TIER 4: 2x barracks + 2x GB 24/7

      If you can push a tier 4 hammer you are an amazing player. The best hammer in the game is Tier 4 mace hammer. The cost will be absurd. There is no break-even if you can maintain it. A tier 4 axe hammer is 10% weaker but is much more manageable after resource break-even at 22 days. Maces in the GB and Axes in the barracks is a compromise hammer that sits between the two.



      My Spreadsheet

      --Armour
    • I'll post in this in earnest once the current S1 round is over. :)

      Jonothan Crane wrote:

      Patients suffering delusional episodes often focus their paranoia on an external tormentor. Usually one conforming to Jungian archetypes. In this case, a scarecrow.
    • OK, this is an odd one, and it's also aimed at alliances not individuals.
      This goes against many people's basic rules of how to play Travian, but
      Keep a grey player around.

      I know, I know it's crazy but hear me out. This is something I picked up from playing the Europe map servers, where sometimes you need to keep an inactive player around to maintain control of a region. But then I noticed a side benefit: The top raiders will find the account, and start raiding it. Most likely spam raids, sent many times an hour. And no I'm not suggesting you spike those raids. Let them raid it to their heart's content.

      The thing is, that while everyone loves to convey an image of being a 24/7 account, the reality is that very few accounts actually are. Even dual accounts often have coverage gaps of a few hours. And during those gaps, they won't be sending those spam raids. Spend a few days watching when the raids land on your grey account, use a travel calculator to figure out when they were launched, and you get a fairly accurate picture of when exactly no one is online watching those accounts.
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    • Tineren wrote:

      OK, this is an odd one, and it's also aimed at alliances not individuals.
      This goes against many people's basic rules of how to play Travian, but
      Keep a grey player around.

      I know, I know it's crazy but hear me out. This is something I picked up from playing the Europe map servers, where sometimes you need to keep an inactive player around to maintain control of a region. But then I noticed a side benefit: The top raiders will find the account, and start raiding it. Most likely spam raids, sent many times an hour. And no I'm not suggesting you spike those raids. Let them raid it to their heart's content.

      The thing is, that while everyone loves to convey an image of being a 24/7 account, the reality is that very few accounts actually are. Even dual accounts often have coverage gaps of a few hours. And during those gaps, they won't be sending those spam raids. Spend a few days watching when the raids land on your grey account, use a travel calculator to figure out when they were launched, and you get a fairly accurate picture of when exactly no one is online watching those accounts.
      This is gold. It's also a good way of determining what villages hammers are based out of.
    • Yup or also to keep that account as your personal farm that you watch by having another account in their alliance to you sit.

      Usually you can catch a hammer getting too greedy.
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    • Now that us1 is over in earnest, can we revive this?
      I'll go as far as to make an open document people can comment on so as add in their suggestions (in addition to using submissions posted on this thread).

      Jonothan Crane wrote:

      Patients suffering delusional episodes often focus their paranoia on an external tormentor. Usually one conforming to Jungian archetypes. In this case, a scarecrow.
    • Currently compiling the information into a GoogleDoc. It is very basic right now as I've only just started.
      The doc is open to all those with the link and open for suggestions. I'll continue working on this over time and welcome any and all input.

      Jonothan Crane wrote:

      Patients suffering delusional episodes often focus their paranoia on an external tormentor. Usually one conforming to Jungian archetypes. In this case, a scarecrow.
    • Thanks iRonik. I thought I had done so but it apparently didn't work.
      I'll amend that this afternoon. Cheers!

      Jonothan Crane wrote:

      Patients suffering delusional episodes often focus their paranoia on an external tormentor. Usually one conforming to Jungian archetypes. In this case, a scarecrow.
    • Here are some spreadsheets that I used on s1. Unfortunately I deleted everything last time I retired so I'm not as useful as I could have been.

      Rush to 19's Pre Arty
      This sheet helped me figure out when I would finish my 19's. The hours and days remaining refer to artifact drop. It is not as accurate as I would have liked but people can possibly tweak and make it better. I got 19's about 2.5 weeks before arties, so it was close to accurate (maybe if I didn't overflow it would have been?)
      Copy of Jarwa's Cropper Estimate Sheet - Google Tabellen

      ROI Simming
      This sheet helped me estimate when it would be better to use resources on feeders or cap fields. The one with the better ROI would be focused on.
      Copy of Jarwa's Feeder Payoff Time - Google Tabellen

      Perfect v2 Settlement
      This sheet helped me estimate when I would have resources and CP for village 2. Rushing v2 is all about lining up the resources and CP to match (keep in mind it will take 3 hours to build your last settler as well). There are other random pages used to track when I can afford to start a second and third hammer as well as other pages as well.
      Google Sheets - create and edit spreadsheets online, for free.

      Semi-Automated Account
      This is probably my most useful spreadsheet. This one is mainly ideal for hammer and EGH players. Basically the idea behind this sheet is that you can make a (nearly) entirely automated account. When you reach the point in the game when your capital is done and your feeders are just shipping resources and throwing parties, you can create trade routes so you never have to visit your feeders. This allows you to have 40 villages but not have the headache of owning 40 villages. Basically this will calculate for you the amount of resources you need to save every hour, 3 hours, or 6 hours to throw a small or large party, depending on your preference and town hall level. Simply put in your hourly production for each village and the hours, minutes, and seconds that the party will take. Keep in mind when you are creating trade routes, you can hit the back arrow on your browser and it will save the information that you just entered.
      Jarwa's Shared Trade Route Calculator - Google Tabellen

      Trade Route Tip
      If the bolded tip above doesn't make sense, here is a video elaborating.
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      Wheat Scout Calculator
      This is the wheat scout calculator that I made for our alliance. I believe Flower was a big fan of this as it saves the trouble of figuring out how much each village would make per hour. Pretty self explanatory - it is similar to Pyro's wheat scout calculator that was shared around, but I think mine is better ;)
      Jarwa's Shared Wheat Scout Calculator - Google Tabellen

      Attack Power Calculator
      This is the attack power calculator that I made for our alliance. When people say "you need x.x million AP for artifacts", you can direct them here for easy maths.
      Jarwa's Shared Attack Power Calculator - Google Tabellen

      Defense Power / Build Time
      Not particularly useful, but if you are an Attack Power / Build Time slave like myself, you can look at Defense Power / Build Time here. TL;DR Romans suck if you are looking at the DP/Build Time stat, which IMO is what matters most.
      Def Power / Build Time - Google Tabellen

      Culture Points & Resources
      This is simply a data sheet if you like looking at data. It compares CP to resources.
      Best Buildings per CP - Google Tabellen
      Hi, I'm Jarwa!

      Danene wrote:

      lol, Jarwa splatted again. I shall name thee, "Mr. Splat"
    • Defense calculator:
      Akin to the off calculator on kirilloid, just with defense instead
      Defense Calculator 3.0 - Google Tabellen

      Merge optimization calculator by me:
      Obviously only of any use if you play on one of the special servers with troop merging enabled.
      If you're the type who wants to spend as little gold as possible, this sheet shows you the best troop merge count you can get for your gold (you can either select a specific amount of gold - or a specific amount of troops, which will then show you what you should round up or down to, to not pay excessive gold)
      Merge optimization calculator by Mads/wishmaster3 - Google Tabellen


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      com8 (F&S beta) and now back to retirement...

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