TribalWars

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Tribal Wars, commonly referred to as TW, is a browser-based, massive multi-player online real time strategy game, set in the Middle Ages. Each player takes control over a small village, grows it, and can eventually begin taking over other villages to expand their reach and capabilities and that of their allied tribe.

History[edit]

Tribal Wars, or Die Stämme[1] as it is known in German, is a browser based game and was released in 2003 as a text based game. It was developed and released by the German company InnoGames.[2] The international version of the game was released in 2006.[3] The game is one of the most popular browser games in the world, ranking among the top ten in number of players.[4] There are over 34 million registered users.[5] It has been reviewed by Gamestar[6] and Forbes.[7]

In late 2012, Tribal Wars' mobile version became free for use by all players and added improved features, including touch screen and graphical upgrades, which developer InnoGames attributed to a shift to "a higher mobile focus in general."

Overview of game mechanics[edit]

Each player controls their game from their village. From the main screen, the player can "visit" buildings such as the village headquarters to construct buildings, the barracks or stable to recruit soldiers, and the rally point to control troops. Each screen can be accessed by clicking on a link, and the vast majority of the game is played through text based interinclude. Some players choose to place information such as in-game personal allies, ASCII art, or quotes.

Tribes[edit]

A large portion of the game revolves around the use of tribes, or semi-official groups of players. These players join together for mutual protection and guidance. The size of different tribes varies from world to world, depending on decisions of the tribal aristocracy (leadership council) and built-in limits on tribe size. Some worlds do not allow tribes of more than one hundred members, while others have no limit on members. Tribes have the ability to set diplomacy with other tribes, and to create their own private tribal forum. Tribal diplomacy is non-binding, but any breach of diplomacy is generally frowned upon by other players. Most tribes are created after the world in question has begun. However, groups of players will occasionally get together before a world starts to coordinate the set-up of a tribe. These "premade" tribes generally have more experienced players, but are not notably more successful than other tribes. An exception to the rule was the great alliance "Insuflável" with both Portuguese and Brazilians players whom coordinated strategies among several worlds.

Combat[edit]

Combat in the game is heavily based on statistical attributes of troops, real-time waiting and attacking villages. A player can send their troops to another player's village either to reinforce or attack it. In the case of attacking, casualties are determined based on the number and type of troops sent, and factors such as morale and luck. Attacking troops who survived will then return to their original city with stolen resources, should they be present in the city at the time of the attack. In order for a player to conquer other villages, a unit called a nobleman must be sent to attack a village and survive. After a successful attack the nobleman decreases the village loyalty anywhere from 20 to 35 points (out of 100). When the village loyalty falls to zero or below, the attacker takes full control of the village. Troops can be recruited for use in combat at the Barracks, Stable and Workshop, while Noblemen can be created at the Academy and a Paladin can be created at the Statue.

Paladin Weapons[edit]

In some worlds there are weapons that the paladin can equip. These weapons usually enhance certain troops abilities, most commonly attack or defense statistics depending on the weapon. For example, the "Bonfire" looks like a flaming torch and greatly increases defense values of Catapults. The "Vasco's Scepter" adjusts the nobleman's ability to lower village loyalty to a minimum of 30.[8]

Real Time Interaction[edit]

All actions in the game take a pre-set amount of time. The time it takes a player's army to reach another village depends on the distance, as well as the predetermined "speed" of the attacking units. All units have their own speed and the entire army moves at the speed of its slowest component. As for buildings, each level takes longer to complete. A higher level "Village Headquarters" causes the construction of other buildings to proceed more quickly. Higher level barracks or stables facilitate quicker recruitment of troops. It is not unusual for some actions to take hours, perhaps even days, to complete.

Worlds[edit]

There are multiple "worlds" that can be played on, and each world has a unique set of rules to it, two of which are 'world speed' and 'troop speed', which commonly vary somewhere between 0.5 and 2, though some "speed rounds" have world speeds reaching into the hundreds. The world speed regulates how fast every action in the game occurs, while troop speed adjusts the speed of the moving units with respect to world speed.

Awards System[edit]

TribalWars utilizes an Award system reminiscent of Achievements/Trophies etc., where players gain "plaques" that they can show off on their profile for milestones. Awards add incentive for players to contribute to offensive operations both internally in their tribe and externally, support friends, and plunder and conquer other villages. Some Awards are satirical such as "Unlucky Fellow," achieved by failing to conquer a village by 1 loyalty point.

There are also five daily Awards: Looter (for farming the most resources), Plunderer (for looting the most villages), (Attacker (for destroying the most enemy units as attacker), Defender (for destroying the most enemy units as defender), and Great Power (for conquering the most villages).

Awards have 4 levels - Wood, Bronze, Silver and Gold. Wooden framed Awards are the most basic, consequentially Gold are the best and hardest to achieve. This system shows clearly how well a player has performed in certain aspects of the game.

Awards are not shared between different worlds. Awards on one world are independent there and, though they can be displayed on a player's profile on a different world.

With the Version 7.0 update, multiple new Awards were introduced, such as The Warlord (for attacking numerous players) and Brothers in Arms (for being a member of a tribe for a period of time).

Victory in Tribalwars[edit]

Originally, the goal of TribalWars was to conquer all villages in the world not belonging to a player's tribe. However, the process of conquering a world can take several years. Recent worlds have alternate ways to achieve victory, such as holding specific villages for a set amount of time, or conquering a certain percentage of the world, while other worlds end after polling the remaining players. Most recently the Secrets of Power where many different technologies are assigned to barbarian or bonus villages which need to be taken control of via ennoblement and then kept under a tribes control until one of each Secret is controlled, at which time an end-game counter will start. If the tribe holds on to the Secrets until the counter reaches zero, the world will enter peace settings and the world will eventually be closed. However, you can also achieve victory by defeating all your opponents.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Die Stämme - Das Browsergame im Mittelalter". Die-staemme.de. Retrieved 2013-04-10. 
  2. ^ "Online Games jetzt kostenlos spielen: Strategiespiele, Action und RPG". Innogames.de. Retrieved 2013-04-10. 
  3. ^ "Date of beta end". Forum.tribalwars.net. Retrieved 2013-04-10. 
  4. ^ "Online games market still growing". BBC News. 2009-03-24. Retrieved 2013-04-10. 
  5. ^ "Free Online Games - Play Strategy Games and RPG Online for free!". Innogames.de. Retrieved 2013-04-10. 
  6. ^ Von Gerald Meyer (2008-09-17). "Die Stämme - Browserspiel des Tages - Solides, mittelalterliches Strategiespiel - News" (in German). GameStar.de. Retrieved 2013-04-10. 
  7. ^ "Online Games jetzt kostenlos spielen: Strategiespiele, Action und RPG". Innogames.de. Retrieved 2013-04-10. 
  8. ^ "Paladin items - Wiki". Help.tribalwars.net. 2011-06-02. Retrieved 2013-04-10. 
  9. ^ "World 60 and a new version of Tribal Wars". Forum.tribalwars.net. Retrieved 2013-04-10. 

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