In my opinion, real time multiplayer games and vacation modes don´t go together. Imagine you are playing FPS shooter, and you run out of ammo, you cannot just hit pause, and wait for your opponent to get tired of waiting. This also applies to travian. For years, whenever player was not able for some reason to play for a couple of days, he would just get a sitter, and in the most cases, it worked fine. Even now, with the vacation mode, everyone would rather get a sitter, then to start vacation mode. Most of the vacation mode usage is being used for some of the "tricks" above.
I appreciate that you're not here so you don't know but to give you further context.....I started the server a month after it started with the intention only of looking at the mechanics of the king role. When people joined me, which was only by accident of geography only (I made no recruitment efforts at all), I made this clear and advised that not only was it unrealistic to attempt it when there were already clear contenders with large, strong pre-formed kingdom groups but that I had absolutely no intentions of attempting to be a major power on the server.No player that joined the kingdom expressed any desire to alter our stance.I negotiated an alliance with another smaller kingdom with a very aggressive attitude to allow those who wished to to join co-ordinated attacks to have a crack since I had no offence capability and no-one else in the kingdom had the activity levels required to act as offence co-ordinator.That allied kingdom fell by the wayside to retaliatory attacks and when the Wonders got released I brokered a deal with the king of the leading kingdom to allow any of my players who wished to, to join his kingdom. The numbers at that time were something like 95 in his kingdom and 12 in mine, they had over 8 million vp's, we had 300k or so.I have been by some way the most active player in the kingdom and, I think, the only gold buyer (certainly the 2 Dukes I sit for do not use gold and they are among the other higher activity players).It cannot be known but I suspect that had I played the server with more ambition then most of the few players I had in the kingdom would have seen a little more action but over a shorter period and would have been destroyed by one of the major powers and would have quit well before now.The server is now to all intents and purposes over.I'm now going on holiday with my family and my conscience is entirely clear.Not activating vacation mode would, in all probability, be more damaging to my kingdom (given that clearly I'm not going to tell my kids to go play on the beach on their own because Daddy's too busy playing a persistent universe online multi-player game and the dozen people he met up with online over the past few months are more important to me than you are).
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