Travian is the first of the browser based games I shall review. It's also by far one of the simplest as far as graphics are concerned.
Like all others, you need resources - in this case, wood. clay, iron, and wheat. There's a convenient icon for food (wheat) consumption in case you wonder where all your wheat is going. You start with pre=planned spaces for your resources to be placed. Six wheat spaces, and four of everything else. There's also a city you must start to build, with places for things like your main building (sometimes called a Town Hall) and other things such as a barracks, marketplace, warehouse, cranny, grainery, embassy, trapper, and others.
You have thirteen days of beginner's protection - you cannot be attacked by other players during this time. And you'll need it. It's been almost a week for me already and I haven't built so much as one warrior.
You'll need the warriors and other troops for protection and fighting. As is the case with other Civ-based games, you will be eventually fighting with other players for dominance of the area.
I can't say I liked the graphics - they're kinda cartoonish and not very appealing to gamers in the 21st century. It's also one of the slowest to get rolling - the 13 day protection should have given you a clue about that. As for me, I'll be folding up my tents and getting out of the lands of Travian. But, as with all my reviews, Your Milage May Vary.