www.travian.nl – Travian
A real online building game. The game is completely free, and offers many hours and hours of fun even without paid options. It is a game where you have to have a lot of patience, and you have to be able to play against attacking players. It is a time-consuming game, at least on the so-called speed servers. The game is three times faster in these servers. It is wise to work quickly on your resources, village expansion and armies, because danger is lurking. Eventually you can get into a powerful alliance, where you make connections with other players who can borrow your knowledge, skills or resources. The goal is to eventually build a wonder of the world up to level 100. If you and your alliance have succeeded, then you have won a year of hard work with this world wonder standing there. If you have large fields of grain or a wonder of the world, for example, you must count on heavy attacks. It is even possible that you are completely destroyed if you are not covered enough by your alliance members. There are very strict rules to keep the game fun for everyone. For example, they have come up with something for people who want multiple accounts, because in many cases the Internet is prohibited. You can have an account on any server, and therefore world. In total there are about six worlds. Be careful if you grow very quickly in number of villages, because then this will cost more and more time per world and especially resources. You can really entertain yourself for hours and hours, for example by attacking villages near you or far away. It is entirely up to you what you do. The game is played by tens of thousands of people in the Netherlands, and is still popular to this day.
www.onlinesoccermanager.nl – OSM
It sounds like a soap opera, but OSM is not. Abbreviations are also used in this football manager game. This time you will play with official names, official clubs and official referees such as Dik Jol. You run a team that has to help you towards a certain objective. This can be the championship, but also a fourth or tenth place. You get points in your profile if you have achieved the objective of the board. By purchasing season tickets you get some advantage from the game, such as extra money, but also less chance of being kicked out of a competition. So here you play with Dida, Valdes, van der Vaart and you name them all. The game is sponsored and founded by, among others, Voetbal International. The game has several hundred thousand members in the Netherlands, and the number of members is also increasing nicely in Belgium. You even have amateur teams that you can coach to the farthest corners of the world. Possibly the amateur team from your own neighborhood is in it. Many things are possible in OSM. For example, if you have season tickets, you have to expand your stadium, arrange more tactical options, you have more options and there are sponsors present. The game offers a lot of fun every day. If you resign, your respect from other managers also diminishes faster, there is a chance. If you play OSM for a long time without resigning, you will also get your points faster and you have a better chance of becoming members in your own league. You can create leagues when you have premium season tickets, and even then you can’t mix clubs from different countries to place in your league. Other clubs from different countries in your league is only possible in separate leagues. OSM offers hours of fun, and can change or be ready for a particular match day in just a few minutes. You can register for free and get more fun by paying a small fee.
www.hattrick.org – Hattrick
A football manager game with a decent depth. The game only has fictitious players and names, and therefore no real players like Ronaldinho, Káka or Messi. The aim of this game is to really get to know your players and other staff. Through training, formation and tactics you can progress to the absolute top. It is even possible, for really good managers, to apply for the national coachship of your own country, or that of another country. In total, more than 100 countries are registered with Hattrick. Hattrick was launched on August 30, 1997, and is celebrating its tenth anniversary this year. With each anniversary, new features and other changes are added. This can work to your advantage, in most cases, but also to your disadvantage if you don’t know the game that well yet. For a small payment you make the game a lot more fun for yourself. For example, you can see pictures of your players, it is possible to create your own webpage and there are really dozens of extra features and statistics that you can unlock. When you start to get better at the game, you can eventually get a good job at a federation as well. You must have a supporter for this, which can be obtained for a fee and mentioned above a few lines back. These federations were founded by people, and most federations are quite large. You can also set up your own federation, but there are rules attached to it. Furthermore, federations that are big in the game offer a lot of fun stuff. This way you can get a flagpole on which you can stick all the countries visited. Arranging international friendlies is therefore a must have for many users within the world of Hattrick. Hattrick is also known as HT among users. You learn abbreviations during the game, but also by making contact with other managers from, for example, your federation or your own league. You can register for free, and after that it’s entirely up to you what you do with the game. There are almost no more waiting times. Incidentally, Hattrick is played by almost one million people worldwide.