W13 was also my 1st world. Great World, easily in the top 5 best worlds so far.
Nah, it was a bad world, first to have fast growing barbs which led to massive amounts of 11k barb nobling. Most of the really skilled players left soon after the world began...not to say there weren't really good individuals that kept on playing, but the skill level could not be compared to worlds like w16, w26, w32, w36, w47...
Also, w14 was its twin brother, similar settings to w13, but it had a lot more going on, lot more aggressive tribes, war after war and so on. I played both in parallel, and felt that the w14 was more challenging.
But I did have a lot of fun on w13, mostly because of good social aspects.
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Nah in serious, I never paid any attention to externals or skype for a long time so i dont know the names of many players i faced really, but i know that I can only comment on players i have played with/against and so i would have to chuck the original Flying Man Sabri out there when he had the time. As an opponent i would hate to come up against him, and as a tribe mate you can't fault his loyalty and would always help others.