get 50k more players (5k more sovereigns and gleam clubs) and you get some sustainability to offer free play
although I’d say a monthly (cheap) fee could be a good model - symbolic price with enough players would provide steady income; better charge 10k people 1 dollar a month than have 500 people paying 10 dollars a month
1.Buy Boundless for 12 dollars - get 12 months subscription (buying would be like signing a year contract); so you get a cheap, affordable price here instead of hefty 30+ and if you don’t like the game you don’t continue beyond the first year; and you have a full year to try it, re-try it at whatever point you are ready. If you don’t continue after 12 initial months, but return to the game after a while, you can re-start playing by paying for one month rather than repeat the 12 month contract. Returning Player kinda status.
2. Continue playing for 1 dollar per month after the first year, for as long as you find fit. Maybe get half a year for 5 and a year for 10 dollars, or maybe even longer packages with discount could be available (2 years for 18 or even 5 years for 30 - so monthly price going down to 0.75 and 0.5 dollar with longer commitment).
3. Buy Gleam Club for currently known features; monthly subscription would be included in GC. Only difference to what we have now, that I would want to see, is longer plans with yet better discounts like one year for 45 (currently 50 in two separate half-year buys) and even 2 years for 80 (would cost 100 currently with 4 separate half-year buys).
4. Get sovereigns as it works now. In a rare case of paying for sovereign without GC, subscription would be covered as well (basically any monthly payment plan like GC or keeping sovs would automatically cover monthly playing subscription).
5. Maybe some special offer for most dedicated players. Let’s say if your total months of GC and/ or sovereigns reaches 60 (5 years), get lifetime free subscription, so in case you are no longer interested in paying for GC or having sovereigns, or you tend to be in and out of GC, that 60 months get you the bare subscription months for free (no more 1 dollar payments).