We actually have the system implemented ready to be merged into a future release - but we’re still debating if it really helps solve any problems.
As implemented the changes to the original proposal are:
All beacons get an fixed 2 plot buffer zone. Independent of prestige. (Although potentially this could be locked to achieving the standard 10k prestige.)
The buffer is fixed and doesn’t grow or shrink.
Rules for plotting into another beacon’s buffer zones are:
- Both beacon owners must be friends, or
- Plotter must be a member of the guild which the target beacon is aligned with, or
- The buffer zone is disabled in the beacon’s options.
I think the system does solve some of the reoccurring plotting conflicts, but others argue that is just moves the goal posts.
I don’t claim the buffer zones solves everything, but I do think it allows players to prefer wilderness next to them rather than another beacon.