I’d really like to see a change to upkeep costs for portals. Given the lower player numbers and resulting drop in footfall, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to pay for keeping even the smallest portals open.
One possible solution would be for those with Gleam Club to have unlimited fuel for portals while paid up, like we already do for beacon fuel. Fuelling beacons is very cheap anyway, so it doesn’t feel like much of a benefit for paying customers, aside from the protection from forgetting to refuel. I think if the same system was applied to portals we’d see an increased number of Gleam Club users.
If unlimited fuel isn’t feasible for all portal sizes, perhaps either restrict it to only the smallest sizes of portal (1x2 and 1x3) or have Gleam Club membership just result in portals using up less oort over time.
Another option could be to make smaller portals only cost fuel for all players when opening them, and not require fuelling to keep them open. Larger portals would still require fuelling, but would perhaps use less oort.
What are your thoughts on this, and can you think of alternative options that would make sense? I’m not interested in responses along the lines of “oort is easy to get, noob”. We don’t all have the time or inclination to join regular hunts for example.