Alright hear me out boys; my pal Grunther and I have been thinking:
What if we had railways?
It may be overkill to use portals for shorter distances. I wouldn’t want every player to constantly scale up a mountain that I built my settlement on - Instead, everyone can just relax and enjoy the ride up or down. Personal uses could involve traversing through long mining tunnels (vertically or horizontally).
And of course, settlements could build entire networks connecting to each other - underground, overground or on bridges across bodies of water. It would be cool to see bridges stretching across the landscape above players for the skyrail or the glass tunnels underwater that would inevitably be built.
I think it would also help spread the players out a bit more. I reckon you would see more players travelling from settlement A to B across the world instead of everyone huddling in centralised portal hubs.
For the concerned, railways wouldn’t replace portals because:
- It’s slower (vs instant transport)
- Can’t go between worlds (although maybe they can go through portals for a galactic railway system)
- Requires way more space/plots
This or let us ride the goats.