Actually at level 50 you should have 320 plots. which is not as many as you might think, I had a build in Krackendown that was 206 plots. I was talking to some people that are starting a new place and wanted to have a second build there. Sounds like people that want to do large builds will be very limited by the new system. If you have a large build and want to build a second one, you will need to tear down the first one to recover the resources or try to sell it. Not sure how many people would want to buy a build that requires so many plots. So you are limited to a single large build and possibly a few small ones in various other places.
I think it is sad that we will never see some of the large builds we have now once 1.0 comes out with the new plot distribution. We will not have a Therka Market which has over 36,000 plots, Prozee’s logo/hub 3000 plots, Iron Sky 5,335 plots, Pixel Gate 31,618 plots and New Berlin with 11,630 plots. Using Iron Sky as an example it would take all the plots from 17 people at level 50 in order to create the build. Therka Market would take all the plots from 112 people at level 50.
I do understand the increase in the plots available early on, probably a good idea, but overall there is a reduction in the total number a person gets at the level of 50. I know you can earn 10 more each time you go up from 50 (not sure how much xp that takes as I am now level 49), but sounds like it is back to grinding and crafting to get enough plots for a large build. Maybe the number of plots after level 50 should increase. I understand the desire to not have a lot of abandoned builds, but I think that can be addressed through the beacon fueling and not through a reduction in plots.
I would ask that the developers consider increasing the plots awarded after level 50 to 30 plots. Someone that reaches level 50 has shown they want to play the game and is likely to keep playing as long as there is something to gain. For me and maybe others, that is to build. If I do not have the plots to build anything, then what am I playing for? If I have reached level 50 and want to create some thing large that requires a hundred plots, then I have to level up 10 more times for the plots (a lot of grinding). I only hunt to get resources and do not want to be a hunter. I can craft but I do that to get what I need to build. I only explore to find good locations for a build. I am not convinced that there will be a large market for people looking for others to build something for them, and even if there is, you get what for it? Cash and/or resources? that does not get you plots. I really like the game and have every desire to keep playing for a long time. I hope that I am not the only one that feels this way.