I do not think it is disingenuous at all. If you have 5% of the plots then you have approximately 581 plots in New Berlyn. Under the new scheme you would have to be level 50 (320 plots) and then have advanced 26 additional times to have enough plots to make that kind of significant contribution to a town, and not have used any plots anywhere else. If you were level 40 under the new plot scheme with no additional plots from the purchase of a package above Adventurer, then you would have a total of 220 plots. You would not have been able to make the same meaningful contribution to New Berlyn. You would not have 581 plots in New Berlyn and 400 not used and any other plots used in other locations.
Therka Market is the collaboration of many people, I do not disagree, and it was built under a different scheme of plot distribution. To replicate it in 1.0 would take 112 people using all the plots they earned till they reached level 50 under the new plot distribution scheme. I doubt that would happen and maybe it is too big. Maybe Prozee’s hub station and substations should not be possible for one player. He could certainly create the same functionality using significantly fewer plots. Maybe Iron Sky should have been a group effort from the start. Maybe the abundance of plots is contributing to the abandoned feel of parts of the large settlements. I may be in the minority that wants to be able to make large builds and not have to rely on others to furnish plots.
Yes I do. As I stated in my comments. If I am short plots, and I am level 50 and want to do a build that requires 100 plots, I will need to level/advance 10 more times. Assuming it requires 200,000 xp to advance each time past level 50, then I will need 2,000,000 xp to get the 100 plots. As I am level 49, I do not know what the advances past level 50 take so my assumption may be bad. For 2,000,000 I need to mine 500,000 stone or if 20% of what I hit is resources (coal, copper, iron, fossils, or tech) I will need to mine 250,000 stone/resources. I will also get daily and weekly bonuses which will reduce the time needed to get the plots. If I mine a combination of 2000 stone/resources a day (16,000 xp), or do the equivalent in hunting/crafting/building it will take 104 straight days to earn the 100 plots. That is my concern about getting plots past level 50.