James I understand you feel solo play is possible in the game and will be. We all clearly understand you all are going to let that. Unfortunately your teams definition of solo and ours and what we want to achieve to not match. I think all the comments show that there is a gap.
You all are restricting more because you have added more features than WOW had. WOW was simple. Build a character by doing quests and killing some creatures. If you wanted to play PVP for XP great. If you wanted more group dynamics you joined a guild and killed bosses. End of story.
Boundless has more functionality. That functionality inherently causes different dynamics and game play. Inside that new functionality you are requiring certain things to happen and specific limitations. Because of that design and those limitations, that is why there is more restriction.
If you didn’t limit solo and allowed XP progression like @SWProzee1 is asking, if you didn’t limit building (via plot growth in a diminishing return), and if you didn’t put game components that forced real world interactions, then I wouldn’t feel more restricted. But the problem is I cannot get away from those things. So the game is now becoming less fun and I won’t be spending more money for higher access or likely building another cool place… because the return on that time investment isn’t worth it.
My path to game play is basically this going forward —
- Finish Xaldafax quickly to 50. – I won’t go farther because I only get 10 plots and no skill points or any other character value on the time I play.
- Grind out my other 2 alts to 50.
- That gives me 960 plots so I go build one or two communities that are very small in size (look at how big prozee’s hub is. I won’t even have that many).
- Fuel my beacons to 6 months.
- Go play another game.
I mean this with as much love and respect to you all… but does that really look fun in the long run? I can’t build more or be creative because it’s all linked to a diminished level 50 return on investment. New fence posts won’t solve it. Titan’s won’t solve it. As a person focused more on creative building and pretty communities like Eden this game is starting to reach end game for me. And what is sad is there should never be an “end game” to the amazing game you all are trying to achieve.
Also, a private server won’t solve these problems. So I go back to one key point. If there are technical issues with public servers and restrictions to plots and building there, it would be more helpful to know that. So at least we can better rationalize your reasons and where the developers are taking the game.