In all honesty, yeah I probably did set myself up for the issue - but herein lies the problem… people wont have enough plots to protect everything around an area they build in. Only by grinding, and killing off up some of my other builds, have I just managed to raise enough plots to cover most of the rest of the settlement.
This solution doesn’t exactly lend itself to allowing players to join the settlement if they’re not in my timezone, or around at the same time when I’m actually playing. And certainly doesn’t cater to those that are not even on the forums and have no idea how to request to build there.
I agree - and currently the game caters to those people more than it does protecting those that want to build something grand. All it takes is one of those ‘psychopaths’ to come along and ruin the enjoyment of the other 99 players.
Completely disagree here… currently there isn’t much that can be done, other than claiming all the land you can for future development… but who can do that when they’re just starting out though?! … who can say for sure, “yeah I definitely need this big an area… and I will never need to expand”.
You could pool your resources with other players, but then that doesn’t cater for the solo player that still wants to build something grand.
You could just rent a private server (although they’re not available yet)… but you can’t rely on people to want to dip into their pockets to fix a problem with the game (as much as I want to see as many private worlds and possible and a vast influx of funding so Boundless can continue to grow). Not everyone can afford to do that either.
I’m not bitter - I was understandably pissed off when it happened, as it’s far too easy for another player to be a complete ■■■■ towards you.
That’s one way to look at it. The other is that we’re highlighting an issue that will only get worse… most new players, upon 1.0 release, will be on public worlds (not including the dedicated players currently whom I know a lot of will go the renting route). If those public worlds turn into a toxic environment to build in because it’s too easy to troll peoples creations, then it’s not conducive that people will say… “hey, I’ll just rent my own world”. They won’t get that far - they’ll see the game as a toxic environment and keep away from it. This is one of the reasons why I’ve not let my daughter join Boundless yet.
There’s still nothing to stop any other player building a massive 10 plot wide by 10 plot high wall right next to my settlement, or completely covering the lake next to it with sand, or building in the 2 plot buffer between me and another settlement and join us together (something neither of us want). Unfortunately, the trolling possibilities are endless (I was going to say they are Boundless, but I don’t want to tarnish the name).
If something like this makes me not want to play (and I’ve been here a fair amount of time and have about 1100 hours invested in game and countless more on the forums), what will it do to a new player?!