We are running short on lots again and I have the impression that people turn around at the door when they realize that only snow or swamp lots are available on the empire map currently. There are two options here:
- Enlarge the map again.
Advantages: More users on the server, easy to do.
Disadvantages: Increased workload since More lot reset required. Longer travel distances, more inactive lots on the map.
- Shorten the lot expiry period
Advantages: increase the amount of Active users, less half-built lots
Disadvantages: People on holidays might get reset.
I am convinced the shortening of the expiry is the better solution. The big question is what is a too short period? I think 2 months is too long. We see this with the amount of lots where nothing happens. However, what is a “natural” break people might have to take from the game? What holidays do people have where they might be unable to connect?
[UPDATE] For a visible reference, I now colored all lots that have not been active since the last 4 weeks in yellow on this map.[/UPDATE]
[UPDATE 2] I would be happy to have a 2-months expiry for donators and people above citizen levels[/UPDATE]
[UPDATE 3] I updated the map now so that DonatorPlus Settlers & Citizens as well as Architects & above by default become yellow after 2 months. Others after 1 month. So there are less lots colored now, but still enough to tell me that the 1 month cutoff is the right thing to do.[/Update]