I have had more and more complaints and issues regarding users having several minecraft accounts to play on this server. Those are of various types, be it that people used it to circumvent bans, to get more money through multiple voting, to get more lots any other privilege that is limited to a single user but that can be increased by having several accounts.
I so far tolerated that because it was originally not huge issue, but in the mast months I had to either intervene or counsel other users on how to deal with these issues. People saw this as unfair advantage for users being able to afford several accounts.
I also do not have a clear policy about this so far. I prevented people from getting their secondary accounts being ranked up in user votes, but I never prevented anyone from using secondary accounts from doing anything else (which is a bit contradictory, what’s the difference between someone having 2 Architect or 4 Settler accounts?). I even recommended some people to get a secondary account if they felt that a ban was unjustified. I was not able to check which accounts are from the same person and jerks would be jerks and just get banned again if they have not learned their lesson.
The issue with banned users however was always only a marginal one. For the rest of this discussion, I will ignore this therefore.
The main issue is that people, once they play a lot, feel that the game rules limits them. How fast they can get money, how many homes they can have, how many lots they can have and so on.
The problem here is that the current setup of the server is linear and limited. With every increase in level, you get a certain amount of privileges, and once you are elder, that’s that. Except for additional Kingdom lots that you can buy, you are locked in.
So in general, I do not like people having more than one account. I rather setup the server in a way that this is not needed anymore. One way for that is to make resources and privileges for sale (with Uncs). You might for example buy home slots instead of getting them ONLY through user levels. (Your user level might limit how many you can buy instead). Voting might get you more money if you are a higher level. You might be able to buy empire lots even. (It’s not that we do not have the space). But then, every additional lot should also cost more. Se there might be a price multiplier for every additional lot, home, deposit slot etc you want want to buy
This would only work if we actually limit every user to one, single client account. And yes, I still cannot check 100% if a user is using multiple accounts. But on the other hand, if there is a doubt that someone is using several accounts, I can still force them to prove to me that they are actually different people unless they would be banned.
So this is up for discussion. It would take some time to implement and balance this, but I would see this as a valid alternative to make sure that people do not spend real life money for accounts in order to get themselves an advantage on the server over people who do not have the cash,
Comments & feedback welcome.