This would be a massive change on the Travian gameplay and that`s why you are being overwhelmed with players opinions/suggestion and it will never stop.
I also think this is far from being a suggestion, its much more than a suggestion and that’s why the thread has Discussion and not suggestion on the title.
There are several problems with crops at the moment:
The lack of them
Their low % bonus (How rare is it to find a crop15 with 150% bonus crops nowadays?)
Among many others obviously
I think such a big change cannot be implemented or tested in test server, you need to somehow test it slowly to get the proper feedback this subject requires.
In my view as Travian/Kingdoms player and as member/leader It`s impossible for me to give you a personal feedback because as far as I can see, there is a really big lack of information.
I can point out a few things or do some kind of suggestions though.
First, I really believe that the actual low number of crops and bonus it’s a problem and so if your idea and or this discussion would help fixing or improving it, my feedback would be positive certainly.
Clearly you want to test it, I say do it, every big and good change started being tested and not being discussed with players,
wasn it how Kingdoms was born?
But pls test it wisely.
(Let’s call this NPC crops)
My suggestion for your Test:
-Do not change the number of free/grey crops or their normal bonuses instead add them (NPC crops) as EXTRA
(so that this change or test won’t be felt in a negative way, protecting your actual gameplay and your players gameplay so that the test or result wont ruin players/teams game while receiving a real and proper feedback)
-NPC crops would have a different Difficulty, difficulty set by bonus and number of fields. Most difficult being c15 150%, easiest being c9 0%
(or even creating something new like crops 200% but hard as hell and locked at the beggining)
-NPC crops would need to be different regarding the graphics, colour, influence, Difficulty whatever.
-Same amount of this NPC crops in each quadrant
(one of each, adding 12 more crops in each quadrant, why not?)
Overall I believe that If you give us more crops and bigger bonuses we will all be pleased and happy.
Doing the opposite……. Ugh… Better not doing anything at all.
Really nice to see developers working and interacting with players, so Sheila , Thank you.
I am sure you are pleased with our opinions, there are players so complete that their understanding of the game is from another world.
My best regards,