This might sound like bragging but I'm a heavy spender of Gold(probably in top 1%) and playing Travian since good few years now. However, the game has become so much "pay-to-win" now, and also, yes I'm a part of the problem, but let's focus on the root cause of it.
Why don't we just have a server where there is a registration fee of let's say 10-20€ for a server where you cannot buy gold.
Please correct me if I'm wrong, but I see it as a win-win scenario for everyone.
-Travian get enough money to keep the server running and make a profit.
-Players gets a well balanced world.
-It eliminates the use of multi-accounts greatly.
-Increases player's commitment for playing till end.
-New players get less bullied by experienced players who usually gold stuffs up for a headstart.
Maybe few other points which will improve the playing experience. It also seems fairly doable as Travian is doing the similar stuffs in Test servers since long ago, so why not try it on one of the new COM servers. I'd like to know the opinion of other players about this and also the opinion from the administration team.
Georgi BridgetB : Let's be realistic, we know that Travian is a business which needs money to pay salaries and keep infrastructure running. Would any of you be up for elaborating upon the idea if it's feasible to have a gold free server with just registration fees.