I've wanted this for so long. Of course normal servers has to be running. But just one or two pay to play servers running. Just pay for each server you want to start, sure sucks if you are knocked out early. But at least people might not delete just because you meet some resistance early on.
The idea is great, remove gold features like instant build/delivery and NPC trade etc. Open up the trade route, farming list for everyone who play on the server. No advantage for people spending more gold than others.
Note, I know of people playing on private servers just to get this kind of game, where everyone stand equal and no one has any advantage over each other. I think it would be great to at least test such a game world out and bring back those lost Travian players.
I totally oppose this idea!
Perhaps in your country you can earn over 2,000 Euros while in mine a mid salary is at around 450 or 500 Euros. With 1 Euro I can buy 4-5 breads to eat, for example.
Perhaps very few from my country plays Travian Kingdoms, but this is for international community. It should remain open to everyone to play.
And what's the problem on playing by spending gold?
I saw Russians and not only spending over 1,000 Euros in Gold usage. It's even more than just 20 Euro / player. Also, that doesn't solve the "multi-account usage". Who stops someone to create over 5 account paying for each of them to play on a "pay to play" server idea??
It's the worse idea I ever seen!
Around 50% of players might leave this game. And T:Kingdoms don't have any server ever setup for my country. If COM servers might close then where would I play this next?
The idea is not that all servers become pay to play. But just one or two, at least to test the waters and see how the interest is on the idea. Normal server must of course run as usual.