First let me start off by saying that Travian is NOT pay to win.....no one person can..."pay to win"....its a team game...sure having gold helps you with your acct....gets you top quality gear...perhaps even 1000's of animals for protection, but none of that will help you win the game....you WILL need the help of your kingdom. Secondly...I have played this game with gold and without....and as long as your within kingdom borders helping your kingdom....playing without gold works just fine. In my opinion the most important thing about this game is being active...having sitters and/or duals to keep your acct raiding/building.
There is a Grey area between Pay to Win and otherwise and Travian is indeed sitting in that area for far too long. There are numerous things which can make a big difference to 2 players having same time commitment and having similar kingdom, for example - Daily resource boots cards, artworks, scrolls, buckets.
Then features like cages, bandages and armor and weapons etc split the gap even further.
Also, the world works on exploitation, unfortunately, but if someone can exploit, they will. If players like yourself, don't do that, that's great, but I hope you do realize how many others still do it.
Having a registration fee is a terrible idea for attracting new players...
You are absolutely right, and that's why Travian should have free servers as well, as they have now, where new players can test/ experience the game, and if they think that they want a more evenly matched game they can play on "No-Gold servers".
Or even if they go with subscription based model, let new players play for free for first month or two. That's gonna attract them for sure.
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?
All fair points made in this post, but a little misleading. This is by no means to close COM server to rest of the world, and even now just to buy gold, everyone in the world has to pay the same rates, which is more unbalancing then to pay a fixed amount at the start of the game. It's a challenge to find a sweet price spot which suit most countries in the world, but many have done that so it's not something impossible.
For ex: People in your country probably buy IPhones too, like rest of the world, but Apple is not going to have different prices for different counties in the world.
If you look from a different perspective, this helps players who don't/ can't spend a lot of gold, more than the heavy gold spenders.