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.
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.
Alright then if just few, 1 or 2 servers of this kind might exist as special servers. We have normal servers and speed servers. There could be created few special servers too, perhaps called as "Special" (if one) or as "SP1" and "SP2" (if two). There should not be more than 3 (or maximum 4) such special servers.
So, let's say that such a special server would launch soon. Its name might be "COM-SP1". For registration a player pays around 10-20 Euro/Dollars. There nobody can buy "gold". For a first test, I recommend the first SP server registration to be set at 10 Euro/Dollars. It shall last 6 months long same as the others.
-Travian get enough money to keep the server running and make a profit.
-Players gets a well balanced world.
-New players get less bullied by experienced players who usually gold stuffs up.
-It might lower the temptation of multi-accounts.
-Increases player's commitment for playing till end.
-It eliminates the use of multi-accounts greatly.
Anyway, if you paid for a Special server (this idea of server) and didn't play on it, let's say for more than his first days or his first week, I suggest to include a benefit to let open an option to play again on a new SP server (or maybe with a less 2-5€/$) for the already "paid-to-play" one that wasn't played before. So it may be 15€/$ paid in total. I mean, a 10-20% less to pay for a new one.
Let's say that there are 2 special servers, SP1 and SP2 (on international COMSP1 and COMSP2). For 1 of them you pay 10 (or up to 20) €/$ as an example. You play one and you might like to play both. There might be 20 (or up to 40) $ paid in total.
Oh, I forgot, what if someone paid for a registration but didn't login back for a while? We know that inactive accounts don't last long. Should he pay for a new registration on the same SP or may continue forward on it?