I would also like to mention portals again, I love the cart tracks, however, imatient and younger people dont. The current cart let-offs are saturated with buildings and protects and its taking hours fr guests to find land, making over 50% give up and leave.
Dont say "It weeds out the crap players etc." This is NOT an excuse any more, we CANNOT keep on try to convince ourselves that its only kids and terrible players that dont want to go on a 10+ minute ride and hour+ land search. I gave up and left first time I came on the server, because I couldnt find somewhere.
People want to get on a server and BUILD, not spend hours just trying to find free space. I think a portal plugin, im sure some of you have seen them, could be a great way to get new people to land quickly. I think the tracks should still be extended as a backup, but we really need to do something or we will not have any new players staying. The map is 20x20k right now and a) A cart ride that far out is incredibly long b)land closer is too industrialised.
Portal positions could be changed every couple of months as the map extends without it taking longer for players to reach it.
I know we all want to blame the lack of people on other servers, but our lack of action and change in this matter has significantly reduced guests staying. I noticed, in the few days I took guests to a warp with open land rather than them having to search through a maze of crap a lot of them stayed, more than usual.
Im on everyday...for hours, I would happily do this stuff, if it means more people deciding to stay. I want us to put the effort in, I want to put the effort in :tongue.gif:
TL;DR NWES stations need to be extended, cart ride will be FAR to long, Portals would be an exelent solution.
I posted this when everyone was crazy with 1.8, posting again for those who didnt see
I agree with nistune,
when i was in spawn the only thing i could think about was that i was in a horror movie and that something was gonna jump out at me. And the cart ride felt like i was going to some evil volcano or somerhing with the ash thats above the void.This needs to be changed, by somehow turning it off, by lifting the floor as the roof is about 4 blocks from surface, or making a new spawn,
Also with the portal idea, it means we can control which areas are populated, for example at the moment the corners are only used by premium members who have bothered to use compass or gold boots, ( this isnt very much).
Can i also just add, that people are far to suspiciois of EVERY new guest, and when they break one block. They do NOT require a ban, but rather a gentle reminder "Please don't break others stuff". And then maybe check up on them every now and then, this means they dont feel like they are constantly watched, but that we care for the server and the creations on it.
Just think how many of you would be banned, if we got rid of guests who broke one thing, i know i would of been banned :/
TL:DR: I agree with nistune, and we need to be less suspicious of new guests