The top 3 problems with Ironfell are:
Ironfell is not profitable (www.ironfell.com/profit). The way things are the server cost per user is greater than the income per user. If we had 100 times as many people playing, I’ld have to buy more servers and would just be losing more money.
Too many server restarts and disconnects.
Iron and Oil are too hard to get at the moment.
And here are a list of solutions:
Remove Risky Tunnels and instead create Risky Realms automatically at a rate that can be adjusted. They’ll always contain Iron mines, and you will be able to use Conquest Tunnels to reach them. This makes Iron easier/cheaper to get to (Conquest Tunnel costs won’t change). And it means the number of Risky Realms created is limited.
Trailblazer Realms will make a come back, and work the same way as the new Risky Realms. They will be safe with tree’s just like they used too. Trailblazer Tunnels connect to these realms.
Realm Purge. Risky and Trailblazer valley realms that have nothing in them will be removed. There are over 60,000 of these realms, and they are slowing down the servers too much. I’ld like to remove 50,000 of them. I’m not sure which ones will be removed yet, but it’ll be based on the number and type of units that are inside those realms. And yes, this will affect your wood production.
Users who have never played will have their accounts deleted, and their home valleys removed.
All types of gateway (tunnels, keeps, castles, etc) will have the spacing rule applied to them, the same as the current stone circles.
There are over 120,000 Woodcutters on auto-gather, this slows the servers down and is the main cause of the restarts and disconnects. So after a few weeks (exact number to be decided) … Woodcutters will turn into Werewolves. This means they will not auto-gather forever. Werewolves will be a fighting unit.
Auto-attack is the other thing slowing down the servers. So Dinosaurs auto-attack will be changed so that is is only triggered if their target is within their attack range, 1 hexagon away instead of 8 hexagons. This also means Velociraptors will get auto-attack enabled again.
More nines. Resource cap will be increased from 999,999,99 to be 999,999,999,999.
And lastly… Farms, Paddocks, Colleges and Universities will expire after a long amount of time. Probably a few months.
There are still lots of details to figure out, and I need to think through all the consequences of these pretty significant changes. But anyway, there is the rough plan.