I was expecting some feedback by you guys with something like, which universes could get a new merge, and a short proposal by some of you about which one should be exodus and which one should be a target.
But I'll reply to most of your posts.
As far as feedback goes, I think Game Forge made a mistake by not making Dorado an optional target uni for Xanithippe, Ymir, Zenith, Atlas, and Belinda. There wasn't really a huge point disparity between those unis and Dorado and many of those players were upset that they had to go to unis where they felt they wouldn't be competitive.
The way we did on the merge was that any of the (war) fleet speed options were available, so players can choose the fleet speed they want to play. That can't be combined with several groups according to puntuation because we would need too many target universes (at least, 12), and the merge would lose the point. We can go in one way or another, but not both.
That's about the previous one, but, at this point, we don't have too many universes so it's even difficult to go on one of the ways (unless we wait for a lot of new universes and we only merge the 6 older universes between them, not with the newest, but soon or later we would need to do it anyway...
And if Game Forge would ever actually deliver on the merge token, reinstitute the marketplace, fix the existing bugs, and come to terms with bots before going crazy with "lifeforms" it would probably stem the tide of player attrition.
Those are separate projects from the merges... they will progress or not, but we can't put them together as it would make them even slower..
I would suggest to have all exodus unis be able to merge to any of the target unis or non target unis this way everyone can go where they would like to go.
The last merge with the selection of different speed uni was done well, sadly not everyone could merge where they would like to have gone.
All the targets should be available (unless you already owned an account on one of the targets). We had some bugs, but we gave the option to the players with that bug to send a ticket and choose the target manually.
For instant Dorado was left out in the cold, they could not merge, or be a target uni for anyone wanting to go there, but that been said they can still go to the graveyard and then move to Dorado given they are not in the top 20.
Yes, we decided to leave it away to the merge due to some player base suggestions (from that universe), as they are the only uni with all standard settings. But they can be introduced for future merges if people request them. For example as a target for Cetus, Dione, Earth, etc.
On the down side with the last mergers the top 20s dose not count so this did upset many players with huge accounts merging into unis taken over the top ranks this was a bad out come for so many players uni 1, Quantum, Oberon and Bellatrix. I may have missed some sorry if i did.
As previously told, we went to the "all fleet options available" way, but that can be changed for future merges if you want, and we can make two groups for example.
Danimanza , TheJoker had suggested Universe Cluster + Regular Rebalancing, maybe it's worth revisiting.
Since merger can be done more frequently then the decision makers should be more creative with the mergers.
As far as the last merger went, it wasn't really good, it actually decreased activity... people who felt like the target uni wasn't right for them, they just went to graveyard and went to wherever they wanted.
Finally, whose bright idea was it to include Volans in the merger? Chaos universes should never be included in merger (maybe create one for Chaos universes only).
We can make the merge more frequently, but we can't code something special for it. We can only set up fixed exodus and targets groups, so we can not make that suggestion happen in a short-time term (2 years at least), as they require development.
About Volans, it was my idea, as we already had 5 targets with normal universes, and Volans is not good for the exodus (as the players there would land into a normal target with an account that grows up with allowed pushing and multies), so at least they can participate as the target, so people that want to move there to change to a chaos universe can do it. Also, people that already had their main account in Volans, used the merge to move some accounts that they had spared in the exodus universes. It's something that we could do because we had a lot of target universes but now we can't.
Open new unis with eco/research x20 for a first year of uni. those might have chance to be competitive in future
That can't be done. The maximum for eco is x8, with one exception as x10.