See what Korn has to say about this topic.

Posted by Evoque 4 years ago

Hey everyone,

There have been several ongoing discussions on the monopolization of the city plots and we appreciate all of your feedback on this topic. After evaluating the situation, we plan to make a set of changes in Oberon Patch #4 to address this. You can expect the patch to go live in the coming days, prior to the next auction cycle.

The main change is that we are moving to a so called "blind" auction system, meaning that players won't see each others' bids until the winner is determined. The eventual price paid by the winner is the same as before: namely, an amount equal to the bid of the second highest bidder plus 1 silver. The 2x bid advantage of the current owner stays in place.

This system should make it much easier to break monopolies, as you can attack a plot with a bid without the current owner knowing whether a bid has been placed. Hence, somebody who owns multiple plots can no longer simply selectively defend only those that have bids, but will instead have to blindly defend all of them - a much much harder undertaking.

Below is a breakdown of the changes in detail.

Land auctions will use a "blind auction" system, as follows:
  • During the auction phase of the land auction, the highest winning bid is no longer visible to everyone - instead, bidders can only see their own bids.
  • 24 hours before the end of the auction cycle, bidding ends, and the winning bid and player are visible to all players in the Real Estate UI. At this point, any blocked funds are released and all ingame confirmation messages are sent. (This phase replaces the current "Owners Only" bidding phase.)
  • The winning bid of the previous auction will remain visible at all times.
  • Players will no longer receive in-game messages related to changes in the highest bidder during the auction phase.
  • The Real Estate UI has been updated to reflect these changes.
- Evoque

Posted by Korn 4 years ago (Source)

Hi all,

a little bit of further background information:

We do hope that the changed system will help to break the monopolies.

We are 100% committed to deal with the monopoly situation.

In case that this does not work, we will take further measures.

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