I have personally wondered why a steam release was not done years ago. It was a topic that was brought up dozens of times and the number one point of disagreement was new players ruining the servers because they didn't know any better. We have all experienced being new to wurm and I would hope we would share the same experience we had when we first started playing. Remember the first player that took you under his/her wing and protected you and kicked you in the right direction until you made yourself your 1x1 shack. That was the experience that hooked me to this game and i will forever be grateful to you Smebb for doing that for me. We Should not be afraid of new players especially since they will be starting apart from us on a different server. They will have the time to figure out the game and it will weed out those that don't care for it. Most people wont take the time and pay the money to skill up just to grief on a pve server.
The biggest desire for this game has also been its downfall. Owning your own piece of land and sculpting it to your imagination is the best feeling a game can give but because of that we all live the hermit life and the mechanics of the game make it hard to bring people together other than for unique hunts, sermons, and rifts. We struggle to manage deeds with other player accounts and there is no benefit to living in groups other than for the company but again deed management gets in the way. How hard would it be to make deeds able to be turned into smaller fiefs, giving players complete control and access to a chunk within the deed where they would pay a rent for the land set by the parent deed? Or give a skill bonus to players when they are working the same profession in close proximity much like how priests get a skill bonus when other priests are nearby during a sermon. The whole point would be to give a bigger reason to live closer together than far apart.
I don't speak for pvp players since i don't care for the pvp mechanics in wurm but they are as important to wurms success as pve is so lets not forget them in the steam release. In short i hope a steam release will net us the much needed player base we have needed and regardless of what is changed, not releasing on steam would be a mistake. You can change and update a game all you want but without players and more subscriptions we wont be having many more of these discussions.
Have to get my 2 cents in on bees.....we need larger storage containers for honey. Huge tubs just ain't going to cut it anymore . Im sure i forgot what i was originally going to say but oh well, miss you guys.