Why I would pay for anomalies, under certain conditions
I'm going to say something a little controversial. Having thought about it, I wouldn't be opposed to paying for anomalies under a few conditions. We need to get something of value that is worth the price.
- The price is fair and relative to local wages. The current prices are the equivalent of 3 days wages in some countries.
- The price is announced when the entire series is announced. No last minute surprises.
- Offer an "early bird" discount for those who register and pay well in advance, say at least 3 months.
- The volunteer POCs get a free golden ticket for all the work they do which includes some some CMU credited after the event.
- Onsite registration gets the badge and bonus AP, subject to the minimum participation requirements inside the playbox.
- Offsite registration is substantially less than onsite. They get the badge, subject to actually recharging portals in the playbox or verified operator activity, but no bonus AP.
- Badges are tiered depending on whether you are offsite (silver), onsite (gold) or POC (platinum).
- Now the big one. The anomaly playbox is a separate instance of the map for the duration of the event, visible only to those who registered. Only the ornamented portals would be visible. This cuts down the amount of clutter on screen and should cut down lag. It also means no need for the street sweeper in the rest of the world.
- Only those who registered would be able interact with portals in the anomaly instance of the map. Those who registered for offsite would only be able to recharge (if they are within range) but could not attack, deploy, mod, link or field even if they are inside the playbox. Those who did not register would not be able to interact with them at all.
- As the playbox is a separate instance of the map, no actions from outside the playbox (apart from recharging by those who registered for offsite) would have any effect on the event. Fielding over the playbox or linking through it would be impossible.