I suggest you do an experiment.
At the next similar events (not now).
Start an English-only server together with the international server.
The first round of Fast Forward was essentially that experiment.
Most international players will have no problem playing English-only server.
Most, yes. However we did receive A LOT of complaints about players ignoring the language restriction. That's also something to consider: Just because we say "This server is english", this doesn't necessarily mean players stick to it.
And among the older Germans there is a big part (about 20%) who never had a chance to learn perfect English at school.
I'm quite sure it's way more than that, depending on what level of english we are talking about. But yeah, I am of course aware of the age structure of our players and how that affects english skills. The age structure also applies to most of our other regions, it's not just a German thing. So overall, the RN community (not just the German one) is speaking less english than the average gaming population.
OK, back to the idea of an Englisch FF server. Why not? Wouldn't it even help Travian to spread out our game to the west?
So many of the Germans play on international and English servers ... they don't care, some even like it more to be allowed to use ANY language and find new international friends.
Spreading the game to a region requires way more than just setting up a server. And that is precisely what we did for the first round. I'm not sure if you are aware, but there WAS a english FF server. So the question "Why not?" is not really approriate here, because we did in fact already do that. And the result of that experiment in combination with the fact that we can not do the same kind of actions to fill that server again results in the answer to the question "Why not AGAIN?": Because starting an english server again would very likely result in this server being too empty.
If the resulting numbers prove me wrong and starting an english server would have been an option in hindsight, but as I mentioned before: We do not gamble here. We rely on the the knowledge we have. And the knowledge we have right now is that restarting these servers will most likely result in less players, especially because we can not the same kind of actions to aquire players (and even if we would be, it would be way less effective).
If the future proves me wrong and (for example) Corona floods the servers with way more players than expected, I'll be the first to celebrate that I was wrong.