I agree with all of those points.Patrick of the Isles wrote: ↑25 April 2023, 21:39 1. The game Terra Mystica is more enjoyable, fun, and pleasing with the 14 original factions only. (I find this to be true, so will always vote in favor of it for arena.)
2. The game is more accessible to newer players with only the 14 original factions. (I don't necessarily agree with this, and more to the point I don't care much about it, as I think people should just play what they find fun, but there are people who vote based on this theory.)
3. The game should not include the "fan factions" because they are in an iterative design process and are still subject to change before official publication. (I wouldn't include them under any circumstances ever, so I don't consider this point, but a lot of folks do).
I would be open to adding fan factions later provided I could get some sense of how to play them before that point. So far, that does not appear to be possible very well in a way I like.
Also, I am not fond of the landscapes, so I am ignoring this arena season.
My overall feeling is that there are too many options now, and that it is hard to find players that want a similar game.