I too would love to know why such a slowdown, and if its being looked into with plans on a fix, or if its just going to be this speed from now on. It is really quite a massive slowdown seemingly all of a sudden. Many times I think my script has an error because it goes 10+ seconds without anything moving.
I dont mind long, slow, drawn out games, but there is a line where it gets frustratingly slow, and we crossed that days ago I think it was only 3-4 seconds per tick when I started playing a few weeks ago.
anything we as players can do to help the devs get it back to normal?
As a noob, I wouldnt be averse to... ahem... a complete restart a fresh shard 3 at 2-3 seconds per tick? (im only half joking, i know many players would be quite upset)
Either way, I just hope it gets fixed.
Random suggestion, isnt there some way that players could donate processing power to the server from their own computers? 12+ hours a day my pc is idle, id be happy to help process the game to see faster tick times. Like a distributed processing sort of setup. I know thats probably a huge undertaking code wise and maybe not even feasible but I couldnt help throw the idea out there.