So we all know your large DM spenders are what kill universes faster and plummet players interest to continue playing the game. We also all understand that ogame has to make money, that is why someone created and continues to run the game. My thought, what if there was a server created where players purchased a ticket to join? Everyone would get officers and $20 of DM. There is no options to buy more DM or in game items, only items you can get would be from the auction house. I would think it could create a very competitive universe with everyone knowing there won't be those players that run off doubling or tripling score of everyone else right out of the gate.
It unfortunately would take a lot of advertising and exposure to get a lot of the older players who left for this reason to potentially come back and try again. And I'm not sure on what the ideal settings would have to be. I would think x1 everything but some would at least want a faster economy and research speed. Also the number of players actually willing to join would set the size of the universe, meaning if only 100 players joined we don't need a 9 galaxy universe.