Since we see a lot of arguing over free vs paid, map access etc, I have an idea i think is fairly decent.
We give the free players access to all maps. Give em what they want. Free players want jap castles? Come on down. Lets make every map and game feature completely free.
Heres the catch. Just like every other free service out there, you get limited use. Free services cut you off after a certain monthly bandwidth or hour mark is reached and you can get more time/bandwidth by paying a subscription fee. So heres what Id should do with QL. Give all maps to free users, and set a monthly hour limit in game. Say 8-10 hours per month. That gives approximately 24-30 games free each month if each game lasts 20 minutes. After those hours are up, subscription time can be purchased for 1.99 per month unlimited access. This will give free players the maps they claim to want, and also force them to stop being petty about 2 bucks a month.
There is no excuse to be unable to fork over 1.99 for something you play for hours on end. If you genuinely cant afford it, well you get roughly 1 free game per day. Maybe farmville is right for you.