So after discussing a bit in the WEO chat me and a few other players have discerned that the worlds are much laggier than they used to be.
I think a majority of the reason I don't play as much anymore is because of the lag. I can get killed by something 2-3 squares away before my game catches up. Even as an adult with high speed, the lag makes the game unplayable sometimes.
Originally we thought this might be because WEO switched to cheaper servers due to the inactivity, but now I'm fairly sure it has something to do with the age of the servers. It's been literal years since the servers had any sort of break, running constantly for thousands of hours.
So me and some others think it would probably help a lot if the servers had a complete world wipe. Not affecting any player data, but completely removing all existing NPCs and items, then spawning them back in as it does naturally over time. It would not affect much while potentially fixing the unbearable lag.
If someone (a mod/admin) could forward this to WEO, or if WEO could take this into consideration, it would mean a lot.