Originally Posted by LadyoftheLake
No idea on the actual question (which is a good one), but I think the numbers have gone up a bit lately.
Player numbers have hovered between 724 (r60) and 615 (r68) since r60. Last round was the highest since r60: 691. This round it looks like we have some more planets: 787 at the time of writing, compared to 730 last round at this tick.
If it holds until round end, that would be a small uptick for 2 rounds in a row.