Hmm! I think I am at about 40 gnomes already, that might be why the immigration has slowed down. I did get 4 in the latest party, but prior to that I was getting 10-12 each time, so it might be a result of hitting that soft-cap, and/or basically reaching the max population for the overall value of my kingdom. I'm mostly fine with this population as I'm not being very ambitious about building or mining anyway. Basically the Gnomoria equivalent of turtling. Though in the interval since that post, I've encountered my first mants (pfft, cakewalk) and the goblins have started showing up with bronze gear instead of copper. Which tells me that it's past time to delve deeper and more greedily to hit the next tier of metal so I can start upgrading my bronze gear. At the rate the goblins are showing up, bronze will be the new copper in no time - even my reserve militia squads are getting tricked out in the same gear my crack team of elite commandos is using. It's time to put our top men on this project. Top... men.