Free for all - remove wave spawning, add a spawn shield
In team mode games wave spawning is there to help keep the teams organized and fighting in groups. However wave spawning is still present in FFA, where there is no team element. My first suggestion is to remove this wave spawning from free for all, and give everyone a flat amount of downtime (perhaps default 10 seconds?)This way people are punished in a consistent manner for dying.
My second suggestion is to add a one half to one second spawn shield in FFA. This will help prevent those ridiculous situations where you spawn with someone’s sword literally inside of you already, and discourage people from camping spawn locations or drawing a bead on them as an archer and just waiting for someone to appear.