As a kid, I always desired baseplates as they would provide me with scenery for my Lego playing scenarios, but as bigger Lego sets were still sort of luxury toys in my youth (about 15 years ago), I obviously didn't have many of those.
I remember building a tiny Lego town with a few road plates, a house, a gas station and a fire station and it all looked nice and complete thanks to the baseplates.
Now, from a collector's point of view, baseplates keep the sets tidy and make them look whole and self-contained.
Unfortunately, to my disappointment, I found out that Lego has completely abandoned baseplates in their sets for quite a few years now, and made them a complete mess with lots of loose components.
It honestly discourages me from buying any sets with buildings even though I can afford them.
On a second note, I'm glad Lego released a standalone white baseplate, but it's a bit too late, now that City Arctic is discontinued.
I would still like to see those standalone baseplates in more colors, e.g. Mars Red, for Mars related sets, Dark Grey for City pavement, etc.
What are your thoughts on baseplates? Do you miss them too?