Hi, the MDs and attacks were coming in when my 1st ever hero Fionne was perhaps about 60 days old. Despite being in an alliance I was still struggling to learn lots of new things and what to do. My alliance was really helpful but there is so much to do and learn in this game.
None of the earlier TT games prepares you for any of this one and I've never played any other online games like this before. A total Newbie to this world.
There was a lot of confusion about the MD at the time and what to do, when they'd attack etc. I had no siege units, cats or anything else of use to destroy builds in MD and not really strong enough army to defeat higher levels.
I ignored them thinking " We are all about to start new heros on new continent soon, I'll sort them out with new hero".
I have been attacked by 18 then 19 Dragons and 2 of Fionne's towns decimating my army ( despite building a shelter to level 10 couldn't fit everyone in it. Today I've lost approx 50 of army including 2 sages . Not to mention the 3k of res taken on this attack.
Every single attack has happened when I'm offline, so a) I can't move people or res to protect anything and b) my army is too weak to fight or survive.
NEW HERO: La Mouche.
Kept going to all MD I found and looting and spying to keep things down. Also sending out explorers, trying to level up hero etc etc. I missed one Den in the fog which has also attacked and killed my entire tiny army of braves, hunters, archers and the odd legionaire whilst taking res.
I took a holiday yet despite being in Holiday mode the dens all grew so I have spiders and Med Level Muscards coming after me with that hero that yet again I can do nothing about. I'm so far away on development of towns and research I can't take down monster buildings or fight them.
I feel Like a lamb tied to a post for sacrifice and can't defend my res or the army.
I only get to play a couple of hours most days but not all as I work full time and have a long commute.
This game for me has gone from being fun - attacks fine as your alliance can support and back you. I really enjoyed exploring the world of Teya which is incredible ; the puzzles and location secrets made it all the more fun.
Now I log on to find either my army or res are gone and I'm back to almost square one.
I go from angry to frustrated to almost tears of disappointment. The game is no fun for new players or players who don't spend hours per day on here.
After La Mouche meets his final days I'm not going to create a new hero or play again - that makes me sad as I have made friends in alliances and outside alliances. I also did love the game.
If you want to monetise this and make it mainstream you either need to:-
1.Give a lot more detailed instructions to newbies on how to play.
2.Give newbies time to learn the basics and explore a bit before hitting them with monster dens and destroying their hard work on their domain.
3. Fix the constant issues when anything is updated or a new continent opens - since I started La Mouche I have either no sound, sound someitmes but not for long, music is unplayable and sounds like someone scratching a nail round a piece of metal, game lagging, hero time lag on me clicking the flag and either one of the 2 I have actually shifting their backsides - this has lead to a couple of deaths of hero which again wastes my time and res to resurrect them; still frequent red-green flashing lights or being chucked out of the game several times per evening.
4.Finish all the unfinished quests like Where is Alta, The Bronze Sphere etc
- I appreciate you said your designer/artist is fighting in the Russia /Ukraine War and I genuinely get that my issues above are flipping nothing to the atrocities going on in Ukraine and my sympathies are with all there.
Essentially you are not going to get or keep newbie players if you leave MD as they are and new players are pretty defenseless due to lack of knowledge, experience, res to build up high enough armour, army and weapons to attack and research points to get to the levels where you can get useful weaponry and army.
Sorry to be a negative nelly but after La Mouche gets to appocalypse; you are losing another good, devoted, kind and helpful player who also has donated at various time in my game.