In the last calendar week I have had 4 high level players in our alliances contact me asking if I can find someone to play their account or announcing their retirement, that’s just in one alliance, Add that to the 10+ that have said the same over the last few months (since the last update) and it appears that there is something terribly wrong with the game, its structure, balance and the way that wars are set up, these are in general long term (one year+ in game players). I know for sure the same problem resonates through other alliances and that many people are having to play two, three, four or more accounts to keep an alliance running!!
Do FG realise what is happening to the game, that the path it is heading down is actually killing off many of its higher gem purchasing player? Yes you will be left with the few absolute fanatics that will spend enormous amounts just to keep one step ahead of less and less others that are willing to do the same. The way we are heading there will be a two tier society, those that spend/forge until their wallets collapse and those that play for fun, for free at lower levels with no intention of even trying to push to the top. A simple look at the mergers of alliances and those amount of alliances with less players than they have slots must tell you something is wrong.
Many long time players have identified the current issues in the game chests in the CoF, Skull bonus perks etc etc, thus far you have taken no action to remedy them, please listen to your players before you find that you have significantly less to listen to.
In terms of your new incoming players, think on this, there are continual complaints about jumpers, those that come into an alliance, mainly for boosts, and leave either just before or during a war … much as these player annoy and in some cases destroy alliances, if you take a step back to the origins of the game you can see why. At one point you could play this game as an individual, you didn’t need defence boosts or offence boosts to compete … now without both you cannot compete at ANY level. The guys that just want to play the game for fun, dip in and out as they wish with no commitment have no choice but to become “jumpers”, commit fully to an alliance … or leave the game.
FG is that what you want … is this game just about alliances now? You may as well announce that officially so those that want to play just for fun can choose not to waste any more time playing.