I keep donating to my alliance daily, well up into the tens of millions of gold now. And I’ve managed to use my alliance’s boosts maybe 3 or 4 times. The boosts always seem to get activated at times when I don’t normally play. So all I’m really getting out of the alliance is a ~30% gold boost that costs me 250k/day, which really is the equivalent of no boost at all for the first ~800k gold/day I farm.
I guess this works for ultra-organized top 10 alliances where the members are all able to rearrange their lives around a common play time. But that’s not the case for the vast majority of alliances that have members with lives, who are from all around the world.
I could probably talk to the leader and get him to change when he activates the boosts from time to time, but then that just screws over the other members. I could find a new alliance or start my own, but doing that and still staying in a top 50 ~30%+ boost alliance is pretty unlikely. So, meh.
I guess what I don’t get is why the boost timers need to be global for the entire alliance. Why can’t they make it so the timer runs separately for each member, and only starts when each member logs on for the first time after the boost was activated? It wouldn’t change a thing about how organized alliances use boosts (i.e. no advantage), and it would make everyone else feel like they’re getting to participate in the rewards for all their daily gold donations.
Just in case I’m not speaking Flaregames’ language, they could even tie that feature to your alliance tower level. So it only works that way if your alliance tower is above some minimum level. Or the personal boost duration you get is prorated based on your alliance tower level. That way people are encouraged to spend more gems upgrading their towers.
Anyway, that’s my rant. Carry on.