Where's the gold?

Dear Flare,

Multiple changes to the game in the last year (no festivals, strengthened defenses, etc.) have made acquiring gold a nightmare grind for mid-level players (level 90-100 for example), especially if they are in a mid-level alliance. Please playtest this and see what you think. How do you expect us to build a competitive defense in a reasonable amount of time when it is this hard to get gold?

Sincerely,

Someone who enjoys the game, and between me and my wife, have spent over $500 on it.

PS: It isn’t practical for a mid-level alliance to advance with all the required expenses for boosts and now conquest buildings and tech. Members have to chose between enduring a severe handicap in boosts, or moving on to a higher level guild. That’s disappointing when you like your mates.