I think you are to far removed from the mid-low level of free play.thekpd wrote:
But like I said before.... there are tons of other things to be doing than waiting for reseach/building ques. Scout stashes, buy/sell at markets, attack AI wolf lairs ect.
There several ranks where everything really slows down, and if you are only one once a day and have say 2 hours to kill there is just not that much to do. Buildings take 3 hours, research takes 4 hours, scouts and merchants carry to little and travel to slow. If you spawned into an established world/parish your troops cant handle 3/4's of the wolf lairs and bandit camps.
Researching into those is the answer yes but at the mid-low level it is just really difficult. I remember very vividly the choice between finally spending money and quitting because it felt like more than 20 minutes on-line was a waste. I chose then to spend some money. I also had the benefit to have the game running in the back ground all day so I could just pop in for a few minutes every hour or so and do stuff.
When you are new to the game there is so much to do to stay busy. When you are higher ranked and developed there is a lot to do. Lower-middle ranks it can be tough.
All I can say is a small crown purchase puts you into the 7 cards / week area which is very nice if you only log in once a day. It also gives you the 30 day token which REALLY helps get through those lower-middle ranks. After that I haven't felt additional money needs to be spent... always tempted and probably very close to putting down another purchase but I still don't feel its NEEDED.