First of all... you're my bestie tooooo !!! I hope you are reading your replies
My two cents would be that it's all true. If Tom is stretched too thin, then I think they need to hire people on. If they didn't anticipate the demands the game would have... well the game's been out over a year now... a year is a long time to have hired someone one to help service players.
I find it frustrating and very disrespectful and RUDE to be ignored. I was ignored recently when asking about why prices are higher for Theme Park stuff
Here's a little bit of a tip... for those records of how many players are willing to spend tons of money. Or 30-60$ a month...
People make alternative accounts and spend big $ because they can on SEVERAL accounts. That shows up in their records as oh okay people are totally able to handle this price. Cool. Wrong.... it's still the 5% of the community funding these bad prices.
It's true, you can play without money you can play and buy using the seeds you get IG. That process though is MUCH slower than any other micro game I've ever played or seen. The stuff you can get with seeds really does make the game.... without them, the game would be extremely slow and people will get bored super fast or just not be nearly as active as Flero is trying to make us. Having timers on stuff for when it rots, needing to accept help on time, hot time.. all things to try and make a player play but the play style is so much slower... like snail slow. Making gold to buy eco/boxes/mills would be slower, house upgrades would be waayyy slower and Honeybee already said leveling ...
Kyou is certainly right, most game companies do not make personal relationships or are that personable towards their community. You get a notice in game and a post on social media and that's that. I've recently (as of two and a half months ago) been playing The World of Magic by Com2us and I can't find a useful link anywhere to Email them... maybe I wasn't looking hard enough lol but even though the game has more to do, I play it more, I will NOT spend money on it. I pay in support for ET and because I like their product. Although I like com2us's game, I don't like how they run their services... so I refuse to support them with MY money.
I've been incredibly inactive myself and although I don't want to quit... my town is going down hard. The demand to spend is so demotivating. I visit all 123? Of my friends and I still am not sure if I'll get all heart items and if they don't do the heart event then I'm totally screwed. Haha!
There have been people who stopped supporting ET because lack of content. You can literally do all the game has to offer if you have 24hr mills running or even longer mills now with new update ... and be good. There's not much going on in game to have a person keep playing. Before playing the com2us game... I spent all day on ET somehow between messages and heart grinding, logging into alts to reset their stuff.. and checking smaller timed mills but with demand being higher, I just feel lazier. I can actively kill monsters and walk around and do all the things rpg games offer and since I can spend more time on the game I'm more attached and keep going back.
As much as I love ET and fully understand ET is a toooootally different game style... the greed is the same but the attraction for spending can vary immensely since it's a lot easier to wanna spend on a game you can literally HANG OUT in since there's a chat system.
Now I know KET has features still to come to us like the Guild System and the other randomly bubbles and icon tabs but the prices Flero has set are just so different in perspective to what you get, and in translation only seem to be getting slightly more expensive in my opinion.
In respect to this looooong message full of negative feedback. I want to say I love this game a heck of a lot!!! I love the community! I appreciate a GM popping on to reply occasionally with personality and I appreciate the gifts that WERE actually super duper. The random Valentine's eco was adorable... although it may be a little glitchy now it's an adorable addition lol I appreciate the idea of having events even if there's been drama behind them. I love that we are literally all like little neighbors as per the story in the game, helping eachother. Lots of games have that sure but ET has such a chatty and helpful community... some players run their towns with set rules and exchanges sure but for those that are just like hi! I'll help your quest mill for you ♡ it's just so cute. That isn't exactly fully on Flero, it's just luck that they have such a lovely community as their clientele. I love the art, I would like to see this micro trans greed turn into like merchandise or something because the art is super dang cute. Cute phone case with the cherry tree girl or something lol I don't know but the art has potential. I know they have the art book but it has writing in it doesn't it?? Not translated ?
Thats all I can think of for now ... I'm sad to see such a good friend go! I'm sad that I agree with her even though I love Everytown.