You have removed friend codes because you deem farming as “unfair”, even though it was beneficial to everyone. The trouble with this game is that it requires farming for the progress of both F2P and P2P players. The P2P players will always have the advantage, and we are all well aware of that. They are more agile, hostile, and mobile because they are paying for that luxury. The F2P players are always in the support and defence role. They cannot support the P2P players if they cannot at least stay 2-3 steps behind them. Without farming, the F2P players will become useless and stop playing the game. This will case the P2P players to lose interest and stop playing or stop paying, because they will no longer have a competitive edge and/or will no longer have a reason to pay to win. You have to have a good mix of F2P and P2P to ensure the continued success of the game platform. The key issue, and the reason that farming is so important, is the availability of large quantities of resources. Farming is a perishable resource, the food disappears quickly! This problem is amplified by the lack of friend codes, as the gathering of resources cannot be done quickly enough to make a difference since it goes directly into the available resources rather than the inventory.
This leads to my suggestions. First, allow farming, it gives a minor advantage to those that are willing to put in the time and effort, and it is fundamentally fair to all players. Secondly, there should be an option at resource gathering nodes for players to box the food. For example, a level 6 food node gives 130.000 food, give an option for it to be boxed and only retrieve 100.000 food. Another example would be to allow all of the resources in the node to be boxed, but charge 10% of the gathered amount of resources in wood to cover the boxing. Thirdly, make it easier to box open resources - potentially by adding a “cannery” or “warehouse” to the keep - so that people can potentially save some resources up in order to continue progress in the game. All of these suggestions will help you to keep players around, ergo you will make more money and your players will be much happier with you and potentially draw in more players!
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