Got roped into game by sister while on vacation in August 2017. Joined her team. Got kicked for not participating in a war while at the airport.
Got back to home state. Roped 3 friends into playing. Created our own team. Dominated Bronze, Silver, and Gold IV as a 4-player team.
Another team asked us to join them, and since our team of 4 wasn’t realistically going anywhere without a lot of work, we joined.
Spent most of Fall 2017 in this new team, made friends, leveled to around 100 and Platinum dragons (i.e., before finding Red’s guides).
Team exploded. Our faction splintered off and created a new one, dominated Bronze, Silver, and Gold. Grew roster. Still Fall 2017. Got Gargula to Obsidian stone, because I didn’t understand enough to realize how good Necryx was.
Team exploded. My friends and a couple of others recruited into TheLastKnights. Start of Winter 2017, and my pursuit of Neptus. Discovered that my credit card has a limit. Breed Sapphire dragons, hit 160. Still way off on level vs. breeding tier. RL Friend 1 quits game. Obtain Neptus for Christmas - along with 13 other members of my team. Hit 180 and Garnet dragons. Keep getting made officer. Keep running from officer responsibility.
Having achieved the Winter mythic, experience post-victory let-down. Stop spending outside of Elite/Atlas Elite. Start posting on forums. Spring 2018 season released. Team gets into Sapphire and gets Atlas at around the same time, get overwhelmed with new information and expectations. RL Friend 2 quits game. Disengage from the game, only logging in for bare minimum activity. Hit 220 with Emerald dragons.
Summer 2018 season released. RL Friend 3 (who has obtained Neptus, Corthanak, and will get Huitzil this season) bails on team and joins xSuaSpontex. Asks if I can join and is told “as long as he pulls his weight”. Join. Apparently pull weight. Infused with new interest, begin playing in earnest again. Hit 250, still Emerald dragons. Get frustrated with game: breeding walls, leveling walls, pay-to-win mentality, and the overall cost of the game. Make the “Poll: What is a moderate spender?” post on the forums. Make the “Dissatisfied? What are YOU doing?” forum post. Decide to quit game. Get invited to GPF.
Fall 2018 season released. Decide to pursue Pathox and hit 300 by Christmas. Go to Disney World in October. Come back and find out that xSuaSpontex has taken the strongest 50% of their roster and merged with the strongest 50% of NewProphecy’s roster. Find out I’m in the 50%…mostly because RL Friend 3 is in the 50% and wants me to be included. End up being smallest base on NewProphecy, who promptly move into Diamond 2. Get Pathox. Experience post-victory let-down again.
Winter 2018 season released. RL Friend 3 admits his spending, at this point up to $40,000, to his wife, texts me to tell me he is quitting. I hold off on telling him “I told you to stop spending a hundred times”. With all RL friends gone, and the reason I was in NewProphecy no longer there, I decide to remove myself from the team. Get accepted into the Most Glorious Collective. Make the “Musings on the Temple Raid Event” forum post, which spawns an offshoot, “On Costs, Value, and Spending”. Hit 280 and Obsidian dragons.
Still feeling distant and unengaged, drop out of team and quit playing regularly. Keep posting on forums, watching for directional indicators from PG. See Spring 2019 dragons. See Temple Raid coming up. Send email to Leader of the Most Glorious Collective. Get invited back to team for Temple Raid. Have fun. Decide to stick around.
Spring 2019 dragons released. Decide to get Ronin. Hit 300, Obsidian mythic in the queue. Harbingers next breeding event (5 weeks). Spend 2 Fort events working on back-of-base improvements. Most Glorious Collective continues to be fun. Will stay here.