Hello all -
I'm just starting to explore the game. Very impressive! I love the level of detail, ease of play, player interactions, etc.
There's one problem though - I doubt I'll keep playing. It hasn't taken long to see this game is significantly flawed for many players like myself. You know where this is going... Goldmarks. The usage of these really ruins the game for anyone who enjoys the actual 'strategy' component of strategy games. I won't go into the numerous examples on why/how this is bad, but many agree there's no glory in outspending your component.
BYTRO - let's make you money AND keep players engaged!
Here's what I propose. Create a new Gold Round or "Gold feature" of the game that eliminates the use of Goldmarks during play. Let strategy alone decide the fate of the game. This could be done by either removing the buttons entirely OR just increasing the costs significantly (eg. a tradition 500 GM cost becomes 500,000 GM). Instead of Bytro slowly making their $500 dollars throughout the game (or whatever their average game profit is), just increase the cost of High Command slightly and add the new "Pure Strategy Mode" version of the game. My bet - new users and those who love to dominate the world through their wallet will continue with the traditional game while those who love a "pure strategy game" will pay for High Command and stick around longer. In the end, Bytro should see an increase their daily average users, an increase in profits, and an increase in loyal fans who love pure strategy games.
That's a win for everyone.