What will ultimately kill this game is a continued lack of transparency.
We have all been saying this. It's not new. This issue was prevalent when I started playing during Ascension, and I would bet anything that it was an issue back when the game first started.
It doesn't take a rocket scientist to understand the importance of an open line of communication between developers and players, especially when we're talking about a smaller-scale company.
The sad reality is that we, the players (and former players), will never receive an appropriate level of communication from this company. If they haven't fixed this problem by now, it's never getting fixed, and it is wasteful of our hope and time to continue to believe that it will be.
When I raised this issue back when Teremus was CM, he reported back to us that developers are not necessarily comfortable with communicating with the player base. Well, that's crap, and I've always thought so. Your game is dying. Your players are losing faith in you. And you are too scared to type a few words on a damn keyboard to save your game? Granted it is not necessarily in their job description to do this, but if the Coyle isn't present, if Crestmoor isn't present, if our CM isn't present, then why not log in to the forums for 5 seconds and respond to a post saying, "Hey, cool idea! We'll definitely think about this for our next set of cards!"
Sorry to break it to you guys, but the people running this game are not waking up, ever. If they haven't gotten the point by now that we need some line of real communication to maintain our trust, then they never will.
Devs / CEO / CM / etc, if you guys are reading this, I want to make something clear: this is the position of, very likely, your #1 monetary investor, at least from a player base standpoint. I have spent thousands and thousands of dollars on this game. I spent money on this game because I believed in the game. But that belief has long since been shattered, and it is entirely your lack of transparency and common sense that caused this.
If you aren't going to listen to the vast majority of your player base, listen now to the kind of person who you are trying to rope in and keep in.
If you want me to return to this game -- if you want to have even a glimmer of hope that I start playing / investing in this mess of a game again -- the following people need to post in this thread and provide some degree of assurance about what is in store for the future of this game...or hell, just to let us know you're still even watching this forum:
I won't hold my breath, and neither should any of my fellow players.
In the interim, anyone want to buy a huge collection of digital garbage for $5,000 or so? No? Yeah I didn't think so!
I agree with this wholeheartedly, as i have also spent what i would consider alot of money, not near what you have spent but i have spent about £300-400 and i would consider that a lot to be spending on a game.
Would love to see them reply i too am not holding my breath though.
Regarding the business plan again, it just doesn't make any sense to me the lack of work that gets done. They might be near amateurs and that might be harsh on them, i dont know, but what i know is either way its not good enough. Then my mind starts wondering to why isn't enough being done? The answer is because they are focusing on students. Then that raises the question...Why are they mainly focusing on students and not the game in which has been stale for like nearly 2 years, and in which people have spent thousands? The answer is they are either committed to getting subsidies for students, or they already are subsidized hence why that seems to be their main priority. A business plan like that is all that would make sense to me.