and welcome to the Forum!!
Yes, the game is slow paced, but there are so many aspects to it that keeps us addicted! If you're patient and work through the Research Tree you start seeing the benefits not to mention the beautiful changes to your City as it evolves through the Guest Race Chapters.
My advice is to find a Fellowship suited to you, and they will help you navigate your way through the chapters. If you ever need advice then by all means ask in here. There are players on here brimming with knowledge that will trip over themselves to steer you in the right direction
Stick with it and you'll see!
If you need help finding a suitable Fellowship, place an introductory thread in our Game Worlds Section. Someone will snap you up!