Some discussions in other threads, both about events and in this thread in particular https://en.forum.elvenar.com/index....-is-the-one-making-the-best-out-of-you.10383/ brought up a question that I think about when I play games. What is Fun for you? I begin with the assumption that the purpose of playing games like Elvenar is some sort of "Fun." Diversion, enjoyment. In general, we're not paid to be here. We do this because we want to. Because we find it somehow engaging, diverting, worthy of freely choosing as a way to spend our time. So ... what is Fun about Elvenar for you? I expect there are many answers, and these answers can inform us about different approaches people have to the game, why one size might not fit all in terms of advice, and why it may be that there is no one "right" way to for example run a fellowship. I'll answer for myself. What I enjoy about Elvenar is the challenge of developing my city's economy. I like the aesthetics of it too -- that's why I play elf, because I like the way elf cities look. I also like the challenge of trying to optimize the balance of things, so that I have enough supplies and coins to build troops and complete buildings and research. But it's also really important to me to not be stressed too much about timing. Basically I love to live in a land of plenty and I don't like to make things too complicated -- even if that means it takes me longer to reach some goals. I would call my style of play A Slow Walk Through Elvenar. I know there are players who are frustrated by any delay and want to progress as quickly as possible. That is Fun for them. Not me. I just reached chapter 4 and discovered that the mandatory squad size upgrades significantly increased my tournament costs. So I'm planning to hang around the beginning of the chapter for a while, pouring my KP into my and my alliance mates' wonders while I slowly upgrade my boosted tier 1, tier 2 and tier 3 manufactories. In the meantime I'll collect lots of goodies from tournaments and have fun participating in events. I also keep my city pretty small. I have placed my province expansions, a couple research expansions and one premium expansions. But there are about six research expansions that I haven't placed yet. I plan to place them when I start getting into the guest race chapters and suddenly need lots of extra space. Some people might see this as "handicapping" my city because I can't fit so many good things in there. I like the challenge of having a little less space and making the most of it. It's like a closet. No matter how big your closet is, it will never be big enough -- having a smaller closet just means being selective about what clothes you keep. My smaller city means that I am very selective about what culture and other buildings I have. (If you want to see my city, I'm actively playing on EN3, Felyndral.) For a lot of people, my style of play would be maddening. It would be the opposite of Fun. But that's what's Fun for me. What's Fun for you?