I have no clue if this is in the right spot so I apologise if it's not.
I am actually disappointed with the new update. There was so much hype for the update because, I mean, a new expansion, a new dragon, new islands, and new minigame! It's awesome!! I guess I should have seen this coming but for the rest of us who don't have the expansion it's just like: yay new lighting!
Anyone else kinda disappointed?
I don't get it. What are you dissapointed with? Is it because the expansion costs gems? Every expansion costs gems when they are first released. They only recently switched Icestorm Island over to being available for coins and it's been out for at least a couple years. When the people who don't want to spend money on the game hear that there is going to be a new expansion released they start saving up gems. Eventually they get enough to get the expansion.
Most things end up being disappointing if people overhype them. We were promised an expansion and they delivered. I personally liked it.
Typical "they didn't give it out for free so I'm miffed" attitude. Look, various fees, bills, and payments need to be made in order to keep this game running. Staff member paychecks and forum hosting fees to name a few. Obviously SOD is going to focus more on paying customers rather than free ones. That's how they make money. That's how bills are paid and employees get paychecks.
I own my own business- a coffee shop. We have a stamp card system where with every purchase of a drink, you get a stamp. 10 stamps and you get a free drink of your choice. No size limit, no espresso limit. Anything you want. I have customers who come in and only ask for a cup of ice water. Ice water is free. They do not get a stamp because they did not "purchase" their drink. I can tell you right now that if I gave stamps and free drinks out to cutomers who got free cups of ice water I'd be OUT OF BUSINESS WITHIN A MONTH. I'd get no monetary reward to justify their free item, and I'd be losing money so rapidly it'd make my head spin. The same principle applies to SOD- They reward those who loyaly pay for their services with expansions, discounts, and other freebies.
People who don't pay for services do NOT get rewards. Reward your loyals and entice your "free-loaders". It's basic business 101.
I'm sorry to hear you're going through a rough time like that. I understand what it means to be on a tight budget. My dad's been laid off from his job before and that put a strain on us finacially. There's still good news to consider though. There are ways to earn gems in game and even though it might take awhile you can still earn enough to buy the expansion without spending any money.
I'm personally ONLY disappointed that the Triple Stryke still isn't out. GIVE ME MY STRIKE CLASS DRAGONNN