A Life of Clash of Clans

Games / Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

Clash of Clans splashI originally planned on writing this post to talk about all the good things about Clash of Clans however now I’m not so sure. I’ve had tons of fun playing the game for the last 6 months or so but I’m not sure how much I have left in the tank.

Like I said, I’ve been playing Clash of Clans since about October. I know I first downloaded it well before that as a platinum deal for Pocket Legends and played through the tutorial but then I didn’t play it for quite some time and it just kind of sat on my iPhone like so many other games. Some time around October 2013 I started playing it again when I realized I hadn’t played Pocket Legends, or really any game, for quite some time. Hey, a guy needs to play something. It started more of a casual thing. Hop on, clear some collectors, build something, maybe not check it for a day or so, repeat. No worries, no fuss. I don’t know when it changed to “Well I guess I’m playing Clash of Clans now” but I’m guessing it was sometime around Town Hall 5.

By TH5 I was hooked but the game started to slow. You see until then I hadn’t joined a Clan and most importantly, hadn’t started attacking people yet. Without attacking, your collectors just can’t quite keep up with the necessary upgrades. So I began attacking and I was hooked. Running over opponents and having huge pay days was tons of fun.

The Town Hall 7 upgrade was by far the most fun though. There was so much to build and stay busy with and upgrades still didn’t take all that long so you were always busy. The best part was you were busy but never really pressured with making enough loot to keep up with said upgrades. It took me about 2 casual months to decide to make the TH8 leap. That may have been a mistake.

Town Hall 8 is not as much fun so in comes the hesitation to continue playing. How long can I really keep this up? All of the upgrades take quite some time and are all getting pretty expensive. It doesn’t seem like you can play 30-60 minutes at this point to keep all of your builders busy. It seems like more of a 1-2 hours a night kind of thing. Maybe more depending on how much loot is available that day. That’s tough to keep up with.

And don’t even get me started with Dark Elixir.

I ran for about 2 hours this past Sunday though in order to get some upgrades going and to get my Barbarian King up to level 3 and had quite a bit of fun but, as I said, it’s impossible to give 2 hours a day to the game. That just happened to be a relaxing Sunday and the time flew by.

So you say “just don’t play on the days you can’t” but at that point you’re just getting constantly steamrolled by other players and losing any bit of loot you may have saved for that next upgrade. I guess this is where most people either take it or leave it… or quit or start “gemming”. I will not start throwing money at a game just to keep up with the Joneses. I think for now I’m going to try to drop some trophies and see how that goes. Perhaps I won’t get so slaughtered on those in between days. We shall see.

And that brings us back to the fun part of Clash of Clans which will keep me going for a little while longer anyway. It’s all strategy and there are so many possibilities, you might just need to find what works best for you. You can’t just keep playing the same game; your strategy needs to evolve just as your Town Hall evolves. I guess I’m still trying to figure that part out.

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