Since the patch 188 i think the game is almost impossible to play.
I need to completely rethink the way i was going to, because i spend 2 weeks and all my gols for 1000 core power for my compactor.
Now i also need a ruby spanner because it rejects every other one, wich is really hard to make.
On top of that a regular hammer wont break ruby blocks, so i am forced to go through the hammer tiers to be able to mine the stuff to create the hammer that will mine ruby.
Now that Eldwin and Lietty have left Serenity Valley, i have 2 portals to fuel, wich means i have to go on the great hunt every time it is organized (wich is NOT a game mechanic, but sheer enhousiasm of players).
Patch 180 was just perfect in game difficulty, but now the game forces you to only play Boundless and do nothing else with your free time, thats just too much.
In short, make the game playable for a solo player that plays 2 hours a day, make him/her able to create a specialized shop (EA players would have to choose between hammers,axes or spanners, bows) and earn the money to buy other stuff.
Crafting with power and spark is cool, but waay to hard, this has caused a huge imbalance in economy, because the ones who could craft a few are now rich, and the rest of us are basicly srewed.
This should be doable for a solo player too, having to buy some recourses, but able to create them yourself too.
At this point i notice lots of peoples portals closing, and lots of shops not selling because of upcomming changes.
Wich is a downward spiral because shops are the only incentive in the game, EVERYTHING you do you do to create a shop and stock it.
I really love this game, its the only minecraft sort of game, that makes you able to create something USEFULL (shops) to use for other players, and not only craft houses and art.
The great hunt (a player initiative) is soo awesome it needs some TLC from the devs.
Myself can not think of another thing what would cause me to go to someones build, accept for more shop mechanics.
It would be awesome if you would have to select a job in the game (or 2) so 1 player can craft clothes, and another can craft cool(er) blocks, while someone else can craft potions or food.
Still making it able to craft almost evrerything yourself (up to gem tools, clothes ect)
EDIT: Another post posted in this forum (below) with some ideas (instead of just saying what i dont like )