Oh yeah sorry I was saying it’s possible, not possible for you personally - you know what time you have available. As a solo player I’ve managed to get coils for all machines, some with plenty of advanced coils so it is possible (but grindy) even with full-time work and a demanding family life. But yes some people are time-rich and will always have an advantage in that sense. Like I say though, speed isn’t everything! I think there’s still opportunities, but you will always be limited by your time available vs. system design.
Didn’t mean to derail your “What turns you off” just I think a lot of folks think the existing networks/towns are insurmountable to compete but that doesn’t tally with what I’ve experienced.
As an aside, if EA is anything to go by you can still earn a bit off footfall just being near an existing hub/city. I had a build on Munteen that was all soloed, didn’t have any reason to get good foot traffic (I was two mountains away from a hub) but still got a half-decent income from passers by and hunt groups. This is back in EA with far fewer players too.
I suppose I’m just trying to say don’t rule it out as something you can use too, I managed it alone and in obscure places in the past. Half the fun is just trying. The game is definitely more grindy coin-wise without it though. I spent a long time in EA in a hut in the middle of nowhere and even a moderate footfall income made a difference once I moved to Munteen.