My first server (66) was a massive learning curve, as it is for most - I was there for roughly 2 months before it broke down and loads went inactive. I rerolled on 114, taking a tonne of lessons with me and have done really well, but again the server has died off - So a load of us have tried the latest server (1094) and I've encountered a problem that I'm unable to get around and has killed the game for me - I can't reproduce 90% of the names that are ingame, as such it's very difficult to differentiate between players (friend or foe, strong or weak etc) and to call for people to attack certain targets. I'm not willing to learn Chinese for a game and as such I think my time with AoC is done. I've enjoyed it here, the game has progressed massively and I was happy paying my £5/month fee and every 2 months starting over with £10-20 of purchases each time, but this is a step too far.
If we get some English servers (that are actually just for English speaking people, or at the very least their names), I'd happily give it another pop. But I doubt that'll happen, so if anyone knows any other good mobile games knocking about, let me know.
Pretty good post. I'm happy for Lilith that their game is such a huge success in China, but in the future we need english speaking servers popping up as well. The chinese crowd is too big in comparison to the other population, and it's a lot more important than before with this king system.