I started playing GoA when open alpha was released and it was a really warm welcome. Devs where in the chat in the client and answered all the questions one might have, the community seemed friendly and I was treated as a respected community member and play tester by the community and the devs alike.
Unfortunately, since then, that has vastly changed.
Don't get me wrong. The community is great and because it is still small, you get to know the others relatively quickly. It's a friendly community which I am proud to be a part of and even though we are not always of the same opinion, we treat each other respectfully on the forums and in the chat.
After the open alpha release, devs where still available in the chat and answered a lot of questions. Special thanks to @marktillery at this point for always being friendly and trying to answer everyones questions. That's a really good thing which you cannot expect from any dev team at all, so thats definitely a plus.
However, we have also been asked to give feedback on pretty much all aspects of the game. I have since posted a lot of feedback on the forums, drafted many ideas on possible balance changes with other people, shared some insight and also asked questions about game mechanics. All that on the forums.
I was thinking the devs probably appreciate my feedback but I was also unsure about how to present feedback and for some things I was completely unsure if they even want that kind of feedback at all. So I just went for it thinking they'd eventually tell me what they think about my feedback, if I should keep it coming or if some specific things don't need feedback because they are set in stone anyway.
Unfortunately, none of that ever happened. In fact, I don't think I ever got an answer by any dev to any post I made. I asked in chat if they read the forum and if they could answer in one of my threads in which I was asking questions about game mechanics and I was told that they have a lot to do but they will read it all.
I course I understood the situation they were in and I was patient. I kept posting, bringing up ideas, discussing with other people about possible balance changes all in the hopes of some dev eventually reading it and possibly using it for a future patch or, in case it wouldn't be considered, at least tell me that this is not the route they want to take with the game.
Unfortunately, I am still waiting today. I do not know if they read the threads already. Some suggestions might not even be applicable anymore due to patched that came out so if they haven't been read before a patch they made then useless, I basically wasted the time thinking about it and putting it on the forums. When I realized that, it made be feel really bad.
All I wanted was a simple answer. Something that lets be know what I have been trying to do for the game wasn't all in vain. I have made a huge feedback and suggestion thread with many things that I thought could use an improvement (https://forums.guardiansofatlas.com/discussion/844/my-experience-so-far-likes-dislikes-suggestions#latest), I have talked about upgrades and how I think they could be implemented in a better way (https://forums.guardiansofatlas.com/discussion/comment/3581/#Comment_3581), I had come up with a suggestion for better unit control everyone seemed to like, yet no dev said anything about if they plan on adding it or if they even consider it (https://forums.guardiansofatlas.com/discussion/874/automatic-control-group-adding-on-warpin#latest), and lately I have put a lot of thought in potential balance changes that others came up with (https://forums.guardiansofatlas.com/discussion/901/community-discord-discussion#latest), yep not a single answer by a dev on what they think about any of those suggestions. I am not even sure they even read.
All this makes me feel very sad. I was asked for feedback, yet I do not get any feedback myself. How are we supposed to keep the ideas coming if we do not even get told which kind of ideas are what the devs are looking for and which kind of ideas are not required at all / anymore?
How can we be expected to stay motivated when theres the lingering feeling of the stuff we are trying do to for the game is being ignored?
I don't know how the others feel, but for me, it makes be really sad.
@devs: I don't mean do be rude, but I think it is a matter of respect to actually show some interest if people are trying to help you out with ideas and feedback, especially if you asked for it. I once felt like a respected play tester, but this feeling slowly degraded until it completely vanished today.
I really like this game and I will keep playing it regardless of this communication problem being fixed or not, but if you feel like you are unable to get into a dialogue with the play testers, then I can only hope there are enough people who like talking to walls.
Now if I am the only one who feels like this; fine, then it can be kept the way it is, but I can't quite believe people are satisfied with the situation.
P.S.: Announcing a dev stream that gets canceled is no problem, but the fact that there is no info about it for hours is exactly what this problem describes - a lack of communication.
Please keep this thread civilized