I played Haven&Hearth, tried Salem, Tree of Life, and plenty of "normal MMOG", and so many games so different since 1999,
I've bought the game in 2015 and i play from time to time to see improvements. So, i'm a kind of "false noob".
This week i came back to "really play" to build a small house with a garden etc., and if i can feel a great improvement on the map, icones, objects ingame, 3D toons... i feel the overall experience is quite boring, or annoying.
I bought the game but i'm not Premium.
Everything feels so slow... I need to gather so many ressources to build so very basic stuff. I was surprised i couldn't have a stone knife, i needed copper, so i needed anvil, hammer etc. So before i could get skin to build a basic small Dominion i had to run around a lot to gather all the ressources.
I died 3 or 4 times in the process (wolves and bears), each time loosing all my stuff, it's not a big deal i can accept that part from a game, but then i had to run faaaaaaar away to find my body. I couldn't, and didn't want to build next to my spawn point : it was already built by other players.
Also the food need is crazy, it seems i have to eat one week of a full familly real life food, but every day and for myself. I've found this part extremly annoying. I ate apples, grappes, mushrooms, eggs, pumpkins, breads from random loots... When i had my first meat from stoned rabbit, i didn't find anyway to cook it. Anyway, i prefer to eat vegetables instead of meat.
When i could at last build my dominion and a bed to set a respawn point, i died because of a bear hidden under a tree, and i left the game, not willing to run 1 hour or maybe more to find my "home".
Maybe i did many things wrong, but that's what new players may do too, and they may not stay too. Oh, and i didn't meet anyone, and the chat was empty all the time (not sure, maybe 3-4 hours of played time).