You won’t see me looking at this thread, no sireee Bob. When I was laid up with a broken neck, I started to play EVONY (2012). While it was pretty good to waste my time when I couldn’t do much else, it did tempt one to spend $$. I understand the gameplay is much like Age of Empires.
Anyway, after a while on most servers it no longer became a game of war, but more a game of how well you could program the 20 or something bot instances you had running on your computer to manage your cities. And to help defend those 3 AM attacks. I was reasonably good at it, hosting or vice-hosting alliances, and being in the top 100 or so active players on a server.
Never going to go there again. Maybe Lumosity… at least I can claim a benefit.