I did ok, I got quite a bit of XP, enuff to move up to tier3-4 in a couple days. I'm retired and I have a lot of time to spend playing games I like. It keeps me from going nuts, gives me something to do, and it keeps my brain from ossifying (turning to bone, for those of you who didn't bother learning any words in school).
After a day or two i got impatient. I wanted the higher tier tanks faster. The game did not prevent me from getting the higher tiers in any way, but the ability to use gold to convert the xp from my elites was tempting.
Converting the xp from elite tanks to free xp allows someone to apply all that xp to one tank line, for example. I got some gold and started converting the xp from elites to free xp. My advancement up the tier to a tier 8 was pretty fast then, because with 6-7 elites I could play another while the first was still "in battle." I was getting so into it, I made it my goal to keep all my elites "in battle" at all times for like 2-3 hours a day.
Yes I advanced faster, sped up my acquiring xp and applying it to the tank I wanted, but I still could have done the same thing without buying any gold, just quite a bit slower, because I couldn't multitask all my elites and maximize the xp gained per hour.
The only tanks you can't get by just playing for free is the premium tanks that sell for only gold, and guess what? I haven't bought any premium tanks. I'd rather earn the tanks, even if i do cheet a little by maxxing xp gain with gold, converting elite tank xp to free xp.
So all you people complaining that the game is not free to play are wrong. I think what you are saying is you can't figure out a way to move up faster because you are impatient, like i was. Well, buy some gold and convert xp or just get over it and be more patient. There are no cheets I can see, there is no favoritism going on, the game does not cripple any features on any tanks just because you didn'y buy any gold. Get over it. you get what you pay for, you reap what you sow.
Work for it and stop whining.
Edited by FrankNStein, Jun 22 2012 - 08:32.