I have gotten a number of gold nuggets from my level 10 trading post. It drops quite a variety of other useful items. Great value as are the Guard Dogs. I’m glad to hear Maya is not a great value, I don’t care for her and will not be trading crowns. Plus I’m beyond the max of walkers allowed.
As has been said, each of us has our own priorities and style of play. For me, the idea of collecting and storing hundreds or thousands of energy doesn’t make sense. I’m in the game many times during the day and using up the energy we get for free (20 per hour). I’m keeping my knights (castle keep and barracks) out adventuring all the time. Except when the keep is need for special adventure. The barracks almost always does the Desert Sands and the keep varies but is usually the Dark Caves, so I need lots of Sweet and Spicy feasts. These adventures have the very rare chance to drop either the Alicorn wing or horn that allows me to summon an Alicorn in the Love Shack. Yes, I know just how lucky I am to have started when it was available. I really wish that S8 would bring it back. To make those feasts takes lots of farming and cooking. Collecting coins and looking for tickets and permits also needs lots of energy. As does collecting thing to trade in the exchange. All this uses up the free energy plus that from my dailies. My weekly Alicorns plus Destrier and Spring Unicorn and the Armored Direwolf are saved for events. Using 5 or 6 of these a day has gotten me through all events I choose to do. Maybe I can’t race through but I do get finished.
I love Castle Story. The community spirit here on the forum plus the awesome neighbors I have from around the world put this game in a class by itself. The artwork is superb. Yes, it’s not perfect: disjointed story lines, confusing and glitchy events, and totally frustrating random drops are negatives but are nowhere enough a problem to make me quit. Like many others have found, CS is a really good way to escape from the trials of real life. Shortly after I started playing, I had to face the sudden death of my best friend and some months later a diagnosis of breast cancer with attendant surgery, chemo, and radiation. Five years since surgery and I’m cancer free. Praise the Lord. My husband has Alzheimer’s so I’m pretty much at home now. My neighbors are and have been a great source of encouragement. And I’ve in turn tried to encourage those who are facing their own difficulties.
Sorry about the long post but I do care passionately about this game. Also let me say a HUGE THANK YOU to SpiritWind, ShibuyaCloth, and all the others who take their time to post and help the rest of us.