For raiding start you actually don't need that much gold, under 200 gold if you do it properly and carefully, it's interesting to experiment with different things rather than just following the guides that are usually good but not the fastest way possible. If done properly and with some luck, raiding start can give you 2nd village before someone who maybe bought 1st or 2nd glad helmet. So at the end, sometimes it can actually save you money or don't disadvantage you over someone who uses a lot of gold and buys stuff but uses the same exact guide to settle 2nd village.Simming anvils? Who's gonna feed that on server this small
The game should be balanced with the right mix of veterans and newbies. We need newbies so that they graduate to veterans after a while. This way the player base keeps growing or at least doesn't shrink. Maybe that's a tough thing to ask in a game that rewards activity. Beginner's protection and vacation are good ways already helping newbies. Maybe more could be done.