Yes. It seems to only benefit the offense players with only a few troop building villages and the troops not moving.
Maybe if I explain how I play it will help more. It's probably crazy but this is how I do it now. Definitely not how I was "told" to do it.
Here I am now. I'm Gaul defense player with 1 offense village that IS getting fed via trade routes but also raiding. Raids come back and crop is consumed during no starvation. I can't que any troops. I have one scout/phalanx village (to max out lvl 20 cost of smithy use and stable + barracks) which is red crop and I just keep adding more defense or and resource villages as more villages turn red crops. I keep sending reins to my resource villages so I can que more troops. The resource villages have no crops any more. I keep doing this until I am painted into a corner. Painted in a corner means that I am now out of markets from my cap and out of villages that still have black crops. It's usually ok because that means it's most likely that my troops should die in large quantities from some attack somewhere. This is the part of the game for defense players.
Bottom line is I'm queing and building troops nearly everywhere and need the crops to do this. Since I am Gaul and Haeduens (love them but...) so freaking slow, I can only spend so much iron at a time. My strategy is to npc IRON and NOT CROPS like other players do. My crops are simply not available to npc at many points in the game. My cap is hardly npc'ed and I struggle to npc the three times a day. (a crop production of 100k cap (full of troops) only =5 20k villages to ship to, it's not good but that's what I have.)
Summary is my crazy Gaul account strategy is to build troops out of crops and feed them iron But let me tell you, I don't really have iron nor crops so I starve everywhere and just build troops to be eaten until such time and space free's up.
To Schneeente my markets are most shipping iron out of my villages to to a cap style iron npc village. Maybe paints a new picture in your head. Idk, maybe try to sit more Gaul def accounts? Maybe think about all the players that this does not benefit. I am a serious player, eh, for the most part. Gauls should just quit fighting the iron situation and deal with it.
Truth be told, I like the markets/logistic part of the game. I'm that kind of girl, that's how I roll... I can do the math and plan for my next iron/crop crisis. I click que troops once in a while but mostly I'm marketing to make that one click "que the troops " or "send troops as reins". That's my fun in the game.
I turned off my delete for today I'm hoping for a great tomorrow
didnt read fully just the like its for off player... well i am def player and i can say i used this moment to que 10k+ extra def troops..as there were no real cfd call sending them all at one villa was worth it...( well i didnt liked to npc but even alliance bonus is restricted..) i guess u might be having low cropper bonus or you doesnt use oasis pretty for extra resourses. i usually get 2 double bonus oasis.. except this round where i am far away from center...
and abt starvation yes they does happen and you need to make up them with trade route.. if u are still suffring you must be making mistake with per hour income and loss...cause we are making ghost which is robbing atm..