I am very much enjoying the Masters game. Last year I was in Rising Star and I enjoyed that too. It was fun playing without the more bossy high flyers. Playing Masters this time. I look around the area in which I play and all the cities are engaged and growing ... no abandoned cities.
It's a fact of the game that without those who use real money there would be no game for us to play. I'm not sure why this annoys people so much but obviously it does. Perhaps we need to accept that some goals are for them and leave them to it on the basis that thanks to them we can play. I note that this time there was an attempt to give extra goals to help with this.