I wanted to share the little experience I had with Demigods.
First of all, please, add a pdf (or whatever) MANUAL to the downloadable client. This is not DOTA, and everybody did not follow the dev of the game. Game mechanics are not easy to understand while being chased by a freaky beast or sniped by some winged geek. I had to search by myself on the internet to find solid info about the game -> not good for new players.
So I played a few solo games to get used to the basics. My first kills fill my purse, and it's time to buy some items. OMGWTFBBQ, how the hell am I supposed to choose among all those items without a clear comparing list of what does what. Yes, you have to learn. But still, I'm a new player, my DG is in the middle of the battle, I just DON'T have the time to scroll through all those items, because that stupid mage is igniting my ass, and it's smells like rosted chicken.
So, after a few solo games, I decide to test my noobness in a multiplayer game.
Mutliplayer / Skirmish / No suitable game has been found / You are currently the only player waiting for a game.
Huh ? I knew that DG did not have a lot of promotion, but I can't be the ONLY player trying to get in a skirmish game, can I ? 1 minute... 2... 5... nothing. Okay, I'm the only one, let's try something else. CUSTOM games.
Whoohoo, I can see games in the list, let's join one. Ok perfect, I choose a DG. Then some guy says, "no doubles". No idea of what he means, I just wait. "no doubles ffs". And I get kicked... Coolness.
Okay so I finally manage to play several "custom" games, and omg, I suck, how can I suck that much, my -pickup- teams keep being steamrolled. 1 game, 2 games, 5 games, 10 games. 1/9 W/L ratio. So I start looking for templates, strategies, tips on the web, nothing changes, I still suck. Maybe I should upgrade my brain, or add a few fingers to my hands. Had my motivation down into my socks, untill I heard about "premade teams" and "favor items".
LOL -> not good for new players.
So I decided to host my own game, and forbid the use of Favor Items (since I don't have ANY, and winning 30 FP per defeat won't lead me anywhere soon), and voilà, equilibrium and challenge finally.
Massive lag, and after 30 mins the game goes poof.
Again, my motivation to play DG drowns like a stone. So I decided to look for lag resolution on the forum, and I read a complaint about a guy not being able to play any skirmish games, being "the only player blahblah". WTF, only one poor answer stating "just be patient".
So I have been patient. And I finally played a good DG game. I totally owned 3 games in a row having x4 the kills of the first guy below me. Zero lag. And now I can't wait to be at home to play again.
So please, if you want your community to grow, there are a few things that need to be changed, and some info that need to be given, not looked for.