I have a friend who just started playing a new city here in BETA, she is now in the middle of chapter 3. With the new research requirements and the first AW's showing up in chapter 4, this quest is a complete stop for her. As an alternative, why not "Spend 25 Knowledge Points" instead?
She's a veteran Elvenar player and knows her stuff with this game, and yet she's having a very difficult time in this event. Quests like "Produce X CC's" are impossible, no spire access, no magic academy. "Gain X Spell Fragments" is equally difficult, as she does not have much to disenchant (if she even can?). Relics without tournament now, because tournament has to be researched.
Even joining a fellowship has to be researched? Seriously? This is how you drive away new players. Make the game virtually impossible for them at the starting gate.
I am providing this feedback on her behalf as a witness. I have no options to give her.
Exactly the same things I'm running into with a city I just started. Even the 'produce x-amounts of goods' are hard because pop is a major issue, as is keeping culture up. And with only a handful of relics the amount turned out by such small factories are so low you need a lot of productions to get to the required amount and just placing a few more factories is not an option, both space-wise and pop-wise.
The having to research the tech to join a FS was an absolute shock. It means all through chap 1 you have nothing in the way of help.
For players who know the game it's not a big deal, but for new players it is horrible.