![SM moon.png](https://files.steempeak.com/file/steempeak/just2random/KQz5uKHj-SM20moon.png) Hey Guys, just a quick update on why you'll see less of me in the near future. Yes, I've decided it's time to stop grinding through the [Steem Monsters](https://steemmonsters.com/) Quests and Seasons in the hope that one day my teams can compete at the top. I know that ain't gonna happen without more capital investment and more time. And both are in short supply right now. You see I feel the **[Hero's Journey](https://scottjeffrey.com/heros-journey-steps/)** has kinda 'died' in this game. What was once a clear path to max level decks has turned into a mismatch of additional cards that quite frankly I'm not too excited about. My goal was and still is a max level team, so I can compete at the top, but getting a max level Rusty Android wasn't my idea of success. It's just no fun anymore. Oh, and sure I can try selling my quest rewards for Beta cards to max my teams, but then I'd just contribute to the dumping of cards on the market. (Which is getting insane) I think my turning point was when SM decided to cancel the idea of booster rewards for a season, based on some outrage in the community that card prices would continue to fall. In reality those prices were falling because of a low STEEM price, and lack of momentum to recruit new players. When you look at what SM is giving out now during a normal season, it's actually a lot more cards than was distributed before. Doh! #failarmy The one thing that appealed to me in the game was earning XP for battles played, and sure it was only ever talked about earning for tournaments, but it seems that path is dead too. So the only way I'm going to complete my hero's journey is if I stop playing the game, and focus on [earning extra income](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D4e4tnO83Xg) to support my Steem Monsters habit. And I'm not sure quiting a game to complete a Hero's Journey was ever in the 'Game Developers Handbook'. But it is what it is. Now don't get me wrong I'm not giving up on the game just yet. I'm still excited to see what the Automated Tournaments brings (please reward more than Top 4) And Steem Monsters is still the best thing that ever happened to the STEEM blockchain. It's just anytime I have to spend on Steem Monsters should be focused on growing the player base, and I think you should too. [LOL, I got called a Douchebag for suggesting this before so take it as you will] We have been getting trapped in the Fixed Mindset syndrome many investors have - protect what you have, limit cards, to raise prices. Whereas a Growth Mindset knows that increasing the player base means those prices will naturally increase through increased demand. Giving away packs was a genius move to get new players into the game and started on their Hero's Journey. But giving away reward cards that require the core set to play. Not so much. On my estimations the Beta cards would have lasted another 4 months at the rates they were being consumed, and this would have left the path open to actually sell the boosters we now refer to as 'Reward Cards' That would have kept us on a path to sustained growth, and taken us strongly into the Auto Tournament phase with a solid player base. ( I feel it's plateaued now, with new players coming in barely replacing disgruntled players who are dropping off) Anyway, enough dreaming of what could have been, as it's in the past now. I'll still try to find ways to promote Steem Monsters in my spare time, after all I am one of these players holding a small bag of cards, and will benefit from it's success. The future is bright, but Steem Monsters must find it's way onto the growth path again, and disregard the whims of investors who with their Fixed Mindset's are sadly controlling the direction of this game. Just remember happy players are naturally going to spread the word about Steem Monsters more quickly than a few investors, trying to convince other investors Steem Monsters is a sound investment. Let's treat it like a game first, and make the financial gains a secondary benefit. After all we are going to the same Moon!