All my friends normally play the game without paying and we have fun. We can usually do well and enjoy the strategy of the game. Usually we make our own alliance or join a local small one: we play to have fun, not to be in an alliance with a bunch of pay to win players. This event is making the game not fun at all. We conquered a local city, putting thousands of DLU into the city to hold (1,000 biremes too), but it was pacted with of alliances that gold, and we were hit by waves of manticores until we decided to pull out. My friends are also being attacked by waves of 30-40 manticores at night. My friend last night had 13 waves of 40 manticores, and is quitting as a result. This event is completely game breaking. There is no strategy, except who can get more manticores (ie who spends more gold). I strongly urge players and Grepolis to reconsider this event. It takes the fun out of the game for those who don't gold their way to victory, and looks to me to make the game about who uses more gold for those who do use it.