Update: After a bit more progress, I’ve seen some of my mistakes and why some things are the way they are. I’ll edit the post to remove obsolete concerns and instead explain what worked for me.
First of all I’d like to say that I enjoyed the first day(of Android release), I like the idea of these activities in between progression, I have no problems(yet) with power gating, energy, my device has no issues flying the game and my connection is stable, the graphics are wonderful. It would be nice to have more than one combat audio track.
Edit: Removed the resource rant, however, the issue of over-capped resources not giving credit to Duties is still worth mentioning.
Also removed the hatching rant, but, as others have suggested already - a resource conversion or various resource spending options for breeding would be nice.
Regarding the Activity quests - I guess the scale farm is good and unique, the runes are “maybe” sort of worth doing… but why are there 3EN quests for Gold\Fish\Exp when repeatable quests give MORE rewards all at once? Even the Tundra quest gives like 1250 gold, 2750 fish and 500XP, so why would I do the standalone 1000 gold quest if I can only do it twice?
Perhaps for the end-game player these quests would give the highest separate reward per energy IF they do all 5 quests, but for anyone below that - there is no point to do them.
Except for maybe doing a Duty to defeat specific dragon colors that aren’t yet available in the repeatable zones.
Which begs for a suggestion: why not boost the time-limited single-reward quests to be more valuable given their time-limitation… for everyone? And why not add some kind of repeatable quest that has a random assortment of dragons?
Edit: Removed the power scaling rant since I just don’t have enough data, but still - the only fight where I had higher Power Rating and lost - was the auto match+cast in Tundra farm that was probably some really, really bad luck. Perhaps with the same kind of luck - one can skill-push a higher power fight than the current dragons.
Now for the actual solution to resources for beginners - do not upgrade the Fishery, do not upgrade Treasury beyond level 3(and even 3 is optional). Do NOT upgrade the hatchery, as the only worthwhile upgrade comes at lord-knows-what level that lets you hatch 3*s. After I upgraded the Hatchery, I do not get the Petting Duties, or the chance was reduced, and there is no reason to spend 6x more time and a scale to breed specific dragons when you need everyone at 30 anyway. By then you’ll have enough gold.
Duties are apparently important and the biggest task is to save 50k or so before level 17 to get the last Duty quest-giver.