This kind of detail is gold to me. I started rebuilding my LMA city for HQS right after the spring event. I've built the essential GBs but they're all still around level 5. It's only been about 3 weeks, that all the pieces have come into place and the GBs at high enough levels to really make a difference. Just this week, I finally unlocked breweries and apartments. I replaced the last of the townhouses this past Saturday. I've been questing with Cooperages for the last few months, but really just limping along while I focused on building and leveling my GBs. They gave up their diamonds long ago, but it sounds like I shouldn't so quick to replace them.I’m very flattered by this, and will contribute what I can but am still just learning myself! My St. Marks in both my cities (LMA & CA) is at 10, and my impression is that i do a lot more Collect Coins quests than most HQSers, probably 15 or more a day. In my LMA city, have two slots open on Collect Coins and Collect Supplies most of the day, and I will spam UBQs on one of them to fill up the other, trying to keep one empty at all time so that it can fill up the other when collections don’t quite add up to the total. But probably everybody knows to do this. At any rate, my coins/supplies quest may even outnumber my 24-hr production quests, depending on RNG. And St Mark gives a lot of goods. I have both the LoA and the RAH in both cities at 10, and still have more coin that supplies. All those buildings make a lot of goods.
I think the reason why CR discounted LMA is that he felt strongly that you should not unlock “dead end” tech tree segments so that you can save them for event quests and not be forced by an event to move up an age. To get the two slots in LMA, you have to reasearch Optics, which is one of those dead ends. He may not even have realized you can get 2 slots in LMA for that reason. But event quests nowadays almost never require unlocking a tech, so saving the dead end ones seems less essential.
With Cooperages in particular, when your quest-support GBs are at 10, 2 hampers fulfill both the 24-hour productions quest AND the entire Collect Supplies quest, which is sweet. I swapped them for breweries after I got the diamonds, but I kind of miss those Cooperages.
Reading this gives me a lot to look forward to. I can see I'm nowhere close to being finished with LMA. Having been pushed into LMA by the Spring Event, I have left the dead ends locked including optics. I've also largely left the C-map alone too. I completed the PvP tower province during the Spring Event, the first goods province during Cleopatra, the second to complete Van Gogh. Now that we've had two events in a row, that haven't required advancement, I'm hoping this is the new normal. I'd like to unlock the expansions on the tech tree and get the ones from the map. That's 5 or 6 expansions.
If it's not already out there somewhere, It would be great to have the complete process to get the second RQ slot in LMA. So far, I've seen more questions than answers about how to do it, I know which Story Quest to complete, but not collect, that opens the second slot, but have no clarity about the steps needed to get that far without triggering something else. Anything you can document would help us all.
We're all learning as we go along, maybe that's the silver lining of an incomplete guide. C.R. gave us a strong foundation that others are now building upon. With each new contribution, and new perspectives, I see the concept of HQS getting stronger and more refined. I hope it continues. So please share what you learn, so we can follow in your footsteps.