As long as the server is up and running, this game can survive. I do not think that voting on the game outside really helps. Maybe it is a good thing to add it on wikipedia as browser game, but that is all the advertisement at the moment. The advertisement is not the problem, but the decreasing activity over the last five years is.
In my honest opinion, the game is really great eventhough it is not ready yet. I do not know what changed since I retired two years ago, but I think that the same problems are still around. Many things that have gone wrong in the past (and maybe even I had some bad influence on this) , can still be corrected.
The dev team always said that the most important part was testing and that the players come on the second place. We can al see the result of this, but even this could be used without destroying the mood of the players. For the regular players only one thing is important, that the game is always running, no long down times between rounds and things like this. Another fact is that the rounds most of the time last too long! After one month, there is most of the time one large alliance dominating the galaxy, killing everyone on a daily basis etc. When this happens, people leave the game because they are bored. In my opinion, at a moment like this, the game should be stopped immidiatly and another round should be started within two weeks. So most people kan keep playing interested. New people who joined one or two weeks before, do not care to start over, because they 'think' that they have a new chance. Maybe even an active player, who checks this and with a conversation with the biggest alliances decide to start over. Keep the activity and the rounds going!!!! And why not mail the entire forum database that a new round is starting every time? This result in more sign ups, but this has to be done really well!!
The community is still a problem, I do not know if AW still has that stupid community part of the forum, for the most respected members. I think that this only works when you have a large community, not when there are 40 active people on the forum and split the activity in two parts!! This hurts the activity a lot, why did you ever implement this? Another thing is that the channels on IRC should be restored. IRC was an important part!!!
Activity brings activity!!!!!
There are also some changes needed in the game, but keep in mind that I did not had any account for more than two years! Make mine stealing very fast like 2 days or something like that! New players want to attack, the two weeks were too long, people are getting bored with such a long time! Maybe even make transports and barges before scouts? And make the rest longer? Like reducing time etc, but make sure that new players etc can attack very fast!
Reduce the ETA of defence with 1 (like it was years ago) and the minimum of attackers higher. Eta 4, eta 3 on CIC was too fast and no one could defend that!!
But try to keep the speed in the game!! A lot of rounds and somethimes implement something!! This was my addition (and maybe the last) to Alliance Wars. Keep in mind to increase the running of the game and the lenght of the round, make it more attractive to new people redce defence eta-1, make the forums the same for everyone and after that start advertising and make AW great again!! Good luck.
p.s. If needed, I would be willing to act as a kind of game master, that I can start and finish a round (can not see in the database, but somehting coded that I can restart and start the game). And I would be willing to hang around on IRC and ingame (without playing) 24/7 to check if it is needed to restart a round or not and act like some explainer of the game to new people, because I think that the devs are too busy to do this job and can focus more on coding and stuff like that.
Round 5: 1:305 Rabbithunter of Konatsate Gua
Round 6: 1:126 Lightbringer of Zetten BoB #11
Round 7: 1:2 Konstantinnidis of Naxos BoB SD
Round 7: 1:2 Nely of Dirksland Guild #19
Round 8: 1:53 Dark Knight of Forest GotL SD