Well yes, the recruiting situation has definitely changed since last fall. And not for the better.
Recruiting has become a nightmare.
There are many alliances looking for members. And hardly any players looking for an alliance.
Just last fall, we were very successful with our strategy to have several alliance members show up in AR when there was an interesting player to be wooed. Nowadays? Forget it.
Our poor leader spent almost all January visiting and re-visiting AR to fill 2 (two) slots. Several of us would hop in whenever he called for backup … but to no avail.
He finally worked some magic, and we are full again. Thankfully.
But yes: recruiting has become a nightmare.