Well, after months and months of toiling I have finally passed level 1,000!
I had to deal with a couple of super-lame bugs on my journey to level 1k, as the old level 604 bug sent me back to level 123 twice and I had a clash mob crash which gave me an iCloud backup that sent me to a black screen only (resulting in a lost level 776 character slot)...
However, after some perseverance and help from some forum peeps (thx Rugged and Silver amongst others), I have finally achieved my NG goal of level 1,000
Now, onto the next goal...time to defeat God King at level 10,000
That will take me awhile, methinks...
After that I will do my best to take down GK level 50k, something not even Leandro or Rugged have done....yet
Thanks to all around the forum, and to the strong contributors around here who have shared their playing tips and knowledge with everyone...in particular, I'd like to thank the following in no specific order:
-Ruggedland, for his NG skills, his help that he gave me during my CM crash issue, and for another person to chase on the level leader boards
-Silver, for his phenomenal dual survival guide and his suggestion to use iExplorer for backing up
-Leandro for being yet another NG beast to chase on the Leaderboards (#1 legit GK level, and #1 legit level?)...
-DarthDuck for his original gem master thread and all of his forum contributions
edit: after reading through this, it sounds like i'm making some kind of acceptance speech, lol...it was not my intention to sound douchey, sorry about that...
others to add to my special thanks list:
-Aussie (Knifey-Spooney, biotch!)
-Voice of Freedom for his NG contributions and another cat to chase in the leader boards (I finally passed you! HaHa!)
-Bladet for his overall contributions and his gem info
-Silversabeast (SAB) for his recent forum work...
-Proph, for his recent forum contributions and for the gem forging master thread
-and many more