I am not against the idea of “local times” or “hours from now”.
“Local time” works for any player only in his own time zone.
“Hours from now” is a continuously moving target, and could be confusing if players are delayed a few hours reading emails at different times of day.
I still like the “Tick” counter beginning at ZERO hour from beginning of game.
Tick 197 is a fixed point in time, and it does not matter what time zone any player is in, and also does not matter if a player reads an email 5 hours later. For me personally, it is less confusing. I am able to hit “L” and read the running clock tick on the Leaderboard. I can subtract to determine “Hours from now” and then compare to figure out my own “Local time”.
For me, the in-game time is its own time zone.
Maybe there could be some OPTIONs to allow players to control the TIME information that a player wants ?