@DPrime123 That would be awesome; Actually, robots in general would be awesome. Having the engineer lead a squad of assault bots into battle seems amazing * sudden ideas hit brain*
And now that I have my heart set on robots, I might as well write out a gameplay balance for them and a few other things. ehem
If the engineer wishes to build something, he will need large amounts of steel (which requires a skilled smith and iron ore, which you have to mine for), and in order to repair machines or maintain them also requires some steel and considerable time on the engineer’s behalf (this will prevent the player from automating everything in their village, or using robots in every battle). Further more, some machines will need a power source to operate like steam power for engines, or electricity for robots. So make sure you don’t march a bunch of robots out to battle just to have their batteries run dry midway through.
Now that I have made machines seem too expensive to use, I shall make them seem too awesome to be true . An Engineers machines can do the work of several people at once: Bring a tunnel bore into the mines to speed away production, have a pump bring water from further sources when necessary, and robots by themselves would be many times stronger that a normal villager. In battle, robots (considering they are literally nothing but metal) would be very durable and hard attackers. Provided you have enough black powder, you could have your engineer build explosives and bullets beforehand for an epic firefight.
(I suddenly had a vision of an engineer in a steam-punk style meck-suit shooting volleys of missiles and bullets at a hoard of goblins.)
The epicness is too much for me, so I must stop here, otherwise I will never stop typing XD. Please excuse my long winded-ness.