Is it just me or can you … leverage … the Stockpile feature to keep enemies at bay ? So when you first start out you can deploy an array of them and keep most mobs from even spawning to cause much trouble.
Yup, you can exploit stockpiles to keep enemies at arms length. I’ve also seen some Stonehearth streamers place what they call “spawn insurance” blocks. It’s literally just 4 blocks placed together in a square to keep enemies from spawning anywhere nearby.
Here’s a blast from the past DT: Enemy Placement. Based on that video I’m gonna go with it being a feature that can be exploited, but that’s up to the player.