I have mixed feelings on this one. Mixed as in 50-50.
For me, the shepard would not bring in more income than the trapper. They are about equal.
Yes a cook could turn it into a profit to some extent, but so can a tailor.
The money maker is in clay. Granted those merchants don’t come by as often, however what you can make with clay is way more valuable than anything a shepard or trapper could obtain. The vases are the key thing. Not the first vase, the other 2. Those give quite a pricey return.
I guess the way I play, at least RC, I tend to make lots of income from clay alone. I start out with cloth making. Selling that is decent enough to get started. I do usually spend the first couple days gathering as many silkweed plants as I can; which for me amounts to a small garden at times. Granted I usually have my hearthlings living on plateaus, so usually there are lots of it.
Yes it might be micro a bit, but not nearly as much as military micro. For me it is a comfortable management of the trade. At first it is slow, but once that potter gets to level; the money in a sense comes rolling in. I buy from the mason, and various merchants this way to turn a profit. Clay is something I do buy, although a bit more pricey than stone for some reason… I don’t understand that for RC in the desert. I would have thought that stone and clay would be equal in price, since you can get equal amounts, although more often more clay than stone depending on where digging is. It would take quite a while to dig up the map of clay.
It might be limited on the map, but sure would take a fairly long time to use it all. I don’t see shepard’s helping in anything beyond food production and wool.
So on that note is the reason I am 50-50 on it, since there are some balance to be considered. I like the idea, just unsure of it. Would be nice to have sheep instead of a crop that produces cloth. Or better yet another animal to get thread from just to make RC a little different than just a reverse copy of AC. Silkworms, although that might be something for the dwarves, unsure. maybe even spider silk, although that might be a bit too frightening for some… Maybe an emu, yak, or … I can’t think of the critters names… But yes, if shepard is to be reversed I think maybe they should get a few of their own critters to ranch together in place of the ones we have for AC.
That is my thoughts and reasoning… I know I play a particular way, and don’t expect many to play that way; after all it is the variety of players that go about the game in different ways that makes this game quite a thrill.