The devs mentioned that in PvP raid mode (where you can load another players city and attack it) that if a player “power gamed” his mods making or downloading “Swords of Infinite Power” and things that unbalance the game. Let’s be honest modders from past games are usually grouped into different categories. You have your people that want to make the game far more difficult (hell mode/rogue-like), you have you power game folks that want to make things obscenely powerful, you have your people that want to make balanced mods that fit into the game, you have some people that just want to make visually awesome new stuff that doesn’t effect much, etc. So anyways they mentioned if an ultra power game made a city nobody could touch that it would be low rated and nobody would go there but isn’t that kind of chaotic in nature? There has to be a better way to separate whether a city is vanilla or balanced with vanilla or power gamed up. Or do you guys think anything goes enhances the game?
I think city designs could be designated vanilla, balanced with vanilla, and powerful so you have an idea what you are going to do in the first place. To determine what is balanced vs powerful we could have a community voting system. Or the mods could try out popular mods and say yes balanced! or no too powerful! or maybe even feedback the author and say tone with this a little and its great. At the very least we should just be given a label system to attach to our city as a description for what you find inside. Then if certain mods become extremely popular they can become popular PvP styles. For instance if someone makes a amazing fire + ice pack that adds volcanos and fire monsters and ice structures and ice monsters then a city could be labeled fire/ice meaning vanilla plus that set of 2 packs. Otherwise what good will leaderboards do?
Think of in terms of Magic the Gathering tournaments. Type 2 was created with the newest cards only as older sets may imbalance the game. With Stonehearth having such a broad modability its the equivalent of a player going to a type 2 tournament and not just using type 1 cards but making up his own cards and adding them to the deck.