I’d like to start a discussion on the topic of the current drive towards the tier 2 building templates. While I fully see the point of building templates, I see them only as a nice to have, almost polish feature in the game.
This is how I currently see Tier 2 templates, please correct me if I have got any details wrong or missed out something massively important.
Upon completing a quest statue, you unlock a selection of Tier 2 templates. There seems to be no benefit other than visually to building these templates and nothing stopping players manually building a building of exactly the same architecture before unlocking the template.
I would propose two suggestions which I believe would make these important to gameplay with the first in my opinion the better.
Upon building a quest statue you are awarded templates and the ability to build a Carpenters Shrine (or object of some kind) for instance. This shrine would appear in the carpenters’ tier 2 building template as well as being craftable but a level 5 carpenter. This shrine provides a positive buff to carpenters which use the workstations within the building template but can also be crafted and added into player designed buildings.
This gives purpose for building places specifically for workers rather than just leaving their workbenches outside. It also means that the Tier 2 building templates automatically are better than Tier 1 versions.
This concept is similar to #1 but I believe allows for less creative freedom from players. The Tier 2 Carpenters workshop template would give a positive buff to carpenters upon building or when crafting within the building.
These could be things such as 5% higher chance of fine quality, or maybe 1% chance of a legendary quality, 10% speed bonus for crafting, less waste chance, etc.
The main reason behind this is I cannot see the benefit of these templates currently being added over other content or features.
Idea 2 does limits creativity however Tier 2 templates are seemingly pointless otherwise if players can build an identical building manually prior to unlocking the templates. The idea of the templates giving buffs or unlocking an item that grants a buff would give players a real reason to unlock them.
2 cents please