First of all, great job on RC. But after playing around with them for some time now, I do feel like they should get some more significant changes to them than just the standard building templates and starting items.
Currently the only economic difference between RC and Asc are the default starting item, which is the carpenter’s saw for the latter and the potter’s cutter for the former. This automatically makes Asc easier, as they can get to the cutter way faster, than RC can get the saw:
- Carpenter Lvl 1 -> Mason’s hammer -> Mason Lvl 2 -> Potter’s cutter
- Potter Lvl 2 -> Mason’s hammer -> Mason Lvl 3 -> Blacksmith’s hammer -> Blacksmith Lvl 4 (!) -> Carpenter’s saw
This by itself wouldn’t be that much of a problem, it’s just that the economic system is the same for both, and therefore still heavily depends on the carpenter, as the very basic items of training sword and farmer’s hoe can so far only be made by the carpenter. Additionally the blacksmith is very limited in their usefulness, as every single piece of ingot requires wood for the smelter (including steel, which also needs coal), which makes metals suddenly also a surprisingly rare commodity in the desert, contrary to what you might suspect.
My suggestions are the following:
- Move the farmer’s hoe in the tool chain; not necessarily to the potter, but maybe to the mason? (The mason’s chisel also doesn’t need to appear twice, just at the potter for RC should suffice.)
- Create a clay training sword (I think, the ability to create at least one guard should be available from the very beginning)
- Reduce the RC’s dependency on wood more by allowing their blacksmiths to melt ores with either wood or coal (and maybe throw in more coal in the desert mountains)
Alternatively it might make sense, to keep the hoe where it is, but move the spoon. A desert civilization might be more into preparation and preservation of existing foods, than into farming. But that of course then needs more (= at all ^^) recipes for desert fruits, and maybe more harvestable food in the desert (something like dates, next to the cactus pears).
That’s just from the top of my head right now… Opinions? Discuss!