We already have a bunch of “passionate X” traits that work if the person with said trait is performing said proffesion. How about we turn this around and add a hobby as a pissible trait for hearthlings, so that we can have them do some other things in their “free time” (gameplay: instead of idle state).
My syggestions? Quite a few, actually:
This hearthling will always wear a basic set of the lowest level armor instead of the proffesion armor and will join a random party during town defense mode instead of running for the flag in town defense mode. The hearthling will fight using its proffesion tool with a level 1 footman efficiency, but can not use better weapons, nor can level up in fighting.
Similar to the previous one, but this time it will allow a hearthling to craft the most basic (lvl1 only) set of items from any crafting proffesion. Only basic quality items can be crafted this way (basic crops planted, etc.). Hobbyists can NOT craft workbenches, kilns etc., will only use workstations crafted by a proffesional hearthling.
Will always help with construction, even if the class would usually disable this option.
Will always help with mining if the mining area contains exposed resource veins. Randomly can mine a decorative item (gemstone/exceptional mineral).
I am sure that there can be more added if we’d do a brain storm here, but these are the obvious few that I really wanted to post. Let me know what You think and throw in more ideas for a “hobby” that could be added.