In the obsolete to-do thread, i saw an interesting suggestion:
"- New/more economy structures for Good factions (to counter Evil's Lumber Mills):
* "Smelting Works" for Dwarves, using Miners with pick axe anims going to mountains/rock, collecting minerals and returning to the structure to give resources!
* "Harvest Hut" for Elves, using Elven civilians (women maybe) going into woods gathering herbs and whatnot!
* "Hunters Lodge" for Men, using new hunter model based on rangers. Hunter goes looking for eatable animal such as rabbit, deer etc."
I think this would be good, because while the current evil factions can utilize the trees available on the map, the good guys can't!
I think the Hunters Lodge should be for Gondor, Rohan with a slight reskin for each
Evil Men could have a Water Hole, where slaves gather water from nearby rivers/lake with the builder bucket, and toss it in the water hole.
I love the idea for the Smelting Works, and something similar should be used for the Goblins (unfortunately, the name Treasure Trove is taken), because the tunnel anim already has some goblins throwing jewels and other shiny rocks up. After a rock/mountain part is "sucked dry" of resources, it should appear cracked.
The Harvest Hut could be renamed to the Healing House, and women go to bushes and come back with herbs like athelas.
Lumber Mills would only be for Mordor and Isengard.
These units will not be able to fight, and the buildings will be devoted solely to resource gathering. snagas could be moved to slaughter houses and furnaces for mordor and isengard, respectively (snagas would have worked in those buildings anyway, so it's still realistic)
Just like trees can't be harvested any more after they have been fully "lumberized", the cracked rocks symbolize there are no more resources left in them. bushes for herbs would go away also, as well as animals getting killed, but i can't think of something to show that water can no longer be used for resources. maybe it becomes murkier and polluted?
Overall, the map's animals, bushes, trees, water, and rocks/mountains would all be used for resources.
Edited by khamulrulz, 27 October 2009 - 12:46 PM.