Steam traction engines were more than plowing machines, you could hook a belt up to the flywheel and run various forms of equipment, in fact some traction engines are often mistaken for plowing engines or threshing engines when in fact they were used as a mobile power unit. I'm hoping the devs look into these often overlooked machines when it comes to video games.
And for something completely different... How about the idea of burying barrels of toxic waste?
Horses used to be the muscle of Pre-Steam-Engine Civilizations, I think they would make a perfect addition to the game. The tailor would play a more important role by manufacturing saddles, headcollars or other accesories. The farmer could produce food, that is perfect for domestic animals. The carpenter could build bigger carts only movable by Horses and furniture for a horsestable. Choosing the Hunter profession would be more appealing by adding a domestication speciality to tame horses and breed them (maybe even other animals). A horsestable could function as a additional room to gather skill points. And the best part is, that they do not cause pollution but on the other hand need alot of food.
why not be able to set the size of the meteor before starting a new game (admin/server host)? This would allow to go much deeper with the meteor dilemma. Let`s say we have five different meteor sizes to choose from:
Each diameter sets specific pre - and post impact challenges for the game. e.g:
If >= 400m size was set, two and more anti meteor weapons are required to destroy the meteor successfully. If meteor was not destroyed in time and hits the surface, depending on meteor size a part of the planet is burned and a crater appears (the player may find gold, iron and rare materiales here later?). Instead if the meteor hits the water surface a tsunami will arise (strength / size depends on meteor size). If this is not enough an ice-age could occur afterwards with less sun and the timespan depends on meteor size again and shouldn't occur for an smaller meteor.
If >= 1000m - Game over? or like the 400m meteor just more badass. Also consider if just 2 anti meteor weapons are ready (of required e.g 5 for this size), when time elapsed the meteor could break apart (randomly) into more pieces....some may miss the planet....
The visual ingame appearance of the meteor depends on its size. The diameter is not visible to the players. A new devices can be researched and built to measure the meteor and give the information what is needed to defeat it and the impact it may have to the planet if that fails.
And yes, i didn't play or own the game myself .....yet. Just watched some short vids without to much spoilers ;-)
A setting to turn off particles and or a setting to reduce the distance at which they show or how many of them a block will create when interacted with [I.E. placed, broken, stored in a stockpile]. Even with a good machine the game can tend to lag when placing a lot of blocks at once, such as when you put items into a stockpile. I think having the option to turn off particles or at least control their quality would help a lot with performance in the game. Also, particles can mean a few things so to clarify I mean the dust effects and also small "blobs" when breaking or placing blocks. Hopefully this post gets enough love and we can get a new setting in the next update!
I wasn't specifically thinking about stone roads etc.
What you're suggesting is certainly something that could be considered as well, but is sort of not relevant to this suggestion. I mean, it is, but the point of this is to create the freedom to create a house with the look you want, no matter what tier the material might be. Your suggestion still won't allow someone to build a tier 4 mortared stone house, for instance.
More material variety through the tiers (especially 3 and 4) would without a doubt be nice, but this suggestion stands as trying to solve the actual problem of having the freedom we had before.