Has this changed your playing in any way?
In the city I started 8 months ago, in iron age, most of my neighborhood was demolished with the first event building and the remainder with the second. I build Oracle and LoA, but never built or even considered building ToB.If I was starting today i might never need to build a population providing GB or houses.
I have been playing almost 6 years. The biggest change I see is that trading of goods is done mainly for two reasons. One is to acquire goods to build a higher age GB. The other is to acquire previous era goods for negotiating or opening GE levels. I suppose there is some trading to acquire next age goods, but trading for same age goods has lessened to the point that it's almost non-existent on some markets.
It's not really experimenting now but rather common for people to trade down across the severs!I'm tempted to say good topic, but that would be an awful pun.
Let's call it interesting instead.
Honestly there are a lot of guilds that trade down for things like GE, GVG, & GBG. As a lot of guilds have a lot of member's in different ages and need the goods for things like unlocking GE, placing siege camps in GBG and placing Sieges in GVG.
Spinoffs of Goods SBs include allowing faster new city development and enabling the 'trade down' technique others are experimenting with.
Through 2018 a major selling point for Babel, LoA, SMB, FoD, RaH (140 tiles) were the Goods they produced. Lvl 10 of all five gave 103 / 206 Goods.
2019, 2020 - a dozen Sleigh Builders (6 current Era, 6 previous Era, 180 Goods) (84 tiles) provide flexibility for Goods production and Quest completion. Combined with the other Goods SBs can take care of most players needs aside from heavy negotiating.
2021 - Goods SBs will continue to be important but the ability granted by Arc + GBG will bring powered GBs to ever more players enabling players the option to go back to GBs for even more Goods production.
A lot of the excess Goods produced will be funneled into new player development and Guild Treasuries.
It's not really experimenting now but rather common for people to trade down across the severs!