China: Exploring more options without it being a general buff

I think you are misrepresenting my words.

That’s a nice idea! I think that their aoe is not working as intended so they also should fix that.

That would be too much indeed. Just more range or speed is okay. At least as much as a regular musk and maybe you can improve it further with the Fire Dragon Manual in Age IV.

The impact they provide is not equivalent, the trickle is like 2 unupgraded villagers on food. Moreover, the original spirit of the card was to make those initial techs viable openings for China. They nerfed the trickle amount and now you cannot get it, I think this was an oversight because you cannot open with it right now. Here is developer @InterjectionAOE talking about it.