OMG I think you did it!!! Sorry for the delayed response.
I’ve just tried with any Random Map maps like coastal, and ghost lake by choosing your new “Food to Fruit (Vegan) mod” on single player, it worked without any issues, yay!
And I’ve tried Empire Wars too, no issues as well. Random maps too no issues, no crash even on 8 players I put all 7 AIs. I ran with some cheat codes to speed up the testing as it’s already late night at my end, I hadn’t ran a full game yet, maybe tmr with my father.
Yes there’s boar bushes, cow bushes around but they were all replaced with forage bushes and some lemon bushes, I’m not sure what they replaced, maybe some wild goats in the forest, but they’re all bushes, which is good!
While for Rice Farms on water, maybe we can try swap the green patches ones with the seaweed? As I feel seaweeds grow on deep water while shallow water has more green patches plants like lotus, water crests, etc, more realistic this way.
And for the fish traps, maybe red is better to make it more distinguishable than all green, if it doesn’t look fake.
The problem for now would be to get proper graphics. I don’t know (haven’t found a way) if texture scaling can be done inside AGE.
Also, I’d let the “shore fish”-grass variation stay, as it actually fits “wild rice”, no?
When I come around to edit graphics, I think I should be able to either make the “green floating plants” small enough to fit as a shore fish; alternatively: I could make the “grass” bigger, to fit the ocean fish size.
Another thing that just came to mind: I’m not sure if patches actually affect the data mod. This could mean, that every patch I’d need to convert the data mod to the latest patch. If that’s the case, I’ll definitely have to find a better solution.
I’m not sure if it’s the graphics problem, maybe there’s some graphical generate leaks somewhere in game hence the crash. I find it very heavy once I played the mod and exited AOE2 to windows (I’m using SSD), it takes a very long time to fully close the game, as I can see from Steam that it still showing AOE2 is still running, sometimes need to force stop from task manager manually.
That’s a feedback from me. For the rest, maybe you’re better in them. Cheers!