What if the villager needs only 25 food and all the military units need 50 or above food even archers and cavalry archers because all military need to eat food to survive. And also Halberdiers and Skirmishers 50 to 60 food. And hussars 120 food, knights and conquists also 120 food and 75 gold.
Like in real life, how is it possible that an army man requires less food than a farmer. Every time the warriors are more hungry than the peasants. And also we can make more farmers and reduce pressure on farmer economy.
I think your main argument is not solid. That takes away any desire of discuss your idea.
I’ll take it seriously anyway.
I think range units, like archers and CA costing no food it is something that could be discussed. What if a little food cost would be applied to those units?
In terms of gameplay and meta.
I will accept archers and cavalry archers need a huge difference in food, if you want to make such a difference at least a 50 food of difference and why don’t we go cavalry archers little high on cost like 70 food not 120 food like hussars, and make archers low like 30 to 40 food and same wood and gold would do.
Only militia and knight might need to change , anything else is fine.
Villager cost 50 food is a standard setting since AOE1, we don’t need to change it .
Militia shouldn’t cost more than halberdiers in food due to their similarity.
Knights use better horses than hussar so they shouldn’t cost less food.
The reality of course, and to be genuine we live in a universe of multiple dualities and not just for reality of history but for the truth of our lives and truth for the kids to know. Not for the greed.
If you really want to make the game more realistic, then, units shoudn’t cost food. They should cost mainly gold and maybe wood to train, but should consume an X amount of food per minute. This way, you have to maintain a constan food income in order to supply yout people. If you run out of food well… units could start losing HP, or abandon your kingdom (become gaia unit), or whatever.
Of course, mounted units should consume more food per minute, and elephants even more.
And yeah I think after 20 mins in game approx 100 years a man should die and new villagers should be created so that we won’t be using a same villager for 1000 years in 2 hours game. And even this must settle down the issue of excess food collected by villagers if in excess count of villagers. So the gamer thinks to creating excess villagers. Cease creating excess villagers(32).