World building and starting cultures

In the beginning of the actual game, instead of having a ready-made world map with resources, the starting populations could select from a pool of resources that will be seeded in their starting area. The pools would be resources that come from the same origin in the real world.

People who donate could get better starting resources and placement. Maybe there could even be an auction for the best combinations.

Overall, it would be good if a starting population had access to one grain, one oil plant, a few vegetables, firewood, fresh water and be within a reasonable distance of metal making ores.

Some fruits (particularly the citrus) will be ancestral and will have to be cross bred to produce the varieties known today. Also some fruits will have different varieties in different regions, which can be interbred to generate offspring with favorable stats. This is particularly with strawberries and apples. One region might have bigger strawberries with little flavor, while others might have tiny strawberries with a high sugar content.

Rain forest 1

edible insects
plantains
figs
cola nuts
yams
medicinal plants

Rain forest 2

edible insects
wild pineapple
acai berry
cashew
arrowroot (starch)
chili pepper
papaya

Warm region 1

guembĂ© – can be used as food, rope making fiber and medicine (coagulant on wounds, helps with tooth and gum issues)
baobab tree
raisin bush – the berries and leaves are both useful, and the branches can be used to make bows and arrows
sorghum
watermelon
persimmon
figs
tamarind
coffee
okra
black-eyed peas
rice (African variety)
millet

Warm region 2

taro
jute – fiber for cloth making
wild rice – evolves into basmati
bananas
wild millet
ginger
pomelo
black pepper
turmeric
cinnamon
kidney beans
mangosteen
mango

Warm region 3

wild barley
wild wheat
flax
oats
sesame
lentils
peas
chickpeas
wild carrots
wild parsley
wild onions
wild radishes
wild mustard
almonds
parsley

Temperate 1

wild rice
citron
mandarin orange
bamboo
soybean
leek ancestor
cucumber ancestor
ginseng
rhubarb
peach
rambutan
kiwi fruit
field mustard
crab-apple
ancestral mint
mushrooms
possibly also wild millet

Temperate 2

amaranth
quinoa
sweet potato
sweet pepper
cocoa
teosinte (corn ancestor)
lima beans
tobacco
wild squash
ancestral tomato
wild strawberry
wild potato
peanuts

Temperate 3

wild oats
caraway seed
parsnips
ancestral beets
ancestral cabbage
turnips
hops
wild pear
blackcurrant
wild raspberry
wild strawberry
crab-apple
watermint
tarragon

Temperate 4

ancestral beans
wild cotton
wild pumpkin
black cherry
ancestral strawberry
blackberry
raspberry
wild squash
ginseng (American variety)
crab-apple
huckleberry
cranberry
acorns
pecans
walnuts
chives
sage
sunflowers
wild rice
artichokes

Temperate 5

olive trees
aloe vera
wild asparagus
wild spinach
brassica
fennel
walnuts
capers
some sort of beans
pistachio
wild mustard
aniseed
apricots
saffron

Cold region 1

rowan (berries, and wood to make bows)
wild pear
wild licorice
wormwood
chestnuts
(this needs more work)

Cold region 2

cloudberry
rapeseed (oil plant)
dill
crab-apple
wild strawberry
lingonberry
mushrooms
blueberry

Cold region 3

juniper
wild rye
lingonberry
blueberry
mushroom
possibly cloudberry

Desert 1

wild grapes
wild gourd
dates

Desert 2

wild grapes
cacti

Islanders are special groups that will need to start out elsewhere in the game, build boats and start exploring the seas. Donating can buy guidance to land.

Islanders 1 (tropical)

breadfruit
coconut
sugarcane
papeda
jackfruit

Islanders 2 (tropical)

pomegranate
carambola
ancestral eggplant
plantains
amaranth
coconut

Islanders 3 (warm)

vanilla
papaya
allspice
avocado
tepary beans
wild squash

Islanders 4 (warm)

wild yams
sorghum
baobab (Australian variety)
eucalyptus
macadamia nut
finger lime
gooseberry
weird animals

Islanders 5 (temperate)

ancestral plum
red cherry
mandarin orange
lychee
bunching onion

Islanders 6 (warm)

cloves
orchids
weird animals
(This needs more work)

Islanders 7 (warm)

passion fruit
obsidian
jasper
peridot
olivine
(This needs more work)

 

Ilona Ward

 

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