(with risking of being told to read the other 80 pages of chat, wich i kinna ran through)
how are the desert maps going to look exactly, are there new quests, is there a chariot (and if so how does it work - is it like in wedding dance or something?), how are you going to overcome the whole vassal system that was always a big problem for non-medieval mods.
Desert maps = admittedly right now we don't have a strong scene department. Kuauik did great work but he's got too much to attend to to worry about it, Dr.Tomas is interested in doing scenes too but we could use more scene artists. I'm not sure if we'll use a custom desert texture, I don't see why not if it looks good enough.
New quests = not right now. Too much to worry about before we could get to that.
Chariots = Ritter created the chariot script before his hiatus. It works but is not without quirks that DrTomas (and anyone who might help us!) are trying to iron out. Don't want to testify to anything specific that might change, but it's proceeding along.
Vassal system = This is a trickier subject. I think that something approaching a vassal/feudal structure has actually been very common in history given the decentralized nature of most regimes. And it also works from a military perspective. In fact you could consider most of our factions to be feudal or semi-feudal. The Achaeans are, the Hittites are, the Persians are. The two who I think are explicitly non-feudal are the Egyptians and Assyrians, who from what I've understood maintained more centralized states and armies and explicitly tried to de-feudalize their forces. Yet in both cases the Pharoah or King are still the top dog who can decide who gets what fief. Short of any solid information we can assume Babylon is non-feudal too.
I suppose what we could do, speaking hypothetically, is to change the dynamic of army sizes for the centralized states. Whereas everyone else would have the vanilla system (large for king, medium for major nobles, small for minor nobles), the centralized states would have maybe 4 nobles (The King, princes, Vizier/High official) with huge
and well equipped armies, and the rest being militia/piss-poor feudal conscripts.