This update introduces Resource Lending to the game. From now on, players will be able to lend resources on the world map within their domain to their neighbors. This should allow new ways for players to interact, as well as additional diplomacy around those resources.
What exactly is resource lending?
If you have a global resource within your domain on the world map, you will now be able to lend it to any of your neighbors. A neighbor is any player whose domain shares a border to yours. There should be no space or other players between the two of you.
Once you lend the recource to someone, it will act as if the cell with the resource is provided to that other player, and that player can do with it as if it were his or her own resource (i.e. build a structure on it and supply to their towns). Lending is instantaneous, although building the structure on it is not, just as if it were a normally owned resource.
You can also reclaim any lended resource instantly, although if the other player has supplied it to any of their towns, it will take 24 hours for the supplying structure to be deconstructed. It will be exactly as if you captured the cell with the resource from someone.
It is up to the players how to use this lending mechanics. You can provide them in one direction to your friend or ally. You can exchange them with some other resource with your neighbor by lending each other either 1 for 1, 1 for 2 or any other combination. If you are strong, you can now demand global resources from your neighbors as a tribute. It is up to you how you going to use it - we only provide the mechanics.
It will be interesting if this will make an impact on diplomacy.
P. S. Some overhaul is in the process of Alpha 4 preparations, i.e. stone age tech prices increased 1.5 times while classical age tech prices decreased by 2 times.
P. P. S. Let us know in the comments if you plan to use resource lending and how.