2metraninja, I agree with everything you're saying. It is the same point I was trying to make earlier, and I think it would work effectively. As far as resource trades, yes, they are very common at RB. Especially in their CTON games, they use research trades a lot to communicate cooperation (for example, trading a health resource for a health resource, sometimes the exact same resource). @Sommerswerd, how would we respond if they came back to us saying something like "Sure, and in return we'll take Wines and Horses." They have enough happy and strategic resources as it is, I'd rather not give them anything else that will help them out just now.