With the "recent" Wood Elf campaign rework CA managed to implement a decent option for building tall (limited territory built up as much as possible instead of wide expansion), something rare in TW, though there was the fame victory in ToB. This got me thinking. Should and could something similar to this be done for all the Elder Races (all Elves plus Dwarfs and Lizardmen, maybe Tomb Kings)?
Ofc for this to work several aspects would have to be tweaked for the affected races.
First an foremost settlments need to be addressed. Buildings need to be both more expensive and Long term effective (mainly income and recruitment slots), with the cost-benefit balance shifted in favor of higher Tiers. Additionally a nerf to growth and much higher colonisation cost seem appropriate.
Expansion can be further discouraged by making the climate rules harsher for those factions. Increasing the unsuitable climate punishment and/or reducing the hospitable bioms to 1-2 should do the trick.
To offset the early game disadvantage coming with all of this a more built up start might become necessary.
Still, the above might lead to serious turtling. Although that's necessary to a degree (If loss of territory is more devestating defense needs to be stronger), the campaign will become really boring if dictated by it. So everyone needs a reason other than conquest to pick fights and means to reasonably wage war far away from their home base (like black arks for example). Some of those are already in, others would have to be introduced but all would be race specific. So I'll adress those in later posts, alongside inviting you guys to come up with cool solutions.
TL;DR: The idea here is to make Dwarfs, Elves and Lizardmen about building tall by making expansion more difficult for them whilst increasing the benefits of building up, alongside giving everyone individual reasons and means to attack others without conquering them.
So what so you guys think? Is the overall idea nonsense or valid? What do you guys about my proposed way to do it? And most importantly, how would you do it?