I’m finding myself quite impressed by the North. Particularly, it’s clear a lot of effort when into balance as opposed to a kitchen-sink approach. I get the impression the adage of really better as opposed to ‘more is always better’ was wisely followed without forgetting any of the important parts.
I wonder if you’ve considered allowing residences with a capacity above five people? Particularly in combination with for example your Ironman mod, houses can fill up when the oldest children still have several years before they become students/laborers. Allowing families to keep growing with a capacity of say 7 people – with the structure being quite a bit more expensive of course – would be a good addition I think.
Yes, we had up to 4 kids in a red cottage in North 5. It made problems with population growth or actually with the ratio of children to adults and went back to 3 as a standard. The birth rate was lowered in current Norseman/Ironman versions but I think it would still be an issue. As an additional option, larger houses for bigger families can be of course very interesting to play with. It could be large farmhouses on 5 x 5 or a Longhouse over 6 tiles. I put it on the roadmap!