Every small plans that requires gems should be put on storage and locked away until we be swimming in a sea of gems. Sorry but i want to make big golems that can help the clan in speeding up our manufacturing strength.
Making mana bombs is a simple process. You find a good big gem, the size of a apple per exemple, you fill it with mana to the brim..meaning its about to blow up if you add anymore mana into it and is extremely unstable. Kiel almost blew herself up with a unstable foci full of mana, same with Tyrade almost blew up trying to keep a nethergate influence contained via a sealing gem. Can we afford to make mana explosives gems right away? The answer is no we don't have the resources to waste away such a rare and precious building component for a 1 shot deal that could have been used to make powergems, control gems and foci. It's like considering only short term profit and sacrificing long term profit. Very bad for business on the long run.
Making golem shields, god this is a waste of resources. Look at the elite soldiers of the nals, they used simple shields made out of steel. It's cheap, efficient and easy to make. Adding gems into it simply makes the process of making shields longer and triples the price on even making a shield in terms of raw resources. That is simply not enough bang for our buck.
Crossbows, any future crossbows we make needs to be manual since until we find a large vein of gems, most crossbows we make will have to be put into storage until we find a large amount of gems. The swartelos gal kicked our asses with a simple manual crossbow when we had no manashields. The primitives in the forest have no manashields so using semi automatic fire on them is a waste of resources and will be a pain in the ass to recover bolts after each firefight. Have the archers make bows and arrows. faster and cheaper to make per turn and will still be as effective in 10-30 turns from now against the goblin race.
A survivalist should not be a pessimist, he should always be positive, happy and enjoying life more than anyone else because he understands that each minute of peace we have is precious and unique, and he never takes it for granted.