Sheep on a medium start would be good. In my last game it took very long to get any. As I think, I said in my blog; three times sheep were offered but I had no dalers to buy them. As I finally got some cash, it took a couple of years to get the sheep. I could buy 100 wool, so there was never a problem with clothing, but without these extra wool cotes, there might have been a few without clothing in that game, too.@Paeng
, how are your hunters located? Is there many other things in the hunters area? In the picture of your first settlement, the big hunter (reindeerherder) has many other things in his area. That's not good for the productivity. I guess the small hunters from Kid might be even more vulnerable to disturbances. Otherwise my experiences of them is good, but the hunters have a small tendency to overhunt the reindeer, so I prefere the large one. The first years they kill 10 or more animals, than it gets down to the half in a good located tower but it didn't get lower than that.
To the ports; I must confess, that I felt almost molested by the many merchants in my first Nordic games. After I've realized, that you don't need many ports for the settlement, I'm fine with it. In my last game, I built my second and third port unusually early. Partly, because I did gamble too much and partly, because I had to buy a lot of food. (The second with about 150 and the third with about 300 people.) In your case; with trade only as support, one port will do for a long time. @Tom Sawyer
is a master of balancing. With this one port, the balance between coins and goods will be much better, than with your 3 different ports (only one has a 30%(?) chance of getting coins, half as often as in the vanilla version; no wonder that you don't get many) and totally; there will be less disturbing "gongs".
OK; I can agree, that the big vanilla ports are not very good looking. If I can avoid it, I will not build any in my attempt to build a "good" looking town.
Anyhow; I'm glad, that things have turned out well in your town. Looking forwards to see some pictures.