Not really as it's just basically a 'bonus' to the 'bonus' and again gives gold users and advantage.
Hmmmm can see where this is coming from but some hero items can define your troop making.
Build inf or cav as an example.
This would depend on other variables to the 'terms' of going equipped or not,assuming it's a choice?
How long before they could settle/chief another village.
Would there be restrictions to troop building etc?
Ideally I'd like to see another aEU based server with one,two maybe three things taken from SE.
3rd option not sure about.
Why not give the adventure a 'choice' of what to find.
Maybe make 3 or 4 categories of adventure?
Infrastructure - similar to watching a video you get x amount quicker build time,add 1 level etc
Military - Find swords,helmets,armour etc etc
Resources - Buckets,books or actual resources etc etc