the other party would never accept a contract with such code
To expand step 1)
This explanation has to be paraphrasing, read the code if you want a first hand account: https://github.com/screeps/engine/blob/master/src/processor/intents/creeps/tick.js#L7
I'd like this feature with one caveat:
I'd like there to be an API that makes it apparent that it runs on average every X ticks. This should allow for more flexibility when scheduling. Generally I don't care about when these triggers happen, other than it happening too (in-) frequently.
This sounds cool.
I'd prefer there to be an encouragement to do these things co-op: More player-player interaction is fun. Currently we only have "attacking each other" and "non-personal market trading" as the incentives to interact. You could achieve this by increasing the amount of loot if there are multiple players that are doing similar damage.
I'd like to be able to walk past a stronghold without getting shot. eg. I power mining mules or claimers getting shot would be annoying.
In any case I'd like if there was an official API that allows correct prediction of resulting health on a creep for given healing/attack which correctly takes into account (over-)healing and armor boosts. This way I can be more confident that my defenses won't flounder when the patch rolls out one way or the other while I sleep.
I'm currently mildly on the side of "strictly healing past damage".
Changes the body parts of a creep in-field. Clears boosts. May be bundled with the ability to apply boosts that are carried by the power creep. This would allow for some interesting attack patters. eg. Try an attack strategy, change your creeps, try again.
Allows ~3 towers to be built and controlled in a reserved room. Requires CLAIM parts.
Changes the type of the ground. Can be used to speed your allies or slow your enemies. Consumes power per roomPosition. Requires WORK parts. Can not modify natural walls. (I like the design challenges created by walls)
Reduces the amount of power a powerbank gives when mined by an enemy. Requires ATTACK parts
Teleports itself and all friendly creeps in the current room to the last friendly spawn the powerCreep was close to. Requires RANGE_ATTACK parts.
In 5 ticks, the target creeps position will be reset to its current position. That position will be blocked for those ticks. 6 tick ability cooldown. Requires being near the target. Requires HEAL parts.
I like the portal suggestion: It doesn't directly buff combat abilities, just extends the range of your influence. (something natural portals do already) it seems like it can be used for a number of different purposes.
I oppose any ability that allows influence over a wall/rampart + 2 range, as this would break how almost all room defenses are set up.
I'd find this scenario quite cool if it could occur:
Rather than killing an enemy power creep, you could surround it on 8 sides, forcing that power creep to be a prisoner until freed by another wave of enemies.