Re : Fight for ore
This can indeed be a pain in the ### when that happens.
If it's obvious the player wants the ore and is e.g. interrupted by a monster attacking him I let him have the ore.
When I see another player riding for ore that I want as well it's first come first serve.
It all depends on the sense of courtesy the player you are facing has.
There is not that much that can be done about it.
Ore is common you'll find a new node soon anyway.
Withywindle: Hargorin, 85 GRD; Tharwil, 53 CHMP and a whole lot more offspring