are "goody huts" (to use a Civilization term) that
can be claimed in a multiplayer game for RU's, technology or
ships. I remember during the beta test when early in a game,
an opponent retrieved a crate with his scout right in my
front yard, and was given a destroyer. Needless to say, I
died that day. :) Luckily, restrictions have since been
placed on how big a goodie can be found in a crate.