Okay. I just want to check around the community (and especially CLIFF!) to see about whether or not some tools exist yet or not.
First up, AI scenario deployment flipper:
Scenarios are defined by text files, one of the important ones is a deployment file being used by the AI. What happens is the deployment file has the ships at the opposite side of the map and perfectly mirrored. For Gaxalon Beta Pirates, what I did was I temporarily extended the deployment area, deployed the fleets, and search/replaced all the angle attributes to make the fleet face the right way.
Now I KNOW there’s code knocking around somewhere in GSB to ‘flip’ a deployment, specifically for challenges. I would love it if this was made available to us, the most ‘ideal’ form of this would be to have an additional button on ‘Challenge!’ to save the deployment to disk and have it flipped for AI, or to take one of our saved AI deployments and make it available to us again. For scenario builders this is the absolute grail of ‘nice and easy’.
However! Since Cliff’s time is probably a little strained, if we can’t get ahold of this soon I think I may well be able to write a converter myself. (I know a little java, not much, and I have once or twice done things to parse text files.) As it stands, challenges export in .gsb format, which I don’t know how to edit. (They look funny in notepad and I’m not l33t enough to decode that.)
In the meanwhile, though, does anyone already have such a thing on the cards?