From: Colorado Springs
I'm going to hate myself in the morning, but I'm going to disagree with you.
I should be able to use the mouse wheel to zoom in and out, from twice the detail out to the minimap scale. There's no reason that I can't make the map spin around and even tilt(if that makes sense,) etc. You should have some control over the font, you should be able to move the windows around on the screen, and dock them where ever you want to. You should have a dockable window that shows the terrain effects.
Heck, I should be able to play on a topo or other map instead of the graphics that are there.
I'd love an option to independently size the counters, and make them a bit bigger.
The sounds should sound like they're coming from where they are on the map (left, right, up, down.) Heck, I'd love to steal the SPWAW graphics and use them <g>.
I'd love to have 'tooltips' following the cursor instead of having to look at the bottom of the screen.
In the end, it's going to be counters on a map, if it wasn't, it wouldn't be TOAW, but there is a lot that can be done to the presentation to bring it up to modern standards. I'm not saying that a 3D presentation isn't possible, and that I won't try to improve the 3D presention too, or even make it real 3D, but it's never going to be the main display for most people.
TOAW III Programmer