I might take a look at that WW2 database, but I think I'm gonna do my own. First because that is the best way to learn how to do it. Second because I believe that the Steel Panthers data is very solid, especially its tank and penetration data. I already did naval and air ratings for a wargame company I used to work for and so I can use those (I'm still under a non-disclosure agreement so I can't divulge how I developed those air and naval ratings but I can adapt the ratings themselves to TOAW as long as I don't reveal the algorithms). So my biggest problem is squeezing thousands of possible unit ratings into the 2,018 equipment slots available in the BioEd. That's what I'm working on right now.
As far as rating multiple versions of various weapons systems, that will be problematic since even with 2,018 equipment slots there are thousands more equipments capable of being rated than available equipment slots. I can already tell that naval and air units will suffer the most, since TOAW is first and foremost a ground-combat game. I'll probably be limited to "generic" naval units (although by eliminating all post-WW2 and the obsolete pre-WW2 naval units I'll still be able to add some more variety to the WW2 naval units even if they are "generic"). As for air units, I'll probably have to focus on the "famous" air units first, and hope that some of the more obscure air units can squeeze in. And I'll probably have to label them such as A6M Reisen (early) and A6M Reisen (late) rather than getting into all the variants. For example, there were probably a dozen variants each of the FW-190 and the Me-109 that made it into quantity production. No way I can include them all. I'll probably keep the Me-109 as air-superiority variants (since that is what they were best at) and maybe include a ground attack variant of the FW-190 (like the FW-190F). But not enough room to give any aircraft model more than a couple variants, and only the most famous will even get a couple. It's a shame, but that's the way it is.
EDIT: Speaking of naval units, I've noticed that there are no submarines in TOAW. Has anybody done any submarine equipment ratings and can TOAW handle submarines?
< Message edited by vahauser -- 10/18/2007 10:13:52 AM >