Question for Matrix: would it be possible to programme the AI to play the backfill scenario?
It certainly can be done, but I don’t think Matrix (or 2x3) would be interested; that’s just not their function. We have been looking carefully at the AI, and think we can help it out, some but, of course, we can’t rewrite it to any significant degree; we have neither the time nor the mandate.
However, the new editor, implementing the new game features, is such a powerful and comprehensive tool that, although you can’t script a campaign, you can certainly conduct ‘opening day’ ceremonies under any conditions, and in any direction, you wish. The AI is not statically scripted, so it can be “bluntly” redirected to respond on an ‘immediate’ basis. Over time, it will drift back into the actions and responses we all see, but what the hey.
I’ve run a lot of <IF> and <IF_NOT> situations, and the AI seems to respond. It ain’t smart, but at least it’s awake. From the standpoint of WiTP-1, it is satisfactory.
My group hasn’t tested “backfill” extensively under AE. One of the issues in developing ‘backfill’ as a general release scenario, is our proclivity for risk; for example, I’ve seen Kuching, Mersing and Palembang hit on day-1 with the KB nuking Singapore and moving on down. So what would the scenario parameters be?
For sure, once AE releases, we will issue a “Backfill” opening day, but it will be our take on how it presents. Gotta say that “Sir Robin” and “The Bunker” will remain valid, but they will have slightly different imperatives.