Here we go again, first let me say this so there is no misunderstanding, abj you are one of the good guys here I mean that. I truly respect you and your opinions. I respect every ones opinion here, even Crussdaddy's. There is a problem here, I don't care if it's Matrix fault, ADG's fault or Steve's fault, I DO NOT CARE! PLEASE!
I said it before and I will say it again Steve needs help, if you get mad at me again so be it. This game is worthless to me without an AI and I mean that with all my heart and soul, if Steve wants to have me leave the beta testers for saying this then that's on him. I will continue to do what ever he asks me to do as I have done for the last 6 months, anything.
You WIF board gamers do not care about an AI and I accept that. Unless someone want's to correct me this game is a long way from done, if it ever gets done [Steve's health] Maybe there is no better programmer in this country [Hawaii included than Steve, but there is an old axiom two eyes are better than one. I do not believe Parusski was demeaning anyone, he is just plain fed up waiting, I never heard him complain before.
We are all very tense about Steve's health for him first and secondly the game. And if Steve cannot go on because of his health you and others better dust off that board game because this computer game is headed for the trash can.
Sorry but that's the way I see it.
You are right Bo but at the same time you've provided the answer to your plea about the possibility of getting any more resources involved. CWiF was a one-man show for 7 years and MWiF is a one-man show. Not only will Matrix not try to involve another developer, realistically they can't because the time that developer would need to invest to get up to speed is completely uneconomical both for him and for Matrix.
And BTW people don't seem to realize that there has and is being a lot of help provided in areas where realistically it is possible to do so. The audio and graphic backgrounds, the production and printing of the player manuals, RAC, and various other myriad player aids.
On top of that there has been programming help. There was help with the Netplay code and with the Tutorial development that came on a volunteer basis for heavens sake! Now that's dedication! There was a whole support platform for a Netplay server that came as part of a deal between Matrix and another computer game company. And there's a few more examples that I don't recall the details of at this time.
So you are just going to have to face up to the fact that the only way you'll get an AI is if MWiF gets published and the AI gets added later. And the only people that can get MWiF published are first and foremost Steve, and to a lesser extent, the beta testers.
Those are the hard facts of life and no matter how much complaining you do about it (although perhaps it makes you feel better) it's not going to change.