From: Sydney, Australia
ORIGINAL: Soapy Frog
Yeah there is no accounting for taste! To be fair I have a friend who says he much prefers the EiANW counters! However I am glad that modding the counters back to the classic look turned out to be so easy.
Things I would wish for in the user interface to make the counters even more useful:
1) Dynamic strength numbers for city and depot garrisons so that you can actually see the strength numbers at a glance.
2) Unique leader counters... currently the leaders share a generic counter for their nation; it would be very cool if they could have unique counters on the map (they already have some unique attributes like their portrait in the unit window so it might not be a huge stretch).
3) Unique minor country counters, so that minor country counter graphics can be customized (e.g. the game could check for a country-specific graphics file for the minor and if one does not exist just use the default)
Maybe Marshall will someday cast his eye into this thread and determine if any of this is possible!
Well we have a bug tracking system now (eiamantis.babel.com.au) which is also there for enhancement requests. It's probably worth your while putting this in there as a UI enhancement request. Think through carefully all of what is needed because it's probably easier for Marshall to pick this up once and make the changes than do things incrementally if you've missed something in your original request.
Perhaps include a copy of the counters that you've designed in the enhancement request as a file upload, and a diagram with a few arrows, circles, etc, to point out where on the counters or map things need to be changed. I'm a bit graphically challenged myself (I never could get my head around photoshop or the gimp) otherwise I'd probably do it myself.
The classic counters are a great add so far, though, even without the game changes to get them working properly. I would like to see unique minor country counters, though, as well as a different leader counter at least for Napoleon. After all we don't call this the "Charlesian" era or the "Kutuzovskaya" era or the "Blucheric" era, it's the "Napoleonic" era and not without reason.