ORIGINAL: Shannon V. OKeets
Do I read correctly that you could program such things? If so, why don't you ask Steve if you can participate in this?
Or am I mistaken?
What I'm kicking around is a community based, python-based open source approach that operates on the game file to produce the desired modifications. There is no action, or desire, to modify the MWiF program. It will be used as developed and packaged by MATRIX as the core of this envisoned community based, open source approach. The most stable, solitary mode of play would be the core. But even with this as the core you could have true multiplayer (3 or more) simulatenous and off-line play. But I think this vision is only possible with true, extensive and distributed community participation.
The current # of lines of code for MWIF exceeds 1.4 million.
Good luck on getting someone interested in making knowledgeable changes to a program that large.
Steve is always his most passionate self when the question of intruding upon his retirement hobby is proposed. He instantly sets aside his inertia and dials up his energy level to explain why he -- and only he -- can do this. No one else is capable! He's engineered it specifically this way, of course, using an extinct programming language, hiding details of his work behind a veil of secrecy, consistently deflecting even the gentlest of suggestions of cooperation.
I think probably these periodic requirements to sally forth and defend his turf are what's keeping him alive at this point, so do him a favor and keep them coming. But only periodically, once yearly or so, he only has so much vitality left or desire to tear himself away from his tropical sunsets.