I just wanted to beg and/or grovel
for some things for TotA before the 2.0 update is released. Basically, I would like to see the game opened up as much as possible so that it can be customized, tweaked, and/or modded as easily as possible for the upcoming time when we will be left 'on our own' until GalCiv III is released. (The editors you have provided have been a great step towards this end already...thank you!)
You guys have created a great game that is deep, complex, and feature rich. Before it's left in 'final form' in the 2.0 (or later update) it would be great if those of us who aren't programmers/coders have easy access to parts of the game so that we can tinker and that those who are more skilled will have an easier time making mods for the rest of us.
Basically, anything that you guys can add a menu option for, or a front end to, or an editor that allows us to change the way the game works I would hope that you would. Don't worry about Balance or concepts such as that, the point is to let the player access these things and be able to see how it affects the game. It lets those who want to play a certain style or play through 'what if' scenarios do that and gives freedom for modding and such as well.
I have a list of some things below but I am sure that there are many more. Hopefully, most things could simply be added with a menu option.
Add a way to adjust the percentage used by the Military/Social/Research sliders. Right now it uses 100% as the default limit but it could be set to a range of 1% to 300% to allow for almost no usage of resources to complete usage at 300%. (Don't overthink the reasons why, it allows for tinkering
Add a way for the 20,000bc limit/cap on income (after which penalties to reduce income are applied) to be edited...including a way to simply have no cap if so desired.
Create an editor for invasion tactics and anomolies.
Add an option to set starting cash amounts for the player and AI opponents.
Add options for changing Planet Quality settings when starting a game. Preferably a range 0 - 72, and allowing for certain planet types to be allowed/prohibited. For instance allow/prohibit Barren Worlds.
Throw in any .png images that you guys have 'lying around' that are not already included in the game that could be used by modders (like me) who have no artistic ability but like to create items and techs. For example, when I create a planet improvement, I have to pick my icons from the existing Gfx art resources in the game. I generally use an item from another race so that it doesn't duplicate for me during the game. But, it would be cool if the directories also had graphics that had been created, but aren't in the game for whatever reason, and then we could use those as well. (To go even further, when the new starbase icon was created, just leave the old one in the directory for those of us who might use it for something else.)
If it would be too huge, then add it as a seperate D/L in the Galactic Library.