I've been doing quite a bit of reading, just generally poking around, seeing what is where and what does what. My main sources of reading have been the original rulesmd.ini file from RA2YR, DeeZires amazing guide, stiff doses from ModEnc, and sifting through years of forum posts. All of these sources are tremendously helpful.
: Is there somewhere I can find blank templates for [Infantry Types], [Vehicle Types], [Aircraft Types] and [Building Types]. My hypothesis is that I could use blank templates, without values or settings, as a sort of index. If I could centralize and essentialize what is involved in tying everything together in the rulesmd.ini file, I could backtrace each component with the existing sources much easier.
(From Unmodified rulesmd.ini file)
; GI ; Allied GI
Occupier=yes ; I can Occupy UC buildings
Etc, etc, etc...
From that, I could look up and define what each tag means. Reading through the rulesmd.ini file, I noticed that some tags were used some places, and other tags that were used other places, and some units omit some tags entirely. If this were all collated into a single template, as a sort of index it would make several tasks easier.
, for beginners like me, it would make learning about the material more unified, demonstrating application rather than just saying, "Here's a tag in a big list, good luck finding where you can use it." I realize thats a bit self centered, but this resource, if it existed, would be immensely valuable as a learning aid.
, for people who have surpassed my meager familiarity with the inner workings of RA2YR and are making their own units or whatnot, it would make a fantastic checklist. One could make a straightforward set of progressions through a set of tasks, the end result being higher confidence in the quality of work, higher confidence that it will work when put into use and a good yardstick that can be used in searching for bugs and such.
If this kind of thing is out there, I haven't found it. If it hasn't been created yet, it would be just the sort of task I would be interested in doing.
What do ya'll think?