Jedra's Enhanced Skills Slider [W.I.P]
With some of the changes to the way precision-enemy and precision-friendly work in the 1.6 patch, I started to look at how the AI works in Arma 2, paying particular attention to the Skills Array. In various bouts of testing I found that the skills array had a drastic effect on the way the AI behaved. I came to the conclusion that just having a slider for overall skill was not giving the player, or server admin the fine control they needed. Hence the Enhanced Skills Slider.
The aim is for it to work in both single player and multiplayer and allow the player (or admin in MP) to change the skill array values for units/groups/sides on the fly. So, if a game is getting pretty tough, everyone is having their arses kicked, then the admin can adjust the skills of the AI on the fly with a fine level of detail.
So far it's in early alpha and is working in Single player on single units. I need to expand this to groups and all units before tackling getting it working in multi-player.
I am very happy with how it changes things on the fly in single player.
Addon or Script?
I am hoping to release it as both a signed addon and a script.
When it's done Seriously, I have never worked with dialogues before, so I had to learn how to do it - I am getting there. Also I suspect a few 'gotchas' in the MP side of things, but I don't see any reason why I shouldn't get it working. Hopefully a week or so should see me a fair way doen the line.
If anybody thinks this is a crazy idea (or even a good one!) then I would be happy to hear. Feel free to ask any questions (as no doubt I will be asking you some along the way!) or make any suggestions.
UI design is not my skill (Jedra setskill ["UIdesign", 1.0] didn't work for me!), so it will probably look butt-ugly, so any suggestions about how to make it better would be great once I get some more screen shots up.
That's it for now!