I'm working on a version of the latest SoI with all of the scenario-specific content removed. it will be extremely basic, with 30 numbered civ slots, 4 techs (1 for each era + future), a simple set of units, buildings etc. it will use only regular BTS art with a couple of exceptions (I don't see the point in removing the extra resources or terrain). there will be "flat" settler maps for all the civs and the map will be 1 big province. I think I can get it to where someone could could get a scenario running with their own content and map with only xml and very basic python like filling in spawn dates, maps and barbs. they could then move on to coding UHVs and UPs from a stable base, using examples from the other mods. I will also try to include a ready-made dll compiling setup. I'm already about halfway through this I think so I should have something to post in a few days.