I can attest to that! If I remember correctly, you were one of my strongest opponents back before Civ V was I said that I wanted a GUI editor for the database. In another thread, I have a post about a scenario I am trying to create that does little more than add a few city-states (specific to the scenario). It took me forever to get it and I needed assistance from others on these boards. Finally got it working, but it was more trouble that it should have been. A GUI would have made it much easier, quicker and been way more efficient for something as simple as that. Given the fact that XML is really pointless with Civ V since the XML files don't even effect the game and all editing them does is change the database, something that a basic GUI could do. Anyway, I don't want to stir up that old argument again. In regards to Civ V modding being dead, I would say that the comparison of the Civ IV forums and the Civ V forums is kind of moot since most people get the mods for Civ V from the in game browser, whereas with Civ IV, the forums are the only place for people to get the mods.