So I'm new here, but I thought I'd share a couple programs that have already made modding easier for me. Windows Grep The first is Windows Grep, which is free to use. It mimics the grep command on Linux, which lets you search for a specific string inside any number of files or folders. Very useful for finding TXT_KEY's or anything else really, just point it at the Assets folder, put in your search string and *.lua, *.xml as the file types and off you go. PE Explorer The second is maybe a bit more esoteric, but it's helped me out with .lua scripting. One thing I can't find anywhere is a list of what functions are available, like City:GetFoodTurnsLeft() for example. So for this I use PE Explorer, which comes with a 30 day trial but I'll leave it up to your imagination to find a version without that. This one probably needs a short tutorial, so here goes: Most of the available functions are in "CvGameCoreDLLFinal Release.dll" in the root Civ V directory. Open this in PE Explorer then go to View > Exports. Here is a list of *most* of the available functions, but not all of them. It's a bit hard to read, but clicking on any function will give you a slightly better description of it in the box below the function list. See the screenshot attached. For example in the screenshot I've selected ?getBuiltTime@CvPlot...., which translates to: Code: public: int __thiscall CvPlot::getBuildTime(enum BuildTypes)const Which tells me this function can be called from a Plot object, expects a BuildType to be passed with it, and returns an integer (a whole number). So in a .lua file, I could do: Code: local testPlot = Map.GetPlot(m_iCurrentX, m_iCurrentY); local buildTime = testPlot.GetBuildTime(BuildType.BUILD_FARM); Which should return the number of turns it will take to build a farm on that particular plot. Finding the BuildType is another instance where Windows Grep is handy, just search for BuildType and it'll find the .xml with a list of all valid build types (in this case CIV5Builds.xml). Note that in .lua the first letter is capitalized too, GetBuildTime. As I said before some functions don't show up in the export list, there's a way to find these too but it's a little more complicated. I think I'll leave that for another post if people are interested. Notepad++ Lastly, I'm sure everyone who's modded Civ before will know this one. Notepad++ great for looking through .lua or .xml files to find something you want, before you import it into your mod via ModBuddy.