Relatively new player. Programmer by dayjob.
Imho, need to play the customs a touch and briefly read up on LUA syntax before joining the modders, but in reading forums on existing API and techniques had a question / remark. Someone had asked if asteroids could move or collide, and elsewhere there's a technique for zeroing out or pulsar expanding their dimensions.
So I was curious if one could design a normal AI world, plus a linear arc of zero radius hops towards a normal player world, and code up for the AI world to essentially 'move' along the arc, by the tandem code manuever of zeroing out a world and enlarging the next in the arc series. Eventually leading to progressing through the arc to be adjacent to player world, and then zeroing out the last arc world and player's world, in, effectively, a collision.
I was leaning to trying that as first level edit dabble (though feel free to borrow / do it better, ideas want to be crosspollinate), and was just curious if the veterans saw a reason that just flat out would not work. (not that I couldn't try a 'normal' board, just that it's nice to do new angles and further the art / library of techniques)
Presumably, sketching out a level with collision arcs to several player worlds, with some build space but difficult nearby conquests, and a goal for the player to build and marshall forces to accomplish some objective before getting demolished, as an interesting win / loss angle, essentially making a distinct type of puzzle level in the incentive / constraint department. Usually, your constraint against waiting around to mass forces is that the AI masses faster and-or attacks, and I thought a collision constraint would be a novel spice to dabble with.