Player options file
ok, from what I can tell, the game never even checks this file. How can I change that?
Are you talking about CIV5PlayerOptions.xml? If you are, it does seem to look at it. I've altered PLAYEROPTION_NO_UNIT_CYCLING to default to true, for example.
did you change it with a mod, or directly? I copied all the assets to another location and I'm changing the ones the game loads to test things first. No matter what I change, it seems to make no difference. They still chop down forests, workers don't start automated, and I forget what else. Since some of those strings are in the gameini file, I am wondering if they need to be added there first so it will check the boolean string in the playeroptions file.