So, here’s most everything working the way I want:
If you want this to work, you’ll have to copy this DLL into your C:\Program Files\Virtools Web Player 3.5\buildingblocks directory, overwriting the (broken) one that’s there. This is a known bug, but apparently the fix didn’t make it into the web player version that’s currently available from www.virtools.com. Sad. For me. And everyone.
*Sigh* Oh, Virtools, you push me down the stairs time and again but I always come crawling back to your stern, drunken justice.
Anyhow, I think this is a pretty neat toy to fiddle with as-is. Now to make a game of it!
PS. if you have any great ideas about how to integrate the various variables and sliders into a gameplay progression I’m all, ah, eyes ;).