I take it back... The month's been waaay problematic, but not QUITE a wash. I just got something going with Ballistics.
Yow. Like night n' day, it is. I've got some cleanups to do, but it's now largely working like it's supposed to be. What did I use to accomplish this? Scratchbox and elbow grease. Didn't get to do Hyena's this Friday, but the end result of that was that I got to the place I did today. Either we will use my fork of the codebase or the one they've been working on up to this point in parallel with me- but we're almost there. This means that I'm going to be starting the code work on two other games. Bandits: Phoenix Rising and Disciples 2. Should be short work on both of them- magic words there, mind.