Sorry if more official tutorials were planned, but it's been a while and there aren't any instructions on the forums yet on how to edit character files. Character files have the .character extension and their content is in XML format. You can use any text editor to edit them. They contain information about a civilization like equipped gear, advisors, milestones, available units/techs and more. How to change equipped gear Every equipped item has to be declared inside <traits> </traits> like this: <trait used="true" level="43" seed="65535" protounit="Gr_Civ_Villager">Tools_DHOC</trait> This will equip a greek villager with a fully maxed level 40 Divine Hammer of Construction. Item levels shown in-game are always 3 levels lower than the one shown in the game files. By default all items will have base stats. You can change this by providing a seed value. The one in this example (65535) means two stats will be maxed, and in the case of most villager tools all gathering rates (and hidden carry capacity bonuses) are "linked" with a seed offset so a seed which provides 2 maxed stats will be enough here. The protounit value is used to know which unit/building will have the item equipped. You can find them using aoedb.net or simply by editing already existing .character files with all units/buildings listed. Tools_DHOC is the name for the item, you can find them in traits.xml which is located inside Data.bar in the game files (you need to extract it with a third party program). It's easier to find what you're looking for if you search for their displayid shown in stringtablex.xml inside the game's DATA folder (not inside Data.bar). You can also use the game's public REST API or something else to find these names. An easy way to determine what stats a seed value will provide is to convert the seed value to hexadecimal. For example 65535 is equal to 0xFFFF in hexadecimal. 2 hexadecimal numbers are mapped to each stat, starting from the last 2 numbers. 0xFF is the maximum value and 0x00 is the lowest. However 0x00 will give base stats. So 16776961 (0xFFFF01) will make the first stat max nerfed, but the second and third ones max buffed. It's important to note this order depends on the order they're shown in traits.xml (not in-game) and there are also seed offset values for some items. The maximum possible seed number is capped at 2147483647 (0x7FFFFFFF), so it's impossible to have a maxed 4th stat. This explains why people claim they never saw a buffed Ancient Trojan Guard Chiton (they have a hidden carry capacity stat). I think this is probably not intended because it wouldn't make sense if it was intentional and it's the same value as the highest possible value in a 32 bit signed integer. How to add milestones You can enable their effects by adding their corresponding tech inside <activetechs> </activetechs> like this: <tech status="Active" persistentcitystatus="Active">C03_L30_A</tech> C03_L30_A is the name of the milestone, you can find them inside techtreex.xml located in the game's DATA folder. How to add advisors Currently I haven't found any way to make them work yet. I think they're unintentionally disabled in offline mode as of now.