I am a huge star wars nerd and I discovered Empire at War when I was watching bonus trailers in the Revenge the Sith dvd and I thought that it would be the ultimate star wars game. After exhausting myself trying to read all the Wookiepedia articles, I researched the game and learned about XML modding the game. After getting excited about modding but having zero experience with modding in general, I taught myself how to do it simply to enhance the game.
I am pretty good at XML writing, not so much xml story scripting, and I can understand a little bit of LUA. I'm trying to learn to 3D model, I really want to make the MTV-7
I made an "economy" mode for the Empire at war which doesn't do anything like instant action game wise but it just modifies planetary income so it seems like there is a galactic economy (I don't really know if this feature already exists or not, considering it really is a subtle thing in the game)
I know XML is not really a hard language for modders of this game, but if anyone needs a "slave" coder, I would be willing, since it really isn't that hard to do, but it can be tedious at some time