Thanks for clearing that up! I had Start Choices installed before I installed Hardships, and didn't realize that it would cause problems. You should probably put Start Choices as a conflicting OXP. Or, since it only partly breaks it, just put a note in the description that the start choices part is broken by the Start Choices OXP.
[wiki]Scenarios.plist[/wiki] is what you may be thinking of
I don't know if that's what I saw, but that looks like it would work!
EDIT: One more thing. I always play with trunk, unless I am checking to see if something is a problem in trunk only, or with an OXP. With trunk, the Beam laser damage and heat has been halved, to help to balance the game. That does pose a problem with this OXP though, because now the beam laser only does 6 units of damage, and the hard armor deflects 10, meaning that no matter how long you shoot at a Hardship with a beam laser, you will never do any damage. I'm not sure how you want to deal with it, and you can probably wait till trunk becomes stable, (though you could also do a v0.87.1 for trunk, and leave 0.87 for 1.80,) but I thought I would let you know.