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PBEM QB stuck on loading screen

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I have already submitted a help desk ticket on this, but thought I would post here just to make everyone aware of a possible bug.

Trying to start a CMBN+CW Version 2.0 PBEM QB with an opponent who is using a Mac, me a PC. I send him turn 1, he selects forces and sends me turn 2, then I cannot load turn 2. It gets stuck at 5% on my Loading screen and never loads. We have tried this several times, same result each time. I completely uninstalled CMBN, including deleting the game folders. Did a clean install of CMBN, then CW, then patched to 1.11 then upgraded to 2.0. Same result, stuck at 5% on the loading screen. Opponent also has a clean install on his Mac upgraded to 2.0.

I am able to successfully load and play quick battles against the AI.

Next thing we are going to try is him starting the game and sending me turn 1, but he's asleep somewhere in Australia right now. ;-)

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I'm having exactly the same issue with PBEM games load screen crashing at 5%.

This has been the case with several opponents.

It's not a mac/pc issue because I tried sending a game to myself and it still crashed at 5%.

I did complete reinstall of CMBN + CW + 2.0 and it still crashes.

I've also lodged a support ticket, but it's good to know it's not just me.

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WynnterGreen: now there's smart thinking :)

Is it a _MAC_ thing? Maybe Macs make game files that crash for their oppo?

WynnterGreen: are you on a Mac or a PC?

Doug - we should each try this: sending a game to ourselves and seeing if we can load it.

Sounds like a definite bug.

GaJ

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I have started two CMBN CW v2.0 scenario PBEMs in the last 24-48 hrs. One is up to file no.7, the other is up to file no.9, with no issues. This is on a PC at my end (I think the far end is PC in both cases too).

Edit to note: scenarios, not QBs

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I just started a PBEM of LOAMSHIRES, and have progressed through to the generation of file 006 with no issues, so, this is odd.

Are you sure your opponent is at the same patch/upgrade level as you?

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Definitely all patched to 2.0

And it's been with multiple PBEM opponents.

And, that fact that it crashes at 5% when I test the outgoing file on the same install that sent it, it can't be patch version.

It's only PBEM files and as stated it's on a completely fresh install of CM from 1.0 though to 2.0 with no Mods.

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I just did the same test that WynnterGreen did.

Started a PBEM quick battle, saved turn 1, copied turn 1 into my incoming box. Turn 1 loads successfully and I was able to choose forces. Save turn 2. Copy turn 2 into my incoming box and it gets stuck loading at 5%.

Here are the files, if anyone else wants to try them. The password is abc123 .

https://dl.dropbox.com/u/33457409/TEST%20001.ema

https://dl.dropbox.com/u/33457409/TEST%20002.ema

The parameters are Small Meeting Engagement (USA VS German) QB on a random Medium "Rough" map. Daytime, Overcast, humans pick forces, preview ON for both sides (no I did not bother to preview the map). Warrior skill level. MIX forces. The date, IIRC, is August 44.

Turn 2, the turn that the USA side should pick forces, locks up at 5% every time. This is on a fresh, clean install of CMBN + CW 2.0 on Windows 7.

Edit: I just tried doing the same thing with Platoon Patrol and Loamshires, and I do not seem to be experiencing the lock up with PBEM Battle scenarios, only with PBEM Quick Battles.

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Yep. My PBEM partner and I have just run into this exact same problem whilst trying to start a QB game. Both patched to 2.0. Small size meeting engagement on one of the Rough Bocage maps. I set up the game and sent to him, he chose his forces and sent it back and game crashes on 5% loading. Happened 3 times now.

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Same problem here PBEM QB crashes after 2nd file exchanged.

Me and my opponents patched up to 2.0. I ve tried to load the file

without using any mod but still crashes.Same map in solo game works fine.

Really disturbing bug which makes the game unplayable.

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Wynnter - please do provide the crash dumps in your ticket. They'll get passed to the folks that can use them (Charles or me).

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Phil Perhaps I'm missing something but I can't see a way to edit the message content of a current Ticket or upload a file.

Should I lodge a new Ticket with attached Crash DMP ?????

You can Reply to your own ticket.

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Phil, 2 Crash DMP files attached to Ticket BLQ-482998

Anecdotal:

It looks to me like I can play PBEM games in 2.0 that were created in 1.11 but can't play any in 2.0 that were made in 2.0

5% Crash every time.

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some more testing (below)

- Tried to change the parameters, made the battle and the map small. Got past 5 % but crashed around 39%

- Tried to switch and start off as Germans instead, crashed at 5%

- Switched to an attack instead of a meeting engagement, froze at 5% for some time (approximately 3 minutes after which I gave up waiting and had to force quit)

- changed to human map selection, picked a medium map and it reached 5% and then crashed like the other times

- changed to a tiny battle and map, random environment, still crashed at 5%

- changed to large battle and map, still crashed at 5%

I realize there are countless permutations I've not attempted but at this point, I can't find a way to play PBEM which is the only reason I got the game LOL

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Bud_B

Yea PBEM being out of action is very frustrating, especially for those like myself who only play vs humans.

I'd say it'll be getting a fair bit of attention from the BF crew though, as it not only renders the game unplayable, but also because it seems to be affecting quite a few people.

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