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If the CM3 would have a similar look to what CM2 has, the UI could be changed so that the sides on the bottom are being used in stead of only being black filling which will remove the abstructing text

That has to be the least helpful comment so far. You are essentially saying "make this game like those other games but with one other thing". Go to those other game forums and advocate for a WEGO feat

My number one wish is to have working and realistic pathfinding routines or at least being able to give "follow the road" order to a group of vehicles.  In my current game I've received a company s

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On 9/10/2019 at 3:44 PM, IanL said:

Roger that.

Clearly some people pay way more attention to the sounds than I do - and that's a good thing. I do not have much of an ear. I have tried a few sound mods and so far have always removed them because I didn't like them better than the stock sounds.

same here. Beside some more special small gun sound replacements, there´s quite a lot of ugly sound stuff mods around like with bass to the fu.., distortions and heavy clipping, particularly on more heavy gun and explosion sounds. Sound modding is NOT pulling ones favorite sounds from other games and then dumping as mod for use in CM. So in that regard, I´m also pretty fine with the stock sounds generally with mentioned exceptions. But as said also matter of taste and what one considers as immersive, annoying or of no concern at all.

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On 9/11/2019 at 3:09 PM, IanL said:

Agreed that a new engine that was able to take advantage of multiple cores would be useful and desirable. I don't see running additional processes on a different computer over some kind of network connection as being worth the effort though. Supporting multi threading and making good use of other cores does make sense for many things in newly designed game.

What with the military contracts and the need to evolve the business into the future, developing a multicore architecture would be the way forward.

 

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A small improvement idea:
It would be nice if scenario designer could freely set when reinforcements arrive. Instead of current 5 minutes steps.

Now if you know how the game engine works you can use this information while playing.
for example: If the game clock shows there's 52 minutes left, I know that I have at least 2 minutes before my opponent may get reinforcements, so during that time no new units will appear to the map.

 

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On 9/6/2019 at 11:56 AM, landser said:

Are campaigns so time-absorbing and difficult to make that few even attempt it?

That's about it.  Like you I prefer Campaigns, and there are a few really good ones.  But, have always said that we should be prepared to pay for modules that consist solely of professionally made campaigns due to the enormous amount of work required to make a good campaign. ie: A campaign that features branching storylines as well as requiring resource conservation of men and ammo.  Recently it seems that campaign have been made in which every mission starts with a full complement of troops and ammo.  Much easier to make, but it's like playing a bunch of disconnected scenarios one after the other and much less satisfying.

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7 hours ago, Erwin said:

and there are a few really good ones. 

Indeed. Devil's Descent and Kampfgruppe Engle for CMBN are two that come to mind that I really liked. There are plenty more when you consider all of the Combat Mission titles. And frankly, my issue stems more from quantity than quality, which, combined with limited replayability and the fact that not all campaigns appeal to me ( regardless of quality ), leaves me with little to actually play.

Some are simply too big for me, some too urban, some may lack appeal for others reasons, such as weather or night battles, etc etc. These things don't make the campaign bad, but perhaps make it unsuitable for my tastes. As I said, I feel my tastes are fairly broad, but certain things are in my wheelhouse. For example I like what I call reinforced company sized campaigns. A force centered around an infantry company with an appropriate amount of support, perhaps a platoon of tanks, a battery or two of off-map artillery and some heavy weapons teams. I like rural type maps with elevation changes. I like good weather :)

These aren't requirements per se, but just the sort of stuff that appeals to me the most. If I then filter available campaigns by these type of things, the list grows rather short doesn't it? So instead of playing the sort of things I like, I also play campaigns which are not my style, simply because they exist. I'm thankful for that. I'm grateful that community members take the time to do it, and more than that, make them available for us to play ourselves. But as I plod through another battalion + sized campaign I can only wish for ones that are more suitable or more my style.

But, have always said that we should be prepared to pay for modules that consist solely of

professionally made campaigns due to the enormous amount of work required to make a good campaign

I made a post here last year pledging to put my money where my mouth is. I am willing to pay for it. But a handful of eager players doesn't make it profitable necessarily. Paper Tiger spent, if I recall, around 800 hours making Road to Montebourg. This is a good one. But 800 hours is a massive time investment for just a single campaign. So one issue is that the tools don't exist for streamlining the process. What if in 800 hours 10 campaigns could be made? 20? 40? Time is money.

So while I would support such an idea, it misses the mark slightly in my view. Players are still tethered to the supply chain, getting their playable content from others, relying on their productivity, enthusiasm and skill. On one hand I'll take what I can get. Beggars/choosers. On the other, I still feel the way forward is a way for the players to generate it themselves. And I have two axes of advance on this matter....

I'm not a programmer, and as a result cannot know of the technical requirements of the things I propose. And partly I hesitate to write it at all, as by definition it is critical of the fine work done by Battlefront, or maybe more accurately, what they have not done. But this is a wishlist type thread after all, and I want to see the series evolve. And I want more suitable campaigns to play.

The first one is have something akin to the QMB interface that generates something akin to Operations from CMx1. Since the post I made a few days ago about this matter I decided to go back to operations. I bought both CMBB and CMAK, as I built a new PC without the foresight of knowing an optical drive might come in handy, rendering the disks I've held on to all these years impractical :)

Imagine we could generate these ourselves, by setting each parameter. Number of battles, force type and troop quality, map details, weather, reinforcement probability, resupply and so on. I envision an endless supply of focused suitable content to play. A huge map, persistent forces, dynamic front line.

The second one is more ambitious, and I think like CMC was supposed to be. At it's core, it would be an operational level map not unlike what we had in several of the Close Combat games. The player has a number of battlegroups (selectable scale) as does the enemy. These units are moved on the map. When two forces enter a sector on the same turn a meeting engagement occurs. If occupied for one previous turn, an attack. And if the enemy had been there longer, an assault.  Tactical battles fought in concert with a larger operational goal.

It should include resupply and logistics, reinforcements, a support pool and so on. Lines of communication can be cut.

These ideas aren't new, but it's two possible ways forward. As I said earlier, it would all require a new AI which is another matter entirely. I know it's easy to throw fairy dust and wishes around, and that it would require hard work and time and money, none of which are mine. But it sure would make me happy :)

 

 

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On 9/11/2019 at 4:19 PM, Michael Emrys said:

To say nothing of the cost involved. :o I'd wager that not many of us have a spare computer lying around.

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A headless client can run on the same PC, but on a different core.  It is NOT the same as multi threading.  Multi threading is much more difficult.  The principle is to have the AI running as a virtual opponent, on one of your spare cores, reacting to the information coming from your main program (which contains a server element, and the client that you use yourself).

 

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A server/ client architecture allows a few creative ways to get more out of the CPU, without the complexities of multi threading.  For example, in Arma 2, I used to launch my missions as multiplayer missions on a headless server, which used one core on my CPU and was responsible for the opponent AI, hit calculations, mission scripts, etc.  I would then join that mission as the only player, from my Arma client.  This ran on different cores and was responsible for rendering and friendly AI.

Whereas that mission running as a single player mission might run at 40 FPS in my client, with a lot of dips when the CPU was busy, when played as a multiplayer mission which my client was connected to, I would get a steady 60FPS in my client, due to the offloading of AI etc to the server running on the other cores.

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Just going to add that you do not need to create a separate process to get this same benefit. So, you could design a game such that the single process uses separate threads, which would be run on separate cores, from within the same process. You can design the inter thread communication the same way you would for inter process communication (which can make multi threading easier to deal with - just because it forces you to separate tasks more and not have as much interdependence).

In the hypothetical design discussed above, a single process (launch the game = one process) would behave as @Jock Tamson describes his two process Arma scenario. The Arma design needs that because they have many clients connecting to a server. Also note that they could have designed their single player mission to have the same benefits if they so desired. There must be a good reason they didn't.

All of which is to say that there is nothing inherently better having a separate process it's just a choice that can make sense. If BFC wants to move to a server with clients architecture then it would be a requirement but if they don't they can still design things in a single process that gain the same benefits as having multiple processors.

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On 9/8/2019 at 7:15 AM, RockinHarry said:

6. Separate map layer. <Snip>  making notes on it for different reasons (unit positions, goals, target names, front lines etc.) 

9. Off map <Snip> reinforcements that can be brought on map at opportunity or trigger. 

+1  All interesting.  IMO these two are especially interesting.  

6.  I have sometimes taken screenshots of the map printed them out, taped them together and put a thin sheet of Plexiglas or an acetate sheet over the combined map sections.  I then draw on the covering with water based markers for planning and SitMap purposes.  Your idea would be this easier more practical.  

9.  For triggering reinforcements it would be cool if the reinforcements could be triggered to show up anywhere on the map just like timed reinforcements are now.  Leave It up to the scenario designer to make sure the ability is implemented in a realistic manner.   

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12 hours ago, MOS:96B2P said:

+1  All interesting.  IMO these two are especially interesting.  

6.  I have sometimes taken screenshots of the map printed them out, taped them together and put a thin sheet of Plexiglas or an acetate sheet over the combined map sections.  I then draw on the covering with water based markers for planning and SitMap purposes.  Your idea would be this easier more practical.  

9.  For triggering reinforcements it would be cool if the reinforcements could be triggered to show up anywhere on the map just like timed reinforcements are now.  Leave It up to the scenario designer to make sure the ability is implemented in a realistic manner.   

Yeah, at one time or another I did similar things with outsourced maps, particularly in PBEM (CMBB, CMAK times). @GeorgeM knows what I mean. Screenshot of game map, contour lines put on, front lines and individual movement of frindlies, as well as known or suspected enemies and positions. All on seperate layer for each game turn. At last took longer to make the daily (PBEM) situation map, than actual finishing the 1 minute game turn itself. :P Thus it would come handy if at least a basic version of something like that could be accessed ingame any time. Not a priority for BFC I understand, but how crappy one finds Tigers Unleashed/Point of Attack, these sims have such a screen edit capability which takes a lot from the player´s planning loads.

IIRC Steel Panthers WaW has that reinforcement capability, but it put a rather random force on map when it was called by key press in certain circumstances (can´t recall what these are). Could imagine something similar for CM, maybe parts of the player (or AIP) force initially purchased, but left off map for the purpose. Could likely have the additional benefit for increasing game performance for the time the full forces aren´t deployed on map yet. Also not everybody can run full size (4x4km and up) maps so smaller maps can become a bit overcrowded if you´re forced to let in reinforcements by fixed time schedule. 

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On 9/19/2019 at 4:50 PM, IanL said:

If BFC wants to move to a server with clients architecture then it would be a requirement but if they don't they can still design things in a single process that gain the same benefits as having multiple processors.

I'm not a programmer so to get a better understanding are you saying that the single process (the CMgame.exe) would run with multiple threads and these threads could run on different cores, as opposed to having multiple processes (an AIheadlessclient.exe and a CMgame.exe) running on different cores?

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On 9/20/2019 at 1:41 PM, 2Dog said:

I'm not a programmer so to get a better understanding are you saying that the single process (the CMgame.exe) would run with multiple threads and these threads could run on different cores, as opposed to having multiple processes (an AIheadlessclient.exe and a CMgame.exe) running on different cores?

Yes, absolutely.

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4 hours ago, Sgt.Squarehead said:

Have you been on a diet?

You look a bit gaunt.  ;)

Do you mean I look that duke from Ghent? I hope not, I hate the monarchy. Although it is a lovely city to drink in.

But to answer your question, no I've not been on a diet, I have used this picture of Ollie's dug up head a couple of times before. But, recently some idiots told me how much they hate my content on this forum, so I thought that seeing me dead might make their day.

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1 hour ago, danfrodo said:

witchfinders.  now that was a funny book, assuming you got this from the Gaiman/Pratchett classic Good Omens

Sorry dan, no I got the Witchfinder thing from a boring old history book about mad puritans who believed in a warped kind of political correctness. In fact I can't walk past a branch of Watchfinder UK without taking the piss out of their TV ad, and saying. "Witchfinder General, murdering innocent women since the 1640's"

As for Neil Gaiman I only really know about the brilliant BBC series "Neverwhere".

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