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Jafele -> Unable to play by email (12/13/2012 9:53:28 AM)

After reading several times the game manual (page 160) I canīt play by email with my friends. We have the latest patch and no mods. Is this some kind of bug or something is wrong in the game manual? Could anybody explain step by step the process?

Thanks




falco -> RE: Unable to play by email (12/13/2012 12:55:26 PM)

Actually there is a step-by-step explanation here Jafele....

http://www.matrixgames.com/forums/tm.asp?m=1772118

Its the one I was actually following when we started (or tried to!) our current game. I remember having exactly the same problems when I first started playing PC Kharkov back in the day.

The Panzer Command series must hold the record for most complicated PBEM system of any game anywhere!




falco -> RE: Unable to play by email (12/15/2012 3:46:51 PM)

Jafele and myself still failing to try and start a PBEM game after repeated and numerous attempts. Cant figure out whats goin on at all. We keep getting the 'MD5-hash-keys out-of-sync' message popping up. However we have the same patch, same scenario and everything installed correctly. Anybody enlighten us on what could be happening?




Mobius -> RE: Unable to play by email (12/15/2012 3:57:17 PM)

What OS are you guys running?




Jafele -> RE: Unable to play by email (12/15/2012 3:59:02 PM)

Windows 7




falco -> RE: Unable to play by email (12/16/2012 7:53:08 AM)

Me too.




junk2drive -> RE: Unable to play by email (12/16/2012 2:34:00 PM)

Out of sync messages at the beginning means that one of you has different files than the other. Either the game version, scenario, or modded units files.




Jafele -> RE: Unable to play by email (12/16/2012 4:48:33 PM)

However we have the same version and scenarios (tested several times) and no mods. Even we have sent the xml files to each other and put it in the data/scenarios folder. I have reinstalled the game and the problem remains the same. Iīm trying to make it work with two new rivals, I will tell how it goes. Another possibility is a bug included in the latest patch...




Mobius -> RE: Unable to play by email (12/16/2012 7:42:13 PM)

It is possible to set the game up and play an email game against yourself. I don't remember exactly how I did it though. That may be a way to test if there is some program error as opposed to a data error.




Jafele -> RE: Unable to play by email (12/16/2012 8:10:17 PM)

Yes, also we have tried that. When I do it in my own computer works fine but not when I sent it to another player. Another thing I have noticed is that the "load game" button sometimes doesnīt light up when you select the file, instead you must press enter to start your turn.




Mobius -> RE: Unable to play by email (12/16/2012 9:45:43 PM)

So you are running on same html data files? At least htmls in guns, tables, infantry and armorunits.




Jafele -> RE: Unable to play by email (12/16/2012 10:29:07 PM)

Absolutely. New installation+update with no mods.




Mobius -> RE: Unable to play by email (12/16/2012 10:46:53 PM)

How are you passing turns, email or dropbox?




Jafele -> RE: Unable to play by email (12/16/2012 10:49:59 PM)

Dropbox




Mobius -> RE: Unable to play by email (12/16/2012 11:13:01 PM)

One last thing that I can think of. Play against yourself and drop the file to dropbox, then pick it up again.




Jafele -> RE: Unable to play by email (12/17/2012 6:01:32 AM)

It works fine.




Rick -> RE: Unable to play by email (12/17/2012 7:46:41 AM)


quote:

ORIGINAL: Jafele

It works fine.


If you want to try and invite me to play the same scenario, send me a pm and we can see if we can play it.

Thanks
rick




falco -> RE: Unable to play by email (12/17/2012 12:13:33 PM)

Possibly maybe some bug or something my end. I'm going to reinstall and see what happens.




Rick -> RE: Unable to play by email (12/17/2012 10:52:24 PM)


I've gotten the setup and sent my first turn orders to Jefele for the tutorial scenario.

Thanks
rick




Jafele -> RE: Unable to play by email (12/17/2012 11:06:28 PM)

Your turn is ready in dropbox. I guess XML files are not neccesary for this scenario.




Jafele -> RE: Unable to play by email (12/17/2012 11:24:38 PM)

After a few turns it looks correct. Maybe somenoe of us had a corrupted file that requires a game reinstall?




Mobius -> RE: Unable to play by email (12/18/2012 12:21:16 AM)


quote:

ORIGINAL: Jafele

Your turn is ready in dropbox. I guess XML files are not neccesary for this scenario.

Maybe only the xml of units, guns and things in the particular scenario need to match.




Rick -> RE: Unable to play by email (12/18/2012 12:36:10 AM)

quote:

ORIGINAL: Jafele

After a few turns it looks correct. Maybe somenoe of us had a corrupted file that requires a game reinstall?


perhaps that was the problem. So far The Stalingrad scenario is starting ok too. If Falco wants to try the Stalingrad he can probably use the same dropbox if you want to invite him to it. If Stalingrad plays for a couple of turns, then it would have to be some corrupted files on Falcos end I think.

Thanks!
rick




junk2drive -> RE: Unable to play by email (12/18/2012 12:38:40 AM)


quote:

ORIGINAL: Jafele

Your turn is ready in dropbox. I guess XML files are not neccesary for this scenario.


As I recall, the game is smart enough to check to see if you have the scenario files and gets them to you if you don't.




Jafele -> RE: Unable to play by email (12/18/2012 9:45:40 AM)

Turn sent to Rick. A question: Would it be possible some day to sent only one file to the other player? I consider that the two files system is a bit messy, specially for new players.




falco -> RE: Unable to play by email (12/20/2012 1:19:30 PM)

Well, I've given up trying to play this PBM now. Too much time wasted trying to get the wretched thing to work.

Fine game, Pity about the PBM system.




Jafele -> RE: Unable to play by email (12/20/2012 1:54:34 PM)

Falco, I canīt load the file. Again the same old problem: MD5-hash-keys out-of-sync [:@]

We have tested it dozens of times, it doesnīt matter if you or me start the game. However, Iīm playing fine with Rick and a friend of mine. I donīt know whatīs happening. [&:]




falco -> RE: Unable to play by email (12/20/2012 2:15:03 PM)

Yep, understand. As I mentioned before, I've given up trying to play PBM anymore anyway.

Thanks for your patience Jafele.




Rick -> RE: Unable to play by email (12/21/2012 4:23:51 AM)


quote:

ORIGINAL: falco

Yep, understand. As I mentioned before, I've given up trying to play PBM anymore anyway.

Thanks for your patience Jafele.


Falco,

Sorry you're having so much trouble with PBM for PCO. I just took the time to check out the step-by-step link you posted earlier in the thread and I see that the steps you are referencing are not for PCO.

THe PCO PBM system changed from PCK.

There are other guides posted and also a video tutorial on using the PCO sytem.

Sorry it's been so frustrating, if you decide to try again let me know and I can work with you to get it going.

Thanks
RIck




Mobius -> RE: Unable to play by email (12/22/2012 4:49:54 PM)

Falco, what kind of hardware are you running on? Thanks.




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