From: My Own Private Hell
Running legends patched to 126.96.36.199 on XP 32bit 4gig Dual brain chip
Have a problem with the ship designs.
I started a game to design my default ship designs as per the 'Whats New.pdf'. I can never remember what levels the various components are so I left the the tech level on setup as starting (level 0) worked through the state ships and bases, just altering the default ships to my Mk1 designs and then saved them from within the ship designer to:
'C:\Program Files\Matrix Games\Distant Worlds\Customization\modname\designs\racename\'
Then exited to the main menu and started a new game and all my designs came up as optimized. That worked
So far so good ...
As I said, I can never remember what level things are so as new tech was introduced I upgraded the designs, Mk1, Mk2 etc and when I had finished the tech tree and all the designs were done (using only tech for my race, not what the spies had 'borrowed' ) I went into the ship design screen and selected all the designs I had created (orange) and saved them into the design folder, overwriting the old designs file.
Thinking regardless of how I get through the tech tree because of different startups etc I should have very little to design, and as each games designs are refined my race design file would be just updated at the end by saving the designs.
So, I start a new game and it just comes up with something close to 'Can not start this game'
I loaded my last save just to make sure it wasnt anything else and the game started ok. I took the precaution of backing up the default designs so I backed up my new desgins and copied my default designs file into the designs subfolder and the game started fine. I can load the new designs file from within the game though by using my default designs to start a game.
Its a little unclear how to save your design(s), whether each ship should have its own file or put all the designs into one file, when i first tried it I found you cant save the design file in one place and then copy the file into the designs folder, the designs wont load, you have to load them manually, save them into the folder and then start a new game to get them to come up, not sure whether that one has been reported either.