Shannon V. OKeets
From: Honolulu, Hawaii
I'm in Philadelphia at the moment and having my owns problems, ... see below.
Before I left yesterday I almost finished my rewrite of the overseas routing of resources. They no longer use 'extra' convoys. The routes the program finds use the minimum number of convoys to get resource R to destination D. The last bug I was working on - but couldn't fix before I left - was that the program permitted routing resource over sea areas twice. For example, the Alaska oil was shipped to Canada, across Canada, then to the East Coast and eventually to the Bay of Biscay from where it reached England. While on the plane, I figured out the solution to that bug, but I won't be back in Hawaii for another week.
I've also fixed a half dozen other bugs in Production Planning. The only big one remaining is to store 'modified' routes separately in memory and try to use them before searching for new routes. The code already stores override, default, and last turn routes so adding another won't be a big deal. That should clear up any remaining problems with player specified routes being 'forgotten' by the program.By 'routes' here I include the destination and action (i.e., save/produce) also.
It will be a couple of weeks before these changes are available for customers - I want the beta testers to beat on the changed code for a week before releasing a Public Beta. All of this is for creating a new official Update. Note that these fixes are for problems reported in Solitaire/Head-to-head play [they will also affect NetPlay obviously].
My problem with my laptop is that I didn't install the full game. Nor do I have all the ancillary files I need to download stuff from the Members Club, or other Matrix FTP sites for MWIF development. Sigh, ... All I wanted to do was play the game. If I had just brought the CDs, ... I have several computers at home with the full game, but I never put it on the laptop, ... I have the latest MWIF.exe and several saved games, ... Back to reading the books I brought for the 12 hour plane rides.
Perfection is an elusive goal.