From: Alexandria, VA
I've been trying to mess around with this file a bit. I wanted to make all the Union Generals start out at one star, as I always play the Union.
Somehow, whatever I did, erased all the generals from any new game I start. All old saved games still have their generals.
Luckily I saved a backup of the original file, so I'm not worried about that, I can go back to the default whenever I want.
But here are the interesting things I found out.
1. Another poster in another thread, said this file was a comma separated text file, that appears to be incorrect. I think it is a TAB separated text file.
2. Here are the attributes for each general:
Chance (This appears to be a percentage, but instead of 100 percent, which no general has, all of the 100% generals say 200)
rank (One through Five, obviously)
WP (I think they get a bonus if they are a West Point graduate)
VMI (Same for VMI)
GradRank (Appears to be only 1 or 2, or zero if they didn't finish in the top two of their class)
Special0 (I guess this is their special abilities)
Notes (Appears to be notes that the designers were using)
What I did was take this file, and look at it in Notepad, but it was too messy to work with.
I did notice that there were no commas separating any of the data.
Then I imported it into Excel, as a tab delimited list
It looked fine. I did a Data Sort by Nation to get the Union and Confed seperate.
Then I did a sort by rank, and changed all the Union numbers in the rank column to 1
Then I saved the file as tab-delimited text with the same name (Commanders.txt)
Anyone have any idea what went wrong? All new games with this file have NO generals at all. There are no Generals icons, the only place that I can see any reference to generals, is in the military screen where it lists the total quantity of various star ranks at the bottom left, but when I do a sort to ditch everything but generals there are no generals listed there either.