From: Hanahan, SC
Well all the code stuff happens no matter what ... all the art stuff happens no matter what ... in the area of the data changes ... you get some and you don't get others ... the true "master data" you get ... the instances of such master data you do not get. So for instance with ships, we have the ship classes and we have the ships. You get the classes without a restart, but we cannot update the ships because too many things may have happened to them "in game". So you're stuck with the ships you have until you upgrade. Once you upgrade a ship, you refer back to the class file and pull in a new, patch 02 updated (if there was an update for the class) instance of that ship. Same principle for LCUs and airgroups. The devices will be updated, the aircraft will be updated, but the LCUs will only be updated when your TOE upgrades because then you are pulling in a new TOE. So net/net you get about 80-90% immediately without restarting, the other 10-20% you only get as you continue to play, or if you restart.
I'm just getting over the flu so maybe I'm missing something here. I kind of understand the above, but it seems in my own scenario none of the changes to the bases have happened. Chinchow still has a size 1 port, the ports in Adak, Dutch Harbor, Kiska & Pago Pago are still the same size and I don't notice any difference in the size of the garrisons levels. I did notice the change in spelling for Ahmedabad.
One other thing about Chinchow, when I checked Scenario 1 it showing as a dot only, with no airfield or port of any size.