Sorry to post a grizzle but I am SO frustrated with CotD. I LOVE the concept & I WANT to use it in partnership with the forthcoming Les Grognards from Histwar.com (in fact another LG player-to-be proposed using CotD to generate our first battle(s) but the CotD just won't work so that idea is a fizzer...). However, though I wish I could say I've had value for money, I can't.
I so much want to use this game that I have had my laptop reformatted from Vista where it never worked, to XP in the hope that that would help. Even with the compatibility set back to Win2000 I'm having no luck. I have uninstalled, reinstalled, and installed all the patches several times. When it runs, there are error messages and it always collapses when battle is joined, being unable to find \graphics\backgrounds\battleback.bmp I fail to understand how - even after re-downloading the game from Matrix and installing it afresh, it can miss an apparently key file!???? (I've checked, it's not in the graphics folder). I asked my friend if he could supply me a copy of the file, but he doesn't have it either!! (In which case he may have been thoroughly stiffed too!)
For example, while writing this post I kicked up the game with the 1805 scenario and pushed Lannes and Ney into combat @ Ulm. At contact the error msg: 'Access violatin at address 0040A8C in module 'Danub~1.exe' Read of address 00000062' came up. I don't know what if anything it means but at least the game limps on... Knowing that if I tried to get the computer to resolve the following battle it would choke without the .bmp file listed above, I chose 'resolve with miniatures'. When I uploaded the saved game to report the result, the screen I got has key information missing!:
'Who won?' four times but no indication which box to 'tick'?!
Are you getting the picture? Do you see why I feel like I've been sold a pup?
A possible problem is that my computer is a Intel(r) core(TM)2 Duo CPU (2.53GHz). Possibly the game doesn't like duo's? But a solution...? And how would that fix a needed file that just isn't there??
BTW: After all this, I'm glad to see Frank Hunter pop up again as I felt the game was effectively abandoned, which has stopped me buying anything else from Matrix. I'm really hoping that his patch might achieve something positive. I'm also hoping that there might be a slim chance of a stable usable version of the 1813 game he was working on some years ago. Though frustrated I am an optimist, you see!
< Message edited by HarryInk -- 1/19/2010 4:13:45 AM >