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Question about Debug Mode and Battlescript? - 3/5/2021 12:45:58 PM   
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Just bought it last weekend and I am very happy with it so far. Thank you for taking CC to the next level~

I am quite curious about BATTLESCRIPT since it wasn't available in the previous CC. Here are my questions:

1) Is there a DEBUG (mode) console so that I can test the functions specified in BATTLESCRIPT.TXT? I saw "DEBUGMODE, 0" in TWEAKS.TXT but not sure how to use it.

2) What is TWEAKS.TXT? Is this an auto-gen file or a configuration file?

3) What is the difference between DrawStringDirect() and DrawString()? Can you please share an example if I just want to write "Hello" on the screen somewhere?

Thank you.

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RE: Question about Debug Mode and Battlescript? - 3/5/2021 4:54:20 PM   
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You should not change any of the files in your install folder. You add tweak tags (such as DEBUGMODE) to the USER.TXT file in Documents/My Games/CloseCombatTheBloodyFirst (where all your mods will go).

To start tinkering with the scripting you will really need to create your own map and then make use of the scripts that you can attach to it.

I am not sure that we have the UI hookups to allow writing to the screen directly, though you might be able to make it work if you create your own campaign and use the DATA/BATTLE/SCRIPTS/HELPER.BSF file and define a HELPER_SHOW_TIME function (you can see an example in the existing helper file in the install folder at the same path).

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RE: Question about Debug Mode and Battlescript? - 3/5/2021 5:27:23 PM   
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Despite a lot of kvetching from the peanut gallery, here and on Steam, I agree CC has been taken to the next level. Beaucoup functional improvements and all peeps wanna bitch about is the (serviceable) grfx

Battle scripting is most useful in setting deployment, 'auto-launching' a battle without a manual deployment phase, AI 'stance' (6 attack/defend settings), limiting a player's control to a one team, and my favorite, having the AI play both sides.

See the Omaha.bsf (battle script file) in \Close Combat The Bloody First\Campaigns\MAIN\DATA\BATTLES for an example of fixed deployment. Ive explained how to tweak all the variables in the above scripting on various threads here.
https://www.matrixgames.com/forums/tm.asp?m=4758583
https://www.matrixgames.com/forums/tm.asp?m=4757931
https://www.matrixgames.com/forums/tm.asp?m=4758864

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RE: Question about Debug Mode and Battlescript? - 3/6/2021 10:02:18 AM   
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PipFromSlitherine,

Thanks for your quick response. As suggested I put DEBUGMODE and DEBUGDISPLAY in USER.TXT and got "Unknown Tag" in error.log.

UNKNOWN TAGS IN: ../My Games/CloseCombatTheBloodyFirst/USER.TXT
Unknown Tag: DEBUGMODE,
Unknown Tag: DEBUGDISPLAY,
END: ../My Games/CloseCombatTheBloodyFirst/USER.TXT

I guess maybe DEBUGMODE is disabled in the release .exe?

ineffable,

Thank you very much. That's a lot of good information!

I can see those being negative are also true Close Combat fans who love and care about the series. Hopefully, continuous improvements in 3D CC will convince them later on.

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RE: Question about Debug Mode and Battlescript? - 3/6/2021 10:33:57 AM   
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If you havent already, you'll want to adjust the camera limits in \Close Combat The Bloody First\Data\Mapview.txt to allow closer viewing, and at at a lower angle. That way you can get down in the weeds with the troops, tracers and explosions.

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RE: Question about Debug Mode and Battlescript? - 3/8/2021 2:57:24 PM   
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There should not be any commas in the user.txt. E.g.

DEBUGMODE 1

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RE: Question about Debug Mode and Battlescript? - 3/18/2021 2:52:48 PM   
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quote:

DEBUGMODE 1

It works! Thank you~

Out of curiosity, I tried to update an existing message on the "MsgList" UI and it works.

Print("CC TBF");
UpdateUIListboxItem("MsgList", 3);

However, adding a new message doesn't. Any ideas?

Print("CC TBF");
AddUIListboxItem("MsgList");

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... adjust the camera limits in \Close Combat The Bloody First\Data\Mapview.txt to allow closer viewing ...

Thanks ineffable. Setting ZOOMINLIMIT to 40 from 80 is much better to me.

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RE: Question about Debug Mode and Battlescript? - 3/18/2021 4:21:34 PM   
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I don't recall whether the list is managed by code. What are you trying to achieve?

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RE: Question about Debug Mode and Battlescript? - 3/30/2021 9:07:19 PM   
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Hey, no further answers for this one please ?

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