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XyZspineZyX
03-25-2007, 06:44 AM
I'm going to release my stupid campaign soon. It's a big one, 110MB altogether, which has caused some unexpected issues

Anyway, while I was messing with file sharing services, .exe creation software, and zip files last night, it dawned on me:

There are essentially only two things to install here:

1) a .wav file
2) a file folder

Is it necessary to make an .exe for these things? It's not hard to open up the program and find whee to drop these files, the instructions are simple. You literally would only need to drag and drop two things to make the whole campaign work. I prefer an .exe, but another thing ocurred to me- what about people with a non-standard install??

So I am going to give sample instructions here, and then you can answer with a "yes, I found the correct folder", or "no, I didn't find it"

Instructions:

1) Locate the "campaign" folder for 1946

Easy path:
install drive->Program Files->Ubisoft->IL-2 Sturmovik 1946->Missions->Campaign

Once there, you will see a whole bunch of folders with two letter codes

2) Locate the menu music folder for 1946. Again, easy:
install drive->Program Files->Ubisoft->IL-2 Sturmovik 1946->samples->Music->Menu

Once there, you will see a bunch of .wav files with two letter codes

Answers to this poll might give me a clearer idea of what success means regarding distribution

XyZspineZyX
03-25-2007, 06:44 AM
I'm going to release my stupid campaign soon. It's a big one, 110MB altogether, which has caused some unexpected issues

Anyway, while I was messing with file sharing services, .exe creation software, and zip files last night, it dawned on me:

There are essentially only two things to install here:

1) a .wav file
2) a file folder

Is it necessary to make an .exe for these things? It's not hard to open up the program and find whee to drop these files, the instructions are simple. You literally would only need to drag and drop two things to make the whole campaign work. I prefer an .exe, but another thing ocurred to me- what about people with a non-standard install??

So I am going to give sample instructions here, and then you can answer with a "yes, I found the correct folder", or "no, I didn't find it"

Instructions:

1) Locate the "campaign" folder for 1946

Easy path:
install drive->Program Files->Ubisoft->IL-2 Sturmovik 1946->Missions->Campaign

Once there, you will see a whole bunch of folders with two letter codes

2) Locate the menu music folder for 1946. Again, easy:
install drive->Program Files->Ubisoft->IL-2 Sturmovik 1946->samples->Music->Menu

Once there, you will see a bunch of .wav files with two letter codes

Answers to this poll might give me a clearer idea of what success means regarding distribution

slipBall
03-25-2007, 07:05 AM
Drag and drop for me....
p.s. "my stupid campaign"....you might want to rename this http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif

XyZspineZyX
03-25-2007, 07:06 AM
Actually It's kinda catchy

"Hey, have you tried MSC yet? It roxxors!!11!"

WWSpinDry
03-25-2007, 07:17 AM
I'm so in favor of just dropping in the folders rather than running an executable! It's when I have to drop in a dozen or so folders that I find it tedious; one or two is about perfect.

WWSpinDry
03-25-2007, 07:22 AM
Just to add: I use a popular 3D modeling program that is hugely supported by 3rd-party add-on content. The standard practice is to make up empty folders, starting with the root folder for the program, and going down the tree to the ones containing the actual content. Then when it's zipped up the user need only unzip it to the program's root folder, wherever that is, and the stuff gets into where it needs to go, no need for the installer to navigate further than the root. The biggest content host service actually requires submissions to be in that format; it makes installing nearly idiot-proof--which is great for idjits like me.

slipBall
03-25-2007, 08:45 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by BBB462cid:
Actually It's kinda catchy

"Hey, have you tried MSC yet? It roxxors!!11!" </div></BLOCKQUOTE>


controller?....no, not yet, I will get one soon though

XyZspineZyX
03-25-2007, 08:51 AM
http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/10.gif

<span class="ev_code_YELLOW">M</span>y
<span class="ev_code_YELLOW">S</span>tupid
<span class="ev_code_YELLOW">C</span>ampaign

http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

slipBall
03-25-2007, 09:16 AM
<span class="ev_code_YELLOW">M</span><span class="ev_code_RED">y</span>
<span class="ev_code_YELLOW">S</span><span class="ev_code_RED">illy</span>
<span class="ev_code_YELLOW">C</span><span class="ev_code_RED">ranium</span>

I did not now that you released it yet...got a link http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/35.gif

XyZspineZyX
03-25-2007, 10:47 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by slipBall:
<span class="ev_code_YELLOW">M</span><span class="ev_code_RED">y</span>
<span class="ev_code_YELLOW">S</span><span class="ev_code_RED">illy</span>
<span class="ev_code_YELLOW">C</span><span class="ev_code_RED">ranium</span>

I did not now that you released it yet...got a link http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/35.gif </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

It is done- no links, as it is not uploaded yet. I have some paper-print out maps to finish

here's the readme though:

Thank you for taking the time to download my latest campaign for Il2:Sturmovik:1946 version 4.07 and above, śwhite sun, blue sky'.

In this campaign, you will enter into a tour of duty as an ex-US military fighter pilot, recently resigned from active US Service and contracted to China, for defense against the invading Japanese, months before Pearl Harbor. You will conduct your operations out of several places in 'Burma' and 'China' in your career flying Hawk 81s and P-40Es with the American Volunteer Group, more commonly known as the 'Flying Tigers'.

If you do not have at least v4.07, you will be unable to play this campaign.

**Custom skins are needed. Download them at Mission4Today:**
"WSBS Skin packs" **ONLY**
http://mission4today.com/index.php?name=Downloads&file=manage

!!Failure to install the skin packs will result in the simulation not recognising the proper skins!!



This campaign is a little different from any others you may have played. It will make available to you a brand new campaign branch by introducing a ścountry' called "None"Ł. There will literally be a country named "None"Ł in the list of available countries in the Pilot Career menu after installation of śwhite sun, blue sky'.

To do this, I have not altered, hacked, or edited your campaign structure. I also have not over-written files, campaigns, awards, or records from any of the real, "named"Ł countries, such as Great Britain, Germany, or France. I will very simply make an entirely new campaign folder, independent of others, from which śwhite sun, blue sky' will run.

What will happen is that a new folder named śNN' will be placed into your śCampaigns' folder. The simulation is already coded to accept this śNN' country's folder (NN or nn is the abbreviation the sim recognizes for the "None"Ł country). There simply is not an śNN' folder when the sim ships. I am taking advantage of this, to make the "None"Ł country a Flying Tigers campaign outlet.

On the very remote chance you have already installed some 3rd party campaign or software pack that makes use of this loophole, you may want to check to see if you have an śNN' folder in your Campaigns folder (the simulation will recognize śnn' and śNN' interchangeably). If you are unsure of how to find this folder, here are simple instructions:

From your Il2:1946 folder, open the "Missions"Ł folder. Now double-click the "Campaigns"Ł folder. Check to see if you have a folder named śNN' or śnn' (you cannot have both). If you do, right click the folder, select "copy"Ł, and then go to your desktop. Right-click the desktop, and select "paste"Ł. You now have a back-up of your existing folder, and when you install śwhite sun, blue sky', you will not over-write any files. It is extremely unlikely you will need to takes these steps however, as I know of no other campaigns that use the "None"Ł country.

To begin a campaign using śwhite sun, blue sky' as your Pilot Career, follow the instructions in the "INSTALL INFO" file that also came with this download. Once completed, click the śPilot Career' button in the sim as usual. Now select a country. You are looking for the country that literally is called None. To clarify: select the country named "None"Ł as your country to play śwhite sun, blue sky'.

Once selected, you should hear custom music, and see a Chinese nationalist icon as your ścountry's' flag. From this screen, you can select rank and difficulty options as normal, and then begin the campaign

This campaign is a reasonably accurate representation of actions performed by the 3rd PS of the AVG. It is of course not perfect because of AI limitations, map constraints, and other factors. I have however, to the best of my ability, made as close a representation as possible of the events that happened. Some are, naturally, embellished.

What's with the name?

The "White Sun and Blue Sky" was the emblem of the Chinese nationalist party. These emblems adorned the wings of the AVG's aircraft and are the 'colors' they flew under

A note on historical accuracy:

The maps we have in the game are of course nothing like the ones really needed to make these missions authentic. Keen observers will note that I have placed some key locations in convenient, rather than Historically accurate, places. For instance, the 'real' Toungoo was North of Rangoon, not East of it, and the 'real' Magwe was not nearly so close to Lashio, let alone Loiwing, which I have even moved out of China into Burma! This was not through ignorance of their locations, but rather through the need to stay on a map. In addition, my "Kunming" comes under attack many times...in real life, the Japanese bombed it once during the day while the AVG was there- and well before the player's Squadron ever flew to the base! But, the player needed to stay on a map...

To tie the missions together without having the player constantly changing maps on every mission, I decided the best thing to do was to move these locations to where the player could access the majority of these places without having to leave one map, and 'air-start' on another

In several missions, the player will 'air-start', but why will become clear as it happens.

A note on terms:

In some briefings, the term "Jap" is used, and once, "Tojo". This is historically and contextually correct. I will make no excuses or make any apologies for use of these period-correct terms commonly used by Allied servicemen. Many things happened during that time that were horrible and barbaric. The use of a word such as 'Jap' in this campaign hardly qualifies as either. Please use some perspective if this offends you, because I will not change this. The term was used, fact, end of story as far as this project goes. We are not really at war here.

A note on graphics in general:

You may experience dropped frames if you play with graphic settings set too highly, while playing 'white sun, blue sky'. There are over 40,000 objects on one of my maps, others are not so heavily populated, but are still heavily object-intensive in some areas. You are well warned!

A note on aircraft:

Of course, not all Japanese aircraft used, or even all Allied aircraft used in 1941 and 1942 in the region of China and Burma are in the sim. With the addition of the Ki-21 and Ki-27, I have had at my disposal two key aircraft, but many, many more served both for and against the Japanese. To represent these planes, I have used substitutes, more commonly called 'hacks'

hack aircraft in 'white sun, blue sky':

U2-VS- hack for K5Y on operational trials with IJA (Imperial Japanese Army)
Pe-2- hack for Chennault's light twin engined aircraft
SB2M-100A- hack for IJA's Ki-48
Fi-156 "Storch"- hack for IJA's Ki-36
Ki-46- hack for IJA's Ki-45
Cr42- hack for IJA's Ki-10
DB3-F- hack for IJA's Ki-49
Ar196- hack for E13A on operational trials with IJA
D3A- hack for Ki-30
Su-2- hack for Ki-51
H8K1- hack for 'Civilian airliner: Empire flying Boat'
P-40C- hack for 'jury-rigged AVG H81A-2'
P-47- hack for CAF (Chinese Air Force) P-43 Lancer
I-153 hack for CAF Curtiss Hawk


aircraft used in 'white sun, blue sky':

H81A-2- AVG H81A-2 (or H81-3A, depending on sources)
P-40E- AVG P-40E
C-47- CAMCO C-47, RAF Dakota
LD2- IJA transport LD2
P-36- CAF Fighter
SB2M100A- CAF SB3M variant
Fw 189- license built IJA recon aircraft
Ju-52- license built, pre-war IJA transport
Ki-43- major IJA fighter
Ki-27- major IJA fighter
Ki-21- primary IJA bomber
Blenheim Mk IV- RAF bomber
Hurricane (various)- RAF fighter
Buffalo MkI- RAF fighter


The planes initially given to the AVG were most likely not the standard Hawk 81A. Strong evidence, both in the form of real Flying Tigers' experiences and recollections, and in the state of Curtiss' assembly lines at the time, suggests that the engines fitted to the AVG Hawks made considerably more power than a 'standard' Allsion engine of the same time. Some sources cite that the replacement engines provided were the more powerful ones, of which there were about 50- numerically half the number of AVG planes in 1941! In any case, the key was the engines' assembly line for the AVG powerplants- there was none. Instead, parts such as crankcases and crankshafts that were out of specification and 'rejected' on tolerance and clearance issues were reported to be hand fit together so the planes could get their engines. Reports indicate that the AVG planes could reach up to 370 mph in level flight, more than a bit faster than a contemporary P-40B or C! One pilot in particular notes a power setting he used once that gave him close to 1700 horsepower for a brief time. This is only one of the factors that allowed the AVG to have superiority in the air. Reduction gear failure in AVG Hawks bears out the suggestion that the engines were more powerful than the ones intended for their airframes.

In the simulation, the AVG Hawks will be underpowered. To partially counter this, I strongly recommend the player to turn "engine overheat" off while playing this campaign. The drag reduction and unlimited time allowed at high power do not completely satisfy the desire for substantially increased engine power, but it is all I can do short of convincing Oleg and the dev team to change the power outputs for the planes.

A note on skins:

This campaign is intended to use many custom skins. These are in skin packs specifically for this campaign, and are all available at Mission4Today. Install these skins BEFORE playing this campaign

Here is the URL for skins:

http://mission4today.com/index.php?name=Downloads&file=manage

Any download there with the words "WSBS skin pack" are needed. NO other skins or skin packs are used by "white sun, blue sky"

A note on maps:

Of course, there are no China, Rangoon, Kweilin, etc, etc maps in the sim. The Maps you see are the closest approximations to the actual areas represented as I could find, and each is heavily customised to more accurately reflect the areas they are meant to represent

Balaton1- Yunnan Province, China
Smolensk- Hanoi region, IndoChina
Online4Summer- Salween River Gorge
Lvov- North Burma
Prokhorovka- Chiengmai region, Thailand
Kuban- South Burma
Kursk- Kwangsi Province, China
Singpaore1- Haiphong region, IndoChina
Moscow1- Central Burma

Known Bugs:

There is a radio communication bug as I type this-

1) Some missions may (at the time of writing) display 'para' in the radio comm menu instead of the correct 'flight' when you access the radio commands. If you see 'para' instead of 'flight' do not be alarmed; this is a small bug, and will not influence game play. Your flight can still be contacted through the menu, by selecting the highlighted 'para'. This has been around a long time, and is not likely to be addressed

Potential Skins bug:

If you don't install the seven "WSBS Skin Packs" from Mission4Today.com before running "white sun, blue sky" the first time, the simulation will search for and fail to find the custom skins. The sim will automatically force the default skins and you will have blank defaults shown in missions - no numbers, no unit insignia, etc. If you start the campaign, then download the skins and install them, any mission not previously played will use the correct custom skins. However: any mission played even once without the proper custom skins will now and forever always show the new "forced" default skins. The names for skins in the files I have made will be changed and saved by the sim whenever it can't find a skin. To fix this, you will have to re-install the campaign data from the "NN" folder that you have downloaded. Fair Warning- the readme has usefull info! If you didn't read this at first and now you have problems there is only ONE solution- re-download the campaign, and insert a new, non-tampered "NN" folder into the sim's "Campaign" folder. There is no other solution.



Reference:

internet:

The excellent, helpful, and friendly Flying Tigers official website
The data-filled website pages of Mr. Dan Ford
The memoirs, anecdotes, and recollections of Mr. Erik Shilling, AVG
Mr. Tom Trumble's honest and brave words on his experiences in the AVG

Books:

Days of the Ching Pao
by Malcolm Rosholt ISBN 0-910417-07-05
Osprey Aircraft of the Aces #41 "American Volunteer Group colours and markings"
by Terril Clements, ISBN-10 : 1-84176-224-1
Osprey Aircraft of the Aces #35 "P-40 Warhawk Aces of the CBI"
by Carl Molesworth, ISBN 1 84176 079 X
The Concise Guide to Axis Aircraft of World War II
by David Mondey, ISBN 0-7651-9706-5
"Tex" Hill, Flying Tiger
by David Lee "Tex" Hill and Reagan Schaupp ISBN 1-885354-15-0
The Flying Tiger
by Jack Samson ISBN 1-59228-711-5
JANE'S Encyclopedia of Aviation
ISBN 0-517-69186-8

Special Credits:

You know who you are~

Arthur- support, suggestions, and general interest at all times
Jay- support, technical, and common sense help
Simon- inspiration and support
Jim- for the website and your help
Terry- general help and additional playtesting


Questions? Comments?
I regularly post on the official Il2 Forums, the SimHQ Il2 Forums, and at Mission4Today. My user-name is "BBB462cid" at Il2, "462cid' at SimHQ, and "Chris_Blair" at M4T. Please post or send me a Personal Message, and I will respond

Chris Blair March 24 2007

XyZspineZyX
03-25-2007, 10:48 AM
Here are the instructions I've made for installation. I hope they are complete and easy to follow. of course, I use colors, indents, bold face, etc in the instructions:



you MUST have at least version 4.07 to use this download

It is also strongly urged that you read the wsbsreadme file before continuing. It contains important instructions concerning skins needed

You may wish to print out these the following instructions

To properly install "white sun, blue sky", you will need to move the files in this download to their proper locations.

This will mean that two things get moved to the folders that make up your Il2 Sturmovik 1946 simulation (or your similar v.407 install. Version number can be seen in the lower left hand of the screen when first loading the sim, in red text):

1) A .wav file (wave sound file) named "NN", which provides menu music for your new campaign

2) A file folder named "NN", which contains all raw data for the campaign

To work, these two things must go to specific locations in your simulation's folders. The most common installation location would be the C: drive, in a folder called "Il-2 Sturmovik 1946"

To find your Il2 Sturmovik 1946 file folder, use the following instructions carefully:

Open "My Computer". Double click the icon for the hard drive you have installed the simulation on. Standard installs will have gone to the C: drive

Open the folder named "Program Files"

Open the folder named "Ubisoft". If you have both "Ubi Soft" (two words) and "Ubisoft" (one word) folders, make very certain you open the folder named "Ubisoft". If you have just the two word "Ubi Soft" folder, take a moment before continuing and verify that you have at least version 4.07 before proceeding. If you do indeed have 4.07 or above in this case, open the "Forgotten Battles" folder, as you will have no "Il-2 Sturmovik 1946" folder.

Open the folder named "IL-2 Sturmovik 1946"

You will now see the folders amd files which make up your simulation. Be very careful not to delete or edit any files, folders, or change file or folder names!

From this group of files and folders you now see, locate two folders, called "Missions", and "Samples".

These two folders are the ones you will need to be aware of to install "white sun, blue sky".

Installation is simply a matter of either clicking and dragging the folder called "NN", and the .wav file called "NN", or copying and pasting them, to the correct locations in the "Missions" and "Samples" folders.


Installation of the file folder "NN"

This file folder contains your raw data. Installing it is very simple. From the "IL-2 Sturmovik 1946" folder, which you located in the preceeding directions:


Open the folder called "Missions"

You will see a list of files and folders. You want to locate a folder named "Campaign"

Drag and drop the entire "NN" folder into the "Campaign" folder. Alternately, copy and paste the "NN" folder to this location. That's all.

This will place the "NN" file folder into the list of available campaign branches in the simulation, and will make available a brand new country, with the name "None". This new country will be accessible from the list of countries you choose from, when you start a new Pilot Career


Installation of the .wav file "NN"


This file contains your menu music, which is a wave sound file. Installing it is only slightly more complex than the "NN" file folder. From the "IL-2 Sturmovik 1946" folder, which you located in the preceeding directions:

Open the folder named "Samples"

Open the folder named "Music"

Drag and drop the "NN" .wav file into the "Menu" folder. Alternately, copy and paste the "NN" .wav file here This will place the "NN" wave sound file into the list of available music tracks played when a country is selected, and will be heard when the "None" country is selected from the list of available countries when you start a new Pilot Career

Installation of the campaign data, all missions, medals, menu screens, and music is now complete



If you cannot locate your Il-2 Sturmovik 1946 or Ubisoft folders


Go to your "Start" Icon on your Taskbar. Click on the Magnifying Glass icon, named "Search"

From the menu, select "For files or folders"

On the selections panel, select "All files and folders"

Search for "Ubisoft". If you have more than one hard drive, you may need to do multiple searches

Once these files are located, note their file paths, and open the folders required, starting from "My Computer". When you find the "Ubisoft" folder, open it, and you should now have found your "Il-2 Sturmovik 1946" folder. Follow the directions outlined earlier for installation of the two campaign elements you need to use "white sun, blue sky"

If you have used downloads to get to v4.07or higher

Use the "Search" function outlined above to find your "Ubi Soft" folder, and note the location of that folder. Locate it, open it, then follow the directions outlined for proper installation of the "NN" file folder and the "NN" wave sound file under the sections "Installation of the file folder "NN" ", and "Installation of the .wav file "NN" ", in the instructions above

FlatSpinMan
03-25-2007, 11:12 AM
Those are really clear and would be just what someone who doesn't mess about with files much needs. I imagine it'll be even better with the fonts and things that you mentioned.

This should be really good. Any more screens?

XyZspineZyX
03-25-2007, 11:18 AM
Thanks FSM. Writing instructions and procedures is occasionally in my job, and it can be a hard thing to be thorough and simple at the same time!

Jeez, more screens? Let me see... this is a good one, from early development. I blurred it a touch for effect, general blur on the whole shot, but motion blur fore to aft on the P-40

This will be part of the announcement, I have a series of pics I'll post when I release the news that it is out, available for download, etc.The fireball used to be a Ki-43:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v441/Chuck_Older/df-1.jpg

Snuffy Smith
03-25-2007, 11:29 AM
I'm really looking forward to this. Very nice and great detail.

I prefer the cut and paste, since it is so simple to do in IL2's directory. I am suspicious of .exe and always open any in another file first to see what's inside them before copying into the correct folders.

XyZspineZyX
03-25-2007, 01:31 PM
Thanks Snuffy

XyZspineZyX
03-25-2007, 01:35 PM
<span class="ev_code_YELLOW">Hey folks</span>

15 votes on over 170 views. That's about 9%

With 170 views I think the topic is making a little bit of interest, but the low voting tells me there's a problem here

You <span class="ev_code_YELLOW">will be</span> installing this campaign by hand!

If you are having trouble following the type of directions I'm asking about, pipe up, or else don't complain if you have trouble! This is your chance to let me know something I will use to help you

if it takes too much trouble to take 30 seconds out and click some folders for 91% of people, then I have some worries about the number of people contacting me to help them figure this out

Yes, I am asking for a little bit of effort. I'm trading my two years of research and development on this campaign, for 2 minutes of your time

That sounds like a bargain to me. Help me help you

MrMojok
03-25-2007, 06:27 PM
Chris-

I much prefer--in a campaign download that has multiple skins-- that the designer make an .exe that automatically puts all files in thier correct locations. I know how to put skins where they need to go, but if the designer has done it that way it saves a bit of time.

However, if all your campaign has is the campaign folder and a wav file to put in a separate location, well, it can't get too much simpler than that. I already have all your skinpacks.

knightflyte
03-25-2007, 07:50 PM
No problemo for me. As long as skins are marked correctly there's no issues. I have no reason to see any either. As far as I'm concerned release MSC as you wish.

XyZspineZyX
03-26-2007, 04:58 PM
I despise not having an installer. Hate it. I have a Polish campaign that features an installer/uninstaller in my Start menu. That's slick. Looks pro.

WSBS probably won't get one. But please folks, let's have more than two dozen people give me input