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Scenario Generator for Scourge of War 1 year, 3 months ago #1

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Scenario Generator for Scourge of War v2.1

1) Installation

1.1) Download Scenario Generator

1.2) If you have an older version of the Scenario Generator, delete its folder under Work\Scenarios now

1.3) Unzip into your Work\Scenarios Folder

1.4) In the newly created folder ^^ SCENARIO GENERATOR ^^, right-click on the file „ScenarioGenerator_v2.1.xls“, then create a shortcut

1.5) Drag the shortcut to your desktop

REQUIREMENTS
Excel (Versions 2010, 2007, 2003 and 2000 have been tested)
Excel macros must be enabled.
(Excel Macro Security Level MEDIUM recommended, so you will be asked each time if you want to enable macros)
Last Edit: 1 year ago by Leffe7.
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Re: Scenario Generator for Scourge of War 1 year, 3 months ago #2

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Changelist v2.1

  • Added Brandy Station to the list of maps.
  • Added Brandy Station minimaps for both ACW and NAP version.
  • Improved compatibility with Hays' Carryover tool



Changelist v2.0

  • New Feature: Importing User Generated OOBs. Yes, indeed: Now you can import any OOB which is in SOW layout!
  • New Feature: Hand-picking Units. You can manually pick individual Leaders and Units.
  • New Feature: Brigade placement to sectors. Besides Corps and Divisions you may now also place single brigades to sectors.
  • New Feature: Custom Random Sector Definition Sets. You can define 4 different sets of sectors, in which your Corps and Divisions can be placed randomly. This is in addition to the already existing feature of using random placements in relation to the “reference point”.
  • New Feature: Show generated OOBs for just created scenario.
  • Added an extra macro button for creating the scenario intro text (even after scenario files have been created)
  • Added a new field to define the objectives distance to the center of the sector.
  • Added a new field (Obj Holder) to set each of the 4 objectives as valid for Both sides, or only Side1, or only Side2.
  • Added a sheet where you can set your own default values to be restored.
  • Added napoleonic minimap pictures for the “KS Napoleon Mod” by MTG. They are labelled NAP... in the map list.
  • Several optimizations in the integrated Theatres of War (flags, names, extra leaders)
  • Added some more checks and tweaks
  • Updated Manual



Changelist v1.1

  • New Feature: Show Statistics of just created scenario
  • Theatre of War ACW Trans-Mississippi added (Note: In Trans-Mississippi, some Cavalry brigades also include Infantry regiments)
  • Theatre of War NAP Peninsular added
  • Theatre of War NAP Eckmuhl added
  • Minimap picture for Random maps 6 (No3) corrected
  • Minimap picture for Kansas added
  • Added 4 missing units to CSA in Theatre of War ACW Eastern
  • Updated Manual
Last Edit: 1 year ago by Leffe7.

Re: Scenario Generator for Scourge of War 1 year, 3 months ago #3

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2) Features

2.1) Choose a theatre of war (in v1.0 you have ACW Eastern, ACW Western, Napoleonic Italy and Napoleonic Waterloo available). Then customize both sides Order of Battle structure. Your scenario's OOB will be filled randomly by units from the chosen theatre of war.


OOB_example_xls.jpg


OOB_example_ingame.jpg



2.2) Choose a map. Setup the starting positions of the troops and objective markers using one of 25 sectors. Or let the location be randomized in relation to the „Reference point“.

Map_with_sectors.jpg



Each Division may also be placed individually in advanced options
CSA_Divs.jpg



Full battle map with the settings used above
Mac_battle.jpg



2.3) Create the scenario files with 1 click

2.4) If you want to, you can review Statistics for your scenario. Note: The statistics are only calculated AFTER you created scenario files with the macro.
Statistics1.JPG


2.5) Launch Scourge of War and play your scenario in Singleplayer or Multiplayer. Have fun!


Some of the new features in v2.0:

  • You can also pick individual units instead of letting them be selected randomly:

CustomUnits.JPG



  • After creating a scenario you can take a look at the generated OOBs:

OOB_Info.JPG
Last Edit: 1 year, 1 month ago by Leffe7.
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Re: Scenario Generator for Scourge of War 1 year, 3 months ago #4

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3) Comments

I wish to thank Martin J and Kevin (Marching through Georgia) for testing the alpha versions and giving invaluable inputs.
The download also includes a manual to explain the concept and options.

If the tool is not working for you, please tell me what happened.

Link to sister thread in the Kriegsspiel Forum: http://kriegsspiel.forumotion.net/t695-scenario-generator-for-scourge-of-war#6080

Michael Slaunwhite created a video where you can take a glimpse at the tool http://www.norbsoftdev.net/forum/40-discussion/57532-how-to-use-leffe7s-sowgb-scenario-generator-small-how-to-video-included



Recommended Mods:

Gunship24's Road to Wagram & Peninsular
www.norbsoftdev.net/forum/napoleonic-era/56376-beta-new-version-for-sp-and-mp

Garnier's Random Maps 2
www.norbsoftdev.net/forum/modifications/53016-random-maps-2-released

Garnier's Random Maps 4
www.norbsoftdev.net/forum/modifications/53464-released-random-maps-4

Garnier's Random Maps 6
www.norbsoftdev.net/forum/napoleonic-era/56809-random-maps-for-napoleonic

2nd Texas, RebBugler and Little Powell's Prairie Grove Map
www.norbsoftdev.net/forum/modifications/54014-prairie-grove-released

Crikey's Valverde Map
www.norbsoftdev.net/forum/modifications/42542-valverde-map-released

MTG's Couriers&Maps
www.norbsoftdev.net/forum/modifications/21443-courier-and-mini-map-mods-updated-to-15001

MTG's Kriegsspiel Napoleon Mod
kriegsspiel.forumotion.net/t759-set-up-for-sow-napoleon-games-for-kriegspiel-style
Last Edit: 6 months, 2 weeks ago by Leffe7.
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Re: Scenario Generator for Scourge of War 1 year, 3 months ago #5

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Lef,

This is AWESOME!!! Thank you.

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Re: Scenario Generator for Scourge of War 1 year, 3 months ago #6

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Hey Leffe7

Fantastic concept downloading and trying out tonight!!

Thanks for putting Italy in there

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Re: Scenario Generator for Scourge of War 1 year, 3 months ago #7

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I've tried it out a couple of times, and it works as advertised.

I hope you build on it so that it has a random scenario generation capability, and even some carry over.

It does take away some of the uncertainty by having to select your enemies forces.

And carryover can be achieved by a somewhat random regeneration of depleted units.

Thanks for this.

Re: Scenario Generator for Scourge of War 1 year, 3 months ago #8

rudy wrote:


It does take away some of the uncertainty by having to select your enemies forces.

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A randomized feature would be nice, but one thing to note; you will know where your enemy starts, but will have no idea where they will end up.

These scenarios are generated with Strategic AI turned on, which basically means that the AI is in Sandbox mode. The AI will always want to come and find you, unless there are objectives for them to capture/defend.
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Re: Scenario Generator for Scourge of War 1 year, 3 months ago #9

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Thanks for this. Great tool. Would it be possible to be able to include an option to use OOBs made with Garniers OOB Creator?

Re: Scenario Generator for Scourge of War 1 year, 3 months ago #10

A randomized feature would be nice, but one thing to note; you will know where your enemy starts, but will have no idea where they will end up.

It has a randomized start position already built in if that is what you want. The units that are picked for each OOB is also random. You cannot pick specific units to be included. Depending on what the program selects, you can have very asymmetric armies. It's perfect for HITS battles where maximum fog of war is desired.
I can make this march and I will make Georgia howl.

Re: Scenario Generator for Scourge of War 1 year, 3 months ago #11

Are you eventually going to release a version which will not require the need for Excel?

Re: Scenario Generator for Scourge of War 1 year, 3 months ago #12

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I don't mind having to select where the units start. I just put them in opposite diagonal corners. And putting an objective in the middle, close to you or close to the AI helps to determine whether it is an encounter, defend or attack type battle. The road network on the map also has an effect on who gets there firstus with the mostus.

And I recognize that there is a certain amount of random size built in because the program selects units itself. But unless I'm missing something, you have to select the number of brigades, batteries and divisions for your enemy. If that was random, within limits, each battle would be a surprise on what you have encountered. And requiring more scouting, and instilling more caution and uncertainty.

= more fun.

Re: Scenario Generator for Scourge of War 1 year, 3 months ago #13

A blast from the past.

This has now almost achieved what TC2M could always do via it's Open Play / Random Battle. (The button that looked like a "re-circ" in a car). I still use this most of the times when I dip back into that game.

I have always been a bit sad that SOW dropped this facility.

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Re: Scenario Generator for Scourge of War 1 year, 3 months ago #14

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Hi guys

thanks for the positive comments, I hope you enjoy it.
First of all, I will add new theatres of war and new features to the Generator in the future. But it shall remain an easy-to-use tool aimed for quick creation of SP and MP ad hoc games. So the tool will never satisfy all wishes and it will never be a full-blown Scenario Editor. Some of the requested features are impossible to pull off in Excel... at least to my knowledge

Answering some questions:

alexjack wrote:
Thanks for this. Great tool. Would it be possible to be able to include an option to use OOBs made with Garniers OOB Creator?

I can add any OOB in SOW layout to the Generator, but I need to adjust it a little to be used. The user will not be able to integrate custom OOBs himself, sorry.

rudy wrote:
(...) and even some carry over.

Carry over isn't possible at the moment as this would need to produce a new OOB each time.

Michael Slaunwhite wrote:
Are you eventually going to release a version which will not require the need for Excel?

Short answer: No.

rudy wrote:
(...) And I recognize that there is a certain amount of random size built in because the program selects units itself. But unless I'm missing something, you have to select the number of brigades, batteries and divisions for your enemy. If that was random, within limits, each battle would be a surprise on what you have encountered. And requiring more scouting, and instilling more caution and uncertainty.
= more fun.

I understand your idea. I would also like to let the tool randomize the enemy within some parameters (like: Generate an opposing army with +10% to +20% strength...). But I don't see any possibility to do that. As MTG mentioned, you still have some randomness as a brigade can vary greatly in numbers and quality. And if you play against the AI, it can always happen that part of it's forces ignore an objective and move somewhere else or decide to remain immobile as a reserve.

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Re: Scenario Generator for Scourge of War 1 year, 3 months ago #15

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I haven't looked into the functioning of your Excel work, but it is possible to easily generate a table of random numbers in Excel.

So instead of manually inputting the number of brigades and divisions for the AI, the user can set the parameters for the min-max number of corps, the min-max number of divisions, the min-max number of brigades and the min-max number of batteries. Or the spreadsheet can do it. Right now, each of your variables has a range of 1 - 10.

You could even require a regeneration of random numbers based on a set of parameters for an army, so that an army can't be too large or too small, and you can't end up with an all artillery army.

spreadsheets.about.com/od/excelfunctions/qt/080218_randbetw.htm


www.mathwave.com/articles/random-numbers-excel-worksheets.html

www.mathwave.com/articles/random-numbers-excel-worksheets-p2.html#random_visual
Last Edit: 1 year, 3 months ago by rudy.

Re: Scenario Generator for Scourge of War 1 year, 3 months ago #16

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It would be great if we could import OOBs. If not I could send you a couple oobs that I have edited that play real well.

Very good work here. Thanks.

I am having trouble getting the random maps 4 to working. Anyone else?

Re: Scenario Generator for Scourge of War 1 year, 3 months ago #17

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Importing OOBs requires some manual steps and isn't completely hassle-free, so I will not add this feature in the tool.
What kind of OOBs do you want to have included? Are they balanced historical?
I didn't include the pictures for Random Maps 4 in the Generator. It is just to show that you can add more custom maps yourself to the list (but you won't see a picture).

EDIT: Never say never Importing custom OOBs has been introduced in v2.0.
Last Edit: 1 year ago by Leffe7.

Re: Scenario Generator for Scourge of War 1 year, 3 months ago #18

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Scenario Generator is updated to v1.1. See posts #1 - 4 for details.
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Re: Scenario Generator for Scourge of War 1 year, 2 months ago #19

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I'm getting a game freeze after setting up your scenario generator v1.1.

It occurs just when the game starts to load after selecting scenario generator in the user scenarios.

This didn't occur with v1.0.

Re: Scenario Generator for Scourge of War 1 year, 2 months ago #20

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Does it happen with any map / theatre of war? Which mods do you have activated?

Re: Scenario Generator for Scourge of War 1 year, 2 months ago #21

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Sorry, the fault was with me, not your generator.

I had done a game reinstall a while ago, and hadn't reinstalled the valverde map. That was the map that I selected in your generator. I selected another map, and everything is working.

Re: Scenario Generator for Scourge of War 1 year, 2 months ago #22

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Leffe 7;
Thanks for the generator - it works great. I just have one question:
How do you increase the time frame of the scenario from 4 hours total game play
to say for example to 6 or 8 hours total game play hours?

Re: Scenario Generator for Scourge of War 1 year, 2 months ago #23

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Bob64 wrote:
Leffe 7;
Thanks for the generator - it works great. I just have one question:
How do you increase the time frame of the scenario from 4 hours total game play
to say for example to 6 or 8 hours total game play hours?


If you want to play longer than 4h, just select "open end". Then the scenario will only end when you end it yourself (end battle).
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Re: Scenario Generator for Scourge of War 1 year, 2 months ago #24

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Man that was easy - how stupid of me.
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Re: Scenario Generator for Scourge of War 1 year, 1 month ago #25

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With the introduction of some major new features to the Scenario Generator, a direct step up to Version 2.0 is appropriate
See posts #1 - 4 for details.
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Re: Scenario Generator for Scourge of War 1 year ago #26

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Just a minor update to v2.1 to include the Brandy Station map.
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Re: Scenario Generator for Scourge of War 1 year ago #27

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I haven't been on this forum for a while.

What is Hays' Carryover tool, and do you have a link for it?

I did a search and can't find it.

Re: Scenario Generator for Scourge of War 1 year ago #28

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I may be wrong but I think Hays has only given the carryover tool to a few friends and its never been released publically.
HITS & Couriers - a different and realistic way to play SoW MP.

Re: Scenario Generator for Scourge of War 1 year ago #29

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Sorry Rudy I must have missed your post.

The Beta version was a limited release. The final version can be found here.

www.norbsoftdev.net/forum/modifications/54739-managing-your-own-campaign

A couple of things you need to be aware of when using it with the Scenario Generator.

Don’t include Supply Wagons or Couriers in the OOB created with the Carryover Campaign Application. The Scenario Generator automatically adds these units. If you add them using the Carryover Campaign Application you won’t be able to update the Master OOB with the Casualty Results created by the game.

When you import a Battle OOB created by the Carryover Campaign Application into the Scenario Generator you must have the option to include Army Commander selected.



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Re: Scenario Generator for Scourge of War 10 months, 4 weeks ago #30

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Does anyone know how to add the 10 mile map to the
scenario generator mod. This would really make epic battles.
Maybe, someone should contact the creator of the scenario generator mod
and ask him how to add the 10 mile map to the scenario generator or to the next release?
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