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Subject: VASSAL module for HoB coming? rss

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Neal Durando
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Any news on this?
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I wonder why this forum has been neglected for so long. There are very interesting questions that haven't been answered.
Designers! Publishers! LnL experts! Anybody home?!
 
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I'm working on Blitzkrieg counters now in conjunction with some clean up of the core module. Time permitting I'm hoping to have all the counter work done by mid-September. Maps probably won't be as pretty but I don't have the source images so it'll have to be what it is.
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Just checking on how far you have come along in creating vassal module.
 
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Doing my second playtest today.

I went with a new internal structure for counters to try to
a) make the menus as alphabetical as possible
b) as consistent across counter types as possible
c) make adding new counters as simple as possible

And I won't lie, WoW 4.0.1 has slowed me down too.

If things go well tonight, I'll put up a link to a version for feedback.

Two things to note:

I had to go with counter and maps scans because I don't have access to the artwork. I'm hoping that once the module is out there, that we can get the artwork from the source and just replace the image files. So this module won't look as clean and shiny as an official module.

Currently only the Heroes of the Blitzkrieg counters and markers are implemented. Since the design is modular this shouldn't be a big deal but worth noting that you can only play HoB maps with it.


Sorry for the delays but its close!
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Thanks. I am thankful someone is doing it. It is a great game. Surprised no one has done it sooner.
 
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Doubly surprising since they have VASSAL modules for all the new games they are putting out. /shrug

You can play around with my beta version if you like. There are still some obviously missing things but you can get a sense for what's different compared to the old LnL 1.5 module.

The file comes in at about 21 MB for the 6 Blitz boards and 4 overlays.

I'd love comments on anything other than my ability to scan artwork.

This link will expire in 7 days so we don't spam the internet with a lot of pre-release versions of this module.

https://files.me.com/zgrose/tepvn9
 
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Looks good so far. Will play around with it to see if I can find any bugs.
 
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Some more work done. Notably now has a Skill Card deck.

Been playing with options for Weapon Teams that sorta have a shaken side and sorta don't. WT counters should have a Shaken command and all cases of Flip should have been replaced with Show Reverse Side. For something like an ATG, this should provide for a more visually appealing representation as opposed to what is often an oddly rotated To Hit Chart.

Also added a new board called the Sideboard that gives you a nice place to put counters offboard that makes VASSAL scroll correctly (VASSAL doesn't account for space beyond the map+buffer when calculating the scroll bars).

Expires in 7 days as well, marked as 2.0.1 and 1.0.1 for the extensions.

https://files.me.com/zgrose/klaruf

Still need to figure out a nice+easy way to do Victory Points and then I *think* its done for HoB. Then I just need to drop in the BoH and NOSB counters+maps in the new counter structure and we should be all set.
 
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Well, sorry I was late looking at this as I missed the cutoff for download. Anyways, anyone up for a game?
 
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I'm going to post 2.0.3 as soon as me.com gets out of maintenance. There are counters for VP (quick and easy) and I made a palette for the main markers for people that would rather quickly drag a marker off the palette rather than dig around in the context menus.
 
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OK, 2.0.3 should be available again for 7 more days at

https://files.me.com/zgrose/klaruf

It should be fully capable so any bug reports would be greatly appreciated.

Maybe one or two more distraction laden weeks and it should be Final.

Then its on to rolling in the older content into the new framework.
 
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Zoltan,

Been meaning to look at this for a while. Great work! I live this far better than the two other LnL mods I've seen. Very clean and straightforward.

Anyone care to play a game? Drop me a PM. I'm GMT+1 (or time zone Alpha).

Cheers,
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There is something funky with rotated turrets and opening/buttoning. That is the only known issue at the moment.


These days I'm more and more inclined to find that the context menu (Fired, Moved, etc) isn't really that useful compared to the palette of Markers that you can just slap on top of the stack.

It would be kind of a radical shift from prior versions of the mod but I think it plays better if you have a reasonable screen size. Any thoughts/comments?

I'm going to do the Not One Step Back extension next. Since all the graphics are usable from the old module, it should be a simple matter to just hook up the Piece Prototypes and set the properties.

VASSAL 3.1.15 is around the corner, but I'll continue developing in 3.1.14 until I have all the extensions complete.
 
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I think this has the rotation problem fixed.

https://files.me.com/zgrose/pgby09
 
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Looks like a "blessed" version of LnL is in the works. Yay!
 
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Great Work Zoltan
Thanks for what you did do and will be done for us and the hobby.
Can't wait to see the final version and the NOSB one !

Once more
Thank you
 
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I cant figure out how to drag overlays on to map.
 
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Hey was playing around with module and noticed I cant cant right click on Soviet vehicles.
 
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Soviet stuff is just filler that I dropped when there was talk of an official all-in-one module. You should use the standard VLnL for Soviet stuff. The only bits that are fully functional are the Heroes of the Blitz parts (French, German, Belgian). IIRC, you can disable the Soviet extension in the VASSAL UI so they don't clutter the menus.
 
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Let me fire up the module and see if there was something messed up. Overlays were working last I checked....


You're right. I'll see if I can fix that.

Sorry for the slow replies but been playing Twilight Struggle with my brother lately. I thought there would be more official action in the interim but I haven't seen anything come of it.
 
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Oh, I see what happened with the overlays.

Shift-click them to select them and then drag out to the board.
 
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Any way to get this module as of now?
 
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Popped on my dropbox until the powers-that-be release something better.

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/38910931/VLnL2.zip
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Just a suggestion but it would be so nice to see a agreed upon naming convention for the modules. I like "Lock and Load" best, but with Band of Heroes and Virtual Lock n Load it can be confusing to a lot of people.
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