of the design decisions, though made to increase flexibility,
are a little complicated. This article will hopefully explain
how the program chooses files from the directory structure.
the lowest level we have the scenario. Scenario are load by MMG
file OR folder, never both. Even if an MMG file and a folder
contain the same exact name, they are two seperate scenarios are
far as the game is concerned and they will BOTH show up
in the custom scenarios menu. The only MMG files that will not
show up are the ones found on the 1st Bull Run Screen. These are
hardcoded in the game to not display. Any files found in the MMG
or the folder will be loaded. They take precidence over any other
the next level is the main folders. If a needed file is not found
in the scenario, then it is looked for in the main folder, the
folders in the main directory of the game. If the file is not
found here then it is looked for in the CWBR.MMG file.
example: Let's say the game is loading 1st_Bull_Run.csv and you
are loading a scenario folder. This file is located in the maps
directory. First it looks to see if you have a maps directory
under your scenario folder, then it looks in the main maps folder,
next it looks in the CWBR.MMG.
following folders can exist in your scenario and the files in
there will override the files in the main folders or main mmg:
Data Files, Graphics, Maps, Sounds,
and Text. One minor exception to this rule is that the
screen.txt file will add to and replace the strings in the main
screen.txt file. So if there is a default string in the main file
and you don't want to add it, if you do not place that string
in the scenario screen.txt file, it will be retrieved from the
main screen.txt file. All of the other files will completely replace
their main directory equivalents.
design allows you to experiment inside a scenario without ever
messing up your main directory. Basically any file that you want
replaced in a scenario can be placed in your scenario directory
matching the structure of the main directory and it will be picked
up when that scenario is run. Use the SDK folder to see where
all of the csv files are located. The SDK folder contains all
of our source csv and txt files that we used to build our MMG
you are finished your scenario, use the WarPack utility to turn
it into an MMG file. This is a compressed file format that will
zip up all files in your scenario folder. It allows you to distribute
your scenarios in an easy compressed one file format.