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  1. Yes, I was going to note in the other thread that I had only done this mod as an addition to a mission I created to be used by all participants. I wouldn't use such mods in any other situation. I never even considered the MRF files, it was just a "vis-mod". I started to look into it again thinking it could be applied to other objects, but if it's going to interfere with the mechanics of the game I'll abandon the idea.
  2. This might be of interest to you, Mark. If I am successful in my efforts, I just might be able to restore the look of your old gum trees.
  3. Indeed, from my initial tests it looks that way. There are still no "desert abatises", which was why I decided to mod the textures for my mission in the first place. However ... I've run into a little bit of a puzzle here. I started investigating the possibility of modding stock "trees" [abatises] by re-downloading the original mission file I had submitted 10 years ago ["Burning Sands"], which included the modified abatis textures. (I had long since lost the original files.) When I tried replacing the default abatis textures with what I had originally modded, I saw no difference. Upon further investigation, the abatis texture files [conifer.dds and pinebark.dds] included with the current download of my original mission were no different than the current stock files. This is curious - because I am sure I had included only modified textures to make the abatis look as though it was formed with palm trees. (Specifically because having an abatis formed with evergreens in the middle of a desert looked absurd.) I have no explanation for why the current download includes the stock textures as opposed to the modified ones I originally uploaded. I cannot, however, completely rule out the possibility that I made a mistake so long ago and uploaded a zip file with the wrong textures - however unlikely I find that possibility to be. Anyway, I will continue to try and replicate what I was able to do previously and will report back with how successful I am. But, it will take more time as I now need to start from scratch - again. And I'm also trying to learn the new way in which SB handles maps - along with re-learning how I did all of this in the first place. Luckily, I have tomorrow off from work - so I should be able to devote a fair amount of time to this project. PS Backwards Generator [Rotar], Could you provide me with an example of a specific map object which does not appear with a specific theme? This would help me work out whether I can mod an existing texture which does work with said theme to look like an object which doesn't ... if that makes sense. Thanks!
  4. In past versions, I was able to change the appearance of some "trees" (actually abatises) by modifying the appropriate texture of the tree being used by the theme. Would that still be possible?
  5. I've been away for a while (and haven't read the release notes yet), so I'm not exactly sure which improvements are from this update or a previous one. But I'd just like to say that, even with low graphics settings on my cruddy laptop, the sim looks more awesome than ever. I can't wait to see what it'll look like when I have the chance to install it on a faster machine. Thanks eSim, beta testers and everyone involved in continually making this sim better the best!
  6. Copy (or move) the scenario to C:\Users\YourUserName\Documents\eSim Games\Steel Beasts\My Scenarios When picking a scenario to run, click the drop down menu at the top and select "My Scenarios". It should appear in the list. No idea why the FPS counter won't show for you.
  7. Well, the good news is that Ssnake's workaround of replacing the map did work ... insomuch as it allowed me to open and run the scenario. The bad news is that the scenario was completely unplayable - both at the default settings and even with reduced graphics and detail settings. (Frame rates of around 6 fps in the daysight upon starting and so much lag that it was utterly pointless to continue.) I'm not surprised at this, given the fact that I'm running SB on the system mentioned above. I may try running it on our more capable desktop ... or wait until my wife buys her brand new ΓΌber gaming rig and try it out on that. Although, I suppose it wouldn't be much help to eSim to find out that SB runs wonderfully on a brand new, "over-qualified" system.
  8. Oh, just saw Fuchs' post about the same problem. I'm going to try Ssnake's recommended solution. Wait out ...
  9. Okay you guys reeled me back in. I bought a new license and installed the new version. It's playable on my modest laptop (specs below) using a 40" TV as a monitor. I'm getting frame rates under 20 fps (understandable with my setup), but it still looks fine to me. I am, however, unable to run the benchmarking scenario posted by Ssnake. It says I don't have the required map. I did download the map installer and downloader and I think I did everything right. Querying the package results in a "not found" message. I've had no problem running a few other scenarios. Laptop Specs: ------------------ System Information ------------------ Time of this report: 7/30/2019, 00:41:48 Machine name: INSPIRON-5000 Machine Id: ********** Operating System: Windows 10 Home 64-bit (10.0, Build 17134) (17134.rs4_release.180410-1804) Language: English (Regional Setting: English) System Manufacturer: Dell Inc. System Model: Inspiron 5559 BIOS: 1.2.3 (type: UEFI) Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-6500U CPU @ 2.50GHz (4 CPUs), ~2.6GHz Memory: 8192MB RAM Available OS Memory: 8084MB RAM Page File: 3687MB used, 8252MB available Windows Dir: C:\WINDOWS DirectX Version: DirectX 12 DX Setup Parameters: Not found User DPI Setting: 96 DPI (100 percent) System DPI Setting: 96 DPI (100 percent) DWM DPI Scaling: Disabled Miracast: Available, with HDCP Microsoft Graphics Hybrid: Supported DxDiag Version: 10.00.17134.0001 64bit Unicode ------------ Display Devices --------------- Card name: Intel(R) HD Graphics 520 Manufacturer: Intel Corporation Chip type: Intel(R) HD Graphics Family DAC type: Internal Device Type: Full Device (POST) Display Memory: 4169 MB Dedicated Memory: 128 MB Shared Memory: 4041 MB Current Mode: 1920 x 1080 (32 bit) (60Hz) Monitor Name: Generic PnP Monitor Monitor Model: SAMSUNG Monitor Id: SAM02A5 Native Mode: 1920 x 1080(p) (60.000Hz) Output Type: HDMI ] Hybrid Graphics GPU: Integrated Card name: AMD Radeon R5 M335 Manufacturer: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. Chip type: AMD Radeon Graphics Processor (0x6660) DAC type: Internal DAC(400MHz) Device Type: Render-Only Device Display Memory: 6081 MB Dedicated Memory: 2039 MB Shared Memory: 4041 MB Hybrid Graphics GPU: Discrete Video Accel: Unknown ------------- Sound Devices ------------- Description: SAMSUNG (Intel(R) Display Audio) Default Sound Playback: Yes Default Voice Playback: Yes Description: Speakers / Headphones (Realtek High Definition Audio) Default Sound Playback: No Default Voice Playback: No --------------------- ----------- USB Devices ---------------- Gameport Devices ------------ PS/2 Devices ------------ + Standard PS/2 Keyboard + HID Keyboard Device + HID Keyboard Device + HID-compliant mouse + HID-compliant mouse + PS/2 Compatible Mouse + HID-compliant mouse + HID-compliant mouse ------------------------ Disk & DVD/CD-ROM Drives ------------------------ Drive: C : Free Space: 693.5 GB Total Space: 937.9 GB File System: NTFS Model: TOSHIBA MQ01ABD100 Drive: D : Model: PLDS DVD+-RW DU-8A5LH Driver: c:\windows\system32\drivers\cdrom.sys, 10.00.17134.0137 (English), 6/15/2018 00:36:47, 159744 bytes
  10. That's ... different.
  11. I'd just like to point out that Matsimus has contributed a lot to this community. He is a talented content creator and he has brought SB to a much wider audience than it would've reached otherwise. And I, for one, enjoy many of his videos which aren't even necessarily SB related. As far as I know, he's doing this without monetary compensation from eSim. On his own time. Could his videos be better? Perhaps. But so could the few videos I've made. However, I never heard anyone complain about any of the videos I've made. And they sucked by comparison. And they're still out there. Look, I know we all would like to show SB in the most positive light possible. But maybe we need to take a step back and realize that - even if it's not perfect - it's generating interest. And what's good for eSim's business is good for me. As long as I can have access to the best armored tactics simulator available today and the amazing community that's been built up around it ... I'm happy.
  12. After many beers, I can speak Gibberish. Sometimes I don't even need any beer. πŸ€ͺ
  13. If it's any consolation, I bet the musicians were embarrassed and sorry for their failure. I was in a rock band for well over a decade. One night our bass player had a few too many drinks before the show. When we got on stage he had totally forgotten how to play his instrument. We might as well have picked some random dude out of the audience with no musical talent whatsoever to play with us. (And our bass player was, BY FAR, the most talented musician in the band.) It was really bad. At first I thought he was playing a different song than the rest of us ... then I realized he wasn't playing anything even close to a song. He walked over to me (rhythm/ sometimes lead guitar player) in the middle of a song and apologized for screwing the show up. But there was nothing that could be done at that point. We just had to soldier on. We knew it was disappointing to the fans. Hell, it was disappointing to US! If you think it's bad watching a band screw up at a live show ... just imagine how you'd feel being in a band - having hundreds if not thousands of people watching you FAIL. It's like a nightmare where you show up at work naked. Everyone is looking at you wondering why you're such an idiot. Except you don't wake up and realize it never happened. You actually did ruin a lot of people's night out. And there's nowhere to run and hide. On the contrary - there's a spotlight on you. Being in a band often seems like an easy way to become rich without doing any "real" work. But I'm here to tell you that all those bands that have produced the soundtrack to your life have sacrificed a lot and put in countless hours of their time to deliver a product which may or may not even put food on their table. It may be popular today and forgotten tomorrow. And there's really no "magic formula" which tells you the difference. I've seen dozens of bands with amazing talent go unrecognized because there are simply too many other bands to compete with. Getting recognized, signed to a major label and becoming successful is, for the most part, a crap shoot. And even IF you hit the "big time", one little slip up can take you down in the blink of an eye. Add to that the fact that you have to perfectly reproduce your work each and every time you step on stage and you may begin to see how nerve-racking it can be. Don't get me wrong. I'm not saying that musicians are any kind of heroes. We are little more than clowns - here to amuse you. I understand that. But we're also human ... and sometimes we don't deliver. But that's the nature of the business. And we know what we signed up for. Cheers!
  14. [Emphasis added.] I admit I know absolutely nothing about the way credit cards work in Germany, but I gather it's much different than the way it is in the U.S. My wife works for a credit union (basically a bank) and they offer credit cards which literally pay you to use them. [Provided, of course, that you pay off your outstanding balances before any interest is incurred.] For each purchase you make, a small amount of money is deposited in your account. There is simply no hidden financial cost to the consumer. Quite the opposite. Now ... I must add that there is a saying here that "if you deal with a company that doesn't seem to want to sell you a product, then you are the product". I can only presume that these types of institutions are somehow profiting from, as Skybird points out, "your privacy and data". I suppose it's up to each individual to decide where they draw the line. And that's fine, as far as I'm concerned. In the end, I think it's extremely unfortunate that there is such an obstacle between eSim and their civilian European customers. I hope that eSim will be able to find a vendor who can accommodate potential customers who have limited purchasing options.
  15. Alright, I'm jealous.
  16. I'm thinking some "amenities" might be able to be added to the M577 and tents via clever use of texture modding.
  17. This looks fantastic. Hmmm ... Between this and the rumblings of another Operation Variable, I may have to come out of my SB hiatus. πŸ˜‰
  18. Look. I'm old fashioned. I long for the days when men were men and women were women. Some may find that "offensive" - but, frankly, I don't care. And for the most part, I see the same opinion from those around me. That might be because I live in a relatively rural area. Or any one of a thousand other factors. Who knows? But I think that one of the main problems we face is the growing influence of media in our lives. There seems [to me] to be a disparity between what the media would have you believe and what is actually going on. The problem is that more and more people seem to be falling for it. It's as if a problem is being "manufactured" where none actually exists. There may be one or two incidents per month of some kind of perceived discrimination against an individual. And that "problem" seems amplified when a dozen news agencies make it their top headline. But contrast that with the fact that there are well over seven BILLION people on this planet. The fact is: most of us get along just fine. So - my advice is to lessen your contact with social media (and the internet/media in general), and increase your contact with your community - locally and globally. I think you'll find the two are vastly different.
  19. A few of my thoughts on (and off) the subject: I do think men and women are different - and I'm glad about that. I wouldn't want women to be just like men. There are those who do ... but I think they swing another way. (Which is fine, if that's your bag, baby.) I think the sexes compliment each other. And I don't think this is a coincidence. As you say, there are "outliers" - and I don't think women should be held back from achieving anything based on the mere fact that they are women. But I don't believe we should think of men and women as "the same". If a woman feigns interest in something I like - just to get more of my attention - well, I'll give it to her. (Especially if she looks like the woman in the video which started this.) The woman in said video vaguely reminds me of my wife. She showed an interest in SB for a while - and genuine or not, it resulted in more quality time together. My wife is prettier and smarter than the woman in said video. (If you're reading this - I love you, baby!) πŸ˜… There are a shedload of new smileys since the forum update. Men think with their "gun" far too often and that gets them into trouble. But hey - that's how we evolved. I'm glad I'm married (to a woman who truly makes me happy) - because I don't have to worry about most of this anymore. I've been drinking. I like tanks. And I like people who like tanks. Life is good. 'Merica!
  20. Yes, thanks. And thank you for the lack of disruption to forum access/activity as well. I'm sure I speak for the majority when I say your effort is appreciated.
  21. Welcome! Glad you could join us.
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