[NP] Annoying Features

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[NP] Annoying Features

Post by HexCode » 2021-04-05 23:50, Monday

CONTENT LINKS
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Introduction
viewtopic.php?f=100&t=554#p9097

Can't See Those Unit Stats
viewtopic.php?f=100&t=554#p9098

What ? Did I Not Just Win ?
viewtopic.php?f=100&t=554#p9099

Organic Transport... Mishaps
viewtopic.php?f=100&t=554#p9100

Where Did The "Close" Button Go ?
viewtopic.php?f=100&t=554#p9101

Hey, Ground Conditions Have Changed !
viewtopic.php?f=100&t=554#p14528

Ok, Ok, I Know You've Surrendered !
viewtopic.php?f=100&t=554#p14529

Air Defense: Movement Quirk
viewtopic.php?f=100&t=554#p9102

Muddy Bridge Nuances
viewtopic.php?f=100&t=554#p14532

Disembarkation / Landing: The Quick & the Thorough...
viewtopic.php?f=100&t=554#p14530

Embarkation City Naval Presence
viewtopic.php?f=100&t=554#p11572


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The topic's contents may be modified or progressively added upon as time goes by.

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INTRODUCTION
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The present topic focuses on hitherto identified oddities attributable to PGF engine's programming. In certain hobby quarters, such oddities may be perceived as annoyances or, even, "bugs". To each his own ! It is assumed that the reader is already intimately familiar with the information featured here:

[NP] Introductory Documentation
viewtopic.php?f=100&t=531
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CAN'T SEE THOSE UNIT STATS

Post by HexCode » 2021-04-05 23:54, Monday

CAN'T SEE THOSE UNIT STATS
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PGF's native screen resolution is 1024x768 pixels. The wargame does not feature an in-game screen resolution calibration mechanism. Nevertheless, PGF's screen resolution can always be tinkered with by accessing the Windows Control Panel (Display) or equivalent dedicated utility. To this effect, a lower resolution such as 800x600 pixels can be "externally" imposed on PGF, if desired.

Under a 1024x768 screen resolution, the lowermost segment of PGF's Scenario Panel may display unit-related information sandwiched in between a "hovered upon" hex's terrain description / map coordinates and the area at the very bottom where combat casualty predictions normally appear (if any). This information is descriptive of quite a few of a unit's stats in instances where the said unit is situated on / over the "hovered upon" hex.

Under a 800x600 screen resolution, the aforesaid unit-related information is visually suppressed.
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WHAT ? DID I NOT JUST WIN ?

Post by HexCode » 2021-04-05 23:56, Monday

WHAT ? DID I NOT JUST WIN ?
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In Standalone Scenario play mode, when play resumes on the basis of a game-state save effected in mid-stream due to prior play interruption, the coveted (hopefully) victory pronouncement at scenario's end is being replaced by a cold, clinical invitation to just... replay things !

The likely technical explanation is this. Unlike in the case of Campaign play mode where the pertinent victory conditions explicitly appear in the Game-State interim "save" file *.PGSAV, there is no such provision for Standalone Scenario play. PGF's engine must directly consult the victory condition specification contained in the relevant *.PGSCN file. Once play is interrupted and subsequently resumed on the basis of a Game-State interim "save", PGF's engine likely "forgets" that it must eventually consult the contents of the relevant *.PGSCN file or, either way, that it must display the pertinent outcome...
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ORGANIC TRANSPORT... MISHAPS

Post by HexCode » 2021-04-06 00:00, Tuesday

ORGANIC TRANSPORT... MISHAPS
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Losing It

When one attempts to upgrade a unit that already has organic transport, selecting the desired upgrade unit on the purchase screen oftentimes results in something rather unfortunate. The preexisting organic transport unit gets automatically deselected in all instances. Thus, unless one is careful, the intended upgrade does take place but the upgraded unit gets... robbed of its organic transport whether this is intended or not. To avoid this mishap, one has to make sure that, besides selecting the desired upgrade unit, the requisite organic transport is also selected (again, if applicable) prior to ending and exiting the upgrade operation.

The preceding... mishaps are due to the unfortunate absence of a "CANCEL" button applicable to organic transport selection in PGF's Unit Upgrade Pop-up Screen.

Cannot Upgrade It

In certain scenarios, their designers have chosen to field / deploy units prior to the earliest possible time prescribed by the specific EQUIPMENT.PGEQP file (e.g., "prototypes"). In all such cases, one is not allowed to purchase / upgrade organic transport for such "early warbirds". The earliest that such purchases / upgrades are allowed for an "early warbird" unit is the unit's "official" battlefield debut date, provided such date falls within the time period covered by the scenario in question.
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WHERE DID THE "CLOSE" BUTTON GO ?

Post by HexCode » 2021-04-06 00:03, Tuesday

WHERE DID THE "CLOSE" BUTTON GO ?
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Aesthetic... Discomfort

When one clicks on any unit intending to view its current statistics, a rectangular window opens up sporting a "Close" button at the very bottom. On one's left side and towards the bottom corner, a space has been reserved for successive battle honors listings to appear (Campaign Play Mode). The 4th such listing pushes the "Close" button downwards ever so gently towards the bottom rim. The 5th such listing pushes the "Close" button downwards and out of the window's rectangular viewing area...

Temporary Fix

All one needs to do in order to get rid of this... eyesore is to hit the ESCAPE key (or the RETURN key).

Permanent Fix

The rather obvious technical culprit is none other than the HTML-based User Interface (UI). In particular, a little something does not add up in the HTML code hosted within file UNIT.HTM (located in the \DEFAULT\UI folder).

Here is the... offending HTML code snippet:

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<table cellspacing=0 cellpadding=0 style="text-align: center; vertical-align: middle; padding-top: 11px; padding-bottom: 9px">
Here is the suggested permanent replacement:

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<table cellspacing=0 cellpadding=0 style="text-align: center; vertical-align: middle; padding-top: 1px; padding-bottom: 1px">
What changed ?

a) The value of "padding-top" has gone down to 1px from the original 11px.
b) The value of "padding-bottom" has gone down to 1px from the original 9px.
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AIR DEFENSE: MOVEMENT QUIRK

Post by HexCode » 2021-04-06 00:05, Tuesday

AIR DEFENSE: MOVEMENT QUIRK
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AD = Air Defense Class

Situation

-- No precipitation;
-- AD unit has neither moved nor fired yet;
-- AD unit not being transported;
-- AD unit sporting a non-zero shooting range;
-- AD unit not out of ammo;
-- Enemy Air unit (any Class) within AD unit's shooting range;
-- AD unit can ordinarily move to enemy Air unit's hex.

Quirk

In order for the AD unit to be allowed to move to the hex where the enemy Air unit is present, the AD unit must first fire at the enemy Air unit. In other words, such movement coupled with ammo conservation is not an option...

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EMBARKATION CITY NAVAL PRESENCE

Post by HexCode » 2021-10-29 22:57, Friday

EMBARKATION CITY NAVAL PRESENCE
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Pushing It A Bit Too Far...

Embarkation City Naval... Haven
viewtopic.php?f=100&t=555#p9105

describes a programming oddity which allows Capital Ship and Aircraft Carrier Class units (among others) to retreat onto adjacent, empty Embarkation City hexes upon their forceful "dislodgement" from some Port City / Facilities hex. This sort of thing may be just too much to sit well with the... hobby !

A Milder Case...

Right on the heels of its Naval Embarkation from an Embarkation City hex, a unit is NOT obliged to move at all. This leaves "things"... dangling in the sense that PGF's engine does NOT consider the unit to have "completely acted"; at least not yet ! By RIGHT-clicking anywhere on the map, one can undertake other actions and later return (or not) to the hitherto Embarked unit to complete its orders.

In certain hobby quarters, the sight of a Naval Transport (NT) unit "comfortably" situated on an Embarkation city hex has been the cause of some visually induced discomfort. Worse, such a NT can Disembark the unit it is transporting onto an inland hex ! Clearly, from the standpoint of SSI-like content, there are legitimate representational as well as aesthetic issues that come to the fore.

HOWEVER:

From a content-agnostic perspective, the preceding phenomenon is NOT annoying in the least. It is merely a feature which renders PGF's play system a bit richer !

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HEY, GROUND CONDITIONS HAVE CHANGED !

Post by HexCode » 2022-06-26 11:54, Sunday

HEY, GROUND CONDITIONS HAVE CHANGED !
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PGF's User Interface (UI) is not cosmetically perfect...

Map Miniature Strategic View - Update Problem

Among other visual elements, the Scenario Panel hosts the Map's Miniature Strategic View. This is a bird's eye view of the Map's Strategic View confined to depicting terrain types and roadwork only.

Whenever the ground turns / stays Muddy or Frozen, the Map's Tactical and Strategic Views visually reflect such conditions via appropriate changes in the terrain's overall coloration.

Side 0 = Human Player || Side 1 = PGF AI

Throughout that very turn and, only that turn, the ground turns Muddy or Frozen, the Map Miniature Strategic View's coloration remains visually unaffected !

Side 0 = Human Player || Side 1 = Human Player

The Map Miniature Strategic View's coloration remains visually unaffected throughout the scenario's entire duration ! Interestingly enough, Game-State saves accurately re-initialize the Map Miniature Strategic View's coloration...
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OK, OK, I KNOW YOU'VE SURRENDERED !

Post by HexCode » 2022-06-26 11:58, Sunday

OK, OK, I KNOW YOU'VE SURRENDERED !
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PGF's User Interface (UI) is not cosmetically perfect...

Delayed "Surrender" Flash Screen Message

Automatic Victory (AV) is declared at the very instant a Side is left with no units aligned with it on the map whatsoever. The usual pop-up dialog appears on the screen announcing the outcome etc.

If the AV is triggered by the elimination of some last, remaining unit which finds it impossible to comply with an automatically mandated retreat due to actual combat, the "Surrender" Flash Message (i.e., "SURRENDERS!") appears on the screen right after one gets rid of the pop-up dialog...
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DISEMBARKATION / LANDING: THE QUICK & THE THOROUGH...

Post by HexCode » 2022-06-26 12:17, Sunday

DISEMBARKATION / LANDING: THE QUICK & THE THOROUGH...
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PGF's User Interface (UI) is not perfect...

Background

Elsewhere in THIS Library:
One can certainly Disembark / Land a transported unit by clicking on one of the PALE YELLOW colored hexes. However, some suitable hexes the transported unit could potentially Disembark / Land onto MAY NOT be indicated. To render such hexes available for unit Disembarkation / Landing purposes one has to press the Scenario Panel's Embark / Disembark button.
Example #1

A Naval Transport Unit (NTU) finds itself adjacent to an empty port hex at the commencement of its movement phase. The hex port is just identified as a potential NTU destination (LIGHT GREEN). Pressing the Scenario Panel's Embark / Disembark button reveals the port hex as being suitable for immediate Disembarkation by the transported unit.

Example #2

An Air Transport Unit (ATU) transporting a unit possessing paradrop capabilities finds itself adjacent to another air unit at the commencement of its movement phase. The hex OVER which that other air unit is situated CANNOT be identified as a potential ATU destination (in LIGHT GREEN), of course. Moreover, the hex itself is NEVER identified as a potential Landing hex. Pressing the Scenario Panel's Embark / Disembark button MAY reveal the hex as being suitable for designated, immediate Landing by the transported unit provided all other requisite preconditions are also met.

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MUDDY BRIDGE NUANCES

Post by HexCode » 2022-06-26 22:31, Sunday

MUDDY BRIDGE NUANCES
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UI: Organic Transport

Certain unit types can have Organic Transport (OT). Upon selecting such a unit, some map hexes are highlighted in color. The highlighted hexes are possible unit movement phase destination ones. There are two cases to consider here:

1) The selected unit is currently Mounted. If so, all allowable destination hexes are highlighted in LIGHT GREEN.

2) The selected unit is NOT currently Mounted. If so, map hexes highlighted in LIGHT GREEN can be reached by the unit in its currently Dismounted state. On the other hand, map hexes highlighted in PALE YELLOW are allowable destination hexes assuming the selected unit gets Mounted by the engine on the fly prior to actually commencing its movement phase.

Muddy Bridges

Often, roads traversing river terrain are referred to as "bridges". Their presence allows units to unimpededly cross such terrain regardless of the underlying terrain's inherent properties and the currently prevailing Ground Conditions.

Case Description

A) Ground Conditions are Muddy.

B) A unit with OT is currently in a Dismounted state.

C) The unit also finds itself ON a Bridge Hex at the beginning of its movement phase.

Nuanced Consequences

a) The Bridge Hex notwithstanding, the engine outright blocks any player attempt to Mount the unit onto its companion OT.

b) Relatedly, the UI misleadingly highlights "possible" destination hexes in PALE YELLOW; movement to which the engine stubbornly, yet logically, refuses to allow (due to the engine's behavior as per immediately preceding point (a)) !

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