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Topic Subject: Nasty Something in Caesar 3 ...ARGH HELP!!!
posted 08-11-04 12:24 ET (US)   
I seem to have inherited or recently fallen upon a major Ceasar 3 bug or someone has written a malicious hack!!

I downloaded a game for Procurator from Games Heaven called dk_Lug and ran it to proceed to the next level as i was getting quite fed up with not being able to get the prosperity rating.

After i did that (and i can't prove that it was that that did it) everytime i now put ANY houses down, the game seems to delete them within a 10seconds or so!! Which means i not can't use Ceasar at all.

I have uninstalled and reinstalled to a new location, deleted all the games, even started from scratch but even from level one now i can't put ANY houses down.

Has anyone had similar to this as it is so so frustrating now not being able to play this on my machine.....

If it helps i also had Microsoft's recent hotfixes for XP recently (2 days ago) which could be the culprit. It has previously worked fine with XP before Monday!!

Please please PLEASE can ANYONE help with a fix to this.....???? A very frustrated

AVE!

Replies:
posted 08-11-04 14:02 ET (US)     1 / 10  
Usually when the game deletes houses it's because the road to Rome is blocked (entrance and exit to the map). This isn't actually a tech help question more of a game help question.
posted 08-11-04 14:27 ET (US)     2 / 10  
Games Heaven?
Can you give a link please?

Pleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the body. Pr. 16:24
posted 08-11-04 14:44 ET (US)     3 / 10  
He posted the same thread in C3 Game Help and I pointed him towards here . Since he was in Lugdunum, I figured he would know that houses need roads and thus I thought this was not really a game problem. I have no idea myself.
posted 08-11-04 14:54 ET (US)     4 / 10  
It might be a hacked savegame. I've tried downloading a Engineer level hacked savegame myself once making a peacefull Engineer level savegame of the original C3 carreer automaticly end a few seconds after loading. First I though C3 had been corrupted so I un- and reinstalled to no avail.

I found out when loading the savegame I had downloaded a dll file was generated and saved in my system folder making sure every time I opened a savegame of the original peacefull Engineer level it would end a few seconds later with defeat.


Pleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the body. Pr. 16:24

[This message has been edited by Proconsul Creaticus Dania (edited 08-11-2004 @ 02:55 PM).]

posted 08-18-04 07:38 ET (US)     5 / 10  
Sorry for the cross post with the game help but i might have equal luck here with an update on my original problem....

The deletion of the house plots only occurs on the career path and not on the construction builder area. What i'm guessing that someone has hacked that area but does anyone know what file controls the career path description and if anyone could have planted something in it....etc? long shot i know but worth a try!!

Cheers for any help
Ave!

posted 08-18-04 08:24 ET (US)     6 / 10  
Repeat:

Quoted from myself:

Games Heaven?
Can you give a link please?


I would really like a link so I can download that dk-Lug you have downloaded so I can test it and find out what is happening. If I don't know what's happening I can't try help you

Pleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the body. Pr. 16:24
posted 08-19-04 07:35 ET (US)     7 / 10  
Well the game downloads are actually on this site here:

http://caesar3.heavengames.com/downloads/cities.shtml

I downloaded I think pretty much all of the Lugdunum examples to get some ideas on how to run the scenario but the problems seemed to materialise on dk_lug. It might be that the hack is from another one of them so if you can run tests on them i would be grateful (not that i can do anything about it now as i still can't find the rogue hack after installing and uninstalling. Deleted all reg entries as well....

Let me know what you think....happy hunting!!

Cheers
Ave!

posted 08-19-04 12:12 ET (US)     8 / 10  
I have now downloaded and playtestet all 13 Lugdunum save-games I could find in our Cities download section and none have given me any problems. I'm running Win98SE

Hope you find out what's going wrong, not being able to play Caesar 3 is among the worst things I can think of


Pleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the body. Pr. 16:24
posted 08-26-04 07:43 ET (US)     9 / 10  
Ok i think i have found the problem if anyone is interested.

I downloaded the latest Microsoft XP critical updates on the day it all went wrong a while back. I have just rebuilt my XP machine and installed those hotfixes again...installed caesar fresh and then tried to play and low and behold the plots disappeared and not a rogue game download insight.

Anyone else seem to have this problem?

Cheers
Ave

posted 08-26-04 09:31 ET (US)     10 / 10  
Thanks a lot for telling what caused the problem and the solution

The problem (that something that works breaks when updating WinXP or Win2000) you have experienced sometimes happens when patching WinXP/Win2000, fortunately it doesn't happen that often. Some of those who have experienced it starts making a restorepoint before updating WinXP so they can roll back in case something goes wrong.


Pleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the body. Pr. 16:24

[This message has been edited by Proconsul Creaticus Dania (edited 08-26-2004 @ 09:33 AM).]

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