To add to this, originally I was playing with Vassal ver 3.2.16 but have now updated to ver 3.2.17.
Still no “Solo” option when I load the save game, but it does give me an option to play “Both”. Sadly, this seems to let me play neither.
I am not sure what I am doing wrong - please don’t tell me I have to manually move every unit to where it should be before I can continue. Is there a way someone who had not coded since Fortran IV to amend either the save game or the module to allow me to play both sides?
The module password you selected on your new computer differs from the module password that was in use on your old computer. If the old computer is still running and available you can try determining what the module password was, or just try changing the module password on the new computer to different ones you might’ve used in the past.
You initially set this password the very first time you open a module on a given computer–thereafter you aren’t prompted for it, and have to open the module and go into its preferences to subsequently change it. It is this password that “locks” a player side in a module.
Here’s a very simplified scenario to demonstrate how someone can run into the problem you’re experiencing:
I open a module on my home computer for the first time and choose the module password “dog”. I start a game using the Solo player side, play a bit, and email myself the saved game file.
The next day I open the same module on my work computer for the first time, but choose the module password “cat”. Then I try opening my saved game. Because my module password now differs from the one in use when I created the saved game file, I am NOT placed into the Solo player side, and in fact it is unavailable for selection. I go into the module preferences, change my password to “dog” and then try loading my file again. I am successfully placed in the Solo player side and can pick up where I left off.
Another thing - I placed my latest save game as a “set up” and then started a new game with that. Worked fine except goes straight to “finish” without letting me choose “Solo” by way of a “next” choice.
Seems to me that there is a marker on the save game. Is there a way to remove or modify that? I don’t seem to have a program to edit .vsav files- is there one?
I have about reached the end of my expertise ie can’t think of anything else to try, so if you think I should just accept my fate, so be it. It does seem to me though that it should be something quite simple to fix and I can’t really see why a game started as “solo” should ever be modified to restrict access. After all, I can see all the counters so there is no way it be used for a two person game.
This may be a little late for you, Uriah. The procedure for setting up a pre-defined scenario setup is in the Vassal Designer’s guide on page 96. The key is saving the .vsav while logged in as an observer. You do the setup as each side, retiring between setting up sides. For example, log into a new game as the german player and do the German setup. Retire and then log in as the Allied player. Retire and then log in as observer. Save the file and then it’s ready for use.
As an aside, i’m working on a project to add all the scenarios to the module. Hope to get that done in the next month or two.