CCN Game Support Applications

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3 weeks 2 days ago - 6 days 20 hours ago #6681 by robhickman
I have developed two companion Microsoft Windows 10 applications, 'CCN Scenario Designer' and 'CCN Game Assistant', to aid the creation of scenarios and to provide gameplay assistance for the 'Commands & Colors: Napoleonics' suite of boardgames by GMT Games LLC. I initially created them for my own personal use, but thought that they might be useful to the player community generally, hence posting here. Permission has been sought and granted from Tony Curtis, Manager at GMT Games LLC, to make these applications generally available.

'CCN Scenario Designer' is an alternative to the Vassal Scenario Editor and enables the creation and editing of scenarios for use within the companion application 'CCN Game Assistant'.

'CCN Game Assistant' enables players to keep track of, and record, game progress and also provides aids for game play (such as line of sight and combat dice calculations). It is not, however, intended as a substitute for the physical game.

If anyone is interested, the applications can be downloaded as zip files via the following links (updated for latest versions):
CCN_Scenario_Designer.zip:
drive.google.com/file/d/1MBm8lkcyZ3KLHjX...f9D/view?usp=sharing
CCN_Game_Assistant.zip:
drive.google.com/file/d/18bK6HOv5u68bdeH...QHQ/view?usp=sharing
CCN_Scenario_Designer_v1_1.zip:
drive.google.com/file/d/1XzZTIRT9Xv77-ou...yBb/view?usp=sharing
CCN_Game_Assistant_v1_1.zip:
drive.google.com/file/d/1F40cEFUivZFSJ9H...K1y/view?usp=sharing

The files are too big for google drive to virus check, however this can be performed through a virus checking program once the zip files have been successfully downloaded.

The SHA256 Checksum values are as follows (updated for latest versions):
CCN_Scenario_Designer.zip:
27E3D385CFBFBFAEFF541738B90E7B8441F6D4C0B64488195FC863B97D337CFE
CCN_Game_Assistant.zip:
E49E741B1C2E5D4B8A342EC637EB59543A06A37F37AF3FF6EB24E623A0631C57
CCN_Scenario_Designer_v1_1.zip:
ED41EDA6460E6C0C3F809FCD25A854E02F1EB125E1379DFB7690C7DD93AF4906
CCN_Game_Assistant_v1_1.zip:
8F1F3AB9AEA00D19B7C70971A7811916DE55536A8313C8F244E7F30C2F4A7810

'CCN Scenario Designer' can be used on its own, however the scenario files provided with it (or created using it) are required in order to use 'CCN Game Assistant', so both applications will need to be downloaded if 'CCN Game Assistant' is to be used.

Note that both applications have a fixed window size of 1600x920 pixels so any display must have a minimum resolution greater than this.

The applications are provided as freeware as explained in the README.txt file in the appropriate zip file. Developing these applications has been a part-time activity over many months during Covid-19 lockdown in the UK, so I'm afraid there will be little support, however I will try to fix any major bugs or errors discovered as and when I can. Suggestions for improvement are welcome but don't hold your breath! I'm hoping to port the applications to Linux at some point if there is enough interest.
Last edit: 6 days 20 hours ago by robhickman. Reason: Google Drive links to previous applications versons (1.0) removed as superceded by new versions (1.1). Links and SHA256 checksum values updated accordingly.
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3 weeks 1 day ago #6682 by Waterloo-Simon
Many thanks Rob for doing this. I have been working with picture to design my own scenarios for Epic and LGB as we do wargames with figures - see blog - waterloosimon1815.blogspot.com/

How hard would it be to expand the map to 26 by 11 or even 26 x 13 or to do the epic of 20 by 11 for EPIC? If you can that would be great!

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3 weeks 1 day ago #6683 by robhickman
I did think about this when starting the project, but as it was initially only for my own interest and use, and as I do not have the game expansions with the larger mapboards, I decided to limit the design to the standard mapboard. In theory it would be possible to accommodate the larger mapboard sizes, however it would probably entail some 'scrolling' mechanism as I don't want to resize the overall mapboard area or introduce zoom in/out functionality. I'll have a look at some point, perhaps after the apps have been used for a bit and any bugs discovered are needing to be ironed out. Hope that answers your question!

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3 weeks 1 day ago #6685 by Waterloo-Simon
Rob, many thanks. As I have no capability in this area, beggars cannot be choosers. I will certainly try out the basic game for some applications and look forward to any 'expansions' art a future date.

All the very best and many thanks for doing this.

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1 week 3 days ago #6698 by robhickman
I have now created a new version (v1.1) of both CCN_Scenario_Designer and CCN_Game_Assistant to cater for the 'Epic' and 'La Grande Battles' mapboards and scenarios. I have also taken the opportunity to fix some minor bugs. The 'Scenarios' folder also now includes all the standard Epic and LGB scenarios.

To upgrade from v1.0 simply replace the existing files with the equivalent contents of the corresponding v1.1 zip files which can be downloaded via the following links:
CCN_Scenario_Designer_v1_1.zip: drive.google.com/file/d/1XzZTIRT9Xv77-ou...yBb/view?usp=sharing
CCN_Game_Assistant_v1_1.zip: drive.google.com/file/d/1F40cEFUivZFSJ9H...K1y/view?usp=sharing

As the files are too big for google drive to virus check, please use a virus checking program once the zip files have been successfully downloaded.

The SHA256 Checksum values are as follows:
CCN_Scenario_Designer_v1_1.zip: ED41EDA6460E6C0C3F809FCD25A854E02F1EB125E1379DFB7690C7DD93AF4906
CCN_Game_Assistant_v1_1.zip: 8F1F3AB9AEA00D19B7C70971A7811916DE55536A8313C8F244E7F30C2F4A7810

These new versions of CCN_Scenario_Designer and CCN_Game_Assistant will still work with scenarios and games created with v1.0.

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