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.
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' 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 Reason: Google Drive links to previous applications versons (1.0) removed as superceded by new versions (1.1).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.
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!
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.
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.
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:
These new versions of CCN_Scenario_Designer and CCN_Game_Assistant will still work with scenarios and games created with v1.0.