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#4494464 - 10/25/19 07:01 AM EAW Frontlines  
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Moggy asked me to make a utility that loaded frontlines so that he could test a collection that he has for Dunkirk.


In all forms of EAW the frontlines are stored in the "frntline.dat" file, and this file contains 20 individual ones numbered 0-19.
Only four are used for single missions.

In the default EAW ETO theatre
1940 uses #0
1943 uses #0 (no invasion yet)
1944 uses #8
1945 uses #12

Some time ago we got the 1.28 series of exes to read and use a "frontline.mpf" file, if one is present in the theatre or root folder.
It has the four numbers in it, so the default is:
0
0
8
12

This opens up several possibilities. I have one which is:
0
0
8
19
In #19 much of eastern Europe is in allied hands, reflecting the effect of the Russians in 1945.

You can make a static frontline using:
10
10
10
10
All years use frontline  #10

To do the job I had done something similar when I wrote the FAWManager for Per's Finnish Air War, so I was able to produce just what Moggy needed

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This one is running in my FAW150 folder, and I can load any of Per's original frontline to use in single mission or multiplayer games


However, the utility is really adaptable, and is not just limited to frontlines. 


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In my "SPAW2019FinalCut" folder I have the option of using the default version, or two different multiplayer versions without the need for separate theatre folders.


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#4494470 - 10/25/19 08:22 AM Re: EAW Frontlines [Re: MrJelly]  
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I have the old 'Frontlinemover' utility from way back in the day working with my 1.60 install. As far as I can remember, there are two versions available on TallyHo but it is the older one that works. If you remember, it comes with a little map that shows the location of the frontline. Of course, it only covers the Western Front.

Edit: Looked it up. The old Frontlinemover utility was made by Dave Joyce, also known as mane_raptor. The version that works for me is 1.1.

Last edited by SkyHigh; 10/26/19 12:18 PM.
#4494494 - 10/25/19 11:01 AM Re: EAW Frontlines [Re: MrJelly]  
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This is another variation in my Default ETO folder

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The set-up is always like this wirh a "DateRelated" folder and the "FLSwitcherV3.exe" program in the theatre folder
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"DateRelated" folder contains the folders listed for selection:
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In this case the "0000" folder contains a "Frontline.mpf" file with the data
0
0
0
0

....... and the "0019" folder contains a "Frontline.mpf" file with the data
19
19
19
19

So selecting one puts a "Frontline.mpf" file in the theatre folder that the exe will use.

I can use it to use/view any one of the 20 frontlines.

If anyone wants a copy please let me know smile


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#4494612 - 10/26/19 12:13 AM Re: EAW Frontlines [Re: MrJelly]  
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