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'Strategic Command' - Update Patch & Demo Available NOW

by Rainier on June 25, 2003 @ 11:59 a.m. PDT

Battlefront has released a new update patch for their turn based strategy game, Strategic Command: European Theater. This upgrade brings your retail game to v1.07 and brings several bug fixes, gameplay additions, DirectX issues with new video cards etc. Battlefront also released an updated playable Demo which now includes the gameplay improvements of the v1.07 patch. Read more for detailed fix list and download links ...

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Changes Made For v1.07 :

  • fixed Vichy France surrender issue after Paris falls
  • fixed rare port control issue after the surrender of a country
  • fixed DirectX compatibility bug with newer Video Card drivers, newer drivers didn't like the previous implementation of DirectX within SC, caused some flickering/blackouts when traversing through various game screens/menus
  • fixed Carrier intercept bug, defensive bonuses no longer affect losses
  • fixed country surrender bug that would not recognize enemy unit control of resources like ports etc., i.e. should remain in enemy control instead of automatically being assigned to conqueror (as noticed by allied players after the fall of France)
  • fixed sub spotting bug during AI and TCP/IP games
  • fixed MPP bug for USA and Italy when they are declared war upon, previous bidding would be overwritten
  • fixed strength of Soviet Shaumyan Cruiser for Barbarossa, corrected to start at 10
  • Yugoslavian Coup now has a greater link to Axis actions taken against Greece, can still happen if Greece not invaded but less likely
  • US interest in war tweaked to also take into greater account attacks on Portugal and Iraq on top of the previous settings for Vichy, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland
  • Spain tweaked to react to an Allied invasion of Portugal, may now join Axis
  • slightly higher disinterest for US war entry when Allies attack neutral minors
  • changed income for minors once either Germany or UK fall, minors will still collect for any remaining resources available
  • added a 2 city supply system for the UK (London and Manchester) similar to 3 city supply system added in v1.06 for the USSR, counters gamey cutoff of London during Sea Lion

USER MANUAL UPDATES and ERRATA

NOTE: These notes reflect User Manual errata and some of the major changes since v1.0 of the game, for a complete list of changes please take a look at the 'SC Version Changes.txt' file included with each patch and located in your installation directory.

ADDITIONAL SPECIAL RULES

  • Sub Spotting - All spotting ranges for air, land and naval units are decreased by 1 with respect to spotting subs
  • Rivers - Attacker is reduced to 50% offensive power when attacking from a river hex
  • Reinforcement - Any unit that has all adjacent land hexes occupied will have a max reinforcement value of 5
  • Sub Raiding - Axis sub raiders now receive +.1 experience for each successful raid on Allied shipping
  • Additional Partisan Effects - Soviet Partisans can now variably affect the strength of captured Axis resources in the USSR the first turn they appear within a range of 6 hexes. Simulates the disruption of Axis supply lines in the USSR
  • ZOC - Each land city or resource exerts a Zone of Control at the end of it's turn by reclaiming each adjacent enemy hex that is not occupied by an enemy unit
  • River Crossings - There is an action point penalty (1 point) when attempting to cross uncontrolled river hexes. This simulates the necessary slowdown to secure river crossing points by combat engineers etc. from enemy controll.
  • Moving Between 2 Enemy Units - There is an action point penalty (1 point) when attempting to move through hexes that have 2 or more enemy units adjacent to them
STALEMATE VICTORY CONDITIONS
  • Axis Stalemate Victory Conditions (May 7th, 1947)
    • Both Germany and Italy have not surrendered, France has surrendered and either (London or Moscow), or (Stalingrad and Leningrad) are in Axis hands
  • Allied Stalemate Victory Conditions (May 7th 1947)
    • Either Germany or Italy have surrendered or
    • England, the USA and the USSR have not surrendered and either France has been liberated or Italy surrendered and both London and Moscow are not occupied by the Axi

DISBANDING FORMULA CORRECTIONS

Land/Air Units - Recovered MPP = 5% unit's cost * lowest value of unit's supply or strength

Naval Units - Recovered MPP = 1% unit's cost * lowest value of unit's supply or strength

EXPERIENCE CORRECTION

Experience is noted in the manual as having a max value of 10, this should have read as a max value of 4

HQ SUPPLY CALCULATIONS

supply = 0 -> HQ supply = 5
supply <= 5 -> HQ Supply = 8
supply > 5 -> HQ supply = 10
Note: Friendly HQ's can now be linked to supply each other over extended distances

RESEARCH CHANGES

Normalized Research - Slow down system using 5 -> 4 -> 3 -> 2 -> 1

Enemy Research Relationship - Formula now has a representation for captured enemy equipment, spying, espionage etc.

Removal of RECLAIM button - Research chit reclaim function is now implemented whenever you wish to remove a chit from a category. This acts as a transfer penalty of 50%, i.e. the same amount as the old RECLAIM method

NEW RESEARCH FORMULA

(5% + highest enemy level - current level) * applicable chits in category

Restriction = highest enemy level - current level >= 0 otherwise highest enemy level = 0

So if for example you have 1 chit in Jets with Level-0 and your enemy has Level-0 then it would look like this: (5% + 0 - 0) * 1 = 5% chance (same as before)

If you have 1 chit in Jets with level 1 and your enemy has Level-0 then: (5% + 0 - 1)) * 1 = 4% chance

Now if you have 1 chit in Jets with Level-1 and your enemy has Level-5 then: (5% + 5 - 1) * 1 = 9% chance

SOUTH ATLANTIC/SUEZ CANAL LOOP

With the addition of a port at the Suez Canal you will now be able to loop transports around Cape Horn via the South Atlantic to the Suez. In order to take advantage of the loop, transports must be moved on top of any one of the seven red down arrows located in the South Atlantic. Note: The port in the Suez must be Allied controlled

Once a transport has been positioned on top of any one of the seven red down arrows, it will automatically be transferred the rest of the journey at the end of your turn. Transfer time will be 4 full turns (1 turn longer than running the Mediterranean gauntlet) and will appear in and around Alexandria/Suez at that time. Should the Suez fall into Axis hands or there is insufficient landing hexes around Alexandria/Suez then any remaining transports that have not appeared in Egypt after 6 turns will be returned to the South Atlantic. Note: Only the Allies can use the South Atlantic/Suez Canal transfer loop

RANDOM POLITICAL TRIGGERS AND READINESS FOR WAR FACTORS

  • USSR
    • Axis Declarations of War, highest when directed against the Baltic States, Turkey, Romania, Finland and Yugoslavia
    • Insufficient Axis garrisons along German/Soviet border
    • Large buildup of Axis forces along German/Soviet border
    • Prolonged battle in England after an Axis Sealion attempt
    • Delayed victory over Poland
  • USA
    • Axis Declarations of War, highest when directed against the USSR, Switzerland, Spain, Vichy France, Sweden, Portugal, Iraq
    • Prolonged battle in England after an Axis Sealion attempt
    • Decreased readiness for Allied Declarations of War
  • ITALY
    • Axis victories
    • Allied Declarations of War
    • Allied abandonment of land positions in the Mediterranean, naval movement has no effect
    • Axis near victory over France
  • CANADA
    • Canada declared war on the Axis September 10, 1939
    • 30% chance of entering the war on or after this date
  • FINLAND
    • Winter war commenced November 30, 1939
    • 40% chance of entering the war for every turn after the Axis and the USSR are at war so long as the USA is still neutral, otherwise may enter once Axis forces near Leningrad
  • HUNGARY
    • Hungary joined Axis alliance on November 20, 1940
    • 25% chance of joining Axis on or after this date depending on status of fascist minors: Spain, Romania
  • ROMANIA
    • Romania joined Axis alliance on November 22, 1940
    • 25% chance of joining Axis on or after this date depending on status of fascist minors: Spain, Hungary
  • BULGARIA
    • Bulgaria signs military pact with Germany February 8, 1941
    • 25% chance of joining Axis on or after this date depending on status of fascist minors: Romania, Hungary
  • YUGOSLAVIA
    • Yugoslavia has pro-Allied coup on March 26, 1941
    • 10% on or after this date depending on status of fascist minors: Romania, Hungary, Turkey and Spain
    • 25% on or after this date depending on status of fascist minors: Romania, Hungary, Turkey and Spain and if Greece has been attacked by Axis
  • SPAIN
    • Hypothetical alliance with Axis possible if UK is near surrender and status of fascist minors: Hungary, Romania
    • 75% chance of joining Axis if Allies attack Portugal
  • TURKEY
    • Hypothetical alliance with Axis possible if UK near surrender and Balkans/Greece under Axis control and favorable status with fascist minors: Romania, Hungary and Bulgaria

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