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« on: 06 September 2011, 17:09:22 »
Greetings AToW fans!  Although A Time of War has not been out for very long - in comparison to MW 3rd Generation and such - a character creator program is available for the awesome price of free!

Battletech Character Creator (BTCC) is currently at version 0.7.28 as of TODAY.  It includes an easy to follow wizard that takes you through each stage of character creation OR just click cancel to manually create.  Most of the bugs have been cleared up, but it's still a work in progress.  That's where YOU come in!  We need your input to make this program smooth.

I've been working with bearchick - the programmer - since pretty much the beginning of btcc.  Although he speaks pretty good English, you will notice several small grammatical errors.  Please create and respond to the www.bthub.net/forum in order to give input for this handy tool.

Thanks All!

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« Reply #1 on: 07 September 2011, 06:12:19 »
Fantastic... this will make getting new players involved so much easier by cutting out the math for them.   Thanks!
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« Reply #2 on: 07 September 2011, 13:16:26 »
I'll never understand why such programs are not seen by developers as more important to the overall playability of the game...
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« Reply #3 on: 07 September 2011, 13:18:43 »
could we get a download link though?
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« Reply #4 on: 07 September 2011, 15:36:26 »
http://bthub.net/download/battletech-character-creator-2/

I love it, while there are a few issues.  This program is coming along great.


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« Reply #5 on: 07 September 2011, 16:12:32 »
Hi peterbehere i've been playing around with this designer.......got your site in my faves [rockon]
Though i don't play the rpg aspect of BattleTech (yet) this is really cool

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« Reply #6 on: 07 September 2011, 18:34:51 »
The RPG aspect of Battletech is not a new concept to me, but I've never gotten into it until AToW - which definitely rules over Total Warfare in character creation - in my opinion.

I definitely think this creator will attract new players.  I have two friends who are more interested as a result.

By the way, don't forget to check out my post on Gaming Over Skype!  I'd like to put my Heroscape hex tiles and my 1000+ collection of miniatures for BT to use!
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« Reply #7 on: 08 September 2011, 05:54:32 »
I was checking it out, when I got to stage 3 there was not a way for me to enter my field skills basic, adv, and special.  Was I doing something wrong? I also noticed that there is no way to enter in a higher starting xp than the 4k.  Are those functions currently being worked in?

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« Reply #8 on: 08 September 2011, 16:51:49 »
First of all, what character starts with more than 4,000 XP?

Second, for choosing a School in Stage 3 you must follow the steps in the attached picture (follow the numbers).

ALSO you can repeat Stage 3 with an additional school by selecting another school after completing the first school - before you click NEXT!
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« Reply #9 on: 08 September 2011, 17:08:16 »
??? Uh, all of them since they went final with AToW.  4,000 may have been from the beta.

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« Reply #10 on: 08 September 2011, 17:32:50 »
Oh Crap!  There it is on page 49.  Thanks for that tip (and for making me look like a moron in the process)  [tickedoff]

I'll let bearhchik know right away so he can fix this in next version.  :)
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« Reply #11 on: 08 September 2011, 19:14:06 »
Is there an option for us to set our own Starting XP Pool? Our groups uses a 5,500 starting XP?


EDIT: I have posted to the BTHUB forums. I will start giving this program over the next few days.
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« Reply #12 on: 08 September 2011, 21:46:57 »
Thanks!
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« Reply #13 on: 08 September 2011, 22:17:36 »
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« Reply #14 on: 09 September 2011, 15:24:23 »
Is there another way to download your file? That website is scarying my security profile.
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« Reply #15 on: 09 September 2011, 15:38:36 »
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I also noticed that there is no way to enter in a higher starting xp than the 4k.

I think the program withdraws the 850xp for universal right off the bat.  Then it defaults to Federated Suns that has a cost of 150xp; so it looks like you're starting at 4,000xp instead of 5,000.

At least that's what I thought when I was going through it...

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« Reply #16 on: 09 September 2011, 16:07:24 »
Is there another way to download your file? That website is scarying my security profile.

http://www.classicbattletech.com/forums/index.php/topic,8289.msg235935.html#msg235935

This is a post I did to show the security of the forum and the download site according to AVG.
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« Reply #17 on: 09 September 2011, 16:10:04 »
Is there an option for us to set our own Starting XP Pool? Our groups uses a 5,500 starting XP?


EDIT: I have posted to the BTHUB forums. I will start giving this program over the next few days.

Good point!  I will discuss this with bearchik the programmer.  There should also be a way to keep track of overall XP gained throughout game-play.  This is a good idea.
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« Reply #18 on: 10 September 2011, 14:30:50 »
Not a bad little program, overall.

Would like to see some clarification in the addition/subtraction of XP for character optimization (I only figured it out by accident), and some more notes on which is Clan gear and not.

Maybe an option for Stage 4 for those of us who want to take another path or two depending on how much XP we have left.

Also there's nothing in here currently for aging (ToW pg 332-333).

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« Reply #19 on: 10 September 2011, 16:42:22 »
Is there a way to not select a step 4 Real Life module and simply move on from there?

Also I take it there's no points only version?

Picking more than one interest was confusing for a second, I didn't realise I had  a second choice and thought the program didn't accept my first one.

I didn't see 'Mech as a piloting skill.
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« Reply #20 on: 10 September 2011, 17:27:45 »
Attributes take a LONG time to add points to.  Having an option to raise them by a level (+/- 100 point increments) would be a helpful option.

Also, any "forced" requirements such as mins in Attributes should probably be automatically spent to put them at required levels.  It takes away the requirement to manually do what is an inevitable expenditure.

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« Reply #21 on: 10 September 2011, 23:35:23 »
I can't install it

The Error I get is

Error opening file for writing:

C:\Program Files (x86)\BtCC\btnchrcreator.exe

I am running Vista Home Premium 32-bit

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« Reply #22 on: 11 September 2011, 00:41:10 »
try installing it somewhere besides Program Files

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« Reply #23 on: 11 September 2011, 03:58:42 »
As I mentioned in the other thread, I ended up having to install it on a flash drive.  It seems to work fine from there.

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« Reply #24 on: 11 September 2011, 04:10:07 »
I can't install it

The Error I get is

Error opening file for writing:

C:\Program Files (x86)\BtCC\btnchrcreator.exe

I am running Vista Home Premium 32-bit

Odd, I've only seen "Program Files (x86)" on 64-bit builds of Windows. In any case I got the same message on my Win7 box. Even though I have local admin rights to my account I still needed to right-click and select "Install as Administrator" to get the app to install.
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« Reply #25 on: 11 September 2011, 12:12:03 »
Not a bad little program, overall.

Would like to see some clarification in the addition/subtraction of XP for character optimization (I only figured it out by accident), and some more notes on which is Clan gear and not.

Maybe an option for Stage 4 for those of us who want to take another path or two depending on how much XP we have left.

Also there's nothing in here currently for aging (ToW pg 332-333).

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1. Adding and deleting XP clarification is in the works for the next version.  I'll consider the part about Clan gear VS non. 
 
2. You CAN take another Stage 4 path by simply clicking another one from the list.   See image attached.  Once you finish step 6, just repeat step 1 again BEFORE you click NEXT.

3. Aging is still in the works too.

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« Reply #26 on: 11 September 2011, 12:22:21 »
Is there a way to not select a step 4 Real Life module and simply move on from there?

Also I take it there's no points only version?

Picking more than one interest was confusing for a second, I didn't realise I had  a second choice and thought the program didn't accept my first one.

I didn't see 'Mech as a piloting skill.

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1. To skip stage 4 simple click FINISH before you select a "Choose Your Life."

2. Points only version is available by clicking CANCEL at the start and thus closing the wizard all the way.

3. Piloting/`Mech is unavailable (bug is going to be fixed) in wizard but when you finish the wizard - or choose points only by clicking CANCEL - you will find Piloting/'Mech in the skills list.

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« Reply #27 on: 12 September 2011, 06:01:36 »
I don't know how to better put it, but the program is awesome.
Just one minor thing... I seem to run into some error with the attribute XPs...
Everytime I do more than 1 or 2 Stage 4 paths, the XPs attached to STR end up being down to 100,
no matter what I do...

I'll try to reproduce the error again, if needed, but maybe I'm not the only one to notice...

Edit: I should add that I tried to build a Ghost Bear Advanced Elemental warrior, for which 100 XP on STR in fact IS a little weird. :)
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« Reply #28 on: 12 September 2011, 17:30:05 »
Odd, I've only seen "Program Files (x86)" on 64-bit builds of Windows. In any case I got the same message on my Win7 box. Even though I have local admin rights to my account I still needed to right-click and select "Install as Administrator" to get the app to install.


sorry it is the 64bit

I got it to install. I disabled my firewall/anti-virus software and made sure I was running as administrator.

It probably wasn't running as administrator.My anti-virus really didn't like the program either.
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« Reply #29 on: 12 September 2011, 17:56:36 »
I see the web site has been scanned OK by Norton.  That should alleviate at least some of the issues people were having with downloads... O0