Order of Battle: Red Star OUT NOW

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Order of Battle: Red Star OUT NOW

Post by SharonC » Thu Aug 08, 2019 1:15 pm

Comrades, the Red Army is here!

Order of Battle: Red Star, the first expansion of a planned trilogy covering the full extent of WWII from the Soviet point of view, has just been released! Get it now and join the Soviet corps!



There's more! Thanks to a special sale starting today and ending on August 15th, you have the opportunity to get all the previous DLCs of Order Of Battle discounted for 50%, get them while you can!

Do you want to see Red Star in action? Then don’t miss Gamer 1745 playing today at 7 pm BST on our official Twitch Channel!

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Re: Order of Battle: Red Star OUT NOW

Post by bru888 » Thu Aug 08, 2019 3:27 pm

FWIW, here is one man's experience, if it may help somebody else.

I went here to purchase the Red Star DLC: http://www.slitherine.com/products/813/ ... e.Red.Star

Here is where I was provided my license key and download link (I also received an e-mail message):

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I downloaded the file and saved it to desktop:

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I extracted the DLC setup file (note, Mac users, the special instructions that are also contained in this downloaded zip file):

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I started to install the DLC setup file but it stopped me here because I need to have version 8.1.0 to play Red Star:

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After clicking "Open Website," I arrived here; this is where you can get the base installer (version 7.1.4) as well as the latest updates:

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I already had 7.1.4/7.1.8 installed so I downloaded the 8.1.0 update:

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I extracted BOTH files. One is obviously the installer (.exe) but the other is like a "Part 2" if you will; it contains additional data and the installer knows what to do with it:

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I double-clicked on the installer and eventually arrived here; this is where you can enter your Red Star DLC license key, if you already have it as I did:

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I made sure that the installation would be to my existing game folder:

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Installation takes a significant amount of time, so be patient:

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Success! Note that the update is version 8.1.0, not 8.0.3 or 8.0.4 as you may have seen elsewhere:

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Re: Order of Battle: Red Star OUT NOW

Post by bru888 » Thu Aug 08, 2019 3:54 pm

Unfortunately, there was trouble in Paradise! :cry:

When I started the game, the Red Star campaign icon was dimmed:

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I tried to enter the license key this way and was denied:

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I shrieked and cursed! I bemoaned my fate! :o :x

No, not really. I had installed the DLC license key as you saw above but for some reason it did not take. So, I calmly went back to the DLC installation file (the first file that I opened, above), and started it. Here I entered my license key again:

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This message was reassuring; it meant that the installer had accepted my license key:

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Success! But, I had said this already . . . would it in fact be a success?

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Yes it would! Oh, glorious Hammer and Sickle! :)

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Re: Order of Battle: Red Star OUT NOW

Post by bru888 » Thu Aug 08, 2019 4:11 pm

Note: They may have been changing things while I was visiting the web site for the patch. This page now looked like this when I returned to it (compare with above); the 7.1.8 update had been removed and it looks like they were uploading the Mac update directly to this page:

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Re: Order of Battle: Red Star OUT NOW

Post by PoorOldSpike » Thu Aug 08, 2019 6:07 pm

Hey Bru I bought Red Star but had the same problem as you, namely a dimmed hammer/sickle icon and a refusal to accept my licence key.
I've read your post about how you solved it but I can't make the box below come up and am still stuck (sniffle).
Are you saying I need to re-install Red Star all over again from the downloads page to make the box come up?
Here's part of your post-

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Re: Order of Battle: Red Star OUT NOW

Post by bru888 » Thu Aug 08, 2019 6:24 pm

Well, not freshly downloaded from the downloads page if one has it already but yes, what I did was to go back to the Red Star DLC installation file after I had patched up to 8.1.0. This was in spite of my having entered the license key during the 8.1.0 update process. You seem to confirm what may be a fault in the update/patch process, so thanks for sharing our mutual experience.

Note: We are talking about the relatively small file that is downloaded after purchasing the DLC Red Star. We are not talking about the 7.1.4 base game or the 8.1.0 update/patch which are very large files. As you saw above, I was able to update my game to 8.1.0 with no problem. The issue was when I attempted to enter my license key for Red Star when prompted. Apparently Spike and I had the same problem but I was able to solve my issue by going back to the DLC installation file, running it, and entering my license key therein.
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Re: Order of Battle: Red Star OUT NOW

Post by PoorOldSpike » Thu Aug 08, 2019 7:21 pm

bru888 wrote:
Thu Aug 08, 2019 6:24 pm
..Note: We are talking about the relatively small file that is downloaded after purchasing the DLC Red Star..
If you mean the Red Star setup file which downloaded onto my desktop (below) when I bought the game, I get this message when I click it.
I've also tried running it as Admin but the same message comes up, so I'm still stuck (sniffle).
{PS- I updated fine to 8.0.1 earlier)

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Re: Order of Battle: Red Star OUT NOW

Post by bru888 » Thu Aug 08, 2019 8:54 pm

Hmmm. Well, I just tried to start my own file again and it opened up as normal:

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So try to download the file again, maybe from your e-mail message this time, and save it in a different place. If it's still not working, it's off to Tech Support you go, sir, or e-mail them at support@slitherine.co.uk - heck, you're located in Plymouth; just drive over to their Slitherine headquarters and demand service! :)
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Re: Order of Battle: Red Star OUT NOW

Post by makigono1 » Thu Aug 08, 2019 9:17 pm

Update: Ah, now I see it. I shouldn't have bothered reading the instructions in the email and instead relied on you! Thank you for posting all those links.
Hmm, so Mac is up to spout again, I see. :cry: The installation instructions for Mac say to download the dmg from http://ftp.matrixgames.com/pub/OrderOfBattle-WWII/ which of course does not have the latest version for Mac. Sigh...

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Re: Order of Battle: Red Star OUT NOW

Post by PoorOldSpike » Thu Aug 08, 2019 11:44 pm

bru888 wrote:
Thu Aug 08, 2019 8:54 pm
So try to download the file again....heck, you're located in Plymouth; just drive over to their Slitherine headquarters and demand service! :)
I think I've cracked it mate, AVG was acting as a bouncer on the door and I had to tell it- "I trust the Red Star file" before it'd let it in.
Just finished the first campaign battle "Red Star Rising'" and gave the japs a good kicking to get an easy win, I'm kool..:)

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Re: Order of Battle: Red Star OUT NOW

Post by bru888 » Thu Aug 08, 2019 11:48 pm

All is good, then. That's great. Off-topic, but years ago I moved away from all of those third-party anti-malware programs which often cause more trouble than they are worth. These days, I rely on the Windows Security program that comes with Windows 10. That, and clean living. :)
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Re: Order of Battle: Red Star OUT NOW

Post by PoorOldSpike » Fri Aug 16, 2019 9:48 am

Aargh I can't update to 810 on my new computer (sniffle).
I've got 718 and most DLC's on there and they work fine, but when I try to update to 810 the update process starts fine at first, but after about 10 minutes it stops and the message "Insert disk #2" comes up.
What disk 2? I haven't got a disk 2!

I tried to get round it by installing Red Star in the hope that the 810 update would be bundled in there but no, the message came up "You must update to 810 before installing Red Star".
So I'm stuck on 718 and cant update to 108 in order to play Red Star.(sniffle)

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Re: Order of Battle: Red Star OUT NOW

Post by bebro » Fri Aug 16, 2019 11:30 am

Ugh. I take it you own the Slitherine version? Because on Steam updates come in automatically. However when you do not have an extra boxed version the request for another disc makes no sense indeed.

Best is to mail support@slitherine.co.uk

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Re: Order of Battle: Red Star OUT NOW

Post by bru888 » Fri Aug 16, 2019 12:08 pm

Spike, see my first post in this thread: https://www.slitherine.com/forum/viewto ... 64&t=93445

Particularly the part about extracting that "Part 2" file along with the executable. Both have to be saved in the same location for the update to run.

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Re: Order of Battle: Red Star OUT NOW

Post by PoorOldSpike » Sat Aug 17, 2019 10:14 am

Yes Bebro, I bought OOB and all the DLC's from Matrix.
Bru, yes I must have lost part 2, so I'd better download the 810 update onto my desktop again and have another shot.
Just one snag, I can't find the 810 download at Matrix's jazzed-up new site so I'm still stuck and am trying hard not to sniffle..

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Re: Order of Battle: Red Star OUT NOW

Post by bru888 » Sat Aug 17, 2019 2:46 pm

They need to get their act together with those new websites.

I went to "My Page" on the Slitherine site as follows:

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Issues:
1) Each of those "FILE DOWNLOADS" links is specific to the game or DLC indicated.
2) They don't include my purchase of Red Star, which is troubling to say the least.

Then I went back to the home page and clicked the Red Star link:

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Issue: Although there seems to be a link to a PC Installer v8.1.0," it is not active. (Contrary to the popup message, I was logged in at that point.)

If you click "STORE" at the top of the screen, it takes you to a page that looks very similar except it has this "Recently UPDATED" section at the bottom:

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Issue: None of those links are operational, either.

So it appears that they have gone from bad to worse in terms of member accounts and game management, at least for now. I am sure they are aware of this and will be improving things soon.

For the time being, I will PM you with a link to my Google Drive to which I have uploaded the 8.1.0 update file (PC; God help you if you are looking for the Mac version). As always, run a virus check on it, just in case. Who knows where I've been recently? I may have picked up something! Just kidding - I lead a clean life - but it's good practice anyway.
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Re: Order of Battle: Red Star OUT NOW

Post by bru888 » Sat Aug 17, 2019 3:37 pm

Heh, after all that, I remembered the links that Alberto provided in this thread and they still work!

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Even so, they need to work on the websites so that members can find their games, their keys, and their updates easily. Direct links in forum posts can get buried and forgotten.
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Re: Order of Battle: Red Star OUT NOW

Post by PoorOldSpike » Sat Aug 17, 2019 6:59 pm

Hallelujah thanks to Bru I've now got 810 and Red Star on both my PC's..:)

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Re: Order of Battle: Red Star OUT NOW

Post by bru888 » Tue Sep 24, 2019 7:59 pm

For those who may be looking for it, or may not be aware of it, there is a hotfix for one of the scenarios in Red Star: Red Star, Rostov scenario, hotfix

It is just the scenario.scz file that gets copied over the same-named file in the Rostov scenario folder. You may need administrator privileges in order to do so.

The developer issued that hotfix shortly after being apprised of the issue. The standard operating procedure is to incorporate such fixes in one of the periodic patches which are released at the same time as new DLC. Apparently it's a long and involved process, putting a patch together, and a small outfit like The Artistocrats must concentrate their limited time in an efficient manner.

Meaning, they are not going to issue an entire patch for one scenario bug that has already been addressed by a hotfix.
We may feel assured, however, that it will be formally resolved in the next patch.
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