This is a quick little program to help hosts manage the map order dynamically (during a game). The host doesn't need to rename maps, and all maps in DF:BHD are accessible to put in order (custom maps as well as stock maps). If a map needs to be repeated, this is easily done. If the host wants to play stock maps in a different order, this can also be done. No changes are made to the maps themselves, and all order changes are temporary, so no need to worry about messing up existing maps.
Upon opening DF:BHD Live Map Manager, the game should already be up and running (hosting a map).
Click "Start" and all maps of the current game type are displayed, as well as the current map and game type. The program must be active in order to affect map order, so without clicking "Start" you will happily notice nothing.
The maps list is customizable to any order. When the current map completes, the next map in the list will be played. If the user wants to save the current map order, the menu option "Save Order" and "Load Order" are also available.
Settings... menu will open a few Live Map Manager program options. Normally, DF:BHD will only use maps found in its PFF file or in the game's folder. To use an external folder for maps instead, check "Use External Map Folder". If the folder path is set, it will appear below this option. Otherwise, click "Set" to set which folder to use. The complexity of using an external folder for maps requires temporary files to be written to the game folder. If you want these temporary files to be removed automatically on the fly, check "Perform Clean-Up of Temp Files". As some users dislike annoying sounds being played on map change, uncheck "Sound on Map Change" to prevent this.
The menu "Live Options" contains various functions to alter DF:BHD game play. The host can pause the game clock by checking the menu option "Pause Game Time". If the host wants to repeat the current map instead of moving to the next in the list, just check the menu option "Loop Current Map". The menu option "Randomize Map Order" is self-explanitory.
Every time DF:BHD Live Map Manager writes changes to the game, you will hear a sound (if enabled) - this is an option requested awhile back after I removed it from DFLW versions. You, as the server, can use this as a signal that a map is over and moving on to the next.
This utility will pack game files into the pff files for all versions of Delta Force (including the BHD Demo) and Commanche 4. It works with all versions of Windows.
The program can be used one of two ways:
You can drag your file(s) directly onto the packit icon in your DF folder or you can run the program and drag files onto it that way. Select the DF version when the program is running, it will remain that way next time you open it. It also offers the option to "Force" files to pack when they are already in the pff file and need to be overwritten. A dialog box tells you how many of your files were successfully packed.
We recommend keeping a copy in each DF folder. Packit must be in the DF folder to work correctly.
NW Authenticator allows you to host LW/TFD/BHD/C4 even when NovaWorld is down. If you get an "Unable to host a Session" message when trying to host a game, most likely NovaWorld is down and another method to authenticate your game will be required. Open this tool before loading your game and it will attempt to locally authenticate your games session. If you get an "Unable to Host a Session" message when hosting, this is what you need.
Your game will still appear on NovaWorld. Please ask for help in the forums if it does not work for you.