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PostPosted: Tue Oct 27, 2009 6:09 pm 
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Ok so I thought since so many folks need help loading vassal I would make one in pictures to help the situation.

Many people may have better or shorter ways to do this but mine is 100% successful..... so if this helps you then great!!!


Ok so the first thing you must do to load Vassal is go to Vassalengine.org Once there you need to download the latest version.

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As you can see you click on the version operating system you are using in the upper left.
Then you can run or save it to your desktop.

After you have finished this step click on Modules.


This will bring up a list of games. From that list you will choose Star Wars Miniatures Skirmish Battle Game.

This link will take you to the next screen.

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Once you have downloaded the Vassal Program then you need to download the Star Wars Miniatures Modules necessary to play Star Wars Minis on Vassal

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From here you are going to click on Files. This will take you to our next screen.

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From this screen you are going to go straight to the Star Wars Module. This is downloaded first before all of the map extensions.

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SWMinis.mod is the module you are looking for. It is the one on the right.

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you are going to click on it and download it.

Please for the purposes of this tutorial please save it to you desktop!!!!! I cannot say that enough..... save it to your desktop.


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The next step is important but you could do it before you download the mod or after. Not a huge deal but what is important is you do it just the way I tell you to. I am trying to insure that your first attempt at loading vassal and all of the maps happens on the first try.

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Your are going to right click on your desktop and create a new folder. At this point the vassal short cut on your desk top is just to launch the program so dont think you need it at the moment. It is important but not now.

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Now you have created your folder. This is important because all of your modules and maps are going to go in here. But we are going to be very careful how we load them up. This is the part that usually screws people up so pay close attention from here on out.


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There is our brand new folder. See how pretty it looks!!!!

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The next step is simple. We are just going to double click on the folder and open it up.... surely you can handle this part!!!! There ya go I knew you could do it!!

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See how well you are doing this!!! We are actually almost done.

Now that you have the folder open we need to create a new one. So just right click on the white part anywhere. Create a new folder.

The name is important..... here is what you are going to name it.

SWMinis_8-1_ext


Yes no kidding that is the name you have to name it. Go ahead you can handle it.

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OK so now that you have named it correctly we should be looking at a screen something like this.

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Now we are going to double click on that folder and go into it.

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Now beleive it or not we are going to create another folder. It is the last one you will make so please dont groan.


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You are going to name this folder:


SWMinis_ext

Go ahead you can do it!!!

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Ok so now you have made your folder and the screen in front of you shoould look something like this:

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See now that you have that done we are ready to download the main Star Wars Module!!!!

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So now we have downloaded that all important module. Here it is downloaded and on your desktop just like I said to save it to. You did that right. We are leaving our Folder window just as it is for now. This part is very important so pay close attention. Does your screen look something similar to this??

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Good we are moving forward then.... you are close to having everything done correctly done.

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Ok so now we have our module ready to move to its permanent home.

You are going to click and drag the module. It is identified as a movie file.... this is correct. Just drag it into the folder box. Set it NEXT TO I REPEAT NEXT TOO THE FOLDER!!!! not on it..... not in it.... next to it.

It should look like this when done!!!!

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once this is done we are going to double click on the folder SWMinis_ext.

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ok so now you have double clicked on your SWMinis folder to open it.

This is where all of your extra maps are going to move for keeps. So hopefully your screen looks something like this.


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Next we are going back to vassalengine.org and start downloading the extra map files!!!!

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So here back at Vassalengine.org we are going to start the task of downloading extra map files.

I suggest you do them in order for your own sanity. There are going to be like 16 of them..... so make sure you are paying attention on which one you are working on.

So click on number one and save it to your desktop. You should see a message like this.


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So now that it has downloaded to your desktop.

It should appear like this somewhat


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So if you have made it this far without any problems..... you are almost out of the woods.....


Ok next we are going to get the map file out of the folder. You dont actually need to extract it. Just double click on it. You will find a folder keep going until you reach a single file called extramaps01.mdx

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So you open up the folder inside and find this. The file.

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I hope you are seeing a similar screen because this step is going to be repeated 15 more times.

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Now you are going to drag the file over to our folder SWMinis_ext.

Place it in there and you are done. It has reached its final home. Now just do this for every other extra map file and you have gotten your vassal completely loaded correctly.

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Can you do it??? I think you can.

Once they are all in the correct location you are going to double click on your green vassal desktop short cut.

It is going to ask you to load a module. Click on file and then load a module.

You are going to direct the program to your SWMinis.mod (the movie file)

It is going to then load up vassal.

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So here you are choosing your module.

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Once you do that it is going to ask you for a name and password.

Usually most people choose thier screen name and the pass word is not hugely important.

Once that is done you will select look for a game online.


Then vassal will load.

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Ok so the last thing you want to do to make sure everything is there.

Check the top left of the screen. It is going to tell you if has loaded correctly.

It will say what mod and what map are loaded.

If you followed these instructions to the tee. If one extra map pack loaded all of them did. Or you skipped one. Because they all went to the same place!!!! Correct?????

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Now go have some freakin fun!!!!!

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Oh big big thank you Dean. I'll give this a try when I have more time. I can never seem to get setting it up right. Hopefully this work for an old useless arse like me.

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