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The Cheat Codes The Cheat Codes Changing the order of battle Changing the Order of Battle
Creating Scenarios Creating Scenarios Changing the Artwork Changing the Artwork
Changing the Sounds Changing the Sounds   
Editing the Map Editing the Map
Loopholes Loopholes             


The Cheat Codes

The following cheat codes have been documented in various places:
AI vs. AI (toggle) halleck
Reset clock to start time buford or stuart
Fortify everyone hooker or longstreet
Eliminate all stress hancock or jackson
Increase experience mcclellan or beauregard
Advance clock to end time sedgwick or pickett
Bring up all reinforcements    reynolds or hill
Rally all routed troops sheridan or lee
See enemy order of battle custer or harrison
*See all troops warren or hotchkiss
*This pauses the game as well.

How to input the codes

Press Shift-Enter, release, type in the code, e.g. stuart, then hit Enter.  There will be a pause before the cheat goes into effect.
 
Keep in mind that whatever unit is selected when you type in the code will interpret your keystrokes as commands.  For this reason, before entering a cheat code I do the following.
  1. Pause the game.
  2. Choose a brigade and detach all of its regiments.
  3. Click the brigade's commander.
  4. Enter the cheat code.
This way, only the commander will receive the unintended commands from the cheat code while his regiments will not.  Cleaning up after the cheat code is then a trivial task and is often not even necessary.

If you can't find a way to win a scenario, try watching the AI play itself.  It may show you the way.  Besides, it can be just plain interesting to see how the AI handles itself.  Note that in addition to the pause mentioned above, the AI will ponder its position a bit before it starts moving its units.

I use the second cheat (reset clock to start time) quite a bit.  The clock often runs out in the middle of a player's last furious attempt to break through and claim a VP site.   To see a resolution to the fighting, I'll often click the Return to Scenario button.  If there's still no resolution after the additional few minutes given, I'll reset the clock and play on.

The Multiplayer Question

The cheat codes can't be used in a multiplayer game.  Pressing Shift-Enter brings up a message window.  If you type a code it will merely be transmitted as a message to the other player(s).  That won't make you look good.


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Changing the Order of Battle

Infantry

Let's say you're a big fan of the 1st Virginia.  After buying the game you discover that they're rated veteran.  You're outraged.  Surely they were a crack unit, you say.  Well, you can make them a crack unit if you like.

In the Sid Meier's Gettysburg! folder you'll find two files named obu.txt and obc.txt.  Respectively, these contain the Union and Confederate orders of battle.  They can be altered with any text editor.
 
Warning

Always restore obu.txt and obc.txt back to their original state before playing a multiplayer game.  As of patch 3, the order of battle files are checked and a code for them displayed on the multiplayer setup screen.  If your files have been altered your code won't match that of the other players.  Note that sometimes the last player to join a game will have a code of 0 even though his files haven't been changed.  This is a bug.

Open obc.txt and find the 1st Virginia.  They have one line of information reading:

122,i,209,1st Vir,V
Here's what it all means:
122  -  Attachment (1st Corps, 2nd Division, 2nd Brigade)
i  -  Unit type (infantry)
209  -  Unit strength, i.e., number of men
1st Vir  -  The name of the unit
V  -  Their experience level (veteran)

The unit types are:
     i - infantry,   c - cavalry,   a - artillery,   C - commander

The experience levels are:
     G - green,   R - trained (regular),   V - veteran,   E - crack (elite)

So to make the change from the example above you would change the V to an E so that their line reads:

122,i,209,1st Vir,E
The 1st Virginia is now a crack unit.

While you're at it you might decide to make them even more powerful by giving them more men.  Their number can be increased (or decreased).  Change 209 to 418, for example and they have twice the firepower.

Their name can be changed as well.  Let's say you live in Orange County and therefore always play the Confederates.  You could change 1st Vir to read 1st Cal.  This wouldn't affect gameplay, of course.

Adding/Deleting units

You can add or delete units as well.
 
Warning

If you play a scenario that calls for a unit you've deleted, the game will freeze.

Here's an example.  According to Steve Blount, the 63rd, 69th and 88th NY of Kelly's Irish brigade fought together as a single regiment.  The Irish brigade was also considered one of the elite units of the Army of the Potomac.

This is how Kelly's brigade looks in obu.txt:

212,C,30,Kelly,R
212,I,224,28th Mass,V
212,i,75,63rd NY,V
212,i,75,69th NY,V
212,i,90,88th NY,V
212,i,66,116th Penn,V
Let's combine the three NY regiments and upgrade the entire brigade to crack status.   The result would look like this:
212,C,30,Kelly,R
212,I,224,28th Mass,E
212,i,240,Irish NY,E
212,i,66,116th Penn,E
If a scenario individually called for the fourth or fifth regiment of the brigade, the game would freeze as there are now only three regiments.  However, before I made this change I looked at the scenarios files in which the Irish brigade is a participant.   Only the brigade as a whole is called for, not its individual regiments.  This change will be okay.

However, there is the possibility that a custom scenario will call for the fourth or fifth regiment individually.  Be prepared to restore the original version of obu.txt from the CD or from a backup copy.



Cavalry

Cavalry information is in the same format as that of infantry.  The corps is always a C. For example, here's the 6th NY Cav's line:

C12,c,218,6th NY Cav,R
C12 means Cavalry Corps, 1st Division, 2nd Brigade.



Artillery

The format for artillery is a bit different.

1-29 men  =  1 gun
30-49 men  =  2 guns
50-69 men  =  3 guns
70-89 men  =  4 guns
90-109 men  =  5 guns
110-129 men  =  6 guns
130-149 men  =  7 guns
Here are two examples:
104,a,106,Cooper,R,4
This is the 4th battery of the 1st Corps.  It has 106 men and therefore, 5 guns.  It's a trained unit with a capital R.  That means it has rifles.  The 4 at the end of the line means nothing.
D04,a,72,Kinzie,r,4
This is the 4th battery of the 12th Corps.  It has 72 men and therefore, 4 guns.  It's a trained unit with a lower-case r.  That means it has Napoleons.
How does D mean 12th?

In the interest of single characters A means 10, B means 11 etc..  That means that C should mean 12, but C is already taken by the Cavalry Corps so Firaxis apparently skipped over it to D.



Commanders

The format is the same as that of infantry.  Here's an example of a division commander:

310,C,30,Birney,R
As with artillery, there is a zero where an attachment doesn't apply.  Birney is a division commander so he has no brigade number.  He's the 3rd Corps, 1st Division commander. Unit type is indicated by a capital C.   Unit strength is always 30.  I assume 30 is just an arbitrary number that Firaxis adopted.   Experience levels are the same as that of other units.  However, for commanders, SMG uses different words to describe them:
G - mediocre, R - competent, V - experienced, E - superb
Birney is, therefore, competent.


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Creating Scenarios

Scenarios are simply text files that can be created or altered with any text editor.   You'll  find the existing ones in the Sid Meier's Gettysburg! folder as .scn files.  They are pretty thoroughly commented so you can figure out a lot on your own.  However, further explanation is provided by the following source.

Firaxis' Official Guide to the Game Firaxis' Official Guide to the game.

Firaxis' Official Guide to SMG
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Changing the Artwork

The artwork for the game is in the .pcx files in the Sid Meier's Gettysburg! folder.  However, these files are encrypted (although just barely).

If you click the patches link under the picture of Sid on Firaxis' Gettysburg site you'll find a link to the art patch.  It's a self-extracting file containing unencrypted versions of most of the .pcx files. You can use them to tweak the appearance of the game.


Firaxis' SMG Home Page


The Michael Neal Art Files The Michael Neal Art Files  

Here we have darker Union uniforms, light blue-gray Confederate cavalry uniforms, and some really incredible new flag artwork. The flags even show battle damage as the units become stessed.  Sent in by Michael Neal.

The Second Michael Neal Art Files The Second Michael Neal Art Files  

The second Michael Neal Art Files is the same as the first, with the addition of some new flag artwork.  Michael has added new flags for the Confederate cavalry and artillery, and has new brigade flags.  You may download the changed flag artwork below.

The Second Michael Neal Flags The Second Michael Neal Flags  

This file contains only the changed flag artwork from The Second Michael Neal Art Files.

The 2nd Johnny Rebel Art Files The 2nd Johnny Rebel Art Files  

This file set features the first Confederate national flag, the Stars and Bars.  Sent in by "Johnny Rebel".

The Birch Art Files The Birch Art Files  

Rich Birch has used the art patch to create some ornate cavalry and artillery uniforms.

The Johnny Rebel Art Files The Johnny Rebel Art Files  

These files feature the second Confederate national flag and some spit-and-polish cavalry uniforms.  Sent in by "Johnny Rebel".

The Sullivan Art Files The Sullivan Art Files  

There are a number of changes in this latest version of Ted Sullivan's artwork.   What stands out most is the doubled figures. 

How to Install the Art Files

To see the art from one of the above files in the game, download it and unzip the files into the Sid Meier's Gettysburg! folder.  You can also choose to use only some of the files by doing the following:

Unzip the files into a temporary folder and view the resulting .pcx files with a paint program.  Decide which ones you like, then copy those to the Sid Meier's Gettysburg! folder.


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Changing the Sounds

The game sounds are the .wav files in the Sounds folder of the Sid Meier's Gettysburg! folder.  You can replace them or modify them with a sound editor.   The Sound Recorder app (Sndrec32.exe) that comes with Windows will do the job.   Note the Mix with File... comand in the Edit menu.

The Roly Hermans Advance File The Roly Hermans Advance File  (682 kbytes)

Roly Hermans has put together a new sound file for the Advance command that includes the Adam Bell's March, a dramatic piece from the 3rd New Jersey Fifes and Drums.  Have a look at the readme file for more information.

The Smith Sound Files The Smith Sound Files  (1,969 kbytes)

Brian Smith has modified and replaced some of the game sounds to give them a more intense feel, e.g., more gunshots, stronger explosions, fife and drum following commands etc..  The files are a good example of what can be done with the Sound Recorder app.

The Richardson Sound Files The Richardson Sound Files  (1,998 kbytes)

Terry Richardson has added bugle calls, among other things, to the command sounds.   For example, the Charge command is followed by its corresponding bugle call.  Give them a try.

sound_icon.gif Ashokan Farewell from the PBS series 'The Civil War'

sound_icon.gif New version of Battle Hymn of the Republic

sound_icon.gif Theme Music

sound_icon.gif Musket Sounds by BJ

How to Install the Sound Files

To hear sounds from one of the above files in the game, download it and unzip the files into the Sounds folder of the Sid Meier's Gettysburg! folder.  You can also choose to use only some of the files by doing the following:

Unzip the files into a temporary folder and listen to them individually.  Decide which ones you like, then copy those to the Sounds folder of the Sid Meier's Gettysburg! folder.


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Editing the Map

Paul Sharp has created a map editor with which you can make custom maps.  You'll find it here.

The Gettysburg Map Editor
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Loopholes

Halting a Retreat

When a unit retreats it won't follow orders until it has stopped.  While it's true that you can't make it stop by clicking Halt, I've found that retreating units always stop if I give them a formation command - Line, Column, or Skirmish.   Issuing a Brigade Halt command through their commander also works.   Note that I'm talking about retreating rather than routed units.

The Pause and Volley trick

Volley fire can be devastating.  However, there's no way to coordinate it with more than one regiment in real time.  This is realistic.  It would have been almost impossible that a brigade commander, for example, could be heard simultaneously by all of his regiments during a battle.

In SMG you can easily get around this when playing the AI.  Here's how:

  1. Pause the game and issue the volley command to as many regiments as you like.  This will instruct them to load and hold their fire.
  2. Resume the game and wait until all the figures have stopped standing their muskets on end to load them.  (For more details see the FAQs page.)
  3. Pause the game again and issue the volley command to the same regiments.  This will instruct them to fire.
  4. Resume the game.
You'll now see smoke pour simultaneously from the muskets of all the regiments.   This is an effective way to break enemy units that are on the brink.


Breaking the enemy with a volley


Getting Help from Frozen Units

Frozen regiments are marked by black or monochrome flags.  You can't control them, but they will move and/or fire if provoked.  If this happens, you gain their extra firepower.

The most effective way to involve frozen regiments is through the use of skirmishers.   Here's what to do:

  1. Position your skirmishers with frozen regiments at their rear and enemy regiments at their front.
  2. Have them engage the enemy, then fall back toward their frozen allies.  AI units will pursue.
If all goes well the AI units will get too close to the frozen regiments who will turn and fire.  The Confederate regiments below have pursued the 14th Indiana too far.


Help from frozen friends


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