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IL2 DCG Modes
IL2 DCG Modes
How to Generate Different Campaign Types
Paul Lowengrin Sunday 06 May 2007

Under Menu/Modes, the following modes can be toggled on (checked) or off (not checked).

Off-Line Career (Auto-Generation): With DCG not even running, Pilot Career missions will be created automatically using this feature. Generate the first mission of new pilot using the "Generate Mission" button and the others will be created automatically as you play a "Pilot Career". Note: this option only works for Pilot Career mode and does not work for On-Line modes or for Single Missions.

On-Line Co-op: DCG will generate missions specifically for Co-op games.

On-Line Dogfight: DCG will generate missions specifically for Dogfight games.

Save Copy of Missions: DCG will create a back up mission for Co-op and Campaign missions in the Single Missions folder of the country. It will be named after the map and the date (for example: "smolensk19410721"). Useful for players wanting to re-fly more memorable missions. In Dogfight mode, it will create a unique mission for every mission in the Dogfight/DCG folder.

Replace Career Generator (DGen): Selecting this option will allow DCG to back up your DGen.exe file and make a copy of DCG in it's place. It will also write some campaign data files to the DGEN folder so that you can fly some new campaigns.

Replace Coop Campaign Generator (NGen): Selecting this option will allow DCG to back up your NGen.exe file and make a copy of DCG in it's place. It will also write some campaign data files to the NGEN folder so that you can fly some new campaigns.


Campaign Generation

There are four ways to generate campaign missions: manually, manually using the hotkey, using the auto-generation mode or full auto-generation mode (replace DGen and/or NGen).

Manual Mission Generation Mode (Pilot Career, Single Mission, Coop, or Dogfight).

1. Run DCG.
2. Select the mission mode: Coop, or Dogfight or Single Player Manual (SPManual = no mode checked).
3. If this is a new campaign, click on the "World" icon, otherwise skip to #6.
4. From the drop-down box that appears, select the country/service and campaign.
5. Click on the "Start Button".
6. Make any other changes such as squadron, plane, weather, etc.
7. Click the Generate Mission button.
8. Run IL2/FB and fly the mission.
9. When you are finished flying the mission, ALT + TAB out of IL2/FB and manually generate a new mission.

Hot-Key Generation Mode (Manual Mode using Hot-Key).

1. Run DCG.
2. Start and/or make any changes to your campaign as above.
3. Run IL2/FB.
4. Press CTRL + SHFT + G. DCG will generate a new mission in the mode set in 2 above.
5. Fly the mission.
6. When you are finished, before hitting "Apply", press CTRL + SHIFT + G.
7. Prepare to fly the next mission.

Auto-Generation Mode.

To use the Auto-Generation Career mode while flying a career, ensure that the mode is checked under the options. Even if DCG is not running, IL2 will call DCG when it requires a new mission. This mode does not work for Co-op, Dogfight, or Single missions.

In order to start a DCG campaign using the Auto-Generation Career mode while not replacing DGEN, use the following steps.

1. Run IL2 DCG.
2. Turn off the Auto-Generation Mode.
3. If starting a new campaign, click the "Globe" icon.
4. From the drop-down box that appears, select the campaign.
5. Click on the "Start Button".
6. Make any other changes such as squadron, plane, weather, etc.
7. Generate one mission by hitting the DCG "Generate Mission" button.
8. Run IL2 "Forgotten Battles" or "Pacific Fighters".
9. Start a new career with the Nationality you want to fly. DCG should appear as one of the options. Select it.
10. Return to the Main Menu and minimize FB by Alt+Tab (or Exit FB altogether).
11. Turn on DCG's Auto-Generation Mode. Press the "Generate Mission" button.
12. Close IL2 DCG. The DCG campaign should generate missions automatically from this point on without your having to reconfigure anything..
13. Return to the FB Main screen then re-enter the Career Mode.

Note: Using this mode limits you to flying a maximum of one campaign/nationality. Using the mode below, you can have more than one campaign/nationality active.

Full Auto-Generation Mode (Replacing In-Game Career Generator [DGen] with DCG).

1. Run DCG.
2. Select "Replace Career Generator (DGen)" from the DCG Menu "Mode" and click "Yes". Close DCG.
3. Run IL-2 "Forgotten Battles" or "Pacific Fighters".
4. Select any of the stock or DCG campaigns available in IL2 "Forgotten Battles/1946" or "Pacific Fighters" that is designated "*" or "(DCG)". DCG will generate and run a campaign based on your selection criteria.
5. Play the campaign.

Note: a copy of DGen.exe will be made called DGEN_bak.exe. It is strongly recommended that your restore your DGen.exe file before installing any upgrades of IL2 "Forgotten Battles". You can do this by clicking "Replace DGen" when it's checked or delete the file DGen.exe and rename DGen_bak.exe to DGen.exe.

Note: FB and AEP users who do not have the Battle over Europe add-on or Pacific Fighters will need to get the USAAF and RAF add-ons from Netwings.org to fly American and British campaigns. They can both be got from here: Netwings.org.

Custom Coop-Campaign Mode (Replacing In-Game Coop Generator [NGen] with DCG).

1. Run DCG.
2. Select "Replace In-Game Coop Generator (NGen)" from the DCG Menu "Mode" and click "Yes". Close DCG.
3. Run IL-2 "Forgotten Battles" or "Pacific Fighters".
4. Select any of the DCG listed campaigns available in Multiplayer "Campaign" mode. DCG will generate and run a campaign based on your selection criteria.
5. Play the campaign.

Note: a copy of NGen.exe will be made called NGEN_bak.exe. It is strongly recommended that your restore your NGen.exe file before installing any upgrades of IL2 "Forgotten Battles". You can do this by clicking "Replace NGen" when it's checked or delete the file NGen.exe and rename NGen_bak.exe to NGen.exe.

Note: FB and AEP users who do not have the Battle over Europe add-on or Pacific Fighters will need to get the USAAF and RAF add-ons from Netwings.org to fly American and British on-line campaigns. They can both be got from here: Netwings.org.



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Vonofterdingen on 18 Apr 2014: 13:56
That is a very kind offer and I thank you! I just removed my existing dcgerror.txt file and regenerated...and everything worked fine. I can only speculate that the mere threat of sending the files was enough to fix the problem. You, sir, are a powerful man.

Lowengrin on 17 Apr 2014: 17:57
Check the dcgerror.log file and see what the last entry is. It may give you a clue where the data error lies. If it doesn't, send me your data files and I'll take a look.

Vonofterdingen on 16 Apr 2014: 15:30
I am working on an Italian campaign with 3 sub-campaigns. My campaigns that begin in 1943 work fine; but my 3 campaign that begins in 1944 generates a "" is not an integer error. Where might I have a conflicting date that would cause this error?

Lowengrin on 03 Feb 2014: 20:49
There really should be no difference in the designation of the carriers between an offline and online game. Are you usign a campaign that came with DCG or another one (or your own)...? Or did you modify a stock one?

tomaz99 on 01 Feb 2014: 10:46
I'm trying to convert an offline campaign to online coop. My carriers are "off-map airfields" in offline. How do I get my carriers "on map" so I can takeoff instead of airstarts? Thanks.

idefix44 on 23 Dec 2013: 13:32
Merry XMas all.

Lowengrin on 10 Nov 2013: 16:38
There should be some consequences to squadrons based on losses, but unfortunately they only occur between missions. But you are right, it could be fleshed out a bit more.

EvilJoven on 08 Nov 2013: 22:09
Any chance for a more 'fleshed out' MDS mode?

I use this to essentially do campaigns with respawn as the players I host for prefer to be able to respawn and join missions in progress.

As it stands now, it's too easy on the players as there's no consequence to losing a plane. Is there some way to modify MDS mode so that the home bases have limits on how many aircraft are available or perhaps adding a feature where the mission will fail if certain key objectives aren't met in a given time frame?

Grakl on 10 Sep 2013: 12:15
I just wanted to give a huge thanks. After a 5! year hiatus the recent Kickstarter and IL2 Battle of Stalingrad news started a spark of nostalgia that quickly turned into an inferno with my old flight group. I'm glad to see IL2DCG is still going strong. We're planning on hitting the skies again. Thanks a bunch for being so dedicated.

Lowengrin on 29 Jun 2013: 15:45
Then taxiing would have to be optional.

I did look at the code for it. It fits within the airfields.dcg without a tweak...until you have more than two flights at the same base. Then you have a big catastrophe.