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How does one mod Black on Black flag colors to something actually readable?

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I am playing a game set up by a moderator.  When I recently installed a different version of SMACX to take care of some bugs I had run into, the faction displayed changed, and the colors changed to match.

However, the lettering the flags did NOT change.  So when my University started displaying Spartan black flags, the lettering inside the flags remained black, making it unreadable.  I need a way to change at least the flag color, or preferable all the faction display properties back to University.

I have played a couple of turns since then, but I cannnot continue.  It takes far too long to scope out my supply crawlers and terraformers to see if any are idle, and what the formers are doing.  What I could do at a glance if the flags were readable, now takes minutes to select each square.  I cannot continue the game under those circumstances.

So if anyone knows how to change at least the flag colors to something where the lettering is visible, I would greatly appreciate the help!

- Earthmichael

Buster's Uncle:
I can't see what the problem is, but if you've got a graphics program that will open .pcx files, you can check your univ.pcx to make sure the colors in the bottom left corner match the attachment.  If they do, the problem is something else.  If they don't, the files has somhow corrupted, and your best bet is to reload it from the install CD.

Thanks for your suggestion!  It lead me to a solution, at least for now.

I had never looked into graphics modding, so I had no idea what files were for what.  But when you mentioned a univ.pcx file, I realized that the simpliest dirty fix would be to replace the spartan.pcx with the univ.pcx.  So I backed up the spartan.pcx file, then replace the original with a copy of the spartan.pcx file, and the problem is solved, at least for now.

I realize this is not a permanent fix, since I don't want to leave the spartans as white.  But this at least allows me to continue my game for now.

Buster's Uncle:

Now, when Sisko checks by next, he can address the faction graphics bug with a lot more authority than I, so be prepared to try what he says...

By default, only the Spartans have grey letters on black shields. Something that's hard coded. :( Sorry that a bug made that a bit of a d downer for you though. Let's see what sisko says...


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