Post by malnorma on Mar 20, 2017 8:16:26 GMT
Getting started with Vassal
Eventually this will be a better tutorial on getting started with Vassal, but for now the most important stuff:
Try to make sure you have a reasonably recent Java runtime installed, from wherever you get java from. Try to hold back the tears as they proclaim how many millions of devices run Java... it will hopefully be over soon.
Get the main Vassal application from www.vassalengine.org. The current version at the time of writing 3.2.17, this version incidentally fixes the jumpy tape measure bug if you don't use 100% zoom.
Download the module from somewhere.
Launch Vassal, select File > Open Module and browse to the vmod file you just downloaded. Next time you launch Vassal, the module will appear in the launcher window instead.
If you're interested in the CID, grab the extension from here. To add it, quit the module if it's running, and in the main launcher right-click the WMH module and select Add Extension. Browse to the vmdx file and it will load along with the module next time. You will see a Grymkin tab on the Hordes model window.
Some people prefer to play only with voice communication, and Skype is a popular choice. Some people say this is because it makes the game quicker, or because it enhances the social feel of the game. Having observed many games, I am confident these game are no quicker (though it may feel that way to the participants). If you feel that the social aspect is important, I encourage you to try Discord instead of Skype, as observers can also listen in or discuss the game. There is a Discord server accessible here: discord.gg/XgGmuh2, and there is also a link to it in the module's Help menu as well. It works best through Chrome if you use a browser, but the native app is a great choice if you plan to keep using it.
NOTE: If you have a Mac and run Sierra, there is a bug that might affect you. The best workaround for this is to open the module's preferences (Warmachine and Hordes MKII > Preferences) and turn OFF the combined application window checkbox. This bug relates to dragging items from floating windows onto the main map. It will hopefully be addressed soon, but does not appear to be a Vassal bug.