In very rare cases the WCS profile can be corrupted and the Excalibur lose her primary weapons (canons). So continue of the campaign is impossible. The good news is, this bug (between mission 36 and 37) is really very rare and the profile can be repaired. And if the profile is repaired, the campaign can be completely finished.
To understand what exactly is the EPW-bug here are 3 pics. The first one shows the bug, the following pics shows the repair process. To keep this thread clear, i used the spoiler feature.
The repair process have 3 steps. Step 1 and 3 can be done in WCS, only for step 2 the tool is needed. So the tool is "minimally invasive". All steps are described in the readme. The tool have several checks included to ensure that the profile have the correct structure for the tool. Only if all 3 checks was positive and the EPW-bug is found, you get the choice for repair.
After starting the tool it is asking you for the corrupted WCS profile, then the tool checks the structure of this profile. If all is fine, you can start the repair process. A backup of your profile will automaticaly be created before the repair begins. All actions have her own validation process and you will be informed by the tool if anything is wrong. If you get an error message, then you can find the description for this message (and what is to do) in the readme.
4. What to do if the tool doesn't accept/repair the profile?
If you have exactly done what i wrote in the readme, then it is maybe a variant of the EPW-bug i don't know. So i need your profile for analysis. The easiest way for sending me your profiles is to use our
. Select "Include game profiles" additionally and click <Create Support ZIP only>. Or you do this manually:
On your computer you can find the profile files here:
Profile path on Windows XP / Vista / 7 My Documents > Volition > Wing Commander Saga > data > players > single
Somewhere in the 3rd or 4th Excalibur mission the game reset my profile to zero stats and the first mission, presumably similar to what was described in
. As per Tolwyn's suggestion in that thread, tried the EPW tool. Strangely enough it reported I did have the EPW bug, though I can definitely confirm my Excalibur had guns the whole time.
Problem being, the EPW repair tool reports "Backup has failed!", even running as administrator with full rights to the folder, and even though I can see it creating the PilotName.codename_hermes.cs2.bak00 and PilotName.pl2.bak00 files (and on subsequent runs, the .bak01, .bak02, etc. files)
Now it's lunch time here, time to read the logs and have a first sight at the logs and profiles. ^^
Wowowow, this looks not good. Your profile is nearly completely empty. This is an extremely rare bug. There is nothing i can repair, sorry. The only possibility is to create a "mixed" profile with yours and one of Tolwyns reference profiles. But then you have not your own statistics until to your current mission. Have you no backup?
And my first assumption was correct, the EPW-Repair can't help here. But the "Backup has failed!" message and your profile pointed me to a problem in my tool. There is definitely a bug i will fix ASAP. I simply forgot that not all pilots starts with the prologue campaign.
Thanks Luke I swear I played the game most of the way through and didn't just imagine it! I suppose I'll have to find my way to a reference profile as you say. Maybe it was all Sandman's bad dream or something.
Thanks for the help, and for the tip to update and check out the prologue!