This message is something thats been annoying me for some time. If you like to go on near empty servers to practice things its obvious that its totally in the wrong place. As well as being slap in the middle of the screen, its also on the same line as the text we type into chat
so unless you like to
type things out in 5
word sentences like this
then instead you have to hope that you dont make spelling mistakes when your typing runs under that stupid message.
but fear not, you CAN do something about it.
You could put it down here
Or put it over here
I like it over this side
Or of course you can change the text too
Infact you can put it anywhere on the same line or lower than where it normally is, including moving it totally off of the screen if you want. Moving it upwards is not possible (afaik).
The key to this is in the freely editable localisation files (if you dont know what localisation files are, then have a read of this useful guide here http://forums.bf2s.com/viewtopic.php?id=19541 )
Ok so find your Battlefield 2\mods\bf2\Localization\English folder and open up english.utxt in notepad (best to use notepad, nothing else) then search for a line called HUD_STARTOFROUND_NRPLAYERSNEEDED. Its near the bottom.
To make changes, simply use spaces or returns INSIDE the 2 pairs of boxes. Whatever you do, do not erase or edit those boxes but anything goes inside them. The only thing to understand is that the text is auto centered, so with that in mind;
Each space before the text will move the message slightly to the right
Each space after the text will move the message slightly to the left
A return before the line will drop everything down one space.
Thats it! Save and go check it.
To make things easy- here are the numbers to get the ones I've shown in the screenshots. Always start with the cursor after the second square and before the T.
1) To drop to the bottom press return 19 times. (yes 20 looks nicer on foot but sucks in some vehicles)
2) To split left, press return once, put cursor after the n in when and do 119 spaces, press return, delete the space then skip over the remaining text till your cursor is after the n in join (and before the box) and do another 119 spaces.
3) To split under the minimap, press return once, press space 114 times, put cursor after then n in when, return once, then press space 113 times.
Actual code for no3
The game will start when #NROFPLAYERS# more player(s) join
Note: Entering a space and deleting all the other text between the 4 boxes will remove it completely.
Feel free to experiment, as long as you include the #NROFPLAYERS# bit then you will get the number wherever you put it, the text around it is up to you. Finally, theres no way that its against any rules of engagement as the games not even started and noone scores anything during the time this message is shown.
(oh and if anyone has posted on this before im sorry, ive never seen anything about it and this information was completely my own trial and error efforts. Thank you for reading)
Edit: added note about complete removal
Last edited by Mad Ad (2006-09-11 13:54:48)