The new patch is just about finished. We've started testing it today. Here are some of the new features... - Remove 50 year limit. - More frequent visits by I.M.Picky. - a better system of placing landmarks. A free landmark now appears in your landmarks menu when Ivana donates a landmark or a happy ending occurs on your course. - fix for save file corruption problem (thanks to Bill Harris his help) - you can pick up a golfer and move him/her to another place on the course, or to the clubhouse to eject him/her. - the ability to cancel a tournament or match. - more cash if J.P.Bigdome likes your course. - golfer in carts do not complain about slopes. - Gary Golf doesn't lose skills when buying new course. - fix for the "toilet bowl" firm fairway problem. - add Animals/No Animals to the preferences. - you can turn off golfer comments in the preferences - cleaned up display of stars,hearts,etc. at top left. - Esc no longer quits game but clears messages, etc. - Right-click clears messages, etc. before becoming an undo cursor. - Problem with invalid course records fixed. - Problem with your pro on bench not going to tee fixed. - 'No Dandelion' landmarks now prevent new weeds as well as spread of weeds. - faster scroll on members report. - Tab key cycles through unhappy golfers. - money cheat now indicated in your cash total. - a couple of other cool things.
- Remove 50 year limit (what was I thinking?)
- More frequent visits by I.M.Picky.
- a better system of placing landmarks.
- the ability to cancel a tournament or match.
- more cash if J.P.Bigdome likes your course.
- fix for the "toilet bowl" firm fairway problem.
- add Animals/No Animals to the preferences.
Thanks for all the excellent suggestions. We'll try to get as many more into this patch as possible.
It would be helpful to us to get savegame files for problems which you encounter. We are setting up an e-mail address for this purpose: firstname.lastname@example.org
A brief description of the problem would be appreciated as well as the relevant .sve file from the your /saved games folder.
When we made this game we really weren't sure whether players would prefer the course building part of the game, the tournaments and competions, the personalities of the golfers, or the customizing features. It seems like all these aspects of the game are getting a lot of play - which is great.
Here's a feature of the current game which I don't think is documented - you can hit the keys 1-9 (top row of keyboard) to jump to that hole. If the hole is already on the screen, this will bring up the hole report. Press the keys shift 1-shift 9 to jump to holes 10-18 on the 'back nine'.
By the way, we had already posted that "jump to hole" shortcut on the Tips page
The SimGolf patch which corrects the 500k tournament bug has been submitted to Maxis and should be available later today or tomorrow (Wednesday). I apologize for the disruption this has caused. A lot of people worked very hard to make SimGolf the best game that they could. Thanks especially to those of you who provided a detailed and clear description of the circumstances surrounding this problem. I hope that in the coming days we can talk about game play, strategies, cool things that you've built with the game, and features you'd like to see. The patch should appear first on the SimGolf web site which went live today at www.simgolf.ea.com, in addition there are a number of fan sites appearing for the game. I''l try to let you know as soon as the patch is up. Mishuno! - Sid M.
I found the crash which appears upon starting a tournament with a first prize of $500,000 and fixed it today (Monday). This bug only appeared once the final release build was created due to a difference in the way MicroSoft C++ compiles release versions vs. working versions. (Therefore I think Bill Gates needs to take some of the heat on this;) We will have a patch up as soon as we've checked it out: tomorrow or Wednesday... - SidIt appears that JSB1999 may be Sid Meier (on Jeff Briggs account?), based on some older posts. In either case it would seem that this news is reasonably official. We can only hope so, since it means that we will have a patch pretty soon. There was more to the message containg tips for the game, which logically I posted on the Tips page.