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To install Total Annihilation and The Core Contingency
1) Install Total Annihilation 2) Install The Core Contingency
To install Total Annihilation and Battle Tactics
1) Install Total Annihilation 2) Install Battle Tactics
To install Total Annihilation, The Core Contingency, and Battle Tactics
1) Install Total Annihilation
2) Install The Core Contingency
3) Install Battle Tactics
Then patch T/A with 3.1 patch and run game to verify
For proper removal, the products should be uninstalled in reverse order. The last product installed should be the first one uninstalled.
1 MISSING FILE
If you see the message "A required file DPLAYX.DLL was not found" when you run Total Annihilation this means that you have an older version of Microsoft DirectX on your machine. To correct this you will need to install the version of Microsoft DirectX included on the Total Annihilation installation CD.
#1. YOU GOT TOTAL ANNIHILATION INSTALLED RIGHT? LOL :)
#2. TRY TO GET THE ADD ON PACK CALLED CC (THE CORE CONTINGENCY) IT'S A MUST FOR ONLINE GAMING AT THE ZONE AND WITH OTHER PLAYERS. NOW I WILL LINK YOU TO A SITE WHERE THIS GUY NAMED DRACONIOUS WHO HELPED ALOT OF GUYS WHO HAVEN'T GOT CC ,HE HAS 2 FILES AT HIS SITE FOR YOU CC UNITS AND CC FEATURES NOW HE DOESN'T HAVE THE CC MAPS FOR YOU ,YOU'LL JUST HAVE TO WAIT UNTILL YOU GET THE DISK THEN IT WILL INSTALL ALL THE MAPS, BUT FOR NOW HE'S GOT THE 2 IMPORTANT ONES YOU NEED, SO GO GET THEM HERE AT HIS SITE DRACONIOUS CLICK ON WHERE IT SAYS MORE FILES ON HIS SIDE BAR TO THE LEFT, AFTER YOU GET THEM JUST PUT THEM INTO YOUR TOTALA FOLDER AND RUN THE GAME TO SEE YOUR NEW UNITS YOU'LL LOVE IT!
#3.NOW THE MOST IMPORTANT OF ALL THE 3.1 PATCH GO TO MY DOWNLOADS PAGE AND GET IT, IT'S THE UPGRADE FOR THE GAME IF YOU HAVE 3.O AT THE START OF GAME IT WONT BE COMPATIABLE WITH ALL THE OTHERS THAT HAVE 3.1 SO YOU NEED IT!! ONCE YOU GET IT PUT THE .EXE IN YOUR TOTALA FOLDER RUN IT AND WAIT I MEAN WAIT IT'S A KIND OF SLOW UPGRADE SO DONT CANCELL IT OUT, IT WILL TELL YOU YOUR VERSION OF TOTAL ANNIHILATION HAS BEEN SUCESSFULLY UPGRADED TO 3.1 NOW YOU ARE SET AND YOU ARE READY TO PLAY US AT THE ZONE!
#4. NOW YOU NEED TO GET THE 6 UNITS ZIP THAT IS ON MY DOWNLOAD PAGE THESE UNITS ARE SPECIAL TO THE GAME AND EVERYONE GETS DISSAPOINTED IF YA DONT HAVE THEM. THESE UNITS HELP THE GAME BY FAR . SO EXTRACT THEM OUT OF ZIP FOLDER INTO YOUR TOTALA FOLDER AND RUN THE .EXE'S .THERE IS SIX OF THEM KEEP IN MIND, WHEN YOU INSTALL EACH ONE YOU WILL SEE THAT IT HAS MADE A DOCS FOLDER IN YOUR TOTALA FOLDER. WHICH HAS TEXT ON EACH UNIT YOU INSTALLED :) RUN THE GAME AND SEE THE NEW UNITS
#5. GET THE 500 UNITS .INI ,YOU GET TO BUILD 500 UNITS IN GAMEPLAY OR SKIRMISH BETTER THEN THE 250 UNITS YOU GOT . NOW THERES NOT ALL HECK OF A ALOT YOU CAN BUILD WITH 250 UNITS NOW IS THERE? NOPE . SO HERE IT IS GO GET IT AND JUST COPY AND PASTE IT IN YOUR TOTALA FOLDER RUN THE GAME AND YOU GOT IT MY FRIEND, 500 UNITS TO EXPLODE ON SCREEN IN FRONT OF YOU!
#6. YOU NEED TO GET DIRECT X 8.0 then upgrade to 8.1 TO BE PLAYABLE WITH EVERYONE ELSE AND EXSPECIALLY BEFORE GETTING THE RECORDER 98B5 Microsoft Direct X
NOW THIS ABOVE IS ALL YOU REALLY NEED TO PLAY THE GAME TOTAL ANNIHILATION AT THE ZONE OR IP WITH OTHER PLAYERS. THE REST BELOW ARE ADDONS TO THE GAME TO HELP YOU AND YOUR TEAMATES IN ONLINE GAMING. BEFORE YOU GET THE ADDONS LET ME TELL YOU A LITTLE BIT ABOUT ROOM INFO AT THE ZONE AND WHEN YOUR IN THE BATTLE ROOM GETTING READY TO LAUNCH THE GAME
YOUR AT THE GAMING ZONE AND IN THE BATTLEROOM
#1. AT THE GAMING ZONE , YOUR LOOKING AT THE ROOMS THAT ARE WAITING FOR PLAYERS RIGHT? JUST CLICK ON THE ROOM INFO TAB AND THERE THE HOST OF THE GAME HAS GIVEN A SPECIFIC GAME RULE TO PLAY WITH HIM AND OTHERS YOU MUST ABIDE BY THE ROOM INFO, IF YOU DECIDE TO PLAY WITH THEM .FOR EVERY PLAYER WILL KEEP THERE END OF THE BARGAIN IN THE GAME . IF YOU DECIDE TO DO OTHER WISE YOU COULD BE MAKING A BAD NAME FOR YOURSELF AND GET BOOTED BY THE HOST . THIS WILL MAKE THE GAME MORE ENJOYABLE TO YOU AND OTHERS IF EVERYONE AGREES TO THE INFO ABOVE :)
room has 2 players waiting clicking on info of room
AS YOU CAN SEE IN INFO THAT THEY WANT YOU TO HAVE THE VERSION UPGRADE 3.1 PATCH ,CC EXPANSION WHICH IS (CORE CONTINGENCY) 64+RAM OF MEMOREY SO THE GAME DONT SLOW DOWN . 1K RESOURCES MEANING 1000 METAL 1000 ENERGY I KNOW YOU NEW GUYS LIKE THE 10,000 METAL 10,000 ENERGY STARTS , SO ALL I CAN TELL YA IS IF YA WANNA PLAY WITH THE BIG DOGS PLAY LIKE THEM :) MOST GAMES ARE 1K ANYWAY YOU GIVE AND EXPERT PLAYER THAT AMOUNT AT THE BEGINING AND YOU'LL BE DOMOLISHED IN SEVERAL MINUTES SORRY TO SAY. :)
#2. WHEN THE HOST LAUNCHES THE GAME YOU WILL BE SENT TO THE BATTLE ROOM WHERE YOU WILL SEE YOU AND THE OTHER PLAYERS ARRIVING . OK NOW THIS IS IMPORTANT RULE WHILE IN THE BATTLE ROOM. NO TYPING,NO CHANGING COLORS, JUST DONT DO ANYTHING AT ALL UNTILL YOU SEE THE HOST TYPE :S THIS MEANS ALL THE PLAYERS ARE SYNCHED AND ARE READY TO LAUNCH , ONLY THE HOST SEES :S BY THE END OF EACH PLAYERS PING .IF THERE IS NO :S THE GAME WILL NOT LAUNCH AND THERE WILL BE NO GAME. :( SO THE GAME HOST TYPES :S YOU ARE NOW READY TO PICK COLOR AND SIDE. THE NEXT THING TO DO IS CLICK YOUR GO BUTTON WHEN YOU DO CLICK ON GO IT WILL LIGHT UP BRIGHT GREEN, THIS WILL TELL EVERYONE YOUR READY TO START THE GAME.
#3. LET ME TELL ABOUT EMGS . THEY ARE A UNIT THAT FIRES LITTLE YELLOW BALLS SO FAST, THAT IF YOU GOT LOTS OF THEM MADE IT WILL SLOW THE GAME DOWN DRAMATICALLY ,WHICH WILL CAUSE LAG ( I'LL TELL YOU ABOUT LAG LATER.) WELL THIS IS REALLY MEANT FOR THE ARM SINCE CORE DOESN'T HAVE ANY EMGS SO TO KEEP THINGS FAIR THERES NO EQUIVALANT BUILDING AS WELL. THIS MEANS ARM BUILDS NO FLASH CORE BUILDS NO INSTAGATOR ARM BUILDS NO PEEWEE CORE BUILDS NO A.K. ARM BUILDS NO BRAWLER CORE BUILDS NO RAIPER AND THATS IT FOR THE CORE THERES 1 MORE FOR THE ARM WHICH IS THE WARRIOR THESE ARE ARMS EMGS AND CORES EQUIVALANTS .( ACTUALLY I THINK THE EMGS SHOULD HAVE BEEN MADE IN A 3RD LEVEL PLANT SINCE THERE SO DEADLY!) BUT THERE IS NO 3RD LEVEL FOR ARM ONLY CORE :( WHICH IS THE KROGROTH GANTRY .
HERES WHAT THE EMGS LOOK LIKE SO DONT FORGET THEM
flash instagator peewee a.k. brawler rapier warrior
(arm) (core) (arm) (core) (arm) (core) (arm)
THE BEST WAY I CAN DESCRIBE LAG IS THAT YOU HAVE A POOR CONNECTION TO THE HOST SO THIS MEANS YOU WILL BE BEHIND IN THE GAME WHILE EVERYONE ELSE IS AHEAD OF YOU. (EXAMPLE) HOST DOES A .TIME SINCE HES GOT THE 98B5 RECORDER Typing .time will give the elapsed game time for all players according to their +clock. Useful for spotting a lagging playerr NEWGUY 1.27 OLD GUY 2.27 OTHER GUY 2.27 AS YOU CAN SEE THE NEW GUY IS LAGGING
I think tcbw explains lag better
2 Vs 2 And sharing in battle with Teammate
Remember the tab key is the main key
Beginning the game with allies
At the start of the game always type +shareradar +shootall .sharelos So your teammate can see you and knows where your at right away. And make sure you spell it correctly.
Or just preset those options working the 98b5Recorder just hit ctrl +F2 and set them all in your main box then when there set, hit F11 in game and it will automatically type it for you.
Now to talk to him privately by typing first and only first a, then type what you wanna say in the same sentence after the a, You will see the text chat appear like this
Your name<ALLIES> Hey I'm going air what you going first?
You will see that if you typed it right with a, <Allies> will appear after your name in your chat string.So you and your partner only see whats being said.
If you do not see <Allies> after your name, then all what you said to your teammate has been seen by the enemy!!
a, sends message to allies only
e, sends message to enemies only
Now later on it's up to you to share your resources with your partner
+shareenergy Shares energy
+sharemetal Shares metal
+sharemapping Shares map information
+shareall Shares all resources
+setshareenergy =You can also control the amount of metal and energy shared to your teammates and
allies by modifying these commands slightly with a numerical value. X indicates
the amount of resource left in your reserve. For example, +setsharemetal 5000 will
only share metal if you have at least 5,000 in reserve. You cannot set the
amount of resources you want to keep/reserve any higher than your current storage
capacity. Make sure you leave a space between the command and the numerical value.
+setshareenergy X Shares energy while keeping X amount for yourself
+setsharemetal = +setsharemetal X Shares metal while keeping X amount for yourself
Sharing Units and Structures
Select units or stuctures with the mouse, then you hit the tab button then you will see three tabs at the bottom of the game, the one you want is SHARE then you'll see your partners name in the list of people you want to share to. Click on his name,and check the box below that says Chosen unit, then OK it and it's his
You can trade like this all through out the game .
This is an example of Arm & Core allied in a game ,allies chatting and sharing using the select unit or structure with mouse then, alt-tab then, sharetab, then select allied person, check the box below that says Chosen units,and it's his.
MsDestructor222 <allies> Treemnky do you have a kbot con i can have?
Treemnky_222<allies> yea here ya go man, give me one of yers
MsDestructor222 <allies> now I can build adv.plant for some fast fark!
Treemnky_222 <allies>OH YEA! here come the morties baby!
MsDestrutor222<allies> Treemnky, dude i need energy bad!
Treemnky_222 <allies> okay heres a couple of fussion plants for ya.
MsDestructor < allies> thanks man I'll give them right back
Treemnky_222 <allies> np man hey i got krogoths up!
MsDestructor222< allies> cool I almost got Vulcan done.
Even though MsDestructor is Core and Treemnky is Arm, they still can give (share) there cons to have both arm and core in there command
Have you ever had a reject on a player that is your partner? most of us have. This is what you do type .take you will get all his units and structures before he gets rejected by another player. when you do get them hit cntrl-a then select fire at will,because his units you have just taken are on hold fire..
YOU WANT MORE A.I'S FIGHTING YOU?
You want more A.I. in your skirmish mode? up to 8 A.I.'s will combat against you hit * on the number pad then x or together . Well it's suppose to work. Im not sure if you should do this before 3.1 patch is in or not..
+bps = displays (send and receive) packet gain and loss
+clock = will display a time clock to your screen
+shootall = units destroy everything they in there range
+noshake = stops all shaking of on screen explosions
+shareall = shares everything
These commands down below are for the T/A RECORDER tademo97
Works in battleroom and in-game:
.record <filename> Record to file <filename>
.base <filename> Adds pre-built bases for all players (server only)
.baseoff Disables .base option
.fixall Enables both .protectdt and .fixfacexps.fixall = will make the recorder register all dead units and filter out damage dealt to that unit for three seconds after it dies, preventing new units built from being assigned an old unit # and then receiving an old data packet dealing it damage. In theory, this should avoid the units-exploding-in-factory effect and holes-in-build-order effect, and cut down exploding units in factories to once every three seconds in even the most severe conditions.The fixall only protects your units for 3 seconds (too long a time and it becomes a trainer) so if the lag is larger then 3 seconds you will still lose units. But only one every third second so your entire build queue won't go kaboom.If this concerns you, we suggest you don't use or allow the fix (type .fixoff to disable them for all players).
.fixfacexps Enables exploding units in factory bug fix
.fixoff Disables fixes for all players (restart TA to enable)
.protectdt Enables pseudo DT bug fix
.report All recorders report their presence
.hookreport All players using TA Hook reports their presence
.status Reports your recording status (only shown locally)
.stoplog Stop recording
.unitsonly Will half file size but cause weird side-effects in playback
.time =will give the elapsed game time for all players according to their +clock. Useful for spotting a lagging player.
Works in battleroom:
.fakewatch Makes you a fake watcher with the ability to talk
.pltest <name> Sends a sharp spike of ping packets to a player
.plresults Gives info about how the packets in the last .pltest fared
.randmap <filename> Choose a random map from <filename>
.syncon X Y Locks gamespeed between slowest limit X and fastest limit Y
.votego Vote to go
.nocheats For use when replaying saved games
Works in-game only:
.dobase Places pre-built base centered around first structure
.take Claims a dropping/disconnecting ally's stuff
.takecmd As .take, except one assumes control of a player's commander also
.dotake Finishes takeover when everyone has done .take in recording
.time game time for everyone according to their +clock
.plfrom <name> Gives statistics on the amount of packet loss from a player that has occurred so far in a game
.panic Turns the recorder off.
.crash Makes the recorder really crash instead of just telling you an exception have occured.
.sonar Gives a unit covering whole map with sonar when replaying
HERE'S A PIC OF WHAT THE 97 T/A HOOK LOOKS LIKE
The best way to view these commands is when your in a skirmish game hit the tab button then you'll see a help tab,click on it. theres most of the commands.
NEW KEY COMMANDS FOR CC
1) SHORTCUT KEYS
CTRL + M Select all mines
CTRL + P Select all aircraft with weapons
CTRL + R Select all radar, radar jammers, sonar and sonar jammers
CTRL + W Select all mobile units with weapons except Commander
a Attack. If the unit/building has a weapon, you will get a
targetting cursor. This enables you to force-fire at something.
b Build. This switches to the Build tab.
c Capture. Commander only, it selects the capture option. You then
click on the building or unit you want to capture. Only works
with the Orders tab open.
d Commander only, it selects the D-gun. Select your target and
e Reclaim. This selects the reclaim option for construction units.
Target whatever you want to reclaim (even your own troops and
buildings). Only works with the Orders tab open.
g Guard. The cursor changes into the guard cursor, so click on the
unit or building you want this unit to guard.
h Lets you give some resources to another player.
l Load. Only works for for the transport units, it changes the
cursor to the load cursor. Click on the unit you want to load
into the transport.
m Move. Changes the cursor to give a move order.
n Scrolls to the next unit.
o Orders. Brings up the orders tab.
p Patrol. The cursor changes to the patrol cursor, letting you lay
down patrol waypoints.
r Repair. This selects the repair option, for construction units
only. Then you target the item you want to repair. Only works
with the Orders tab open.
s Stop. Cancels any oders the unit already has.
t Track. Centers the screen on the currently selected unit and
will attempt to track its movements.
u Unload. Only works for the transport units. Changes the cursor
to the unload cursor. Click on the part of the map where you
want to unload the unit.
+ Speed up the game by 1 step.
- Slow down the game by 1 step.
~ Shows health for your units. Also shows their squad number. This
is a toggle, so hit the ~ again to get rid of this information.
shift Allows you to queue up nearly anything. The most useful key of
shift If you have a unit or building already selected and you hold down
+ the shift key and click on another unit or building, both will
click now be selected. This makes it easy to add another unit to an
already selected group.
space Hold it down and you will see how many units you have and how
long the mission has taken.
pause Pauses the game. You can still give orders when paused.
CTRL-a Selects all units, including the Commander.
CTRL-b Select all construction units except the commander.
CTRL-c Centers the screen on the commander and selects him.
CTRL-d Self-destructs the selected units. Click again to turn this off.
CTRL-s Selects everything on the screen.
CTRL-v Select all aircraft.
CTRL-z Select all units of the currently selected type.
to Creates a squad out of the currently selected units or buildings.
to Applies a map bookmark to this location.
CTRL-F9 Performs a screen capture
to Selects the previously created squad. Does not center on them.
F1 Shows information for the unit the mouse is currently over.
F2 Brings up the Options menu.
F3 Go to unit that last reported to you.
F4 Shows you the number of kills and losses each player has.
F5-F7 Jump to the previously laid bookmark.
F12 Clears the screen of messages