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New game freeze "Configuring Barbarians"

Discussion in 'Civ3 - Technical Support' started by MichaelMVP, Jun 2, 2019.

  1. MichaelMVP

    MichaelMVP Chieftain

    May 26, 2019
    San Diego, CA
    I have no clue how this started happening but whenever I create a new game I'm met with it loading the new world but once it gets to "Configuring Barbarians" on the loading screen it just freezes and I would then have to use task manager to close the game. I'm pretty sure I've looked at every possible post/thread about this topic, which there are only about 3 on steam and 1 on this forum but to no help unfortunately. I've tried reinstalling multiple times in different drives and locations, using all compatibility modes and running as administrator also changing High dpi settings and nothing. So all hope seems to be lost at the moment but if anyone can help it would be much appreciated.

    Image of when it freezes: https://imgur.com/a/ZmLgY0B
  2. Civinator

    Civinator Blue Lion Supporter

    May 5, 2005
    MichaelMVP, there were some civers, who reported about the same problem in their games: https://forums.civfanatics.com/threads/crashes-on-configuring-barbarians.574397/ They never received an answer.

    The Steam version of Civ 3 Complete holds an absurd anomality, compared to normal C3C settings : The last update of the Steam version of Civ Complete by Steam/Firaxis added a new line between "PING" and "Host" (line 86) to the labels text that just says "Unknown". This not only caused a bad mixup in the text of many C3C mods and scenarios, but also some kind of crashes in the game, that were reported to disappear, when the line "Unknown" was deleted in the labels text file. For that reason my C3C mods CCM2 and RARR hold a special Steam patch for fixing that crazy setting in the labels text file.

    I don´t know, if this can cure your problem, too - but when all other efforts are not successful, I would try it, but first do a backup of your current labels text file.
  3. SgtSomeone

    SgtSomeone Chieftain

    Nov 2, 2019
    Thanks Civinator for the tip. I encountered this issue out of the blue yesterday (with my Steam version) and compatibility settings and things didn't help. I got it to work but don't quite understand what I did, here's the steps I took to resolve in case it helps anyone else frantically Googling.
    1. Launch Civ3, start new game. Note it crashes
    2. In C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\Sid Meier's Civilization III Complete\Conquests\Conquests\Middle Ages\Text\labels.txt, Delete the 'unknown' value (line 86) and leave it as a blank line.
    3. Launch Civ3, start new game. Note that the labels are mismatched but a new game starts. Quit
    4. In Steam, right click game>properties>local files>Verify Integrity of Game Files. It found '2 files to reacquire'
    5. Game now runs fine?

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