This thead will be about some unused or very rare messages in the game. Like, I always was fastinating about some messages in KING.TXT (GAPE/CRUSADE/HELPME). I had found only one statement on the forums that somebody saw '*GAPE' message. Btw, I tried to fulfil all conditions for that (and even NOP them), but it still doesn't work and I have no idea why. First, let's talk about SDI. Apart from it's role as end-game cash cow, it's pretty mysterious, isn't it? Civilopedia says that it protects city from nuclear weapons... When a city with SDI is attacked, you will get message 'SDI protects <City Name>'. But pollution still will be here and city popuation decreases as usually. Also all units around the city will be destroyed. At least units in the city are not destroyed (as usually) if city has a SDI. Presumably SDI does not function properly/unfinished (at least in civdos, maybe it was fixed in civnet - because of multiplayer functionality). Thing is, AI never attacks player's cities which have SDI, so you never can see it in action anyway! Barbarian AI can attack with a nuke, but barbarians can't have nukes. Only way to see SDI message is to get SDI in an AI city somehow and then attack this city (or give some nukes to barbarians). But AI never builds SDI and even when it captures your city with SDI, SDI will be always destroyed (as a building with number more than 15). So - has anybody ever seen this message in normal game? Another message I want to talk about was cut from the game altogether. It is '<Civ name> agree to an exchange of ambassadors.' from civ.exe. The conditions for it was presumably following: 1) AI civ just discovered Writing 2) difficulty is Chieftain 3) player has a contact with this civ or any other diplomacy status (?) 4) player don't have Embassy with this civ yet. What does it do? Give you Intelligence Report screen (F3) and Embassy diplomacy status with this civ. But there's some strange things here... At first everything is ok: Code: 8b 76 06 MOV SI,word ptr [BP + param_civ1] d1 e6 SHL SI,1 8b 3e ee d7 MOV DI,word ptr [HUMAN_CIV] b1 04 MOV CL,0x4 d3 e7 SHL DI,CL 03 fe ADD DI,SI 81 c7 98 e4 ADD DI,DIPLOMACY_STATUS //now we have dimplomacy status between player and AI civ in DI... 83 3d 01 CMP word ptr [DI],0x1 //check for contact (0x1) status... strange that it don't check bit mask, but value... //We can only guess what it checked next: for >= 1 (any diplomacy status - more likely) or != 1 (don't have a contact yet - doesn't seem reasonable). But after that: Code: 1b c0 SBB AX,AX //what? f7 d8 NEG AX //what? a8 40 TEST AL,0x40 //some remains from check for Embassy status (0x40), I presume... Though logically it should be something like that: Code: JB LAB_check_gunpowder_and_combustion //no contact and no any other diplomacy status (just my guessing) TEST word ptr [DI], 0x40 //check Embassy status JNZ LAB_check_gunpowder_and_combustion //already has Embassy - go further... Even with some minimal compiler optimizations, this code should not even be in the program at all, because flow never goes here. So I can only presume that probably these SBB, NEG commands was manually inserted here to 'off' this message. Or that there's some kind of bug. Third message I want to talk about is '*GAPE' from king.txt. Conditions for it is should be following: 1) civ is not player civ 2) civ just discovered some tech 3) you have no embassy with this civ 4) this tech was not discovered by anybody before 5) civ knows Navigation 6) player civ doesn't know this tech then with 1/3 chance game will call function which should show "An emissary from the <civ> wishes to speak with you. Will you recieve him?" message (with -1 x coord, which means it doen't change the camera position). If you agree, game should show you diplomacy screen with GAPE message. And then the game should show civilopedia reference about the tech. The thing is, it just doesn't work (in both .01 and .05 versions). Why it's so is the mystery for me. By all indications it should. So, my question: has anybody ever seen this 'gape' message? Maybe there's some bug which prevent it from working. Maybe it works in CivWin, I did not check it yet. CRUSADE/HELPME can be not working due to same bug, actually - their realization is very similar to GAPE (interrupt 0x3a for call 'Will you recieve him?' dialog from overlay 6). Though reports about working CRUSADE/HELPME are not that scarce! Maybe they are working in some versions of the game (maybe even not in Dos version). There's still some other very rare or unused messages to talk about (for example, can city even proclaim independence, as some text in civ.exe suggests?), but I did not reverse engineered all the overlays yet.