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Turn gen problem Fri, 10 September 2010 12:33 Go to previous message
Marduk is currently offline Marduk


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Location: Dayton, OH
The previous turn of the game AR at Play had a problem. When the turn generated, one of the players was counted as having submitted his file for the next turn. The time stamp was the same as the turn gen time. Something similar happened a while ago in a game I am playing, Topeka. I assumed some sort of AutoHost glitch but for some reason it didn't occur to me to look into it.

My guess is that the old file somehow failed to delete after the turn generation, and since it was already checked when it was originally submitted there is no reason for the game page to check it again to make sure it is for the correct turn. A turn file would fail to delete if there were an open connection to it at the time the deletion was attempted. That could be because something is currently looking at the file (Stars! executable or the backup procedure, I expect), or more likely because the operating system hasn't yet released the handle to the file - sometimes that can take a while or even fail to happen at all.

I recommend that players look at the game page when they get their turn file to check for this. Better to catch it ahead of time if you can.

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