Hello (und Hallo) to you all at Patrizierforum
I bought a copy of Patrician I, when it first came out, and quite a few years later, a copy of Pat IV. Both games I like, in both subject matter and gameplay, but I'm having a (software?) problem with Pat IV, that I hope the collective knowledge and experience on this site may help me with. I'm not particularly knowledgeable about software and notepad edits so please be simple (or specific) with your advice or suggestions.
It's to do with the automated trade functions of convoys, specifically the exact cargo requirements at each stop.
There appears to be a bug or corruption that automatically places a "load from warehouse" one specific commodity, (could be any commodity), on ALL destinations along the route. This is locked and cannot be changed. Worse, once this bug comes into play, all future routes have this corruption, regardless of destination and cargo.... though very often it seems to be or , which I'm sure you realise can be quite important, when trying to load from a non office destination. It means that my game tends to top out when the micro-management of manual trading exceeds the enjoyment level of the game.
The problem doesn't always start at the first trade route, I've had games where I may have 10 trade routes running, but once the bug appears, it's persistent, and spoils all future routes. I've tried uninstalling and reloading, I've tried deleting all previous savegames and all save trade routes. I've even tried ignoring the game for a few years... (we live in hope!) . All the above has no effect.
Can anyone help?