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    Default Warning: Campaign game save files

    Just thought I should warn you folks of something that I've just noticed. The game save data files are rather large for grand campaign games (my smallest one packing in at 53MB), so make sure you keep an eye on your empire saves so it doesn't eat up a bunch of your hard drive space.

    After my quick peek (was moving some over to my laptop to play on the couch) into the directory, I learned that my save games folder is up to 1.08GB, and that's only 18 saves.
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    Default Re: Warning: Campaign game save files

    where are the save game files anyway?

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    courtesy of quadalpha in another thread:
    Vista: C:\Users\[username]\AppData\Roaming\The Creative Assembly\Empire\save_games
    XP: C:\Documents and Settings\[username]\Application Data\The Creative Assembly\Empire\save_games

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    For XP, they're in C:\Documents and Settings\<<YOUR PROFILE>>\Application Data\The Creative Assembly\Empire\save_games

    The Application Data folder is hidden, so if you don't have show hidden files enabled, you'll have to enable it.

    Vista:
    C:\Users\<<YOUR PROFILE>>\AppData\Roaming\The Creative Assembly\Empire\save_games

    Same rule about hidden folders applies to Vista, as the AppData folder will be hidden.
    Last edited by Shadow_Wolf33; 03-11-2009 at 04:59.
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    Default Re: Warning: Campaign game save files

    so if you don't have show hidden files enabled
    How do you enable it?

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    Default Re: Warning: Campaign game save files

    CA really needs to add a 'delete save' option. It's been needed since RTW, I think.
    Come on, guys, it's like, a minute to code something like that.
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    Default Re: Warning: Campaign game save files

    Quote Originally Posted by Polemists View Post
    How do you enable it?
    For XP, in My Computer/Windows Explorer, go to Tools->Folder Options->View tab and select the "Show hidden files and folders" radio button. Hit Apply, then click Like Current Folder to apply it globally.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Polemists View Post
    How do you enable it?
    From any windows explorer (i.e., folder) window, press alt+t, then o. It's a checkbox under the "view" tab.

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    Default Re: Warning: Campaign game save files

    couldn't you delete saves in MTW2? I thought you could.

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    Yes you could delete saves in both RTW and MTW2.

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    2 gigs of savegames in a super secret folder with no in-game delete function.

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    Another method for keeping the save count low, would be doing something like a staggered 2 save system, where you still go with auto-save/quick save, but when you want to make a new manual save you do it by a fairly static name like current1/current2 and then alternate between the 2, rather than letting the game auto-name saves and eat up your gigabytes.

    Either that or I should just get a 1.5 TB hard drive and use that for my main system drive, and just not care anymore.
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    Default Re: Warning: Campaign game save files

    Aaargh, why put the saves in such a random place? Keeping them together with the program files is a sensible idea.
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    Default Re: Warning: Campaign game save files

    It's a little silly, but why can't you just go into the folder and delete saves yourself? It's a shame that the feature appears to be missing, but it's not like CA is forcing you to fill up your HD...

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    Default Re: Warning: Campaign game save files

    holy mother of god, 3.39 GB with every slot taken, and no way to delete files from in-game save menu LOL

    thanks for pointing this out
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    Default Re: Warning: Campaign game save files

    Yea I am 8 saves in, and now to the naming system of my saves but I still can't find a way to delete the old saves, looked for the file had no luck.

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    I have 0 hard drive space and having no luck finding this folder.

    I need my comp for work and I am about to throw the game out the window.

    I have windows XP and I can't find the appdata folder.
    Last edited by BeeSting; 03-15-2009 at 06:12.
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    OK I found it. I went to the Start menu and did a Search (I have XP):



    *Note the file is hidden so you have to hit "More Advanced Options" and check "Search hidden files and folders"
    Last edited by BeeSting; 03-15-2009 at 06:38.
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    Default Re: Warning: Campaign game save files

    Just do what I do. I'm playing United Provinces right now and have a United Provinces and United Provinces 2 that I alternate saving to.

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