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« on: May 20, 2003, 06:19:14 PM »
Please only post problems with your Pontifex II game.  Do not post problems with level solutions.  Make sure you read the readme.txt that is included with the game and have updated Pontifex II to version 1.2 before posting any problems.

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Notice about any problems with Pontifex II
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Pontifex II requires a video card with full OpenGL support.  99% of all problems experienced with Pontifex II are because of video drivers.  WindowsXP does not install OpenGL drivers.  If Pontifex II is not working correctly, running very slowly, exiting or crashing at new screens, or the mouse is very jerky You need to install video drivers from your video card install CD, or even better download the latest drivers from your video card manufacturers web site.

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System Requirements
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Minimum:
500+ Mhz CPU, 64 MB RAM, Windows 95/98/2000/Me, Linux,
OpenGL video card

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Video Cards
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Please use the newest available video card drivers for your system.  Please make sure your video card supports OpenGL.

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Pontifex II Performance
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If you discover low display frame rates while running Pontifex II, try to reduce the detail level to low and/or make sure all the video options are turned off (lighting, reflect, shadows). You can find these options on the right side of the simulation screen in the game.  If Pontifex II is still running slowly, you can press F6 to greatly reduce the graphics.  This should improve performance.

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« Reply #1 on: June 04, 2003, 04:46:48 PM »
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Lost registration and re-downloading Pontifex II
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Use this URL:
http://www.chroniclogic.com/pontifex2/p2lookup.html

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Manual and FAQ
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Please check the ingame help menus for lists of keys and simple instructions.

The Pontifex II guide can be accessed from the start menu or from:
Pontifex II folder/manual/index.html

The online version can be found at: http://www.chroniclogic.com/pontifex2/pfx2manual/  

Forums and the FAQs can be found at our website:
http://www.chroniclogic.com/

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General Pontifex II information
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Pontifex II information including patches can be found at:
http://www.chroniclogic.com/

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Hardware Configuration
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A number of settings from Pontifex II can be changed with the Hardware Configuration.  The Hardware Configuration is run from the Start menu->programs->Pontifex II->Hardware Configuration.  

Hardware Configuration Options:

Resolution

click on the resolution you wish to run Pontifex II in.  Higher resolutions will look better, but run slower.  Some monitors/video cards may not be able to run the highest resolutions.

Fullscreen

Clicking fullscreen will toggle if you want to run Pontifex II full screen.  If you have selected a resolution that is greater then your desktop resolution make sure you also select fullscreen, or you will not be able to see part of the Pontifex II screen.  

Mouse Unlocked

Clicking this Option will toggle if your mouse curser can leave the Pontifex II window.  This only effects Pontifex II while not running in full screen.  If the Mouse Unlocked is highlighted you will be able to move your mouse off the Pontifex II window, but you will not be able to use the Pontifex II controls based on moving  your mouse to the edge of the Pontifex II window.

Sound

This Option toggles sound on or off in Pontifex II.  If you are having problems with Pontifex II crashing, try turning the sound off and see if it helps.

Interface

This Option toggles the Backgrounds, and Title screen for Pontifex II.  When off Pontifex II will use a little less memory, but wont look as nice.

Text Color

Use this to change the color of the text in Pontifex II.  By sliding the 3 color bars you can adjust the text color to whatever you like.

Low Texture Detail

Toggling this will make Pontifex II use only small textures.  This will decrease the graphics quality of Pontifex II.  If you have problems with textures not showing (Voodoo 3) toggle this on. This will also greatly decrease the amount of memory and video memory that Pontifex II uses

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Ingame Controls
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Simple mode help      

Left-click to select points and add links
    
Right-click to delete points and unselect points

Key      Function
ESC      Always takes you back to last screen, is
      always the hotkey for the menu in the top
      left corner of the screen
Shift      When held down makes movement keys (A,S,D,
      W) rotate view like the arrow keys
Ctrl       Increases the speed of camera movement
      when pressing movement keys (A,S,D,W)
W      Move Up
S          Move Down
A          Move Left
D          Move Right
Q      Zoom In
Z         Zoom Out
Arrow Keys      Rotate View
H          Help Menu
E          Reset View Direction
Shift+E       Reset View Position
1-6      Select Material
J          Press J And Click A Point To Toggle
          A Joint For Drawbridge To Seperate At
G          Toggle High Detail Grid
C      Copy
V          Paste
X          Flip Copy X Axis
Del          Delete Selected Area
U          Undo
O      Redo
T          Simulate Mode
F1              Normal Mode
F2          Complex Mode
F3         Level Editor
F5          Toggle Camera Control Mode
F6          Toggle landscape for performance help
F8          Takes Screenshot
F9          Save Bridge
F12          Minimize Pontifex II window
    
Complex mode help
      
Tilde         Toggle Deck
M            Toggle Mirror
B            Toggle Crossbeams
R            Move Editing Plane Forward
F            Move Editing Plane Backward
Shift+R         Move Both Planes Forward
Shift+F         Move Both Planes Backward
Ctrl+R         Move Mirror Plane Forward
Ctrl+F         Move Mirror Plane Backward
Space            Reset Mirror Plane Position
Tab         Toggles thin beam mode

Simulation mode help

Key          Function
ESC      Always takes you back to last screen, is
      always the hotkey for the menu in the top
      left corner of the screen
Shift      When held down makes movement keys (A,S,D,
      W) rotate view like the arrow keys
Ctrl       Increases the speed of camera movement
      when pressing movement keys (A,S,D,W)
W      Move Up
S          Move Down
A          Move Left
D          Move Right
Q      Zoom In
Z         Zoom Out
Arrow Keys      Rotate View
E          Reset View Direction
Shift+E       Reset View Position
1          Switches to bridge camera (default view)
2-7          Switches between vehicle cameras
X          Switches Vehicles Camera to external view
T          Run vehicle test
F          Fast simulation
L          Slow simulation
P          Pause simulation
H          Toggle Shadows
I          Toggles Lighting
C          Toggle Reflections
[ and ]       Moves Sun
R          Toggles Show Stress
F1          Resets Simulation
F5          Toggle Camera Control Mode
F6          Toggle landscape for performance help
F8      Takes Screenshot
F12          Minimize Pontifex II window

Advanced Simulation mode help
         
These advanced features may only be available
on bridges opened with load bridge or load level
         
Key          Function
M            Toggle Manual Phase Mode
8            DrawBridge Up in Manual Phase Mode
9            DrawBridge Down in Manual Phase Mode
0            Next Phase in Manual Phase Mode
K            Toggle Earthquake
MINUS      Toggles Bonds remaining after breaking

Level Editing help

Please read the Pontifex II Guide for more help with level building
    
Key          Function
    
ESC          Always takes you back to last screen, is
      always the hotkey for the menu in the top
      left corner of the screen
Shift        When held down makes movement keys (A,S,D,
      W) rotate view like the arrow keys
Ctrl       Increases the speed of camera movement
      when pressing movement keys (A,S,D,W)
W          Move Up
S          Move Down
A          Move Left
D          Move Right
Q          Zoom In
Z          Zoom Out
Arrow Keys       Rotate View
E          Reset View Direction
[ and ]       Moves Sun, shift key will change direction of movement
F1          Landscape edit mode
F2          Object edit mode
F3          Prop edit mode
F4          Help Menu
F9          Save As
F12          Minimize Pontifex II window
    
Landscape edit help
         
Use the setclr1-4 to set the landscape color.  Move
the editing plan (grid) to the height of the
landscape you want the color to change.  Click
the setclr you want to set.  For best results
always keep the setclr1 at the lowest point in the
level, and make sure each setclr is set at a height
higher then the one before it (setclr3 should always
be set higher then setclr2 and lower then setclr4).
You must click texture to see the color changes.

The landscape assocated with each setclr can be
adjusted by clicking on color
      
Use set, raise, or lower to select landscape
editing tool type.  Height and Size adjust
The Tools effect on the landscape.  Click
on the landscape to edit
         
Key          Function
1            select Raise Landscape tool
2            select Lower Landscape tool
3            select Set Landscape tool
H            Adjust landscape tool Height
I            Adjust landscape tool Size
X            Re-texture Landscape
B            Set Budget
L            Set Water Level at the Height of the
      landscape at the mouse Curser
G            Set editing plane (grid) at the Height of
      the landscape at the mouse Curser
R            Move editing plane down
F           Move editing plane up
  
Object edit help
      
phases will set the number of phases
the level with have

Click addobj to select an object
Then Click to place the object
Select phases 1-8 to select which
phases the object will run in
      
Key      Function
0          Select An Object To Add
P          Set Number of Phases in Level
1-8          Set Phase for Object to be Active
Y          Add Waypoint for Selected Object
BKSPACE       Delete Last Object Waypoint
G          Set editing plane (grid) at the Height of
      the landscape at the mouse Curser
PGUP       Move Selected Object Up
PGDOWN       Move Selected Object Down
X          Rotate Selected Object
DEL          Delete Selected Object
    
Prop edit help

Click Propname to select an Prop Then click
Addprop, And Click On Landscape to place a
prop, when done placing right click to cancel
Addprop, then click on placed props to select
them for moving (pgup, pgdown) and rotating (X),
right click to unselect the prop
         
Key      Function
N          Select A Prop
P          Add A Prop
PGUP       Move Selected Prop Up
PGDOWN       Move Selected Prop Down
X          Rotate Selected Prop
DEL      Delete Selected Prop