Been getting Boom and Spit in inventory every time I encounter Purple Chompers (Poppers) and Purple Cudgels (Spitters), ever since they were introduced as best as I can tell. It's just that I haven't encountered them all that much since they were introduced into the RB because I was playing at 28 bases most of that time. Did get the occasion Purple Cudgel (Spitter) and did build up an inventory of Spit with 6.6 and 6.61. But never really encountered the Poppers and their NO ICON inventory all that much.
Sent Aralez and Cret a saved Tactical that makes BOOM and SPIT for me on my machine with RB6.7.
My Children's Windows ME machine no longer produces Folders, but this WinXP machine of mine does in great abundance, and I get Frozen Aliens with RB6.7 on both machines, so likewise, I can't see how that could be the source of the problem.
I don't know if my install CD of Windows ME erases the drive before proceeding. My children wouldn't be happy to have all their creations gone, but I probably should take the risk of losing it all in order to get back the Folder Options? But from past experience, I think I could just get them back by deleting Windows Accessories and restoring them one by one until I get the right one. WinME was always funky weird about Compressed Folders, cause it always allowed other programs to easily override the WinME default features. WinZip and other things will wipe the default WinME handling, and if you then uninstall WinZip, the compressed folders options are gone 'forever'. But I found that uninstalling and reinstalling Windows accessories on Drive Cleanup brought it all back to me when I got the right accessory. I think the Nero InCD wiped out the Folders of WinMe, cause InCD is a compression tactic. Just need to uninstall InCD and then find the right accessory to uninstall and restore, and hopefully the folders will be back. Not a drastic thing, cause that's what WinME just does naturally, defers its folder options to anything else that wants to take control. The joys of Windows ME.
I'll uninstall and reinstall UFO:AM on my WinXP machine. Don't know how that will help. I believe that all I have to do is go back to 6.61 of the RB, and suddenly my WinXP machine will be just fine for Rebalances, as it has been since February 2004.
The real potential problem is that my personal copy of UFO:AM could be incompatible with RB6.7 in some way that no other person's copy is, and in such a case uninstalling and reinstalling with the same scratched CD should probably produce the same results. I can't put as much time into it today, as I did yesterday. Gotta work and do stuff with family, so it will be awhile before my next tests.
Aralez, you describe the two new weapons as ingenious, brilliant, unique, and such, just a couple of days ago. Unique animation of explosion, unique icons. They sounded special or unusual to me.
There is a rumor going around that if the Effective Range is the same as the Aimed Range, then you could be looking at problems or bugs. Both ranges are 1 meter for the TNT. I could never figure out how to use the ALPine TNT without blowing myself up. While running towards the enemy in order to throw it or launch it, my person gets all shot up. And, if I do get it primed and tossed, my soldier is usually in the red and on the ground, and then then only one who dies from the TNT is the soldier carrying it. It had no range, so I could never figure out how to use it. And, I could never time it so that any enemy stepped on it.
When I had ALPine installed and was getting Frozen Aliens and Crashes long ago, I did have the WTD installed as a plugin, but I never got a WTD in any of my games, so I don't know as much about that one.
I just know, now, thanks to you that I really like the WTD.
Before uninstalling and reinstalling UFO:AM, I'll probably go back to 6.61 on this WinXP machine just to make sure that 6.61 is still working right without Frozen Aliens. Maybe start a new game profile with 6.61 and 115.zip and see how it goes, and see how the BOOM and SPIT build up in inventory and play out in the field.
It will take some time to try all the options and variables. Thanks for listening and for the ideas!