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    0. - *Table of Contents*
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     0. Table of Contents....................................................(0.TC)
     1. Copyright/Distribution...............................................(1.TD)
     2. Update History.......................................................(2.UH)
     3. What is this guide?..................................................(3.WH)
     4. READ THIS Before Modding your Lobby..................................(4.RE)
     5. Lobby Optimizations..................................................(5.OP)
         A. Chat Message Extender............................................(A.CM)
         B. Locating Anonymous Users.........................................(B.LA)
         C. Changing Lobby Background Image..................................(C.BK)
         D. Fixing Game Name too Long Bug....................................(D.FG)
         E. Fixing Room Name too Long Bug....................................(E.FR)
         F. Joining pingless (RIP) Games.....................................(F.PI)
         G. Faster game load times...........................................(G.FA)
     6. Other Lobby Notes/References.........................................(6.RE)
     7. Credits..............................................................(7.CR)
    
    
     To jump to a section, press CTRL+F and type the code, such as 4.RE
    
    
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    1. - *Copyright/Distribution*
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                            ------------------------------
                                       Copyright
                            ------------------------------
    
    Copyright 2004 Oblivion.
    
    This document may not be modified in any way, shape or form unless consent by
    the author or for personal private use. The author reserves the right to
    totally 0wn j00 at Empire Earth and EE: Art of Conquest anytime under any
    circumstances.
    
    All trademarks and copyrights contained in this document are owned by their
    respective trademark and copyright holders.
    
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                                     Distribution
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    You can freely distribute the DOCUMENT, provided that:
     (a) you DO NOT charge, or ask for donations, for this.
     (b) you DO NOT distribute it with any other product, commercial or not.
     (c) ALL of the document are to be remained unmodified, and untouched. The
         document MUST remain in text form.
     (d) this document must NOT be used in any illegal activities of any kind.
    
    Warning: This document is protected by copyright law and international
    treaties.
    
    NOTE: Whenever I update the guide, it will ONLY be submitted to gamefaqs.com
          http://www.gamefaqs.com/features/recognition/49375.html
    
    
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    2. - *Update History*
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    0.00 - 22nd May 2006:                                                 (00.00kb)
    Started basic guide template, ideas, planning, contemplating, thinking,
    building, inventing, predicting, sleeping, mesmerizing, meditating etc.
    
    0.80 - 01st June 2006:                                                (24.20kb)
    Nearly everything planned on doing is complete. WONLobby File Explanations in
    section 6 needs finishing. Submitted to GameFAQs.com.
    
    1.00 - 13th October 2008:                                             (40.20kb)
    Weren't expecting an update so late, were you? Well, I dislike unfinished
    guides so just wanted to get this over and done with. Everything I planned on
    doing is done.
    
    New content:                           Improved/finished stuff:
     - E. Fixing Room Name too Long Bug     - The WONLObby File Explanations
     - G. Faster game load times            - B. Locating Anonymous Users
     - WONLobby.cfg Explanation in          - The entire guide, all optimized,
       section 6.                             spell-checked and polished up.
     - Color codes in section 6.
     - Search codes.
    
    Stuff I considered adding but didn't:
     - Explanation of all files in main Empire Earth folder. Didn't do this because
       it's not completely lobby related.
     - Explanations for files in Help, Icons, Images, Skin, and Sounds. Didn't do
       this because they are relatively straight forward to edit, unlike the
       configuration files.
    
    
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    3. - *What is this guide?*
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       *   *   *   *   *   *   *   *   *   *   *   *   *   *   *   *   *   *   *
     *   *   *   *   *   *   My secrets shall now be revealed!   *   *   *   *   *
       *   *   *   *   *   *   *   *   *   *   *   *   *   *   *   *   *   *   *
    
      This guide has been made to show people how to improve their lobby in
    numerous ways to ensure their experience online is as good as it can be. You
    spend a lot of time in the lobby as finding a game that suits you may take a
    very long time.
      This guide will show you how to edit basic lobby functions such as the
    chat limit, evading nuisance warnings, locating malicious users, customizing
    the lobby skin, sounds, buttons and so on. Some believe that the lobby has some
    bugs, this will try and eliminate them, I believe was not thoroughly tested.
      As you are editing minor client side files, you won't be affecting any other
    users in anyway at all.
    
    This guide also gives you the directories to the expansion pack too.
    
    Ensure you check section 3. READ Before Modding your Lobby.
    
    
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    4. - *READ THIS before Modding your Lobby*
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    This guide only demonstrates how to edit the main WON-Lobby files in notepad
    and image files, none of which are archived, read-only'd, compressed,
    protected, password-protected, hidden or encrypted in anyway. Nor does it
    provide any links (URLs) to programs which may assist in editing files.
    
    File Types shown how to Modify: .cfg .tga .txt
    
    This guide does NOT demonstrate how to edit executable files (exe) or direct
    link libraries (dll) or any other files. These are program files which you are
    NOT permitted to be modified as written in the agreement upon installation of
    the game.
    
    Legal:
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    Neither Oblivion, its parent, subsidiaries or affiliates shall be liable in any
    way for loss or damage of any kind resulting from the use of the document
    including, but not limited to, loss of goodwill, work stoppage, computer
    failure or malfunction, or any and all other commercial damages or losses.
    
    Disclaimer of warranty. The document is provided "as is" without warranty of
    any kind. To the maximum extent permitted by applicable law, Oblivion disclaims
    all warranties, expressed or implied, including, but not limited to, any
    implied warranties of performance,  merchantability, fitness for a particular
    purpose, and no infringement. To the maximum extent permitted by applicable
    law, in no event shall oblivion be liable for any direct, indirect,
    consequential or incidental damages (including, but not limited to, damages for
    loss of business profits, business interruption or loss of business
    information) arising out of the use of or inability to use the software, even
    if the author has been advised of the possibility of such damages.
    
     .--------------------------------------------------------------------------.
     |So the bottom line is, use the information in this guide at your own risk!|
     `--------------------------------------------------------------------------`
    
    If you do have any problems, either undo what you've done by either replacing
    your modified file with the original, or reinstall the game.
    
    > > > > > > > > > PLEASE MAKE BACKUPS OF ANY FILES YOU MODIFY! < < < < < < < <
                            This will not be repeated again.
    
    
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    5. - *Lobby Optimizations?*
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     Before doing any of these, please make backup copy of your WONLobby Resources
     folder.
     C:\Sierra\Empire Earth\Data\WONLobby Resources
     C:\Sierra\Empire Earth - The Art of Conquest\Data\WONLobby Resources
    
     If you are seriously worried about the stability of your game, make a copy of
     your entire Sierra folder or hard disk.
    
    
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     A. Chat Message Extender                                                (A.CM)
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    Increases your character limit in the lobby from 256 to 495.
    
      Why? Well you actually have less than 256, because commands and any users you
    whisper fills up the chat box too. So pasting news articles, clan related news,
    jokes, strategy's, tips, hints, ASCII art and other things can be very limited.
    
     i)   Open up your WONLobby Resources folder.
          C:\Sierra\Empire Earth\Data\WONLobby Resources
          C:\Sierra\Empire Earth - The Art of Conquest\Data\WONLobby Resources
    
    ii)   Find the file called ChatCtrl.cfg, and open it with Notepad.
    
    iii)  In the file, find the part which looks like this:
    
     InputBox ChatInput
    {
           	MaxInputHistory: 100
     	MaxChars: 256
    	RequestFocus: true
    }
    
    iv)   Once you have found that part, delete the 256, and replace it with 495.
          Making it higher won't make any difference and may cause your lobby to be
          unstable and glitchy. But feel free to experiment.
    
    v)    Once you have typed it in, that part of the file should now look like
          this:
    
     InputBox ChatInput
    {
    	MaxInputHistory: 100
    	MaxChars: 495
    	RequestFocus: true
    }
    
    vi)   When you've done that, click File > Save or press Ctrl + S.
    
          Restart game.
    
    
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     B. Locating Anonymous Users                                             (B.LA)
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    Enables you to locate users in Anonymous Mode.
    
      Why? Many malicious users and people that don't like being followed are often
    in this mode. Doing this simply allows you to find out which room and game
    they're located in. Some users even click the anonymous box not knowing what it
    does.
    
     i)   Open up your WONLobby Resources folder.
          C:\Sierra\Empire Earth\Data\WONLobby Resources
          C:\Sierra\Empire Earth - The Art of Conquest\Data\WONLobby Resources
    
    ii)   Find the file called _LobbyResource.cfg, and open it with Notepad.
          (DON'T OPEN _LobbyResourceOrig.cfg by mistake!)
    
    iii)  In the file, find the line which looks like this:
    
    CodeString: ClientIsAnonymous        "<l1> <c9>is currently in anonymous mode."
    
          When you've found it, you must edit the part in "quotes".
    
         "<l1> <c9>is currently in anonymous mode."
    
          Replace with:
    
         "<l1> <c9>is currently in anonymous mode. <c5>| Room: <l3> | Game: <l2> |"
    
          Copy and paste it if you want.
    
    vi)   When you've done that, click File > Save. Or press Ctrl + S.
    
          Restart game.
    
          To check if it's worked, go into anonymous mode and add yourself to
          friends. Then go to friends list and double click your name. Your details
          should show be displayed differently if you have done it correctly.
    
          If the user is not in a room or game, it will simply show a blank space
          where the name would normally go.
    
    
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     C. Changing Lobby Background Image                                      (C.BK)
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    This shows you how to change the boring background of your lobby which you have
    to stare at every hour while your in the lobby, yawn!
    
    i)    Find an image that is the same resolution as your monitor.
          Your resolution is most likely to be 1024x768, but some people have
          800x600 resolution and 1280x1024 resolution.
    
          You should choose a darkish image, maybe space themed, or underwater
          themed. If you have anything bright it may make reading text in your
          lobby more difficult.
    
          Preferably search the web for an image you want.
    
    ii)   When you've found your wallpaper, save it somewhere where you'll remember
          it.
    
    iii)  Navigate to folder:
        C:\Sierra\Empire Earth\Data\WONLobby Resources\Images
        C:\Sierra\Empire Earth - The Art of Conquest\Data\WONLobby Resources\Images
    
          For Empire Earth:
          Rename 'bkg_german.jpg' to something else like, 'OLDbkg_german.jpg'.
    
          For Empire Earth: The Art of Conquest:
          Rename 'bkg_fleet.jpg' to something else like 'OLDbkg_fleet.jpg'.
    
    iv)   Move your saved Wallpaper that you downloaded from the web into the
          folder where you just renamed that file.
    
    v)    When your wallpaper is in the folder, rename it to:
          bkg_german.jpg (if your modding Empire Earth)
          bkg_fleet.jpg  (if your modding Empire Earth: The Art of Conquest)
    
          Restart game.
    
    
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     D. Fixing Game Name too Long Bug                                        (D.FG)
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      Ah, so what's this bug? It's difficult to explain, if you don't ever host
    games then this fix is probably a bit pointless for you. When you choose a name
    for your game while hosting, if it's too long you get an error saying blah blah
    game name too long, why didn't they just limit the box to the length you're
    allowed? I don't know.. but this is what this fix does, prevents that message
    from showing by reducing the maximum amount of characters you can input in the
    game name box.
    
     i)   Open up your WONLobby Resources folder.
          C:\Sierra\Empire Earth\Data\WONLobby Resources
          C:\Sierra\Empire Earth - The Art of Conquest\Data\WONLobby Resources
    
     ii)  Find the file called CreateGameDialog.cfg, and open it with Notepad.
    
    iii)  In the file, find the part which looks like this:
    
    	WONInputBox GameNameInput
    	{
    		MaxChars: 80
    		RequestFocus: true
    		MapComponent: parent.parent
    	}
    
          It's at the top of the file. Change MaxChars: 80 to MaxChars: 40.
    
          So it should now look like this:
    
    	WONInputBox GameNameInput
    	{
    		MaxChars: 40
    		RequestFocus: true
    		MapComponent: parent.parent
    	}
    
    vi)   When you've done that, click File > Save. Or press Ctrl + S.
    
          Restart game.
    
    
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     E. Fixing Room Name too Long Bug                                        (E.FR)
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      This is the same as the Game name too long fix, but applies to the room name
    instead. So you don't get the room name is too long error message.
    
    
     i)   Open up your WONLobby Resources folder.
          C:\Sierra\Empire Earth\Data\WONLobby Resources
          C:\Sierra\Empire Earth - The Art of Conquest\Data\WONLobby Resources
    
     ii)  Find the file called CreateRoomDialog.cfg, and open it with Notepad.
    
    iii)  In the file, find the part which looks like this:
    
    	WONInputBox RoomNameInput
    	{
    		MaxChars: 80
    		MapComponent: parent.parent
    		SizeAtLeast: 120,0
    	}
    
          It's at the top of the file. Change MaxChars: 80 to MaxChars: 40.
    
          So it should now look like this:
    
    	WONInputBox GameNameInput
    	{
    		MaxChars: 40
    		RequestFocus: true
    		MapComponent: parent.parent
    	}
    
    vi)   When you've done that, click File > Save. Or press Ctrl + S.
    
          Restart game.
    
    
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     F. Joining pingless (RIP) Games                                         (F.PI)
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    
      This allows you to enter games which have no ping, or as you'll probably
    know, has a RIP grave stone as the ping instead. Why you ask? Well many people
    host games saying they are away, but can't have messages left for them because
    nobody can join their game. :-( So doing this will allow you to leave messages
    in anyone's AFK game! :-)
    
     i)   Open up your Main Empire Earth folder (or EE:AoC folder).
          C:\Sierra\Empire Earth
          C:\Sierra\Empire Earth - The Art of Conquest
    
    ii)   Find the file called WONLobby.cfg, and open it with Notepad.
    
    
    iii)  Go down to the line where it says
    
          AllowJoinGameWithoutPing: false  // new
    
          It's near the bottom of list.
    
          Delete false and replace it with true, so it should look like this:
    
          AllowJoinGameWithoutPing: true  // new
    
    vi)   When you've done that, click File > Save. Or press Ctrl + S.
    
          Restart game.
    
    NOTE: I don't know what the other options do, but feel free to experiment.
    
    
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     G. Faster game load times                                               (G.FA)
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    Not exactly lobby related, but this trick causes the game to skip the
    introduction sequence.
    
         Approximate normal boot time: 20 seconds
    Approximate boot time after trick: 13 seconds (for EE1)
    
    This is a lot of time considering how many times you boot up your game, plus
    you don't need to press the buttons to skip the intro sequences every time.
    
     i)   Open up the movies directory, where the directory where the games movie
          files are stored.
          C:\Sierra\Empire Earth\Data\Movies
          C:\Sierra\Empire Earth - The Art of Conquest\Data\Movies
    
    ii)   You should now see a list of movie files such as Empire Earth.bik and
          Sierra.bik . Rename them all so Empire Earth.bik is called
          AEmpire Earth.bik .
    
          Now when the game loads, it will simply not find them and will carry on
          as normal.
    
          Apart from reinstalling the game completely, you should also delete files
          you don't need, such as saves games, screenshots, out of sync logs
          (OOS YYYY.MM.DD - XXh.XXm.XXs) and consider clearing out your wonuser
          files which store information on the usernames you have created. This
          will save your hard disk space.
    
    
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    6. - *Other Lobby Notes/References for Modding Purposes*
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    This section will give you extra information about the lobby, whether you want
    to experiment with it or try modding yourself.
    
     - The file _LobbyResourceOrig.cfg is obsolete and appears to be an older
       version of _LobbyResource.cfg.
    
     - The largest cfg file in WONLobby Resources folder is _LobbyResource.cfg
       The smallest cfg file in WONLobby Resources folder is LoginHelpCtrl.cfg
    
    
       -------------                      -----------------------
       Game Commands  _LobbyResource.cfg  Admin/Host/Captain Only
       -------------   ChatCommandLogic   -----------------------
       /?                                 /alert
       /afk                               /ban
       /away                              /invite
       /block                             /mod
       /clear                             /mute
       /clr                               /sban
       /cls                               /smute
       /e                                 /sunban
       /em                                /sunmute
       /emote                             /unban
       /h                                 /uninvite
       /help
       /i
       /ignore                  ,.................................................,
       /me                      | To learn the function of each of these commands |
       /r                       | type /help in-game. For additional technical    |
       /t                       | information on all available commands, open the |
       /team                    | file _LobbyResource.cfg and read the            |
       /tell                    | ChatCommandLogic section.                       |
       /w                       '''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''
       /warn
       /whisper
    
    
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    WONLobby.cfg Explanation
    ------------------------
    
    This file is in the main Empire Earth folder and configures the multiplayer
    function.
    
    
    Language: EN                                // The language code of the game.
                                                   German installations will be DE
    ProductName: EmpireEarth                    // Game name.
    ProductDirectory: /EmpireEarth              // Game directory.
    DirServer: empireearth.m1.sierra.com:15101, empireearth.m2.sierra.com:15101,
               empireearth.m3.sierra.com:15101  // These are the multiplayer
                                                   servers the game will attempt to
                                                   connect to, and port.
    ResourceDirectory: Data/WONLobby Resources  // Where it searches for the lobby
                                                   configuration files.
    LanBroadcastPort: 8585                      // The port your game uses to
                                                   broadcast hosting information.
    EEFileTransferPort: 33335                   // new, The port the game uses to
                                                   transfer files such as saved
                                                   games to other users.
    LobbyPort: 33336                            // new, The port which is used to
                                                   connect to the lobby.
    UseLocalIP: false                           // was true, Unknown at this time.
    NoPingInProgress: true                      // If the game pings games in
                                                   progress or not.
    CDKeyCheck: true                            // was false, Checks the cd key is
                                                   legitimate.
    CRCCheck: true                              // Unknown.
    CheckForInternet: true                      // Unknown.
    Public: false                               // Unknown.
    AllowDuplicateNames: false                  // Allows duplicate usernames to
                                                   join your game.
    AppendNumberToDefaultLanName: true	    // was false, Unknown at this time.
    AllowJoinGameWithoutPing: false             // new, Allows user to join games
                                                   whether or not they have a ping.
                                                // Include version file
    IncludeFile: "zzWONVersion.cfg"             // Where a version number is
                                                   stored.
    
    
    Empire Earth: Art of Conquest expansion slightly differs, but the fields and
    options are the same. The default file is provided here purely for educational
    and referencing purposes.
    
    
    Language: EN
    ProductName: EEAOC
    ProductDirectory: /EEAOC
    DirServer: eeaoc.m1.sierra.com:15106, eeaoc.m2.sierra.com:15106,
               eeaoc.m3.sierra.com:15106
    ResourceDirectory: Data/WONLobby Resources
    LanBroadcastPort: 8585
    EEFileTransferPort: 33335
    LobbyPort: 33336
    UseLocalIP: false
    NoPingInProgress: false
    CDKeyCheck: true
    CRCCheck: false
    CheckForInternet: true
    Public: false
    AllowDuplicateNames: false
    AppendNumberToDefaultLanName: true
    AllowJoinGameWithoutPing: true
    // Include version file
    IncludeFile: "zzWONVersion.cfg"
    
    
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    WONLObby File Explanations
    --------------------------
    
    This section lists all the main lobby configuration files and a brief
    description about what each one does. Helpful if you are looking for a
    particular part of the lobby to modify. Many of the names are self explanatory
    but some are not as obvious. If you are looking for something in particular,
    then use CTRL+F to search for it.
    
     _GameMaster.cfg
    This file tells the game which files to run when loading the lobby.
    
     _GameResource.cfg
    This file tells the game which font type to use for the lobby, it also tells
    the game about where the sounds and images are. There's also some other stuff
    too that I'm not sure on.
    
     _LobbyMaster.cfg
    This file is a large version of _GameMaster.cfg telling the lobby all the file
    names of the dialog control files.
    
     _LobbyResource.cfg
    This is a major part of the lobby, the biggest file in the folder. Things like
    commands, responses, warning, filenames are kept here. This file is modified
    in section B. Locating Anonymous Users.
    
     _LobbyResourceOrig.cfg
    This is an older version of _LobbyResource.cfg, it may be deleted as it isn't
    actually used.
    
     _LobbySkin.cfg
    Quite a large file, similar to ColorScheme.cfg, this file tells the game the
    colours of some fonts in the game and some other things.
    
     _WONStatus.cfg
    These are all the responses you can get while trying to login, things like
    Your CD key is already in use, you are begind a firewall etc (yes they spelt
    behind incorrectly!)
    
     AddFriendDialog.cfg
    This is the dialog which opens when you click Add Friend button at the bottom
    right of the lobby under the Friends tab.
    
     AdminActionDialog.cfg
    This is the details on the admin dialog for admins. Unless you have
    proper access you'll never be able to see this dialog.
    
     BadUserDialog.cfg
    This dialog shows a list of users you've banned from your server or game. It
    can be accessed via the command /unban.
    
     ChatCtrl.cfg
    This controls chat limit, the layout of the chat box and how the game
    deals with text. This file is modified in section A. Double Chat Character
    Limit.
    
     ChooseNetworkAdapterDialog.cfg
    This is the dialog which is displayed when you click the Choose Network Adapter
    button under the options tab.
    
     ColorScheme.cfg
    This is what it says it is, the colour scheme of the lobby. You can change the
    colour of things like text, chat messages borders, lines, scrollbars and most
    of the lobby skin. All colours are in html hex format.
    
     CommonOptions.cfg
    This controls the dialog where your IPs and firewall status is shown. It also
    contains the connection speed options, show banner option and several other
    things.
    
     CreateAccountCtrl.cfg
    This contains all the properties of the create a new account section, things
    such as maxmimum characters for username/password/email allowed in the box,
    also the date of birth formats, create button, and font colors of each box.
    
     CreateGameDialog.cfg
    This file contains information regarding the dialog that appears when you click
    Host Game button. It is modified in D. Fixing Game Name too Long Bug section.
    
     CreateRoomDialog.cfg
    This file contains information regarding the dialog that appears when you click
    Create Room button. It is modified in E. Fixing Room Name too Long Bug section.
    
     CreditsDialog.cfg
    This file contains all the peoples names who made the lobby, it shows in a
    dialog box after pressing the Credits button, I don't where this is or if it
    was even added. With a bit of hacking, you could probably get the dialog box to
    show somewhere else. Here is the list of people in the file for your
    convenience and recognition of their work.
    
           Management        Lead Architect and Developer        Sierra Management
           Mike Nicolino     Brian Rothstein                     Rich Robinson
           Ross Perez                                            Mike Ryder
    
                      Software Development   Network Administration
                      Bill Dewey             Pat Callahan
                      Brent La Point         Jeff Routledge
                      Mike Nicolino
                      Darren Robinson
                      Brian Rothstein
                      Brendan Vanous
                      Dean Webster
    
     DirectConnectCtrl.cfg
    The direct connect tab properties such as which buttons it has and the Add and
    Remove game buttons.
    
     DirectConnectDialog.cfg
    Contains buttons to host game, or add game via IP address also has cancel
    button. All of this under the direct connect tab.
    
     EELobbyConnectDialog.cfg
    No idea what this is. But it has a cancel button and a list box.
    
     EELobbyFileDialog.cfg
    The file dialog when you want to load a saved game, has load, delete and cancel
    button.
    
     FriendsListCtrl.cfg
    Contains friends list properties such as Add and Remove button.
    
     GameBrowserCtrl.cfg
    This contains the buttons for the internet browser which is under Help and
    Community in game such as Home, Back, Forward, Forward, Stop and so on.
    
     GameOptionsCtrl.cfg
    This contains all the formatting and properties of the game options, such as
    map type, map size, start and end epochs, resource type and so on. So is quite
    a large file.
    
     GameStagingCtrl.cfg
    This contains all the formatting for the in-game chat and user list of who is
    in the game. Start game button, leave button and dissolve game are here.
    
     GameStagingTabs.cfg
    Contains the tabs which are shown when you are in-game, such as team only chat.
    
     GameUserListCtrl.cfg
    Contains the user list, including the kick and ban button.
    
     GenericDialog.cfg
    The property of the dialog used to display messages amongst other things.
    
     GettingStartedCtrl.cfg
    The getting started tab properties such as the font size and some other
    buttons.
    
     InitFailedCtrl.cfg
    Init is short for initialization, which checks if the online servers are
    available. Contains ignore and retry buttons if no internet connection is
    found.
    
     InternetGameStagingCtrl.cfg
    Links together and sets the size
    
     InternetOptions.cfg
    Contains options such as word filter, anonymous mode and so on.
    
     InternetQuickplay.cfg
    This is details on the tab Quick Play when you login. The screen which has
    Welcome to blah blah online <yourname> and has some buttons in the middle.
    The screen which shows straight after you login by default.
    
     InternetScreen.cfg
    Links together all the main internet tabs.
    
     LANNameDialog.cfg
    Allows input of a name.
    
     LanOptions.cfg
    These are the options under Other Multiplayer > Options tab. Very similar
    to internet options tab. Contains all formatting and properties of each
    option.
    
     LANPortDialog.cfg
    Something to do with LAN ports, contains ok and cancel button.
    
     LanScreen.cfg
    Links tabs together.
    
     LoginCtrl.cfg
    Formatting and properties of logging in, contains log in button and create
    account button.
    
     LoginHelpCtrl.cfg
    Links to file MOTDCtrl.cfg
    
     LoginScreen.cfg
    Contains all the properties of the login box.
    
     LoginStatusCtrl.cfg
    Something to do with logging in, contains back button and LAN.
    
     LostPasswordCtrl.cfg
    The properties for the input box for your email such as maximum amount of
    characters allowed. Includes retrieve button.
    
     LostUserNameCtrl.cfg
    The properties for the input box for your username such as maximum amount of
    characters allowed. Includes retrieve button.
    
     MainInternetTab.cfg
    Contains all the links which bring together the main lobby such as chat
    control, user list and server list.
    
     MainLanTab.cfg
    A small file which links some LAN files together and puts the background on the
    LAN tab.
    
     MOTDCtrl.cfg
    Message Of The Day info, this file contains information about that box next to
    the username login which says is stored in the text file:
    C:\Sierra\Empire Earth\_wonEmpireEarthmotd.txt
    C:\Sierra\Empire Earth - The Art of Conquest\_wonEmpireEarthmotd.txt
    It checks for a new message every time you enter multiplayer.
    It usually says something like "Welcome to Empire Earth" and advertises other
    products that will interest Empire Earth players. It rarely changes. At one
    time it said:
    "Welcome to Empire Earth! ***EMPIRE EARTH 2 NOW AVAILABLE*** Empire Earth II,
    PC Gamer's "NewKing of Real-Time Strategy," is now available. Learn more at
    http://www.empireearth2.com"
    At the time of writing, it says:
    "Welcome to Empire Earth!
    ***EMPIRE EARTH 3 IS AVAILABLE NOW***
    Experience the new World Domination Mode, new maps, unique factions, and
    stunning graphics.
    Visit EmpireEarth3.com."
    
     OkCancelDialog.cfg
    A default dialog box used for messages, has buttons OK and Cancel.
    
     PasswordDialog.cfg
    The password dialog which shows when you attempt to enter a password protected
    game, contains formatting and maximum characters allowed.
    
     PlayerOptionsCtrl.cfg
    This contains properties about the player in the game, such as the slots, color
    team, slot open/close/computer properties and so on.
    
     RoomCtrl.cfg
    Contains the change room dialog box which displays all servers and rooms
    available. Also has Join Room, Create Room and Cancel button listed here.
    
     RoomDialog.cfg
    Contains the size of the change room dialog which is related to RoomCtrl.cfg.
    
     RoomLabelCtrl.cfg
    A tiny file which contains the formatting of the game name.
    
     RootScreen.cfg
    This contains properties of the front overlay of the lobby, such as the Sierra
    logo and advertisement banner. Root in computer terms usually means top access.
    
     ServerListCtrl.cfg
    This contains a lot of formatting for the server list such as the filters for
    skill level.
    
     ServerListCustomHeader.cfg
    A small file which contains the column names and order of them, like starting
    epoch and map type.
    
     StatusDialog.cfg
    This contains the properties of the box which has the cancel button in it, it
    is used to show the user that the program is connecting. Things like height and
    button placement are in it
    
     TOUDialog.cfg
    Terms Of Use dialog, that box that pops up where you must click Agree or
    Disagree. It displays the text of what ever is in this text file:
    C:\Sierra\Empire Earth\_wonsystou.txt
    C:\Sierra\Empire Earth - The Art of Conquest\_wonsystou.txt
    
     UpdateAccountCtrl.cfg
    Contains the properties for the update account section, such as maximum
    characters allowed, the query and update button. It's found under the options
    tab. Update account control is used for changing the password of an account and
    contact details.
    
     UserListCtrl.cfg
    This has properties for the list of users box, and the Whisper and Ignore
    button below. And scrollbar option.
    
     UserListTabCtrl.cfg
    A small file which sets the minimum width the list of users can be including
    the friends list.
    
     vssver.scc
    I have no idea what this tiny 1kb file is, maybe something security related
    which is encrypted. It's the only .scc file in the folder.
    Here's a link for .scc file type info -
    http://filext.com/detaillist.php?extdetail=scc&Search=Search
    This may be the file http://support.microsoft.com/kb/195024 but I cannot
    confirm this.
    
    63 items listed in total.
    
    
    -----------
    COLOR CODES
    -----------
    
    <c1>DEFAULT<c2>USER<c3>WHISPER<c4>EMOTE<c5>WARN<c6>ERROR<c7>HEP<c8>GROUP<c9>MSG
    
    Now open _LobbyResource.cfg and paste this into the quotes of:
    
    CodeString: HelpHelp     "<c5>  /? (or /h or /help) :<c7>  Displays this help."
    
    Now when you are in the lobby, type /help and it will show you all the possible
    text colors of chat, useful if your are skinning.
    
    
    ===============================================================================
                                                                             (7.CR)
    7. - *Credits*
    ===============================================================================
    
                                        Me - creating the guide
                   Stainless Steel Studios - creating Empire Earth
                          Mad Doc Software - creating Empire Earth expansion pack
                                    Sierra - publishing Empire Earth+expansion pack
                              Rick Goodman - playing a major part in EE's creation
                           "CJayC/SBAllen" - having this guide on GameFAQS
                                "Calogero" - Helping me mod the EE/AoC lobby
                                   "Linux" - Helping me mod the EE/AoC lobby
                          "Vento Di Morte" - Helping me mod the EE/AoC lobby
    
                            Programmers of the Lobby itself
           Management        Lead Architect and Developer        Sierra Management
           Mike Nicolino     Brian Rothstein                     Rich Robinson
           Ross Perez                                            Mike Ryder
    
                      Software Development   Network Administration
                      Bill Dewey             Pat Callahan
                      Brent La Point         Jeff Routledge
                      Mike Nicolino
                      Darren Robinson
                      Brian Rothstein
                      Brendan Vanous
                      Dean Webster