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When playing single player (haven't tested multiplayer) on random maps, heroes never spawn. I disabled all mods to be sure that wasn't the problem, and it happens with no mods, as well.

Does anybody know of a fix for this problem?
 

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The trivial solution would be this: you can set the number of Heroes that will spawn in the RMG. If that is set to 0, no Heroes will spawn. So you may want to check that.
 

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I suppose the trivial reply is: it's very easy to test for yourself and see that this problem ignores the max heroes setting ;)

That setting was the first thing I checked before I started disabling mods one by one. Then I looked at the old forums at the Triumph site and saw that somebody else posted this issue, but didn't post it here, so I did.

I also verified that heroes still spawn normally in scenarios. It does indeed appear only to be happening for random maps, which is unfortunately what I use most.

What I don't know is when this broke, since I haven't played aow3 for a while. It's hard to imagine that the recent patch introduced this bug, but that may well be the case.
 

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If it IS broke, it's broke with the latest patch - which I didn't install, because I read about some problems with it for GoG users, so I can't say anything with regard to the latest patch.

Otherwise, I never had this problem, and I play regularly, and random maps.
 

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Fascinating. I thought the latest patch was just adding all that cookie and information tracking business. I'll find the patch notes when I get home and see if there's anything else in there that might result in incidental gameplay changes.

Thanks for the information, Jolly Joker.
 

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Hello, I play with latest patch (Steam version) and I just tested a new random map (with all the usual mods I run): the initial hero appears as expected. I tested with a vanilla leader and a personnalized leader. I have the three DLCs installed.
 

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Interesting. Thanks, Rodmar, that's good to know. I'll take another pass at settings, and maybe uninstall/reinstall. I did already try verifying the integrity of the game files and that didn't work, so an uninstall may be the last option remaining.

I have also had crashes in the editor when trying to load the vanilla campaign files (after renaming them to *.sam), so it may be that there is some problem with my installation. I'll do some more testing this weekend and report back.

Edit: I forgot to mention that I wasn't able to find any notes for patch 1802.
 

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Update: Uninstalling and reinstalling the game has not changed the behavior. It remains broken for me: when playing on a random map, no hero spawns. I prefer to play on random maps, so this is a problem for me. If anybody has other suggestions, I'd be happy to try them.