- For a general introduction to the modification, its concepts, and the the team behind it see Operation Market Garden.
- For a complete walk through of OMG's features see OMG & You.
The Getting Started guide is to help you, the reader, setup Operation Market Garden. It assumes you've just discovered OMG, have never seen anything like it before, and have no idea where to begin. It will walk you through the basics, step by step, of registering, installing, and managing OMG with picture aids.
Operation Market Garden is a persistent and a multiplayer only modification for Company of Heroes. This means that your units stick with you throughout your battles. To manage your troops throughout the persistent war we've made an easy to use website and web based interface called the War Control Panel. We've also developed a quick and simple Updater that will install the modification, keep it up to date, and run it.
If you have trouble at any time or just want to chat about the modification feel free to hop on TeamSpeak 3 and anyone with a star icon will assist you.
If you haven't already, make a forum account on the front page of the website. You need this account to play a game and access your company. In the upper right hand corner of the screen you will see a Register link. Click on that.
Fill out the information. When finished make sure to read the terms of service and choose "I Agree" and then click register. Once you have done this you need to go to the email address you entered and verify your email account.
Please note that your user name in the account you just registered is for the forum only. It does not need to match your relic online profile name. For example, the OMG user "Chaos" has his TeamSpeak 3 name as Chaos, his forum name as Chaos, but his Relic Online name is Terralegion. We'll talk more about your Relic Online name in the War CP section.
After you've done this you can to the navigation bar on the page and click profile, setting up your forum profile, and diving headlong into pool that is the OMG forums.
This is currently only accessible on Firefox. In order to play you need use that browser. We're working on a new version to make it compatible with other browsers.
You can get to the War Control panel to register by clicking the link in the navigation bar. Once you've opened the War CP click register. You've already registered an account for the website/forums. This registration is for your OMG company. Once you've clicked register you'll see three new things. The first is your choice of the four factions. The second is which of the three doctrines in that faction you'll want to play as. Pick whichever one you think you'll enjoy the most.
This next part is crucial. If you don't do it correctly you'll have to remake/register your company, which is a pain if you finish just to find out that a simple error caused you quite a hassle. ENTER YOUR RELIC PROFILE NAME EXACTLY(!) AS IT IS ON RELIC ONLINE. It is case sensitive. For example, my relic online name is Doink9731, so I enter it as Doink9731, not doink9731, not dOINK9731, not DOINK9731, but exactly as it is on Relic Online. If my name was zOiDbErG123 I would enter it as zOiDbErG123. If you make a mistake you will have to migrate your company. Do not delete it. You will run afoul of the multiple account IP block and a developer will have to assist you.
Please note that the name you give your OMG company name does not have to match your Relic Online Profile name.
You can also view how many people are in each faction in the box called "Company Count". This will give you an idea of what you may want to play as an imbalance in the faction populations can make it harder to get games.
Also, make sure you check boxes for only the games that you own. Checking additional boxes for games that you do not own will not allow you to play content from those games. Failing to check boxes for games that you do own will not allow you to play with your unlocked units. This is not a trust based system as the Mod itself, not the website, will detect what you do and do not own and act accordingly.
Click confirm if your information is correct. If it is incorrect you'll need to start the registration over.
Setting Up Your Company
After you've registered you'll see the WarCP Navigation Page. You can now see the WAR Company you just registered and five FUN account slots you can use for trying out strategies, trying other factions, or just messing around. However, we'll continue with you main company, your WAR company, for the time being.
Click "Take to Battle!". This next page, the War Room, contains the War Map, Momentum Meter, and more War CP Navigation links. The Momentum Meter and the War Map reflect the persistent war and how the players wins and losses effect your factions war effort.
Click on "Inspect the Troops". This page allows you to manage the many facets of your company and tailor it to your liking.
Near the top of the page is a listing of available units. This is your unit pool and deals with Availability. You don't need to worry about that currently, but Availability is an OMG system that helps prevent players from spamming units.
Below that is information showing the total population of your company and the number of resources remaining for you to spend. Further down are the units available for purchase. In this there are unit icons which are used for buying units and contain cost information as well. The shop box contains the unit upgrades that are purchasable.
To create your company click your desired unit's icon and drag it into one of the boxes. Each box is one call in or platoon. There are eight boxes per tab labeled "Core", "Assault", "Infantry", "Armour", "Anti-Armour", and "Support". Use these to help organize your company. The unassigned squads box is a non-platoon box where you can place units to transfer them between tabs. In the right hand corner of the platoon box you'll see the total population of the platoon. A good initial call in platoon for the beginning of the game will have 25 population and the minimum you need is eight. If you don't fall into this range then the platoon will turn red and you won't be able to save your company. Be sure to spend all of your resources as there is no benefit to not doing so.
Be sure to read the deployment article if you don't know what different deployments are available to you.
Finally, click "Save Changes" to save the changes you made to your company. Make sure it says your company saved in the lime green bar that pops up. If it doesn't try clicking "Save Changes" again.
You have now finished setting up your company.
Setting Up OMG On Your PC
You can get your OMG Updater here. It will install OMG on your computer as well as keeping the modification up to date. All you need to do is save it to your Company of Heroes folder and create a shortcut to the desktop.
To run the updater you'll need the .NET Framework 4.0. If you have trouble initializing the updater that probably means you don't have the .NET Framework.
The picture to your right has been conveniently labeled.
- "Auto", check this if you want to auto-start the game after the battle file is downloaded, uncheck it if you don't want the game to auto-start.
- Status, if this writes something like 53 files to update you have either been away from this game for a very long time, or the updater is probably downloading the files to the wrong folder. Proceed to number five if you think this is the case.
- Once the updating is done, type in the battle file id in the field, and press "download". You'll get your battle number from the War CP once your game has filled up.
- When the files on your drive has been compared to the files on the server, you press this one to update the local files (if needed).
- The updater should auto-discover where your game folder is, but if you have problems use this button to manually set the correct folder. You need to select your Company of Heroes, not the OMGmod folder.
Vista Users: You need to run OMG in administrator mode. Not doing so will cause your computer not to interpret the battle files and as a result you won't be able to play games. To do so right click on the Updater desktop icon and select "Run as administrator".
In order to join games you need to go back to the War Room and click on the link called "Briefing Room". Here is where you can join games with other players. It has chat box to talk to other users, a list of users in the Briefing Room, and a list of available games. Getting on our TeamSpeak 3 server will make this entire process and playing the game easier and it is highly recommended, but not required.
You can either create a game on the left side of the screen or join a listed battle on the bottom. Once the game is full you click on the Red "R" next to your name to ready up and it will turn green to symbolize you're ready to go. You can leave by clicking the door. If you created the game the boot is for if you want to kick a member from your game. Once everyone is ready you enter the Battle Number into the OMGUpdater to download the battle file. Once it is downloaded the game will automatically launch (unless you unchecked auto on the Updater) and you can look for it in the multiplayer screen like any normal Company of Heroes Game.
- For help at any time get on TeamSpeak 3 and a user with a star icon should be able to help you with your problem.
- Guides on the Wiki.