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SECTION 4 - COMBAT SIMULATION MODULE

SECTION BRIEF - This section describes observing a simulation and analyzing the performance of your cybertank.

4.1 CSM FUNCTION AND LAYOUT

The first step in starting a simulation is to select the simulation design you want to use. All selected cybertanks and the battlefield MUST reside on the SAME disc (see Section 8 for information on how to copy data files from one disc to another).
Select START A SIMULATION from the SIMULATE menu. The File Retrieval Panel (FRP) is displayed with a list of simulation designs found on the current disc. Highlight the desired design and select the LORD button. You are transferred then to the Combat Simulation Module (CSM). After the OSI/CACD loads the cybertanks and battlefield, the simulation will begin.

4.2 GENERAL COMMANDS

At the start of the simulation, the Battlefield Display Area displays the cybertank selected as the “Primary Tank” in the center of the display area. To view the other cybertanks, use the Cybertank Selection Keys. The next cybertank is centered in the display area with the name of the cybertank displayed directly below the display area. If a crater or destroyed tank is displayed in the center of the area, then that cybertank has been destroyed.
To pause the action, press the PAUSE. Press it again to resume the simulation.
The SELECTION and PAUSE keys can be found in your OSI/CACD System 2 Reference Card.

4.3 THE INSTRUMENT PANELS

The right side instrument panel displays the gauges for a selected cybertank. The gauges are defined as follows:
F -Fuel level
I -Internal damage (Al Computer, Engine)
A -Armor damage
T -Tread damage
S -Scanner damage
W -Weapon damage
SL -Scanner Lock (off = unlocked; on = locked)
DS -Defense Shield (off = down; on = up)
LD -Listener Device (on = being scanned)
Directly to the left of the scanner lock LED is an indicator, known as the Cybertank Directional Indicator, that shows the direction the cybertank is facing and the direction the scanner is pointing (for specific details on the Cybertank Directional Indicator, refer your OSI/CACD System 2 Reference Card).
The instrument below the Cybertank Directional Indicator depicts what the scanner is “seeing” (for a complete description of the Cybertank Vision Indicator, see your OSI/CACD System 2 Reference Card).
The lower right of screen provides four categories of battle information. The categories are:
T -Total number of battles to be simulated
B -Number of battles previously fought
S -Number of successful battles
A -Number of active cybertanks remaining
When a battle is over, the results are recorded to disc. This running tabulation is retained as long as the specific simulation design exists.

4.4 OTHER OPTIONS

The options below are available from the Simulation menu:

Diagram 4.4 - SIMULATION Menu

  • RESTART SIMULATION is used to start the current simulation over again. All battles simulated and all cybertank victories are cleared.
     
  • SET NUMBER OF BATTLES is used to select the number of battles per simulation. If more than one battle is selected, the simulation automatically starts each successive battle. The simulation ends when all battles are completed.
     
  • POSITION CYBERTANKS is used to manually position the cybertanks in the simulation. You can move a cybertank to a new location or turn a cybertank to face a new direction. Select the large dot between the scroll arrows to toggle between POSITION and DIRECTION, then use the arrows for movement or rotation. Select Restart to begin the simulation using the new positions.
     
  • SATELLITE VIEW provides an overhead view of the battlefield as seen from the OSICOM I satellite. The entire battlefield is shown with the cybertanks appearing as flashing blips. When viewing the Satellite transmission, you can observe all the cybertanks’ actions. To exit the satellite view, press any key or click the mouse or joystick button.
     
  • DISPLAY CYBERTANK NUMBERS displays the cybertanks as numbers. The numbers correspond to those shown when the CSM loaded the cybertanks from your ID Disc at the beginning of the simulation. Select this option again to return to the normal cybertank view.
     
  • DISPLAY GRAPHICS is used to toggle the Battlefield Display Area on and off. When the Battlefield Display Area is off, the speed of the simulation is increased and the battle time is decreased.
     
  • SOUND ON is used to toggle your terminal’s speaker on and off. When the speaker is off, simulation speed increases.
     
  • SAVE SIMULATION is used to save a simulation in-progress. You can restart a saved simulation. Terminated cybertanks are not re-activated until the start of the next battle.
     
  • EXIT SIMULATION exits the CSM and transfers you back to the ECM.

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