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SECTION 5 - REVISITING THE SIMULATION

SECTION BRIEF - This section revisits the Simulation Design Module (SDM) and discusses additional features of the Combat Simulation Module (CSM)

5.1 MORE ABOUT THE CYBERTANK SIMULATION

Now that you have a new cybertank, BETA, you need to design a new simulation that includes it.

5.1.1 Deleting the Old Simulation Design

Simulation designs which are no longer needed can be removed from a disc to conserve space. You will not be using ALPHASIM anymore, so remove it by selecting DELETE A SIMULATION DESIGN from the SIMULATE menu. The File Termination Panel (FTP) appears. It is very similar to the File Retrieval Panel. Select ALPHASIM in the usual way and select the Delete button.

5.1.2 Designing the New Simulation

To begin your new simulation design, select DESIGN A SIMULATION from the SIMULATION menu. Make the following selections. (If you need a review, refer back to Section 3.2).

PRIMARY TANK
BETA

OTHER TANKS
ALPHA
VIPER

BATTLEFIELD
HOUSTON

Select SAVE SIMULATION DESIGN from the DESIGN menu. Save the simulation under the name BETASIM. You are automatically transferred to the ECM.

5.2 RUNNING THE SIMULATOR

To begin the simulation, select START R SIMULATION from the SIMULATE menu. The File Retrieval Panel (FRP) appears. Select the BETASIM simulation to be processed. Once the cybertanks (BETA, ALPHA, and VIPER), and battlefield are loaded, you are transferred to the CSM and the simulation begins.

5.2.1 The Instrument Panel

The fuel and damage indicators have already been discussed. Several other instruments and lights also appear on the instrument panel.
SL -Scanner Lock. This LED turns on when the cybertank locks its scanner onto an object or enemy cybertank.
DS -Defense Shield. This LED turns on when the cybertank raises its shield. It is off when the cybertank has its shield lowered.
LD -Listener Device. This LED turns on when an enemy cybertank has locked its scanner onto the cybertank.
The three lights above are used only when the cybertank is equipped with specific special items. If the cybertank is not equipped with the items, the lights are inactive.
Also on the instrument panel is the Cybertank Directional Indicator (CDI). This indicator is directly left of the three lights. It indicates which direction the cybertank Is currently facing, and in which direction the scanner is currently facing. (For specific details on the directional indicator, see the OSI/CACD System 2 Reference Card).
Directly below the directional indicator is the Cybertank Vision Indicator (CVI) which depicts what the scanner is “seeing.” Objects and enemy cybertanks which are scanned by the cybertank show UP as blips on this indicator. (For specific details on the Cybertank Vision Indicator, see the OSI/CACD System 2 Reference Card.)
Battle results are located at the lower right side of the instrument panel. The numbers displayed are as follows:

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

5.2.2 Watching the Simulation

At this Point, you can sit back, relax, and watch the simulation. When YOU are finished watching the simulation, select EXIT SIMULATION from the SIMULATION menu to return to the ECM.

5.3 TIME FOR SOME R&R

Congratulations. You are now fully qualified to design semicustom cybertanks and simulations and your accomplishments have been noted. YOU have completed this portion of your training ahead of schedule. The Departmental Manager has granted you a two day furlough. When YOU return, YOU Will begin the final phase of your training.

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