SECTION BRIEF - The combat Simulation Module (CSM) is a powerful and flexible
tool used by engineers to observe cybertanks under a variety of battle conditions.
This section describes how to design and conduct a battle simulation.
A maximum of 15 cybertanks can be included in a simulation. At least two cybertanks
must be chosen for a simulation. One of these must be designated as the Primary
At the beginning of a simulation, the battle is viewed from the vantage point
of the Primary Cybertank. During the simulation, the view can be changed to the
vantage point of any of the other cybertanks.
The objective of every cybertank Is to destroy its enemies. Its enemies usually
include all of the other cybertanks in the simulation; however, the CSM has provisions
for organizing cybertanks into teams. Cybertank teams are discussed in Part 2, Section
Combat can be waged on a variety of battlefields. OSI includes three pre-designed
battlefields and you can design Your own (see Part 2, Section 7). The three OSI
battlefields are copied onto every ID Disc.
Battle Simulation Design consists of the following steps:
- Selecting a Primary Tank
- Selecting the Other Tanks
- Selecting a Battlefield
- Choosing Teams (optional)
- Placing Team Headquarters (optional)
To begin the design process, select DESIGN A SIMULATION from the SIMULATE menu.
You will be transferred to the Simulation Design Module (SDM).
Diagram 3.2.1 illustrates the SDM display panel. The left side of the panel is
comprised of four display areas. The EMPLOYEE display area displays your name and
clearance level. The PRIMARY TANK, OTHER TANKS, and BATTLEFIELD display areas show
your simulation specifications.
The right side of the panel is used to make selections. It is composed of a three-part
display area called the File Selection Area, and three buttons called Select, Category,
Diagram 3.2.1 - Simulation Design Module (SDM)
The cybertanks and battlefield are selected from the current disc using the File
Selection Brea and the Select button as described below. You can change the current
disc, which is usually your ID Disc, by inserting another disc into any access slot
and selecting the Slot button until that disc is selected. The current disc’s name
is always displayed in the center part of the File Selection Area.
When selecting Primary Tank or Other Tanks, the lower part of the File Selection
Area displays the names of the cybertanks on the current disc. When selecting the
Battlefield, the names of the battlefields are displayed. The upper part of the
File Selection Area displays the category: cybertanks or battlefields.
Examine the File Selection Area. Notice that the first cybertank is displayed
in reverse type - it is highlighted.
There are two ways to change the highlighted file name. (1) If You are using
a mouse or a joystick, you can select a file name by simply moving the pointer over
it and pressing the button. (2) If you are using a keyboard, use the CURSOR-UP and
CURSOR-DOWN keys on your terminal. Note: For additional information on CURSOR keys,
consult the OSI/CACD System 2 Reference Card under Simulation Design Module -- File
To make a selection, simply highlight the desired cybertank or battlefield and
click on the Select button. Try this now. Make ALPHA the Primary Cybertank by highlighting
“ALPHA” and selecting the Select button. Notice that the PRIMARY TANK display area
on the left now displays ALPHA.
Notice that the PRIMARY TANK plaque looks different than the other plaques. The
color of the plaque is reversed indicating that the PRIMARY TBNK category is active.
Select the Category button. The OTHER TANKS plaque is now reversed indicating that
OTHER TANKS is the active category. Other Cybertanks can now be selected.
Other Cybertanks are selected the same way as the Primary Cybertank. Select VIPER
by highlighting "VIPER” and choosing the Select button. The OTHER TANKS display
area now shows “VIPER.” Select the S el e ct button two more times. Notice that
each time the button is selected, another VIPER is added to the OTHER TANKS display
area. Now highlight “ALPHA” again and select the Select button. As you can see,
this simulation will include five cybertanks. The Primary Cybertank is ALPHA, and
the Other Cybertanks consist of three VIPERS and one ALPHA.
NOTE: Duplicate cybertanks are allowed in simulations.
Select the Category button to activate the BRTTLEFIELD category. Notice that
the File Selection Area now displays battlefields instead of cybertank files. Highlight
HOUSTON and select the Select button. The BATTLEFIELD display area now displays
As previously mentioned, simulations can optionally involve teams of cybertanks.
This is an advanced topic beyond the scope of this Training Guide. After you become
familiar with standard combat, you may wish to pursue team scenarios. Cybertank
Teams are discussed in Part 5, Section 2 of the Engineer’s Handbook.
Like cybertank designs, simulation designs have code names. For the Purposes
of this Training Guide, name the simulation ALPHASIM.
Select SAVE SIMULATION DESIGN from the DESIGN menu. The File Storage Panel (FSP)
appears. Type ALPHASIM and select the Save button to save the simulation design
onto your disc. You are then transferred to the ECM.
NOTE: In order for the CSM to execute the simulation, the Primary Cybertank,
Other Cybertanks, and the Battlefield all must be located on the same disc as that
of the simulation design.
Select START A SIMULATION from the SIMULATE menu. The File Retrieval Panel (FRP)
appears. Select the ALPHASIM simulation. The OSI/CACD loads the cybertanks (ALPHA
and VIPER), the battlefield (HOUSTON), as specified by the simulation design, and
transfers you to the CSM.
Diagram 3.3.1 - Combat Simulation Module (CSM)
Once transferred to the CSM, combat commences automatically. Press the PAUSE
key to temporarily stop the simulation (refer to the OSI/CACD System 2 Reference
Card to determine the appropriate key for your terminal type). Your screen should
resemble Diagram 3.3.1.
A great deal of information is displayed in the CSM. The large area to the left,
called the Battlefield Display Area, shows a relatively small portion of the battlefield
with the Primary Cybertank, ALPHA, in the center. The instrument panel on the right
contains several status displays.
There are six status bars on top of the instrument panel (status bars are summarized
in Table 3.3.2). The first is the fuel gauge. The shaded section represents the
fuel remaining. As fuel is consumed, this area decreases, in size. When out of fuel,
the status bar is completely empty.
The other five status bars are damage indicators. Initially, each bar is empty,
indicating no damage. As damage is incurred, the bar begins to fill, moving left
to right. A solid bar indicates 100% damage.
||-Fuel Remaining. Decreases as fuel is consumed. When the cybertank runs
out of fuel, all mechanical functions cease.
||-Internal Damage. If internal damage reaches 100%, the cybertank is totally
||-Armor Damage. If armor damage reaches 100%, the cybertank is totally destroyed.
||-Tread Damage. If tread damage reaches 100%, the cybertank is immobilized.
||-Scanner Damage. If scanner damage reaches 100%, the Cybertank Scanner System
(CSS) fails and the cybertank is unable to detect cybertanks.
||-Weapon Damage. If weapon damage reaches 100%, the Cybertank Weapon System
(CWS) fails, and the cybertank is unable to fire.
Below the six status bars, are several other indicators. These will be discussed
NOTE: This subsection contains references to the Cybertank Selection Keys. To
determine which keys should be used on your terminal, referred to the OSI/CACD System
2 Reference Card under Simulation Action Keys.
Look again at the Battlefield Display Area. The Primary Cybertank, ALPHA, is
displayed in the center. Press the CYBERTANK SELECTION KEYS to change the vantage
point. The vantage point shifts to the cybertank number designated by the selection
Our simulation includes three VIPERs and two ALPHAS. Press the CYBERTANK SELECTION
KEYS and observe the battlefield from the vantage point of each of the five cybertanks.
The plaque below the Battlefield Display Area shows the name of the current cybertank.
The CSM can simulate a view from the OSICOM I satellite. Select SATELLITE VIEW
from the SIMULATION menu to see a satellite view of the entire battlefield. The
flashing blips indicate active cybertanks in the simulation. When viewing the Satellite
transmission, you can observe all the cybertanks’ actions. To do so, press the PAUSE
key to continue the action. After watching the simulation for a while, press the
PAUSE key again to pause the simulation. To exit the satellite view, simply press
any key or click the mouse or joystick button.
The simulator should now be paused (idle). You can resume operation by pressing
the PAUSE key. The PRUSE key toggles between idle and active. Press the PRUSE key
now and watch the simulation.
Experiment with the controls as you watch the simulation. Change your vantage
point with the cybertank selection keys. Examine the satellite view by selecting
SATELLITE VIEW from the SIMULATION menu.
The battle simulation usually continues until only one cybertank remains alive
with fuel; however, if none of the cybertanks move for an extended period of time,
the simulator will abort the battle, and declare it a draw. This time-out feature
prevents battles from continuing even though the cybertanks cannot find and destroy
When the simulation ends, a panel appears in the center of the screen displaying
the message, “SIMULATION COMPLETED - PRESS ANY KEY TO CONTINUE.” Press any key.
Select RESTART THE SIMULATION from the SIMULATION menu. The cybertanks are placed
at new random locations on the battlefield and the simulation begins again. To illustrate
the random placement of cybertanks, select RESTART THE SIMULATION again and notice
that ALPHA is in a different place. As you can see, a simulation can be restarted
before it has ended.
Congratulations. You have successfully designed and authorized a cybertank (both
chassis and Al), and designed and conducted a simulation. You have completed a great
deal of training in a short time, and your accomplishments have been noted. Your
Supervisor says you can take a fifteen minute coffee break. At this time, select
EXIT SIMULATION from the SIMULATION menu to be transferred back to the ECM.