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SECTION 3 – BATTLE SIMULATION

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.

3.1 THE COMBAT SIMULATION MODULE

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 Cybertank:
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 3.2.
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.

3.2 DESIGNING A BATTLE SIMULATION

Battle Simulation Design consists of the following steps:
  1. Selecting a Primary Tank
  2. Selecting the Other Tanks
  3. Selecting a Battlefield
  4. Choosing Teams (optional)
  5. 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).

3.2.1 The Simulation Design Module Display Panel

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, and Drive.

Diagram 3.2.1 - Simulation Design Module (SDM)

3.2.2 Cybertank and Battlefield Files

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.

3.2.3 Selecting the Primary Cybertank

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 Selection Keys.
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.

3.2.4 Selecting Other Cybertank

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.

3.2.5 Selecting a Battlefield

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 HOUSTON.

3.2.6 Cybertank Teams

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.

3.2.7 Saving the Simulation Design

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.

3.3 CONDUCTING A SIMULATION

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)

3.3.1 Starting a Simulation

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.

3.3.2 Status Bars

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.
F -Fuel Remaining. Decreases as fuel is consumed. When the cybertank runs out of fuel, all mechanical functions cease.
I -Internal Damage. If internal damage reaches 100%, the cybertank is totally destroyed.
A -Armor Damage. If armor damage reaches 100%, the cybertank is totally destroyed.
T -Tread Damage. If tread damage reaches 100%, the cybertank is immobilized.
S -Scanner Damage. If scanner damage reaches 100%, the Cybertank Scanner System (CSS) fails and the cybertank is unable to detect cybertanks.
W -Weapon Damage. If weapon damage reaches 100%, the Cybertank Weapon System (CWS) fails, and the cybertank is unable to fire.

3.3.3 Other Status Indicators

Below the six status bars, are several other indicators. These will be discussed later.

3.3.4 Changing the Vantage Point

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 key.
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.

3.3.5 The Satellite View

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.

3.3.6 Pausing and Resuming the Simulation

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.

3.3.7 End Of the Simulation

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 each other.
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.

3.3.8 Restarting the Simulation

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.

3.3.9 Coffee Break

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.

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