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Contents
Installing and Running the Game .................................................. 5
Installation ............................................................................................... 5
Running the Game ................................................................................. 5
Uninstalling the Game ........................................................................... 5
Game Interface ........................................................................................ 6
How to Start a Battle ............................................................................... 6
General Rules of Using the Main Interface ........................................ 6
The Main Game Menu ......................................................................... 6
Profile ....................................................................................................... 7
Settings ..................................................................................................... 8
Game Settings ......................................................................................... 9
Controls ................................................................................................. 10
Video ..................................................................................................... 11
Sound .................................................................................................... 13
Camera .................................................................................................. 14
Single-Player ........................................................................................ 15
Continue Game .................................................................................... 15
Campaign ............................................................................................. 16
Strategic Overview .............................................................................. 17
Difficulty Level ..................................................................................... 18
Units ...................................................................................................... 19
Start Battle ............................................................................................. 20
Reorg
anizin
g Y
our T ask For
ce ....................................................... 2 0
Reorganizin
anizing
Your
Force
Team Points .......................................................................................... 20
Units Screen ......................................................................................... 20
Reserve Forces ...................................................................................... 20
Captured Equipment .......................................................................... 22
Obsolete Equipment ............................................................................ 22
Active Task Force ................................................................................ 22
Detailed Unit Data .............................................................................. 23
Sorting and Filters ............................................................................... 24
Reassigning Units ................................................................................ 24
Crew Roles ............................................................................................ 25
Unit Details Panel ................................................................................ 26
Crew Information Panel ...................................................................... 28
Quick Unit Overview Window ......................................................... 30
Soldier Information Panel ................................................................... 30
Crew Member Info Panel ................................................................... 33
C o m b a t ..................................................................................................... 3 3
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Main Combat Interface ...................................................................... 34
Combat Interface Elements ................................................................ 35
Battlefield .............................................................................................. 35
Battle Orders and Status of Combat Tasks. ..................................... 36
Battle Orders Info Button .................................................................... 37
Mini-Map ............................................................................................. 38
Message Log ......................................................................................... 39
Information Panel ................................................................................ 40
Order Buttons ........................................................................................ 4 6
Orders ................................................................................................... 46
Interactive Cursor ................................................................................ 48
A v i a t i o n .................................................................................................... 5 1
Ground Attack Aircraft ....................................................................... 51
Fighters ................................................................................................. 51
Air Scouts .............................................................................................. 51
Accuracy of Hitting a Target ............................................................. 52
Artillery Support .................................................................................. 5 2
R e i n f o r c e m e n t s ..................................................................................... 5 2
Repair and Re-equipment of V
ehic
les ....................................... 5 2
Vehic
ehicles
Replenishment / Rearmament of Squads ................................. 5 3
Dama
g e Calculations ......................................................................... 5 3
Damag
Damage Inflicted on Vehicles and Personnel .................................. 54
Combat System Basics ....................................................................... 5 5
Hitting a Target ................................................................................... 56
Ammo Types ........................................................................................ 57
Skills and Characteristics ................................................................ 5 9
Combat Skills ........................................................................................ 6 0
Non-Combat Characteristics .............................................................. 61
Map Info Icons ..................................................................................... 62
Combat Experience ............................................................................. 6 2
Debriefing and Reorganization Screen ..................................... 6 2
Spending Combat Experience Points ............................................... 64
T a c t i c s ...................................................................................................... 6 5
Ability to Spot Enemy .......................................................................... 65
Chances of Being Spotted .................................................................. 65
Basic Spotting Rules ............................................................................ 66
Network Game ....................................................................................... 6 6
Online Game Startup Menu .............................................................. 68
Online ................................................................................................... 69
Battle Selection Screen (Server and Client) .................................... 70
Multiplayer Combat Interface ........................................................... 71
C r e d i t s ...................................................................................................... 7 3
Tech Support ........................................................................................ 74
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Installing and Running the Game
Installation
Insert the DVD of the game ‘Theater of War’ into the DVD-drive. If
the Autostart option is enabled on your computer, the game start menu will
appear automatically. If the Autostart option is turned off, please run the
Autorun.exe file from the DVD root folder to launch the installation.
If you have purchased the game via digital delivery, you will have to
first uncompress the downloaded archive. Next, you will have to locate and
then launch the Autorun.exe file from the uncompressed root folder.
Select “Install” from the Start menu. The installation wizard will
launch to take you step by step through the installation process. Follow the
instructions. During the installation, game files will be copied to the hard
disk, and the game program group will be created in the Start menu. The
former contains shortcuts to launch the game, delete it, license and unlicense
it, visit the web-resources and view the documentation.
After the installation you will need to license your copy via our
online activation system eLicense. Just follow the on-screen instructions to
activate your copy. You must also check the FAQ to learn about how you can
license and UNLICENSE the game. Unlicensing is necessary to preserve
future activations - if you want to transfer the game to another computer or
install it on up to two computers at the same time, for example.
Visit the following website for further instructions:
http://www.battlefront.com/elicense_faq.html
Running the Game
After the game is installed, launch the game by selecting the shortcut ‘Theater of War’ in the program menu in the respective program group
(the default setting is ‘Battlefront\Theater of War’).
Uninstalling the Game
To uninstall the game, select the shortcut ‘Uninstall Theater of War’
from the program group in the Start menu. You can also use the ‘Delete’
button in the Auto-start menu that appears on the screen after you insert the
disk in the DVD-drive (unless the Autostart option is turned off).
(Note) Before uninstalling the game, please do not forget to UNLICENSE it
first. If you do not unlicense before uninstalling, the license will
remain associated with your computer, even if the game is uninstalled.
You will not be able to re-license it at another time unless you still
have a second unused activation.
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Game Interface
How to Start a Battle
To play a tutorial mission:
Main menu - > Single-Player - > Tutorial - > Select training mission
To launch a battle:
Main menu - > Single-Player - > Battles - > Select battle
To start or continue a campaign:
Main menu - > Single-Player - > Campaign - > Select campaign - >
Select battle
To continue the last battle:
Main menu - > Single-Player - > Continue
To play a network game via a Local Area Network (LAN):
Main menu - > Network game - > Local area network - > Create or join
To play a network game via the Internet:
Main menu - > Network game - > Internet - > Create or join game
General Rules of Using the Main Interface
General rules for using the interface:
The button ‘Exit’ allows to quit the game or a certain game mode.
The button ‘Back’ allows to quit the current menu and leads back to
the previous menu screen.
The Main Game Menu
Options available in the Main Menu:
Profile. Jumps to the menu with options for creating, deleting and
selecting the active player’s profile.
Sin
gle Pla
Sing
Playyer
er.. Jumps to the menu for selecting the tutorial mode,
single battles or a historical campaign.
Multipla
Multiplayyer
er.. Jumps to menu for play via LAN/Internet.
Options. Jumps to menu with settings for various global game
settings and preferences.
Enc
Encyyclopedia. Opens the encyclopedia of World War Two military equipment and armament.
Credits. The list of all team members who took part in developing
the game ‘Theater of War’.
Exit. Quits the game.
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Profile
This menu allows to create, delete and select the active player profile. The player’s profile contains all data on his progress in campaigns as
well as all game saves including autosaves done by the player during
campaigns and battles.
Saves created under other player profiles will appear in the “Load
and Save” menu only when the profile is active.
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The left part of the screen contains the list of existing player profiles
along with a description of that player’s progress in the different campaigns. The right part of the screen contains a menu allowing players to
select or delete an active profile, or to create a new one.
Settings
· Game Settings – adjusts various game elements and user
interface preferences.
· Controls – assigns key controls
· Video – sets various graphic options. The settings within this
window influence game speed.
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·
Sound – adjusts sound level and quality.
Camera – adjusts the camera settings.
There are two buttons below each Settings window:
Appl
Applyy activates the changes introduced by the user.
Attention! Don’t forget to press this button for the changes to take
effect. Otherwise, all changes will be cancelled after closing the window.
“Restore Defaults” restores the default settings.
Game Settings
Here the player can change the camera control options and toggle
on/off various elements of the game interface. The applied changes are
saved for each player (that is, they are saved in the corresponding profile).
The following settings are available:
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· Invert mouse wheel – inverts wheel up/down movement
· Swap mouse buttons – reassigns mouse buttons
· Show tooltip – toggles on/off tooltips showing a unit’s parameters (the scroll bar sets a tool-tip delay)
· Always show unit icons – unit icons hover visibly above all
units on the map; otherwise, they are displayed only above the units selected by the user.
· Target pointers – this option allows to toggle on/off the display of the target arrow or the currently active order.
· Attack sector – this option toggles on/off the display of the
attack sector of the selected unit.
· Minimap camera projection – if this option is on, the
camera position and facing is showng on the mini-map.
· Autosave – activates the autosave feature
· Ignore campaign loss – allows a campaign to continue even
if a mission is lost.
Controls
In the Controls window the user can assign the control keys for
camera, units and game interface. The implemented changes are saved
individually for each player (saved in the player’s profile).
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The Controls commands are located in a table and divided into the
following categories:
· User includes commands for controlling units, as well as the
‘Pause switch on/off’ command (pause doesn’t work in network games).
· Group includes commands for assignment and adding units to
groups, as well as commands to quick select these groups.
· Interface includes commands for controlling the interface.
· Camera includes the settings for camera controls.
The player can use single keyboard buttons for the game commands
as well as key combinations such as Ctrl + key, Alt + key, Shift + key. The
same key (or a key combination) can be used only for one command.
In order to assign a key for a command, double-click a corresponding table box with the left mouse button (column Control Key1 or Control Key2)
Key2), or select a box and click the button Assign
Assign. Then press the
corresponding key or a key combination you want to assign.
In order to remove the assignments of the keys, select a box with a
corresponding key and click the Clean button or press Delete
Delete.
The keys colored in dark-brown can not be reassigned.
Video
The player can either enhance the graphics quality or increase
game speed by modifying the graphics quality in the Video menu. The
applied changes are saved for all players. The Video menu is not available
in network games.
· (Screen) Resolution – available screen resolutions. Any
modifications become effective after restarting the game.
· Object detail – a list of preset graphics settings.
· Shadows – adjusts the shadow quality or switches the shadows
off (in some battles shadows can be absent due to overcast weather).
· Model quality – selects the quality of textures and objects.
For systems with low RAM and low video memory, select “Low”. Select
“very low” for systems with very slow video cards.
· Water detail – selects quality of water: high (with reflections), medium (without reflections), low (with opaque water).
· Grass detail – selects grass quality.
· Trees detail – selects the visual quality of trees
· Trees rendering distance – adjusts the distance at which
trees are displayed in the game.
· Show roads – allows to switch on/off the display of roads
· Show vehicle motion effects – switches on/off vehicle
tracks and wheels, engine exhaust smoke and dust effects.
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· Hide bodies – bodies of dead soldiers disappear. If this option
is off, dead bodies stay on the ground. This may result in slow game speed
by the end of a mission. In a network game, this option works only at the
server level, and dead bodies will disappear for all clients. If a dead body
disappears, that soldier’s combat gear (weapons, ammo) stays on the map.
· High landscape details – changes the ground surface details displayed on the map.
· Always show combat gear – toggles on/off the display of
soldier combat gear.
· High sky detail – changes the quality of sky and cloud
detail. In some battles the clouds may be absent due to the weather settings.
· Hardware mouse cursor – the program uses the Windows
cursor, which can improve game speed. If the option is off, the game cursor
is used.
· Use only one CPU – option for dual-core PCs (switches off
one of the CPUs in case of errors on dual core PCs).
Attention! If the implemented changes lead to problems with the game,
delete the file.\users\video.ini from the game folder. The next time
you launch the game the default settings will be used.
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Sound
In this window the player can adjust the level and quality of sound.
The applied changes are saved for all players.
Disable Sound
If you select this option sound will be switched off completely.
Attention! Use Sound in the game option adjustment tool “towsetup”
and Disable Sound in the game are NOT the same option. If you
switch off Use Sound in ww2setup, the sound system will not start
and you will not be able to switch the sound on in the game. You will
also loose the access to Disable Sound
Sound. Apply Use Sound if you
don’t have any soundcard.
Sound V
olume
Volume
This scrollbar adjusts the general level of the sounds in the game. The
scrollers for Music Volume, Effect Volume, Voice Volume adjust the
volume of music, effects and voices in relation to each other.
Always Play Music
Background music plays continuously.
Music V
olume
Volume
Adjusts the background music volume in the game.
Eff
ect V
olume
Effect
Volume
Adjusts the volume of sound effects – shots, explosions etc.
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Speec
h V
olume
Speech
Volume
Adjusts the volume of all speech messages and unit voices in the game.
Enable EAX
If your sound card supports hardware acceleration, switch it on using
this option. It considerably improves the sound quality and reduces
the CPU load. If you don’t have hardware acceleration, switch off this
option. If sound problems occur, this option needs to be disabled.
Reverse Stereo Channels
Exchanges the left and right stereo channels.
Attention! If the applied changes result in the game malfunctioning, delete
the file.\users\video.ini from the game folder. The next time you
launch the game the default settings will be used.
Camera
This menu adjusts the camera settings.
· Camera mode – selects camera rotation mode. The following
modes are available:
o Free camera – camera rotates around its axis.
o Attach to center – camera rotates around a point on the
ground/object located at the screen center.
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o Attach to cursor – camera turns to the point on the ground or
object that the mouse points at, and rotates in relation to this point.
o Maximum camera height – this scrollbar adjusts the maximum height of the camera above the ground.
o Minimum camera height – this scrollbar adjusts the minimum height of the camera above the ground.
o Keyboard motion – determines the camera motion speed
when using the keyboard arrows
o Keyboard rotation – determines the speed of camera rotation
when using the keyboard
o Mouse movement and rotation – determines the speed of
camera rotation and camera motion when using the mouse (in Free camera
mode)
o Scroll sensitivity – determines the speed of the camera motion when the mouse cursor is located at the screen edges
o Mouse zoom in / Zoom out – determines the mouse wheel
sensitivity.
Single-Player
This is the menu for single player game modes.
Single player options:
Continue Game
If you select the option Continue, then the last saved game created
by the current player (current profile) will load automatically without a
confirmation dialog. This may be an autosave (always recorded at the
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beginning of each battle), or a save created by player from a tutorial, single
battle or campaign mission. The option Continue does not work for network battles (played via LAN or Internet).
Campaign
The ‘Campaign’ game mode is the main game mode for ‘Theater of
War’. More than 40 battles are grouped in 5 campaigns, one for each of the
major participating nations that saw combat action in Europe during World
War Two.
Each virtual soldier and officer in the game has a personality with
specific characteristics and skills that can change and develop during the
campaign. The campaign takes the player and his soldiers through various
critical battles and operations through the entire war.
When you select the option ‘Campaign,’ you jump to the menu for
selecting one of the five main campaigns available in ‘Theater of War’.
Campaign selection screen
The left part of the screen contains five flags representing the side
you will play in the campaign.
List of campaigns in the game:
USSR 1941-1945: The Eastern Front
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Germany 1939-1945: Blitzkrieg & Invasion of USSR
Poland 1939: German Invasion
France 1940: Europe in Flames
USA / United Kingdom, 1944-1945: The Second Front
To select a campaign, double click on the flag of your choice, or
click once and choose Select in the right part of the Campaign selection
screen.
Completed battles
If you begin to play for the very first time or use a newly created
profile, you will be given the option to play only the first battle in a given
campaign. If you have played one or more battles, then after you select a
campaign you will see a list of battles already completed during that campaign. You can replay them at any time.
Progress during a campaign
Each campaign loosely depicts some of the main cornerstones of that
nation’s involvement and combat actions during World War Two. During
the campaign, the player’s forces will gain experience, master new tactical
maneuvers and experience new developments in military equipment.
That’s why initially just one battle is available in each campaign,
and after the battle is over, you either move to the next battle, if you have
chosen “Ignore Campaign Loss” in the game settings, or you get another
chance to repeat and hopefully win the first battle.
Note that each battle you fight has an influence on the forces available to you
for the next available mission, as well as their combat experience
and therefore capability. If you choose to ignore defeats you might
face nearly impossible tasks in the following missions.
If further progress in a campaign seems too difficult you can also
lower the game’s difficulty level. See Difficulty level.
Strategic Overview
After you select a battle you are shown the current strategic situation
at your area of the front. The screen offers you two options:
Combat briefing – jump to the combat orders screen which
shows your mission objectives for the battle, intelligence data on activities
of the enemy etc.
Back – go back to select battles for the current campaign.
Combat briefing
This screen describes the battle you are about to fight. You see the
general mission briefing as well as specific objectives you have to reach.
Each combat objective is illustrated by an individual schematic map show-
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ing the expected disposition of the main forces, suggested directions for
attack and key locations (capturing or destroying them can be of critical
importance for the success of the battle).
The tactical map changes depending on which task you have selected by clicking on the respective icon.
Difficulty level
Before each battle starts the player may determine the level of realism for the mission, and accordingly, how difficult it will be to complete
combat tasks. The level of difficulty is determined by two factors:
1. Realistic simulation of military equipment used by the troops
under your command.
2. Simulation of morale for each individual soldier (infantry, machinery and gun crews)
A player can choose between three levels of difficulty:
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Hi
gh. Realistic parameters for all military equipment. The damage
High
inflicted on the enemy for both sides corresponds to the real-world performance characteristics of weapons and ammo.
At the Highest difficulty level you cannot switch off morale.
Medium. At this difficulty level, troops under your command have
a minor advantage over the enemy due to higher damage inflicted on the
enemy (compared to the real-world performance characteristics of military
equipment and ammo). At this difficulty level you can also switch off
morale.
Easy
Easy.. At the lowest difficulty level your troops get a significant
advantage in fire power (compared to the real-world performance) and the
damage done to the enemy. At this difficulty level you can also switch off
soldier morale.
Combining levels of realism and switching on/off “morale” you can
adjust the difficulty for the current battle as you like.
Units
Before you engage in a battle it is recommended that you check the
troops under your command, i.e. the default task force and any available
reserve forces. Perhaps, based on your own experience and tactical skills,
you will prefer to make changes to the task force or re-assign some crews.
To jump to the Units screen click the button Units
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Start battle
To start a battle without entering the Units screen, click the button
Start battle
battle.
Reorganizing your task force
Besides knowledge of the fundamental tactical maneuvers, another
important skill to successfully accomplish a combat mission is to put together a balanced task force based on operational data and the mission on
hand. Editing your assigned task force is possible through the Units screen.
Team Points
The total number of team points and hence the number of troops
available to you depends on how much resources your superior command
allocates for completing a specific task. This depends on the importance of
your combat task, the overall situation at a given part of the front, as well as
availability of resources and so forth.
Determining team point values
The value of each combat unit is calculated on the basis of its
combat capabilities and material value.
Accordingly, the more powerful and sophisticated the equipment
under your control is, the higher its value will be. Of course your task force
will also perform better if equipped with up-to-date and powerful equipment and crews.
Units Screen
The Units screen consists of three main portions:
Reserve forces
(This is the left part of the staff screen)
The list of military equipment and soldiers available as reserve. Part
of these reserve forces can be added to your task force by swapping squads
or equipment as long as the available team points are not used up.
The reserve forces sometimes contain equipment that cannot be
used or moved to the task force slot. Such equipment usually belongs to one
of two categories:
· Captured enemy equipment (salvaged from the battlefield during a previous mission)
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· Obsolete equipment withdrawn from service and subject to replacement by more up-to-date models.
Note that in the campaign mode equipment that falls in one of the above
categories is withdrawn from the reserve after 1-2 battles as unserviceable. That’s why it is critically important to reassign valuable
crew members to other units since any crews are withdrawn from
the reserve as well.
Below the reserve forces list is a display of information on limitations
and errors that may arise when you attempt to transfer a combat unit or a
squad from the reserve to the task force.
The display can show:
1. Error message due to a failure to accept a given combat unit
2. Error messages due to a lack of team points to make this combat
unit/squad available
3. Error messages due to lack of free space on the task force roster
required for adding a combat unit/squad of this type
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Captured Equipment
All enemy equipment controlled by your soldiers at the end of a
battle is considered to be captured. You can use such equipment during the
ongoing battle but may not keep it between operations.
Therefore, soon after the battle in which the equipment was captured, all captured equipment is withdrawn from your command and
passes to the control of other units (maintenance, rear-based units etc.).
In order to give you a chance to reassign any valuable crew members to other units before such units are withdrawn from your command, all
captured equipment stays on your reserve roster for one battle after it was
captured, but it cannot be used in battles or form part of a new combat
detachment.
Before the next battle you should make sure to re-assign any crew
members to other forces and/or staff the captured equipment with unexperienced soldiers.
Obsolete Equipment
The battles during your campaign are often separated by weeks,
months or even years. During such long periods of war, tactics, doctrines
and equipment are constantly changing. The enemy is developing new
types of equipment, and so are you.
Tanks, vehicles and weapons which were powerful back in 1940
quickly become nearly useless in 1942. Such outdated equipment is then
withdrawn from service.
On your reserve roster, one battle before outdated equipment is
withdrawn, such units are marked as ‘outdated’ and are not allowed to be
added to a task force to engage in the next battle. However, just like with
captured equipment, do not forget to reassign crew members which you’d
like to keep to other units, otherwise these soldiers will be withdrawn from
your command together with the outdated equipment.
Active task force
(This is the right part of the staff screen labeled “Deployment”).
These units comprise your active task force for a given battle. Some
of them may be replaced by units from the reserve up to the limit of the
available team points .
But regardless of team points, sometimes there may be additional
limitations: Some units cannot be withdrawn from the active task force or
replaced by reserve forces as your superior command may consider them
mission critical.
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Such squads are marked as blocked .
Your combat tasks and the role your force has to play within a battle,
such as reconnaissance or frontal assault, usually determine your default
task force composition. In accordance with your objectives, you may be
restricted on which and how many units you may use in a battle.
For instance, your superior HQ may consider that three armored
units are enough to complete a given task and that otherwise maneuvers of
large armored forces may attract too much attention by the enemy, which in
turn may endanger your mission.
When a task force already includes the highest possible number of
units of a certain type, you will be asked to swap one unit of the same type
if you attempt to add more. In such case the unit(s) to be withdrawn from
the task force will be marked in red.
The following data is displayed below the task force list:
1. The maximum number of team points for your task force (set by
superior command in line with your assigned combat tasks)
2. The number of team points not yet spent
Detailed unit data
This information panel displays detailed data on manpower and
equipment.
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Sorting and filters
Both the “reserve” and “task force” lists can be sorted/filtered by
unit or type. By activating or deactivating the buttons for the various unit
types you can select which units are displayed on the screen.
Reassigning Units
A commander may make changes to the number or type of units
under his command within certain restrictions and as long as he has enough
team points to spare.
However, there are certain additional limitations:
· You cannot remove units from the task force which are considered “mission critical” (unit must not be marked as Blocked)
· Units added may not be marked as Outdated or Captured. This
applies mainly to armor, vehicles and artillery.
· The total number of units may not be increased. You may add
new units only by replacing their counterparts marked in red.
· You must have enough spare team points
· The status of the buttons ‘Reserve > Troops’ and ‘Reserves <
Troops’ shows if it is possible to reassign a given combat unit. If the button
is active then the operation is not subject to any restrictions.
Reassigning Reserves to the active Task Force:
Option 1
1. Select the unit you would like to add
2. Click the button ‘Reserve > Troops’
Option 2
1. Select the unit you would like to add
2. Double-click on it
As long as adding the unit does not contradict any given limitations,
the squad will be added to the task force.
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To remove a unit from the Task Force:
Option 1
1. Select the unit you would like to remove
2. Click the button ‘Reserves < Troops’
Option 2
1. Select the unit you would like to remove
2. Double-click on it
As long as removing the unit does not contradict any given limitations, the unit will be moved to the reserve pool.
Crew Roles
When you assign crews to vehicles or other equipment or when you
add soldiers to a squad, remember that in his new squad/unit a soldier will
perform a duty in accordance with the assigned staff role, no matter what
his duty was in his previous crew or squad.
For example, if you move a tank driver to the gunner position in a
different crew, he will perform his new duty as gunner despite having a
high Driver skill.
You should also remember that personal weapons of all soldiers and
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officers in infantry squads, vehicles or gun crews are distributed according
to the staff role and duty position. If you move a soldier from the position of
a sniper in one squad to the position of a grenadier in another squad, the
former sniper will change his scoped rifle for a grenade launcher.
Keep in mind that only experienced soldiers with the necessary
skills can make best use of a given piece of equipment. Even the most upto-date and heavily armored tank with a powerful gun will not be of much
use to you if its crew consists of raw recruits.
On the other hand, you should protect experienced soldiers and not
waste them. Combat losses are always heavy and if you lose all your veterans you will have to engage in the next battle with new recruits and
inexperienced soldiers.
To estimate combat abilities and skills correctly, you need to familiarize yourself with the detail information of every combat unit. To help you
do that, there is a separate panel at the bottom of the interface:
Unit Details Panel
The Unit Details Panel has a common structure with the panel containing personal information on soldiers and officers.
The main elements of the Unit Details Panel are described on the
following pages.
(The left part of the interface)
1.
Main and secondary armament.
Shows the main gun and any secondary armament such as additional guns or machine guns found on most types of armored vehicles. Each
gun or machine gun has a caption specifying the main function of this type
of equipment.
2.
Weapon status.
Aside from information about the types of armament, this panel also
displays data about its operational status. When a weapon is damaged and
cannot fire, its symbol is shadowed, the “readiness to fire” indicator disappears and it is impossible to assign a new type of ammo.
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3.
“Ready to fire” indicator
Each weapon icon contains a number of dots indicating:
o All dots are empty - gun is not loaded and is not ready to deliver
fire
o Some dots are colored in red - the gun is being loaded
o All dots are colored in green – gun (or machine gun) is fully
loaded and ready to deliver fire
4.
Detailed weapon info
Detailed information about the selected type of armament. Includes
the main performance characteristics:
o Maximum fire range of a gun/machine gun
o Rate of fire (shots per minute)
o Time for reloading the weapon, seconds
o Number of shots before the next loading (depends on magazine
capacity. In case of tanks and self-propelled howitzers just 1 shot is available).
o Chance of hitting a target from a distance of 1,000 meters (calculated on the basis of ammo type and weapon performance characteristics).
o Type of currently loaded ammo and its characteristics
o Muzzle velocity, meters per second
o Armor penetration depending on distance. The default armor
penetration characteristics are displayed for the main gun.
o Dispersion of shot (angular minutes), depend on the weapon
and shell types
5.
Ammo
Shows the current type of ammo loaded as well as all types of ammo
available. For each type of ammo the number of shots available is shown
(number of magazines and ammo in the current magazine for small-caliber
shells and rounds).
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(The right part of the interface)
1. Crew of vehicle or gun
Each crew has several duty positions in accordance with the staff
roster. Normally these include:
o Crew commander
o Driver (for wheeled or track vehicles)
o Gunner
o Loader
o Machine gunner
Crew Information Panel
When soldiers or fighters are part of a squad or crew, only the most
important information is displayed for each individual soldier, including:
· Health status indicator
· Morale status indicator
· Experience
· Crew position (for crew members)
· Current weapon (for crew members)
If a crew is complete, the unit will perform better and act quicker to
make command decisions and perform operations such as aiming, loading
and so forth.
If a crew is not complete (a crew role position is vacant), the unit will
perform less well and take longer to perform various tasks, resulting in
lower fighting efficiency. Another critical point to ensure optimal performance from a unit is to assign staff positions to soldiers and officers with the
highest skill that match a particular crew role best.
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It is recommended that you always assign officers or NCO’s (noncommissioned officers) to be crew commanders as they usually have the
best developed leadership skills.
Assign soldiers or officers with the best Driver skill for the position of
driver, as this will contribute to higher maneuverability, better path calculations as well as higher movement speeds and better off-road ability.
The position of a gunner is critical as it directly affects the capability
of a given unit to hit the enemy with as few shots and in as short time as
possible. A simple rule applies to warfare: hit your enemy first and you will
have a chance to survive.
2. Equipment performance characteristics
o Max. movement speed (achieved only when Driver skills of a
proper crew member are on the max. level). The highest movement speed
is only achieved on roads, while on other surfaces max. speed may have
different values.
o Armor (in mm) separately for the hull and for the turret.
Hull armor:
Turret armor:
Front
Front
Side
Side
Rear
Rear
Top
Top
Bottom
3. Equipment status
This part of the panel displays the layout of the selected unit as a side
and top view and shows the operational status of the main systems.
If one or several systems are damaged, they are colored in red. In
case of a gun or a machine-gun this means that the weapon in question is
no longer able to deliver fire.
In ‘Theater of War’ there are a number of systems which are tracked
individually for their operational status:
1. Chassis (independent for each side)
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2. Engine
3. Turret
4. Guns
5. Machine-guns
If a system is damaged, the player is alerted by a brief message
which is usually displayed in the Message Log.
4. Class, model and type of equipment
Shows the designation of a given piece of equipment as well as its
type or modification.
5. Flag
Shows which country the unit belongs to.
Quick Unit Overview Window
The Quick Unit Overview Window displays only the most important
performance statistics for each unit. Such data is displayed both for units
under your command as well as any other units on the battle field including
enemy units.
The window appears at the bottom right hand corner of the main
combat screen when you point the cursor on any unit.
It contains:
1. Operational status icons (on the left) - see list of mini-map icons
2. Name of given unit, its class and type
3. Information about crew members and their assigned roles
(Only available for formations under your control!)
4. Image of given type of equipment
5. Nation to which the unit belongs
6. Information on hull and turret armor, in mm.
Although quite brief, the above information will help to evaluate a
given unit’s strengths and weaknesses at a glance.
Soldier Information Panel
The soldier information panel informs the player about the current
characteristics, skills, weapons and ammunition of the individual soldiers
under his command, as well as their level of health and morale.
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Equipment
The weapon(s) a soldier carries, regardless if he acts on his own or
as part of a team/crew, is/are displayed in 3 sections:
1.
Main and secondary armament.
Normally, the main armament is the weapon assigned to a given
staff role. In the case of Sniper, Grenadier, Machine-Gunner etc. the main
armament of a soldier will be the weapon necessary to perform his assigned
duty.
Secondary armament is usually used if the main armament is damaged or is out of ammo.
Each weapon is shown with the exact type and model.
2.
“Readiness to fire” icon
The dots indicate a number of possible conditions:
o All dots are empty – the weapon is not loaded and is not ready to
deliver fire
o Some dots are colored in red – the weapon is being loaded
o All dots are colored in green – the weapon is fully loaded and
ready to deliver fire
3.
Detailed information on selected weapon
Includes the weapon’s main performance characteristics:
o Maximum fire range for this weapon
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o Rate of fire, shots per minute
o Time for reloading weapon, in seconds
o Number of shots before next reloading (depends on the capacity
of the magazine).
o Dispersion of shot (angular minutes), depending on the weapon
and shell type
o Current ammo type and its characteristics
o Muzzle velocity, meters per second
o Armor penetration, depending on distance. The default armor
penetration is displayed for the main gun.
4.
Ammo
Current ammo type and all ammo types available for loading (in
ammo assignment mode) For each type of ammo, the available number of
rounds, or the magazine capacity are shown
5.
Grenades
This slot displays which grenades (if any) the soldier is equipped
with.
6.
Combat Gear
Access to equipment pick-up and exchange screen (showing a
backpack and the description “Combat gear”). This screen is available via
the Combat Interface only (accordingly, during battles only).
Characteristics
1.
2.
3.
4.
Health and morale of the selected soldier
Current soldier’s characteristics and skills
Portrait of the character
Personal data of the soldier (first and last name, rank, awards)
(Note) Health, morale and accuracy stats are subject to change during the
course of a mission
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Crew Member Info Panel
When you place the mouse cursor on a soldier who is part of a squad
or crew, additional information on his characteristics and combat skills is
displayed:
· First and last name
· Rank
· Nation
· Main characteristics: health, morale
· Additional characteristics and combat skills: Leadership, Driver,
Gunner, Scout, Accuracy, Intelligence
Once you have finished selecting units and soldiers for your task
force and are ready to start the battle, click the button ‘Start combat’.
Combat
The game’s main Combat Interface allows for efficient control of
your units during combat.
A commander has a number of tasks during combat:
· Control and analyze information coming from the battle field
· Have a clear idea of the fighting efficiency of combat units and
squads under your command
· Understand the basic picture, know the quality and quantity of
the enemy forces, as well as the direction of enemy attacks and the locations
where his forces and equipment are concentrated
· Issue clear orders to your subordinates during combat based on
all collected information
The Combat Interface was designed to serve the above objectives.
The following chapter begins with an overview of the main combat
interface, explains the interactive cursor and how to issue orders to your
units, then follows up with a description of the separate combat phases.
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Main Combat Interface
1. The battle field where combat action takes place.
2. Incoming orders from superior command, status of combat tasks.
3. Button for jumping to Briefing screen which displays all Combat
Tasks for the current battle.
4. Mini-map
5. Message log
6. Buttons for expanding message log
7. General Information panel. The following types are possible:
a. Current battle statistics panel
b. Detailed Unit Info panel
c. Soldier Information panel
d. Crew Information panel
8. Combat gear pick-up and exchange panel
9. Equipment info view toggle buttons
10. Movement mode control buttons
11. Formation control buttons
12. Order buttons
13. Interactive cursor
14. Quick Unit Overview Window (appears when you place the
cursor on a unit)
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15.
16.
17.
18.
Air and artillery support availability and request icons
Unit icons
Soldiers and units present on the battle field
Markers and indicators
Combat Interface Elements
Battlefield
The battlefield view is the main view for carrying out combat actions
and maneuvers of all combat units and squads regardless of the side they
belong to. The battlefield is an area with diverse landscapes, foliage, small
settlements and certain man-made objects intended for both civil and military use.
A typical battlefield is a square with a side length of up to 4 kilometers. At the same time the area which is visible but not available for active
operations may reach 8 kilometers both in width and length.
Landscape features like hills, valleys, dense foliage and man-made
objects can have a serious impact on the ability of combat units to observe
their surroundings.
Water obstacles and impassable terrain may restrict access to certain
parts of terrain.
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The following man-made defensive installations and obstacles are
found on the battle field:
Trenches
Artillery positions
Barbed wire
Antitank hedgehog
Wooden pillboxes
Mine fields
The battlefield layout cannot be changed during battle.
Battle Orders and Status of Combat Tasks.
In the left bottom corner of the battlefield screen, just above the
mini-map, all notifications on new orders received from superior command
as well as changes in the status of current combat objectives are shown.
Each message shows a button allowing the player to jump to a full
description of the task or the detailed description of the message.
When you click on the task button the Combat task screen will open
with a detailed description of the respective Combat task.
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Battle Orders Info Button
This button opens the Briefing screen with a list of all current combat tasks and orders.
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Mini-Map
The mini-map is a useful tool for getting information about the
battlefield as a whole regardless of the area visible on the screen.
The mini-map displays the following information:
Active combat area
This lightly shaded area is the area available for active combat
operations. Within its boundaries the player may move and use the forces
under his command. A player may not take combat units under his control
outside this area.
Surrounding environment
The darker shaded area shows terrain outside of the active combat
area. This terrain is not available for active play.
The compass helps you to find directions on the map. It is helpful
when you know directions from where you expect your enemy to appear.
Key landscape features are shown as a topographical map using commonly
accepted conventional symbols.
A white triangle indicates the area current visible to the player
depending on his camera position. During the Setup Phase before a battle,
the available Setup Zones are indicated.
Numbered objective markers indicate primary and secondary objectives (combat tasks). The color of soldier and vehicle icons indicates
their position and which side they belong to.
Key messages (such as destruction of a combat unit, lack of ammo
etc.) are indicated on the mini-map by icons:
Allied soldier
Allied vehicle
The order can not be performed
Empty or neutral vehicle
Enemy soldier
Enemy vehicle
Chassis damaged
No crew
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No line of fire
Neutral soldier
Waypoint with task number
Player soldier
Player vehicle
Unit is attacked by an invisible enemy unit
Unit’s path is blocked
Unit is killed
Unit is panicked
Main gun is destroyed
No ammo, no weapon
Message Log
Below the mini-map is the message log. All critical messages from
your combat units appear in this list.
(Note) If you issue an order to a unit and notice that it is not being executed,
check the message log. Probably the unit is reporting that it’s impossible to carry out the order for one reason or another.
Messages may be colored in either black or red. The red color of a
message indicates that a certain combat unit has been destroyed or killed.
If you right-click on a message the battlefield camera will automatically
jump to the object/unit.
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Buttons for Viewing the Message Log
By default, the messages log is minimized and only displays two
lines of the current messages.
Open lo
g’
To view a full list of recent messages use the button ‘Open
log’
g’.
Information Panel
The Information panel is the main tool for accessing information
about combat units and the overall statistics of the current battle.
Current Battle Statistics Panel
(
Current battle statistics are available at all times; you just have to
deselect any unit (right-click somewhere on an empty spot on the map).
This panel keeps record of all available, lost and captured combat
units serving for all sides engaged in the battle.
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Unit Information panel
In the combat mode, the unit information panel enables player to
select the ammo used for each type of weapon and to control the crew.
Soldier Information Panel
In the combat mode, the soldier information panel allows to select
which of the available weapons the soldier will use in combat. Also, the
equipment pick-up/exchange panel appears in the combat mode.
Group Formation Info Panel
All combat units on the battle field including soldiers and vehicles
may be combined in groups. The information panel displays a summary on
all combat units in such a group. Units/soldiers can also be part of more
than one group at the same time.
For vehicles/guns combined in groups, the number of crew members and name/model of the equipment are displayed.
For soldiers, the following information is shown:
Main weapon
Grenades (if available)
Character’s portrait
Group commander icon
Health status
Morale status
Number of battles fought under your command
Each squad has a commander. In order to select the entire squad,
double-click on the commander’s icon. The entire squad under his command will be selected automatically. All orders issued will then apply to the
entire squad.
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Equipment Pick-Up/Exchange Panel
During a battle, any soldier on the battlefield (i.e. not inside a tank
or vehicle) may pick up ammunition from other soldiers, dead or alive (for
instance, when sharing ammo or to equip an unarmed soldier).
The equipment pick-up panel is opened by clicking on the “Combat Gear” button in the Soldier Information Panel.
The Combat Gear button shows how many items are available at the
current location.
The equipment pick-up window opens after clicking on the button
Combat Gear
Gear. It shows the quantity and type of weapons and ammo
available. The player can pick up and get rid of any type of weapon,
equipment and ammo.
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To pick up or discard gear, use the respective buttons (each button
has a pop-up caption).
· Select gear on the battle field (in the equipment panel) or carried by soldier (in the soldier information panel)
· Select action
1. Pick up item: a soldier picks up one item of the same type, if he
has an empty slot to carry it.
2. Pick up all items: a soldier picks up all items of a certain type if
he has a spare slot to carry it.
3. Drop item: a soldier discards one item of that type.
4. Drop all items: the soldier drops all items from the slot.
Viewing Passengers Info
Some vehicles in the game can transport passengers.
Such vehicles are marked with dots indicating vacant/occupied
passenger seats and have a separate panel for viewing the list of passengers.
If a vehicle can transport passengers the button Passengers becomes active and once clicked opens the control panel. This control panel
is identical to the control panel for groups and squads.
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Movement Mode Buttons
Each soldier or group of soldiers can be assigned one of three modes
of movement. They differ in movement speed and visibility for the enemy,
and hence affect the probability of being spotted.
To toggle between movement modes select a soldier or a group and
click on the button for the mode you want to assign.
Double time: a soldier moves upright at double time. Soldiers
deliver fire from a Standing position. This position is the most visible for
the enemy.
Dash: a soldier moves bent down at quick pace. During stops and
shooting the soldier Kneels. This mode is harder to spot by the enemy.
Crawling: a soldier moves by crawling. During stops and shooting
the soldier delivers fire from a Prone position. Such soldiers are difficult to
spot for the enemy.
Formation Control Buttons
The formation control buttons allow you to assign a formation to a
group of soldiers or vehicles with one mouse click:
Loose Formation: allows to increase distance between individuals in a formation. In this formation units keep approximately the same
location with respect to each other. Useful when under artillery attack.
Tight Formation: is used to close distances between individual
units in a formation. Soldiers and vehicles take positions close to each other,
making them vulnerable for artillery and air attacks. But this formation is
convenient for breaking through a defensive line or for example hidden
movement behind cover.
Free Formation: combat units keep the position they currently
have when the formation command is assigned. The player can create his
own custom formations in this way.
Line Formation: units/soldiers form a wide chain useful for maximizing firepower to the front.
Wed
ge For
mation: combat units form a spearhead useful to project
edg
Formation:
decent firepower to the front and the flanks.
Column Formation: is a travel order rarely used during combat
but mainly for marching in file down a road.
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The new formation is assumed only after you click on a location for
the new formation.
You can change the facing of your formation as follows:
1. Select a new formation (click formation button)
2. Select a point on the terrain for the new formation
3. Holding down the right mouse button, move the cursor to the left
or to the right from the center of assumed position
4. Issue the order by releasing the right mouse button.
Order Buttons
The main method to control your troops is by giving direct orders to
a selected combat unit or group. All orders in Theater of War are issued
through the use of the orders panel and the interactive (context sensitive)
cursor, which changes depending on the possible actions by the selected
unit, or depending on the type of order given by the player. The orders
panel is located at the bottom right corner of the Combat interface.
Orders
– Movement
The standard movement order for units to change position.
– Stop
An order to stop any current tasks (Movement, Attack, Fire, Assault). Note however that after a certain time any unit might begin acting on
its own and react to the current combat situation.
– Attack
An order to attack a target by fire. The target is market with red
brackets and a red arrow points from the firing unit to the target. The unit
selected to attack enters into “Attack” mode and will attempt to move into a
position with good line of sight towards his assigned target, including
forward to close the distance if necessary.
Additionally to a general attack order, the player may (but doesn’t
have to) set a specific aim point:
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Aim at the turret
Aim at the hull
(upper part of the target)
(middle part of the target)
Aim at the chassis
(lower part of the target)
The above instructions are set by selecting the upper, middle or
lower “mini-sight” on the Attack button. After you select the aim point, the
combat unit will start delivering fire at the specified aim point for the
current and all subsequent targets until the aim point is changed again.
– Area Fire
An order to attack a specified point or position. Regardless of whether
enemy forces are located in the area or not, your combat units will begin
firing at the ordered position. Use this command to fire at groups of infantry
soldiers with a tank’s main gun (tanks use only MGs against infantry by
default - and the Geneva convention).
– Assault
This orders a unit to storm a certain spot on the map (usually the
target spot is controlled by the enemy). Units ordered to assault fire on the
move and generally attempt to reach the specified target at all costs.
– Defend
An order to defend in place, and look for good cover in the vicinity.
– Retreat
An order to conduct a fighting withdrawal.
– Rotate
An order to change the facing of a a combat unit or group to look in
a different direction. May improve spotting in that direction for example.
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– Attach
An order to attach a gun to the selected transport unit.
– Disembark
An order to disembark passengers and crew (in this order) from a
transport, vehicle, or gun.
– Hold fire
An order forbidding the selected combat unit or group to fire.
– Hold position
An order forbidding the selected combat unit or group to change
position.
Interactive Cursor
The player can control his troops either by giving direct orders
through the Orders Panel or with the help of the interactive cursor. The
interactive cursor always displays a standard (default) order for a selected
unit based on the location of the cursor.
Standard Orders
A standard (default) order is issued in the following cases:
· When the selected unit is able to attack the target indicated by
the cursor (cursor assumes an Attack shape).
· When the selected combat unit is able to move to a place indicated by the cursor (cursors assumes a Move shape).
· When a selected soldier or squad is able to capture an enemy or
unmanned vehicle or gun indicated by the cursor (cursor assumes a Capture shape).
· When a selected soldier or squad can occupy a trench indicated
by the cursor (cursor assumes an Occupy a Trench shape).
The cursor types that can be seen on the battle field are:
The cursor for hooking and unhooking a gun. It appears when
the Attach button order is selected from the Order Panel
Panel.
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The cursor for attacking a target. It appears when the
currently selected unit is able to attack the object indicated by the
cursor or when using the Attack button on the Order Panel
Panel.
The cursor for requesting Air Support
Support. It appears when
activating the Air Support icon
icon.
The cursor for indicating a target and requesting Artillery
Support
Support. It appears when activating the Artillery Support icon
icon.
The cursor for indicating a target and attacking a location
(regardless if a unit is there or not). It appears when using the Area
Panel.
Target order from the Order Panel
This cursor shows that the indicated target or position cannot
be attacked.
The cursor for assaulting a position or target. It appears when
using the Assault button on the Order Panel or when a selected
combat unit or group is able to assault the position or object indicated
by the cursor.
The battle field camera cursor. Indicates moving the virtual
camera down.
Moves the virtual camera to the left.
Moves the virtual camera down and to the left.
Moves the virtual camera up and to the left.
Moves the virtual camera to the right.
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Moves the virtual camera down and to the right.
Moves the virtual camera up and to the right.
Moves the virtual camera up.
The cursor for Defending
Defending. It appears when choosing the
Defend order from the Order Panel
Panel. It also appears when you
select an infantry unit and point the cursor at a friendly tank - in that
case the infantry will seek cover behind the tank and use it as mobile
shield.
This cursor indicates a waypoint for the selected combat unit
or group.
The cursor for Capturing or Manning an object. It appears
if a selected combat unit or group is able to enter and Capture the
object or vehicle indicated by the cursor.
The cursor for Entering a Trench
Trench. It appears if a selected
combat unit or group is able to occupy the trench indicated by the
cursor.
The cursor for Retreating
Retreating. It appears when using the
Retreat button from the Order Panel
Panel.
The cursor for Rotating
Rotating. It appears when using the Rotate
order from the Order Panel
Panel.
The cursor for operating the virtual camera in 3D mode.
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Aviation
The purpose of aviation in the game is to support the ground units
under player command. The player can request air support of three types:
Ground attack aircraft, fighters and air Scouts.
The availability of air support units is based on the strategic situation
at a given part of the front and is entirely up to the decision of superior
command.
The player cannot directly control the requested air support but can
only give general orders (specify the region for their operation).
Ground Attack Aircraft
Attack aircraft attack the specified area and select their targets in the
area in accordance with their own priorities (the approximate priorities are
listed below in a descending order):
1. Artillery (heavy, light, flak); 2. SPG; 3. Armored
Cars; 4. Vehicles; 5. Pillboxes, 6. Human targets, 7. Tanks
Fighters
Fighters patrol a target area for a certain period of time. They attack
enemy aviation (attack aircraft and bombers) in the target area.
Air Scouts
An air scout gathers air intelligence information in the target area.
If several types of air support are available in a combat (for example,
fighters and attack aircraft) only one type can be used at a time.
Each type of air support in a battle is represented only by one and the
same air formation. So if you are permitted to request attack aircraft support
five times, the same flight will arrive each time. Therefore, some time has to
pass before the next arrival of the aviation at the combat area.
This also means that the availability of subsequent air support requests depends on the number of airplanes hit by the enemy during the
previous flight. If the whole flight has been shot down by enemy fighters or
anti-aircraft guns, you will not be able to request air support again, even if
you are permitted to use them 3 more times, simply because the air support
formation assigned to you has been destroyed.
The number of times each specific type of air support can be requested is predetermined by the general situation on the front (other missions to be accomplished) and the resources available (in other words: it is
scripted for each specific scenario).
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Accuracy of Hitting a Target
Each type of airplane has its own armament. Each type of armament
has its specific parameters defining its accuracy, density and scatter of fire
(which also depend upon the ammo type). This is valid for all combat
vehicles and weapons in Theatre of War. Therefore, air support units might
fail to hit or damage targets if they lack the proper armament or ammo.
Artillery Support
Artillery support is provided by batteries of regiment artillery located in the rear.
The player cannot operate these guns directly but can request that
certain positions be fired at if artillery support is available, i.e. when the
‘Artillery Support’ icon is visible in the top right corner.
The duration and intensiveness of artillery support depends on type
and number of guns in a battery (which is nation specific) and the duration
of the artillery barrage (as defined by high command).
Reinforcements
Which reinforcements are available for a specific mission and where
and when they arrive is pre-determined by your superior command. Reinforcements appear on the map (during a battle) based on two factors: the
fulfillment of combat tasks and losses of vehicles or personnel under player
command, i.e. if the player lost too many units but failed to complete his
mission, his commander may provide him with reinforcements ahead of
time.
Repair and Re-equipment of Vehicles
During a battle, vehicles can be damaged or expend all ammo. It is
impossible to repair a vehicle or replenish its ammo on the battle field.
Vehicles can only be repaired after a battle (if it has not been destroyed
completely), which happens automatically in between battles.
In order to be able to recover a vehicle, the player needs to have
direct control over it at the moment the mission ends, i.e. there should be at
least one crew member inside.
If your tank has been damaged but not destroyed during a battle and
its crew has escaped (or has been killed) and you would like to have this
tank available in future battles, make sure that a soldier gets inside to
“capture” the vehicle before the mission ends. This vehicle will then be
completely repaired after the battle, and its ammo and crew replenished.
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Replenishment / Rearmament of Squads
Each and every soldier can be reequipped with any small arms he
can find on the battle field, i.e. if your tank is hit and the crew leaves the
vehicle, the tankers can be armed with additional weapons (they are generally only lightly armed). Each killed soldier leaves all his personal gear
nearby: automatic rifles, grenade launchers, carbines, submachine guns,
grenades, and pistols. And, of course, the ammo.
It is impossible to change the equipment of soldiers before missions
(in accordance with Field Service Regulations). High command allocates
fully staffed platoons with pre-assigned roles (machine gunner, grenade
launcher operator, tank hunter, sniper, etc.). The only thing the player can
do is to assign a more experienced soldier or a soldier with the required
skills to a given position so that he can cope with his role and equipment
better. It is impossible to compose a squad of 10 snipers if there can only be
1 sniper in a sqaud according to the mission orders. The same is valid for
other military roles.
Infantry squads cannot be replenished during a battle, this can only
be done between missions (it happens automatically). The player can assign any soldier under his command to an infantry squad.
On the battlefield, the player can control each soldier directly regardless of whether the soldier is assigned to any platoon or not.
Any soldier, be it an infantryman, a tanker, or a gunner, can be
assigned with any role such as operating a tank, firing a cannon or driving
a truck. Such soldier will fulfill the role assigned to him either well or badly
depending upon his personal skills.
Damage Calculations
The following factors are taken into consideration in the game whenever damage is calculated for various types of objects: ballistics (every
weapon in the game has its own ballistics parameters), hit angles, armor at
the hit location, shell inertia, high-explosive effect, detonation, blast pressure wave, secondary effects, ricochets, anti-HEAT screens, ammo detonation, and inflammation. The following systems may be disabled:
o Chassis:
o Transmission;
o Engine;
o Wheel or tracks
o Turret;
o Guns;
o Machine guns;
o Crew
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(Note) A vehicle with 8 wheels has to have more than 2 of them damaged
before it’s considered immobilized
Damage Inflicted on Vehicles and Personnel
Each vehicle has 5 distinctive armor locations:
Front, Rear, Top, Side, Bottom
Tanks have separate armor for its hull and turret, i.e. a tank’s armor
breaks down as follows:
Hull, front
Turret, front
Hull, rear
Turret, rear
Hull, top
Turret, top
Hull, side
Turret, side
Hull, bottom
Some tank models have better armor protection on the turret than on
the hull, and vice versa. The correct selection of the point of aim may
sometimes be crucial in destroying enemy vehicles.
For example, even a King Tiger can become considerably easier to
destroy if one gets into its rear, therefore it is crucial to maneuver and rotate
a vehicle all the time to hide its vital areas.
Here are some examples of a hit and the inflicted damage:
A shell hits a wheel or track: the chassis is disabled on one side
A shell hits the hull, penetrates and hits the engine: the engine is
disabled
A shell hits the hull, penetrates and kills the crew
A shell hits the turret and fails to penetrate, but the turret is damaged
and the gun becomes inoperable
A shell hits the turret and fails to penetrate, but the crew is killed
due to secondary effects (fragments on the inner side of the armor)
The visible contour of the target and any obstacles along the path of
the shell are taken into account: it is understandable that it is much harder
to hit a soldier in a trench or a tank obscured by the terrain or behind a
house.
If the tracks of a tank are destroyed, the tank does not stop at once
but rather makes a turn because of its inertia, and only then stops.
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Combat System Basics
A typical armored firefight is generally fairly brief before it reaches
its conclusion (usually the elimination of one or both sides). Therefore it is
crucial for the commander to understand the general principles of estimating the chance of hitting a target in order to be able to act quickly.
These are the key factors to be considered when estimating the
chances of hitting a target:
Factor
Performance characteristics of a gun
Effect
a. Initial velocity of a shell
b. Deviation of a shell from
point of aim
Performance characteristics of a shell a. Range of a shell
b. Velocity of a shell
c. Deviation of a shell from
point of aim
Distance to a target
Deviation of a shell from
intended point of aim
Moving target
Impossible to acquire target
Moving firing unit
impossible to acquire target
Target acquisition
Increases the chances of
hitting a target with each
subsequent shot
Point of aim
Defines the center of the
shot dispersion cone
‘Gunner’ skill
Defines the radius of the
shot dispersion cone
The target acquisition procedure is basically as follows:
· The gunner checks the situation on the battlefield and selects the
most dangerous target he sees (either himself or with the help of the
information received from friendly units);
· The point of aim is selected (depending upon the commander’s
order, i.e. the player):
· Center of the target’s contour;
· Center of the contour for the selected aim point (turret, or upper
part; hull, or medium part; chassis, or lower part).
· Depending on the operator’s ‘Gunner’ skill, the gun is aimed at
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the target within a certain radius from the point of aim selected by the
player; the aiming accuracy error is taken into account.
· The gun is fired;
· The shell starts its flight:
· The flight path is adjusted based on the scatter characteristic of
a given gun and shell;
· If there are no obstacles along the path of the shell it gets to the
final point of the path;
· If the shell meets an obstacle along its path, such as a target,
foliage, building, etc., the shell interacts with the relevant surface;
· If the target is an armored vehicle the chance of a ricochet is
estimated depending upon the angles of the armor, the angle of the hit, and
the type of the shell:
· If the shell does not ricochet, the warhead detonates;
· After the warhead detonates, the damage inflicted on the target
is calculated depending upon the type of the shell and the characteristics of
the armor, including the damage caused by possible secondary effects;
· The chance that one of the tank’s systems is destroyed is calculated depending upon the point of impact and the force and type of weapon
effects.
· If the target has not been destroyed but is immobile, the gunner
adjusts his aim based on the results of the first shot, i.e. if a non-moving
target is fired at from a non-moving gun, the shot dispersion cone decreases
with each subsequent shot.
· If the target is destroyed the gunner goes to the beginning of the
cycle for a different target (if available).
Hitting a target
The key factors influencing the chances of hitting a target are:
Factor
Effect
Point of aim
Visible contour of a target
surface area that can be
hit
‘Gunner’ skill
Point of aim, aiming
accuracy error (within
a certain radius)
Scatter (shell and gun)
Deviation of a shell from the
point of aim
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Ammo types
To fire a gun efficiently one should properly understand the differences between the various types of ammo.
In the course of the long history of field artillery and armored troops
a lot of different tools and systems have been developed to effectively combat armored targets. The ongoing development resulted in a number of
different types of shells with different characteristics:
Armor-piercing ability
Behind armor effect
Aerodynamics (air resistance and stability)
Type of explosive
Type of detonating the explosive
Weapon effect, Etc.
Type of Ammo
Armor-piercing shell
Abbreviation
AP
Armor-piercing high-explosive shell
APHE
Armor-piercing capped shell
APC
Armor-piercing, capped,
ballistic-capped shell
APCBC
Armor-piercing subcaliber composite
rigid (tungsten core) shell
APCR
Armor-piercing subcaliber composite
non-rigid shell
APCNR
Armor-piercing subcaliber discarding
sabot shell
APDS
High-explosive fragmentation shell
HE
High-explosive anti-tank shell
HEAT
“Armor-piercing” covers a variety of projectile designs. These are
classified in several ways. The Soviets do so by their diameter in relation to
the bore of the gun:
1. Sub-caliber
2. Full-caliber
3. Over-caliber
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In the USA, APCR was called HVAP, High Velocity Armor Piercing.
The main German AP round for 5cm guns and above was Panzergranate
39, an APCBC/HE round. APCR was called Panzergranate 40, and APCNR
Panzergranate 41.
Full-caliber kinetic energy rounds
Most armor-piercing rounds in WW2 were of this type. The most
basic is plain AP shot, used by the British for the first half of the war and by
all nations in smaller calibers. This works simply by punching a hole in the
armor, and so depends on high strength, areal density, and striking velocity.
“Shot” is by definition solid, whereas “shell” has a filling. Most
nations preferred armor-piercing shell, APHE. This has an explosive filler
intended to detonate behind the target’s armor. Against the promise of
better behind-armor effect, the cavity weakens the projectile, and the fuze
may be actuated prematurely by a burster-plate placed before the main
armor.
APC includes a soft-metal piercing cap. This does two things: It
reduces the chance of ricochet from angled strikes, and spreads the load of
impact on to the projectile’s shoulders, reducing the chance of the nose
shattering and improving penetration of face-hardened armor. APCBC
adds a thin metal ballistic cap, or windshield, which reduces drag and so
helps the projectile maintain velocity at range. Many APC and APCBC
rounds include bursting charges, but this is not normally indicated in the
designation.
Sub-caliber kinetic energy rounds
At very high striking velocities, steel is no longer strong enough to
withstand impact with armor plate. Tungsten carbide is hard and strong
enough, but very dense, so full-caliber rounds would be too heavy to fire at
high velocities. Three kinds of shot with tungsten-carbide penetrating
cores were fielded during WW2. APCR was used by the Americans,
Germans and Russians; APCNR by the British and Germans; and APDS by
the British.
APCR has the penetrator mounted in a relatively light rigid body
which seats it in the bore and provides obturation. It improves penetration
at close range, but the relatively low overall areal density means that velocity drops off quickly with range.
APCNR is similar, but fired from taper-bore or cone-bore guns.
These have barrels that narrow towards the muzzle (taper bore, the German
Gerlich guns), or are fitted with a narrowing adapter (cone bore, the British
Littlejohn Adapter). The non-rigid body is swaged down as it travels down
the bore, and emergent caliber is smaller than initial caliber. Penetration
performance is good, but barrel life short, and the design of HE projectiles
problematic.
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In APDS the supporting structure, or “sabot”, falls away as the projectile leaves the muzzle. Sabot petals can be dangerous to personnel
nearby. Only the penetrator travels to the target, so areal density is high,
and velocity does not drop off too sharply with range. Accuracy was poor in
early designs, because of poor shot seating.
Full-caliber and over-caliber hollow-charge rounds
HEAT works on a different principle, punching a hole through
armor plate with an explosively-formed penetrator. This penetrator is formed
from the (copper or tin) liner of a cone in the high explosive warhead. As
the penetrator moves at the detonation velocity of HE, it moves very fast
indeed, but it takes some time to form, so penetration performance is highly
dependent on stand-off distance. Spaced armor may therefore reduce or
improve penetration, depending on how far from the main armor it is
relative to the optimum stand-off.
HEAT must be detonated at the base of the projectile in response to
an impact at the nose, so it is important to devise an efficient PIBD (Point
Initiating, Base Detonating) fuze. Although penetration performance is
good, the hole punched is usually very narrow, producing relatively little
behind-armor debris. The main advantage of HEAT is that, as its effectiveness does not depend on striking velocity, it can be used in weapons that
would otherwise have negligible armor-piercing capability. It was used in
hand-held anti-tank weapons, such as the PIAT and Panzerfaust (overcaliber) and Bazooka and Panzerschreck (full-caliber). American, German
and Russian field artillery used it for tank shooting, and the Germans
prolonged the useful life of their early small-caliber anti-tank guns with the
Stielgranate, an over-caliber fin-stabilized HEAT projectile.
Improvised ammunition
Ordinary HE or shrapnel rounds could be used with the fuzes removed as improvised anti-tank rounds against thin armor. British 25pounders in the Western Desert used HE with the shipping plug in place of
the fuze until proper AP was issued. The Russians made a similar improvisation with shrapnel in 1941 to make up for a shortage of armor-piercing
ammunition.
Skills and Characteristics
An experienced commander always pays attention to each soldier
under his command, the soldier’s characteristics, previous experience, and
personal skills.
All crew members and infantry squads under your command have
a number of characteristics and skills which directly influence both their
individual behavior in a battle and their behavior as part of a squad or crew.
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(Note) Since the crews of support airplanes and regimental (off-map) artillery are not directly subordinate to you, you have no access to their
characteristics and are unable to influence the improvement of their
combat skills.
Combat Skills
The combat skills of a soldier may change as his combat experience
grows. A soldier’s combat skills (‘Driver’, ‘Gunner’, and ‘Scout’) can only
be improved after the mission has been completed provided that the soldier
has survived and has accumulated combat experience points which have
not yet been spent. A combat skill can only be improved in the ‘Debriefing’
screen.
‘Driver’ is a skill directly influencing a soldier’s ability to operate
military vehicles properly in a combat situation.
The level of this skill influences:
· Ability to drive vehicles (skill level higher than zero)
· Maneuvering in battle
· Use of various speed modes
· Stability and smoothness of movement
· Ability to cross obstacles
· Ability to fire on the move (level higher than 80)
· Ability to use enemy’s vehicles (level higher than 90)
· Skills in choosing an optimal movement route taking the combat
situation into account
‘Gunner’ is a skill directly influencing a soldier’s ability to aim
heavy weapons (tank guns, artillery, and heavy machine guns) accurately.
The level of this skill influences:
· Ability to fire guns (level higher than zero)
· Speed of aiming the gun
· Response time to battle situation changes
· Skills of a correctly choosing the most dangerous enemy
· Accuracy of aiming and hitting
· Ability to fire on the move (level higher than 80)
‘Scout’ is a skill influencing a soldier’s ability to observe the battlefield while remaining unnoticed himself, and to fire from sniper rifles.
The level of this skill influences:
· The maximum distance at which a soldier is capable of spotting
and identifying enemy targets;
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· A soldier’s ability to remain unspotted on the battle field near the
enemy using terrain and natural obstacles;
· Ability to operate sniper rifles and use aimed fire.
A single sniper with a good Scout skill can often approach an enemy
unspotted using “crawl” while holding fire, then target the enemy quickly
for a few shots, and withdraw to quickly change his position before the
enemy is able to identify his location.
‘Accuracy’ is a skill directly influencing a soldier’s ability to hit a
target firing small arms (including machine guns). This is the only skill
which improves during an ongoing battle when a soldier is using his
weapon.
Non-Combat Characteristics
Non-combat characteristics directly affect a soldiers’ behavior and
condition during a battle, and include:
Health, Morale, Leadership, Intelligence
‘Health’ is a basic parameter determining how much damage a
soldier can withstand from direct hits or secondary effects.
Military vehicles do not have a ‘Health’ skill.
‘Morale’ is a key parameter determining the reaction of a soldier
to a given order, a change in the combat situation or the ability to actively
participate in combat actions.
‘Leadership’ influences the maximum level of the ‘Morale’ characteristic, resistance to factors usually affecting ‘Morale’, and the recovery
(regeneration) speed of ‘Morale’ of the soldier, his comrades-in-arms, and
his subordinates.
The ‘Leadership’ parameter:
· The ‘Leadership’ of a commander has effect on himself, all his
subordinate soldiers and the soldiers who are within visual contact and
belong to the same combat arm (infantry, armor...) as the commander;
· The ‘Leadership’ of soldiers within squads or crews has effect on
the soldier himself, and nearby comrades-in-arms (of the same combat
arm).
The tank commander’s ‘Leadership’ parameter has no influence on
the ‘Morale’ of the infantry fighting near the tank and vice versa.
‘Leadership’ only depends on the rank and the combat decorations
awarded. Thus, regular soldiers have no ‘Leadership’ whatsoever. The higher
the rank, the higher the ‘Leadership’ skill of an officer or NCO. Since a
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person can only be promoted to a new rank or awarded with decorations
after a battle is complete, the ‘Leadership’ parameter cannot change during
the battle.
‘Intelligence’ is a separate characteristic of a soldier that only
influences his ability to learn.
A soldier’s ‘Intelligence’ has no effect on his behavior in a combat
situation, assessment of the situation, or reaction to the commander’s orders. The ‘Intelligence’ parameter is only taken into account when calculating combat experience and skill points gained by the soldier as a result of
a battle.
The higher the ‘Intelligence’ skill, the higher the multiplier applied
to determine the soldier’s combat experience and skill points. This modifier
means that a soldier with a higher ‘Intelligence’ skill gains more benefits in
the form of practical observations and skills during a battle.
Map Info Icons
If you point the cursor on a soldier or a military vehicle on the battle
field, a small window appears showing various info icons:
- crew or an infantry-man is in panic;
- low ammo (shells <10 pieces, magazines <2 pieces)
- no crew in a vehicle
- chassis is damaged
- weapon is damaged
Combat Experience
After each battle there is a time when the results of the battle are to
be evaluated not only in terms of the combat missions accomplished but
also in terms of the experience gained by each soldier or each crew member who survived the battle.
The efficiency of a soldier is evaluated based on the accumulated
Combat Experience points during a battle. Points are awarded for any
actions accomplished during the battle, such as destroying enemy units
and vehicles, capturing objectives and so forth.
Debriefing and Reorganization Screen
Debriefing
The ‘Debriefing
Debriefing’ screen shows the situation at the end of a completed battle featuring:
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(on the right of the screen)
· Military vehicles which were under your command at the end of
the battle, including those captured from the enemy;
· All the personnel, including infantrymen and crew members
who have survived the battle;
(on the left of the screen)
· A soldier’s personal data (full name, rank, and decorations);
· A soldier’s experience and statistics for the battles he has fought
under your command;
· A soldier’s personal characteristics;
· A soldier’s skills;
· Statistics and combat experience gained in the last battle;
· Military rank, to which a soldier can be promoted based on his
accumulated combat experience;
· Decorations a soldier can be awarded
After a battle is over, it is time to review the personnel, their achievements and Combat Experience accumulated in the latest battle.
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An individual soldier’s achievements in a battle come down to a
simple figure representing his Combat Experience in the ‘Available’ field.
Spending Combat Experience Points
Automatic Distribution of Accumulated Experience
You can choose to distribute Experience Points automatically, both
for individual soldiers as well as for the entire roster.
The automatic distribution is based on certain rules, which are also
reasonable guidelines when conducting manual distribution:
· Eligible soldiers are promoted and awarded decorations, increasing their ‘Leadership’; the ‘Leadership’ parameter influences the morale of
all nearby subordinates in battle.
· If a soldier has a skill that is better developed than the others, this
skill will be increased during the automatic experience distribution.
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· If a soldier does not have any skills, the first skill to be developed
is the ‘Gunner’ skill, then the ‘Driver’ skill, and finally the ‘Scout’ skill.
Combat Experience Points can be distributed as follows:
Action
Effect
Improvement of the ‘Driver’ skill
Driving military vehicles
Improvement of the ‘Gunner’ skill
Firing heavy weapons:
tanks and artillery
Improvement of the ‘Scout’ skill
Concealment,
and observation
Promotion to a higher rank
Improves ‘Leadership’ skill
Awarding a soldier with a medal
Improves ‘Leadership’ skill
Tactics
Each vehicle or soldier possesses several characteristics influencing
his ability to spot enemies as well as the chances of being spotted himself:
Ability to Spot Enemy
(basic characteristics)
‘Scout’ (personal skill)
Visibility radius (a permanent value depending on the unit type)
(modifying factors)
Obstacles in the line of sight
Terrain
Enemy firing
Engine sounds
Enemy moving
Battlefield recon from friendly units on the battlefield
Chances of Being Spotted
(basic characteristics)
‘Scout’ (personal skill)
(modifying factors)
Actions performed (movement, firing, engine sound)
(additional parameters)
‘Camouflage’ (depends on the ‘Scout’ skill and the terrain)
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Basic Spotting Rules
· Visibility is best to the front of a unit or soldier, but there is no
guarantee for 100% identification.
· Enemies outside of the viewing arc of a unit cannot be identified
unless they give themselves away by a shot or engine sounds or unless their
position is known to other friendly units (in that case their icon appears
faded)
· Any obstacle in the line of sight (trees, houses, bushes, operable
and damaged vehicles) reduces the chances of spotting an enemy unit.
Grass represents no obstacle to spotting.
· Any cover used by vehicles or personnel modifies the ‘Camouflage’ parameter of the combat unit.
· Fences in villages and towns as well as barbed-wire provide no
cover and do not prevent spotting.
· Any soldier can take cover behind any object, including friendly
vehicles or the remains of damaged vehicles.
· A large tank can find sufficient cover in a thick forest, whereas
already thick brush will suffice for guns. Individual soldiers can hide behind tanks or armored vehicles.
· Even a large military formation can secretly approach an enemy
position using a ravine or a hill as cover.
· Any sound or action may disclose the location of vehicles or
soldiers. A shot gives the enemy a higher chance to spot the shooter even if
the latter is behind cover.
· Even if an enemy is heard (by firing a shot or engine sounds), the
target positioning icon (i.e. reliable knowledge about the enemy’s location)
does not always appear automatically.
· If a friendly soldier sees an enemy unit you will receive battlefield recon information from them and the unit will therefore appear on
your screen with a faded icon
· Soldiers with a high ‘Scout’ skill can remain unspotted even at
close range if moving cautiously and only firing occasionally.
· An infantryman with a high ‘Scout’ skill and a sniper rifle (which
is less noticeable for the enemy when fired) can inflict significant losses on
enemy troops if moving cautiously and changing his firing position frequently.
Weather conditions do affect the chances to spot an enemy.
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Network Game
Note: If you are using a router, firewall, proxy server or similal configurations for your internet connection, please do not forget to check the
‘Multiplayer Configuration Readme’ document located in the game
directory. It explains how to correctly set your ports and other configuration settings to allow the game to recognize an online connection.
“Theatre of War” supports LAN and online multiplayer games. There
can be a total of up to 8 players. Multiplayer games are using the client/
server architecture. Direct Internet access is required to host a game server,
i.e. the computer’s IP address is to be accessible from an external network.
At first one of the players should create a game server. Having
created it, the server player gets to the multiplayer battle selection screen
where he waits for other players to connect. The other players also get to this
screen after connecting to the server.
When in the battle selection screen, the players prepare for the
coming battle. They explore the available battles, select the side they want
to join in the current battle and the color of their armies, and choose to ally
with others or play alone.
A “side” in the battle is a group of troops to be operated by the player
during the battle. In a multiplayer battle there are normally several sides,
e.g.: Germans, Russians, and Americans. Several or even all of the players
can select the same side. If several players have selected the same side, it
means that they will have the same composition of troops. It does not mean
that they are allies (see alliances below).
The player’s army color is the color of the icons appearing on top of
his troops on the battlefield. The color of the icons is different for each
player. Note that the meaning of the colors in the multiplayer mode differs
from the single-player mode: there are no special colors for enemies and
allies. Each army is marked by its own color instead.
An alliance means one or several players are friendly to each other.
If players are members of an alliance, their troops do not attack each other
but attack other alliances and independent players. An allied player is able
to see not only his own troops during a battle, but also the troops of all the
other players in his alliance and their combat actions.
Different alliances are always enemies to each other. A player who is
not a member to any alliance is an enemy for all others and plays on his
own.
If a player has chosen a “Random” side or “Random” army color, he
will receive a group of troops selected randomly or his army will be as-
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signed with a random unused color, respectively.
Only the host is able to select the battle map to play on.
During the game, any player (except for the host) can log out. The
remaining players will continue the game. After logging out the player may
not reconnect to the active server to regain control of his troops again.
However, the disconnected player’s troops remain in the game and participate in combat actions on their own, so that the disconnected player could
in theory even win in the battle.
If the host decides to disconnect, the game is over and all the players
get to the startup menu.
There are no special types of multiplayer battles. There is only one
goal in any multiplayer game – to destroy all the enemies! These can be the
troops of all the other players if a player plays alone or the troops of all the
enemies of the alliance.
Each battle contains a brief description. However, surprises may
wait for the players in certain battles, e.g. a group of troops in an ambush
that is not controlled by any player or perfectly operable abandoned vehicles that can be used, etc.
A multiplayer game can be won by a single player if he plays alone
(i.e. is not in any alliance) or by the whole alliance. If an alliance wins all
its members are considered to be the winners, even those who have lost all
their troops.
Online Game Startup Menu
Player’s Name
This is the name by which other players will identify you in an
online game. Note that this is not the name of your profile. Here you can
change your name for the online game alone.
Local Area Network
Here you can see a list of the visible servers in your LAN. This list is
automatically updated from time to time. Press the “Update” button to force
update the list manually.
The list does not show the servers with games in progress.
The server list contains the following columns:
· “Server Name”: the name of the online game.
· “Map”: the name of the map currently selected on the server.
· “Players”: the first number shows the quantity of the available
(currently connected) players while the second number appearing after a
slash shows the maximum number of players allowed on the server.
· “Version”: the version of “Theatre of War.” You may only log in
to servers with the same version of the game.
· “Ping”: communications delay with the server shown in milli-
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seconds. The higher the number, the slower the connection.
Certain servers can be unavailable. Unavailable servers are “greyed
out”. This means that you cannot connect to this server for some reason.
Examples of typical connection problems are:
· Different version of the game on your computer and on the
server;
· The server has no vacant places as it has reached the maximum
number of players;
· The server has disconnected you and the disconnection time has
not elapsed (see below);
· Other connection problems related to internet connectivity
To connect to the server click on it in the list and then on the “Log in”
button. Or double-click server name.
If you wish to create a new server in your LAN, press the “Create
Game” button. See the description “Online” / “Create Game” below.
Online
Here you can either join a server or create your own.
Create Game
A new online game is created in the same way for LAN and Internet.
Press the “Create Game” button. Enter your game name and select
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the max number of players. Battle maps with a smaller number of players
than the one specified here will not be available.
Enter a password for connecting to the server, if required. If the
server is password protected all the players will need to enter the password
before being able to log in to your server.
Log in
Here you can enter an online name or IP-address of the game server
and the server password to log in (if required).
Battle Selection Screen (Server and Client)
This screen consists of the following parts:
· Player list in the top left part;
· Chat screen in the bottom left part;
· Battle list screen in the right part.
On the battle selection screen the players scroll through the available battles, select their side and the color of their armies, and make
alliances.
The currently selected battle is visible as “highlighted” by all the
connected players. There is a map of the selected battle in the top right
corner of the screen. The spawn points from where the players may start are
marked by shields.
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The side the player will be on in the battle is marked by a flag. If a
player is a member to any alliance the number of the alliance will appear
opposite to that player’s name in the list. If a player is not allied, nothing is
displayed. If a player has selected his army color, a small square with this
color will appear opposite to that player’s name. Random color is not shown.
If required, the host can disconnect any other player for some time
(up to a minute) by selecting this player and pressing the “Disconnect”
button. The disconnected player leaves the game. However, after the lapse
of this time the disconnected player may reconnect to the server once again.
The players may switch off the display of each other’s messages in
the chat window (“mute”). To do so one should toggle the “Chat” flag in the
relevant row of the player list.
When the connected player has chosen his side, color and alliance
in the coming battle he should press the “Ready” button.
After the actions listed above are completed, the host selects the
battle map and launches the game. The host’s “Start Game” button is
initially locked. To launch the game all players are to agree to the terms and
conditions of the game and press the “Ready” button. Once this is the case
the host’s “Start Game” button is unlocked. By pressing it the host starts the
battle.
Multiplayer Combat Interface
The player game interface in a multiplayer game is almost identical
to the single-player mode. The only differences concern the current battle
statistics panel and the end battle screen.
Current Battle Statistics Panel
In the right part of the statistics panel there is a list of players
showing the side, color, and alliance membership of each player. The
players whose armies have been defeated are marked by a “Eliminated”
(skull) icon. The names of the disconnected players are highlighted gray.
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End Battle Statistics Screen
The difference from the single-player mode is that any player can
see the game statistics of the other players by switching to them in the list
presented in the top right part of the screen.
By pressing the “Continue” button the host (and all the other players
with him, too) move on to the battle selection screen again to start a new
game if they like.
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Credits
1C Company
Many thanks to the developers
‘IL-2:
Shtormovik’
series
Oleg Maddox
Igor Egorov
Yury Antonov
Dmitry Soldatenkov
Sergey Sokov
Yury Kryachko
Rudolf Geyder
ORIGINAL CONCEPT
Nikolay Baryshnikov
Alexander Boltovich
Yury Miroshnikov
PRODUCER
Yury Miroshnikov
PROJECT MANAGER
David Filippov
ART DIRECTOR
Ilya Fofanov
LEAD DESIGNER
Oleg Bazarnov
of
the
MISSION EDITOR PROGRAMMING
Aleksey Petrjashev
Victor Sharlaj
Dmitry Gavrilenko
MAP EDITOR PROGRAMMING
Dmitry Korolkov
Dmitry Gavrilenko
INTERFACE PROGRAMMING
Aleksey Petrjashev
Dmitry Gavrilenko
Roman Aleksandrov
Maxim Vorsobin
EFFECTS PROGRAMMING
Vladimir Derkachev
Jury Krjachko
Roman Aleksandrov
ANIMATION PROGRAMMING
Anton Kiselyov
Roman Aleksandrov
Sergey Sokov
Alexander Chistjakov
SOUND SYSTEM PROGRAMMING
Rudolf Gejder
Roman Aleksandrov
Igor Skripachev
LEAD PROGRAMMER
Igor Skripachev
ART
LEAD ARTIST
Pavel Mitrofanov
AI PROGRAMMING
Oleg Bazarnov
Igor Skripachev
Roman Aleksandrov
Cyril Ivanov
Anton Kiselyov
DAMAGE SYSTEM PROGRAMMING
Igor Skripachev
Roman Aleksandrov
Sergey Sokov
Vladimir Derkachev
GRAPHIC SYSTEM PROGRAMMING
Michael Samsonov
Anatoly Boltunov
Sergey Sokov
Sergey Shajkin
Igor Egors
Jury Krjachko
Dmitry Gavrilenko
MULTPLAYER PROGRAMMING
Roman Aleksandrov
Vladimir Derkachev
Dmitry Gavrilenko
Igor Skripachev
Maxim Vorsobin
3D MODELLING
Vladimir Verjugin
Alexey Glinsky
Konstantin Loskutov
Evgenie Markov
Andrey Levitov
Sofia Elovikova
Alexander Fateyev
Andrei Shelkun
“TriDigital” Studio
2D
Andrei Maksimov
Paul Mitrofanov
Anton Krjuchkov
Sofia Elovikova
Alexander Grachev
INTERFACE AND MAPS
Andrei Maksimov
Paul Mitrofanov
Anton Krjuchkov
ANIMATIONS
Victor Gluhushin
Sergey Nikolenko
INTRO VIDEO
“TriDigital” Studio
MISSION DESIGN
Alexander Chistjakov
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Andrei Kislov
Alexander Grachev
Oleg Bazarnov
Victor Sharlaj
Arseny Adamov
MAP DESIGN
Alexander Grachev
Alexander Chistjakov
Andrei Kislov
Pavel Mitrofanov
BRIEFINGS
Konstantin Sapronenkov
Alexander Chistjakov
Alexander Grachev
Andrei Kislov
Alexander Baryshnikov
INGAME VIDEO SCRIPTING
Andrei Kislov
BATTLEFRONT.COM
PLAY TESTERS / CONSULTANTS:
John ‘Elvis’ Costello
Tim ‘Rune’ Orosz
Chris ‘Jr. Evil’ Orosz
Elmar Bijlsma
Mike ‘PseudoSimonds’ Steiger
Matthew ‘Gunnersman’ Merrell
Craig ‘Harv’ Harvey
John ‘Elvis’ Costello
John D. Salt
Miikka Lyytikainen
Jason ‘Axe’ Ballantyne
Jochen ‘ParaBellum’ Baur
Andreas Bierman
Jari ‘Sergei’ Mikkonen
Martin van Balkom
HISTORICAL ADVISERS
Jury Pasholok
Boris Julin
Ivan Sliva
LOCALIZATION AND EDITING:
Matt Faller
Steve Grammont
Jason Ballantyne
Martin van Balkom
Sean Butler
SOUND EFFECTS
Alexander Chistjakov
Sergey Nechitailo
Game Web Site:http://www.battlefront.com
VOICE RECORDING
Vladimir Greznev
Alexander Chistjakov
Artem Kolpakov
“Muza-Games” studio
HEAD OF TESTING GROUP
Alexander Shishov
TESTING GROUP
Alexander Trifonov
Sergey Kijatkin
Dmitry Savin
Alexander Shelaputov
Oleg Bujantsev
Nicolay Nikolaev
Alexander Latyshev
Q&A
Anna Solomatina
PR
Nicolay Baryshnikov
Alexei Artemenko
Anatoly Subbotin
Alexander Baryshnikov
LOCALIZATION MANAGER
Oleg Mironov
Company Web Site: http://int.games.1c.ru/
The game uses the technologies of the ‘IL-2:
Shturmovik’ project.
The game uses the technologies of Ligos INTEL INDEO
Software ver 5.11, Ligos® Corporation
http://ligos.com/
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Tech Support
While we’re taking utmost care in
preparation of this software to avoid bugs,
today’s myriad of available systems,
software and hardware environments
makes it impossible to foresee 100% of all
issues which players might encounter.
If you run into a bug
bug, or have problems in
running or installing the game, please visit
our Tech Support Forum at:
www
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If you do not find a solution to your
problem there, please email us at:
support@battlefront.com
For problems with licensing or
unlicensing the game, please refer first to
the F.A.Q. at:
www
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If you do not find a solution to your
problem there, please email:
elicense@battlefront.com
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