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                        Frequently Asked Questions for 
                        
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                        *    C L O S E   C O M B A T   *
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                        by Atomic Games and Microsoft.
    
                                Version 1.0
                                June 30, 1996
    
    
    1   Game Philosophy (why we don't make you micromanage)
    2   Why there is no editor, DYO
    3   Game Scale
    4   Monitor Information
    5   The Orders
    6   Keyboard shortcuts
    7   LOS line
    8   How/why the game ends
    9   Why there's no pause
    10  Second stories and Elevations
    11  Command Radius/Troops not obeying
    12  Heroes, Bravery, and Cowardice
    13  Effectiveness of MGs
    14  Soldier Deployment
    15  Soldier Visibility
    16  Bazookas and Schrecks vs Infantry
    17  AI Cheating
    18  Enemy Knowledge
    19  Moving a Vehicle in Reverse
    20  Mortar Indirect Fire
    21  What's different in the retail version
    
    
    
    1   Game Philosophy (why we don't make you micromanage)
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    We wanted this game to be more of a simulation than a board game.  As such, we
    did not want to burden the player with having to command each and every soldier
    and tell that soldier what ammo to use, what to shoot at, and where to take 
    cover.  Playing the game that way would take hours and completely ruin the 
    experience of the game.  While that may be exactly what some players want in a
    game, it is not the game that we wanted to create.
    
    
    2   Why there is no editor, DYO
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    A map editor would be impracticle.  We have to preprocess the map for LOS and 
    even running on a 9500, this takes special code and 40 or more minutes. 
    And then
    we have to see how the map data turned out and tweak it for the correct
    behavior.
    
    DYO is a definite possibility for CC2.  Being able to select teams to put
    in play,
    victory locations and values, setup areas, etc is certainly do-able and
    adds a lot
    to the life of the game (posting your favorite battles).  We could not do it
    easily in CC due to precalculated setup locations.  If we can make the setup
    locations dynamic in CC2, we can handle DYO.
    
    
    3   Game Scale
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    Scale is dependant on screen resolution, thus, it is about 15 meters per
    inch at 
    800 x 600 assuming 13 horizontal inches of viewing area.  The official scale is 
    8 meters per 40 pixels.
    
    Soldiers are represented at 2x scale and vehicles are at 1.5x scale so that
    these are more visible.
    
    
    
    4   Monitor Information
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    Team Monitor:  
        Scroll list on the far left bottom.  Sorted by the team type with the
            exception that the Company/Platoon Commander Teams are always at
    the top.
        Left side:  Contains Team Icon (pict of soldiers/vehicle), and Team
            Quality (a set of bars ranging from none (Conscript) to 4 (Elite).
        Top Center:  Contains the Team Type Name (general description). 
            Background color represents the team's cohesion, or ability to
    fight.  As
            the color drops from Green to Red or Black, it represents that the
    team is
            taking losses.
        Bottom Center:  Contains the Team's Strategic Order.  If this order is
            Green, it is an order you gave.  If it is white, the team is doing it's
            own thing.  If it is Red, the team is disobeying you.
        Right side:  Enemy Threat Compass.  It represents the direction that
            team sees the enemy.  If the center dot is red, then that team is alse
            being shot at.
    
    Soldier Monitor:
        Top Left:  Same as the Team Monitor Left Side.
        Top Center:  Team Name (more detailed than the Team Type Name) and the
            Team Orders.  Both of these are similar to the Top Center and Bottom
            Center of the Team Monitor respectively.
        Top Far Right:  Smoke Availability.  If not crossed out, this team can
            place smoke.
        Top Right:  Firepower Graphs.  These are graphed at 10s of meters at
            the number listed, thus the column with an 8 represents firepower at 80
            meters.  Green, good firepower, grey line, no firepower.  This
    color will
            also show up on the Fire Line as you drag it across the screen.
        
        Vehicle Info:
            For vehicles, a status panel showing the vehicle condition is displayed.
            Green indicates functioning; Red, destroyed; and blank, that vehicle
            does not have that weapon or is immoble.
        
        Soldier List:
            This has the soldier name, action, status and weapon info.  Most
            of this  is pretty obvious, the key here is to see if the soldier action
            is Green, Red, or White  (see Team Strategic Order above).
            
            Ammo Type consists of the following:
                AP  -   Armor Piercing, includes all solid shots such as bullets.
                HE  -   High Explosive
                HT  -   High Explosive Anti-Tank (HEAT)
                SM  -   Smoke
                SP  -   Special.  This can be anything from Canister (check the M5
                    at close range) to HVAP used in the M4A3 76.
            
            Ammo Count is the number of rounds available of that ammo for that
            weapon.  Note that the rounds are still divided into clips or belts
            internally, and that the time to reload a clip or belt is taken into
            account.  Watch a soldier with a Garand fire and you will see him fire
            off 8 rounds, then sit a reload for a while.
            
            Physical State:  Dead and Incap means this soldier will no longer obey
                orders and will just lay there.  Hurt means the soldier was hit but
                can keep on going.
                
            Mental State:  The soldier can go Berserk, Fanatic, Heroic, Panicked
                or Routed.  This is adjusted as stress builds in relation to the 
                soldier's morale and experience.
            
            Fatigue:  As fatigue increases, the soldier can become winded or later, 
                fatigued.  The soldiers desire to follow orders drops with the
                increase in fatigue, as does the speed at which he moves.
    
    Message Monitor:
        You can click on a message and it will center on the team that issued the 
            message.  You can also restrict which priority of message will appear 
            by deselecting the color associated with that message priority.
    
    
    
    5   The Orders
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    You can issue up to 6 orders:  Move, Move Fast, Fire, Smoke, Defend, and Hide.
    Teams that cannot perform the order (e.g. has no smoke grenades) has that
    affected order dimmed.
    
    Move tells the team to move to that location taking the safest route.  The team
    will scatter to cover if fired at and will use overwatch.
    
    Move Fast has the team take as fast a route as possible and to do so running.
    This will tire out a team quickly (Fatigue in the Soldier Monitor) as well as 
    make them vulnerable to enemy fire.
    
    Fire (See LOS Line below)
    
    Smoke is the same as Fire, but you are placing a Smoke grenade or shell
    that will
    produce hindrance causing smoke that will decay in a minute or two.
    
    Defend order tells the team to seek cover from enemy fire based on the angle of
    the defend arc you select.  Selecting a narrow arc ensures that all the soldiers
    will take the best cover vs enemy fire from that direction but be vulnerable to
    fire from other directions.  A wider arc will lessen the amount of cover that a
    team can get vs any one direction.  Think of it as hiding behind a tree, and 
    which side of the tree do you want the soldier to be behind.  This is the
    default
    order for the Americans and Germans, only the Germans interpret Defend as an
    Ambush command in that they will not fire unless they see an exposed target, 
    are being fired at, or the enemy is very close.
    
    Hide command will keep your guys from firing unless the enemy is within 30
    meters.  It works best if your team has not been seen.
    
    
    
    6   Keyboard shortcuts
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    The keys z, x, c, v, b, and n can be used in conjuction with a selected to team
    to issue Move, Move Fast, Fire, Smoke, Defend, and Hide orders respectively 
    without having to click and hold the mouse on the team.  This is very useful for
    placing mortar fire.  Select the area on the overview where you want to fire,
    select a mortar team in the Team Monitor, hit c, then click on the map where to
    bring in the fire.  No scrolling required.
    
    
    
    7   LOS line
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    The LOS line drawn when issuing a Fire order represents whether or not the team
    has LOS to the target, and the firepower the team can put on that target.
    
    If the LOS line is Red, you have Line of Sight to the target, if it turns Dark
    Red, you can still shoot there, but you cannot see that location due to visual
    hindrances along the Line of Sight.  If it turns Black, then you cannot shoot
    there, nor see there.  
    
    Note that LOS is traced from each soldier in a team to each soldier in the
    enemy 
    team you have the fire line cursor over.  Thus if one soldier in the
    looking team
    is standing, he can shoot over the wall while the rest of his prone team members
    cannot.  This can also cause a successfully placed fire marker to not
    cause anyone
    to fire as everyone that can fire is no longer in LOS.  Click and drag on the
    fire marker to recheck your team's LOS.
    
    If you are not pointed over an enemy team, but over open ground, LOS is
    traced to
    the highest terrain object within the vicinity.  Thus, you can trace over a wall
    to a building, but cannot trace over a wall to open ground.
    
    The color of the dot at the end of the fire line represents the amount of 
    firepower this team can deliver at that range.  If the fire cursor is over open
    ground or an enemy soldier, it uses the Vs Infantry rating.  If it is over a
    vehicle, it will use the Vs Armor rating to determine what color to display.
    
    
    8   How/why the game ends
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    The game ends when an internal timer set for between 30 and 120 seconds
    goes off. 
    This timer is started when either both side's Force Morale is in the
    Yellow, or one side's Force Morale is in the Red.  Once started, the Force
    Morale bars begin to flash.  This represents that one or both sides will to
    fight has been lost and the troops will start to pull back.  In the case of one
    side going into the Red, that side will then start to rout.
    
    The winner is determined as follows:
    
        If one side's Force Morale is Red, the other side won, regardless of
    score.  This represents routing the enemy from field of battle.  If the
    other side is still in the Green, it will be a Major Victory or better,
    else it will be a Minor Victory or better for the other side.
        If both side's Force Morale is Yellow or both are Red, then points are
    used to determine the victor.  Victory location points vary from location to 
    location.  The bigger the font used in the victory location name, the more it
    is worth.
    
        This method allows a player to develop a strategy of either defending
    / taking victory locations or killing the enemy.  We do not force you to
    do both.
    
    There is also a game end due to inaction.  If no shot has been fired or no order
    issued by the player for the past 2 minutes of game time, the battle will be
    declared ended due to inaction.  If you are playing as the Germans and are
    attempting to set up an ambush in the rear, and the Americans are advancing very
    slowly, you can just re-issue a Defend or Hide order every minute to keep the
    game from ending.  But believe me, in the campaign game, you want the game
    to end
    as soon as possible if playing the Germans.
    
    
    
    9   Why there's no pause
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    Pausing the game and issuing orders would ruin it.  We actually did
    useability tests on live subjects, with a pause feature in the game.  We
    saw the players issue a lot of orders, let the game run for maybe 10
    seconds, pause, issue more orders, etc.  This destroyed the whole feel of
    the game.  Its also totally unworkable for 2-player network games. If you
    feel the game is moving too quickly, try slowing it down from the options
    menu.
    
    
    
    10  Second stories and Elevations
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    Elevations / Hills were things we would have liked to put in the game but the 
    extra graphics needed to represent them were not possible for us to put in.  
    They will be in for CC2.  Multi-story buildings will possibly never be put in 
    due to the problems with the interface (Move Upstairs, Move Downstairs) and 
    viewing multiple levels (View First Floor, View Basement, View Roof, etc)
    causes.  
    Also, imagine trying to tell where enemy fire came from, directing fire vs 
    different levels, determining which buildings have how many levels, etc.
    
    
    11  Command Radius/Troops not obeying
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    There is no command radius but the distance from a leader will affect how well
    the team obeys its orders.  Given everything else is the same, a poor quality
    team moving with your company commander's team is more likely to carry out it's
    order than it would if the only leader was on the other side of the map.  
    
    If that team you ordered to move got shot at, its possible that they decided 
    against moving.  Or they started to move, got shot at, and decided to run back 
    to cover.  A lot depends on their experience level and their surrounding
    terrain.
    In either case, the team will constantly re-evaluate their ability to make that 
    move.  If they decide its safe, or they decide to obey the order, they'll try 
    again.
    
    
    
    12  Heroes, Bravery, and Cowardice
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    Heroic soldiers don't become Audie Murphy, and they are likely to "recover"
    from it.  Unlike ASL, when a soldier goes heroic, he does not gain special
    abilities.  He's just more likely to stay functional in the heat of battle.
    
    Bravery points are awarded for when a soldier goes heroic, fanatic, or
    berserk.  The soldier also gets bravery points for taking a victory
    location.
    
    Cowardice points are awarded when a soldier routs or becomes panicked.
    
    Leaders get bravery and cowardice points for winning or losing the battle
    (the bigger the win/loss, the more the points) as they are responsible for
    the outcome.  Note that you are represented on the battlefield as the 2nd
    Lt. that commands the first team listed in the Team Monitor.  In the
    campaign game, you get to name that soldier.
    
    
    
    13  Effectiveness of MGs
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    An M4 cannot be killed by an MG but can be killed by the Panzerfaust
    that the loader in the MG team carries.  Rule #1 of survival with American
    armor:  Never move closer than 60 meters to a potential german location. 
    Even 120 meters is too close if there is a Panzerscreck team near.
    
    As for the MG killing halftracks, this is why the M3 HT series was
    known as "Purple Heart Boxes".  With only 6mm at a 20o slope of frontal
    chasis armor (10mm effective) and 12mm at 20o slope frontal upper
    structure (17mm effective), the German MG42 could easily penetrate it at
    close range (less than 200m or so).  While the MG won't necessarily
    destroy the M3 HT at this range, it can injure or kill the occupants
    resulting in a soft kill.
    
    Also watch out for the MG42 when you are in a wooden building at very
    close range (50 meters or so).  That gun (as well as the US 50cal) can rip
    right through the walls making it much safer to be outside the building in
    some nice big shellhole or foxhole.  
    
    One of the strategies a tester came up with is to deploy a couple of MG42
    teams in the interior of a large stone building so they could not be shot
    at by the Americans until they entered the building, at which time the
    MG42s opened up, shredding the interior wooden walls between them and the
    Americans as well as the Americans themselves.
    
    
    
    14  Soldier Deployment
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    The amount the team bunches up depends on their experience and the amount of 
    cover in the area they are trying to deploy in.  Inexperienced teams will tend 
    to bunch up more and even experienced teams will bunch up if the cover within 
    their "deploy zone" is limited to a small location.  The deploy zone consists 
    of a rectangle about 8 meters wide and 24 meters long, perpendicular to the axis
    of advance.
    
    
    
    15  Soldier Visibility
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    If you are having trouble seeing your soldiers, try using the Team Monitor to 
    select the team.  Double clicking on a team in the Team Monitor will center the
    map on that team and highlight it.
    
    Enemy soldiers may be hard to see just because they are shadowed.  If a team has
    just been spotted but no one got a good look at the team, they will initially
    be displayed as shadows to let you know something is there even if you
    don't know
    what it is.  As more information comes available, they will change into visible
    soldiers.
    
    
    
    16  Bazookas and Schrecks vs Infantry
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    Bazookas and Panzerschrecks were used quite often vs infantry in buildings / 
    behind walls.  The Germans even referred to the Bazooka as a shoulder 75.  The 
    game will limit usage of these weapons in this fashion if there are tank assets 
    that have yet to be dealt with.
    
    
    
    17  AI Cheating
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    The AI does not cheat.  We put a lot of effort into making sure that the AI is 
    playing with the same rules as the player.  Move Out does NOT equate to AI 
    control.  The AI performs many other actions to try to coordinate attacks, 
    provide suppression fire, etc.  Move Out causes your troops to move forward to 
    engage the enemy, and then they will keep on trying to advance. 
    
    
    
    18  Enemy Knowledge
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    Selecting an Enemy Team will display varios information about that enemy team.
    The amount is dependant on how well spotted the enemy team is.  Knowledge 
    accumulates about an enemy team as time progresses and the enemy is doing
    things 
    in LOS of a friendly team.  It is also affected by proximity to the enemy and 
    the cover the enemy is in.  Thus, a just spotted enemy team in a building will 
    only give you what type of team it is and number of soldiers.  Only if you get 
    close, or spend a long time in LOS of this team will this knowledge increase.  
    If this is not the case for you, make sure the enemy intelligence option is off 
    in the Custom preferences.
    
    
    19  Moving a Vehicle in Reverse
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    Vehicles will use reverse, but only if they are given a Move command, not
    a Move 
    Fast command.  The move also has to be of a short range.  Using Move Fast will 
    cause the tank to get there as fast as possible, not a safe as possible.
    
    
    
    20  Mortar Indirect Fire
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    The indirect fire model for mortars was simplified so the player would not have 
    to be concerned with spotting rounds, etc.  They are handled abstractly.  The 
    rate of fire of a mortar is about 1 round / 6 seconds, but note that the delay 
    could be much greater if the mortar team repositioned themselves due to 
    incoming fire, the mortar firer was suppressed by enemy fire, or the mortar 
    jammed (fired a dud round). 
    
    
    
    21  What's different in the retail version
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    The sounds file used in the demo is a subset of the sounds in the game.  Two
    sounds, the Berserk scream, and the out of armor sounds were left out due to
    their size.
    
    Also, the Save Replay, Campaign Game, and all the other Maneuvers are enabled in
    the retail version as well as the Help system which is really immense.
    

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