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Tankerace -> War Plan Orange Quickstart Tutorial (11/23/2005 7:50:05 AM)

I have always been a follower of reading the manual for a game, but for those new to the game type, here is a quickstart tutorial on how to change airgroup settings, create task forces, and move ground units. Not in depth, but it will get you playing.

War Plan Orange Tutorial.

This tutorial will serve first as an introduction guide to the basics of the game, how to form task forces, set aircraft missions, and the various basics of getting started. More advanced concepts should be studied by reading the manual. This tutorial will have two basic parts:

1. Basics. This will delve into the various basics of the game and serve as a quick start guide. However, advanced features of the game are discussed in the manual. While the quick start guide will help new players learn the basics of the system to play the smaller scenarios, advanced features should be studied in the manual before attempting the larger campaigns.

2. New Features to WPO. This will cover new changes unique to War Plan Orange, aswell as special features built into the scenarios that will enhance play as well as better cover and simulate 1920’s naval and air tactics. This will follow in a few days


For this quickstart guide, the scenario used is Number 4: Clash of Titans. All default options should be selected (per taste) with the following selections: AI difficulty should be set to Hard, Automated first turn should be turned off, and player defined upgrades turned on.

You’ll notice that this is a small map scenario, covering as far East as Japan and as far West as the Philippines. You will notice several task forces are already created for you. Your first lesson will be in creating a task force of your own. If you mouse over the anchor icon over Manila and Bataan bases (the two southwestern most bases), you will notice they have a large amount of shipping. For this exercise, we will create a battleship fleet in Bataan. First, click on the green flag with a white star to bring up the base menu screen.

In this screen you will notice a variety of information, from ships docked, to number of troops present, to the amount of supplies at the base. For this lesson, click the “Form New Task Force” button in the lower right hand corner of the screen. There are a variety of missions to choose from. For this exercsize, click the Bombardment mission, and then click the “Done -proceed to ship selection” button. You are now presented with a list of ships available to be put in the new task force. For this lesson, choose the battleships (designated by BB ship type) Florida, Utah, Delaware, and North Dakota. When you are finished, click the done button, and you are now presented with the task force screen. This new Task Force, number 1010, consists of four ships, and will bombard any enemy base hex it is moved in to. For more detailed information on the task force screen, refer to the manual).

To move a task force around the map, we must first set a destination hex, or DH. To do this, on the task force screen, click the “Set TF destination” button. You are then presented with the map, and can click on any hex. Be warned however, you cannot click on land hexes. We will have this TF bombard the enemy base at Sakashima, which is at hex 51, 46. Click on this hex, and the destination is set. After clicking on the hex, you are returned to the TF screen. An option that must be observed is the Retirement Allowed and Patrol/Do Not Retire option. This is located directly under the portrait illustration of the TF mission. TFs set to Retirement Allowed will return to their homebase after they reach their destination. This is useful for when you want to bombard a base and withdraw, or for carrier raids. Changing this to Patrol/Do Not Retire will order the TF to remain on station upon reaching the hex. This is useful for blockades, for landings, or for ordering air combat task forces to remain on station to provide air cover.

Keep in mind when moving task forces about the map, only bombardment TFs will actually shell an enemy base. However, all TFs entering a base hex can be subjected to coast gun fire.

For more information on TF missions, please see the manual.

The next subject we will cover are submarines.

Submarines are short ranged in WPO, and choosing viable patrol sectors are a must to use them effectively. For instance, to patrol off Japan bases in China or the Philippines would be needed.

Click on the flag over the base of Manila (hex 43,52) and click Form New Task Force, just as you had done in the previous exercise. You will notice that there are three possible submarine TF types, sub patrol, sub minelaying, and sub transport. Most 1920’s submarines did not carry mines or couldn’t carry a large amount of supplies. The primary TF you will be using throughout the game is the sub Patrol. So click that mission, and then “Done- Proceed to ship selection.” You are now presented with a list of submarines. While it is possible to put more than one submarine in a task force, this should only really be done (if at all) with minelaying and transport missions. For this lesson, click the submarine V-3, and then click done. You will notice that no submarine in the game (be it British, American, Dutch, Japanese, or ex German is named, but carries a number. You will also notice in this list that the V boats (both classes) have a significantly longer range, as noted by the number under their endurance listing).

You are now brought to the sub TF screen, which looks exactly like a normal TF screen. Let us assign this task force a destination of 48,46, or just between the island of Formosa and the base at Batan Island. As you are returned to the TF screen, under the illustration of the mission you will notice the words “Human Control”. If a submarine is under human control it can only be ordered by the player. What this means if it is ordered to a hex, it will stay in that hex until it is damaged or runs out of fuel. If you click on the yellow text (yellow indicates that it can be clicked on, usually to change an option) the text changes to computer control. When under computer control, the submarine commander will use the hex as a starting point, but will move around on his own initiative in order to sink shipping. For new players, placing submarines on computer control can cut down on the level of micromanaging.

If we had created a sub minelaying TF, the submarine would load mines in lieu of torpedoes. Now, in WPO, only Purpose built minelaying submarines, and all US Submarines 21” Torpedo tubes (after their 1925 refits) can carry mines.

The next lesson, will set in motion an amphibious landing. If you click on the icon of ships in the same hex of the base of Manila, you will be presented with a screen listing all task forces in the hex. Choose the one designated as TF 1004, with a transport mission. This task force is loaded with two divisions and some support units. Order this TF to the Japanese base of Sakishima (hex 51,46). Be sure the task force is set to human control and unload cargo. As this task force is slower, the bombardment task force will shell the base, and pave the way for the ground forces.

Now we will prepare our air combat task force for combat. In the hex with Bataan base, you will notice two different ship icons. Click on the one that is shaped like an aircraft carrier. You will notice that it is composed of three aircraft carriers and supporting vessels. Click on the CV Langley and you will bring up the ship screen. In addition to the ships weapons, at the very bottom you will see the air groups assigned to the ship. First, click on VF-1. VF stands for Carrier Fighter, and all US Navy Fighter units are preceded by this designator. This screen brings up information on the squadron. You will notice that it is flying the Curtiss F6C-1 Hawk, and is composed of 22 aircraft. As their may be aircraft carriers around, let us set its mission to escort, and 40% CAP. Click the arrow to the right of the number below the words CAP level until the 30 turns into a 40. Now, 40% of the unit will provide aircover for the fleet, while the rest of the planes will escort any bombers making a strike. Now click the back button, which returns you to the information window of the Langley. From here, click the VT-1 text.

This squadron is flying the SC-1 Torpedo Bomber. Set its mission to naval attack, and its secondary mission to rest. The default is airfield attack, but as the Japanese AI will attempt an invasion, we want to make sure our planes are earmarked for naval attacks. Now, where on the fighter unit there was a CAP level indicator, there is a Naval Search level, as there are land based units around, leave this at the default 10. This means that 90% of the bombers will attack a ship. Now, check the squadron’s altitude. (You will find this below the naval attack buttons). As these are torpedo bombers, at normal range (if set to 5,000 feet) they will drop torpedoes on enemy ships. At extended range, or if set to a higher altitude, the bombers will act as level bombers and drop large bombs. Note, that level bombing is not an effective means of sinking ships, especially with light bombs.

After you have set these settings, return to the TF screen and similarly set settings for the other two carriers in the force (Yorktown and Enterprise).

Once you have done that, return to the TF screen. Set its destination for hex 45,48, just north of the base at Vigan.

The final lesson for this turn is moving a land combat unit. Click on any ground unit in Manila. As an example, let us use the 96th US Division. In the upper right hand corner, click on the set destination hex, and then click on Clark Field. This is the base one hex North East of Manila. The unit will now march to that location.

As you are familiar now with assigning TF orders, for this tutorial go through each TF in the Manila hex (that you do not want) and order it to move to Manila (its current hex). The reason for this as while this scenario provides quick combat, it was not designed as a tutorial.

Now advance the turn.

Nothing overly noticeable has happened, as the first turn only consists of a day phase. As our orders still stand, advance the turn again.

In the night phase of this turn, a Japanese Task Force bombards Batan Island. In addition, as Japanese ships begin landing troops in the Philippines, you are probably witnessing some air combat. In fact, you might even see a surface combat if Japanese ships catch your task force.

If your bombers did launch from Clark Field, chances are you didn’t score a single bomb hit. You can either advance the turn to see more combat, or you can adjust your carrier or land based airgroups to different altitudes. In addition, you can order more land units to the enemy landing sites. This covers the basics of War Plan Orange. While the game is far deeper than this, knowing these basic elements will get you started playing. I strongly suggest that you read the manual, or at least the sections covering naval, air, and land units. Now soldier, repel that landing!

kmb -> RE: War Plan Orange Quickstart Tutorial (11/25/2005 9:33:56 PM)

Any chance of getting any more.This helps us begginers but after reading the manual and doing this tutorial I feel like im staring into space.I comprehend everything this tutorial is doing but as my game progresses a few more turns I AM LOST.

Terminus -> RE: War Plan Orange Quickstart Tutorial (11/25/2005 10:03:24 PM)

Ask, ask, and ask again... Tanker and we humble beta minions will answer your questions.

CMDRMCTOAST -> RE: War Plan Orange Quickstart Tutorial (11/25/2005 10:58:24 PM)


ORIGINAL: Terminus

Ask, ask, and ask again... Tanker and we humble beta minions will answer your questions.


kmb -> RE: War Plan Orange Quickstart Tutorial (11/25/2005 11:33:48 PM)

How bout the same thing with alot more turns.

falkoner -> RE: War Plan Orange Quickstart Tutorial (11/26/2005 10:36:49 PM)

Hi Gentlemen, First of all many thanks to whichever of you out there had a hand in producing WPO which promises to keep an OLD naval enthusiast happy for hours. Looks impressive. Secondly, as a complete new boy to Matrix and being dumber than the average Limey some things I haven't quite grasped.

Read and understood the business of loading troops on AK's etc for transportation. Works perfectly when I do it for the lads in Singapore and most non US bases but when I come to embarking the boys in San Diego or Mare Island I form my TF, press 'load troops' and it lists nothing!! Works OK for aircraft squadron on AK's but the infantry seem very loathe to leave home. No doubt I have missed something somewhere but although I am tempted to put it down to superior British training no doubt I am doing something wrong. Other point concerns ship types. I think I am correct in thinking AK's ( Cargo) can carry infantry as well as AP's. I notice in some bases AP's are listed but when I come to form the TF they are down as AK's.

My apologies for taking up your time if I am missing something obvious but I am becoming weary of trying to retake the Phillipines with a handful of Gurkhas and the 2nd Madras Division. I need your GI's!! How do I get them to leave the West Coast??

(PS- am playing the first 1922 scenario).

Many thanks in anticipation.


Terminus -> RE: War Plan Orange Quickstart Tutorial (11/26/2005 10:52:44 PM)

Welcome aboard, falkoner. The West Coast of the United States is under the command of the US Ninth Corps Area, a so-called "restricted" command, which means that you can't load any troops under the command of that HQ onto ships, before you pay the Political Points (PP's) to change their command to a non-restricted HQ.

Oh, and don't apologise for asking "stupid" questions. No such animal around here...

falkoner -> RE: War Plan Orange Quickstart Tutorial (11/27/2005 3:51:31 AM)

Many thanks for the reply and information. Obviously haven't got to that chapter yet. Should have guessed politicians would be screwing up the works somewhere!!


Moltke71 -> RE: War Plan Orange Quickstart Tutorial (11/30/2005 2:49:18 PM)

Can't find the 96th in Manilla. No biggie.

kfmiller41 -> RE: War Plan Orange Quickstart Tutorial (12/6/2005 6:12:34 PM)

I am an experienced WIPT player but i have a question also, is there a way to find out which HQ's are not restricted. Reason i ask is that I tried attaching several units into South Pacific so i could load them, figuring Ninth HQ Hawaii was also restricted, and they wouldnt load which made me believe south pacific HQ is restricted as well. Is that true or did I do something silly[:D] which wouldnt be the first time[:'(]

Tankerace -> RE: War Plan Orange Quickstart Tutorial (12/6/2005 8:02:59 PM)

The only Allied HQs that are restricted are Ninth Corps Area, USAFFE, Australian Military, Dutch East Indes, and I believe Malaya Army. All the rest are unrestrited (Ninth Corps Hawaii is differentiated as it replaces Central Pacific, but historically Hawaii fell under the Ninth Corps control)

kfmiller41 -> RE: War Plan Orange Quickstart Tutorial (12/6/2005 8:58:38 PM)

Doh,[&:] I remember now I did try to place them in the USAFFE HQ. Thanks tanker[&o]

Hellcat_Canada -> RE: War Plan Orange Quickstart Tutorial (12/8/2005 4:27:36 AM)

I'm also new to the series, just waiting for the boxed verisons to come out. Does the game manual include tutorials like the one above or is more of a step by step guide without examples? Also does the boxed verison come with a printed manual as I see no meantion of it anywhere.

Tankerace -> RE: War Plan Orange Quickstart Tutorial (12/11/2005 10:32:36 PM)

You can have the manual printed, but all the boxed version contains is the case and DVD, the manual is on the CD.

No, the manual does not have tutorials in it (this is the tutorial), but it does contain everything you need to learn the game.

Bill Durrant -> RE: War Plan Orange Quickstart Tutorial (12/11/2005 10:37:23 PM)


On this point, having played WitP I haven't even looked at the manual. Am I missing some important points? Is there a guide as to what is new in the WPO manual?

Tankerace -> RE: War Plan Orange Quickstart Tutorial (12/11/2005 11:26:22 PM)

If you can play WitP/UV, then you can play WPO. The only major difference in playing is that TFs should be formed differently (see the new tutorial), and in how the game plays. There is a ton of new stuff, but none that you can't pick up on without reading the manyal

Bill Durrant -> RE: War Plan Orange Quickstart Tutorial (12/12/2005 12:52:38 AM)

Thanks for that I'd missed the new TF stuff[&o]

Venividivici10044 -> RE: War Plan Orange Quickstart Tutorial (2/25/2010 12:46:09 PM)

Thank You!!

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