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RE: Harpoon II Official Strategy Guide - 10/6/2019 1:53:36 AM   
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Not stuck on p.180... will add more tomorrow !!

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RE: Harpoon II Official Strategy Guide - 10/6/2019 8:51:43 AM   
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Great!

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RE: Harpoon II Official Strategy Guide - 10/6/2019 3:35:33 PM   
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I added 50 new pages today. Now on page 230. It's a really helpful book for CMANO.
I need someone to make a Pdf for me when I finish it all

Can anyone help me with my post on clutter in NI Opening Moves ?
Enjoy, and rejoice !
ciao, Roland


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RE: Harpoon II Official Strategy Guide - 10/7/2019 7:28:46 AM   
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Nice, thank you once again! I'll create a pdf file after the scanning is done.

Can you post some screenshot of mentioned display issues?

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RE: Harpoon II Official Strategy Guide - 11/25/2019 6:12:45 PM   
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Hey guys, what's the status? =)

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RE: Harpoon II Official Strategy Guide - 4/20/2020 7:06:50 PM   
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Damn... not so good I gues....

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RE: Harpoon II Official Strategy Guide - 4/26/2020 3:31:43 PM   
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For a new player like me with no idea on official military tactics, this sounds like a must read!
I would love a pdf copy if that would be possible?

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RE: Harpoon II Official Strategy Guide - 4/12/2021 5:30:36 AM   
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Bump

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RE: Harpoon II Official Strategy Guide - 4/12/2021 9:15:44 AM   
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Creating a PDF from pictures is trivial, why not do it yourself, you'll be done in less than 30 minutes

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RE: Harpoon II Official Strategy Guide - 4/12/2021 7:47:49 PM   
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I made this PDF from the scanned images a few months ago and meant to post it but entirely forgot -- hope it's of use!

https://www.dropbox.com/s/m9ip4cfsljfvxg9/HarpoonII_StrategyGuide.pdf?dl=0

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RE: Harpoon II Official Strategy Guide - 4/13/2021 2:01:31 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: mikmykWS


quote:

ORIGINAL: pandoraefretum

Nor mine,

BUT couldn't this book be re-written / re-worked relatively quickly for Command ?



A static book/manual doesn't make sense because we update the game so much. We've been looking at easy ways to create a living manual that we can grow with the game. Nowadays you do all sorts of neat things from video to pdf print etc. The catch is the time and effort involved in doing this (dev game or dev webapp etc).

Mike


I think a book/manual that focused less on the mechanics and more on concepts and execution within the game would be extremely helpful. I've read a lot of military history and study military concepts, but even so, where do I go to find out how to conduct a proper air assault? Watching the tutorial explains the mechanics, but that doesn't tell me much. Should I drop all my equipment at once? Should I drop the troops first, then the equipment? Do I need constant recon? How far from the target should I drop the troops? Should I just literally read FM 3-99 (Air Assault and Operations)?

Setting up a proper CAP would be another one. Tutorials cover the mechanics, but the game has nuances. A book/manual could do the same thing as the intent of the Red Flag exercises - help the reader "fight" a few scenario concepts before I have to spend 30+ hours in game trying to learn everything.


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RE: Harpoon II Official Strategy Guide - 4/22/2021 8:12:03 PM   
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Please I don't find on google the meaning of NWS... (except for National Wheater Service, but I don't think that's the case for us...)

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RE: Harpoon II Official Strategy Guide - 4/22/2021 8:27:14 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: maverick3320


quote:

ORIGINAL: mikmykWS


quote:

ORIGINAL: pandoraefretum

Nor mine,

BUT couldn't this book be re-written / re-worked relatively quickly for Command ?



A static book/manual doesn't make sense because we update the game so much. We've been looking at easy ways to create a living manual that we can grow with the game. Nowadays you do all sorts of neat things from video to pdf print etc. The catch is the time and effort involved in doing this (dev game or dev webapp etc).

Mike


I think a book/manual that focused less on the mechanics and more on concepts and execution within the game would be extremely helpful. I've read a lot of military history and study military concepts, but even so, where do I go to find out how to conduct a proper air assault? Watching the tutorial explains the mechanics, but that doesn't tell me much. Should I drop all my equipment at once? Should I drop the troops first, then the equipment? Do I need constant recon? How far from the target should I drop the troops? Should I just literally read FM 3-99 (Air Assault and Operations)?

Setting up a proper CAP would be another one. Tutorials cover the mechanics, but the game has nuances. A book/manual could do the same thing as the intent of the Red Flag exercises - help the reader "fight" a few scenario concepts before I have to spend 30+ hours in game trying to learn everything.




I think this is an example of taking the wrong approach to playing a game like CMO. I find games like Combat Mission, Steel Beasts, etc. fall in the same category. Its about finding an issue or topic you want to learn about and then googling on it, asking questions, and actually playing the same scenario different ways to teach yourself the majority of it.

There is never going to be a book written that goes over the entire breadth of tactical and operational aspects of naval and air warfare. For example, CAP. CAP, by itself, has numerous nuances that are solidly scenario specific. There is almost no plausible way to teach someone how to execute CAP over numerous just by writing about it. It could be almost an entire book by itself. Even military manuals only help a little. The USN book on CAP might not mean anything for someone play the Russian Air Force.

I think that should be the main focus on the forum, especially the War Room section. Take a scenario and go in there and ask how different players would set up CAP and their reasoning. Combine that with trying different things out yourself and you'll quickly start to get how some things can get done.

btw, NWS is Naval Warfare Simulations.

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RE: Harpoon II Official Strategy Guide - 4/22/2021 8:28:32 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: Steve04

Please I don't find on google the meaning of NWS... (except for National Wheater Service, but I don't think that's the case for us...)


If you're talking about one of the earlier posts. Think it was Naval Wargame Software or Systems. Its a game company that sells a different line of products.

This thread is ancient.

Mike

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RE: Harpoon II Official Strategy Guide - 4/28/2021 2:34:15 PM   
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Thanks musurca. I really enjoyed the pdf.


< Message edited by CassioM -- 4/28/2021 2:35:16 PM >

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RE: Harpoon II Official Strategy Guide - 4/29/2021 10:18:17 AM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: thewood1


quote:

ORIGINAL: maverick3320


quote:

ORIGINAL: mikmykWS


quote:

ORIGINAL: pandoraefretum

Nor mine,

BUT couldn't this book be re-written / re-worked relatively quickly for Command ?



A static book/manual doesn't make sense because we update the game so much. We've been looking at easy ways to create a living manual that we can grow with the game. Nowadays you do all sorts of neat things from video to pdf print etc. The catch is the time and effort involved in doing this (dev game or dev webapp etc).

Mike


I think a book/manual that focused less on the mechanics and more on concepts and execution within the game would be extremely helpful. I've read a lot of military history and study military concepts, but even so, where do I go to find out how to conduct a proper air assault? Watching the tutorial explains the mechanics, but that doesn't tell me much. Should I drop all my equipment at once? Should I drop the troops first, then the equipment? Do I need constant recon? How far from the target should I drop the troops? Should I just literally read FM 3-99 (Air Assault and Operations)?

Setting up a proper CAP would be another one. Tutorials cover the mechanics, but the game has nuances. A book/manual could do the same thing as the intent of the Red Flag exercises - help the reader "fight" a few scenario concepts before I have to spend 30+ hours in game trying to learn everything.




I think this is an example of taking the wrong approach to playing a game like CMO. I find games like Combat Mission, Steel Beasts, etc. fall in the same category. Its about finding an issue or topic you want to learn about and then googling on it, asking questions, and actually playing the same scenario different ways to teach yourself the majority of it.

There is never going to be a book written that goes over the entire breadth of tactical and operational aspects of naval and air warfare. For example, CAP. CAP, by itself, has numerous nuances that are solidly scenario specific. There is almost no plausible way to teach someone how to execute CAP over numerous just by writing about it. It could be almost an entire book by itself. Even military manuals only help a little. The USN book on CAP might not mean anything for someone play the Russian Air Force.

I think that should be the main focus on the forum, especially the War Room section. Take a scenario and go in there and ask how different players would set up CAP and their reasoning. Combine that with trying different things out yourself and you'll quickly start to get how some things can get done.

btw, NWS is Naval Warfare Simulations.


An interesting take. Let's summarize:

1. You can't imagine how such a product would be written, so it shouldn't be written.
2. Players should learn to play, or translating boomer-speak into contemporary parlance, "git gud".
3. A written document would quickly become outdated and players should ask questions on the forums instead. Interesting advice from a poster that routinely gives "read the manual" as an answer to player questions on said forums.

Everyone approaches PC games differently. Since I'm assuming we are discussing the commercial version of this game - and not one of the professional versions - I think it's safe to assume that most of us are here to be entertained by this game. I play CMO to get away from the work and research (and yes, learning) that the normal day entails. Perhaps you take this game more seriously and have the time to read Clausewitz or Mahan in between scenario actions but I would guess some of us don't. Many of us have busy lives and do not have time (nor, honestly, the inclination) to post 5500+ times on a forum for a relatively obscure game.

Here's how I would approach a strategy guide:

1. Discuss some basic principles of air and naval warfare.
2. Discuss the mechanics of the game in more depth than the manual.
3. Most importantly, have the game monetize a new revenue stream from the extremely talented and hardworking player base: have some CMO/CMANO veterans (Beirutdude, Gunner98) write blurbs on how they would approach certain scenarios (that would cover different types of operations - air assault, amphibious landings, fighter sweeps, etc) and share their expertise. Further, allow those same folks to share in that revenue stream. If anyone deserves to make some more money off this game it's the scenario developers that "flesh out" this game.
4. Put links and notes in the guide with references to the forums or other sources of data.
5. If the game truly evolves that often, then update it periodically or leave it as a working document.


Ultimately, if you think a strategy guide is the wrong answer, then simply don't contribute to it or read it. Unless you are arguing that a strategy guide is going to somehow "dumb down" the player base?

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RE: Harpoon II Official Strategy Guide - 4/29/2021 11:01:24 AM   
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I'm not saying some type of guide would be completely useless. I'm saying its not going git you gud. I have that Harpoon guide on my book shelf. While it was an interesting read and went into the mechanics of the game, it was so general in its discussion of the application of naval tactics to the game as to be fairly useless. The guide was written because the actual original manual was so small and uninformative that no one used it. IIRC, a significant portion of the Harpoon manual was spent on installation and backstory of the board game.

The new CMO Manual is more comprehensive than the Harpoon manual and guide combined. As to telling people to read the manual, you are making my point for me. Look at how many hours, days, and weeks were put into the writing and rewriting the manual. And people have to be pointed to looking stuff up there. So how is that guide going to change that.

Btw, this might surprise you, I know I don't have to contribute to it or read it. But thanks for the advice anyway.

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RE: Harpoon II Official Strategy Guide - 4/29/2021 11:26:58 AM   
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I take that back about the H2 manual; I was thinking of the install and get started manual, which I have. I found a PDF manual for H2...attached.

Attachment (1)

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RE: Harpoon II Official Strategy Guide - 4/29/2021 10:29:24 PM   
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Harpoon and Harpoon II so many fun hours of playing. Sobering when the ship you were on while playing was sunk by an AS-4 Kitchen!

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RE: Harpoon II Official Strategy Guide - 4/29/2021 10:50:15 PM   
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I still have the original box from release day. No disks though. I still remember the frustration of getting it running. The special config.sys and autoexec.bat files and constantly tinkering with them to free memory. It had a huge number of bugs for the first few months and had a patch disk mailed to me. After that, you dialed into 360 to get the patches.

The funny part is they had a lot of fancy features that never really worked until after 360 was done with it.

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