From: Hansville, WA, USA
Ok, I was letting this one pass because quite honestly, it's hardly worth the trouble for any of us, but what the heck, might just as well say my piece and then go away. I'm sorry to say, but that's hardly excuse to put out erroneous information on the manuals of games that are published by Matrix. Either the manual is correct, or it's not. If it's not, then Matrix should strive to remove from it the portions that are (effectively) false advertisement. Also, the claim that the manual is solely by the original developers is incorrect as the manual states (page 2, emphasis mine):
Manual content is (C) Advanced Gaming Systems Inc with extensive value-add provided by Matrix Games.
Which means that Matrix had some level of involvement with the manual. Well, I cannot argue with that other than to say that the "value-add" likely had more to do with game play and the documentation did not get an extensive review.
As an aside, I would ask, what else is wrong with the manual then? I do not know the answer to that but believe that at that time the CMANO/CMO concept was being designed and the Matrix staff was focused on that rather than expending update effort on an eight year old game/simulation from a defunct publisher. What else is in there that is supposed to be functional but actually does bugger all or does not even exist in the code? And is this a common occurrence on Matrix's games? My own observation is that current WarfareSims/Matrix development staff is very concerned about having correct CMO product documentation and has quickly responded to notifications of problems.
Perhaps review and problem reporting of current documentation is more valuable than focusing on a legacy product with no support staff. The presence of errors dating as far back as 1989, which were introduced by a completely different staff, does not mean that there is a lack of concern for detail in current products. I’m sure there are errors in CMO documentation but forum members, such as yourself, can help tremendously by identifying and reporting them.
Similarly, this has now been pretty much beaten to death and I too shall shall refrain from continuing. I'm sorry if this has become a game stopper for you.
“There is no limit to what a man can do so long as he does not care a straw who gets the credit for it.”
Charles Edward Montague, English novelist and essayist
~Disenchantment, ch. 15 (1922)