What kind of manual(s) should we ask for?

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I thought I would present my idea for the game manuals and documents. I may be asking for too much. However, please share your thoughts so we can make the documentation usable instead of burnable.

*All A4 and 8.5"x11" documents should include ample space for 2, 3, or 5 hole punching as desired by the game purchaser.

I. Small game mechanics manual to include:
   A. How to install the game.
   B. How to configure your game for:
     1. Resolutions
     2. Mouse
     3. Keyboard Mapping
     4. Configuring joysticks and other input devices.
     5. .ini settings and what they mean with options available
   C. How to start and save a game.
   D. Setup guide for the tutorial(s).
   E. Tutorial guide with step by step instructions.

II. Additional Manuals
   A. Setup guide for all scenarios
     1. In .pdf and .rtf format for both A4 and 8.5"x11" or printed if feasible.
       a. Scenario commentary explaining the historical situation and the goals each alliance and nation (including minors) wanted to achieve.
           (Creates historical perception and frame of mind for the scenario to be played.)
     2. .xls spreadsheet for unit setups and available counters
       a. Filter and sort capable by alliance, country, unit type and scenario.
   B. Rules manual.
     1. In .pdf and .rtf format for both A4 and 8.5"x11" or printed if feasible.
     2. Rules commentary to exist in boxed areas with the appropriate rule for additional understanding.
         (Clearly annotated to the clarifying source.)

III. Modders manual
   A. In .pdf and .rtf format for both A4 or 8.5"x11" and printed if feasible.
   B. .csv file explanations. This could be gleaned from programmers embedded comments but this should simplify finding the right .csv file.
   C. Bitmap formats and specifications for counters, hexes and maps for all zooms settings.


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I thought I would present my idea for the game manuals and documents. I may be asking for too much. However, please share your thoughts so we can make the documentation usable instead of burnable.

*All A4 and 8.5"x11" documents should include ample space for 2, 3, or 5 hole punching as desired by the game purchaser.

I. Small game mechanics manual to include:
   A. How to install the game.
   B. How to configure your game for:
     1. Resolutions
     2. Mouse
     3. Keyboard Mapping
     4. Configuring joysticks and other input devices.
     5. .ini settings and what they mean with options available
   C. How to start and save a game.
   D. Setup guide for the tutorial(s).
   E. Tutorial guide with step by step instructions.

II. Additional Manuals
   A. Setup guide for all scenarios
     1. In .pdf and .rtf format for both A4 and 8.5"x11" or printed if feasible.
       a. Scenario commentary explaining the historical situation and the goals each alliance and nation (including minors) wanted to achieve.
           (Creates historical perception and frame of mind for the scenario to be played.)
     2. .xls spreadsheet for unit setups and available counters
       a. Filter and sort capable by alliance, country, unit type and scenario.
   B. Rules manual.
     1. In .pdf and .rtf format for both A4 and 8.5"x11" or printed if feasible.
     2. Rules commentary to exist in boxed areas with the appropriate rule for additional understanding.
         (Clearly annotated to the clarifying source.)

III. Modders manual
   A. In .pdf and .rtf format for both A4 or 8.5"x11" and printed if feasible.
   B. .csv file explanations. This could be gleaned from programmers embedded comments but this should simplify finding the right .csv file.
   C. Bitmap formats and specifications for counters, hexes and maps for all zooms settings.


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Sorry, but #1 is not going to be small. For instance, there are 97 forms, mostly for making decisions during game play. I expect to need to display screen shots for most forms in order to have any text describing them be coherent. Say, 60 forms with a page of text each - that's goping to run to 80 pages or so right there.

I see your #2 as mostly a copy of WIF FE material. A spreadsheet of setups is part of WIF FE and MWIF follows that exactly, except where we found errors in the WIF FE spreadsheet (maybe a half dozen units). No need to reinvent the wheel. We'll just use the WIF FE stuff.

I already have created the raw information for #3 concerning the CSV files (I need that documentation to write code). I'll tidy it up a bit and augment it with information about the bitmaps, though this has very little importance relative to other items in the game.
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In #1 you have left out a lot of crucial stuff: optional rules, for instance. I have also clarified the sequence of play from the way it is presented in the WIF FE manual, such as, using graphics to show flow and modifying some names/labels to make them more understandable. When the material becomes wordy, I will place it in an appendix. It will still be printed, but by placing it in an appendix, the rest of the manual will be shorter and easier to read/use.

Your post is timely, since I spent yesterday morning bringing my previous outline for the Player's Manual into alignment with the Matrix Games' style/standard. That task still needs some work, it is only about half done. Once I get it banged into better shape, I'll post what I have for comments.
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I've kind of expected mostly electronic manuals. Seems to be the trend in computers. I mean if it is all on a CD rather than paper, the price can be lower for everyone, and if you want a hard copy you can make it yourself?

I also expect to just purchase the game as a digital download. With a good internet connection I would much rather do that than get yet another plastic-wrapped box and CD w/jewel case made and shipped to me.

Are these expectations probable? I haven't purchased any computer games since Avalon Hill sold me a couple on cassettes. But this is the 21st century and it would seem that media content can be delivered without using up more oil and trees.
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I've kind of expected mostly electronic manuals. Seems to be the trend in computers. I mean if it is all on a CD rather than paper, the price can be lower for everyone, and if you want a hard copy you can make it yourself?

I also expect to just purchase the game as a digital download. With a good internet connection I would much rather do that than get yet another plastic-wrapped box and CD w/jewel case made and shipped to me.

Are these expectations probable? I haven't purchased any computer games since Avalon Hill sold me a couple on cassettes. But this is the 21st century and it would seem that media content can be delivered without using up more oil and trees.
Have an investment in trees do we?[:)]

There are some purchasers who want a physical product. From what I can gather Matrix tends to charge an extra $10 for the boxed version, though there might be an extra cost for shipping.

Of the 3 items listed by abj9562 (can you imagine the difficulties he experienced in grade school with a name like that?), only the first would be printed. The others would be PDF files or equivalent.

I myself prefer getting a printed manual with software. My current personal aggravation is with the new release of Delphi (2007) where the 'manual' is a bunch of help files, but they are inaccessible by me for some unknown reason. Hence, I have no documentation at all for the new compiler. I looked on their web site and there are a long list of complaints about not being able to access the help files - none of which seemed to address the problems I am having though. With a printed manual you don't run the risk of that insanity.

Then there was thetime when the PDF file was everything Microsoft ever wrote about the product with tons of white space for each chapter and subchapter header page and blank pages scattered throughout. Printing it out took 200 pages (single sided), most of which was useless and wasteful. If Microsoft had had to print those pages themselves and then ship them, I expect they would have been more aware of the waste and it would have printed in 50 pages(double sided).

But the arguments for and against printed documentation are being waged continuously as far as I can tell.
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I agree totally. I figured it would be available both ways and probably with a minimum of printed material, but just wanted to check.

Actually I make good money cutting down trees some times. On Saturday I'll probably have to ski in to a jobsite to do that. But as soon as the drought breaks in the south-east, my crews will probably plant 2-3 million seedlings this season. So print as much as you want...but try not to get too much plastic and shipping involved, cuz that's helping to lead to this terrible drought down there.
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I myself prefer getting a printed manual with software. My current personal aggravation is with the new release of Delphi (2007) where the 'manual' is a bunch of help files, but they are inaccessible by me for some unknown reason.

In case this helps...

Do you have Delphi For Win32 (2007) or the full RAD Studio 2007? It was released 11/15.

I know there was an update (Patch) to the RAD Studio help system. It might even work to install the help update for RAD Studio even if you only Have Delphi For Win32 (2007). Apparently, they are the same product with the Win32 personality having been 'pre-released'

Link:

http://www.codegear.com/downloads/regusers/radstudio
At the top of the list - notes say 'Provides bug fixes and other improvements to the Help system'

Also, if you use groups.google.com you will be able search the borland newsgroups (borland.public.delphi.*). Also, the borland news server (I think it is news.borland.com but I could be wrong) is public and that community is VERY good at helping each other and would welcome you if you have any specific questions about how something works... especially if it is because you can't get your documentation to work.

If you need anything else along these lines, let me know and I will do all I can to help.

Good Luck!

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By the way...
 
I am for printed documentation, and am willing to pay a little more for it.  No matter how you cut it, it will be cheaper for me to pay Matrix to have it printed than printing it myself.  Cartridges and/or Toner is still more expensive than ink.
 
My wife can't drive due to health reasons and I spend an inordinate amount of time reading in parking lots.  It sure would be nice to be able to peruse the manuals when I can't play because we have to buy groceries.  [:)]
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I'm sorry, I meant to post that the patch was released on 11/15
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ORIGINAL: Shannon V. OKeets


I myself prefer getting a printed manual with software. My current personal aggravation is with the new release of Delphi (2007) where the 'manual' is a bunch of help files, but they are inaccessible by me for some unknown reason.

In case this helps...

Do you have Delphi For Win32 (2007) or the full RAD Studio 2007? It was released 11/15.

I know there was an update (Patch) to the RAD Studio help system. It might even work to install the help update for RAD Studio even if you only Have Delphi For Win32 (2007). Apparently, they are the same product with the Win32 personality having been 'pre-released'

Link:

http://www.codegear.com/downloads/regusers/radstudio
At the top of the list - notes say 'Provides bug fixes and other improvements to the Help system'

Also, if you use groups.google.com you will be able search the borland newsgroups (borland.public.delphi.*). Also, the borland news server (I think it is news.borland.com but I could be wrong) is public and that community is VERY good at helping each other and would welcome you if you have any specific questions about how something works... especially if it is because you can't get your documentation to work.

If you need anything else along these lines, let me know and I will do all I can to help.

Good Luck!

Thanks. I'll try this and let you know how it goes.
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Steve,
 
BTW call me AJ or andy, abj9562 was quite a problem in grade school [;)]. High school was murder but in college nobody really cared.
 
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In #1 you have left out a lot of crucial stuff: optional rules, for instance.  I have also clarified the sequence of play from the way it is presented in the WIF FE manual, such as, using graphics to show flow and modifying some names/labels to make them more understandable.  When the material becomes wordy, I will place it in an appendix.  It will still be printed, but by placing it in an appendix, the rest of the manual will be shorter and easier to read/use.
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Perhaps item the first manual should be two seperate manuals. One for game play and the other for simple instalation and configuration. I understand most documents may be electronic. For myself I prefer printed manuals in binders. 
 
As for item 2,  yes the idea was a clean and usable spreadsheet similiar to the setup sheets on ADG's website. Just cleaned up and presentable for MWiF.
 
It seems there is not much disagreement on what to include. Principaly just on how to include all the material.  I would be willing to pay a premium for the printed docs as my trifocals just do not work well with computer screens. Perhaps someone could contact Prima or Brady Games if Matrix is not capable or unwilling.
 
Also, this goes without saying that I hope all docs will be localized for languages.
 
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Steve,

BTW call me AJ or andy, abj9562 was quite a problem in grade school [;)]. High school was murder but in college nobody really cared.
In #1 you have left out a lot of crucial stuff: optional rules, for instance.  I have also clarified the sequence of play from the way it is presented in the WIF FE manual, such as, using graphics to show flow and modifying some names/labels to make them more understandable.  When the material becomes wordy, I will place it in an appendix.  It will still be printed, but by placing it in an appendix, the rest of the manual will be shorter and easier to read/use.

Perhaps item the first manual should be two seperate manuals. One for game play and the other for simple instalation and configuration. I understand most documents may be electronic. For myself I prefer printed manuals in binders. 

As for item 2,  yes the idea was a clean and usable spreadsheet similiar to the setup sheets on ADG's website. Just cleaned up and presentable for MWiF.

It seems there is not much disagreement on what to include. Principaly just on how to include all the material.  I would be willing to pay a premium for the printed docs as my trifocals just do not work well with computer screens. Perhaps someone could contact Prima or Brady Games if Matrix is not capable or unwilling.

Also, this goes without saying that I hope all docs will be localized for languages.
Localized?
I only know English (the spattering of Pidgin I've picked in Hawaii doesn't count) so this is out of my area of expertise. What does Matrix do for their other games?

I see no real point in separating out the "how to install stuff". Here is what I have copied from the other Matrix manual:

1.0 Matrix Games World in Flames
1.1 Minimum System Requirements
1.2 Installation Procedures
1.3 Uninstalling the Game
1.4 Product Updates
1.5 Game Forums
1.6 Technical Support
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Here is my current working version of the Table of Contents for the Player's Manual. This should explain why I have been working on the Player's Manual periodically over the last 2 years so I don't have it all to write in the last week or two.
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CONTENTS

1.0 Matrix Games World in Flames
1.1 Minimum System Requirements
1.2 Installation Procedures
1.3 Uninstalling the Game
1.4 Product Updates
1.5 Game Forums
1.6 Technical Support
2.0 Introduction to Matrix Games World in Flames (MWIF)
2.1 Background on World in Flames Games
2.2 Differences between Matrix Games World in Flames and the Board Game World in Flames
2.2.1 Rules as Coded (RAC)
2.2.2 World in Flames Add-ons from Australian Design Group
2.2.3 Optional Rules
2.3 Opening Screen
2.3.1 How To Play
2.3.2 Starting a New Game
2.3.3 Restoring a Saved Game
3.0 How To Play
3.1 Tutorial Overview
3.2 Picture Plus Text Tutorials
3.2.1 Starting a Game
3.2.2 Countries
3.2.3 Map
3.2.4 Land Units
3.2.5 Naval Units
3.2.6 Air Units
3.2.7 Weather
3.2.8 Zones of Control, Hex Control, and Stacking Limits
3.2.9 Supply
3.2.10 Sequence of Play
3.3 Interactive Tutorials
3.3.1 Introduction to Interactive Tutorials
3.3.2 Land Unit Movement (Eligibility and Supply)
3.3.3 Land Combat
3.3.4 Naval Unit Movement (Eligibility and Supply)
3.3.5 Naval Combat
3.3.6 Air Unit Movement (Eligibility and Supply)
3.3.7 Air Combat
3.3.8 Production
3.3.9 Politics
4.0 Starting a New Game
4.1 Choices on Modes of Play
4.1.1 Solitaire
4.1.2 Versus the AI Opponent
4.1.3 Head to Head (Hot Seat)
4.1.4 Over the Internet (NetPlay)
4.1.5 By Email (PBEM)
4.2 Scenarios
4.2.1 Introduction to Scenarios
4.2.2 Barbarossa
4.2.3 Guadalcanal
4.2.4 Fascist Tide
4.2.5 Day of Infamy
4.2.6 Global War
4.2.7 Missed the Bus
4.2.8 Lebensraum
4.2.9 Waking Giant
4.2.10 Brute Force
4.2.11 Darkness Before the Dawn
4.2.12 Decline and Fall
4.3 Optional Rules
4.4 Player Names
4.5 Assigning Major Powers
4.6 Bidding for Major Powers
4.7 Setting Up Units
4.8 Sequence of Play
5.0 Restoring a Saved Game

6.0 Modes of Play
6.1 Solitaire
6.2 Versus the AI Opponent
6.3 Head to head (Hot Seat)
6.4 Over the Internet (NetPlay)
6.4.1 Two player
6.4.2 Multi-player
6.5 By Email (PBEM)
6.5.1 Introduction to PBEM
6.5.2 PBEM Elements
6.5.3 Types of Email
6.5.4 eMWIF
6.5.5 Standing Orders
7.0 Player Interface
7.1 Introduction to Player Interface
7.2 Main Screen
7.3 Menus
7.3.1 File Menu
7.3.2 Command Menu
7.3.3 Info Menu
7.3.4 View Menu
7.3.5 Player Interface Menu
7.3.6 Windows Menu
7.3.7 Help Menu
7.3.8 Unit Menu
7.4 Detailed Map
7.4.1 Zoom
7.4.2 Scrolling
7.4.3 Map Views
7.4.4 Display Controls
7.4.5 Flyouts
7.5 Global Map
7.5.1 Terrain View
7.5.2 Weather View
7.5.3 Control View
7.5.4 Unit View
7.5.5 Marker View
7.5.6 Convoy View
7.5.7 Global Map Legend
7.5.8 Linkage to Detailed Map
7.6 Screen Layouts
7.7 Forms
7.7.1 Informational Forms
7.7.1.1 Action Limits
7.7.1.2 Captured Facilities
7.7.1.3 Carrier Classes
7.7.1.4 Convoy Information
7.7.1.5 Die Rolls
7.7.1.6 Distance Calculations
7.7.1.7 Find City/Port
7.7.1.8 Find Country
7.7. 1.9 Find Sea Area
7.7.1.10 Trade Agreements
7.7.1.11 Naval Review Details
7.7.1.12 Naval Review Summary
7.7.1.13 Neutrality Pacts
7.7.1.14 Neutrality Pact Markers
7.7.1.15 Optional Rules
7.7.1.16 Partisans
7.7.1.17 Political Relationships
7.7.1.18 Resources and Production
7.7.1.19 Select Sea Area
7.7.1.20 Select Units
7.7.1.21 Sequence of Play
7.7.1.22 Strategic Bombing Losses
7.7.1.23 Task Force Details
7.7.1.24 Task Force Summary
7.7.1.25 Unit Notes
7.7.1.26 Unit Pools
7.7.1.27 Unit Review
7.7.1.28 Units Under Cursor
7.7.1.29 Unit View Filter
7.7.1.30 Weather Chances
7.7.2 Sequence of Play Forms
7.7.2.1 Action Choice
7.7.2.2 Add Minor Units
7.7.2.3 Air Attack
7.7.2.4 Air-to-air Combat
7.7.2.5 Air Reserves
7.7.2.6 Air Transport of Land Units
7.7.2.7 Anti-Air Fire
7.7.2.8 Anti-Air Combat Results
7.7.2.9 Break Down Units
7.7.2.10 Combat Air Patrol
7.7.2.11 Carrier Selection
7.7.2.12 Commit Subs
7.7.2.13 Destroy Factory
7.7.2.14 Destroy Units
7.7.2.15 DOW Align Minors
7.7.2.16 DOW Major Powers
7.7.2.17 DOW Minors
7.7.2.18 Drop Off Units
7.7.2.19 Fort Hexside
7.7.2.20 Player Interface Controls
7.7.2.21 Ignore Notional
7.7.2.22 Initiative
7.7.2.23 Land Combat
7.7.2.24 Lending Resource and Build Points
7.7.2.25 Lend Lease Air Units
7.7.2.26 Loan Units
7.7.2.27 Move First Decision
7.7.2.28 Naval Combat Overview
7.7.2.29 Naval Combat Included Types
7.7.2.30 Naval Combat Results
7.7.2.31 Naval Interception
7.7.2.32 Naval Replacements
7.7.2.33 New Trade Agreements
7.7.2.34 Over-Stacked Hex
7.7.2.35 Pact Marker Move
7.7.2.36 Pact Marker Choice: Offensive-Defensive
7.7.2.37 Pick HQ
7.7.2.38 Plane Role
7.7.2.39 Production
7.7.2.40 Production Undo
7.7.2.41 Reform Units
7.7.2.42 Reorganize Units
7.7.2.43 Reserves
7.7.2.44 Resource Production
7.7.2.45 Save Build Points
7.7.2.46 Save Oil Points
7.7.2.47 Scrap Units
7.7.2.48 Sea Box Section
7.7.2.49 Setup Tray
7.7.2.50 Split Convoys
7.7.2.51 Surprise Points
7.7.2.52 US Entry Pool
7.7.2.53 US Entry Options
7.7.2.54 Use Oil
7.7.2.55 US Naval Combat
7.7.2.56 Vichy Setup
7.7.2.57 Victory
7.7.2.58 Weather Report
7.7.2.59 US Entry
7.7.3 Internet Play Forms
7.7.1 Chat
7.7.1 Bid for Major Powers
7.7.2 New Message
7.7.3 Password
7.7.4 Recipient List
8.0 Optional Rules
8.1 Introduction to Optional Rules
8.2 Additional Units
8.3 Land Rules
8.4 Air Rules
8.5 Naval Rules
8.6 Supply Rules
8.7 Production Rules
8.7 Other Optional Rules
9.0 Rules as Coded (RAC)

10.0 Appendices
10.1 Standing Orders
10.2 Data Files
10.3 Bitmaps
10.4 Other Files Included with MWIF
10.5 Combat Tables

11.0 Index

12.0 Credits
12.1 Australian Design Group
12.2 Matrix Games
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No comments on my last post here - I guess there were no glaring problems.

Here is an updated version of the Table of Contents for the MWIF Player's Manual.
- I found a manual for software package I liked and inserted some of its ideas here.
- I also read through the complaints about the newly released EIA manual and I've tried to avoid them for MWIF.

I am also working my way through converting RAW to RAC. I see RAC (Rules As Coded) as a separate PDF file, which follows the structure of RAW (Rules as Written). In fact I expect RAC to only deviate from RAW when something has changed. That is to say, I will not attempt to write clarifications to the rules into RAC (for several reasons, but an important one is that doing so always runs the risk of changing the rule). Section 2.2.1 below will give an overview of the important changes from WIF FE. Section 9.0 will describe where rules were intentionally changed - in some detail. I expect to have some subsections for 9.0 once I have gathered all the changes into one place and can organize them intelligently.

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CONTENTS

Foreword
Preface
Audience
How to Use this Manual
Conventions Used in this Manual
Organization of this Manual
Acknowledgments

1.0 Matrix Games World in Flames
1.1 Minimum System Requirements
1.2 Installation Procedures
1.3 Uninstalling the Game
1.4 Product Updates
1.5 Game Forums
1.6 Technical Support
2.0 Introduction to Matrix Games World in Flames (MWIF)
2.1 Background on World in Flames Games
2.2 Differences between Matrix Games World in Flames and the Board Game World in Flames
2.2.1 Rules as Coded (RAC)
2.2.2 World in Flames Add-ons from Australian Design Group
2.2.3 Optional Rules
2.3 Opening Screen
2.3.1 How To Play
2.3.2 Starting a New Game
2.3.3 Restoring a Saved Game
3.0 How To Play
3.1 Tutorials Overview
3.2 Picture Plus Text Tutorials
3.2.1 Starting a Game
3.2.2 Countries
3.2.3 Map
3.2.4 Land Units
3.2.5 Naval Units
3.2.6 Air Units
3.2.7 Weather
3.2.8 Zones of Control, Hex Control, and Stacking Limits
3.2.9 Supply
3.2.10 Sequence of Play
3.3 Interactive Tutorials
3.3.1 Introduction to Interactive Tutorials
3.3.2 Land Unit Movement (Eligibility and Supply)
3.3.3 Land Combat
3.3.4 Naval Unit Movement (Eligibility and Supply)
3.3.5 Naval Combat
3.3.6 Air Unit Movement (Eligibility and Supply)
3.3.7 Air Combat
3.3.8 Production
3.3.9 Politics
4.0 Starting a New Game
4.1 Choices on Modes of Play
4.1.1 Solitaire
4.1.2 Versus the AI Opponent
4.1.3 Head to Head (Hot Seat)
4.1.4 Over the Internet (NetPlay)
4.1.5 By Email (PBEM)
4.2 Scenarios
4.2.1 Introduction to Scenarios
4.2.2 Barbarossa
4.2.3 Guadalcanal
4.2.4 Fascist Tide
4.2.5 Day of Infamy
4.2.6 Global War
4.2.7 Missed the Bus
4.2.8 Lebensraum
4.2.9 Waking Giant
4.2.10 Brute Force
4.2.11 Darkness Before the Dawn
4.2.12 Decline and Fall
4.3 Optional Rules
4.4 Player Names
4.5 Assigning Major Powers
4.6 Bidding for Major Powers
4.7 Setting Up Units
4.8 Sequence of Play
5.0 Restoring a Saved Game

6.0 Modes of Play
6.1 Solitaire
6.2 Versus the AI Opponent
6.3 Head to head (Hot Seat)
6.4 Over the Internet (NetPlay)
6.4.1 Two player
6.4.2 Multi-player
6.5 By Email (PBEM)
6.5.1 Introduction to PBEM
6.5.2 PBEM Elements
6.5.3 Types of Email
6.5.4 eMWIF
6.5.5 Standing Orders
7.0 Player Interface
7.1 Introduction to the Player Interface
7.2 Main Screen
7.3 Menus
7.3.1 File Menu
7.3.2 Command Menu
7.3.3 Info Menu
7.3.4 View Menu
7.3.5 Player Interface Menu
7.3.6 Windows Menu
7.3.7 Help Menu
7.3.8 Unit Menu
7.3.9 Other Menus
7.4 Detailed Map
7.4.1 Zoom
7.4.2 Scrolling
7.4.3 Map Views
7.4.4 Display Controls
7.4.5 Flyouts
7.5 Global Map
7.5.1 Terrain View
7.5.2 Weather View
7.5.3 Control View
7.5.4 Unit View
7.5.5 Marker View
7.5.6 Convoy View
7.5.7 Global Map Legend
7.5.8 Linkage to Detailed Map
7.6 Screen Layouts
7.7 Forms
7.7.1 Informational Forms
7.7.1.1 Action Limits
7.7.1.2 Captured Facilities
7.7.1.3 Carrier Classes
7.7.1.4 Convoy Information
7.7.1.5 Die Rolls
7.7.1.6 Distance Calculations
7.7.1.7 Find City/Port
7.7.1.8 Find Country
7.7. 1.9 Find Sea Area
7.7.1.10 Trade Agreements
7.7.1.11 Naval Review Details
7.7.1.12 Naval Review Summary
7.7.1.13 Neutrality Pacts
7.7.1.14 Neutrality Pact Markers
7.7.1.15 Optional Rules
7.7.1.16 Partisans
7.7.1.17 Political Relationships
7.7.1.18 Resources and Production
7.7.1.19 Select Sea Area
7.7.1.20 Select Units
7.7.1.21 Sequence of Play
7.7.1.22 Strategic Bombing Losses
7.7.1.23 Task Force Details
7.7.1.24 Task Force Summary
7.7.1.25 Unit Notes
7.7.1.26 Unit Pools
7.7.1.27 Unit Review
7.7.1.28 Units Under Cursor
7.7.1.29 Unit View Filter
7.7.1.30 Weather Chances
7.7.2 Sequence of Play Forms
7.7.2.1 Action Choice
7.7.2.2 Add Minor Units
7.7.2.3 Air Attack
7.7.2.4 Air-to-air Combat
7.7.2.5 Air Reserves
7.7.2.6 Air Transport of Land Units
7.7.2.7 Anti-Air Fire
7.7.2.8 Anti-Air Combat Results
7.7.2.9 Break Down Units
7.7.2.10 Combat Air Patrol
7.7.2.11 Carrier Selection
7.7.2.12 Commit Subs
7.7.2.13 Destroy Factory
7.7.2.14 Destroy Units
7.7.2.15 DOW Align Minors
7.7.2.16 DOW Major Powers
7.7.2.17 DOW Minors
7.7.2.18 Drop Off Units
7.7.2.19 Fort Hexside
7.7.2.20 Player Interface Controls
7.7.2.21 Ignore Notional
7.7.2.22 Initiative
7.7.2.23 Land Combat
7.7.2.24 Lending Resource and Build Points
7.7.2.25 Lend Lease Air Units
7.7.2.26 Loan Units
7.7.2.27 Move First Decision
7.7.2.28 Naval Combat Overview
7.7.2.29 Naval Combat Included Types
7.7.2.30 Naval Combat Results
7.7.2.31 Naval Interception
7.7.2.32 Naval Replacements
7.7.2.33 New Trade Agreements
7.7.2.34 Over-Stacked Hex
7.7.2.35 Pact Marker Move
7.7.2.36 Pact Marker Choice: Offensive-Defensive
7.7.2.37 Pick HQ
7.7.2.38 Plane Role
7.7.2.39 Production
7.7.2.40 Production Undo
7.7.2.41 Reform Units
7.7.2.42 Reorganize Units
7.7.2.43 Reserves
7.7.2.44 Resource Production
7.7.2.45 Save Build Points
7.7.2.46 Save Oil Points
7.7.2.47 Scrap Units
7.7.2.48 Sea Box Section
7.7.2.49 Setup Tray
7.7.2.50 Split Convoys
7.7.2.51 Surprise Points
7.7.2.52 US Entry Pool
7.7.2.53 US Entry Options
7.7.2.54 Use Oil
7.7.2.55 US Naval Combat
7.7.2.56 Vichy Setup
7.7.2.57 Victory
7.7.2.58 Weather Report
7.7.2.59 US Entry
7.7.3 Internet Play Forms
7.7.1 Chat
7.7.1 Bid for Major Powers
7.7.2 New Message
7.7.3 Password
7.7.4 Recipient List
7.7.5 Test Communication Links
8.0 Optional Rules
8.1 Introduction to Optional Rules
8.2 Additional Units
8.3 Land Rules
8.4 Air Rules
8.5 Naval Rules
8.6 Supply Rules
8.7 Production Rules
8.7 Other Optional Rules
9.0 Rules as Coded (RAC)

10.0 Appendices
10.1 Sequence of Play Reference
10.2 Standing Orders
10.3 Data Files
10.3.1 Map Data Files
10.3.2 Unit Data Files
10.4 Bitmap Files
10.5 MWIF.INI
10.6 Scenario/Player Created Files
10.6.1 Screen Layouts (SLY)
10.6.2 Map Views (MVW)
10.6.3 Optional Rule Sets (OPR)
10.6.4 Scrap Lists (SCP)
10.6.5 Saved Setups (SET)
10.6.6 Saved Games (GAM)
10.7 Other Files Included with MWIF
10.8 Combat Tables
10.9 Other Tables
11.0 Index

12.0 Credits
12.1 Australian Design Group
12.2 Matrix Games
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RE: What kind of manual(s) should we ask for?

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ORIGINAL: Shannon V. OKeets
- I also read through the complaints about the newly released EIA manual and I've tried to avoid them for MWIF.
Seems like it is a disaster. They say that a player who don't already know EiA can't play the game. I though about you when reading that. I heard that there are no tutorial either.
That is to say, I will not attempt to write clarifications to the rules into RAC (for several reasons, but an important one is that doing so always runs the risk of changing the rule).
This is a wise choice I think.
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RE: What kind of manual(s) should we ask for?

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That sounds like a lot of manual, necessary beacuse of the game's complexity. Just hope that the sheer size of it does not scare away new potential players.
 
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Better to have complete manual than trying to slim it down to suit players that don't like reading. It might be a preconception by me but I think that those players are not the primary target audience for this kind of game.
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RE: What kind of manual(s) should we ask for?

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ORIGINAL: lomyrin

That sounds like a lot of manual, necessary beacuse of the game's complexity. Just hope that the sheer size of it does not scare away new potential players.

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Trying to minimize/understate its complexity comes a little too close to false advertising for my taste.

On the other hand, I do want to enable players who are new to WIF to learn MWIF as quickly and easily as possible. In that regard, it seems to me that a good manual is a very important item.

I also expect that learning MWIF will be a lot easier than learning the board game by reading through RAW. Perhaps even an order of magnitude easier?
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RE: What kind of manual(s) should we ask for?

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ORIGINAL: Shannon V. OKeets


On the other hand, I do want to enable players who are new to WIF to learn MWIF as quickly and easily as possible. In that regard, it seems to me that a good manual is a very important item.

I also expect that learning MWIF will be a lot easier than learning the board game by reading through RAW. Perhaps even an order of magnitude easier?

The manual is a very important task. Some games put too little effort into such things. And suffer because of it.

I like what I see so far.
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RE: What kind of manual(s) should we ask for?

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ORIGINAL: Froonp

Seems like it is a disaster. They say that a player who don't already know EiA can't play the game. I though about you when reading that. I heard that there are no tutorial either.

Patrice,

From what I read over there (I like EiA as well), it seems the game is designed as a PBEM interface and little else. Which means that they cattered to a clientelle of already playing WIF which is probably why the AI and manual are so poor.

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