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Field of war (Formerly known as GcCTI) FOW is AI commander led CTI mission which creates a dynamic battlefield for the players to play on. Player can help the AI to capture towns or go solo and fight wherever he wants to help the team to win Current version: 0.9.31 This mission is WIP but can already be played. Main Features (So far): AI commander Buys new units (both air/land) and assign them to defend or attack Uses special units such as airborne to attack the enemy Uses aircraft and AA units to establish air superiority on occupied territory Sends close air support to help friendly forces attacking Sends scouts to recon enemy occupied areas (ground forces or plane) Builds new FOBs (bases) by sending engineer truck or helicopter Calls artillery strikes Moves ambulance to attack so that players may respawn in them Three different AI com types: Rusher, Turtle, Balanced Buys headquarters units so support forces on the field HQ also works as respawning point Does research to make better weapons and vehicles available Assigns patrols around owned places to create ambush Player Can buy equipment (In bases, HQs) Can buy vehicles and men (In bases, limited in HQ or towns) Can call artillery strikes (If artillery available) Can call close air support (CAS) Can be revived by AI or player medics Can call reinforcements by air or sea Can call airlift helicopter (To transport player via air) Can call air drop for him self Can call ordnance crate drop Can call vehicle drop Can request ambulance to be sent near enemy location Sees a kill feed Can use maintance in friendly base to refuel, rearm and repair vehicle Gain money periodically from places of same side and from kills Gain XP from kills (either team member kills (less XP) or own kills) Has a limit on how many men can the player control. Increasing in rank through XP allows higher men control limit Can take control of friendly forces if rank is high enough Needs a radio for remote actions (Optional feature) Has to eat and drink to survive. Warmer maps require more drinking (Optional feature) Gains trait points on leveling up which can be used to activate useful traits Can use loadout editor for aircrafts AI groups Intelligent unit spawning system to allow large military operations with minimal lag If vehicles get stuck to something they are moved to nearest road by script. This helps them to arrive at destination If squad leader loses his ability to walk he's healed after the battle is over so that the squad can move at normal speed Groups report how they are doing via radio (text) Group who's icon is blinking is currently talking via radio AI groups gain skill from kills (Stars shown on cursor hover on) AI units have morale value (Shown on hover over) AI units have to be near the HQ or FOB to receive morale bonus The AI may try to ambush the player by positioning them self at windows The AI is scripted to engage targets behind cover (If they know the location) Some other features (So far): Recon unit's are not only highly skilled but have special ability to detect enemy forces from greater range than regular units The resistance has bunker and sandbag defenses in their occupied towns Even AI is shot down he may still get up and fight! Throw a smoke to show air lift it's landing zone Total 5 different type of reinforcements of which 2 are over sea and 3 over air 2 types of close air support Helicopter or plane Select either predefined or random starting position for army Be aware of shooting civilians as this will reduce town money income Supply trucks travel between towns increasing the condition (Recovering town income) Air supply helicopter flies between bases giving money to the side on each landing Air supply helicopter travels between bases giving money for the army (And creating nice ambient air traffic) Enemy locations are hidden in start and must be searched out AI places mines on town roads to defend the town Airfields under your army's control can be used to buy airplanes Instead of fleeing the enemies surrender if hostile forces are near (Shooting surrendered enemies gives no money) Aircraft carriers Side missions, player can do different kind of small missions for money Various startup parameters (Nearly 30) to setup your game Notes on parameters: At 100% max locations attacked at a time is 3 And max attackers at a time is 6 Mods required: Either IFA3, Unsung, Apex, CUP or RHS Bugs: Sometimes the civilian module will throw an error, this is being investigated Starting dedicated server and joining it may take a while before the mission is loaded Sometimes respawn position is weird but works at next respawn While in respawn dialog there can be error messages (But doesn't seem to be a problem?) To play: Download/Subscribe the FoW mod and FoW mission you wish to play Activate the mod and start the FoW mission you chose Play as multiplayer to enable respawning Try running the mission on dedicated server environment for better performance. You can setup dedicated server on your PC with the TADS or FASTER tool Important: When playing with new version check your lobby parameters that everything is setup correctly Mod Download Missions available for download: https://steamcommunity.com/workshop/filedetails/?id=1757695005 Alternative non-steam downloads: The mod: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1fC3HK5towSkERCMUye_ORa1EgC0AuUiL/view?usp=sharing Missions: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1o_FxZ6EhEhHEjWsOVsWjh7vxCNvmrfQl/view?usp=sharing (Rarely needs updating) Important note on mods: If you have issues of getting gear or vehicle menu working try disabling all mods to fix this. For admins Mission parameters list: https://pastebin.com/sf5Y3EDc Login as admin prior to mission start to see the admin dialog For mission makers Field of war mod can be used to create custom missions. Tutorial: https://armagc.blogspot.com/p/field-of-war-custom-mission-creation.html Optimization tips: Via admin menu Login as admin before mission start to see the admin dialog that allows selecting performance presets - good for quickly selecting less performance heavy setups Via mission parameters Toggling some parameters off (under the performance section) can help to rise the FPS Check the color coded parameters! Green means faster Also try playing on smaller map or set the full map parameter to no More about optimization can be read from here: https://armagc.blogspot.com/p/field-of-war-optimization-guide.html (If you have ideas for this mission please post them) Beta testers: I'm also looking for beta testers so if there's anyone willing please let me know :) Have fun!
Newest Versions: -HAL 1.22 HAL 1.22.10 RC3 [NR6] (SCRIPT VERSION ONLY) -HAL 1.23 (discontinued) HAL 1.23.4 [NR6] (SCRIPT VERSION ONLY) Mod version of the NR6 pack under construction. Download Links: HAL 1.22: HAL 1.22.10 RC3 [NR6] (Google Drive) HAL 1.22.10 - Brief Radio RC3 [NR6] (Google Drive) HAL 1.23 "WIP" (discontinued, features from .23 will be eventually added to .22) HAL 1.23.4 [NR6] (Google Drive) 1.23 has been discontinued on HAL NR6 for now since the modifications I've made are larger than the ones 1.23 contain over 1.22 and remaking 1.23 altogether would be easier. Old Versions Archive Armaholic: HAL 1.22 [NR6] (Armaholic) User manual from original mod: PDF manual Mission Samples And Set up Template for Big Boss and Large Scale scenarios: Sample Pack 1.01 (HAL 1.23.3 + NR6 Reinforcements + NR6 ZBE_Cache) (OLD, NEW SAMPLE SOON) Note: Most of these samples use CUP and RHS. If you want a clear demo of how I usually setup missions, use the Stratis sample and the template included in the pack. NR6 PACK containing HAL and many more expansions: NR6 ZBE_Cache for HAL (contained also in the NR6 PACK): INTRODUCTION This is a a modified/updated version of HETMAN - HAL by Rydygier which includes various changes/upgrades concerning battlefield immersion, new features and compatibility with dedicated server. The functionality of the script itself is expanded and upgraded but works almost the same way as the original HAL does. For a detailed description of the original system by Rydygier, you can find his here. The original scope I had for this project was to add some immersion with better player to AI commander interactions but it turned out to be something vastly more complex. The intended NR6 HAL experience contained in the NR6 Pack, my main project which can be found above the introduction. There you will find tons of new utilities and scripts that expand the battlefield with the intention of making HAL an almost autonomous battlefield generator which would require as little mission making as possible. USAGE So far, I have only made a script version of the modified system which means that you will have to include all the contents of the script's files in the directory of the mission on which you want the system to run. AS OF 1.22.8: Simple mode is activated by default meaning that you have to set up HAL as previously done, but instead of placing objectives as RydHQ_Obj1,RydHQ_Obj2, RydHQ_Obj3, RydHQ_Obj4, you do not need to place them at all. Instead, you must add objectives by placing down objects (such as gamelogics or triggers) and putting these objects in the array of your leader (ex: RydHQ_SimpleObjs = [myobj1,myobj2,myobj3]). Unlike the previous system, there is no specific order they will follow to capture these objectives other than distance and convenience. There is also no limit of how many objectives you can place down. Additionally, I have added a preinit.sqf file in which you can place variables and empty arrays you want to be defined before anything else is loaded in the mission. This can be useful if you want to use the pushback command for adding your objectives to the array instead of naming them. I will have example missions for this in the near future. Even though the new system is faster to setup and more flexible, please read the original documentation concerning how to use HAL. This is the only major difference other than the additional features. Quoted from the original thread: "To activate HAL for one side, one of the units of that side must be named LeaderHQ. Essential also is the placement on the map of any object (for example, an empty trigger) named RydHQ_Obj1. The location is entirely your choice. Its position will designate a target point which the Artificial Commander will try to conquer at first (for example, a spot near the leader of the opposing side). Analogously, there should be placed in freely chosen areas (eg in cities, strategic positions or simply nearby opposite Leader) three other objectives (RydHQ_Obj2, RydHQ_Obj3, RydHQ_Obj4), which will be conquered in numerical order. If the mission designer wants less than four objectives, then simply place the unneeded objectives at same position as the ultimate objective. For the script version only, to initialize HAL the following code should also be executed in some way, e.g., by placing the following script in the init field of any object (for example, in the activation field of an empty trigger or waypoint): nul =  execVM "RydHQInit.sqf"; Alternatively, that line may be placed at the end of a mission's init.sqf. Init.sqf is recommended place for init config variables (beacuse of better readability), especially for bigger configs, eg containing RHQ arrays. See included manual for all details, and there is lots of them." As said by Rydygier on the original thread, it is important to read the user manual in order to properly setup HAL and fully enjoy its capabilities. FEATURES -[ADDED] Radio chat with both sound and text from other AI groups and LeaderHQ work on both dedicated server and singleplayer (added a sideradio function); -[ADDED] Orders from HQ usually given through OLYMPUS work on dedicated server as well; -[CHANGED] Contents of the order messages from HQ use squadID instead of mission names and come from the Leaders themselves instead of OLYMPUS channel; -[CHANGED] New markers for debug of a more aesthetic variant with additional info such as groupID; -[CHANGED] Revamped the task system for players to work on dedicated server (instead of only giving a notification) and to include more immersive tittles and description while also using tasktypes for more interesting tasks; -[CHANGED] Removed the markers for players in the debug since the task system takes care of it. Made the markers for players same as for AI groups; -[CHANGED] Fixed different typos; -[CHANGED] Changed the contents of the radio calls to something that I find more immersive; -[ADDED] "AreaTakenA" or "AreaTakenB" config values to add in init of Gamelogic representing objective for BigBoss -[ADDED] Ability to deny tasks and enable/disable tasking. Set RydHQ_TaskActions = true to enable system; -[ADDED] Ability to deny tasks and enable/disable tasking using ACE Interactions instead. Set RydHQ_TaskActionsAceOnly= true to enable system alongside RydHQ_TaskActions; -[ADDED] New Big Boss system can assign up to 4 objectives per Leader; -[ADDED] BFT style markers for friendly and known enemy (update each cycle); -[CHANGED] Tasks now show up for entire group and players who are not always squad leaders; -[CHANGED] New defensive mode guards all Big Boss objectives; -[CHANGED] Fixed cargo system; -[ADDED] Option to use NR6 Site's defense for garrisons if NR6 Sites is installed; -[ADDED] Complete overhaul of HAL's objectives. New simple mode is activated by default. Removes the limit of 4 fixed objectives per leader and removes the need of Big Boss for having multiple objectives captured at once. -[ADDED] Lots of new features, documentation of them will be added at a later date. NEW CONFIG VARIABLES: General: RydHQ_TaskActions = true; Makes player actions for tasks active; (Regular actions don't work in vehicles, only ACE ones) (Boolean) RydHQ_SupportActions = true; Adds support actions (request infantry, armored, CAS, transport support) RydHQ_TaskActionsAceOnly = true; Makes player task actions only visible in ACE actions (Boolean) RydxHQ_GarrisonV2 = true; Activates NR6 Site's CBA Defense script to replace HAL garrisons (Boolean) RydxHQ_NoRestPlayers = true; Removes withdraw orders for player led groups recommended if using actions RydxHQ_NoCargoPlayers = true; Removes cargo assignment for player led groups recommended if using actions RydxHQ_ReconCargo = true; Recon missions will use cargo system RydxHQ_InfoMarkersID = false; Adds groud ID next to BFT markers Leader specific: RydHQ_InfoMarkers = true; Activates BFT for the Leader (Boolean) RydHQ_BBAOObj = 1; Sets the number of objectives that can be captured at once with Big Boss (Integer from 1 to 4, ) RydHQ_SimpleMode = true; Activates simple mode (default true) RydHQ_SimpleObjs =  Array of objectives for that leader. Place the objects you want to use as objectives for that leader in this array RydHQ_MaxSimpleObjs = 5 Maximum objectives to capture at once in simple mode RydHQ_CRDefRes = 0.5; Ratio of how many groups will remain as reserve patrolling among different objectives in defensive mode (these groups can be used as defensive attack/recon when the Leader is still in defensive stance) Simple Objective Specific: this setvariable ["SetTakenA",true]; sets given simple objective captured for the leader mentioned (A,B,C,D,E,F,G,H) Important to be used on objectives already captured at mission start otherwise the leader will capture its own objectives first. Group specific: this setvariable ["Unable",true]; Makes Group unable to follow tasks while keeping it under HAL control, used in player task actions and Sites Advise me if I forgot any. NOTES: If using Big Boss, turn simple mode off. Capture orders are now less simple minded. If you use RydHQ_NoRec = 100 and RydHQ_RapidCapt = 0 to remove recon missions in order to speed thing up, groups will disembark 400 to 600m before the objective and will approach them more strategically meaning that even though the Leader is sending its troops without any recon, they will act as if they don't know what's there yet and use caution. CHANGE LOG HAL 1.22 -HAL 1.22.9 RC1-RC6 -New tasking menu; -New tasking system; -Additional logistics requests (fuel/ammo/med/repair/ammodrop); -Improved infantry/armor/CAS supports to provide support regardless of known enemy presence; -New secondary tasks about the status of objectives (ignore the Error Type Group, expected Array,String,Object); -Tweaked Attack/Defend modes for commanders which alternate according to threat; -Defend mode more aggressive in threat response; -Option to replace idle orders with patrol orders between captured objectives; -Simple Objectives can be turned to patrol points; -Cargo system now constantly provides lifts to AI squads instead of only doing so at the issuing of the order; -RHQAutofill function now run on every order cycle to ensure proper order issuing; -Included squads are now also always evaluated to make sure they get the proper orders. Players can now hop in a new vehicle and get the proper tasks linked to the role of that vehicle; -More variables and options to be documented in the user manual; -Garrison squad busy check improved; -Improved ammo drop precision for fixed wing drops; -Commander now checks on each cycle whether objectives have been captured or not instead on relying on the completion of capture orders. This allows players to capture objectives on their own without the need of orders (simple mode, BB runs a separate check); -Improved behavior of air units to use proper ROE and not have their NAV lights on when approaching an AO. CREDITS All credits for the original system go to Rydygier who created this powerful script that has been greatly improving large scale battlefield scenarios since previous versions of Arma. BUG REPORTING If you encounter any bugs concerning this new version of HAL, do not hesitate to provide feedback on this thread as it will help me improve the script.
firstname.lastname@example.org posted a topic in ARMA 3 - MISSION EDITING & SCRIPTINGHi guys, I'm aiming to build a mission where the player is a squad leader in a platoon, maintaining full control of the squad, whilst recieving orders from the AI platoon leader. I can't for the life of me work out how to place the player squad leader under the command of an AI platoon leader without having to relinquish command of the player's squadmates. I've had friends suggest using the High Command modules but I'm not understanding how an AI platoon leader would be able to use the command module as commander. It would also be great to still give the other AI squad leaders full control of their squads but that's not such a big priority. The main priority is having the AI platoon leader send orders/markers to the player and then the player can command their own squad to achieve the objective however they see fit. Any help or suggestions is much appreciated. I really should know how to do this, considering I've been an OpFlash/ArmA head since 2004!