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  THE ARDENNES OFFENSIVEIan Trout, Roger Keating, Stephen Hand, Nick Stathopolous, Steve Ford,Gregor Whiley, Steve FawknerTable of Contents1. INTRODUCTION2. INSTALLATION3. GETTING STARTED4. THE TUTORIAL5. HOW TO PLAY THE GAME6. SCREEN LAYOUT7. UNITS8. MOVEMENT9. COMBAT10. SUPPLY11. DATA SCREENS12. GAME MENUS13. OTHER GAME ELEMENTS14. HOW TO WIN15. DESIGN AND PRODUCTION16. BATTLE HISTORY17. BIBLIOGRAPHYAPPENDICES1. INTRODUCTIONThe Ardennes Offensive is the first in a new generation of World War IIoperational level games from SSG. It is a simulation of the last great Germanoffensive in the west, commonly known as the Ardennes Offensive or the Battleof the Bulge. The Offensive, which commenced in December 1944, saw the lastexample of a clean breakthrough by the German panzers. It demonstrated thestrengths and weaknesses of the German Wehrmacht but was ultimately one of the United States Army’s greatest victories. Without adequate air cover or supplyand against a battle hardened opponent the plan was doomed to failure but  100,000 Americans and an even greater number of Germans would have to fall before Hitler finally admitted defeat.The game’s scenarios cover the most exciting aspects of the battle including acampaign game which allows you to refight the entire conflict. A tutorialscenario covering the initial German drive to Bastogne takes you through thegame mechanics.This manual is written for WINDOWS 95 computers. Information on installingand starting the game can be found in the next sections.If you have any problems with the components, or questions about the game,please contact Strategic Studies Group at one of the addresses shown below.If you’d like to offer feedback about The Ardennes Offensive, or find out aboutour other games, please contact SSG at the addresses below. For TechnicalSupport, please see Chapter 2.IN NORTH AMERICAStrategic Studies Group Inc.P.O. Box 30085Pensacola, FL. 32503-1085Tel (904) 469-8880Fax (904) 469-8885ELSEWHEREStrategic Studies Group P/LP.O. Box 261 DrummoyneNSW. 2047. AUSTRALIATel (02) 819-7199Fax (02) 819-77372. INSTALLATIONInstallation  When the TAO CD is inserted, a dialog will appear asking if you wish to InstallTAO or Play the game. Choose Install. (If this doesn’t happen, run the programSETUP.EXE from the CD).After the welcome screen, the Install program presents three choices. These are:Install TAO and DirectX3Install TAO onlyInstall DirectX onlyIt is recommended that you install both TAO and DirectX3. More information oninstallation choices and troubleshooting can be found in Appendix A and theREADME file.After choosing an install option, you need to specify a destination directory. Thedefault is C:\Program Files\SSG\The Ardennes Offensive.After specifying a destination, the program will then be installed. The installationwill place a shortcut under Programs in the Start menu.An Uninstall option will be created in Add/Remove programs item in theControl Panel. The uninstall option won't remove any files that the user hascreated, for instance save game files.3. STARTING THE GAMEGo to start menu or make your own shortcut to the file TAO.EXE. The GameType Dialog appears, the choices are Solo or Network. A Solo game is played ona single computer, although more than one human can play.A Network game is played on multiple computers, and there are four connectionmethods, IPX Connection, Internet TCP/IP, Modem and Serial (Direct Connect).Please see Appendix B for details.The Scenario ScreenThis screen allows scenario choice, and sets various game options (see fig 3.1).To choose a scenario, click in the list box. Details about the scenario will appearin a box to the right. More information is available through the History button.  Buttons on the left of the screen allow starting a new Email game, and loadingsave games.SetupEach side has a series of setup choices. These are:Human, Computer, Computer+ or Computer++ playHidden, Unknown or Exposed unitsNormal Supply, Supply +25%, Supply +50%Normal Replacement Steps, Steps +1, Steps +2Normal Attacks, Attacks + 1, Attacks +2OptionsMap Display ChoicesLow End or High End MapHex Grid On or Off City Names On or Off Unit Display ChoicesDivisional, Regimental or Iconic Game PlayRandom Weather On or Off Random Reinforcements On or Off British Auto-Control On or Off TimeTime limit for a player turn from no limit to 15 minutes.Multiple Computer GamesSee Chapter 4 for an explanation of these game options.4. THE TUTORIAL The Ardennes Offensive gives you control of the regimental and sometimes battalion sized units which fought in the Battle of the Bulge. Your main combatunits are infantry and armor. In an attack you will be able to augment theireffectiveness by adding artillery, air strikes and the effects of leadership. In clearweather your planes will be able to hinder the enemy’s movement. Just as in thereal battle combat units must ensure that a supply route exists or risk becoming
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