Handsignals Command System

Not much to say besides: This comepletely reworks the command system in game from everyone having radios to you using real hand signals and...

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Not much to say besides: This comepletely reworks the command system in game from everyone having radios to you using real hand signals and yelling to command your troops during battle.

WHAT IS IT?

The HS Command System is the first modification (to my knowledge) to alter one of the fundamental aspects of OFP: the means by which you command a squad. The system is a complete reworking and improvement of the command system seen in my mission Realistic Combat Patrol. From the readme:

The HS system eliminates OFP's default squad control system and replaces it with a more realistic system, based on my training as a US Marine. It is suited for commanding infantry groups ranging from 4-man fireteams to 38-man platoons, and for conflicts ranging from the early 20th century to the present day.

Gone is the highly unrealistic and powerful "birds eye view". Gone is the standard, precise, computer "point and click" interface. Gone are the personal inter-squad radios. In their place you are left with military hand signals and your own voice to command your men. If your men can't see or hear you, then they can't follow your orders. Of course, the enemy can hear you too. Sound tough? Too bad.

Commands are issued via either the radio menu (0-0-x) or a clickable dialog (with optional Fwatch enhancement). Also included is a method of using your squad radio where you actually have to be near the radio operator. Everything is easily customizable by the mission editor to suit the needs of his particular mission.

Optional sound addons allow you to actually hear shouted orders, although they aren't required for play. At the present time, only American English is available, but in the future I hope to add other languages such as Russian, German, UK English, etc.

INCLUDED DEMO MISSIONS You heard it right: I've actually included REAL DEMO MISSIONS!

HS TUTORIAL This mission introduces you to the new command system. You should play it first to get familiar with the controls. Spanish and Russian translations included.

RAID ON HOUDAN A mission reminiscent of the original OFP demo mission, only a lot better! No other addons required.

RCP RESCRIPTED This is a re-release of my original Realistic Combat Patrol mission, reworked to use the new system.

SUPPORTED LANGUAGES

English, German, Swedish, Finnish, Danish, Spanish, Portuguese, and Russian.

TO MAKE MISSIONS USING THE ADDON

First of all, READ THE INCLUDED EDITOR'S README! It should tell you everything you need to know.

Second, unfortunately I let something slip into the template mission that I shouldn't have, which will cause errors when you try to use it.

All you need to do is open up "hs_init.sqs", and DELETE this entire line: Code Sample hs_pth = ""

There should be a line above it that says hs_pth = "GENB_HS_core"; that is the correct line to have.

Sorry for the confusion!

On another note there is a problem with one of the missions just delete it since I can't get the fixed one or fix it your self by doing the following.

Okay, I've figured out what is wrong with the tutorial mission. Last-minute changes always mess things up. :hm:

I'm trying to make a patch, but I can't seem to get it working ATM. For now though, if you are interested, you can fix it by de-pboing the mission, opening up the script "hs_init.sqs", and replacing this line:

_rto_beg = {[player, localize "STRM_HS_spt_start"] call hs_sidechat; hint localize "STRM_HS_spt_hint"}

With this one:

_rto_beg = {[player, localize "STRM_HS_spt_start"] call hs_sidechat; hint localize "STRM_HS_spt_hint"; RADIO_USED = true}

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  ----------=====   HANDSIGNALS COMMAND SYSTEM   =====----------
                       By General Barron
                     aw_barron@hotmail.com
                        V1.O   8/15/05


The Handsignals Command System is a scripting modification for Operation Flashpoint. It is a completely overhauled and improved version of the scripts first seen in my mission "Realistic Combat Patrol". The HS system eliminates OFP's default squad control system and replaces it with a more realistic system, based on my training as a US Marine. It is suited for commanding infantry groups ranging from 4-man fireteams to 38-man platoons, and for conflicts ranging from the early 20th century to the present day.

Gone is the highly unrealistic and powerful "birds eye view". Gone is the standard, precise, computer "point and click" interface. Gone are the personal inter-squad radios. In their place you are left with military hand signals and your own voice to command your men. If your men can't see or hear you, then they can't follow your orders. Of course, the enemy can hear you too. Sound tough? Too bad.

All commands are given via the radio menu (similar to normal squad control), a clickable dialog, or both (editor's discretion). Play the included tutorial mission to learn how to use the controls. They may be a little awkward to use at first, but I and many others have found them easy to use once you get the hang of it. Don't forget that OFP's normal command system was awkward at first too!

If you are running Kegety's Fwatch addon when playing an HS mission, you will have a little extra control during the dialogs. Fwatch can be downloaded here:
	http://ofp.gamezone.cz/index.php?showthis=8361

Also included is a new way to use the radio to talk to the base. At the editor's option, a member of your squad may be carrying your radio. You'll need to get close to him in order to use it. And be sure to keep him alive, or else you'll be outta luck. 

If you are a mission editor, be sure to read and keep the included editor's guide. I apologize for it's crude layout, but I know very little HTML and wanted to make it a hyper-linked document.

Don't be afraid to send me an email with any questions, comments, suggestions, etc. Future updates are definately planned. Enjoy and Semper Fi!


--------------------OPTIONAL SOUND ADDONS--------------------

If you want to actually hear the shouted orders, you will need to download an optional sound addon (which should be available at the same site you downloaded this from). American English is the only language currently available, but more languages are hopefully coming as well.


--------------------INCLUDED MISSIONS--------------------

HS TUTORIAL
  This mission introduces you to the new command system. You should play it first to get familiar with the controls. Spanish and Russian translations included.

RAID ON HOUDAN
  A mission reminiscent of the original OFP demo mission, only a lot better! No other addons required.

RCP RESCRIPTED
  This is a re-release of my original Realistic Combat Patrol mission, reworked to use the new system. See the included readme for a list of required addons.


--------------------SUPPORTED LANGUAGES--------------------

The menus and text have been translated into the following languages: German, Swedish, Finnish, Danish, Spanish, Portuguese, and Russian. Please note that the translators didn't always have the full context of the text, so the translations may need improvement. Excepet where stated, the demo missions are english-only at this time.


--------------------SPECIAL THANKS TO--------------------

Cheo, STGN, nominesine, Artak, PTnbrvieira, Komuna, remcen, and bdfy
  For their great translations 

ORCS, BAS, and Laser
  For letting me include their excellent radios

Everyone at OFPEC.com
  For being so helpful, and teaching me so much

sim, Bohemia boy, pablo, bdfy1,
  And everyone else who beta tested the orignal RCP, and kept me motivated to improve the system with their suggestions and interest


--------------------KNOWN ISSUES--------------------

-Vehicle use is somewhat buggy
-Cannot perform squad rushes/retreats directly from a rally
-Only part of squad may move when given a "move to mapclick" order, unless you wait a few seconds before clicking


--------------------LEGAL STUFF--------------------

You are permitted to install and use this software for personal entertainment purposes only. Any commercial, military or educational use is strictly forbidden without permission from the author. You are free to distribute this software as you wish, as long as it is kept 100% free of charge. The author takes no responsibility for any damages this program may cause: use at your own risk.

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