The version 4 VCR Display. ( VCR.EXE )
The above display shows a fleet battle in progress over a planet. Ships show
up as icons, fighter wings show up as triangles, ground bases show up as small
boxes and pods show up as little crosses. The currently selected object is a
ship belonging to player 3 ( empire 3 ) named USS Tocusam. The currently selected
object will have a yellow box around it at all times. You can pause the battle
at any time using the pause button, click it again to resume. The IFF places a color coded friend or foe box around all ships on the screen. The
colors of the IFF boxes are: green for all the ships you own, light blue for neutral races and
red for enemy races. The pods and fighter wings are also color coded in the
The above display also shows the last weapons that this ship has fired and
when. If the weapon missed that will also be reported. From this display we can
see that the USS Tocusam fired a laser at time index 14 that was a hit! The USS
Tocusam is currently targeting the ship USS Poe. The USS Tocusam is receiving
incoming fire from a ship named the USS Lovecraft. The current time index is 52.
This battle has a total of 660 time indexes.
The selected item display shows you a picture of the object, who owns it, its
name, the shield level, the armor level, and the hull level. When the shield
level reaches 0% all incoming weapons fire will hit the armor. When the armor
level reaches 0% all incoming fire will hit the hull, doing damage to not just the
hull but all the ship`s systems like: the engines, generators, life support
and control systems. When the hull level reaches 0% the ship breaks apart and
The display has a fixed size of 800 X 600 pixels. The display does not have a
menu bar, so if you want to move the display to another area of the screen you
will need to use the drag handles on the top right and left of the display. The
face of the control panel can also be used to drag the VCR window around.
The load button lets you load a VCR file from your hard drive and view it.
The Report button stops the VCR and brings up a report screen that will list
all events that happened during the battle, including: the times that ships were
destroyed or left the battle, the times that ships entered battle, a list of
all weapons fired and whether or not they hit and how many times they hit, and a
list of which races fired on you.
The VCR screen also has a fast forward and rewind buttons that allows you to
jump forward or backwards by 100 index units.