- Air Incident Over Mageroya, 2016: Tensions have increased between Norway and Russia. Russia has repeatedly violated Norwegian airspace, testing both that nation’s defenses and its resolve. Norway has cautioned, and finally warned Russia that it will not tolerate this activity. Two days ago, after a Russian fighter flew within 50 yards of a Norwegian passenger aircraft, Norway announced that any armed Russian aircraft entering its airspace without permission would be shot down.
- BALTAP-Representative Schnellbootlage, 1970: In 1967 the Federal German Navy played a wargame to evaluate the cost-value ratio of the planned modernization of the "Zobel Class" (Type 142) FPBs to "Type 142A" (upgrade with M-20 fire-control radar and DM2A1 wire-guided torpedoes). This study also showed how the operational situation of FPBs in the Baltic was assessed by the experts of the Navy.
- Caspian Darts, 2018: The Caspian Sea holds large energy resources both tapped and under development. Territorial claims and ambiguities fester amongst the nations bordering the inland sea. Russia’s modernized Caspian flotilla just announced another “Flash Exercise” that began roughly 3 hours ago. NATO is on alert. The USN has a small group of observers on the Caspian shore in Azerbaijan. Russia-backed rebels are shelling the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region. Begin patrolling, remain flexible and await developments as they unfold via in-game messages.
- Debt of Honor, 1996: Japan has “accidentally” damaged the USS Enterprise and USS John C. Stennis with torpedoes during an exercise, as well as sinking 2 American submarines. Concurrently, a computer virus sends the US stock market into a downward spiral, as Japanese forces simultaneously occupy Guam and Saipan. Japan follows up with formally announcing that they have fielded a small fleet of ICBMs. The US has struggled with a response to these acts, but through small complex operations, manages to destroy the entirety of Japan’s E-767 fleet, as well as successfully destroying the ICBMs without loss. Now, the time has come to liberate the islands of Guam and Saipan. You are in control of the repaired John C. Stennis, operating on 2 screws instead of 4. Your task is to clear the skies of Japanese fighters and close the airports they are operating from with tomahawk missiles. Can you successfully liberate the American Islands once again from Japanese occupation?
- Goodnight Irene, 2016: The influence of the United States in the Persian Gulf region rapidly diminishes in light of ongoing political, financial, military and world events. The final act of withdrawal, which was intended to foster peace and goodwill, turns into a much more difficult exercise as coincidental world events take center stage.
- Limited War – The Siret River, 2020: Tensions between Romania and Ukraine have increased over the last several months. Disputes over the use of the Siret River have led to a series of increasingly violent border incidents. A new government has taken power in Ukraine and in the last year it has strengthened ties with Russia. Accusations of corruption, that the current leaders of Ukraine have received extensive financial and even military support from Russia, are rampant but as yet little concrete evidence exists.
- Patton Seamount Emergency, 2020: Tensions between America and Russia have increased during the last few years. In part, this is because the collapse of fish populations around the world have led to increased poaching by fishermen in the Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZs) of various nations. In the last few months, the waters south of Alaska have seen a number of unfriendly encounters between American and Russian fishing boats. The United States has closed some of its fisheries to foreign vessels and has moved a destroyer into the region to keep an eye on things.
- Save the Day, 2017: The Islamic terrorist group ISIS has splintered under military and economic pressure into several factions. While newer members are hiding in what remains of northern Syria, a militant group calling themselves "Allah’s Fire" has caused world concern since the beginning of the summer. Intel reports and never ending "chatter" have indicated no particular concern this morning until stuff hit the fan a 0630. Reports hint at a major operation centered on the area around the Suez Canal and Israel.
- Stalin’s Bulls, 1951: Stalin orders the deployment of Tu-4 Bull bombers (reverse-engineered copies of B-29s) in Korea in 1951.
- Threat Vector, 2012: Internal political and economic strife has pushed China to the edge of disaster. To distract from its internal troubles, China once again turns to harassing Taiwan and the Americans. A sharp air-to-air engagement between PRC and ROC/USMC fighters results in the loss of 11 ROC aircraft and 5 PRC aircraft, with Marine pilots scoring 3 kills. China retaliates by threatening to attack the American carrier groups, and successfully drive the Americans to the outer edge of a 300nm "Economic Exclusion Zone". However, the US covertly sends 2 squadrons worth of experienced USMC pilots to Taiwan to man old F/A-18C Hornets and resume the fight for Taiwan. The Americans and Taiwanese have a daunting task: Protect Taiwanese airspace without revealing the identity of the F/A-18C pilots – and starting a war!
- Under African Skies, 2017: Following a state-sponsored terrorist attack against the US, France and the UK, the western powers attack the China-backed Nigerian armed forces. (NOTE: This summary doesn’t really do justice to the epic story; just read the whole damn thing already: http://www.matrixgames.com/forums/fb.asp?m=3700311 )
- Surface Group vs. Subs – Marakei, 2020: China’s relationship with Kiribati–always strained because Kiribati recognizes Taiwan rather than China–has virtually disintegrated during the last several months. Taiwan is increasingly concerned that China may commit an act of aggression against its small Pacific ally. It has taken the unusual step of reactivating a retired S-2 Tracker and moving it to Kiribati. Its stated purpose is to assist with search and rescue operations, but it is capable of conducting military missions as well. Taiwan has also taken the very unusual step of sending a small task force to Kiribati, ostensibly as a "good will tour," but in actuality to discourage any adventurism on the part of Beijing.
- Baltic On Fire, 1988: On 12 February 1988 the USS Yorktown (CG-48) was bumped by the Soviet Krivak I class Frigate Bezzavetnyy in the Black Sea. As a result of the collision two Harpoon canisters were torn lose from their mounts onYorktown, causing a fire that detonated both warheads. The resulting fire severe damaged the American ship but the explosion also set the Bezzavetnyy ablaze. The Soviets were finally able to get the conflagration under control but only after a heavy loss of life. The succeeding months led to ever increasingly recriminations by both sides placing blame for the incident on each other. As diplomatic efforts became increasingly futile both sides began mobilizing their forces for war.
- BALTAP – Mining Fehmarn Belt, 1983: Tensions are rising between NATO and Warsaw Pact. There are indications that United Baltic Fleets consisting of Soviet, Polish and East-Germany (GDR) naval forces could plan an amphibious assault on Danish and West-German (FRG) beaches to get control over Danish Straits and Baltic Approaches (BALTAP). NATO plans for mining the Fehmarn Belt area (and some Danish sounds) as preparation for an upcoming hostilities. You are commanding a Task Force consisting of German (FRG) forces with Danish support for mining Fehmarn Belt and Fehmarn Sund. Leave open a narrow shipping lane in the south of Fehmarn Belt for further transit of own naval forces.
As always, the community scenario pack is available for download from the Command downloads page: http://www.warfaresims.com/?page_id=1876 . The scenarios will also become available individually for download later on the Command workshop on Steam.
And don’t forget the newspaper!
As always, it’s been a very busy time of the year for the WS team. Between the dev work for all the cool new stuff we have been preparing for [REDACTED] and our recent Pro tour on the US , there’s been truly no rest for the wicked – or the virtuous for that matter.
One of our top priorities on the commercial side of development has been to resolve the issues that have arisen related to the increasing use of high-DPI desktop setups. As our regular players know, we started tackling this issue already from summer, with the release of v1.11 SR1 and with the subsequent update releases supporting the Command-LIVE DLCs.
Microsoft’s Windows 10 Anniversary Update (aka “Redstone”), a massive update that appears to have left a bitter taste in the IT industry, also apparently wound back the clock on our hard work on DPI remedies. The combination of “Win10 Redstone + high-DPI desktop” was particularly hostile to our UI fixes and caused significant issues with readability, especially on important information displayed on the right vertical column. We released a number of hotfix executables to remedy this as much as possible but we were well aware that these, along with our “temporary workaround” recommendation to use 100% DPI settings, were only just temporary. Something more permanent was becoming necessary.
So we rolled our sleeves and went to work:
The right-column UI element was completely re-written using high-DPI-friendly technologies and techniques and we are happy to report that on our repeated tests so far, it scales beautifully from 1366×768 cheap laptops all the way to NORAD wall screens.
Re-writing the UI stack for this important screen element also gave us the chance to sneak-in some oft-requested improvements that we never seemed to have the time to devote to so far. For example:
* A vertical scrollbar now runs the full length of the column and allows scrolling to the lowermost info panels without needing to collapse the (often essential) unit-status and unit-weapons panels.
* At-a-glance fuel summaries for group members. You asked for it, and we’re happy to oblige. Clicking on any of the fuel bars provides the full details on the relevant unit’s fuel status, radius, persistence etc.
* At-a-glance summary bar for the status of a unit’s components. The full damage-control window is still there for details, but now you no longer have to bring it up to get a feeling of how your unit’s internal guts are holding up. (Pro tip: The less green on that bar, the more in trouble you are).
We hope to be able to include these and other improvements on the forthcoming v1.11 SR6 update, which will accompany the release of Command LIVE #4: Don of a New Era. We thank everyone who has reported to us the high-DPI issues and shared with us their patience for a definite solution, and we are confident you will enjoy this revised portion of the UI as much as we and the beta team currently do.
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