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Translation Guide by Rincwind

Version: 0.8 | Updated: 01/14/07

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                  Carnage Heart EZ - Easy Zapping

  An "English translation" for a "Japanese game" - by Jay West

Contents: 7 chapters with 3 technical appendices
1. Introduction - Why this FAQ was written and what it's for
2. Features - Why you'd want to play EZ if you're familiar with Carnage Heart
3. Controls - How to get around in the game, quickly and easily
4. Playing - How to start a game and play through to the end
5. Menus - English translations of all the Japanese menus in the game
6. Hardware - English translation of all the Japanese "parts" in the game
7. Software - English translation of macros and programming tips
A. Strategy - A brief mention of strategy and the one to use
B. Tactics - A discussion on good tactics, as I see it
C. Logistics - A mention of logistics and how important they can be
E. N. D.

1. Introduction

So a long, long time ago there was this game called Carnage Heart.
It was made in Japan and then translated and released in English countries.
The Japanese, being more into the fringe genres, realized how awesome 
the game was and there were two sequels made due to its success.  
The English version died a quiet painful death since most people over here 
have ADD and are unwilling to spend more than 10 minutes figuring out how to 
play a game. This means that unless you can read Japanese, you're not likely 
to be able to experience these sequels.  Until now!
I have obtained both the sequels (if I bought my Playstation just so I could 
play Carnage Heart, I might as well chip it and play the sequels, right?).
I have begun a translation.  
I am now prepared to guide you through the process of playing EZ, 
all without teaching you how to read Japanese!

So that brings us to the questions of what this game is, 
and why you should want to play it.

First off, if you haven't played the first one, then you probably aren't 
going to be interested in any of the sequels.  
I'm not kidding here, this is not a game for the fainthearted.

So now I'm just talking to the hardcore, the fans of the original, 
and let me tell you, EZ tries to fix all the problems of the original 
and give you the game that Carnage Heart _should_ have been!

2. Features

Most importantly, the Tank and Flying OKE have been improved! 
In the original game, they were pretty useless.  
I have yet to hear of anyone making a Tank that is anything less than a 
ticking time bomb, a rolling deathtrap.  
EZ improves them by making them able to fire... get this... WHILE MOVING! 
Yes, they no longer have to stop moving to fire! 
This means that as long as you write a program that keeps moving away from 
incoming fire, these OKE types can now actually survive battle.  
The 2 and 4 Leg OKE types are unchanged; they were strong enough already.

Speaking of that, EZ is harder.  
You are probably NOT going to be able to get all the way through this game 
just by continuously making squads of 3 of the same 2 Leg OKE.  
I found it absolutely necessary to develop a powerful 4 Leg OKE as a 
"heavy weapons platform" to lay down suppressive fire.  
The computer opponent (Drakken) is a much better programmer and strategist 
in this game.  You're actually going to have a fight on your hands this time, 
not just a cakewalk.  Which of course means that if you had serious problems 
in the first game, you're going to need to spend a lot of time in R&D 
developing some strong OKEs to get anywhere in this version.  8 )

The main new feature that makes this game harder is enemy reinforcements.  
Drakken owns these moons that you're assaulting.  
Enemy bases you "haven't gotten to yet" will send reinforcements.  
This means you'll get a message from the army dude (likely saying "We've 
spotted reinforcements moving in, Sir!" or something equally military, I 
don't read Japanese but I don't have to to know what's being said) when 
you're close to finishing a map.  
The first time this happens it might startle you, and for good reason!  
The timing is usually pretty good.  You've generally stopped production 
of OKEs and you're waiting for your final couple squads to move in on the 
last enemy base or two and suddenly three squads of enemy OKEs show up just 
where you weren't expecting anything to show up.  So there's a frenzied 
stage of starting the production lines back up and routing nearby units to 
head off the fresh invaders and you'll think that everything's handled and 
then you get into combat with these reinforcements and... 
they totally destroy your forces.  
They're very strong, these reinforcements.  
Not just that, but quite often you'll see that you're being attacked by the 
dreaded "?" OKE type! This is a type of OKE that you don't have access to 
yet and can't identify.  Unsurprisingly, your forces are likely to be 
totally unprepared for the kind of assault that these reinforcements can 
launch.  You may find yourself backing up to a saved game a couple of turns 
in the past.  I wouldn't blame you in the least the first time it happens.  
By the next map you'd better have learned your lesson and made a significant 
improvement in your tactics and style of play, accounting for the possibility 
of enemy reinforcements at a critical juncture.  Learn or die.

Probably the MOST annoying thing in the original game was that the only way 
to extend the play life was to play at the Practice, then Easy, then Medium, 
then Hard difficulty level.  That in and of itself was no hardship, but all 
the great software you'd written for the previous difficulty was totally 
unavailable to you when you started the next! You could have all these great 
little programs written and stored away in a previous saved game, but you'd 
have to write them down or memorize them in order to bring them into your 
next game.  Totally annoying.  EZ features a "Card Copy" in the "Software 
Design" area allowing you to load programs from other saved games! It even 
knows how to load programs from the original Carnage Heart! All is not lost; 
your fantastic programs of destruction are now reusable in EZ.

Also in the area of "curing the annoyance factor", when you've paid good 
money to finance the R&D of some great new piece of technology, the company 
you've paid will now alert you when the item is available for purchase! 
Amazing! The whole "having to go through each company in Negotiation" every 
turn just to find out if that new Oscillator is available YET was pretty 
annoying.  You still have to if you want to keep on top of the R&D, and it's 
surprising that they added an alert to one and not the other, but it's 
definitely an improvement.

Another thing they've added is "Macros".  I didn't use them much, but you 
can grab pre-programmed blocks to accomplish something for you and just 
paste them into your program.  Quite handy if you don't like taking a lot 
of time to write some basic software.

I'm sure there are other improvements in EZ, since the whole game just 
"flows" a lot better than the original.  Still, I'm going to call them all 
relatively minor improvements and just carry on.

3. Controls

The standard "American" control set uses X to select things, 
and one of the other buttons will end up being the "Cancel".  
The Japanese however chose to use X to cancel and always use O to select.  
This is going to be your biggest hurdle.  
Just to get the game going you're going to have to beat it into your head 
that you want to press O for "okay" and X for no/cancel.  
The Japanese system certainly makes sense (O for okay, get it?) but it's 
just not the system we've become accustomed to.  Within 5 minutes you'll 
have taught your thumb to do the right thing, but it's an annoying 5 minutes.

The D-Pad will do most of what you'll want to get done, and the X and O 
buttons (once you've got them figured out) are likely your main controls, 
but there are many other (almost hidden!) controls built into this game.  
Learning them and using them is going to save you a LOT of time and 
aggravation, so I've got this little section here devoted to teaching 
you the full control set.  You'll be coming back here till you've fully 
memorized them, I'm sure.

Basic Navigation
^ + D-Pad : Holding down triangle will make the D-Pad act to rotate you 
through possible choices.  So when you've got a menu full of options you 
can "triangle up/down" through the list and much more importantly you can 
"triangle down-right" to snap the pointer instantly over to that OK box in 
the bottom right corner of the screen when the pointer is in the top left.  
Very handy.

Tactics Navigation
L2 : Using this "Next" button you can cycle through bases or units.  
This is the best way to give movement orders to all your units: 
One at a time, "L2'ing" through the whole list.  Watch the top-left 
corner for the unit number so that you know when you've gotten back 
to the unit you've started with.

R2 : Use this button to pull up the "Map".  Quite handy to look at, 
and R2 is easier than triangle-right-right, which is easier than moving 
the arrow all the way to that little Map button on the right-hand side of 
the screen.  Note that while the map is up, selecting a base/unit will 
take you instantly to that base/unit.

Image Navigation
R1 + D-Pad : Any 3D object on the screen can be rotated to your whim via 
this control combination.  Cool, but not particularly useful.

R1 + L1 : Zoom In

R1 + L2 : Zoom Out

Software Design Navigation

[] : Cycles through your tools.  Goes from Put to Get to Copy to Edit to 
Delete and back to Put.  It skips "Block Paste" which you're not going to 
use very often.

X : Not just "cancel" but also (when there's nothing to cancel) resets you 
to the Put tool (very useful!) or (if you're already using the Put tool) 
opens the menu or (if you've already got the menu open) goes to the Exit 
command on the menu.  This is a great way to quickly exit out.

R1 + D-Pad : Moves the screen instead of the pointer, allows for smooth and 
easy scrolling around your program that won't fit on the screen.  Very handy.

R2 : Opens the chips list, much easier than selecting it from the menu.

L2 + D-Pad : Rotates the green arrow on your "current chip" (either the 
one you're editing, or the one in the little memory buffer in the top-left 
corner).  Very handy.  Lots easier than manipulating those little buttons 
around each chip.

L1 + D-Pad : Rotates the red arrow on your "current chip" (yup, just like 
L2 + D-Pad, and almost as handy too).

4. Playing

This is a Japanese game, you're likely going to need a way to play 
Playstation games that aren't from your current region.  
I leave you to solve that one on your own.

As before, the start up screen allows you to Start a new game, Load an 
existing game, or start a VS Battle.  The surprising thing is that 
everything you've seen (including the mandatory "Now Loading") has 
been in English! The Japanese LOVE the English language.  
There's LOTS of English in this game, which is why you can play it 
even though you can't read Japanese! Yay! So you'll be choosing to 
Start a new game and that brings you to the spiffy GUI for difficulty 
level selection.  Here we see Jupiter and 3 of its moons.  
Selecting a menu option zooms onto the moon you've selected and gives 
you details on it like Mass and how strong its gravity is and other fun 
scientific things that have no bearing on the game whatsoever.  
It also lists the important details for that level such as how much 
cash you'll start with and how many maps you'll have to defeat to beat 
that setting.  The menu options are the same as in the previous game, 
but I'll translate them here for you:

Difficulty   Moon   Start Cash Length
========== ======== ========== ======
Practice   Europa    $500,000  1 Map
Easy       Europa    $100,000  5 Maps
Medium     Ganymede  $200,000  7 Maps
Hard       Callisto  $300,000  8 Maps

I would suggest starting at the lowest and working your way up.  
It extends the amount of time you can enjoy the game, and your best 
designs from previous difficulty levels are easily loaded into the next one, 
giving you a solid program to start with that you developed and tested 
through all the last game.

Which brings us to the issue of "this game is in Japanese! How am I going 
to play it now?".  Well, most of this game is menu driven, and as long as 
you know the order of the items on the menu, you don't need to know what 
it says! By the type of screen you're at, you'll generally know which menu 
you're in, and if you don't know for sure you can always back out to the 
Main Menu via repeatedly pressing X.  In either of the design modes, there 
are lots of little icons, and pictures are universal.  Very little of that 
actually _needs_ translating.  Considering this and how similar EZ is to 
the original, it's a bit of a surprise that it wasn't released in English 
just because of how much of the work had already been done by that previous 
release.  Still, I maintain that translation is not truly required.  
The only place you're going to see a lot of Japanese text and actually 
care what it says is in the Hardware Design view, so I'll provide 
translations of what all that text says in the order that it should 
appear in on your screen.  If you're ever in doubt, you can always hit the 
"View" button (on the bottom left corner of any hardware selection display 
window) and have a look at the 3D render of the item you've selected.  
If the picture doesn't make it clear what you're working with (which can 
happen in the case of Main and Sub weapons) then all it will take is a 
look at the ammunition you need to fill it.

So with this guide in hand, you should be able to fully enjoy EZ! 
With that in mind, I'll just give you a quick one-paragraph summary 
of things to keep in mind when you start your new game:

Your first turn is extremely important.  You'll need to use your cash wisely.
Develop your production lines first, a strong factory is necessary.  
Decide which bases will have developed factories and which ones won't.  
You don't start off with the cash to do everything.  
Next, figure out the minimum set of blueprints you need to purchase.  
Optimize the blueprints that your main OKEs focus on.  
Then, if you have enough cash left over, you can invest in some R&D.  
You likely won't have enough to do so (unless you're playing the Practice 
map, but that's what it's there for, so you can figure out what you really 
need to research, if anything).  You'll get more cash every 15 turns, 
but you're going to need that cash to keep your factories running.  
Building OKEs in your factories (and the ammunition to make them dangerous) 
is going to be a constant drain on your funds, so shut down your factories 
as soon as it's safe to do so, repair existing units whenever possible, 
and always build the best OKEs you can.  
The quicker you can get through a map, the less you've spent, and the more 
you've got available for the next map.  After you've beaten a map or two, 
the prize money from having beaten them quickly should leave you with 
enough cash to do anything you want.

5. Menus

A lot of this game is menu driven.  Sadly, these menus are all in Japanese.  
Happily, the menus are just like in Carnage Heart! 
There are a few exceptions, but I've got all the menus translated right 
here for you.  You'll probably want to print this section of the FAQ and 
keep it nearby, it would suck to choose the wrong menu option.  
When you start at turn 1 of map 1, you're going to be at the "Main Menu".  
The original Carnage Heart would reset back to this Main Menu frequently, 
EZ remembers where you last were and you'll have to "cancel out" 
(you know, via the X button, pressed as many times as necessary) 
to the Main Menu any time you're not positive what menu you're in.

Main Menu               System Menu            Company Menu
=========               ===========            ============
Tactics                 Save                   Blueprints
Design                  Load                   R & D
Negotiation             BGM                    Optimization
System                  Quit Game              Information

Tactics Menu            Negotiation Menu
============            ================
Deploy Units            Kawashima Corp.
Form Units              Brenan
Factory                 Mcmorell
Unit Command            AAC
Base List               Union Claude
End Turn                Canyon Logic

Design Menu             Unit Menu              Card Menu
===========             =========              =========
Select Card             Move                   Design
Hardware                Defend Base            Set As Master
Software                Capture Base           Change Design Name
Test                    Patrol                 Copy Card
Set As Master           Standby                Delete Card

Description of menu options:

From the Main Menu you can get to the Tactics Menu, the Design Menu, the 
Negotiation Menu, and the System Menu.  Selecting a unit will give you the 
Unit Menu, selecting a company to negotiate with will give you the Company 
Menu, and selecting a card to design will give you the Card Menu.  
All other options will have the expected effect.  
I'll go over the less obvious ones as a refresher course.

Deploy Units: An important part of this screen is the amount of Ammo and 
Fuel assigned to the unit.  For most units, "10" is likely 150% of the 
ammo you might actually need before you're in base again.  
Also, 1000 is usually at least 150% of the fuel you might actually need 
before you're in base again.  Fuel is a very limited resource if you play 
quickly and with highly mobile OKEs.  Luckily the enemy bases you capture 
will have lots of fuel.  Ammunition is also in short supply unless you 
build some in your factories.  You're going to do this, I can guarantee it, 
but by deploying units with only the amount of ammunition and fuel that 
they need you can stretch your starting resources significantly farther.  
Another good thing you can do here is transport huge amounts of ammunition 
and fuel from the rear bases to the front-line bases.  This is probably the 
second most useful thing you can do with those Card 26, 27, and 28 designs 
that you start the round with.

Factory: From this screen you can Produce (by selecting an open line in the 
left column you get a list of cards available for production and a button 
in the bottom-left to create Ammo with, and then you can choose amount to 
produce with the middle column), Add Line (by selecting a line that isn't 
open), Upgrade Line (select the right two columns of an open line and 
upgrade its production capacity to whatever you like), or change production 
by selecting an open line that is already producing.  Doing so will give you 
a two-option menu of Change or Remove.  Whatever you select will give you an 
"Are you sure?" with the usual Yes/No choices.

Unit Command: This shows all active units.  The columns are: Unit Number, 
Current Action (what you selected from the Unit Menu to command this unit 
most recently), Ammo, and Fuel

Base List: This shows all bases under your control.  The columns are: 
Base Number, Units In Base, OKEs In Base, Ammo In Base, Fuel In Base.

Test: Allows you to pit the current card (and two optional allies) against 
as many as 3 opponents (in all cases of any working cards you've got).  
Adding OKEs to this test run can be done by selecting the slot you want to 
fill/change and then selecting it again.  If you want to remove OKEs from 
the Test process, there's a button in the bottom-left corner of the card 
selection screen for that.  Alternatively, the three buttons in the 
bottom-right corner are "Change", "Cancel", and "OK".  Change and Cancel 
are another way of adding/removing OKEs from the selected slot.  
Once you've got all the OKEs you want in the test process, you can change 
the Map that the test will happen on.  There are 5 maps.  Map 1 has a short 
tower in each corner and 4 tall fuel tanks/towers in the middle.  Map 2 
(useful for initial test runs) is completely empty.  Map 3 has a small 
building in each corner and 4 short towers in the middle.  Map 4 (the best 
one in my opinion) has 6 short towers scattered about the middle of the map.  
Map 5 is just 4 short towers in the middle of the map.

Move: This is the only unit command I use.  I don't understand the way that 
Defend/Capture Base works, so I don't use them at all.  Patrol is a waste of 
a command in my opinion, and Standby can be accomplished by just selecting 
Move and the hex that the unit is already on.  Maybe you appreciate the 
other options, but I only use "Move".  The best thing about Move is that if 
you've already given the unit orders, this option is darker than the rest.

R&D: Here you can look at any projects that the company has proposed for new 
technology research.  These are things that they will eventually produce for 
purchase, but this is your chance to donate to the research process in an 
effort to speed it up.  So if you're not really interested in the technology, 
then don't bother giving them funding since they'll get there eventually.
If, however, it's important to you to get that item ASAP, perhaps because 
it's a component that you want, need, or rely on, then there's nothing wrong 
with the small contribution they suggest.  An important point to mention 
here is that there's two numbers on the screen, the higher one is the 
"suggested contribution" to keep research moving quickly, the lower one is 
the amount you've already contributed.  You can actually invest any amount 
you like in research, just select the number and enter your chosen amount.  
When you select the "OK" box you donate that amount of money, so be sure to 
use the X button to leave this screen or you might accidentally donate money 
you needed elsewhere.  In the bottom-left corner is the company salesman 
telling you how the project is going.  Usually this statement will be "all 
is progressing satisfactorily" but sometimes you'll see a "..." in the midst 
of the message and that means he's saying "research has stalled... it would 
help if you gave us more funding".  If you're planning on donating extra 
cash to a research project (to make sure it doesn't get delayed) I suggest 
donating a larger amount earlier on.  Donate the suggested amount twice, or 
something.  That way you're not constantly back into this screen.  After all, 
it doesn't cost very much, and you were already planning on spending it.

Information: The company representatives will give you some clue as to what 
technology Drakken has purchased recently, which could tell you what kind of 
OKEs are going to be coming at you next.  Since it's all in Japanese though, 
you're not going to be able to read it.  You're not missing anything.

Change Design Name: This can also be done in Hardware Design by selecting 
the name of the card, and is automatically done when you Copy Card.  
There are a lot of buttons here, but the third one down the stack will 
give you English letters and numbers.  Punctuation can be found in the 
fourth one.  That should be all you need to create pleasing (and readable!) 
names for your OKEs.

Any other menus or options you see are going to be of the "Are you sure?" 
variety.  One notable exception is in the Hardware screen when you select 
the processor to use in your OKE.  The engineer gives you the choice of 
"Generate Auto Program?" to which you get the same Yes/No options, but 
here you might actually want to say No.  Saves you deleting it later.  
If you already have a processor on the OKE and select a new one, then 
you'll first get a "Delete existing program?" choice of Yes/No before 
he asks if you want a useless Auto Program.

6. Technology

By "technology", I mean all the stuff you need to build an OKE in the 
Hardware Design screen.  All this stuff is in Japanese, but all the numbers 
are in English.  Those numbers (and sometimes the 3D model of the item in 
question) will be all you'll need to know to play.  If you want to know 
what the Japanese translates to, that's what this section is for.  
So I'll list everything in the game here, and I'll list it in the order 
that you should see it in your on-screen list.  Interestingly, the weapons 
and equipment in EZ are exactly the same as in Carnage Heart.  Which means 
that you can use an equipment list from the first game if you have one.

OKE Body choices (with available Main and Sub weapon choices): 
Each OKE Body type has different abilities, and there are 3 designs for 
each type, each of those designs has different armaments, statistics, and 
weak/strong points.  Durability is the "toughness" of the OKE, how easily 
they get destroyed.  Higher values will last longer, lower values will get 
toasted easily.  Efficiency is how well the body design can use its engine 
to carry weight.  A "high efficiency" body design (like a Tank) can use all 
the output from the engine to carry usable mass like weapons and armour, a 
"low efficiency" body design (like a Flying OKE) needs most of its engine 
output just to keep it aloft, meaning that the your biggest engine might 
not give enough power to lift the lightest Flying OKE you can design.

2-Leg OKE Body  Dura Eff.       Weight Proc Cost Lvl
==============  ==== ====       ====== ==== ==== ===
Prowler I        520  50%        2400   115  400  1
Prowler II       530  55%        2360   108  420  2

        Prowler Assault           320    12  100  1
        Prowler Shotgun           320    12  200  1
        Prowler Laser             300    10  280  1

        4 Rocket Pod               72    12   40  1
        8 Rocket Pod              144    24   80  1
        4 Missile Pod              72    12   40  1
        8 Missile Pod             144    24   80  1
        Lg Missile Pod             36     3   20  1

This is a very cheap and effective OKE.  It moves quickly and can do a 
great back flip.  It's light weight and speed will make it your main OKE 
but you'll eventually discard it for more durable hardware.  It can achieve 
longevity as a "fast & quick" OKE if you develop a 200 or 240 process 
version with good software and then build them in your forward bases on the 
factory lines that you don't want to pay to upgrade and aren't advanced 
enough to build your more serious OKEs.  Considering the amount of time 
you'll spend with this OKE until the later types are researched, it 
wouldn't be surprising if you developed a certain fondness for it.

2-Leg OKE Body  Dura Eff.       Weight Proc Cost Lvl
==============  ==== ====       ====== ==== ==== ===
Jujuman01        540  55%        2900   142  500  1
Jujuman02        550  58%        2850   134  540  2

        Jujuman Assault           380    14  110  1
        Jujuman Shotgun           360    14  220  1
        Jujuman Laser             300    12  280  1

        8 Rocket Pod              144    24   80  1
        12 Rocket Pod             216    36  120  1
        8 Missile Pod             144    24   80  1
        12 Missile Pod            216    36  120  1
        2 Lg Missile Pod           72     6   40  1
        4 Lg Missile Pod          144    12   80  1
        6 Floating Mine           108    18   60  1
        6 Scatter Mine            108    18   60  1

Another highly versatile OKE, this is likely to become your main OKE type 
on the battlefield once you've got it researched and optimized.  Able to 
carry heavier weapons and armour than the Prowler, the Jujuman is little 
more than a better 2-Leg OKE.  Not that any more is needed.  Your 2-Leg 
software is likely to be quite advanced and seriously deadly by the time 
you're able to produce this OKE, and you'll probably see a significant 
increase in favourable battle results.

2-Leg OKE Body  Dura Eff.       Weight Proc Cost Lvl
==============  ==== ====       ====== ==== ==== ===
Vypor I          570  60%        3120   152  720  3
Vypor II         585  ??%        3080   122  840  4

        Vypor Assault             440    18  140  1
        Vypor Shotgun             370    16  260  1
        Vypor Laser               310    14  300  1

        8 Rocket Pod              144    24   80  1
        12 Rocket Pod             216    36  120  1
        8 Missile Pod             144    24   80  1
        12 Missile Pod            216    36  120  1
        4 Lg Missile Pod          144    12   80  1
        6 Lg Missile Pod          216    18  120  1
        6 Floating Mine           108    18   60  1
        6 Scatter Mine            108    18   60  1

Carrying on in proud tradition is the best 2-Leg OKE of them all! The 
highest durability and efficiency ratings of any 2-Leg, fantastically low 
process cost, and the ability to tote 6 large missiles, all for the low 
price of a level 4 factory.  This OKE maintains everything you've come to 
like about the 2-Leg OKE and builds on it.  Wait till you see what happens 
when you pull the trigger on the main weapon! I suggest you pack lots of 
ammo.  I wouldn't suggest using it till you've got it optimized though, 
the process cost on the first version is kind of prohibitive.

4-Leg OKE Body  Dura Eff.       Weight Proc Cost Lvl
==============  ==== ====       ====== ==== ==== ===
Livewire         720  70%        2900   146  540  2
Livewire IM      730  73%        2820   124  580  3

        Livewire Assault          340    16  140  1
        Livewire Shotgun          420    16  220  1
        Livewire Laser            330    12  300  1

        8 Rocket Pod              144    24   80  1
        16 Rocket Pod             288    48  160  1
        8 Missile Pod             144    24   80  1
        16 Missile Pod            288    48  160  1
        2 Lg Missile Pod           72     6   40  1
        4 Lg Missile Pod          144    12   80  1
        6 Floating Mine           108    18   60  1
        6 Scatter Mine            108    18   60  1

As you can see, this OKE can do anything! With efficiency halfway between a 
2-Leg and a Tank type, you can get some heavier weapons and armour on this 
platform quite easily.  Your biggest difficulty is going to be creation of 
good software.  Still, if you can take advantage of this OKE type and its 
ability to grapple, dodge, AND lay down heavy fire, you're going to find it 
to be a serious asset to your attacks.

4-Leg OKE Body  Dura Eff.       Weight Proc Cost Lvl
==============  ==== ====       ====== ==== ==== ===
Rogue I          680  78%        3200   186  680  2
Rogue II         690  82%        3120   182  740  3

        Rogue Assault             430    18  140  1
        Rogue Shotgun             430    16  220  1
        Rogue Laser               330    12  300  1

        6 Rocket Pod              108    18   60  1
        12 Rocket Pod             216    36  120  1
        6 Missile Pod             108    18   60  1
        12 Missile Pod            216    36  120  1
        2 Lg Missile Pod           72     6   40  1
        4 Lg Missile Pod          144    12   80  1
        6 Floating Mine           108    18   60  1
        6 Scatter Mine            108    18   60  1

Since there's no armour between 35mm and 50mm (a small failing in an 
otherwise great game), the increased efficiency of this 4-Leg is unlikely 
to be of any use to you.  Although this OKE is more nimble than its 
Livewire counterpart, the increased process cost is quite likely to stop 
you from using it altogether.  Feel free to design one though, since the 
bases you capture from Drakken sometimes have factory lines upgraded high 
enough to make even a solid Rogue card in 2 turns...

4-Leg OKE Body  Dura Eff.       Weight Proc Cost Lvl
==============  ==== ====       ====== ==== ==== ===
Manticore        800  72%        2950   164  840  4
Manticore B1     815  76%        2840   162  920  5

        Manticore Assault         410    18  150  1
        Manticore Laser           320    14  340  1

        8 Rocket Pod              144    24   80  1
        8 Missile Pod             144    24   80  1
        2 Lg Missile Pod           72     6   40  1

Make no mistake, this OKE was made to GRAPPLE! If you can write some 
software to sneak this OKE into short range, you can easily bash the enemy 
to kibble! The sub weapons are very light, so you should be able to build a 
Large Missile version for a reasonable process cost.  Be very careful about 
fitting a Laser onto this beast, it fires a lot more than one shot at a 
time and you could easily kill yourself with heat.  Of course, you should 
be too busy sneaking into short range to fire the main gun...

Tank OKE Body   Dura Eff.       Weight Proc Cost Lvl
=============   ==== ====       ====== ==== ==== ===
Kouger          1060  98%        4660    96  380  1
Kouger B1       1120 100%        4500    92  400  2

        Kouger Assault            430    14  100  1
        Kouger Laser              330    10  260  1

        14 Floating Mine          252    42   98  1
        14 Scatter Mine           252    42   98  1

This is the best OKE for playing around with Mines.  I've found that 
Scatter Mines are ineffective compared to other sub weapon types, and 
Floating Mines are best for taking out Flying OKEs.  So this OKE will 
likely be your best counter to an enemy Flying OKE.  Which you won't be 
seeing for a LONG time, if ever.  Which means I didn't find this OKE to 
be of any use at all.  Your mileage may vary, of course.  If you can find 
a good way to utilize its significant guns then perhaps its lack of a 
"better" sub weapon will become unimportant.

Tank OKE Body   Dura Eff.       Weight Proc Cost Lvl
=============   ==== ====       ====== ==== ==== ===
Jackhammer       970  96%        4400   112  620  3
Jackhammer B1   1040 100%        4220   108  660  4

        Jackhammer Assault        420    14  110  1
        Jackhammer Laser          340    12  260  1

        18 Rocket Pod             324    54  180  1
        24 Rocket Pod             432    72  240  1
        18 Missile Pod            324    54  180  1
        24 Missile Pod            432    72  240  1
        4 Lg Missile Pod          144    12   80  1
        8 Lg Missile Pod          288    24  160  1
        12 Floating Mine          216    36   96  1
        12 Scatter Mine           216    36   96  1

Here it is, the heavy weapons platform to rule them all! Nothing can 
carry more rockets than this bad boy.  If Drakken isn't using the Missile 
Jammer device, then this one OKE with a full load of Large Missiles and 
some good software can take out a full unit.  Of course, it's a Tank, so 
your software is going to need to focus on movement to avoid being a 
sitting duck for enemy fire.  I see this OKE as a software challenge with 
solid battle results payoff.

Tank OKE Body   Dura Eff.       Weight Proc Cost Lvl
=============   ==== ====       ====== ==== ==== ===
Ronin            860 <?>         3700   128  560  4
Ronin IM         860 <?>         3550   102  640  5

        Ronin Assault             390    12  120  1
        Ronin Laser               310    10  280  1

        16 Missile Pod            288    48  160  1
        24 Missile Pod            432    72  240  1
        4 Lg Missile Pod          144    12   80  1
        6 Lg Missile Pod          216    18  120  1
        10 Floating Mine          180    30   80  1
        10 Scatter Mine           180    30   80  1

Continuing the proud tank tradition of "heavy weapon platform", this is a 
cheaper and faster missile tank than any of the previous OKEs.
I haven't yet developed this OKE in-game, so all values are unverified.

Flying OKE Body Dura Eff.       Weight Proc Cost Lvl
=============== ==== ====       ====== ==== ==== ===
Valiant01        380  32%        1600   182 1040  5
Valiant02        410  <?>        1520   172 1160  6

        Valiant Assault           160    10  110  1
        Valiant Laser             120    10  300  1

        12 Rocket Pod             216    36  120  1
        18 Rocket Pod             324    54  180  1
        12 Missile Pod            216    36  120  1
        18 Missile Pod            324    54  180  1
        4 Lg Missile Pod          144    12   80  1

This is the first flying OKE you'll be able to get, and you probably won't 
even have an engine developed that will lift it when you do get it.  
Theoretically though, you could develop this OKE into the ultimate support 
platform, flying high above the battlefield and raining destruction down 
upon your enemies.  Good movement routines and a Missile Jammer are pretty 
much essential, as it will only take a couple hits to destroy it entirely.
I haven't yet developed this OKE in-game, so all values are unverified.

Flying OKE Body Dura Eff.       Weight Proc Cost Lvl
=============== ==== ====       ====== ==== ==== ===
IronDeath01      430  <?>        1900   218 1250  6
IronDeath02      455  <?>        1820   202 1200  7

        IronDeath Assault         170    14  110  1
        IronDeath Laser           130    12  300  1

        6 Missile Pod             108    18   60  1
        12 Missile Pod            216    36  120  1
        6 Lg Missile Pod          216    18  120  1
        6 Scatter Mine            108    18   60  1
        12 Scatter Mine           216    36  120  1

This flying OKE introduces the "bomber" concept.  Load it up with Scatter
Mines, fly over top an enemy OKE, drop Scatter Mines, fly away.
With a load of DeathSpheres, the only chance your enemies will have is 
shooting the bomber down before it totally destroys them.
By the time this shows up in R&D, your game is probably already over, 
so it's really only here for playing around with.
To emphasize this, the process cost makes the Rogue look cheap.
I haven't yet developed this OKE in-game, so all values are unverified.

Flying OKE Body Dura Eff.       Weight Proc Cost Lvl
=============== ==== ====       ====== ==== ==== ===
Raptor           580  <?>        2580   236 1360  7
Raptor IM        600  <?>        2490   216 1420  8

        Raptor Assault            390    12  120  1
        Raptor Laser              310    10  280  1

        6 Missile Pod             108    18   60  1
        12 Missile Pod            216    36  120  1
        6 Lg Missile Pod          216    18  120  1
        6 Scatter Mine            108    18   60  1
        12 Scatter Mine           216    36  120  1

I've never played a game long enough to develop this OKE, but by looking at 
it I'd say it was an improved IronDeath.  The same thing, but more so.
I mean really, who's even got a factory that can produce one of these?
I obviously haven't yet developed this OKE in-game, so all values are guesses.

OKE Engine choices:
The Engine gives power to your OKE and it and the efficiency of the chosen 
body type determines how much weight (armour, weapons, fuel, etc.) you can 
put on the OKE.  Since you MUST give an OKE something from every category, 
you might not be able to fit even the lightest of components on a design 
if the engine isn't powerful enough.  Conversely, the engine is a large 
amount of the process cost, so you should use the smallest engine you can 
to keep the total process count down.

Engine Name      Output Disp. Weight Proc Cost Lvl Description
===========      ====== ===== ====== ==== ==== === ===========
Cargill SV1       15000   9.0   190    24  190  1  A bad engine
Cargill SV1 MK2   15500  10.8   195    20  210  1
Tyron Z1          16400  12.6   200    26  240  1  A terrible engine
Tyron Z1 MK2      17000  14.4   205    25  260  1
Golle 1800C1      17400  16.2   220    24  290  2
Golle 1800C1 MK2  18000  18.0   225    20  310  2  <- Best engine in the game
Cargill SV2       18500  19.8   250    34  340  2
Cargill SV2 MK2   19000  21.6   255    30  360  2
Tyron Z2          19600  23.4   260    38  390  2
Tyron Z2 MK2      20200  25.2   265    33  410  2
Golle 2800C2      21400  27.0   270    45  440  3
Golle 2800C2 MK2  22200  28.8   275    38  460  3
Cargill SV3       23000  30.6   280    52  490  3
Cargill SV3 MK2   23800  32.4   285    44  510  3
Tyron Z3          24800  34.2   290    56  540  4
Tyron Z3 MK2      25800  36.0   295    50  560  4
Hug 2020          28200  37.8   310    64  590  4
Hug 2020 MK2      30000  39.6   315    58  610  4
G-Tough 404       31200  41.4   330    74  640  5
G-Tough 404 MK2   32000  43.2   335    69  660  5
Tyron Z4          33200  45.0   340    82  690  5
Tyron Z4 MK2      34800  46.8   345    74  710  5
Hug 7070          36500  48.6   360    80  740  6
Hug 7070 MK2      37200  50.4   365    78  860  6
G-Tough 505       38300  54.0   380    88  890  6
G-Tough 505 MK2   40000  57.6   385    82  910  6
Tyron Z5          42000  61.2   390    96  940  7
Tyron Z5 MK2      43800  64.8   395    94  960  7
Hug 9090          44400  68.4   410   108  990  7
Hug 9090 MK2      45800  72.0   415   108 1010  8

The first engine (Cargill) is too small to do much for you.  
The Tyron is even worse.  The Golle is more powerful and will add fewer 
processes to your OKE.  It's got enough power in it that you can use it 
through most of the game, you're likely to not use any other engine till 
you decide to move up to the next size armour.  All other engines from the 
Golle onwards are pretty much the same, they give you more power but the 
process cost is higher than you'll likely want to pay.

OKE Main Weapon Ammunition choices:
Each kind of main weapon has its own type of ammunition.  Lasers have the 
longest range but at the expense of raising your heat significantly.  
This can be a significant enough cost that you can be forced to use the 
assault sometimes.  This is also why the Cooling Device is the first 
Optional Component you can pick up.  On the plus side, if you hit someone 
with a laser, THEIR heat will go up! This can make it a fearsome weapon 
when combined with rockets.  The assault gun has a range almost as long as 
the laser, but without the heating cost and can therefore hold a better rate 
of fire.  Definitely the weapon for laying down continuous fire.  The shotgun 
is a short-range weapon, the fired pellets spread out until they're 
ineffective.  The way the shot spreads out makes this gun much more 
difficult to dodge.  All ammunition packages have a rated firepower 
(on a per shot basis, which is an important consideration when you realize 
that there are a dozen "shots" in one shotgun shell!), a weight, and a cost.

Assault Ammo.    FP Weight Cost
=============    == ====== ====
80 AP Ammo       45    80    80
140 AP Ammo      45   140    80
200 AP Ammo      45   200    80
80 DFAP Ammo     50   160    90
140 DFAP Ammo    50   280    90
200 DFAP Ammo    50   400    90
80 CHEM Ammo     55   240   100
140 CHEM Ammo    55   420   100
200 CHEM Ammo    55   600   100
80 HDAP Ammo     60   400   110
140 HDAP Ammo    60   700   110
200 HDAP Ammo    60  1000   110

Assault guns may have lower firepower ammunition than other guns, but they 
don't increase your heat.  Although it can be used at ranges up to 180m, 
accuracy decreases pretty rapidly past the 100m mark.

Shotgun Ammo.    FP Weight Cost
=============    == ====== ====
50 AP Shot       20   100    90
70 AP Shot       20   140    90
100 AP Shot      20   200    90
50 HD Shot       25   150   100
70 HD Shot       25   210   100
100 HD Shot      25   300   100
50 CR Shot       30   200   110
70 CR Shot       30   280   110
100 CR Shot      30   400   110
50 HDAP Shot     35   250   120
70 HDAP Shot     35   350   120
100 HDAP Shot    35   500   120

Shotgun shells have a maximum effectiveness at about 50m, overall damage 
tends to decrease slowly as you leave that range.  This weapon is unusable 
past the 125m mark.  Although you can only get at most 100 shells for a 
shotgun, the low range and deadly effectiveness means that you aren't going 
to fire it many times.  And when you do, you're likely to destroy your 
opponent in just a couple hits.

Laser Oscillator FP Weight Cost
================ == ====== ====
MT Oscillator A  50   120   320
MT Oscillator B  50   200   320
GL Oscillator A  55   240   360
GL Oscillator B  55   400   360
CL Oscillator A  60   240   400
CL Oscillator B  60   400   400
HM Oscillator A  65   240   520
HM Oscillator B  65   400   520

Laser Oscillators provide either 120 or 200 shots, depending on size.  
Although it can be fired at the maximum range of 200m, accuracy decreases 
pretty rapidly past the 120m mark.  So even though it looks like a great 
long-range weapon, it doesn't end up being as effective as you might think.

OKE Sub weapon Ammunition choices:
Each kind of sub weapon has its own type of ammunition.  
Rockets are unguided but have a large area of effect.  
Missiles are guided weapons, and each one has a different guidance system.  
Large missiles carry a heavier payload (bigger boom!) and their guidance 
systems tend to be better and longer lived.
All mines divide into two types, the "shrapnel burst" type that shoot out a 
spray of shrapnel, and the kind that explode on contact.  The strength of 
mines is that I have yet to see a software design that looks out for them.  
Technically, that should mean that there's a big hole in most (specifically, 
Drakkens) software.  However, since mines rely on the enemy walking/flying 
into them, they remain mostly ineffective.  Both styles of mines have no 
"range" to speak of (since they pretty much just sit there until an enemy 
comes near enough) but all sub weapon munitions have a Firepower rating 
(how much damage they do on a full hit), a weight (that's per item!), 
and a cost (again, per item).

Rocket          Range   F.P. Weight Cost Description
======          ======  ==== ====== ==== ===========
Snake           Short     70    30    90 "Shotgun style", small area
Snake MK2       Short     75    25    85
Hercules        Short     72    40    94 "Shotgun style", medium area
Hercules MK2    Short     77    35    90
Panther         Short     78    50    99 "Shotgun style", large area
Panther MK2     Short     83    45    96 <- probably the best rocket
DragonFly       Short     82    60   105 "Area effect"
DragonFly MK2   Short     87    55   100
NightHawk       Short     76    70   109 "Area effect"
NightHawk MK2   Short     81    65   105

Rockets are short-range, unguided weapons that have a large area of effect 
that not only damages but also severely raises the heat level of any OKEs 
caught in the blast area.  So although they're unguided, they can easily be 
a lot more difficult to avoid than missiles.  Combined with Lasers, you can 
easily "overheat" an opponent to destruction! There are two varieties of 
rockets, both separate (at about the 50m mark) into numerous sub munitions 
but they differ from that point on.  "Shotgun style" rockets explode when 
they hit something, generally creating a semi-triangular blast area if/when 
they land. "Area effect" rockets spread out and all explode at the same 
time, covering a large area and releasing flying shrapnel.  
Against ground-based targets, the "shotgun style" rockets are going to be 
more effective as the "area effect" rockets tend to spread out so much that 
a simple "duck and cover" defence can prevent having to take any damage at 
all from them.  Against a flying (or jumping!) target, the "area effect" 
rockets might be the only ones that will do any damage at all since the 
"shotgun style" rockets tend to be limited in effect to the ground.  
Be aware of the difference, it's quite critical.

Missile         Range  F.P. Weight Cost Description
=======         ====== ==== ====== ==== ===========
Mercury         Short    70    40   100 The smallest missile
Mercury MK2     Short    75    37    94
Phantom         Short    72    45   110
Phantom MK2     Short    77    42   104
Avenger         Short    78    50   112
Avenger MK2     Short    83    47   108 <- excellent short range missile
Gremlin         Medium   82    55   119
Gremlin MK2     Medium   87    52   113 <- good medium range missile
Eagle           Medium   76    60   124 Worse than Gremlin
Eagle MK2       Medium   81    57   120
Delta           Medium   70    65   129 Worse than Eagle
Delta MK2       Medium   75    62   125
Cryon           Medium   92    70   137
Cryon MK2       Medium   97    67   132 <- excellent medium range missile
Wildcat         Short    86    75   148
Wildcat MK2     Short    91    72   143 <- best short range missile
Alpha           Medium  100    80   156
Alpha MK2       Medium  105    77   150 <- best medium range missile
Century         Medium   94    85   160 Worse than Alpha
Century MK2     Medium   99    82   155

Large Missile   Range  F.P. Weight Cost Description
=============   ====== ==== ====== ==== ===========
Shogun          Long    150   140   170 Surprisingly good
Shogun MK2      Long    155   135   165
Gorgon          Medium  192   160   180 Powerful but medium range, be warned!
Gorgon MK2      Medium  197   155   175 <- good medium range large missile
Hydra           Long    154   170   190 Little better than the Shogun
Hydra MK2       Long    159   165   185
BlueWing        Medium  184   190   200 Worse than Gorgon
BlueWing MK2    Medium  189   185   195
Leviathan       Medium  194   200   220 Little better than the Gorgon
Leviathan MK2   Medium  199   195   215 <- best medium range large missile
Glyphone        Long    172   220   240
Glyphone MK2    Long    177   215   235
Orion           Long    180   230   260
Orion MK2       Long    185   225   255
Medusa          Long    194   250   280
Medusa MK2      Long    199   245   275
NecroZone       Long    200   270   300
NecroZone MK2   Long    205   265   295
Nightmare       Long    228   290   320 Heavy damage long-range large missile
Nightmare MK2   Long    233   285   315 <- best long range large missile

Missiles are short-to-medium ranged weapons.  The range on them is more how 
long their guidance systems are active than anything.  So a "short range" 
missile that is very difficult to avoid at 50m can be ridiculously easy to 
avoid beyond 100m.  The "medium range" missile can remain difficult to avoid 
up until the 150m mark.  Only Large Missiles have "long range" capability 
and their guidance systems will remain active for 200m.  For this reason, 
avoid firing any kind of missile when you're at the limit of its effective 
range, fire when the enemy is unable to get away and you'll see nice results.

Floating Mine   F.P. Weight Cost Description
=============   ==== ====== ==== ===========
Macabre          120    20    90 The smallest floating mine
Macabre MK2      125    15    85
Anthaless        200    30   100 Shrapnel spray downward
Anthaless MK2    205    25    95 <- best floating mine against ground OKEs
SteelFang        200    40   110
SteelFang MK2    205    35   105
Kraken           250    50   130
Kraken MK2       255    45   125 <- best floating mine against flying OKEs
Empire           200    60   140
Empire MK2       205    55   135

Floating mines are typically an "anti Flying OKE" weapon, and therefore you 
probably won't be using them.  There is one exception though, the Anthaless 
can be used on ground OKEs.  So if you're going to use them, that's likely 
the one to use.

Scatter Mine    F.P. Weight Cost Description
============    ==== ====== ==== ===========
Tightrope        100    20    60 Shrapnel spray up
Tightrope MK2    105    15    55
Zonde            100    30    70 Jumps up, fires a shrapnel spray down
Zonde MK2        105    25    65
Voodoo           260    40    90 Explodes when stepped on
Voodoo MK2       265    35    85 <- strongest explosive scatter mine
DeathSphere      210    50   110 Moves towards nearby enemies, explodes
DeathSphere MK2  215    45   105 <- best seeking explosive scatter mine
Zeus             100    60   130 Fires shrapnel spray at enemy OKE
Zeus MK2         105    55   125 <- best shrapnel scatter mine

Scatter mines generally only effect ground targets, but there is the one 
exception of the Tightrope.  If you can figure a way to get the enemy to 
walk into the scatter mines (or perhaps bring the scatter mines to the enemy, 
as a "bomber" Flying OKE could manage) then these could be powerful weapons.
Of interesting note is the DeathSphere which will move towards any enemies 
that get near to it.  These can be effective even against OKEs that have mine 
avoidance routines, since once it's locked on it's tough to shake!

OKE Processor choices:
Your main criterion for choosing a processor is going to be capacity.  
The bigger the chip, the easier it is to write effective software.  
Speed is nice to have, faster processors can give quicker reaction times.  
A processor doesn't add much weight to your OKE, and the difference in 
process cost is also pretty small from one processor to the next, and the 
level of technology required to make a processor is generally lower than 
any line you'd use to make the OKE it's in.  Generally, just use the 
smallest and fastest processor that you can fit your software onto.

Processor       Speed Capacity Weight Proc Cost Lvl Description
=========       ===== ======== ====== ==== ==== === ===========
CP-468FX        Low      8x8      4     8    40  1
CP-478FX        Low      9x9      4    10    50  1
CP-588FX2       Med     10x10     4    12   100  2  <- good large processor
A-LEX661P1      High     8x8      6    10    95  3  <- best "small & fast"
A-LEX662P2      Med      9x9      6    12   120  1
A-LEX663P3      High    11x11     7    16   140  2
GHC-01TW        Med     12x12     7    14   240  3
GHC-07TRI       High    13x13     8    18   320  1
CX-P6000        Med     14x14     8    20   360  2
CX-P6100X       High    14x14     9    24   400  3  <- best large processor

OKE Fuel Tank choices:
The chosen fuel tank is going to contribute to your overall weight 
significantly, but you're likely to find the process cost to be the 
limiting factor.  As usual, the monetary cost and required factory 
level are pretty much irrelevant.

Fuel Tank       Weight Proc Cost Lvl
=========       ====== ==== ==== ===
40 Litre          211    6   20   1
50 Litre          264    7   20   1
60 Litre          317    8   21   1
70 Litre          370    9   22   1
80 Litre          423   11   23   1
90 Litre          476   13   24   1
100 Litre         529   15   25   1
110 Litre         582   17   26   1
130 Litre         688   19   28   1
150 Litre         794   21   30   1

A 40 Litre tank is enough for any OKE that doesn't move around much, 
but those OKEs tend to get destroyed really quickly.  The heavier your 
OKE (weight generally being a function of how thick your armour is) the 
more fuel it'll consume just walking around.  The bigger engines use it 
up quicker, and using a Missile Jammer will also consume fuel.  
Since units only refuel once a turn, if they fight more than once they'll 
need the extra fuel to fight the subsequent battles.  I like to use at 
least a 60 Litre tank, and prefer to have at least 80 Litre, just in case.
However, if you need to drop 2 process points so that your OKE can be built 
in two turns on a level 3 factory line, definitely downgrade the Fuel Tank.

OKE Armour choices:
You go for the heavier armour for the higher defensive value.
You're limited in choice by the massive weight, few OKEs can manage more 
than 35mm armour, if that.  The process and monetary cost is too small to 
worry about, and the required factory level is only a concern if you've 
found a way to tote the heaviest of armours.

Armour Size     Def Weight Proc Cost Lvl
===========     === ====== ==== ==== ===
25 mm             5   4080  14    80  1
30 mm             7   4800  16   100  1
35 mm            12   7200  18   150  1
50 mm            16  12000  24   180  1
60 mm            24  14400  28   240  2
70 mm            26  16800  34   260  3
80 mm            30  19200  39   300  4
100 mm           33  21600  45   340  4
120 mm           36  26400  58   420  5
150 mm           40  33600  66   540  6

OKE Optional Component choices:
There are 3 kinds of Optional Component, the CD that reduces heat, the ID 
that jams guided missiles, and the RD that fixes OKE damage during battle.  
Note that this is the only part of the OKE that you don't absolutely HAVE 
to have.  If you can live without one, it's probably best if you do so.

Device Name     Weight Proc Cost Lvl Description
===========     ====== ==== ==== === ===========
Chill 2 CD        460   22   160  1  Cooling Device
Omni P1 ID        200   20   240  1  Interference Device (Missile Jammer)
Goltex 1 RD       900   28   220  2  Repair Device
Chill 4 CD        560   28   250  2  Cooling Device
Omni P3 ID        260   28   360  2  Interference Device (Missile Jammer)
Goltex 2 RD       980   37   320  3  Repair Device
Chill 8 CD        690   36   340  3  Cooling Device
Omni P5 ID        340   38   520  3  Interference Device (Missile Jammer)
Goltex 3 RD      1200   42   450  4  Repair Device

You start out with the CD so that you can rapid fire a laser, or give a laser 
to the Tank OKE and actually use it.  I find that intermittent fire (via an 
advancing fire routine) or simply switching to an assault gun is a better way 
to go.  The ID is a very powerful component if your opponent is using 
missiles, it usually destroys their guidance system (and seeing an enemy's 
dangerous large missile twirling off into space is always nice) and makes 
them a lot easier to avoid.  If Drakken ISN'T using missiles then it's a bit 
of a waste to put it in, but I've been happy with a "better safe than sorry" 
policy.  You might beat the game before you even see the RD come into play, 
but if you've got a good dodge routine in your OKEs then this device can 
enable them to get through a ridiculous number of battles and survive.

7. Software

All the best hardware in the game is going to do you no good at all if you 
can't make software to use it well.  The auto programs are pretty awful, you 
can't even learn from them.  They're best used as bad examples.  So you're 
probably going to end up starting from a clean slate and writing your own 
custom software.  A good beginning strategy is to have laser and missiles.
Fire the missiles at anyone within 60m (with an ammunition check that fires 
the laser if you're out of missiles) and the laser at anyone within 120m.
With good dodging and movement routines, this is a long-range sniper with a 
deadly close-range missile attack.  Writing good software is difficult, and 
you'll probably find yourself adding to and tweaking your original design 
until you need to bring in a larger processor and pretty much start again 
from scratch.  It's a long learning process and making a habit of looking for 
problems during Testing and actual battles can lead to serious improvements.  
You should be creating new cards on a regular basis, copying the old card 
into a new slot and upgrading the weaponry.  when you do that, have a look at 
the software and see if you can make some upgrades there, as well.  I like to 
give my OKEs a "version number" so that every time I copy a card I increase 
the version number.  It's quite common for my initial "laser & missile" OKE 
to go through a  dozen upgrades.  So is there anything to help you along the 
way? Anything to give you a hand in the long process of software creation? 
Yes.  It's not a lot, but in EZ there are Macros.  A macro is a set of chips 
that try to do something.  Theoretically, you could build a program just by 
linking a bunch of macros together.  I'm not saying it would work well, but 
you could probably learn a lot from it.  So since we can't read Japanese, 
I'll tell you what each of these macros does, in order from top to bottom.

#  Size Purpose Description
== ==== ======= ===========
 1  3x4  Attack 1/3 chance of sub weapon, check heat, fire main
 2  3x4  Attack 1/5 chance of 2xsub weapon, check heat, fire main, advance
 3  3x7  Attack 1/5 chance of 2xsub weapon, fire main, grapple, check heat, 
                   avoid obstacle, avoid friend
 4  3x6  Attack 1/5 chance of 2xsub weapon, fire main, check heat, avoid 
                   friend, exit on danger, advance
 5  3x7  Attack 2xsub weapon at enemy within 20m, watch out for friends, 
                   obstacles, and heat, fire main if clear
 6  3x3  Dodge  Either avoid friends or do a random dodge and jam missiles
 7  3x4  Dodge  Either advance on enemy ahead or turn left, jam missiles
 8  3x4  Dodge  Move left or right depending on friends and obstacles, jam 
                   missiles, avoid friends
 9  3x7  Dodge  Avoid obstacle ahead, jump, jam missiles
10  3x7  Dodge  Avoid obstacle on side, move left or right, jam missiles, 
                   avoid friends
11  3x3  Seek   Either advance or turn towards the nearest enemy
12  3x3  Seek   If there's no incoming danger and no obstacle to the right, 
                   then advance, otherwise turn left
13  3x4  Seek   If there's no incoming danger then turn towards the enemy
14  3x7  Seek   Turn toward enemy, jump right if friend left, avoid obstacles
15  3x6  Seek   If there's no incoming danger and no enemies and no obstacles 
                   and no friends nearby, turn left
16  3x7  Seek   Turn toward enemy, if there's no incoming danger then either 
                   sidestep or advance to avoid obstacles

One of the most important things that macros might teach you will be to 
separate your processor into sections where you accomplish one task.
The bottom-right corner might be your dodge routine, for instance.  
Or the top-right might be your short-range attack routine.  
Or the bottom-left might be your seeking and ally avoidance section.
If you can write your software in sections and intelligently move from one 
section to another then you're going to be able to make sense of what the 
OKE is doing in combat.

A. Strategy

It's important to have a solid strategy set up before you're done turn 1.
Plan on which of your bases are producing the OKEs to take which enemy bases 
in what order.  As you take enemy bases, your "front line" moves forward, 
with the "front line" being where OKEs are produced and every base behind 
that just kind of sitting idle.  It's often good to have scouting groups 
(probably the third best thing to do with units of card 26/27/28) on the 
edges of the map where you expect enemy reinforcements to come in.  
These "scouting groups" will see reinforcements as soon as they appear and 
give you a couple turns of "early warning", allowing you to divert units not 
immediately required at the front to hold back the strong reinforcing units.

B. Tactics

I've found that after a couple maps it's vitally important to have some sort 
of "heavy weapons platform" that can lay down serious "suppression fire" so 
that my 2 Leg OKEs aren't pinned down by enemy fire.  I've chosen to go the 
4 Leg OKE with heavy armour and 16 Rockets route, your mileage may vary.  
Whatever your unit disposition, you'll need to send full units (3 OKEs, no 
less) towards the enemy bases as fast as you can.  This means that when 
you're designing your OKE, keep in mind production costs.  That means that 
200, 240, 260, and 280 are your "magic numbers".  If your OKEs have a 
production cost of that much (or a bit less) then you'll be able to punch 
them out in 2 turns on an adequate factory line.  You might be able to 
"out produce" Drakken, but I would say that without good (current!) hardware 
and strong software all the production on the planetoid isn't going to help 
you.  Against some of Drakkens stronger units you're going to need to apply 
some tactics though.  First off, this means you'll have to take advantage of 
the fact that your OKEs will "repair" when they're in a base (repairing an 
OKE takes a little while, but it's still a lot better than building them 
from scratch).  Any time your unit loses an OKE (or even just gets really 
close), it's usually best to back that unit off and head for the nearest 
base for repairs.  Another important tactic is "defending the base".  If you 
have formed units (not just OKEs, they have to be assigned to a unit!) in a 
base (repairing themselves, most likely), then when Drakken attacks the base 
he'll have to destroy ALL the units there to take the base! If you've got 6 
damaged OKEs in a base, you turn them into two units and even the best 
Drakken can produce will have a tough time taking that base from you.  It'll 
probably cost you a handful of OKEs, but you'll keep the base and likely the 
factory lines there will produce a strong new unit for you on the next turn.  
Another good tactic that you'll get great mileage out of is "the swarm".  
If you attack one unit multiple times on the same turn, those units won't 
have time to get re-supplied! So if you take a group of "throwaway" units 
(likely a collection of card 26/27/28 OKEs) and attack a strong Drakken unit 
with them first (and likely lose them all, no big loss) then when your next 
unit attacks the Drakken unit will likely have exhausted its supply of those 
strong and nasty sub weapons.  This will make your final assault much easier 
and your damage levels will but significantly lower.  Be warned though, 
Drakken will also use this technique on you! Still, overall I'd have to say 
that this is the absolute best use for those generally useless card 26/27/28 
OKEs that you start with.  The final word on tactics that I'll give here will 
be your design choices of Main Weapon and Sub Weapon.  The standard choices 
are Laser (for the long range and high ammo supply it gives) and Missiles 
(for the large ammo supply and general cool effectiveness).  This combination 
is actually quite effective, but no matter which choices you make it's 
important that you write software to use them at the appropriate time.  One 
of those weapons should be your "long range" weapon, and the other should be 
"short range".  So Laser (long) and Missiles (short) can be very effective, 
but you can easily throw that effectiveness away if you fire off your 
Missiles at too long a range.  At short range, their damage can be severe.  
Another good combination can be Shotgun (short) and Large Missiles (long), 
those Large Missiles (given intelligent firing software!) can easily destroy 
anything Drakken throws at you until they start implementing the Missile 
Jammer in their OKE designs.  Another mentionable layout is Shotgun (short) 
and Rockets (long), this is your OKE for laying out the suppressive fire and 
still having strong short-range defensive power.  Intelligent design of OKEs 
in BOTH the hardware and software area will make your battles much easier.

C. Logistics

Your units can only move 1 hex a turn, so you're going to have to plan many 
turns in advance where your units are headed.  The most important part of 
your logistics is going to be the _formation_ of your units.  Generally, 
your units closer to Drakken need to have lower unit numbers.  This will 
lead to a "ripple effect" as all the units closest to the enemy move first, 
followed by those behind them, sometimes in a long chain.  If a unit halfway 
along the chain has a lower unit number than the unit in front of it, it's 
going to try to move before the unit in front of it has moved out of its way 
and this will result in a delay of at least 1 turn (usually more) in getting 
those units to the front lines.  So as you form units in the beginning you're 
going to make unit 1 and 2 and so forth until unit 1 gets destroyed, at which 
point it will be important to NOT form unit 1 but to carry on forming from 
unit 9 (or wherever you left off) so that your "unit train" remains flowing.  
Once you've taken a forward Drakken base and start producing units there, 
then you can start forming unit 1 and 2 again (since you're now making units 
farther forward than the units moving up from the rear).  It can quite often 
be helpful to take units to a base just so you can reform the unit with a 
different unit number.  An issue that can't be overlooked here would be the 
movement of ammo and fuel with your units.  If your front line needs ammo or 
fuel, the last unit of OKEs leaving before factory shutdown can take 
everything with them.  Hopefully you won't have any problems in this area, 
but nothing's worse than having some very strong OKEs fresh off the assembly 
line that haven't got ammo for their guns or fuel for their fantastic 
movement and dodging routines.

E. N. D.

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