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Trade Wars 2002 for The Major BBS is copyright (C) 1994 by High
Velocity Software, Inc. All rights to Trade Wars 2002 for The
Major BBS are reserved by High Velocity Software, Inc. "Trade
Wars 2002" is a trademark of Martech Software, Inc. Trade Wars
2002 for DOS is copyright (C) 1994 by Martech Software, Inc.

This documentation and any related software are sold "as-is",
without any warranty either expressed or implied, including, but
not limited to, the implied warranties of merchantability,
fitness for a particular purpose, and loss of profits or other
economic damages. High Velocity Software does not warrant that
the operation of this software will be uninterrupted or error-
free. In no event and under no circumstances will High Velocity
Software be liable for any damages in excess of the sum paid by
customer for the product to which any claim for damages relates.

For the thirty (30) day period following the date of sale, High
Velocity Software warrants to the customer that the product shall
operate in a manner satisfactory to the customer. As the
customer's sole remedy under this refund policy, High Velocity
Software shall refund to the customer the purchase price of any
product the customer returns to High Velocity Software within the
thirty (30) day period, provided the product has not been damaged
by the customer, all original packaging and documentation,
together with the original sales receipt and a written request
for said refund, is returned to High Velocity Software.

You may:
1. Install and operate this software on a single machine.
2. Make one copy of this software into machine-readable or
printed form, for backup or archival purposes in support of
your use of this software.

This software is licensed to a single corporation or person, for
operation on a single machine only. Once licensed, the license
to use this software is NOT TRANSFERABLE to any other person or
corporation, without the express, written permission of an
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also restricted to certain geographic regions. For the exact
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Violation of any parameter of this license will result in the
immediate forfeiture of said license.


INTRODUCTION ........................................... 3

RUNNING THE DEMO ....................................... 3

SINGLE vs MULTI-USER ................................... 3

SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS .................................... 4

INSTALLATION ........................................... 5

WHAT IS ACTUALLY INSTALLED ............................. 6

CREATING THE UNIVERSE .................................. 7


EDITING THE UNIVERSE ................................... 11

REPAIRING THE UNIVERSE ................................. 12

SYSOP ABILITIES ........................................ 13

CNF CONFIGURATION ...................................... 14

GLOBAL COMMANDS ........................................ 18

RUNNING THE GAME ....................................... 19

TOURNAMENT MODE ........................................ 19

MISCELLANEOUS SUGGESTIONS .............................. 20

FILE LISTING ........................................... 22
- Files that come with Trade Wars 2002 v2.

TECHNICAL SUPPORT ...................................... 23

ABOUT THE AUTHORS ...................................... 24

VERSION UPDATE INFORMATION ............................. 25


Trade Wars 2002 is a game of starships, trading, corporations,
aliens, and galactic conquest. Players are given a merchant
cruiser and a few hundred credits to start with. They roam the
universe, transporting cargo between startports and amassing
their wealth. Soon they can afford fighters, space mines,
scanners, new starships, and maybe even a planet of their own.
They can even band together with other players to form
corporations, sharing their resources to spread their conquests
even further.

Trade Wars 2002 for The Major BBS is true to the spirit of the
classic door game that is so popular on thousands of BBSes around
the world, but takes full advantage of the multi-user nature of
The Major BBS that other systems lack. If your BBS users are
familiar with Trade Wars 2002 already, they should feel right at
home! And if your users are new to the game it certainly will
not take them long to join the legions of fans.


If you are running the demo of Trade Wars 2002, many of the
features and options mentioned in this document will not work.
Users in the demo will be limited to a 50-sector universe, will
not be able to have more than 10,000 credits, and will not be
able to enter the Stardock shipyards, but should get a very good
idea for how the game looks and plays when fully active.


If you have purchased the single-user version of Trade Wars 2002,
only one user at a time will be able to enter the game on your
system. Other users will be put on a waiting list, and will be
notified when they can enter the game. The single-user version
can be upgraded to the multi-user version without having to reset
any part of the game.

If you have purchased the multi-user version of Trade Wars 2002,
you can determine how many users you want to allow into the game
at once! This is configurable through a CNF option. See: CNF


Trade Wars 2002 will use between 380K of RAM for a game with a
1,000 sector universe, and about 450K of RAM for a game with a
5,000 sector universe. When a user enters Trade Wars 2002, the
game will allocate 12K of RAM to hold all of his player and ship
information. This RAM will be freed when the user leaves the
game, but make sure you have enough free RAM so that if every
user tries to enter the game at once, your system will be able to
handle it.

Trade Wars 2002 will occupy between 2.5 megabytes of hard drive
space for a game with a 1,000 sector universe, and 4 megabytes of
hard drive space for a game with a 5,000 sector universe.

Trade Wars 2002 is designed to run on version 6.12x and higher of
The MajorBBS.


1) Insert the Trade Wars 2002 disk into your BBS computer.

2) Type "A:INSTALL" at your DOS prompt to begin

3) The installation program will begin running:

A) The install program will try to determine where it
should install Trade Wars 2002.

B) It will then bring up a dialog box and ask you to
verify where Trade Wars 2002 is to be installed.
Make sure that the directory specified is the
directory of your actual The Major BBS executable

C) The install program will then verify that you have
enough disk space for installation.

4) When the installation program is done running, return
to your main BBS directory, if you are not there

5) Type "BBS" at the DOS prompt, and select option "2",
Design Menu Tree. Add Trade Wars 2002 to your menu

6) Read the section of this documentation called
"MISCELLANEOUS SUGGESTIONS". This contains a number of
optional, but not required, tips for starting out.

7) From the BBS screen, select option "8", Add-on
Utilities, and run the program "HVSTWINI (initialize
Trade Wars 2002 universe)". This will set up the
universe that Trade Wars 2002 will use. See: CREATING

8) If there are any changes you want to make to the
playing options for the game, like the number of turns,
photon duration, etc., select option "8", Add-on
Utilities, and run the program "HVSTWEDT (edit Trade
Wars 2002 settings)". If you want to run with the
default settings, simply move to the next step. See:

9) Use the configuration utility for The Major BBS to
customize the runtime options of Trade Wars 2002, like
an added credit charge, for your own system. For a
list of these options, see: CNF CONFIGURATION

10) Make sure the activation code in your message file is set
properly. Option ACTCODE in level 3 (Security) should be
the same as the code written on your installation disk. If
you are experiencing problems with the activation code or
have questions, call High Velocity Software.

11) Run your BBS! Trade Wars 2002 should be all ready to


The usual files that The Major BBS needs for running a module are
installed to the BBSV6 subdirectory. Trade Wars 2002 has a lot
of its own support files that we did not want to clutter up the
same directory, so they are installed in the BBSV6\HVSTWDAT
subdirectory. These files include all the ANSI files for the
game, the sysop and user log files, and many of the incidental
files that Trade Wars 2002 keeps pieces of information in. All
the main data files, with universe, player, and ship information,
are stored in the BBSV6 subdirectory. See: FILE LISTING

If BBSV6\HVSTWDAT is an inconvenient place to store these files,
you can move them to a different location, and specify the new
path in the TWPATH CNF option. See: CNF CONFIGURATION


Before your players can begin the game of Trade Wars 2002, you
must initialize the universe. Creating the universe is done
through the use of the "Big Bang" tool, which is called HVSTWINI.
This program can be run for the first time from option "8", Add-
on Utilities, from the BBS introduction screen.

If you wish to re-build your universe over an existing universe,
you must run the HVSTWZAP batch file from the DOS command line
before starting HVSTWINI.

Once Big Bang is started, you have a number of options for
customizing your universe before it is created. Care must be
taken when changing these options, as it is possible to create a
universe that is too difficult or easy for users to get around
in. If you are not familiar with the mechanics of Trade Wars
2002, it is recommended that you leave the settings at their
defaults. If you expect to have a high number of players in the
game, you can safely adjust the number of sectors in the universe
to a higher value without disturbing the balance. See:

Each setting will display a brief help screen when selected. For
your reference, a short note is included in this documentation as

A> Universe size in Sectors

This setting simply controls how "big" your universe is, up
to a maximum of 5,000 sectors. Changing this setting will
automatically cause a number of other settings to be re-
calculated from default; be sure to change this option first
if you plan to change any others. In most cases a 1000
sector universe is sufficient. If you have a large number
of players or otherwise want to give the game a new twist,
adjust this number up. Turning this number down can create
a very "cramped" universe as players will not have room to
set up their empires far from one another, which may or may
not be a bad thing. Every sector consumes 12 bytes of your
RAM when the system is up, to a maximum of 60,000 bytes.

B> Maximum possible Course Length

When a player (or the game itself) attempts to plot a course
from one sector to another, this is the maximum length of
that plot. If a course cannot be found in this number of
sectors, then it is assumed no course can be found at all.
This setting has little effect on the game once it is in
play, but it will have a very drastic effect on the creation
of the universe, especially with larger universe sizes. When
creating the universe, Big Bang tries to find sectors that
are not connected to the rest of the universe ("orphans") by
plotting courses between them and common sectors, such as 1
(Earth). If it cannot plot a course to connect two sectors,
then it will add warps out of the orphan sector to ensure a
connection. Hence a lower setting for this option will
cause a very "dense" universe, with all sectors slightly
closer to each other. Raising this setting will cause the
universe to be "sparse" and have more isolated pockets that
are difficult to find. For every channel in your system,
this option consumes 2 bytes per sector in the course

C> Maximum possible StarPorts

This option is the maximum number of ports that can exist in
the universe. Once this many ports are in business (or
under construction), players will not be able to make new
ports until an existing port is destroyed. In general, the
effects of this setting won't be felt by the players until
the game is fairly advanced. Lowering this number will cause
more conflict between players late in the game as they
destroy their enemies' ports in order to build their own.
This setting consumes 2 bytes of your RAM per port.

D> Initial StarPorts to Build

When Big Bang constructs a universe, it places this
percentage of the possible ports into the game. Changing
this setting enables you to cause the initial state of the
game to be slightly harder or easier. The more ports in
existence at the beginning of the game, the easier it will
be for starting players (but harder down the road when
players want their own ports) to get by. A lower number of
ports will make it more difficult and slow down the
development of the game as players will have to travel
farther to trade.

E> Maximum possible Planets

This is the number of planets that can exist in the game.
Once this many planets are in existence, new planets cannot
be created until an existing planet is destroyed. Note that
the game makes 2 planets to begin with (Terra and
Ferrengal), so make sure this setting is at the very least
2. Lowering this setting will cause more conflict between
players in the middle to late stages of the game as they
fight for planets. Each planet created consumes 2 bytes of
your RAM.

F> Two-Way Warps

This is the percentage of two-way warps the game will use to
build the universe initially. So if you have a 3,000 sector
universe, and set this to 75%, the game will start with
2,250 randomly assigned two-way warps. After this, the one-
way warps are assigned. Any orphan sectors are then linked
up, creating yet more warps. This value can be increased up
to 200%, and the higher you set it, the "denser" your
universe will be.

G> One-Way Warps

This is the percentage of one-way warps in the universe. In
general, one-way warps are uncommon and are not easily
found. However, you can adjust this setting to create a
more "twisty" universe if you like. This can create a very
interesting twist on a game, although it will confuse
inexperienced players.

H> Maximum possible Players

This is the maximum number of players that can have accounts
in the game. Once this number is reached, no new players
will be allowed into the game until a user is removed for
not taking his turns. This setting consumes 2 bytes of your
RAM per player.

I> Maximum possible Ships

This is the maximum number of ships that can exist in the
universe at once (not counting aliens and Ferrengi). Once
this number is reached, players cannot purchase new ships at
the StarDock. In addition, new players will not be allowed
into the game if there are no ships available. Each ship
requires 6 bytes of your RAM.

Z> Begin Universe Creation

Selecting this option will cause your universe to be
created. Depending on the speed of your computer, this may
take a few minutes. Increasing the number of players,
ports, planets, and ships will cause the creation to take
substantially longer. On slower processors (386's),
increasing the number of sectors and/or maximum course
length will also cause the creation to take longer. A
standard universe (all default settings) takes about 5
minutes to create on a 386/40 with a disk cache and fast
(12ms) hard drive.


If you do not want to take your system down to create a universe,
you can create it on a development system and then copy it to
your main BBS system afterwards.

WARNING: Only attempt this if you are very familiar with DOS
commands, moving files between computers, and the files that
Major BBS modules need to use. This is not a very complex
process, but if you do not do this correctly it is possible to
"damage" your universe if some files get out of sync.

1) If a universe already exists on your development system,
clear it out with the HVSTWZAP batch file.

2) Run HVSTWINI from the Add-on Utilities menu. See: CREATING

3) Change any settings, such as photon missile duration or
death delay, with HVSTWEDT from the Add-on Utilities menu.

4) Bring down your BBS and install Trade Wars 2002 if it is not
already installed.

5) Clean out all the data files on your BBS system with the
HVSTWZAP batch file.

6) Copy the universe data files from the development system to
the target system. If you have a network, you can easily
accomplish this through the normal copy commands from the
DOS prompt. If not, we suggest you use a compression tool,
such as PKZIP, to compress the files. A virgin universe
will compress very small, enabling you to fit it onto a
single disk. The universe data files are:

HVSTW.CFG - Master configuration file
HVSTWPLY.DAT - Player data file
HVSTWSHP.DAT - Ship data file
HVSTWPOR.DAT - Ports data file
HVSTWPLN.DAT - Planets data file
HVSTWALI.DAT - Aliens data file
HVSTWFER.DAT - Ferrengi data file
HVSTWCOR.DAT - Corporations (teams) data file
HVSTWMES.DAT - Messages data file
HVSTWGRM.DAT - Trader (tavern lore) data file
HVSTWSEC.D8A - Sector map

Note that you don't need to move any of the files in the HVSTWDAT
subdirectory. The game will build any files it needs during the
game in that directory. If you are moving an existing game that
is already in play from one machine to another, you should copy
the entire contents of the HVSTWDAT directory to the target
system's HVSTWDAT directory in addition to the above files.


There is an editor designed just for changing around many of the
configuration options inside Trade Wars 2002, as well as editing
individual user and planet information.

The program is called HVSTWEDT, and you can find it under option
"8", Add-on Utilities, at the main BBS menu.

Once inside the editor, you will find the majority of the game
configuration under options G and H, labeled "General
Configuration Options". From here you can set up a number of
options, such as photon missile duration and whether aliases are
allowed in the game. After you initialize your universe, we
recommend that you peruse options G and H for any configuration
changes. Each configuration option displays a help screen when
you select it.


Because Trade Wars 2002 is such a large and complex game, it
maintains a number of data files that must be kept concurrent. In
the case of a power outage or severe system crash, the references
between the files can be damaged. To help handle these problems,
you will find a program called HVSTWFIX included with the game.
You run this program from DOS in your BBSV6 subdirectory, which
will cause it to scan all of your Trade Wars data files and
verify their integrity. If any errors are found, you can run the
program again with the "/F" option to actually attempt to correct
the problems and write them to disk.

If you use the "/F" option, HVSTWFIX will write to the disk
whatever changes are necessary to clean up the integrity of the
data files. Depending on the exact problem, this may erase
entire corporations, planets, and players. Always check your
files WITHOUT the "/F" parameter beforehand. In some cases (after
a crashed disk, for example), it might be better to restore a
back-up of the game's data files from a few days ago than to
repair the existing files.


Anyone with the key specified in the TWSYSOP field of your Trade
Wars 2002 configuration will be able to use these options.

Cloak on exit - When you enter the game, you will be asked if you
wish to cloak your ship, whether you have a cloaking device or
not. A cloaking device is a way to help avoid having your ship
disturbed by other players, but it is not foolproof.

Use of word "Sysop" - Only someone with this key will be able to
use the word "Sysop" in their player or ship name. This is to
help prevent players from claiming to be a system operator to
escape the wrath of other players in the game.

Send custom messages - Option "S" under the Computer Menu in
Trade Wars 2002 allows you to send messages to other players in
the game. If you have sysop access to the game, you can send the
message from people other than yourself, like the Federation, the
Ferrengi, and so on.

Send custom announcements - Option "A" under the Computer Menu in
Trade Wars 2002 allows you to make general announcements that
appear in the daily log. If you have sysop access to the game,
you can send the message from people other than yourself, like
the Federation, the Ferrengi, and so on.

Clear conversation on Stardock - In the tavern on the Stardock is
a conversation that users can add onto. This conversation can
get quite lengthy, or sometimes just obnoxious, so a sysop might
want to erase it. Simply try to add onto the conversation, and
you will be asked if you want to clear the conversation after you
are done.

Clear writing on wall at Stardock - In the bathroom in the tavern
at the Stardock is a wall with some graffiti. A sysop can clear
the wall of text by typing "E" for erase wall.

Change news bulletin - You can enter a news bulletin that will
appear at the main Trade Wars 2002 menu. Just type "B" from the
main menu and you will be placed into the editor. The message
can be up to five lines long. This is a good place to announce
new games, tournament dates, and so on.


The majority of the Trade Wars 2002 game options are edited with
the HVSTWEDT off-line program. A few of the options that are
system-specific and not dependent on the universe are in the
HVSTW.MSG message file and can be edited at levels 3 and 4 in the
BBS's configuration editor.


ACTCODE: Trade Wars 2002 activation code
This is the activation code for Trade Wars 2002. Make sure
you enter it here exactly as it appears on your installation

If you have trouble or questions, please call High Velocity
Software, Inc. at (602)234-2207.

Default: (Empty)

TWSYSOP: Sysop key for Trade Wars 2002
This is the key a user must possess to be considered a
"sysop" by Trade Wars. Anyone with this key will have the
ability to wreak a lot of havoc in the game! Make sure you
give this key only to trusted users who will not abuse the

Default: SYSOP

TWCCR: Trade Wars 2002 credit consumption rate, per min
This is the credit consumption rate while in Trade Wars
2002. Select a number higher than your normal credit rate to
place a premium on Trade Wars usage or a lower number to
offer time at a discount. If you enter zero, then Trade
Wars 2002 will be free!

Default: 60


TWSYSLOG: Log important user activity to log?
This option controls the sysop log feature of the game. If
this option is set to "NO", then the sysop log will not be
used by the game. When this option is "YES", Trade Wars
will log important user activity such as the first time a
player enters the game, the alias he chooses, etc., to the
log file HVSTW.LOG in the HVSTWDAT subdirectory. Be sure to
check this file from time to time and erase it if it gets
too large.

Default: YES

TWPATH: Trade Wars 2002 data path
This is the path where all Trade Wars 2002-related files are
stored, except for the Btrieve data files (*.DAT) and the
master configuration (HVSTW.CFG). All ANSI screens and help
files are stored here. This path is relative to your \BBSV6
directory, but you can specify an absolute path. This path
MUST have a trailing backslash to work.

If you change this path, the HVSTWZAP batch file will need
to be changed as well to clear the universe.

Default: HVSTWDAT\

TURNMODE: Limit gameplay by turns?
This option controls whether players have a limited number
of turns per day in the game (the actual number of turns can
be changed with HVSTEDIT). If this option is set to NO,
then users can play the game as much as they like. This may
imbalance the game somewhat, since users with more credits
(and spare time!) will quickly overcome those who can't play
as often. If this is YES, used turns will gradually come
back over time (taking 24 hours to come back fully), but if
a player runs totally out of turns, he will not be able to

An average player will use approximately 120 turns in an
hour of continuous play, although this will vary for novice
and expert players.

Default: YES

MAXUSERS: Max users in Trade Wars 2002
This is the maximum number of players that can be in the
game simultaneously. This option only applies if you own
the multi-user license to Trade Wars 2002.

Once this number is reached, no more users can enter the
game, although they can view high scores and display the
introduction. If you are experiencing severe system
slowdown and suspect Trade Wars 2002 is at fault, adjust
this number to a small value, such as 4 or 5.

If this option is set to 0, then any number of users (up to
the number of channels you have defined) can be in the game
at once.

Default: 0

CDELAY: Course depths per cycle
This option is the number of "depths" to search when
plotting a course between cycles. The lower this number is,
the longer a course plot will take: but it will cause less
of a load on your system.

If your plots take too long, increase this number by a few
(2 or 3). If you notice frequent system pauses when Trade
Wars 2002 is in use, try lowering this number a few.

Default: 1

DLYMODE: Ship delay mode
This option controls how ship delays work in Trade Wars
2002. By default, each time a player moves, he must wait a
number of seconds equal to the turn cost of his ship. Big,
slow ships, such as Colonial Transports move much slower
than fast ones. Using this option, you can set Trade Wars
to use that delay, half the delay, double the delay or no
delay at all.

Warning! Setting this option to NONE could cause
unacceptable system loading.

Note: setting this mode to HALF or DOUBLE will imbalance the
game slightly. When set to HALF, the bigger and slower
ships will be more powerful than intended. Similarly,
setting this to DOUBLE will cause the bigger ships to suffer
from a steeper speed penalty. Enabling turn mode will
lessen this setting's impact on the game balance.

Default: NORMAL

ALLGLOBS: Allow all globals in Trade Wars 2002?
This option controls whether all global commands are allowed
in Trade Wars 2002. Certain global commands will cause
problems when invoked inside Trade Wars 2002, such as the
global re-log command in DataSafe's Global Power. If you
are experiencing no trouble with these commands or don't own
a globals package, then set this option to YES. When this
option is YES, you can choose up to 5 globals to be excluded
and all others will be allowed. If you set this option to
NO, then you can choose 5 globals are allowed and any others
are excluded. See: GLOBAL COMMANDS

TWGLOB1-10: Valid global in Trade Wars 2002
This is a valid global command in Trade Wars 2002. Make
sure any commands you put here will not adversely affect the
game, such as global chats or re-logs. If you have any
questions, see: TECHNICAL SUPPORT

TWNOGLO1-10: Invalid global in Trade Wars 2002
This is a disallowed global in Trade Wars. Any global
command that starts with this sequence will not be allowed.
If you have any questions, see TECHNICAL SUPPORT


Because Trade Wars 2002 does not handle input like most modules
(the game reacts to single keystrokes instead of requiring the
user to press Enter), some global commands will not function
properly within the game, and could even crash your system if
used. We strongly recommend that you are careful about which
globals you allow in the game. There are three sets of options
you can use to control the way Trade Wars 2002 handles global

The first one, ALLGLOBS, controls which of the next few options
are active. If you set ALLGLOBS to YES, the game will allow the
user to type in any global by default. You then have the option
of entering up to five global commands that the game will NOT
allow, such as global re-logging or global chat. If the first
part of the user's input matches what you have tagged as
excluded, it will not be allowed. For example, if you set
TWNOGLO1 to "-RE" (minus quotes), the user could not enter
"-RELOG" as a global.

If you set ALLGLOBS to NO, then you are given the option to allow
five global commands in the TWGLOB family and the rest are
disabled. Similar to the TWNOGLO family, these globals WILL be
allowed if the first portion of the user's input matches the
message option. For example, you could enable all global
commands that start with a certain trigger by entering that
single character in one of the TWGLOB options.

Note that the "/GO" global is always disabled in the game,
regardless of your settings in these options.


Your average game of Trade Wars 2002 will run until everyone in
the game wants to start over with a clean slate. Eventually the
universe will just fill up with planets, corporations, and
general garbage. This might not happen for weeks or months, or
it might not happen at all! Some systems have had the same Trade
Wars 2002 game running for over three years. It is up to you to
listen to your users as to when a game is "over."


Tournament mode is slightly different than a normal game in
several respects. In a tournament, the objective is to be killed
as few times as possible, while killing as many other players as
you can. Pretty simple, really, but it will cause a lot more
carnage than a normal game where the object is to build your
power base over time.

You set up your game to run as a tournament after you have
created a new universe, and are about to reset the game. You
enable tournament mode by using the following two options in

The first option is the number of days to allow new sign-ups into
the game, which you would set to a value greater than zero. After
the game has been running this number of days, no new players
will be allowed to join the game. In a normal game, people can
join in whenever they please.

The second option is the maximum number of times a player can be
blown up, which you would also set greater than zero. If a
player is blown up this many times, he cannot re-enter the game
and is eliminated from the tournament.

The handling of the end of the tournament is up to you.
Generally, when all players but one (or one corporation) are
eliminated, the tournament is over and the game should be
restarted. When the game is running in tournament mode, be sure
that the players are aware of the rules of the game. If a player
is blown up only to find he can't enter the game again, he will
not be happy!


Trade Wars 2002 is a very large and complex game, and unless you
are one of the many "Trade Wars 2002 junkies" in the world, you
might find the game a little daunting. This section contains
some tips and suggestions to help get you started.

LET THE USERS TALK: When it comes to Trade Wars 2002, users like
to brag, talk, ask questions, and share tips with each other. A
forum on your BBS is the perfect place for them to do it, so you
might want to set one up for them to use. If you are a member of
MajorNet, you can connect the forum to the MajorNet address
"ML@MAJORBBS.GAMES.TWAR". Then your users can talk with other
players from around the world!

ZIP THE USER DOCUMENTATION: Once you install the program, you
will find the user documentation in a file called HVSTWUSR.DOC in
the HVSTWDAT subdirectory. You might want to ZIP up this file
and place it in a forum on your BBS so users can download it

DOOR VERSION OF TRADE WARS 2002: The Major BBS version of this
game was adapted from the door version of the game with the same
name. You can find the shareware version of this game on many
systems, including The Rock Garden, under the name 2002V200.EXE.
You might want to make that file available on your own BBS so
your users can experiment with it. If they play it by themselves
to learn how things work, they will be all the more excited to
call your system back and play with everyone else!

LEARN THE GAME: Either the Sysop or a Cosysop on your BBS should
be familiar with the game. Players will undoubtedly have
questions, and if a bug pops up, you will need to have some idea
about what has happened to be able to report it to us. Reading
the user documentation (HVSTWUSR.DOC), and playing the door
version of the game on a separate machine are good ways to learn
how the game is played.

DEFAULT OPTIONS: Trade Wars 2002 comes with the configuration
that it does because we feel it is the overall best balance for a
game. Keeping a game in balance is important to prevent players
from becoming discouraged, or just losing interest. There are,
however, many different ways to play, and many valid reasons for
tinkering with these options. If you want to change things
around, you need to use the program HVSTWEDT (See: EDITING THE
UNIVERSE). We suggest leaving the game as-is until you are sure
that you understand the ramifications of altering these options,
but at the very least keep the following things in mind:

1) Sysop editing - You should be very careful what you edit.
Many players will immediately lose morale and drop out of
the game if they believe someone in the game has an unfair
advantage. Editing aliens and Ferrengi to make them
stronger can have a desirable affect on the game if used
sparingly, but editing players will almost always destroy
the game balance, if they are given too much by way of
combat equipment or cash.

2) Over-sized teams - The default maximum for the most number
of Traders on a corporation is 5. If you allow more than
this number, it is possible for a group of users to gain an
iron grip on the game, especially if not confronted with an
equally-sized enemy team. If there are few teams in your
game, you may wish to adjust the maximum to something lower,
such as 4. In general, the more teams that form, the more
members that can be on a team without disruption.

3) Small universes - The smaller your universe, the easier it
is for a dominant player or team to control. A team of 5
players in Imperial StarShips can effectively scour the bad
guys from a 1000 sector universe in no time. Unless the
size of the universe is grossly out of proportion with the
active players (3000 sectors with 3 traders, for instance),
players will have no trouble finding each other in very
large universes.

4) Skilled players - Even with small teams and a large
universe, it is possible for a skilled player to eventually
become so powerful that none can challenge him. Although
this takes a long time, it is something that does happen.
Not much can be done to prevent this from happening, aside
from enlisting other skilled players to compete. In many
cases, the game has been running so long by this point, that
it will actually spark more interest in the game to re-bang
it with new universe settings: half the course length, or
three times the normal one-way warp density, or whatever
change strikes your fancy.

5) Unlimited turns - This option has the power to drive the
game into total chaos. If you wish to have a well-ordered
game with complete fairness to the other players, then this
option should never be turned on. However, it will not make
the game unplayable if enabled. While the game can be
easily knocked out of balance by a team with too much spare
time, it is also easy for another team to reclaim the lead
by sinking enough time into playing. Given enough
uncontested time, a group of people will be able to make the
game COMPLETELY hostile to new users. While fun for the
winning team, the game will quickly stagnate. This option
is set from within CNF, and not HVSTWEDT. See: CNF


After installation, you should have the following files in your
BBSV6 directory:

HVSTW.MDF -- Definitions required by The Major BBS.
HVSTW.DLL -- Executable code for Trade Wars 2002.
HVSTW.DOC -- BBSUSER.DOC fragment for the Trade Wars 2002.
HVSTW.MSG -- Menus, prompts, configuration, etc.
HVSTWPLY.DAT -- Data file for player information.
HVSTWSHP.DAT -- Data file for players' ships.
HVSTWPOR.DAT -- Data file for starports.
HVSTWPLN.DAT -- Data file for planets.
HVSTWALI.DAT -- Data file for aliens.
HVSTWFER.DAT -- Data file for Ferrengi.
HVSTWCOR.DAT -- Data file for corporations (teams).
HVSTWMES.DAT -- Data file for player messages.
HVSTWGRM.DAT -- Data file for grimy trader (hints).
HVSTWINI.EXE -- Executable code for universe creator.
HVSTWEXT.EXE -- Executable code for midnight clean-up.
HVSTWEDT.EXE -- Executable code for the game editor.
HVSTWFXX.EXE -- Executable code for the integrity checker.
HVSTWFIX.BAT -- Integrity checker batch file.
HVSTWZAP.BAT -- Batch file to clear game universe.
HVSTWVER.TXT -- Release notes.
HVSTWSYS.DOC -- Sysop documentation (this file).

In addition to the files listed here, all .DAT files also have a
corresponding .VIR file. The .VIR files are (empty) virgin
copies of their respective databases. There is also a
subdirectory called /HVSTWDAT (unless you specified another path
or name) that contains all the game specific files (such as the
ANSI animation and pictures).


All technical support for Trade Wars 2002, as well as all bug
fixes and updates, will be handled through High Velocity
Software's support BBS, The Rock Garden, at (602)220-0001.

Create an account on The Rock Garden, if you haven't already, and
then follow these instructions:

1) Type "/GO SUPPORT" from the main menu.

2) Select "Trade Wars 2002" from the list of products, and
enter your registration number and the activation code for
Trade Wars 2002. Do NOT use the activation code for your
copy of The Major BBS. Once you enter this information, you
will be given access to the support areas for Trade Wars

3) For bug fixes and updates, type "/GO HVSTOP" and select "8"
for the Trade Wars 2002 Files.

4) For discussion of Trade Wars 2002, and to report bugs and
problems, type "/GO HVSTOP" and select "T" for the Support
Forum. This forum is echoed over MajorNet, and has the
address "ML@MAJORBBS.DEV.HVS.TW". This is where we will
post notices of updates, as well as answering questions
about the game. If you are a member of MajorNet, feel free
to carry this forum on your own system, but please restrict
access to sysops only.

When you download an update, be sure to save the contents of your
ACTCODE option from HVSTW.MSG somewhere (or keep your
installation disk handy), since the update will not have an
activation code. Once you've downloaded the update, simply un-
zip it to a blank floppy disk or an empty subdirectory on your
hard drive and run the INSTALL program. Although we can't be
sure, you should not ever have to re-initialize your universe to
run an update.

If you are on MajorNet, feel free to also carry the following

ML@MAJORBBS.DEV.HVS - This is the High Velocity Software support
forum, and is a good way to keep up on what new products we have
coming out, updates to our software, and so on. You can also
read this on The Rock Garden in the "/HVS" forum.

ML@MAJORBBS.GAMES.TWAR - This is the Trade Wars 2002 player's
forum. While the one mentioned above is for sysops only, this
forum is for anyone who is interested to talk about the game,
exchange hints, or generally goof around. This forum is carried
on The Rock Garden as "/TradeWar".

High Velocity Software is a small development company based in
Phoenix, Arizona. We would love to hear any comments,
criticisms, questions, or suggestions you have to pass along!
You can reach us at:

High Velocity Software, Inc.
Post Office Box 33455
Phoenix, AZ 85067-3455

Voice: (602)234-2207
BBS: (602)220-0001 - The Rock Garden

Email: Sysop@ROK - MajorNet - Internet

We definitely could not have pulled off this huge endeavor
without the help and consultation of Gary and MaryAnn Martin of
Martech Software. Gary is the original maniac behind Trade Wars

We also received a mountain of help from all the people who
helped us track down bugs, quirks, burps, and other semi-

On The Rock Garden: Joe "Farmer" Abrams, James "King James"
Anderson, David "Belgarion" Brimer, Jason "Darkness" Crosby, Scot
"Pentax" Stecher, and Kelly "Simbul" Schultz.

On Metropolis: Russel "Brick" Brickell, Derrick "Ace" Samuel,
Matthew "Robby" Lewis, Brandon "Moebius Redhawk" Russell, and Jim
"Slog" Rueschhoff.


TRADE WARS 2002 - v1.00a to current version

All bug fixes and new features are documented in
HVSTWVER.TXT in the BBSV6 subdirectory.
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