Tactical Areas of Responsibility
In military terms, a Tactical Areas Of Responsibility is a prescribed area in a theatre that is assigned to a unit commander who is responsible for the conduct of tactical operations, defence, coordination of support and conducting patrols. They represent a zone or boundary area in which the forces under command will operate.
In ALiVE, TAOR markers can be placed on the map to include a number of tactical objectives, which are used by the Placement modules for placing (spawning) units, by the Military AI Commander (OPCOM) for attacking and defending and by Military Logistics (LOGCOM) for delivering battle casualty replacements. Placement modules and the Military AI Commander can have more than one TAOR and they do not have to be the same, so it is possible to create very flexible scenarios.
Place the Markers
The first step is to place the markers. It is important to ensure that the TAOR markers cover at least one relevant objective because ALiVE uses these both to spawn units, for OPCOM to assault and LOGCOM to deliver reinforcements. If no recognisable objectives exist on the map, you can place a Custom Military Objective module inside the marker instead.
- Military Placement (Military Objectives) requires a military establishment such as a camp, barracks or airfield.
- Military Placement (Civilian Objectives) requires a civilian infrastructure target such as a factory, port or power station.
- Military Logistics can use any recognisable objective but works best if there is a helipad or runway available.
Tip: Use colouring to make it easy to identify which TAOR is assigned to each side.
Place the Modules
Drop each Placement module on the map and set them up as desired. In the example above, the Northern most module is a civilian area, so we've placed a Mil Placement (Civ Obj) module and set it to spawn a Company of OPFOR in TAOR: RED. This will mean OPFOR only spawn in the RED area. The Southern most area is a military airfield, so we've placed a Military Placement (Mil Obj) module down and set it to TAOR: BLUE.
In this scenario, we want OPFOR and BLUFOR to fight it out over the central Panagia area, which starts as a neutral zone but we still need OPCOM to recognise it as an Objective. So we've placed a Mil Placement (Civ Obj) module and set it to TAOR: PANAGIA but left it on Objectives Only (no units will be placed here).
A good tip is to turn Debug on each Placement module and preview the mission to check that the TAORs have at least one objective showing up correctly. The labels indicate the Type of objective (Civ or Mil), the Size and the Priority, which are used by OPCOM's tactical decision making process. When making large or complex missions, it's also useful to take a screenshot of this preview for easy reference later.
Synchronise Military AI Commander
The Military AI Commander needs two things: a bunch of military forces to order about and some Objectives to attack and defend. In this scenario, we want each Commander to defend their home TAORs but also attempt to capture Panagia. Therefore we need to sync(F5) the OPFOR AI Commander to the Northern Placement module (which is spawning the OPFOR units) and the central Panagia module in order to assign him to that TAOR as well. The same goes for the Southern BLUFOR Commander.
The great flexibility of ALiVE is that you can change this scenario completely, simply by syncing the Military AI Commanders to different Placement modules. For example, if you sync the BLUFOR Commander to the northernmost Military Placement module in TAOR: RED, then friendly forces will attack both PANAGIA and the OPFOR base as well.