|"If you like board
wargames, you will
use this product forever." ADC2 receives Games Domain, Gold Medal Award, March 1998
Read the Games Domain Review of ADC2
Avalon Hill The Longest Day
Aide de Camp2 (ADC2) is the long awaited sequel to the ultimate gamer's tool for converting all those old boxed games into a fully playable computer version intended for Play-by-E-mail (PBEM). While designed primarily for wargames, ADC2 is flexible enough to handle any game or application where moveable "pieces" are placed on top of some sort of schematic base. It can handle games as diverse as the complex wargame Grand Europa, to every kid's favorite Chutes and Ladders, or even Scrabble.
Backgammon: one of the ready-made sets that comes with ADC2.
ADC2 has can be used for non-game applications too, limited only by the user's imagination. Some of the more interesting uses we've heard of include wildlife resource management, astronomical star charts, a teaching aid for high school level anatomy classes, military map exercise, and even as a home improvement project planning tool.
Hallway Floor Tile Project: Layout and BOM
The system has built-in routines for common game-type functions, such as movement and combat. However, the program contains no AI and no functions to implement rules. You must own a copy of the board game in order to utilize ADC2 as a playing aid. Essentially, ADC2 allows you to convert any game from paper, cardboard or plastic into electrons.... so the game does not need to be physically set up. Once the set is created you can then play your turn, save the file and either send it to your opponent or "hot seat" on the same computer. All movement and combat are saved in a replay file, which can then be viewed by your opponent just as if he was watching a video of your turn.
The Gamers This Hallowed Ground
|For those familiar with the original
award-winning program, this new version has numerous significant
upgrades. Stated Scott Hamilton, programmer
and CEO of HPS, "this version includes several years of customer
requests built into a new, Win95 based interface."
For example, with scanned maps, one can more easily recreate area games, such as this shot from the ADC2 gameset of Avalon Hill's Victory in the Pacific.
Camp 2's features include:
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|Hidden units can be defined. A player's force can either be totally or partially hidden, with definable search ranges if desired. This will support "double blind" gaming systems.
|Force pools include a "random draw" feature...essentially allowing for "chit cup" drawing.
|Replay files can include .bmp graphic, .wav sound, and .avi video footage support.
|Map/Boards can be printed on paper or to a .BMP file.
|Map/Boards can now be imported as .BMP files (scanned in maps, for example).
|.BMP files can be imported when creating piece and map/board symbols.
|Unit facing can now be defined for 6 or 12 points.
|Text placement onto the map is fully adjustable for font, size, and text color.
|ADC2 comes complete with several sample games.
ADC2 Screenshot Thumbnails - Click to Enlarge Images
HPS' Aide de Camp 2 is the standard
for PBEM gaming - with sets for over 1000 games currently available.
ADC2 is supported by all major publishers:
|Clash of Arms
Click to view sets available from each (NOTE: these links leave the HPS web site, and will open in a new window).
Check out the playable DEMO*! (File Size: 1.8 Mb)
NOTE: If using PKunzip you must use the -d switch to unzip the files into their proper folders. For example, type "pkunzip -d ADC2 Demo (CGW).zip". If using Winzip, click the "Extract" button, and check the "Use Folder Names" box.
Once unzipped, run the program file: "ADC-2 Demo.exe".
* Uses version 2.14.
Want to see more?
REGISTERED owners of ADC version 1 (ADC1) can get ADC2 for a special upgrade price of $40.00.
Intel 486 based PC or higher
Microsoft Windows XP or greater (Windows is a registered trademark of Microsoft)
8MB of RAM (16 recommended)
20 MB hard drive space (80 MB for full install)
16-bit color capability (Hi Color Mode)
NOTE: The program
documentation on the CD-Rom is in Windows HLP and Printable Document format - there is no printed manual
included with the game. This allows us the ability to continually update and improve the manual with each
enhancement of the program.