.TACTICS LDA #3 \ Set RAT = 3, which is the magnitude we set the pitch STA RAT \ or roll counter to in part 7 when turning a ship \ towards a vector (a higher value giving a longer \ turn). This value is not changed in the TACTICS \ routine, but it is set to different values by the \ DOCKIT routine LDA #4 \ Set RAT2 = 4, which is the threshold below which we STA RAT2 \ don't apply pitch and roll to the ship (so a lower \ value means we apply pitch and roll more often, and a \ value of 0 means we always apply them). The value is \ compared with double the high byte of sidev . XX15, \ where XX15 is the vector from the ship to the enemy \ or planet. This value is set to different values by \ both the TACTICS and DOCKIT routines LDA #22 \ Set CNT2 = 22, which is the maximum angle beyond which STA CNT2 \ a ship will slow down to start turning towards its \ prey (a lower value means a ship will start to slow \ down even if its angle with the enemy ship is large, \ which gives a tighter turn). This value is not changed \ in the TACTICS routine, but it is set to different \ values by the DOCKIT routine CPX #MSL \ If this is a missile, jump up to TA18 to implement BEQ TA18 \ missile tactics CPX #SST \ If this is not the space station, jump down to TA13 BNE TA13 LDA NEWB \ This is the space station, so check whether bit 2 of AND #%00000100 \ the ship's NEWB flags is set, and if it is (i.e. the BNE TN5 \ station is hostile), jump to TN5 to spawn some cops LDA MANY+SHU+1 \ The station is not hostile, so check how many BNE TA1 \ Transporters there are in the vicinity, and if we \ already have one, return from the subroutine (as TA1 \ contains an RTS) \ If we get here then the station is not hostile, so we \ can consider spawning a Transporter or Shuttle JSR DORND \ Set A and X to random numbers CMP #253 \ If A < 253 (99.2% chance), return from the subroutine BCC TA1 \ (as TA1 contains an RTS) AND #1 \ Set A = a random number that's either 0 or 1 ADC #SHU-1 \ The C flag is set (as we didn't take the BCC above), TAX \ so this sets X to a value of either #SHU or #SHU + 1, \ which is the ship type for a Shuttle or a Transporter BNE TN6 \ Jump to TN6 to spawn this ship type and return from \ the subroutine using a tail call (this BNE is \ effectively a JMP as A is never zero) .TN5 \ We only call the tactics routine for the space station \ when it is hostile, so if we get here then this is the \ station, and we already know it's hostile, so we need \ to spawn some cops JSR DORND \ Set A and X to random numbers CMP #240 \ If A < 240 (93.8% chance), return from the subroutine BCC TA1 \ (as TA1 contains an RTS) LDA MANY+COPS \ Check how many cops there are in the vicinity already, CMP #7 \ and if there are 7 or more, return from the subroutine BCS TA22 \ (as TA22 contains an RTS) LDX #COPS \ Set X to the ship type for a cop .TN6 LDA #%11110001 \ Set the AI flag to give the ship E.C.M., enable AI and \ make it very aggressive (60 out of 63) JMP SFS1 \ Jump to SFS1 to spawn the ship, returning from the \ subroutine using a tail call .TA13 CPX #HER \ If this is not a rock hermit, jump down to TA17 BNE TA17 JSR DORND \ Set A and X to random numbers CMP #200 \ If A < 200 (78% chance), return from the subroutine BCC TA22 \ (as TA22 contains an RTS) LDX #0 \ Set byte #32 to %00000000 to disable AI, aggression STX INWK+32 \ and E.C.M. STX NEWB \ Set the ship's NEWB flags to %00000000 so the ship we \ spawn below will inherit the default values from E% AND #3 \ Set A = a random number that's in the range 0-3 ADC #SH3 \ The C flag is set (as we didn't take the BCC above), TAX \ so this sets X to a random value between #SH3 + 1 and \ #SH3 + 4, so that's a Sidewinder, Mamba, Krait, Adder \ or Gecko JSR TN6 \ Call TN6 to spawn this ship with E.C.M., AI and a high \ aggression (56 out of 63) LDA #0 \ Set byte #32 to %00000000 to disable AI, aggression STA INWK+32 \ and E.C.M. (for the rock hermit) RTS \ Return from the subroutine .TA17 LDY #14 \ If the ship's energy is greater or equal to the LDA INWK+35 \ maximum value from the ship's blueprint pointed to by CMP (XX0),Y \ XX0, then skip the next instruction BCS TA21 INC INWK+35 \ The ship's energy is not at maximum, so recharge the \ energy banks by 1Name: TACTICS (Part 2 of 7) [Show more] Type: Subroutine Category: Tactics Summary: Apply tactics: Escape pod, station, lone Thargon, safe-zone pirate Deep dive: Program flow of the tactics routineContext: See this subroutine in context in the source code Variations: See code variations for this subroutine in the different versions References: This subroutine is called as follows: * MVEIT (Part 2 of 9) calls TACTICS

This section contains the main entry point at TACTICS, which is called from part 2 of MVEIT for ships that have the AI flag set (i.e. bit 7 of byte #32). This part does the following: * If this is a missile, jump up to the missile code in part 1 * If this is the space station and it is hostile, consider spawning a cop (6.2% chance, up to a maximum of seven) and we're done * If this is the space station and it is not hostile, consider spawning (0.8% chance if there are no Transporters around) a Transporter or Shuttle (equal odds of each type) and we're done * If this is a rock hermit, consider spawning (22% chance) a highly aggressive and hostile Sidewinder, Mamba, Krait, Adder or Gecko (equal odds of each type) and we're done * Recharge the ship's energy banks by 1 Arguments: X The ship type

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Configuration variable: COPS = 16

Ship type for a Viper

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Subroutine DORND (category: Utility routines)

Generate random numbers

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Configuration variable: HER = 15

Ship type for a rock hermit (asteroid)

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Configuration variable: MSL = 1

Ship type for a missile

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Subroutine SFS1 (category: Universe)

Spawn a child ship from the current (parent) ship

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Configuration variable: SH3 = 17

Ship type for a Sidewinder

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Configuration variable: SHU = 9

Ship type for a Shuttle

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Configuration variable: SST = 2

Ship type for a Coriolis space station

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Label TA1 in subroutine TACTICS (Part 1 of 7)

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Label TA13 is local to this routine

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Label TA17 is local to this routine

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Label TA18 in subroutine TACTICS (Part 1 of 7)

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Label TA21 in subroutine TACTICS (Part 3 of 7)

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Label TA22 in subroutine TACTICS (Part 3 of 7)

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Label TN5 is local to this routine

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Label TN6 is local to this routine

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Temporary storage, used to store the address of a ship blueprint. For example, it is used when we add a new ship to the local bubble in routine NWSHP, and it contains the address of the current ship's blueprint as we loop through all the nearby ships in the main flight loop