I am playing the Indian Ocean Escort scenario from HNR'03 using SimPlot. I am going to use many screenshots to help illustrate how SimPlot can be used to play H4. I apologize in advance if this topic eventually takes too long to load.
I will limit my posts and screenies to just relevant points in the game. I will make one post per relevant turn.
Below is the starting position of all units (0600). Because this area is heavy with civilian air and sea traffic, there will be additional neutral units that come and go within the game screen (which is between South Africa and Madagascar). Civilian ships will use Nav Points R007 and R008 as shipping lane turning points.
At 0600 + 2D6 a Russian Tu-95RT will enter from the North. It can only stay around for two hours, In the mean time, K-503 (Charlie II) will remain at periscope depth to await information from the Bear.
The 4 ship NATO task force (Iroquois and Halifax classes with two auxiliaries) will transit to Nav Point 2 then turn due North. The threat level is considered to be minimal. However, because of the heavy traffic, all ships will have their navigation radars on. (I am making the assumption that all Navy ships have International Nav Radar sets and the task force was ordered to use them to avoid collisions.) Other radars will be off just in case someone gets snoopy.