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  1. SimPlot for Win10

    Introduction
    SimPlot (short for Simple Plotter) is a utility program that supports Harpoon games by automating the movement process in a graphical environment. SimPlot uses a simplified X, Y coordinate system that makes range and bearing calculations easier. North is always at the top of the screen, and the 0, 0 coordinate is the center of the "game area". Each whole number of the coordinate system represents one nautical mile.
    Presently, SimPlot supports the display and movement for many of the common unit types found in Harpoon: surface ships, subs, aircraft, helicopters, missiles, and torpedoes. Additional non-moving unit types that can be displayed are sonobuoys, reference points, and bases. Units can be displayed using the NTDS or Common Warfighting Symbology styles. All units are either red player, blue player, or referee-controlled neutral.
    Games in progress can be saved and reloaded using simple JSON text files that SimPlot creates. There is even an option to replay the movement from a current or saved game, so the battle can be reviewed at a later time.
    What SimPlot Does
    SimPlot allows users to add, modify, and delete units from the screen via pop-up forms. The screen can be zoomed in or out using the keyboard or mouse wheel, and it can also be panned using the arrow keys or right-mouse clicks. Units are selectable and additional data can be displayed, such as the range and bearing to other units on screen.
    Units can be given additional graphics such as sensor/weapon arcs, and ES/sonar bearings. The arcs are typically used for reference (e.g. when will another unit be in detection or weapons range), and the ES/sonar bearings are used to represent passive detections. These graphics can also be colored and labeled for easier reference.
    Scenarios can be played on a blank screen or on maps created from bitmap images. The maps are just a background image that can give players a sense of location, but they do not by themselves enforce Harpoon rules regarding terrain.
    SimPlot can be used for single or multiple player scenarios. In single-player games, the player implements his own orders and will see the results immediately. Multiplayer games will need a referee to carry out the player's orders. The referee will run the game turns until players need to interact with the situation, and then sends player-only versions of the game file. The players will then communicate orders to the referee (via email for example) so the units can be updated and the game continues.
    Units can be assigned attributes of "perception" by the referee that denies an opposing player information about enemy units. The visible attributes of a newly detected unit can be restricted in items such as location, course, speed, class, or size. Even whose side it's on can be restricted until such time that additional information is available per Harpoon detection rules. Perception plays a great role in enforcing fog-of-war for multiplayer refereed games.
    What SimPlot Doesn't Do
    SimPlot simply uses computer graphics to track the location, course, speed, etc. of units in a scenario. It does not roll dice for you, neither does it implement specific Harpoon rules. SimPlot is therefore not an actual "game program". A copy of the Harpoon rules is required to use SimPlot to its fullest potential.
    Harpoon is a registered trademark of Larry Bond and Chris Carlson.
    Getting Started
    System Requirements
    SimPlot is available for Windows PC (64 bit). This app was tested with Win10.
    The program will run in less than 100 MB of memory (depending on map size). There is no special video card or monitor requirement. A mouse or touchpad is needed for selecting and editing units. An Internet connection is necessary for downloading the program plus supporting scenarios, maps, and documentation.
    Installation
    Unzip the downloaded SimPlot file into its own folder. No other special installation is required. Just double-click the SimPlot.exe file to start the program.
    Once SimPlot is started for the first time, it will automatically create "Scenarios" and "Maps" folders within the program's home folder if they do not already exist. Existing folders will not be overwritten. The Scenarios folder will hold scenario sub-folders and turn files. The Maps folder will contain the map image and configuration files.
     

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  2. SimPlot 2.3 Beta for Win10

    Here is the experimental version of the upcoming version 2.3. This is just a beta, so please note any problems and report them in the Harpoon (Paper Rules) forum. Maps made with MapMaker will work in this version, but not in 2.2 or earlier.

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  3. SimPlot MapMaker for Win10

    This is a utility program that creates maps for use in SimPlot 2.3+ Please see the included Release Notes.txt file to get started.
    This is a Beta release. If you find any errors or bugs, let the author know either in the Harpoon forum or on the Discord Harpoon 5 Multiplayer channel.

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  4. SimPlot for MacOS

    This is the same SimPlot as the Windows version but will run on 64-bit MacOS. The application is not code signed, so this is just an experiment in whether or not players can use it. Unzip the file wherever you like (try using the Desktop first) and open the SimPlot.app file.
    Some players report having better luck running the hidden .exe file instead of the .app file. Using Finder:
    Right-click the SimPlot2.app file and select "Show Package Contents". Navigate to the Contents/MacOS folder. Double click the .exe file (or right-click and select "Open"). A terminal window should open followed by the SimPlot application. The Terminal must remain open while using SimPlot. If the above does not work, then right-click the .exe file and select "Open With". Select the Terminal.app option.

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  5. SimPlot 2.3 Beta for MacOS

    This is an experiment in using SimPlot on Intel 64 bit MacOS.
    The dmg file will download but must be activated by clicking on it in the download pane of the browser or double-click on it using Finder (in the Downloads folder).
    The dmg will open as an attached device (sorry--there is no installer yet for SimPlot). If a window pops up showing the SimPlot2.app file, please close it. Running SP2 from that window will only provide a temporary storage space for the application.
    Using Finder, create a new sub-folder in your Applications folder (ex: SimPlot2). Drag and drop the SimPlot2.app file from the attached device to your new folder. Close the attached device (click the close button next to it in Finder).
    You are now ready to use SimPlot by double-clicking the SimPlot2.app file. You may get a security warning, but allow it to continue opening the application.

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  6. SimPlot File Converter for Win10

    This application will convert SimPlot 2.0 scenario files to the SimPlot 2.2+ standard. The converter will create the equivalent of a scenario setup file. This means the starting units will be positioned, named, typed, and course/speed/altitude/depth values preserved. The scenario start time will be the same as the original. Also, the assigned map will still be usable.
    Some limitations:
    The file created will not re-create an entire game played using 2.0. Only the first turn setup will be preserved. The new scenario file will not include range arcs/circles, perceptions, or bearings since they are not compatible with 2.2+. To use:
    Download and extract the converter application. You may place it anywhere, even in the SimPlot folder. Run the application. It consists of just one window. Enter the date of the scenario using the date picker. (2.0 scenarios did not have a date, just a starting time.) Press the choose file button to select the 2.0 file to be converted. A file named "NewReferee.json" will be created in the scenario's folder. That is your new scenario file for 2.2+.  

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  7. SimPlot File Converter for MacOS

    This application will convert SimPlot 2.0 scenario files to the SimPlot 2.2+ standard. The converter will create the equivalent of a scenario setup file. This means the starting units will be positioned, named, typed, and course/speed/altitude/depth values preserved. The scenario start time will be the same as the original. Also, the assigned map will still be usable.
    Some limitations:
    The file created will not re-create an entire game played using 2.0. Only the first turn setup will be preserved. The new scenario file will not include range arcs/circles, perceptions, or bearings since they are not compatible with 2.2+. To use:
    Download and extract the converter application. You may place it anywhere, even in the SimPlot folder. Run the application. It consists of just one window. You may have to use Finder, then right-click the .app and select "Show Contents". Find and double-click the .exe file to run in Terminal. Enter the date of the scenario using the date picker. (2.0 scenarios did not have a date, just a starting time.) Press the choose file button to select the 2.0 file to be converted. A file named "NewReferee.json" will be created in the scenario's folder. That is your new scenario file for 2.2+.

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  8. SimPlot MapMaker for MacOS

    This is an experiment in using SimPlot MapMaker on Intel 64 bit MacOS.
    The dmg file will download but must be activated by clicking on it in the download pane of the browser or double-click on it using Finder (in the Downloads folder).
    The dmg will open as an attached device (sorry--there is no installer yet for SimPlot MapMaker). If a window pops up showing the SimPlot MapMaker.app file, please close it. Running SPMM from that window will only provide a temporary storage space for the application.
    Using Finder, create a new sub-folder in your Applications folder (ex: SimPlot MapMaker). Drag and drop the SimPlot MapMaker.app file from the attached device to your new folder. Close the attached device (click the close button next to it in Finder).
    You are now ready to use SimPlot MapMaker by double-clicking the SimPlot MapMaker.app file. You may get a security warning, but allow it to continue opening the application.
    This is a beta version and most things work.  You must have a png background image (e.g. from Google Maps). You must also measure the pixels per nautical mile of the image. When you get the project started, you can draw polygons on top of the background. I use it to create land polys with other overlays. As an option, the original background can be used as a part of the final map (using the image with some overlays, but not a complete repaint).

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