What do you think - how many utilities
do you really need to gain an advantage over your opponents? Three? Five?
In fact the number is , if you use a professional
client software like VPA...
What's VPA? First, VPA stands for
VGA-Planets Assistant and was
developed by Alex V. Ivlev as an alternative to the standard DOS client.
But VPA is much more than a simple substitute for traditional DOS users.
Some of its really cool features:
accurate built-in battle simulator that
allows even mutiple ship engagements
easy-to-use and powerful message editor
all informations about a specific planet,
ship or base at one glance/from all turns
builds an automatic database that allows
you to watch all previous turns step-by-step!
keeps and displays all known infos about
own/neutral/enemy planets, ships, minefields etc.
enhanced turn statistic and powergraph
minefield circles are drawn directly
on the galaxy map
warp-well calculator: saves valuable
ship fuel on inter-planetary routes
reliable, compatible and lightning fast
the whole feature list here and imagine
what VPA can do for you - it's freeware after all!
Of course there are some drawbacks:
a first look at the interface and download
it here (215 kb)
less multimedia gizzmos than WinPlan
due to its many features you will need
some turns to learn the whoole interface
you will win more games with ease - could
be boring after a while... ;-)
And what is the
utility you may need beside VPA? FLEETS.EXE,
of course. I wonder why Alex Ivlev hasn't incorporated such a feature in
VPA already. Fleets will keep track of all ships that you encounter during
the game. It lists them by ID and allows you to store individual messages
for each entry. It's also a DOS utility but should work from Win95/98 as
Download the description
(8 kb / RTF format) or the zipped program
file (32 kb)
The following collection may be of
use for specific purposes:
(58 kb) and killbeep.zip (22 kb) will
modify your planets.exe and disable the PC speaker sound if you still use
the original DOS client software
(183 kb) allows you to set up a simple training game if you want to play
against a CP
(60 kb) is the best computerplayer (CP) available (IMO) - best used in
conjunction with oneplay.exe
(1 kb) will keep your VGAP data directory clean of old temp-files. If you
are still using a DOS based client software you prevent errors like "data
hallucination" that may occur otherwise.
If you are still searching for other
utilities, take a look at Halfling's