Starglider - Instructions
Welcome to the Airborne Ground Attack Vehicle, the latest and most
revolutionary of the new range of two-seater fighter craft designed and
manufactured by Draziw Industries, Novenias leading armaments company for
the past eight hundred years.
ENTERING THE AGAV
1) If the AGAV plasma drive is in operation, press the switch marked OPEN
CANOPY. (There is a switch on both sides of the craft)
2) Climb onto the wing and stand as far forward as possible close to the
auxilary oxygen port.
3) Lower yourself into pilot's seat.
4) Close the canopy by pressing the small green button to your immediate
left (marked CLOSE CANOPY).
AGAV INSTRUMENT PANEL
A - Local Area Scanner
This hexagonal screen displays the position of all objects within
range. The scanner can detect density and movement accurately.
B - Energy Level
This instrument (right side top of lower panel) shows how much
energy the AGAV has stored for its Plasma Drive Unit. Advisable to
keep the energy level above 15%
C - Shield Status
The Molecular Neutralising Force-Shields should NEVER be allowed to
drop below 10%. (left side top of lower panel). Shields are re-
plenished when the craft is repaired in the maintenance silo. The
shields are at the weakest around the undercarriage. Never allow
the craft to scrape the ground.
D - Laser Cell Status.
All four Sapphire II laser units are fed from laser cells. If it
drains completly, your craft can't fire laser bolts (just below
shield status display on left). The laser cell can be refulled at
any Novenian airbase silo equipped with a PosiLok recharger.
E - Altitude Meter
The altitude meter shows your current height. (bottom left vertical
bar). If the craft gets below a safe level (5%), the meter will
flash rapidly and emit a sonic warning.
F - Velocity Indicator
The velocity indicator displays the current speed (bottom right
G & H - Bank Level Indicators
These twin indicators ( either side of center hexagonal display)
shows the level of the craft's banking. The AGAV can bank 45 degrees
and both indicators read the same unless a wing is damaged.
I & J - Plasma Drive Status Display
These waveform displays (either side of center hexagonal display, but
above bank level indicators) indicate various internal values of
the Plasma Drive.
K - Sector Display
The Novenian landscape is divided into 10,000 sectors on a 100 x 100
matrix. The sector indicator (below center hex display) will show
the current X, Y position.
L - Missile Indicator
The missile indicator shows the number of missiles currently on
board. (on left side to right of altitude meter). Can only have
two missiles at a time.
M - Heading Display
Heading shown at top of screen.
MOUSE CONTROL - Moving mouse towards you increases altitude
and moving it forward decreases altitude. Left and right banks
the craft. Left button fires lasers, right button accelerates
while moving mouse forward, and decelerates craft when mouse is
pulled back towards you.
JOYSTICK - Pulling back or down increases altitude. Pushing forward
or up, decreases altitude. Left and right banks craft. Button while
stick centered fires lasers. Button accelerates craft when pushed up
or forward, and declerates craft when pulled back or down.
KEYS - L key launches missiles
ESC key aborts game
DEL key pauses game
Space bar fires lasers
FLYING THE AGAV
Pull back on the control shoe to increase altitute.
Increase thrust and accelerate forward.
LANDING THE AGAV
The AGAV is fitted with all-terrain landing pads, enabling you to
land on any surface, including hot lava. To land, bring your craft
to level flight, and decelerate until you are in hover mode at zero
velocity. Push forward until you touch down.
The AGAV's main weapon is the Sapphire II quadpulse laser system.
The laser is powered from a cell in the nose-cone. Two laser cannons
are situated under each wing.
The AGAV has two laser sight operation modes: Fixed Sights ensures
that the sight is always in the center of the screen, requiring the
AGAV to be directly in line with the target: whereas Floating Sights
allows the sights to move freely about the screen in the direction
of the control shoe movement.
The laser fire button can be fired rapidly. The Saphire II has an
armour piercing factor of 0.45 - powerful enough to destroy a target
with only six hits. The lase has a capacity of 250 laser pulses and
can be recharged by a Posilok station at any airbase or silo.
As a desperate measure, and provided your shields are sufficently
intact, you can ram the enemy. For this to be sucessful, the enemy
should have little or no shield.
TELEVISION GUIDANCE SYSTEM
The craft is fitted with remote control television guided cameras
on guided missiles. They are launched with the L key. Once the
camera has been launched you van guide it using the normal AGAV
DOCKING & MAINENANCE PROCEDURE
During a flight, if you need to refuel the plasma drive, lasers, or
shields, you should establish a datalink with the nearest airbase
and follow docking procedures.
The Alliance silos are vast underground chambers with a sloping
entrance building at the ground level. The entrance hatch to the
silo is marked by a laser strobe which is easily detected by the
The docking procedure is as follows:
1) Establish a datalink with the silo. The silo will rotate to face
you, and then stop. Manual flight into the silo is necessary as
the silo is too small for a tractor beam.
2) Slowly guide the AGAV through the doors to the silo. Keep the
AGAV central at all times, as hitting the door or wall could
damage the craft.
3) Once inside the silo, your enhanced vision system should alter
display so only revelant sections of the silo are visible.
4) If you need to collect special armaments alert engineer and he
will supply equipment. He deposits equipment at a collection
point in center of silo.
5) When the equipment is ready, fly toward center of silo where an
AGRO unit will lock it in place.
6) To refuel your laser cell, fly towards the end of the silo, and
slow down to an almost stationary speed.
7) Allign centered with the PosiLok Refueling Point, and fly forward
until you lock into position. When your laser cell is refueled,
the force shields will be replenished, and any damage will be
repaired by Droids.
8) To LAUNCH from Silo, wait until the ARGO unit has started up the
Plasma drive. When the drive reaches full power, press the button
on the consol marked LAUNCH FROM SILO.
As I recall from playing the game several years ago, the craft could
be recharged but not repaired by absorbing power while flying if you
cruised over huge energy power beacons. Power goes from one tower to
another. You had to align craft exactly and fly along energy beam
between two towers.. I recall that it was a risky venture because
you had to be close and not hit the towers.