Random Unit Selector (RUS)
RUS Data Files
For the first time, additional RUS data files are being made available.
Adding to the considerable number of data files included with the program, the
latest files include tables from the new Total Warfare book as
well as other sources. So check out the new
RUS Data Files. And if you're not already familiar with RUS, please go to the
Page for more information.
RUS is a small program which may be used for a variety of purposes: rolling dice, selecting random units, hit tables, you name it. It's so flexible because you have control over it. It uses simple text files as data, which can be edited and created with NotePad or other strictly-text editor. Each item entered is entered with a frequency, which determines how often it occurs in selections. Selections are random, but weighted toward the more frequently occurring items. Samples are included to get you started (2d6 dice rolls, Field Manual: Free Worlds League 'Mech selection tables, some hit location tables, some LRM and SRM missile hit tables), but please be sure to read the ReadMe.txt file for examples and information.
RUS is provided free as a service to my customers. It uses the same runtime files as HMPro, so if you have HMPro, you can run RUS.exe without anything more.
(If you don't have any of the HeavyMetal programs, you can download and install
the required runtime
files from Microsoft.) Simply unzip RUS.zip to any directory (I recommend making a new one, so you can keep RUS
V2 text data files separate from other text files and from RUS V1), and run RUS.exe. Medron Pryde at
PRI has expanded upon the selection tables, so you might go there and choose Downloads, then Game Aids, then RUS Expanded Tables to get some more. RUS is freeware, and you can copy and distribute it as you like; just give me credit for it!
New Features in RUS V2:
- Copy to Clipboard feature now works with Windows 2000
- A listing of all RUS files in the current directory
are displayed at all time.
- The data file Drive and RUS Directory are shown at
- Maximum number of items to select from, and to
select, have increased, like, a thousand times!
- Screen size is resizable, and remembers that size and
location the next time RUS V2 is run.
- A movable divider is provided between the File
windows and the Unit windows, to make the display better match your
- The ability to "nest" files a single level has been
added. That is, one file can determine which skill level file to use, then
the appropriate file is used for the warrior's skills. This can be complex,
so check out the included Warrior Skills files.
- Files may be edited while in RUS, by right-clicking
and choosing Edit, which opens Notepad, allowing you to modify or make new
files on the spot.
RUS V2 Screen Shot:
We've all had a lot of fun working on RUS V2, and hope you
will enjoy using it.
RUS V2.00 R0 zip file with sample files
RUS Data File Project
Now that we have the ultimate Random Unit Selector, we need the Ultimate RUS
Database! I have started a project that I hope will eventually grow into having
every random table from every BattleTech source available for your use. I have a
spreadsheet (updated 06/26/2004) which I will keep updating, and which will grow
to be a listing of all such tables. Then, the status of the data files for the
tables will be added to the spreadsheet. With the help of all of you, we should
be able to make a tremendous number of data files available
For more information on the project, and hopefully to participate as well,
please go to the
HeavyMetalPro.com Forum RUS2 File Creation Project.
RUS V2 Now Included with HeavyMetal Plus
The latest version of RUS V2 is now included with HeavyMetal
Plus, along with some new standard and example files. I'll be adding even more,
after the above RUS Data File Project is complete.
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