Note: Spanish version here.
For ten years, from 2003 to 2012, I was training combat pilots in an air simulation website. We used the simulator for PC Falcon 4 BMS, and taught flight techniques and combat with the F-16C Block 50/52, which is the most realistic we can find in military aviation for PC, leaving aside DCS. With DCS I used to do Agressor flights with the Su-27 and the MiG-29. Some nights we could find thirty to fifty pilots online on different missions. Those were good times.
One of the things I always insisted to the new pilots was: Concentrate on your goal. There is nothing else. Then I would say to him/her: and Focus on keeping your six, that is, focus on not having an enemy fighter approaching to shoot you, especially if your wingman is busy, or if you are the wingman. 80% of the good shots occur without the downed pilot knowing he/she was being attacked.
The immediate question I heard was: why do you tell me to focus only on my goal, and then insist that I keep an attack from another plane controlled?
The answer is obvious: because you have to survive by shooting down the plane you are following, but you also have to survive avoiding another plane shooting you down. Therefore, you will have to learn to do two things that you have to become one. How you do it is a matter of training and skills. But you will have to value, at every moment, the best for you.
Math Combat Challenge starts from a similar idea. Whether it is in the first person scenarios, or controlling the starfighter in open space, the objective is twofold: on the one hand, solve the mathematical exercises. If you overcome the errors of the mathematical exercises (defined in the configuration screen, and that have a limited time), you lose.
If you do not solve the static exercises, you lose. If you entertain too much fighting, you lose. Only if you know how to combine the resolution of mathematical problems with a good defense you could win. The minigun, combat Mech, drone, and in space the ECM and cloaking systems are important defensive supports, leaving aside all the offensive weaponry. But you will not only win with these aids, but by using your most precious weapon: your mind.
Solve the static exercises, which are the panels scattered across the stages or inside the ship, searching for the appropriate numbers, and resolving the dynamic panels in a time limit. All this while you must defend yourself constantly.
One mind. Two problems: and you as the only strategist to win. The tutorials explain everything. The manual is already in the link above.
That’s Math Combat Challenge. Mathematics, and Survival. Two universes united in a single field of play: that of the triumph of the mind over arms.