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SE_Aetos
03-03-2004, 11:05 AM
And here I sit at work... And sit... And sit...

Hmm..... Do I feel sick..? Feel like something is coming on here... DOH! Two kids at home waiting to ambush me! Guess I don't feel sick... Hmm... Think the kids need to run around the house tonight... ;)


I will try to post the reedme file. I know some have had probs getting the link that others have posted..



Il-2 Sturmovik. Forgotten Battles
ACE EXPANSION PACK
README

Installation Notes
We recommend to save all custom built missions and campaigns before installing the Ace Expansion Pack. This is necessary because user-created folders, subfolders or missions may have names duplicating those used in the expansion pack. If you do not back up your missions they may be overwritten by our installation. After the installation you may check your saved missions, rename them if needed and copy them back into the game folder.
Attention: If you choose the uninstall option, this procedure will uninstall both IL-2 Forgotten Battles and the Ace Expansion Pack completely leaving only your custom missions, skins or campaigns.

Additional features for ATI 9500+ and Geforce FX video cards (Shaders 2.0):

We've added the following new user options to the conf.ini file that control the water quality

Water = 0, Fastest water, without ground reflection
Water = 1, Normal water: ground and clouds reflections, cloud shadows
Water = 2, Perfect water: same as Water = 1, plus wavy ground reflections and weather-dependant wave types

Designations for Spitfires in the game menus:

Spitfire Mk.Vb with Merlin 45 engine - Spitfire Mk.Vb
Spitfire Mk.Vb with clipped wings and Merlin 46 engine - Spitfire Mk.Vb (CW)
Spitfire LF. Mk.Vb with Merlin 50 engine - Spitfire L.F. Mk.Vb
Spitfire LF. Mk.Vb with clipped wings and Merlin 50 engine - Spitfire L.F. Mk.Vb (CW)

[This message was edited by SE_Aetos on Wed March 03 2004 at 10:18 AM.]

SE_Aetos
03-03-2004, 11:05 AM
And here I sit at work... And sit... And sit...

Hmm..... Do I feel sick..? Feel like something is coming on here... DOH! Two kids at home waiting to ambush me! Guess I don't feel sick... Hmm... Think the kids need to run around the house tonight... ;)


I will try to post the reedme file. I know some have had probs getting the link that others have posted..



Il-2 Sturmovik. Forgotten Battles
ACE EXPANSION PACK
README

Installation Notes
We recommend to save all custom built missions and campaigns before installing the Ace Expansion Pack. This is necessary because user-created folders, subfolders or missions may have names duplicating those used in the expansion pack. If you do not back up your missions they may be overwritten by our installation. After the installation you may check your saved missions, rename them if needed and copy them back into the game folder.
Attention: If you choose the uninstall option, this procedure will uninstall both IL-2 Forgotten Battles and the Ace Expansion Pack completely leaving only your custom missions, skins or campaigns.

Additional features for ATI 9500+ and Geforce FX video cards (Shaders 2.0):

We've added the following new user options to the conf.ini file that control the water quality

Water = 0, Fastest water, without ground reflection
Water = 1, Normal water: ground and clouds reflections, cloud shadows
Water = 2, Perfect water: same as Water = 1, plus wavy ground reflections and weather-dependant wave types

Designations for Spitfires in the game menus:

Spitfire Mk.Vb with Merlin 45 engine - Spitfire Mk.Vb
Spitfire Mk.Vb with clipped wings and Merlin 46 engine - Spitfire Mk.Vb (CW)
Spitfire LF. Mk.Vb with Merlin 50 engine - Spitfire L.F. Mk.Vb
Spitfire LF. Mk.Vb with clipped wings and Merlin 50 engine - Spitfire L.F. Mk.Vb (CW)

[This message was edited by SE_Aetos on Wed March 03 2004 at 10:18 AM.]

madsarmy
03-03-2004, 11:09 AM
You dont look to well m8. may I recommend you go home & lock yourself in a room with AEP & you will feel better within 48hrs

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crazyivan1970
03-03-2004, 11:12 AM
I`m holding it in my hands too.... they only had 1 copy ... and i need two... dang it!!! I wanna host tonight :D

V!
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SE_Aetos
03-03-2004, 11:15 AM
Is there a limit to how much text ya can post.. I am having probs getting the whole file to post.. I will post the rest of it in sections until someone can set me straight..

I keep getting:
"Message Body is a mandatory field. You must enter a value for it."

But I put plenty in the "Body".

SE_Aetos

crazyivan1970
03-03-2004, 11:19 AM
Il-2 Sturmovik. Forgotten Battles
ACE EXPANSION PACK
README

Installation Notes
We recommend to save all custom built missions and campaigns before installing the Ace Expansion Pack. This is necessary because user-created folders, subfolders or missions may have names duplicating those used in the expansion pack. If you do not back up your missions they may be overwritten by our installation. After the installation you may check your saved missions, rename them if needed and copy them back into the game folder.
Attention: If you choose the uninstall option, this procedure will uninstall both IL-2 Forgotten Battles and the Ace Expansion Pack completely leaving only your custom missions, skins or campaigns.

Additional features for ATI 9500+ and Geforce FX video cards (Shaders 2.0):

We've added the following new user options to the conf.ini file that control the water quality

Water = 0, Fastest water, without ground reflection
Water = 1, Normal water: ground and clouds reflections, cloud shadows
Water = 2, Perfect water: same as Water = 1, plus wavy ground reflections and weather-dependant wave types


Ace Expansion Pack list of recommended drivers

1C:Maddox Games recommends the following video card drivers to be used with Ace Expansion Pack with the best graphics options. The game may not function properly with other driver versions due to issues outside our control.

NVIDIA
Display Driver Version: 45.33
Release Date: October 9, 2003
WHQL Certified
http://www.nvidia.com/object/pc_winxp-2k_45.33.html

ATI
CATALYST‚ô 4.1
http://www2.ati.com/drivers/wxp-w2k-catalyst-7-97-031212a-013118c.exe
And old one is also suitable.
CATALYST‚ô 3.7
Driver Build 6.14.10.63787-93-030812a1-010735c


Designations for Spitfires in the game menus:

Spitfire Mk.Vb with Merlin 45 engine - Spitfire Mk.Vb
Spitfire Mk.Vb with clipped wings and Merlin 46 engine - Spitfire Mk.Vb (CW)
Spitfire LF. Mk.Vb with Merlin 50 engine - Spitfire L.F. Mk.Vb
Spitfire LF. Mk.Vb with clipped wings and Merlin 50 engine - Spitfire L.F. Mk.Vb (CW)

Using the SPB

The SPB consists of the TB-3 mothership and a pair of attached I-16s. There are special versions of these, TB-3 4M-34R SPB and I-16type24 SPB.
When building a mission, you can attach the I-16 to the mothership the same way you attach gliders to planes Ė set up a flight of I-16s with one waypoint, and set the waypoint‚'s target to the TB-3 (go to the Waypoint tab of the Object window with your I-16 selected, hit the Set button and click on the TB-3). The I-16 will be attached to the TB-3 in the beginning of the mission. You cannot build missions where I-16s start detached from the TB-3 and attach afterwards.
AI flying these I-16s will automatically detach when the TB-3 approaches a GATTACK waypoint. The I-16s then will attack the site and return to escort the TB-3 back. You may use the ‚"Aircraft Attach/Detach‚"Ě button when flying these planes to detach from the TB-3, or drop the I-16s if you‚'re flying the TB-3.
In dogfight mode, you may attach your I-16 to the TB-3 mothership while on the airfield. To do so, taxi the plane to the attachment port under the TB-3‚'s wing, and press the ‚"Aircraft Attach/Detach‚"Ě button. Your plane will be attached to the mothership and your landing gear will be raised automatically.
Note that while attached to a TB-3, I-16s drain the mothership‚'s fuel reserve, and if their engines are left at low RPM their fuel tanks will slowly refill to 100%.

According to historical sources there were many different versions of the SPB link-up. We only model one of them which was used in 1942 and later.

Using the V-1 rocket

The V-1 rocket is a completely new object type with a new set of parameters. To use it, open Full Mission Builder, load a map, and in the object browser find a Rocket object set. From here you have a choice of a V-1 Ground and a V-1 Air object. These basically function the same, except the Ground object starts on a rail while the Air object starts in mid-air.

You can place an Air V-1 anywhere, while a ground V-1 should be placed on flat ground. Both should be places with no mountains, hills or buildings immediately in front of its path. Pressing Insert or ctrl-clicking the ground places the rocket under the mouse cursor. This is its starting waypoint, one of only two possible. The final waypoint is not created in the same way as plane or vehicle waypoints. Instead you must go to the Rocket tab of the Object window with the V-1 selected, press the Set button, and drag and click the target waypoint on the target area. You can drag and drop it later to fine-tune the aiming.

The rocket always flies to target at around 2625 +/-200 meters of altitude; thus for Ground V-1s your target should be far enough for it to climb to that altitude. Usually it‚'s not a good idea to place a V-1 target close to its launch point since it‚'s very likely to miss in this case.

There are more important parameters you must set in the Rocket tab of the object window, namely the Timeout, Count and Period.
The Timeout parameter sets the initial time between the start of the mission and the launch of the first V-1. The first box is hours, the second is minutes. It‚'s best to set this value to at least two minutes (0:2) to allow the first V-1 to launch correctly. Setting it to a lower value may cause the first rocket not to launch at all.
The Count parameter sets the total number of V-1s launched from the current point towards the current target. If you want several V-1s to launch from the same point but towards different targets, you must create multiple launch points with different targets, and set their Timeouts to different values.
Finally, the Period parameter sets the time interval between the launches of each subsequent rocket from this point.

The rocket itself appears on the rail at exactly half the Timeout or Period time; during the other half of the interval the rail appears empty. For example, if the Timeout is set to 10 minutes and Period is set to 20, then the rail will appear empty for the first 5 minutes of the mission (timeout / 2); the rocket will appear on it for the next 5 minutes and launch at 00:10 of game time; then the rail will appear empty for the next 10 minutes (Period / 2) and then the rocket will sit on it for the remaining 10 minutes of the Period; etc.

The last important point is that the V-1 is not an airplane but rather a special other type of object; therefore it will not have a plane-like camera attached to it. In order to watch the V-1s take-off and fly you must place ground cameras around its launch point or across its mission path.

But of course the best way to look at V-1s is from an airplane. Our V-1s are ‚"tippable‚"Ě. They pack a lot of explosives so it‚'s not always a good idea to shoot at one; it may take it with you when it explodes. A better historical way to destroy it is to fly alongside it matching your airspeeds, close formation and then gently touch its wingtip with yours. Since the V-1 has no ability to stabilize itself horizontally it will go into a diving turn and hit the ground below instead of exploding in your face. Good luck!

Using the K-14 gunsight

Use the ‚ėToggle Sight Mode (Auto)‚' button to switch gunsight mode. Use the ‚ėAdjust Sight Control to Right‚' and ‚ėAdjust Sight Control to Left‚' buttons to select the target aircraft type. Use the ‚ėIncrease Sight Distance‚' and ‚ėDecrease Sight Distance‚' buttons to adjust the sight circle for the target aircraft to fit in it. Track the target aircraft for at least 2 seconds to maintain correct lead.

Using the Stuvi gunsight

Before the dive in your Ju-87D-5 you must set your dive airspeed (true) by buttons ‚"Increase Sight Velocity‚"Ě and ‚"Decrease Sight Velocity‚"Ě and bomb drop altitude by buttons ‚"Increase Sight Altitude‚"Ě and ‚"Decrease Sight Altitude‚"Ě. When the plane enters the dive you must place the crosshairs onto your target and keep it there. When the plane reaches the preset altitude the warning horn will sound. The pilot should drop the bombs at this point, after which point the plane will be automatically leveled off.

Using the Mistel

We have conflicting reports and pilot accounts regarding the weapons on the FW-190 part of the Mistel. It appears that there were versions with a regular armed FW-190 which could detach and fight, and versions where all armament on the FW-190 was removed. We are only modeling the armed FW-190 version.

The Mistel aircraft in FB is a very peculiar bird which presented our team with some unique challenges. The modified Ju-88 strapped to the flyable FW-190 is really a one of a kind object in the game. On one hand it's a droppable weapon. On another hand it's a player's aircraft since your input goes to its control surfaces. Finally it's an AI plane that has a simple "stay on course" AI routine. And the most unique thing is that it has to exist in all three states within one mission. The IL-2:FB engine was never designed to accommodate such very special objects, therefore we had to make some concessions to make this work.

First of all, our AI routine would need a complete overwrite to allow for complete realistic Mistel operations. Unfortunately we could not afford to spend another year building and testing the Mistel, so our AI Mistels cannot take-off, land or attack targets. The most an AI Mistel can do is follow a set of waypoints in the air, basically serving as a large target for other flights.

Another important limitation is that Mistels cannot be flown in online dogfight games; however they can be flown in co-op missions.

Player-controlled Mistels however do work like other FB planes. You can start on the ground and take-off in them, land with or without the attached Ju-88 bomb, and detach the Ju-88 bomb in the air and launch it at targets. You must launch the Mistel at least from 1 km away from the target; historically they were launched from even farther away. Just lower your engine power to about 33% of throttle, hold your target in the crosshairs for a few seconds and press the Attach/Detach Aircraft button to separate from the Ju-88. It will follow on your current course, while you should try to get away from the target area. The Mistel's blast is pretty big, and it will damage or destroy objects on the ground and in the air in a very large radius.

Creating a mission with a Mistel is easy: just create two waypoints for the Ju-88 (Mistel), then place waypoints for the FW-190A-8 (Mistel). With the FW-190 selected, go to the Waypoint tab of the Object window, click the Set button and click on the Mistel. This will link the two in the beginning of the mission.
NOTE: You can set the first waypoint of the pair to be Take-Off, but AI flown Mistels will not be able to take-off.

Additional notes:

- When releasing the Mistel from low altitudes and at a shallow angle, it may hit the ground without exploding. Its detonator was located in the tip of its long nose, so if the Mistel hits the ground with its fuselage without an impact on the nose it will not detonate.
- combat/take off/landing flaps will only work on the Fw-190 and not extend on the Ju-88.
- when the Mistel hits the ground you may sometimes hear the "I‚'m hit, I am going down" radio call.


Notes on Ta-152H-1

This plane has two systems of engine boost: GM-1 for high altitudes and MW-50 for low altitudes.

GM-1 should be used at altitudes above 9,000 m
1. If you reach that altitude with the MW-50 Off, you can turn on the GM-1 by hitting W button (default).
2. If you reach that altitude with the MW-50 enabled, then you need to switch it off by hitting W and then press W again to engage the GM-1.
Bellow 9,000 m the W key operated only the MW-50 as normal.
3. If the GM-1 was engaged at a high altitude and was not disengaged below 9,000 meters, then the engine will not be damaged as on DB-605s; however no extra power will be gained from the device. This is historically correct.


Notes on He-162 and Go-229

Both the He-162 and Go-229 are equipped with ejection seats. However these are not modern 0-0 ejection seats, and you have a very low chance of survival punching out below 500 meters of altitude or stationary on the ground. Also, try not to eject when flying inverted at tree-top level.

Go-229 is modeled without the historically optional drag chute; you must brake with only wheel brakes as on other planes.
We have also modeled small air brakes on this aircraft used for low speed stability and for spin recovery.

Changes in Quick Mission Builder

Changed the Advantage-Disadvantage procedure in code. Now your advantage or disadvantage means 700 m separation in altitude to the enemy aircraft.
We also added a new map into the QMB - online "Pacific" map.
Note: On the new ‚"Pacific‚"Ě map in QMB, if you set altitude of flight bellow 1000 m for AI aircraft, some of them may crash in mountains on the way to home base.

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SE_Aetos
03-03-2004, 11:26 AM
Gee thanks... Not sure why I can't pull that off.. You do anything special?

Well, looking at the little book that comes with it they list some of the AI plans that the post at the top of the forum says we are NOT going to get... But I guess they will be in the patch??

They are as follows:
B-25C-25
B-25H-1
B-25G-1
B-25J-1
and Tempest Mk. V.

I am guessing the post is more up to date than this documentation...

SE_Aetos

adlabs6
03-03-2004, 11:42 AM
"Also, try not to eject when flying inverted at tree-top level."

Hahaha!

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tsisqua
03-03-2004, 11:45 AM
"Also, try not to eject when flying inverted at tree-top level."

Hardy har har. Someone has a sense of humor.

My local stores won't have it until the poor guys in Europe probably do. That's ok. When you live in Galia=noplace (er, Gallipolis), Ohio, that's the way it is. I'll just keep reading what you guys have to say until I get it. And, yes . . ., oh yes . . . it will be mine!

Tsisqua

Bearcat99
03-03-2004, 12:00 PM
Well I just installed it and flew a few QMs.... All I can say is...WOW!! You Brits are gonna LOVE the CW Spits!!! I mean love em!!!!! Yeah I know...this is cruel and unusual behavior deserving a thrashing.....:p I tell you...the thing is damn near impossible to stall.. it will probably become the Uber Noober plane of FB. Which is not to take anything away from it but it is a DREAM to fly.... My son could fly this thing on difficult settings and not crash... it is that well balanced.... the ones without the CW are a little more like what were used to but still they both are a frickin dream. The P-38..... well I havent really given it a go Its OK though.. I havent tried it in combat.... but the Spit I did...against 4 vetran AI...me and a wingy.... I got 2.5.... I had two of them on me and I just kept out turning them...... I got one in my sights and crippled him...and it it was soon over... As far as the other planes go... Lets just say that FB has more or less cornered the market with tis... You want Jets...... we got Jets.... You want a little more WW1 flavor besides the P-11s and the 163s I think it is...? Well now there is a little more of that too.. This pack has taken the best sim in the world and made it even BETTER... I know somone is going to come up with this is off or that isnt right.... but this thing nails it for me...... nails it further i should say... There may besome things I havent noticed or that just havent been found yet...but overall I think we all will be VERY pleased...and believe me my Euro buddies....... It will be worth the wait..... not to say that having it today isnt better... but..... when you DO get it you will be pleased....ESPECIALLY you Brits....... The Cobra is nice too...!!

SE_Aetos
03-03-2004, 12:02 PM
My local stores won't have it until the poor guys in Europe probably do. That's ok. When you live in Galia=noplace (er, Gallipolis), Ohio, that's the way it is. I'll just keep reading what you guys have to say until I get it. And, yes . . ., oh yes . . . it will be mine!

Tsisqua

Wow.. you are in the middle of nowhere. Dayton Ohio here. You could drive to PARKERSBURG, WV. They will have it. Or come visit Dayton. :)

madsarmy
03-03-2004, 12:04 PM
Thanks Bearcat

I'm sobbing like a small child thats dropped there icecream in the sand.

Yours Faithfully
Jealous from U.K

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SeaFireLIV
03-03-2004, 12:12 PM
Yes, Bearcat99 and the US. You all deserve a thorough thrashing for flying the Spitfire first and finding out how good it is! Repeat after me... I will not fly a Spitfire before a Briton! :P

Oh, how much more can we take? If I knew my shakespeare i`d quote something typical from that!

madsarmy
03-03-2004, 12:21 PM
It's been a S**t week

Death in the family.
Dad in hospital
my knee's give loads of stick where the metalworks been removed
& now this
BAAAAAAaaahhh!

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Bearcat99
03-03-2004, 12:23 PM
Did i fail to mentionthe k-14 sight....;) Oooooooooooo!!!

chris455
03-03-2004, 12:25 PM
How about:
"Never have so few been so foul to so many"? ;0)

I promise I won't fly a Spit till the European release Seafire!

I want to know if AI B-25s are there or not

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tsisqua
03-03-2004, 12:27 PM
madsarmy, you'll be in my prayers, Sir. Just remember, bad times don't last forever. :(

Aetos, you are right. Parkersburg is about an hour and a half from here. I have to work tonight though . . . and tomorrow . . . and tomorrow night . . . yada yada. Good to see someone on here so close to home, though. :)

Tsisqua

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madsarmy
03-03-2004, 12:48 PM
Thanks tsisqua

It's been a bad 3 years. I lost my mum 2001 & a best friend 2002 both to cancer & now my dads sister to the same thing.
As they say time is a good healer. You stop being sad & think of the good times.Fortunately they were plentiful.
It certainly makes you emotionally stronger & that's no bad thing.

Thanks Again

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SeaFireLIV
03-03-2004, 12:49 PM
Sorry to hear that Madsarmy.

Capt._Tenneal
03-03-2004, 12:54 PM
For what aircraft do they have new Dynamic Campaigns ? New single missions ? Is the new DGen GUI alright ? Do they have new training tracks ? Notice any AI improvements ? Ahhhrgh.... so many questions. :(

DONB3397
03-03-2004, 01:13 PM
Thanks for the readme. Travelling now, but hope my package is home when I arrive. Pre-ordered from Ubi in January. The K-14 sight should be interesting; hope it's as effective as the real life version.

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dizeee
03-03-2004, 01:16 PM
yes pls.
any improvements to the poopish ai behaviour in combat? they still TNB with 109 vs rata? they still go suicide 1on4? they still never retreat etc?
any changes to DGen? is it better than DCGen?
argh!!!1