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Low_Flyer_MkVb
04-26-2006, 07:22 PM
Well, at this time of the day I often find myself rattling around Lowflyer Hall alone with my thoughts. The servants have gone to their quarters and only the sound of the waves lapping against the boathouse intrude upon my nocturnal reminiscences. I flop into my favourite old leather chair and look into the last embers of the dying fire, my mind wandering to those far off, contented days when I thought life could never get better than the CFS2 Corsair.

I recall the happy times spent at a now departed friend€s place where we would play Aces of the Pacific hot seat style €" no internet for us in those more innocent days €" one would sit at the desk, joyfully sending Zero€s into the pale blue water for all he was worth, while the other would sit on the floor in the corner of that cramped old room, rolling yet another Jamaican woodbine and chipping in with words of advice and encouragement as only the herbally enlightened can. Then we would swap places €" those Zero€s getting slower and slower as dawn advanced upon us. A smile creases my face as another memory flits across my mind €" the tinkly, pseudo-ragtime piano soundtrack for Knights of the Sky, those spinning newspapers that announced to the world my latest victories over some poor, unfortunate German ace. And I remember staring at the sky on summer days trying to convince myself that yes, that€s just how it looks in European Air War€¦how taken I was that the members of my RAF squadron in CFS1 were named after the England cricket team...that preview for an upcoming sim from a Russian company with a picture of an Il2, now that was a day I remember fondly.

As the flickering candlelight illuminates my thoughts, my mind travels back to those far off days when the only way to see a different skin offline was to create an online game (even if, like me, you weren€t actually €˜on the net€ as the youngsters say). I recall the surprise and delight when a patch for the game enabled me to fly that stubby winged Russian fighter with the open cockpit (unannounced, mind you!) €" the sound of the air rushing past €" and I remember fondly the days when Oleg would regularly post in the ready room, well we weren€t used to a game developer keeping in touch with his customers like this were we? Those happy carefree days in the old pilot€s lounge €" a quick round of Mornington Crescent before supper €" it seemed that the whole membership had come up with ways to avoid going to work, college or wherever on the day FB was released.

I remind myself how far we€ve come, remember those days when Lagg-3€s had to do if you wanted a Spitfire. Or red circles on the wings of a 190 for a Zero.
I bring myself briefly back to the present and look at all we have now, and I€m content, my plans to acquire a system capable of running FB/PF on perfect settings have borne wondrous fruit and I look eagerly ahead to catching up with all those campaigns that frightened me off with their rig-stopping intensity. Why, I€m seriously contemplating flying online soon. Oh yes, we€ve seen many changes €" daresay we€ll see many more - but one constant I€m sure will remain with many of us here is that this little game is a bloody marvellous way to spend our time, and as I drift off towards my Whirlwind filled dreams, I wonder how many people here appreciate just what we€ve got here.

Goodnight all.

Waldo.Pepper
04-26-2006, 08:15 PM
I remember playing Air Force and Dauntless by Avalon Hill.

What do I win?

NekoReaperman
04-26-2006, 08:21 PM
:-( i was a mere small child when AOTP was out..... i wish i could have been smoking the pot back then!

woofiedog
04-26-2006, 09:43 PM
http://www.antiqueadvertising.com/pics/oldsolder.jpg

Here's to Yah... Low_Flyer_MkVb! Cheers http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/clap.gif

Bartender... another Round for the House! Please

woofiedog
04-26-2006, 09:54 PM
Waldo.Pepper... I still have my France 1940, Luftwaffe [Avalon Hill] and a Falklands board games.
Great games... if you have 8 hours for a quick game of France 1940 and you have to play both sides [16 hr's]. LoL

tHeBaLrOgRoCkS
04-26-2006, 10:08 PM
http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/bigtears.gif I can almost smell the THC's through the purple haze Low.

Anyone got a jostick?

MrBlueSky1960
04-27-2006, 12:49 AM
Originally posted by Low_Flyer_MkVb

Goodnight all.

Well said old man... http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif See, I said you have a talent for writing... http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif

I can see the cover now...

'Whirlwind'
Britain's Forgotten Fighter.

http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-surprised.gif

Good Night old friend...

Dunkelgrun
04-27-2006, 01:02 AM
Well said Low_Flyer. Just so, just so.

Cheers!

tomtheyak
04-27-2006, 01:46 AM
Hear, hear!

Well said old chap.

The many wondorous hours I have spent enraptured in front of this game are too numerous to record, but I cannot yet see the day that this will leave my HD.

She has her flaws, aye, but then who doesn't, and anyway, beauty is in the eye of the beholder; its a subjective business.

Just recollect the times you've been elated, anguished, scared stupid or just plain contented at the controls of this game - I run that emotional gamut everytime I fly, online or off.

I can run back thru a long list of previous titles; B-17 II The Mighty 8th, CFS1 & 2, EAW, Battle of Britain (rowan), AoE, Dawn Patrol, Operation Overlord, and a plethora of other titles I cant recall; its been a happy journey but I've never been more satisfied than I am now.

& its not like the journey is even over yet....

AFJ_Locust
04-27-2006, 01:54 AM
Nice post, I do rember when we had very little and now we do have alot.

Someone said once that its the squeaky wheel that gets the greese, Im not sure if thats true but I squeaky alot.

================================================
"& its not like the journey is even over yet...."

Roger that Fen !!!

Lodovik
04-27-2006, 02:17 AM
A smashing yarn, my good man, a smashing yarn indeed.
Nice to hear that you are considering an online career. Some of the youthful rascals there are seriously in need of lessons for some gentlemanly manners in matters aeronautical. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/clap.gif

Waldo.Pepper
04-27-2006, 02:47 AM
Originally posted by woofiedog:
Waldo.Pepper... I still have my France 1940, Luftwaffe [Avalon Hill] and a Falklands board games.
Great games... if you have 8 hours for a quick game of France 1940 and you have to play both sides [16 hr's]. LoL
Played Blue Max by GDW too! Remember?

http://www.generalissue.com/canvas.html

marc_hawkins
04-27-2006, 05:53 AM
As Taggert says in Blazing saddles, "God darnit Mr. Low_Flyer, you use your tongue prettier than a twenty dollar wh0re." http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

ploughman
04-27-2006, 05:57 AM
You know, I just wanted to say what lovely day it is here in Blighty today.

Low_Flyer_MkVb
04-27-2006, 06:01 AM
Ain't it just, Ploughman, old chum, ain't it just? http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

dieg777
04-27-2006, 06:32 AM
The sun has reached Scotland- it will shine for 2 days and we will call it a great summer http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_cool.gif

My first sim was fighter pilot for the sinclair spectrum

when I were lad I spent way too much time playing Flying Corp on my PC. Well we had it tough. We used to have to get up out of the shoebox at twelve o'clock at night, and LICK the road clean with our tongues. We had half a handful of freezing cold gravel, worked twenty-four hours a day at the mill for fourpence every six years, and when we got home, our Dad would slice us in two with a bread knife.

Breeze147
04-27-2006, 07:25 AM
I, too, remember the innocence of my early days with the original. Each mission a new adventure. Even flying an Il-2 115km in real time had a certain joy as I struggled to stay in formation. Zooming around the skies in my nimble Mig-3, infuriating the Hun who could not catch me.

I also remember ctd's and lost campaigns. Upgrades and new graphics cards. Endless discussions on Community Help and DXDIAG postings. Wow, all of the knowledge and help I got!

I remember the thrill of becoming proficient with new aircraft. The challenge of landing on a carrier. That sinking, despairing feeling of being outnumbered 4 to 1. That sick feeling of putting myself in a Luftwaffe pilot's shoes, knowing early on that I had 3 ways out of the war: 1. Utter, humiliating defeat; 2. Horrible, nauseating wounds; 3. Death.

And then as time went on, I slowly became strangely detached. The newness of my toy was wearing off. So many missions, so many campaigns. No way to do them all. 6 missions a day became 3 and then 1 and then maybe 2 or 3 missions a week.

I slowly became a bad guy on this Forum. No longer offering help or informed commentary or expressing my joy and wonder. No longer asking questions of the more informed members.

I have become a wiseguy, insulting other members because of their poor English, making fun of their idiosyncracies, becoming narrow-midedly super-nationalistic. I have become a person that a lot of people loath.

I'm not nearly as intelligent and educated as the majority of you guys. My only experience with flying is being a passenger. I have some military adventures to impart, but those things happened a long time ago to a boy who is no longer me.

Last night, I felt very sad and guilty over the stupid things I have been posting the last few days. Maybe it's frustration at not being able to keep pace with people on an intellectual level, so I try to be a smartass and what I what I think is funny. I'm not funny at all, I'm a desperate failure of a 57 year old man with a bad heart and a bad habit of smoking herb and getting sloshed on Labatt's Blue on the weekends.

I am very, very sorry to let you all down. I think it might be time to take a sabbatical from Il-2. I don't know if I can. It is an addiction I don't know that I can walk away from.

P.S. I do desperately WANT to like British people.

Low_Flyer_MkVb
04-27-2006, 08:13 AM
Hey Breeze, it's not about where you're from, it's about what you are - and I think it's obvious from your very open post that inside you is a nice guy waiting to get out again. We're all here because we share a common interest (I'm constantly amazed that there are days when I'm in contact more with people from the other side of the world than on my own street).
There is good and bad in all people, from all nations. And as my old granny used to say, 'If you want something badly enough, it'll happen', there really are some nice British folk out there, you know. We all get down from time to time, and frustrated by the often unintended annoyances from other people we meet, wherever they're from - it doesn't make you a bad person, it makes you a human being. Nuff said?

Xiolablu3
04-27-2006, 09:07 AM
Wow some nice posts, what a surprise http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif Hope you dont mind me joining in.

Where are you from Breeze?

danjama
04-27-2006, 09:13 AM
What a girly thread http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

Very deep, quite touching really; i like everyone on this forum for what they contribute, even if i dont agree with it! Thats a fact.

It would be a less interesting place if everyone just agreed or ignored each post (which happens on alot of forums).

No doubt about it, il2 is the best series of flight sims around, hands down. Thats the way it will stay for a long time.

Breeze147
04-27-2006, 09:43 AM
Originally posted by Xiolablu3:
Wow some nice posts, what a surprise http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif Hope you dont mind me joining in.

Where are you from Breeze?

A native of Philadelphia, PA now living for the past 13 years in Southern Maryland.

danjama
04-27-2006, 09:45 AM
Are they known racist parts of the US?

ploughman
04-27-2006, 09:55 AM
Originally posted by danjama:
Are they known racist parts of the US?

http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_rolleyes.gif

danjama
04-27-2006, 09:57 AM
Originally posted by Ploughman:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by danjama:
Are they known racist parts of the US?

http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_rolleyes.gif </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

You roll your eyes but can you blame me for asking?

He brought it on himself, its all well and good being nice now, but he should of thought of what image he was portraying of himself.....

Low_Flyer_MkVb
04-27-2006, 10:08 AM
Kind of proves my point...

ploughman
04-27-2006, 10:08 AM
I don't think been Anglophobic is quite the same as racism Dan. Lots of people don't like us Limeys, we're the nation others love to hate. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/winky.gif

danjama
04-27-2006, 10:14 AM
Originally posted by Ploughman:
I don't think been Anglophobic is quite the same as racism Dan. Lots of people don't like us Limeys, we're the nation others love to hate. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/winky.gif

ok, i guess i should just take it as me misunderstanding, like the time people got offended caus i said nazi pictures made me feel scared....

apologies to breeze if i offended him by bringing this up

Low_Flyer_MkVb
04-27-2006, 10:20 AM
Now then, big group hug and move on...

Has anything even come close to toppling this little sim since it's release? Certainly not any of the ones I've seen.

And Woofie - funny you should bring AH's Luftwaffe up, had a lot of fun with that one, still intact upstairs - I was looking at the literature from it only last week. Was tinkering with the idea of sticking the recognition chart from the game up behind my monitor...

stathem
04-27-2006, 10:26 AM
LF, superb OP. Meant to say that this morning but the gaffer kept giving me work.

Low_Flyer_MkVb
04-27-2006, 10:29 AM
Thanks, old chum - briefly hijacking my own thread, what d'you reckon to this Scholari business? I'm not even going to think about the Arse getting to the final...

Rammjaeger
04-27-2006, 11:45 AM
I remember playing European Air War with keyboard.

Low_Flyer_MkVb
04-27-2006, 11:54 AM
http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif I used a gamepad...

Xiolablu3
04-27-2006, 12:19 PM
Originally posted by Breeze147:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Xiolablu3:
Wow some nice posts, what a surprise http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif Hope you dont mind me joining in.

Where are you from Breeze?

A native of Philadelphia, PA now living for the past 13 years in Southern Maryland. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>


Thanks for your reply, I'm from England so you can hate me too. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

stathem
04-27-2006, 12:28 PM
Originally posted by Low_Flyer_MkVb:
Thanks, old chum - briefly hijacking my own thread, what d'you reckon to this Scholari business? I'm not even going to think about the Arse getting to the final...

I think I'd be quite keen on getting Scolari; I mean someone has to be able to meld that collection of England players into a world beating side, and he's certainly got the credentials, did wonders with not-the-strongest Brasil team in '02. Although I was hoping Engand'd get McClaren, then the Smoggies might stop taking points of us every bloody season.

As for the Arse, don't bear thinking about, mind you, after last season... http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/blush.gif nothing can ever be embarrassing again.

and all those Gooners getting a great day out in Gay Paree http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-mad.gif They should feel right at home http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

Vingui en Barca!!

Low_Flyer_MkVb
04-27-2006, 12:42 PM
Yeah, I'd have gone for Macca and Pearce - but always hopeful with 'Big Phil'...will make sure my Barca shirt's clean for the big night http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

Sordid_Sinister
04-27-2006, 01:39 PM
Amen, brother. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif I have fond memories of Aces, too.

woofiedog
04-27-2006, 02:37 PM
Quote... And Woofie - funny you should bring AH's Luftwaffe up, had a lot of fun with that one, still intact upstairs - I was looking at the literature from it only last week. Was tinkering with the idea of sticking the recognition chart from the game up behind my monitor...

One of my brother's and I spent many a night with Luftwaffe and the other board games.

And I still have the Luftwaffe complete game and others... when I picked up IL-2 it was like a dream come true.
I phoned my brother who lived out in the Mid-West at the time and was able to continue our gaming online.
It still seems unbelievable to the both of us that we can do this together, living many miles apart and from our own living rooms and be able to spend time together again.

Life has truely changed from my childhood growing up in the mid50's-60's.

Low_Flyer_MkVb
04-27-2006, 03:41 PM
True Woofie - those youngsters today are going to grow up taking so much for granted. I wonder what they're going to "remember when we thought FB was as good as it gets..." over?

I was recently laughed at again by a young relative when I tried to describe the family's first click-dial t.v. set - black and white, of course - the looks I got when I told them you had to get off your arse to change channels, and we only had three of them in those days...crikey! I've turned into an old git! Better get me some of those nipple-high waistband trousers and start making half a pint of mild last all night... http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif

Breeze147
04-28-2006, 09:00 AM
@Danjama & Xibaobalu: Okay, I'm Pwned.

ploughman
04-28-2006, 09:14 AM
Terrible thing happened to me today. Went for a pie and a pint (day off, mates over, out to play) and they'd RUN OUT OF SPECIAL. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/blink.gif

Feel my pain.

But then I had a lovely pint of St. George instead. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/inlove.gif

marc_hawkins
04-28-2006, 09:21 AM
that is bad. What is it with things called Best and them not being so? Sussex Best is not the tipple of choice around here for sure. Its the lies i can't stand. We go for the fine ales of the Dark Star brewery. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/10.gif

Well, my flat has not run out of tea so i am happy anyway.

wayno7777
04-28-2006, 09:34 AM
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v224/wayno77/Stuff/bump.gif

Originally posted by Low_Flyer_MkVb:
.

I remind myself how far we€ve come, remember those days when Lagg-3€s had to do if you wanted a Spitfire. Or red circles on the wings of a 190 for a Zero.
I bring myself briefly back to the present and look at all we have now, and I€m content, my plans to acquire a system capable of running FB/PF on perfect settings have borne wondrous fruit and I look eagerly ahead to catching up with all those campaigns that frightened me off with their rig-stopping intensity. Why, I€m seriously contemplating flying online soon. Oh yes, we€ve seen many changes €" daresay we€ll see many more - but one constant I€m sure will remain with many of us here is that this little game is a bloody marvellous way to spend our time, and as I drift off towards my Whirlwind filled dreams, I wonder how many people here appreciate just what we€ve got here.

Goodnight all.

Just wanted to bump this. Was about to get on-line, but my video card is giving me fits. Game freezes after a few minutes. Tried a lot of things. Many drivers. Many core dll's.
Anyway, I can picture it. Cheers L_F!http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v224/wayno77/Stuff/cheers.gif

ploughman
04-28-2006, 09:51 AM
Originally posted by marc_hawkins:
that is bad. What is it with things called Best and them not being so? Sussex Best is not the tipple of choice around here for sure. Its the lies i can't stand. We go for the fine ales of the Dark Star brewery. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/10.gif

Well, my flat has not run out of tea so i am happy anyway.

Sorry, I remembered that I managed to veer away from ordering a best at the last moment and went for a very agreeably seasonal pint of St. George instead and ammended my post to refect this recollection of reality. Must've been the trauma of being denied a Special that foxed me.

Whatever you do, keep away from 6X.

Low_Flyer_MkVb
04-28-2006, 10:24 AM
This is just too bizarre - I've just staggered home after several 6X's. Don't think I'll be flying much tonight... http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

Xiolablu3
04-28-2006, 05:29 PM
Originally posted by Breeze147:
@Danjama & Xibaobalu: Okay, I'm Pwned.

Hey I was trying to own you?!?! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif

I was joking. I am pleased to meet you of course http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Come and fly on Ukdedicated2 or Winds Of War one night with us. Do you fly under the same name, Breeze??