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BM357_Raven
01-18-2004, 03:58 PM
Just putting out the word for those looking for FR servers to check us out. Be prepared, however, as there is no speedbar (sorry Yak pilots).

Usually, the missions have the Brits and Yanks vs the LW, but in a couple missions the Germans are faced with a two front war (ie. Soviet planes are included).

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BM357_Raven
01-18-2004, 03:58 PM
Just putting out the word for those looking for FR servers to check us out. Be prepared, however, as there is no speedbar (sorry Yak pilots).

Usually, the missions have the Brits and Yanks vs the LW, but in a couple missions the Germans are faced with a two front war (ie. Soviet planes are included).

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BM357_Raven
01-18-2004, 03:59 PM
BTW, I did fly the Yak3 for a couple hours and as long as you have the sun and ground references you can get by in the smaller maps. Yes the compass helps big time, though.. http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_rolleyes.gif

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TX-Zen
01-18-2004, 04:20 PM
Gotta give a friendly bump for the BM357 guys.

Great server, I highly recommend it. For those of you looking for a greater challenge, this is a wonderful place to fly. I generally don't fly the completely difficult settings because of my personal taste, but I must say I do enjoy flying on this server.

The BM guys are polite, friendly and always ready to lend a hand...they are good hosts. I totally support diversity and even though I may not fly FR all the time, this is one server that I do fly when the mood strikes me.


S~~ BM, keep up the good work, you have my vote http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

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BM357_Disciple
01-19-2004, 12:42 AM
We have a server? What! Why am I always the last to know everything?

Haha..

Seriously - We have alot of fun in here - and if any of you like to fly Full Difficult - come give us a spin.

As TX-Zen stated - we are all willing to help out where we can - and any ideas or suggestions are welcome.

FYI - we have the Primary server and a secondary server - in the even either server is full.

HL - Blazing_Magnums and Blazing_Magnum2

S~!

If your not into Full Difficult settings - then Check out the TX server. They have some of the best maps out there. (hint hint hint - Zen you gonna send some our way???)

TX-Zen
01-19-2004, 01:00 AM
Yessir, I'll run a few off TX for ya lol


You're welcome to use any or all of our maps as you like, I'm working on about 8 right now and am more than willing to share. I think these days I like making missions more than even flying (egad!) so say the word and I'll kick em on over.

S!


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BM357_Troll
01-19-2004, 01:14 AM
Thanks for the kind words. I hope we can continue to make the maps on the server fun and interesting. I plan on contributing a series to the server soon, also FR of course. I hope mine meet the standards already set!

GoodKn1ght
01-19-2004, 01:22 AM
I really like the server and great bunch of guys those bm357. but wheres my minimap path? http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif
i struggle enough as a pilot but im a horrible navigator to boot. http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_frown.gif
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01-19-2004, 12:28 PM
lol

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Heavy_Weather
01-19-2004, 12:51 PM
sounds fun, i'll keep an eye open for this one. http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

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LeadSpitter_
01-19-2004, 05:06 PM
I was in there yesterday, great server and was alot of fun. Ill be looking for it in the future since im kind of tired of virtualpilots 1 finland map and all the greatergreen maps.

S` The more FR servers the better on HL, Seems alot of the people are getting out of the EZ settings learning stages and advancing.

Its fun navigating goodkn1ght but I get semi lost sometimes, especially on snowmaps at high alt

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Call_me_Kanno
01-19-2004, 07:34 PM
I've been flying on the Blazing_Magnums the last few nights and I'm starting to like full real alot. It seems to be the extra challenge of keeping up with navigation and gauge reading's as well as proper plane ID I like.

In flying in FR I did notice that the TB-3 did not have a compass that I could see. So I'm glad the map is very close in detailing the actual ground features.

Kanno

TheGozr
01-19-2004, 07:56 PM
FR is cool but need the bar speed since some can't read the gages. http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif
it can also made up for the pilote position.

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crazyivan1970
01-20-2004, 12:05 AM
Exellent server. Had lots of fun there.

V!
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BM357_Raven
01-20-2004, 11:49 AM
S~,

Thanks for the good words fellas... You are all awesome. http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_cool.gif

Disciple's got FBstats up N' running for anyone who is curious to see how they fair at full switch,-- statistically speaking. Go to our site and click STATS.

And about the speed bar.. I completely understand what you are saying, but we are trying to impress people that Full Switch is not only possible, but great fun as well.. The buzz word is immersion--it's got it, baby! Ya gotta get used to it and get used to using your cockpit gauges http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_frown.gif but once you do I guarantee you'll love it http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

To add speedbar reduces the challenge, and makes you less dependent on having a relationship with your plane through its interface. Instead you obtain immediate digital information which I believe removes you somewhat from the cockpit.. That was a litte preachy,,, sorry :S

I understand that some planes have terrible compass placement. But if you are a German or US pilot you should have no problem learning to use your gauges ("O" is East, btw). Zoom your FOV when you are trying to get detailed info from your gauges, too. http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

In the Yak you'll be heavily dependent on consentrating and using visual flight references more. I have proven to myself that it is possible to fly the smaller maps without a compass--no it ain't easy http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif, but it is achievable if you know where the sun is and use water, moutains, forests, roads, etc. to guide you to and from the action.

If you can maintain a general sense of your location you will be alright. Also, altitude helps if you get lost, because you can recognize features easier when you are further up and looking at things more 'generally' than being low and trying to pick out specific details.. Sometimes it can be reversed, but I find this to be the case with me most of the time.

In a few planes, the fact that some of the gauges are not as user friendly will make for harder gameplay... But it is still playable..

..might give some of the yak drivers a chance to check out what the other guys fly, too... http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

This is a chance for people to use their instruments in a whole new way and to experience a different Forgotten Battles.

Climb in and get a taste of the kind of combat that is not common place on H/L and UBI.. As you get better, you will begin to see why we fly FR non-stop..

Everytime I fly FR, I get better. When I started, I was helpless and got lost. Now I seem to almost intuitively know where the action is. If I do get disoriented it is not for nearly as long as when I started FR several months ago. It's an upward climb for everyone.

Since we are all students of WWII fighter combat, we want to get as close as possible to the environment and "the life." I believe Full Switch takes us as close to WWII as is conceivably possible with the limitations of technology and budget.

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Osirisx9
01-20-2004, 12:18 PM
Enjoyed flying with you guys last night. Any chance the zero will be enabled soon, or are you going to keep historical scenerios going for a while.

Osiris_X9

TX-Zen
01-20-2004, 12:28 PM
I have to agree with Raven on the enjoyment factor of the game. Sure it's misorienting at first, even I had to take a double look at the compass gauge on the D9 to make sure it really was the compass...heck who ever uses those things with the speed bar on?

But once you get used to it or at least get over the initial urge to run like heck away from the server, something different happens. That buzz word he mentioned...immersion....wow, it pours on like you wouldn't believe, at least it did for me. The Dora felt like a whole new airplane, I mean litterally like I was flying her again for the first time. The feeling of being connected to the map was intense because suddenly the terrain was important, just as it is in real life.

I can tell you from personal experience as a soldier that you make your living off the land...terrain is extremely important to your very existance. You become attuned to it, to living outdoors and know how to flow with it. I feel that with the minimap off and no speedbar, suddenly those same feelings were evoked and I felt swept away to a real fighter cockpit.

It might sound overly dramatic, but it was a whole new world. And as Raven also said, as time goes on you become more attuned to the navigation, disorientation fades and you find that it's hard to remember using the speedbar. Seriously.



I say again to try it....the feeling of immersion is not just a buzzword, it's addictive http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

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BM357_Raven
01-20-2004, 12:50 PM
Funny you should say that Osiris, the primary server Blazing_Magnums has a mission set that should be running now that has the zeke. It is a very difficult island map created by Tin and I flew the zeke and Ki and had a blast... Truly one of my favorites to date, albeit tricky to navigate, but full of all kinds of action...

Get in there and populate it with us so we can get a full house...

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BM357_Raven
01-20-2004, 12:54 PM
And Zen..., you the man! http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

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TX-Zen
01-20-2004, 01:17 PM
I just call it like I see it http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

You have a good server, it doesn't hurt me to give you the props you deserve and even if it did I say the same. Truth is truth.

If I could somehow get this thing called real life off my back, I'd spend more time there http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

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LilHorse
01-20-2004, 02:54 PM
I love the settings on your server. But I have just one small (teeeeeeny, tiiiiiiny) gripe. Would it be possible to limit the plane set by year and have it progress through the different maps? Even though I'm one of those nuts that will take out a E4 when there's K4s available (I don't care for the 109s after the G6a/s) I just think it would make things even more challenging and immersive. Otherwise, it's a great server, no complaints from me. The more FR servers the better in my book. Thanks for having it out there.

crazyivan1970
01-20-2004, 03:17 PM
Some really good points Zen.

Actually i gave HOST a rest for couple of days and visited quiet a few servers. Of course Gretergreen is a top notch and TX server was very good, when they got off those super-easy settings http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif but my impression was most of others are behind by good margine, with exception of few.. Slammin cleaned up his server big time after editing maxlag settings, it`s pretty cool for relaxed settings lovers...JG27_Server...ex <Bogeys> was very good, got a little laggy but needed reboot, also he`s on the same map as long as i can remember him, come on Bogey, don`t be lazy or i`ll get Aristo on your arse http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif, UK_DEDICATED was ok until it got full load and became a lag country, no offence guys, just being honest. Map with 1 base per country? Why? Just curious...
Then i went on bunch of non-dedicated servers and 90% of them were either some wierd plane set, maps and rather odd setups with nice addition of incredible lag and spawn stutter. Hey, not saying anything agaisnt those, maybe i am just a spoiled snob... but there are always a couple of good servers could use human resources ya know... why waste your valuable time and try to run something you are not really capable of, just a thought.

And finally i arrived on Blazing_magnums and it sure was a pleasent releive. For some it might be boring and they not always have time for FR..for some it completely not realistic for whatever reason... but that hour i spent on Blazins made up for whole week.
Nice crowd, lots of looking around and navigating... great stuff. And rare but very exciting kills, talking about satisfaction. Needless to say that server was totally smooth.. great stuff.

Please, Don`t take any offence on my comments...

V!
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Yum_Yum
01-20-2004, 03:29 PM
hello http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif
I visited today and found it to be very nice and smooth on the Islands map which was in progress as I joined. Sadly, I was the only one present until a member of the BM Squad joined, and then a few monents later another player joined. We were the only 3 present for my short stary of about 20 mins.

I thank you for the time and effort which you have spent making this server available, and I enjoyed my short time there and look forward to regular visits http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif.

I spend my time using a variety of settings and servers but seldom spend more than an hour on any.

Thanks, I will be back soon http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

BM357_Raven
01-20-2004, 04:25 PM
LilHorse wrote:

<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR> posted Jan 20, 04:54 PM
I love the settings on your server. But I have just one small (teeeeeeny, tiiiiiiny) gripe. Would it be possible to limit the plane set by year and have it progress through the different maps? Even though I'm one of those nuts that will take out a E4 when there's K4s available (I don't care for the 109s after the G6a/s) I just think it would make things even more challenging and immersive. <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Excellent point and one a couple of us were recently discussing. At the moment we have a diverse group of map makers so you will likely see a diverse bunch of maps. I, for example, am currently working on the "Transportation Plan" for the pre-Normandy invasion (a mission set to fly against the IV/JG51 in an online war 1st though). Tin is working on a Pacific map which plays well and looks like it will make for a nice series. Disciple is spearheading a Flak FREE DF series (for those with slower PC's).

Troll is working on an interesting series that takes into account the sphere's of control. The winner may get more territory through victory, but not necessarily more peices (or at least a proportional increase of pieces) so that in essence the winner will be more spread out, while the loser may have lost AAA and Artillery, but because they have lost more real-estate, their forces are now more consolidated.

I'll make mention to these guys that you raised this issue and see what comes of it. Also because we are a US squad, and have been flying so much on the Eastern Front, we are really pushing a USA/Brit's vs the LW. But I think once we are well-saturated in the US thing, you will see a good mix of Easter Front, Pacific, and who knows, maybe North Africa too..

One thing I would like to get feedback on. Do people mind very much if we incorporate maps that really are of a different region? For example, the Normandy map really isn't perfectly setup for some of the concepts I wish to employ. Whereas the Gulf of Finland comes pretty darn close. In a BoB type arena the Gulf of Finland almost works perfectly. The 109's must make the crossing but beware of their fuel loads.. When people join missions what kind of historical accuracy are they hoping for.

Would you, for example, cringe to see a BoB that incorporates the Gulf of Finland Map? Would it annoy you to see a stuka posing as a Japanese plan? B-17's flying on external's yeh or nay? TB3's or He-111's posing as B-17's or B-24's? (The last one is a tough one for me personally)..

We'd like to know. Thanks for the feedback and further brainstorming!


S~

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Capt_Haddock
01-20-2004, 04:45 PM
Connected to HL, launched the game, and logged off...

I was really looking forward to have a go, but unfortunatelly the planeset wasn't my cup of tea. I'm more into the VERY early war years myself. Brewsters, Chaikas, Emils, Moscas...

I suppose it's hard to please everyone, so thanks anyway for the effort setting up the server and missions.

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BM357_Raven
01-20-2004, 05:59 PM
good call. Tin and I are on comms and I just read to him your post. We'll see what we can conjure up for you and others who share your passion for the early war years.

We have an endless stream of ideas which can mean some of them materialize later than others. But we appreciate your input.

S~

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BM357_Disciple
01-20-2004, 08:28 PM
Just an FYI

I changed the name of BlazingMagnums2 to BM357th on HyperLobby

Now look for

Blazing_Magnums
and
BM357th

*Please note that at the moment - BM357th has pingkick/teamkick/vulchkick/deathkick active.

Kicks on "BM357th" are not meant personal in anyway shape form or fashion. In the event that you are kicked for any of the reasons above. Please feel free to rejoin the server. If an admin is logged in maybe we can adjust some of the settings to better suite the needs of the players in general.

Thanks

BM357_Raven
01-21-2004, 09:29 AM
Yeah, just to reiterate the chance of the autokick features being misunderstood is high.

If you get kicked (unless it is because of repeated ping issues), then just rejoin.

Everyone, including Raven will get kicked for obtaining too many deaths, or for vulching too much, or for team kills..

BTW, WE ARE VULCHERS! But as Disciple put it, this will make people work for their kills a little more and think twice about vulching if it effects their scores. We are 'chuters' and also vulchers. To those who talk about honor, we say that was a WWI thing, not WWII. But at the same time, Disciple has put a limiting factor on vulching in the attempt to raise the bar somewhat..

Disciple...ya rock http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_cool.gif

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TX-Zen
01-21-2004, 09:54 AM
Hehe, vulcher is such a distasteful term, I prefer 'combined arms' myself.

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LilHorse
01-21-2004, 10:04 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by BM357_Raven:
Would it annoy you to see a stuka posing as a Japanese plan? B-17's flying on external's yeh or nay? TB3's or He-111's posing as B-17's or B-24's? (The last one is a tough one for me personally)..<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

First, thanks for answering my post. Second, I'm with you on this one (above). I'd have a hard time with some planes masquerading as others. But use of convenient maps for a BoB scenario I'd find acceptable.

TX-Zen
01-21-2004, 11:00 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by BM357_Raven:
One thing I would like to get feedback on. Do people mind very much if we incorporate maps that really are of a different region? For example, the Normandy map really isn't perfectly setup for some of the concepts I wish to employ. Whereas the Gulf of Finland comes pretty darn close. In a BoB type arena the Gulf of Finland almost works perfectly. The 109's must make the crossing but beware of their fuel loads.. When people join missions what kind of historical accuracy are they hoping for.

Would you, for example, cringe to see a BoB that incorporates the Gulf of Finland Map? Would it annoy you to see a stuka posing as a Japanese plan? B-17's flying on external's yeh or nay? TB3's or He-111's posing as B-17's or B-24's? (The last one is a tough one for me personally)..

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I don't have a problem with things like using the gulf of Finland to simulate Normandy if the mission has a good flow to it and plays well. Things like wrong regional maps are easy to overlook if the gameplay is interesting.

Using other planes to simulate ones that are missing is ok with me too, at least to an extent. If the skin has appropriate markings I could live with it, but if not the suspension of disbelief is much harder to sustain.

Still, I get it all boils down to good missions...if the subsitutions add to the mission then I'd be happy with that.

The main thing is creativity and good gameplay...if you achieve that, my bet is most people probably won't care about 100% accuracy.

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BM357_TinMan
01-21-2004, 12:39 PM
S~ all,

Let me chime in for a sec and say that the vulch/death/ping/etc kick thing is on the BM357 server not the Blazing_Magnums server. I don't want any confussion here, you will NOT kicked for dying too much or vulching on the Blazing_Magnums server.

Secondly, I am currently hosting a short Pacific series, in which I substitue the Stuka for what ever japanesse plane looks very similar to it.

The plane sets follow only what I thought would be cool to pit against each other and still achieve the map objectives.

I added a "bonus" round that is a night bombing raid type thing....folks may find it interesting, if not, it is set to time out in less than an hour.

Cheers

TinMan

BM357_Disciple
01-21-2004, 05:10 PM
Per the request of CO and XO

Deathkick has been removed on BM357th server

Vulchkick/pingkick/teamkick are still active. The settings have been raised slightly - due to the fact that people where getting kicked when they reached one of these limits.

Flyby99th
01-21-2004, 05:29 PM
Salute Blazing_Magnums!
I fly greatergreen when I can get on, or virtualpilots (1&2), but I tried your server, and was very pleased to see that my navigation skills had improved! I like the real-deal_full_real stuff. I think it's more like what combat pilots went through in WW2. Quite a few never saw the one that got them. Also flying fr lends itself to not lone-wolfing too much. Yet, it's hard to get linked up with guys who are just popping on. But that's a different issue. I like to fly bombers in full real, and I dont mind asking fighters to sweep the area I'm fliying into.
Well, anyway, BM is a great room to test one's self in. How about a '44 scenario in Normandy where both sides conduct fighter sweeps to fight for air superiority.
Flyb out

BM357_Raven
01-21-2004, 08:50 PM
You'll be seeing a lot of Normandy / Pre-Normandy Invasion stuff as we progress. We'll also need B-17 pilots to escort into the region to soften up the enemy at the beaches before the landing craft hit shore...It's gonna be cloudy though, so 8AF will likely require you to delay your release a bit so we dont accidentally hit our boyz.

What about LW presence? Here comes the what if scenerio series that explores the possibility of advanced warning for the actual invasion area..enabling the Germans to shuttle troops, panzer divisions and fighters to the region--the greatest fear the allies could face--that their deception plan has failed.... http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_redface.gif

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BM357_Raven
02-03-2004, 04:34 AM
more maps on the way soon... Stay tuned!

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