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    Is the presence, or lack thereof, of clouds determined by the server, or are each pilots personal settings in effect online?
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    Pretty sure it's up to the server. Otherwise, you would have an advantage if you had them turned off and I had them on trying to hide in the clouds.
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    tigertalon's Avatar Senior Member
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    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by dgaggi:
    Pretty sure it's up to the server. Otherwise, you would have an advantage if you had them turned off and I had them on trying to hide in the clouds. <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

    But from time to time it seems that enemy is miraculasly following me jinking through the cloud... Enter the cloud, change direction a few times randomly, come out somewhere, and he is still on my 6...
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    The host can chose if clouds are on, but the client can choose the "type"of clouds in his setup menu.

    You can choose if clouds are detailed on your system or not, detailed clouds are bigger than the "low-res" clouds.

    The effect is:
    Sometimes you see that people are trying to get cover from a cloud where you cant see a cloud, its in the area where he (with detailed clouds) is in the cloud but not for you with your "low-res" clouds..

    Ahhh not easy to describe.. hope you got what i mean...

    Greets
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    Tully__'s Avatar Global Moderator
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    If the server has clouds on, everyone will have clouds. Those who have detailed clouds will see them at greater distances than those who have medium clouds, but otherwise there's no difference.
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    Dgaggi, this is exactly the motivation behind my question. I'm still fairly new to online play and find a nice big cloud bank is often my best friend when fighting a more experienced pilot. But like TigerTalon said, I've also had a bandit stick to me like glue through the clouds despite making random course and altitude shifts to throw him off.

    Can anyone give the definitive answer here?
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    I already did ;-)
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    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Tully__:
    If the server has clouds on, everyone will have clouds. Those who have detailed clouds will see them at greater distances than those who have medium clouds, but otherwise there's no difference. <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

    Please allow me to express a different opinion Tully,

    It is true that
    1. Those who have detailed clouds will see them at greater distances than those who have medium clouds.
    But also
    2. Those who have detailed clouds will see a lot more clouds than those who have medium clouds.

    I is pity because I like detailed clouds a lot
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    i can only say , dont trust clouds online !!

    more than once following happend - with other people on VoiceComs:
    i was in a cloud on my screen, for another player i was not ! and other way round too.
    and we had the same clouddetail settings !

    soo, i never use clouds to hide.
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    What tully said.

    And also...In a battle the two available cloudtypes doesn't have any greater inpact. That close the clouds are visible to all.

    Frankyboy doesn't trust clouds but to me they are a great aid for escaping, reversing a fight or just to cool the engine for a while when overheated.
    I often fly crappier planes that cant gain the advantage in the open so easily (p38's or il-2's for example).
    One have to be mindful though and climb high enough into the cloud so an attacker behind cant see you and counter your moves.
    The experienced will dive below the cloud or remain above waiting since its easier to spot something in the thinnest (vertical) part of the cloud.
    On the horisontal the layer is just too thick.

    a few thoughts
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