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fatjohn
01-29-2004, 04:52 AM
Hi,

Started playing online the other night and I have to say it's dangerously addictive. Or it would be, but for one thing - I seem to spend most of my time flying around by myself. I've tried asking for a grid ref for the action but I don't always get a reply. Soooo, is this normal? Should I just head for the nearest enemy base and loiter? Is it bad form to ask where the dogfight is?

Of course, when I do find someone I'm usually forced to fall off my a/c and hit the silk seconds after, but that's another story...

fatjohn
01-29-2004, 04:52 AM
Hi,

Started playing online the other night and I have to say it's dangerously addictive. Or it would be, but for one thing - I seem to spend most of my time flying around by myself. I've tried asking for a grid ref for the action but I don't always get a reply. Soooo, is this normal? Should I just head for the nearest enemy base and loiter? Is it bad form to ask where the dogfight is?

Of course, when I do find someone I'm usually forced to fall off my a/c and hit the silk seconds after, but that's another story...

F19_Olli72
01-29-2004, 05:05 AM
Look in the mission objectives before you take off, the better servers will have those at the map where you pick your homebase. Also i dont mind ppl asking where the fight is, but if you dont get a reply its likely your teammates are busy fighting http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif
It might be a good idea to pair up with someone too, as it dramaticly increases situational awarness (4 eyes are better than 2).

B16Enk
01-29-2004, 05:12 AM
It also depends on the difficulty level on the server!

Some will show enemy and friendly planes in the mini map.

Others restrict when they show or if they show at all.

Also make sure you are using the same 'handicaps' as every one else.

If the server has the no cockpit view allowed then you will be at a distinct disadvantage if you don't use it.
When I first started online it was two months before I discovered no **** pit gave you some useful arrows on screen, and that turning icons on helped me determine who was who!http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gifhttp://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gifhttp://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gifhttp://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif
I still got shot down as much!
Restricted (pit only views) is more challenging and fun http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

fatjohn
01-29-2004, 05:51 AM
I stay away from the servers which allow 'no cockpit views'. Makes for a steeper learning curve I suppose, but it's more fun.

I take your point about being too busy to reply though! I thought that must be part of it, but I just wanted to make sure that asking dumb questions like that doesn't put peoples noses out of joint.

Who knows, I might even last long enough to RTB one day!

oh, I fly online as 'Boozehoond', so if you're ever looking for a soft target in a server...

HansKnappstick
01-29-2004, 06:07 AM
A couple of days ago I connected to a server where the usage of TeamSpeak (separate channels for blue and red) was encouraged. There were some people on my channel, but noone said a word despite my "Hello!"s. So this is even a staggering, since noone is that busy so as not to answer for a radio call. Even if they are busy, then them crying "Don't hello just help me" would save their days.

Yes my TeamSpeak is OK, I can communicate with my buddies.

I could find the fight nevertheless. I am starting to like those limited-icons servers.

SpinSpinSugar
01-29-2004, 06:11 AM
HansKnappstick - perhaps their mother toungue wasn't English. It happens, especially on the VOW servers.

Cheers, SSS

michapma
01-29-2004, 06:50 AM
fatjohn, if your server doesn't have map icons enabled and you can't figure out from the briefing where the action is, I suggest taking off and circling the base until one of the players on your side spawns and takes off, then stay with him. (Someone else has mentioned this.) Soon enough you'll start learning the tell-tale signs of where the fights are, especially keep scanning for tracer fire. Remember that German planes are often higher. In some servers the highest planes are at about 2000m, in others people are flying at 4000m and above. Just be patient and observant. http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

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F19_Ob
01-29-2004, 08:27 AM
A suggestion is to go to about 3000m and search the ground by doing slow turns. this way u can spot them as light dots against the ground....if they have icons its a bit easier.


On the GreaterGreen server ( veteran and aces server)u can find the targetarea in objectives and most of the time u find enemies there.

Friendlies often give grids to enemy plane concentrations or possible furbals and ofcourse distress calls.