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Zeus-cat
09-15-2005, 10:52 PM
A new campaign from Zeus-cat is coming soon. The final four missions have been sent to my beta-tester for testing. Hopefully, the campaign will be ready to be released when I get back from vacation, in about two weeks (I'm serious on the two weeks thing, its not a joke).

€œStraight Down€ will start as a twenty-six mission campaign for the SBD dive-bomber, but may be expanded to upwards of 50 missions if part one proves popular.

In €œStraight Down€ you will dive-bomb target-rich environments from the decks of various U.S. aircraft carriers. Fly in various weather conditions such as rain, beautiful blue skies, hazy mornings, thunderstorms and even a snowstorm or two. Briefings will reflect those found in actual wartime conditions as they will not always be accurate. Targets may not always be at the specified location or even be what the briefing specifies.

Missions can be flown full-real or using any difficulty settings you desire. Mission success is achieved by reaching the target area; destruction of the primary target is never required for mission success.

The campaign will be released in both PF-only as well as merged versions.

Part One
Deployment One
Fly the final mission in your dive-bomber training and show the brass that you can hit a target and land on a carrier. (one mission)

Deployment Two
From the deck of the USS Little Big Horn support the heroic efforts of Lieutenant Colonel Bellware and his men as they desperately hold back the Japanese assault on Island 419. The enemy€s daring midnight raid destroyed their airfield and their aircraft, but the surviving cooks, clerks, mechanics and pilots from the airfield fight back tenaciously with any weapon they can get their hands on. They need your help to defeat the enemy€¦ they need your help to survive! Are you up to the task? (thirteen missions)


Deployment Three
The USS Sitting Bull has been deployed to the vast open waters of the South Pacific. You will attempt to interdict Japanese convoys, find and attack hidden seaplane bases, and attack surface vessels in the battle to determine who controls the high seas. (twelve missions)


If part one proves to be popular, part two will be developed. Plans for part two include the following:

Deployment Four (sorry, but not available for PF-only players)
Deploy to the freezing wasteland of the Aleutians aboard the Polar Viper; a specially modified Casablanca-class escort carrier. Scour the Northern Pacific along with your hardy escorts, the USS Arctic Tern and the USS Polar Brrr as you look for Japanese bases. The short deck of an escort carrier requires you take to the air with fuel tanks that are half-filled at best and often only a single bomb to drop. The arctic conditions mean that only the best, or luckiest, pilots will survive their tour of duty. A crash landing on the barren wasteland or ditching in the freezing waters will result in cold, lonely death. (about twelve missions)

Deployment Five
Make a short visit to Castaway Island* along with Randy*. You and Randy will conduct several covert raids in an attempt to root out a Japanese spy. (four missions)

Deployment Six/Seven
Head to the waters off Japan and attack rail yards, aircraft factories, oil refineries, airfields and the remnants of the Imperial fleet as the war winds down. (one or two deployments of unknown length)

* Special thanks to Dubbo for the use of Castaway Island and Randy

Zeus-cat

Zeus-cat
09-15-2005, 10:52 PM
A new campaign from Zeus-cat is coming soon. The final four missions have been sent to my beta-tester for testing. Hopefully, the campaign will be ready to be released when I get back from vacation, in about two weeks (I'm serious on the two weeks thing, its not a joke).

€œStraight Down€ will start as a twenty-six mission campaign for the SBD dive-bomber, but may be expanded to upwards of 50 missions if part one proves popular.

In €œStraight Down€ you will dive-bomb target-rich environments from the decks of various U.S. aircraft carriers. Fly in various weather conditions such as rain, beautiful blue skies, hazy mornings, thunderstorms and even a snowstorm or two. Briefings will reflect those found in actual wartime conditions as they will not always be accurate. Targets may not always be at the specified location or even be what the briefing specifies.

Missions can be flown full-real or using any difficulty settings you desire. Mission success is achieved by reaching the target area; destruction of the primary target is never required for mission success.

The campaign will be released in both PF-only as well as merged versions.

Part One
Deployment One
Fly the final mission in your dive-bomber training and show the brass that you can hit a target and land on a carrier. (one mission)

Deployment Two
From the deck of the USS Little Big Horn support the heroic efforts of Lieutenant Colonel Bellware and his men as they desperately hold back the Japanese assault on Island 419. The enemy€s daring midnight raid destroyed their airfield and their aircraft, but the surviving cooks, clerks, mechanics and pilots from the airfield fight back tenaciously with any weapon they can get their hands on. They need your help to defeat the enemy€¦ they need your help to survive! Are you up to the task? (thirteen missions)


Deployment Three
The USS Sitting Bull has been deployed to the vast open waters of the South Pacific. You will attempt to interdict Japanese convoys, find and attack hidden seaplane bases, and attack surface vessels in the battle to determine who controls the high seas. (twelve missions)


If part one proves to be popular, part two will be developed. Plans for part two include the following:

Deployment Four (sorry, but not available for PF-only players)
Deploy to the freezing wasteland of the Aleutians aboard the Polar Viper; a specially modified Casablanca-class escort carrier. Scour the Northern Pacific along with your hardy escorts, the USS Arctic Tern and the USS Polar Brrr as you look for Japanese bases. The short deck of an escort carrier requires you take to the air with fuel tanks that are half-filled at best and often only a single bomb to drop. The arctic conditions mean that only the best, or luckiest, pilots will survive their tour of duty. A crash landing on the barren wasteland or ditching in the freezing waters will result in cold, lonely death. (about twelve missions)

Deployment Five
Make a short visit to Castaway Island* along with Randy*. You and Randy will conduct several covert raids in an attempt to root out a Japanese spy. (four missions)

Deployment Six/Seven
Head to the waters off Japan and attack rail yards, aircraft factories, oil refineries, airfields and the remnants of the Imperial fleet as the war winds down. (one or two deployments of unknown length)

* Special thanks to Dubbo for the use of Castaway Island and Randy

Zeus-cat

-HH- Beebop
09-15-2005, 11:32 PM
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Now this sounds like F-U-N!

Enforcer572005
09-16-2005, 01:36 AM
Let me get my thermal underwear on......now wheres that sock i had specially modified? http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/59.gif

I guess i better practice bombing techniques...im lousy at that. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_cool.gif

Siwarrior
09-16-2005, 01:38 AM
sry but i have to say this
SBDs (3-5) did not operate more than 1000lb of bombs off carriers
just to let ya know

Zeus-cat
09-16-2005, 05:49 AM
Siwarrior,

As far as I know, the SBD never carried a 3 x 500 pound bomb loadout either. It would have been a 500 or 1,000 pound centerline bomb and a pair of smaller bombs on the wings. I don't have that in the game, so...

Also, the simplified damage model to ships mandates that a mission builder deviate from real life to create missions that work. A 1,000 pound bomb barely scratches a Japanese destroyer when you score a direct hit. That's not very realistic IMO, so you will be carrying a 1,600 pound bomb off a carrier in this campaign.

There is a real trade-off between realism and playability when creating missions. I don't have a squadron of fighters protecting a squadron of dive bombers from a squadron of Japanese fighters. That would choke a lot of people's machines. I concentrated on making a campaign that "seemed" real from the viewpoint of the player. If the player never sees the Japanese carrier that sends fighters to defend an island, then odds are I left the carrier out. No use chewing up resources for the low-end guy when I don't need to.

This is a game and it gives only the slightest hint of what combat was like. On a scale of 1 to 10, the best simulator ever made scores a 1 because your life is never in danger.

Its a game, enjoy it.

Zeus-cat

Siwarrior
09-16-2005, 05:54 AM
rgr
if you hit a destroyer in the funnel with a 1000lb bomb then it will begin smoking,
although not avaible in game SBD-5s could carry 50cal gunpod on the wing racks !

jensenpark
09-16-2005, 08:26 AM
Great stuff Zeus-Cat!

Look forward to the release. Maybe I'll bug Dubbo for a sneak peak.

Have fun on vacation. Watch out for the moose.

Kuna15
09-16-2005, 09:17 AM
omG I know I'm gonna love it. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

Kuna15
09-16-2005, 09:23 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Zeus-cat:
Also, the simplified damage model to ships mandates that a mission builder deviate from real life to create missions that work. A 1,000 pound bomb barely scratches a Japanese destroyer when you score a direct hit. That's not very realistic IMO, so you will be carrying a 1,600 pound bomb off a carrier in this campaign. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

That is true. Ships in sim seems to be able to take more punishment than they do irl.

-HH-Dubbo
09-16-2005, 01:29 PM
Is good http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

-HH-Dubbo
09-16-2005, 03:28 PM
What ZC does really well is immersion and this one is no exception.
You get to know your gunner, Tex and enjoy his tales about the cranberry farm he grew up on in Arizona, his sweetheart Betty-Louanne whom he is planning to marry just as soon as he gets back.
You play cards with him and come to depend on him to cover your **** in the air and perk you up when you're feeling down.
That is until he get's injured in a freak accident aboard the carrier when he slips going down some stairs in a storm and breaks ankle which becomes septic. In Derek Robinson style, Tex wanders away from the sick bay in delerium and is killed when he falls into an open deck elevator.

One minute your laughing, the next your shedding a tear for Tex.

It's that good http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

Udidtoo
09-16-2005, 03:57 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by -HH-Dubbo:
What ZC does really well is immersion and this one is no exception.
You get to know your gunner, Tex and enjoy his tales about the cranberry farm he grew up on in Arizona, his sweetheart Betty-Louanne whom he is planning to marry just as soon as he gets back.
You play cards with him and come to depend on him to cover your **** in the air and perk you up when you're feeling down.
That is until he get's injured in a freak accident aboard the carrier when he slips going down some stairs in a storm and breaks ankle which becomes septic. In Derek Robinson style, Tex wanders the carrier in delerium and is killed when he falls into an elevator opening.

One minute your laughing, the next your shedding a tear for Tex.

It's that good http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_rolleyes.gif Arizona cranberries eh? Besides, everybody who knew Tex knew he didn't play cards because he was a Jehova Witness. Man come saturday afternoon you just couldn't get him to shut up.

-HH-Dubbo
09-16-2005, 05:09 PM
Remind me to tell you what happened to one of the cooks....

Zeus-cat
09-16-2005, 05:15 PM
URGENT URGENT URGENT URGENT URGENT URGENT URGENT

I find myself in need of a NEW beta tester. My old one is no longer ummm... available.. By available, I mean capable of discerning reality from la-la land.

URGENT URGENT URGENT URGENT URGENT URGENT URGENT

Zeus-cat

fabianfred
09-16-2005, 07:08 PM
I'd be happy to oblige...

-HH- Beebop
09-16-2005, 07:21 PM
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If this thread is any indication, this will be one heck of a campaign.

jensenpark
09-16-2005, 10:26 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Zeus-cat:
URGENT URGENT URGENT URGENT URGENT URGENT URGENT

I find myself in need of a NEW beta tester. My old one is no longer ummm... available.. By available, I mean capable of discerning reality from la-la land.

URGENT URGENT URGENT URGENT URGENT URGENT URGENT

Zeus-cat </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

I don't think Dub can even discern la-la land from la-la-la-la land.

-HH-Dubbo
09-17-2005, 02:21 AM
So anyway &lt;ignoring the disparaging comments&gt; the cook, Seaman Cleveland Jones Jr was the son of a haberdasher *** wigmaker, who was moderately successful before the depression. With the collapse of the family business, Cleveland Sr got lost in the bottle and his son was left to his own devices on the mean streets of Brooklyn. When he was 19, Cleveland Jr was employed as a cook in one of the many thriving logging camps that were all over Brooklyn at the time. When the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, he enlisted in the USN the very next day, his background in catering pre-determining the role he would play within the service.

He was a bright spot aboard the USS Little Big Horn for most of the aircrew, always ready with a smile, a kind word or an extra fishhead in your bowl of soup. Well liked.

On shore-leave in Pearl after the Bellware missions, he was accidentally run down by an MP in a jeep who was on his way to yet another bar room brawl between USN & USMC personnel. Sorely missed.

Like I said, you laugh, you cry. This campaign has it all.

-HH- Beebop
09-17-2005, 09:59 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by -HH-Dubbo:
...Cleveland Jr was employed as a cook in one of the many thriving logging camps that were all over Brooklyn at the time. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

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This is getting better and better. I'll tell you folks right now this will be a very entertaining campaign.

Zeus-cat
09-17-2005, 11:49 AM
Sadly, the stories of Tex and Cleveland Jone Jr were removed from Part I of the campaign by the censors. They felt too much information concerning troop deployments and ship movements were revealed by telling thier stories. It is possible they may make into Part II of the campaign (told in retrospect obviously).

I am out of here for a week. Bug Dubbo to finish beta testing it and you can have this campaign in two weeks.

Zeus-cat

blairgowrie
09-17-2005, 04:12 PM
Two weeks eh? Where have I heard that before?

-HH-Dubbo
09-19-2005, 11:52 AM
Less than that now, surely.