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Deadmeat313
08-22-2005, 04:50 PM
Tonight I decided at last to have a go online, to see how it all worked - and test my skills against the best. Having lurked on these boards for some time now, I was a bit concerned that the battlefields would be overrun with foul play and bad attitudes. Once I got on I was actually pleasantly surprised at the chivalry and good manners shown by both sides during the fights. Combattants apologised frequently to each other if they thought they'd taken advantage or breached a rule of etiquette. There seemed to be good teamplay evident on both sides (not just Blue http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif ) and there was a good mix of fighters and ground attack aircraft being flown.

At the moment I am still very much a noob. I didn't initially know how to open a chat channel (and STILL don't know how to message my own side only. Needless to say, my broadcasts were by necessity somewhat vague http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_rolleyes.gif ).

My first sorties were in the good old IL-2 - so simple any conscript can fly it. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif I was expecting to be slaughtered across the board, but amazingly got my first online kill very quickly, against a Bf-110 that came at me head on but didn't attack me. I think the pilot might not have realised I was enemy. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-indifferent.gif At that point I didn't even realise that Icons could be switched on, so I only knew he was hostile because he had two engines. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_cool.gif

Many a truck and tank then died to my cannons and machineguns (I forgot to load any bombs or rockets at first). http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_rolleyes.gif

Later I flew a variety of fighters, and while I managed to put a few holes in some airframes, I did not claim any more kills. Really I was like a lamb to the slaughter. Time and again I would approach an opponent in a Bf-109 or FW-190 from an advantageous position, only for them to immediately turn the tables and send me down in flames. Clearly I have a lot to learn.

And not just dogfighting! More than once I nearly caused a pileup on the airfield by getting in the way of other pilots taking off or landing. Fortunately I managed some agile taxiing, and averted disaster. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

I could use some tips on etiquette too. Often I saw planes light up their navigation lights when heading for home. Presumably this was their way of showing they were no longer fighting. I guessed that following them and blasting them to bits might be observed and commented on adversely, so I stayed out of their way. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

My thanks go to Pirschjaeger simply because it was seeing the IP for Eastern Hotshots on his sig that sent me to have a look. I was in the mood for a good kicking and the Eastern Front is my favourite flavour. Thank you.

Hopefully I'll see more of you wonderful people in the near future. Probably on my six. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Regards,

T.

Taylortony
08-23-2005, 01:31 AM
The 110 might have been a friendly if his icon was the same colour as yours, online you can fly almost anything you want on some maps, so its possible to have mixed countries on one side. He would have put up a message explaining doubts of your parentage if he was on your side though, http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

Online press S and you will see who is flying what the scores and pings are, kills vary but you get 10 points for a plane shot down, 100 points if you successfully land after shooting one down at your base or a nuetral one. messaging to everyone hit the ` key on uk board, on everyboard the key to the left of 123456 then type your message and hit return. once landed and stop press esc and refly to rearm.

some use landing nav lights when landing or wing tip smoke, most dont shoot you down if your gear is down, but some will, glad you enjoyed your flight online http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif it can get a bit hectic, also if once in a while you see planes zoom to places in the sky at odd angles and through hills, the cheating detected message pops up, this isnt cheating, simply someone has a bad ping and the host pc is updating where the planes should be, that triggers the message.

You can also get vultching, which is shooting people on the ground, some servers frown on it, some allow it, its up to your own heart really, would happen in real life, but it can make you a target for some people when they do get airborne... bombers etc attacking aircraft on the ground are excepted though as thats what you are there for.

Also if its on, press M for the map, click your mouse on it to zoom it (either button for either way) and if the game has it turned on you will be able to see all of the planes on the map and their sides indicated by the colour.. (not all maps have this turned on, same with icons etc)


Welcome aboard and enjoy it http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif


Remember...

Not all online players have the intelligence of the AI planes ............... http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

Deadmeat313
08-23-2005, 04:08 AM
Thank you for the post Taylortony. At the moment I need all the help I can get. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

The server limited players to a historical planeset for their side. When I saw the twin engined plane approaching, I rapidly cycled through all the available Soviet aircraft in my head. The search came up negative (unless they'd found a way to fly the Pe-2 http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif ) so I promptly blew one of his engines to flinders. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

I love the sheer randomness of online play. At one point I was circling over the Soviet ground-attack target site, and decided to have a blast at some of the vehicles despite the fact that this would involve diving almost straight down. I dived and tried to fire but my guns were empty! Nevertheless something went BOOM behind me. It seems that a Bf-109 had slotted onto my six and I had dived just in time. He tried to follow me into the dive and crashed into the town! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/88.gif

Lucky escape for me. He made embarrassed noises on the chat for a bit. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Speaking of chat. After you type a chat message it comes up:

0: ALL
1: MY_ARMY

...but would never let me select anything other that ALL, which meant I could only broadcast on an open channel. I'm obviously missing some really simple detail here. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_rolleyes.gif

T.

vocatx
08-23-2005, 05:54 AM
Use the "up" and "down" arrow keys to select "all" or "my army". Once you have this selected, hit enter.

Deadmeat313
08-23-2005, 07:04 AM
Oh. As simple as that. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/blink.gif

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

Thanks!

CruiseTorpedo
08-23-2005, 10:14 AM
Be sure to download a copy of teamspeak 2 as well. Lots of public dog fight servers host TS2 and list their IPs and login passwords in the game briefing. Join up and get on coms with some of the people, just try not to hog the channel too much or they might put you on ignore or change channels. Use common sense to know when to be quiet, if they're trying to talk to each other to guide help in or working to drag and bag an opponent then wait to speak. If they're talking about cars and women then jump in! LOL

Deadmeat313
08-23-2005, 10:42 AM
Good plan. That sort of thing would have been really useful last night when I found myself in a loose bomber formation of A20s. You need quick fingers to be able to warn your mates of an incoming fighter on chat while trying to keep some semblance of formation. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Wow. One day of online flying and already I have loads of war stories. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif

T.

ploughman
08-23-2005, 11:56 AM
I've been online since Sunday, or was it Saturday? for the 1st time in ages and it's a hoot. One of these days I might actually endanger someone's virtual life too. Most of my flights go along the lines of:

Finally get off the ground after accidentally hitting the 'drop ordnance' button twice. Get lost, find myself, fly to target, line up on target, disintegrate as cannon rounds from enemy plane strike my fuselage in an uninterrupted stream. Crash, burn, die.

Respawn. Repeat.

I was introduced to the 'drag' tactic the other day by a 190. Thanks for that. Talk about a total inversion of expectations.

Deadmeat313
08-24-2005, 04:53 AM
Last night I had a go at low-alt bombing in an A20. Now, low-alt bombing certainly has its uses, but experience tells me that there are some situations where it might best be avoided, such as:

1) You are using large bombs - 300kg to 500kg;
2) You have not set any bomb delay;
3) Your target is a MUNITIONS FACTORY. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_eek.gif

I dropped bombs at about 100m and the factory, myself and EVERYTHING went up in a huge explosion. A FW-190 that was following behind me (for some reason http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/blink.gif ) came close to being incinerated, and he commented that I'd "Gone up like a nuke". http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-surprised.gif

I love this game! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif

T.