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PavlovGrenadier
12-17-2007, 09:47 AM
Hi all! As this is my first post, a quick intro before my questions. I have been gaming since the late 90's including PC Strategy games, Board games and a lot of Table Top Miniature games. (To see pics of some of the games our group plays, see my website below).

I recently picked up IL-2/Pacific Fighters as my first ever Flight Sim game. All I can say: Wow! I cant believe how amazing it is (Im so annoyed I haven't given this a chance before). I have wanted to try one out for a while now and did some research and this package gave me both the European and Pacific theater. So I spent most of yesterday getting blown out of the sky (and loving every minute of it! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif) and have come up with a few questions I was hoping you might be able to help me out with.

1) When I toggle my targeting sight (via Cntrl-F1), it changes to a big circle and then a floating smaller circle. I "think" the bigger circle (with a small dot) is showing me where my guns are pointing and the smaller circle is showing me what? Where my shells will hit? If that's it, how does it determine that (at what range, ect). If that's not it, what does the floating little circle mean?

2) Most of the missions have you flying quite a bit before you get into any action and I was wondering if there was a way to save your progress at a certain spot so you could jump into a "saved" game just before you action starts? I know about speeding up the time and that's what I do now but was wondering if there was any other option.

Thanks! After a week or so, I might even venture out to the online world to give you guys an easy kill.

Curtis
www.thewargamerspage.com (http://www.thewargamerspage.com)

PavlovGrenadier
12-17-2007, 09:47 AM
Hi all! As this is my first post, a quick intro before my questions. I have been gaming since the late 90's including PC Strategy games, Board games and a lot of Table Top Miniature games. (To see pics of some of the games our group plays, see my website below).

I recently picked up IL-2/Pacific Fighters as my first ever Flight Sim game. All I can say: Wow! I cant believe how amazing it is (Im so annoyed I haven't given this a chance before). I have wanted to try one out for a while now and did some research and this package gave me both the European and Pacific theater. So I spent most of yesterday getting blown out of the sky (and loving every minute of it! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif) and have come up with a few questions I was hoping you might be able to help me out with.

1) When I toggle my targeting sight (via Cntrl-F1), it changes to a big circle and then a floating smaller circle. I "think" the bigger circle (with a small dot) is showing me where my guns are pointing and the smaller circle is showing me what? Where my shells will hit? If that's it, how does it determine that (at what range, ect). If that's not it, what does the floating little circle mean?

2) Most of the missions have you flying quite a bit before you get into any action and I was wondering if there was a way to save your progress at a certain spot so you could jump into a "saved" game just before you action starts? I know about speeding up the time and that's what I do now but was wondering if there was any other option.

Thanks! After a week or so, I might even venture out to the online world to give you guys an easy kill.

Curtis
www.thewargamerspage.com (http://www.thewargamerspage.com)

berg417448
12-17-2007, 10:05 AM
The view with the floating dot shows you a velocity vector indicator. It is helpful when learning to make carrier landings. It has nothing to do with aiming your guns.

Patch_whiner
12-17-2007, 12:05 PM
Hi Pavlov

Welcome to the world of flight simulators. As for your first question, assuming this is your gunsight
view then the outer circle is intended to show the range at which to open fire. When the enemy aircraft
wingtips touch this circle you are in close. The dot is where you are aiming. I use G/Toggle gunsight rather
than Ctrl-F1. As to your second question, this is a feature I would like especially as my PC just crashed after
1hr:30mins. FS2002 allows you to save your flight but then it doesn't have to save the enormous amount of data
that a combat flight sim would have to. So no there is no save flight option. You can accelerate time using the
[ ] keys (default). You can also use the time skip facility where the screen goes blank. You have to set a key
to use this feature and I think they set the rate of time acceleration a bit too slow ie. you sit waiting for the
time to skip.

PW

FoolTrottel
12-17-2007, 12:10 PM
Welcome here Curtis!

Unfortunately, there's no way to save a game mid-mission. You start a mission, you finish it. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_cool.gif

Well, you can pause it, offline.
Or speed it up. And there's the time-skip function: skip to the action (enemy near), or the next waypoint.

Have Fun!

trekvana
12-17-2007, 12:15 PM
read this....

http://www.simhq.com/_air10/air_312a.html

also visit this site www.darts-page.com (http://www.darts-page.com) for much more http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

FoolTrottel
12-17-2007, 12:18 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">I think they set the rate of time acceleration a bit too slow ie </div></BLOCKQUOTE>
http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/10.gifRate of 'Time skip' is not 'set'.
The rate will depend on how fast your CPU can calculate the simulation.

It's equal to time compression, but with the screen switched off.
Switched off to not have the process slow down by having to do any graphics...

trekvana
12-17-2007, 12:25 PM
pavlov i also highly recommend zeus-cat's "straight from the farm" campaign. it is perfect for getting you started!

http://mission4today.com/index.php?name=Downloads&file=details&id=2147

PavlovGrenadier
12-19-2007, 01:17 PM
Wow! Thanks for all the replies! First off, I mapped a key for the time acceleration and hit it ingame. The screen went black (as you said) but then what? When does it come back on...I didnt see any settings to indicated when it should come back to "life" <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">You can also use the time skip facility where the screen goes blank. You have to set a key
to use this feature and I think they set the rate of time acceleration a bit too slow ie. you sit waiting for the
time to skip. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>


Thanks Trek! I will be trying out the "Straight from the farm" missions this weekend. I have vastly improved my flying skills (now I only get shot down about 90% of the time and a few of my rounds accidently hit the enemy every once and a while http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif) but my landing is terrible (althought I can parachutte with the best of them http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif )

Zeus-cat
12-19-2007, 07:26 PM
Time acceleration is supposed to run the game until your aircraft is "close" to the enemy. I don't use it so I don't remember what close is. All I can say is keep your eyes open when the game comes back.

If you have any problems with "Straight From the Farm" or any of my other missions let me know at zeuscat@sbcglobal.net

What kind of PC strategy games do you play? I got the reissue of Close Combat (Cross of Iron) for my birthday. They improved the AI considerably. I'm barley hanging on in the big campaign.

dtk419
12-19-2007, 07:45 PM
I believe its stays "black til the next way point, check the mini-map to see how far apart, gives you
an idea how long they maybe if there's a lot of way points before the action starts.

Enjoy and welcome. Pooka

Bearcat99
12-23-2007, 06:30 PM
Welcome aboard and ..you might want to hit the Nugget's Guide in my sig and also try to get IL2 46. 46 includes not only Pacific Fighters but the rest of the series as well.