Recent Outage

January 7th, 2017 by

Well that’s Christmas over and done with and to start the new year the Battle-Fields network decided to take a huge dump. It could have been all the festive food that caused problems or maybe it was the fact that as all the folk in the offices near the servers decided to try and keep warm using fan heaters because the heating had gone off.

Our battery backup tried valiantly to keep things from hitting the dirt but there is only so much you can do with lead and acid and running big servers for in excess of 40 minutes is asking a bit much on our budget.

Apologies if you missed us for the 4 days it was out of service but I was out of the country and couldn’t go and hit the rack with a hammer.

We are a server down right now awaiting parts. You can get updates via the usual channels (mainly the forums).

If you feel you would like to help us keep things running then feel free to donate, you can find links on the main site and on the  forums.

Happy new year!

 

Fly A 737 For Christmas!

November 28th, 2016 by

Well almost;

Our good friends at Jet Simulator Limited very kindly offered a 50% discount to all visitors to Battle-Fields.com some time back but as they say all good things must come to an end. So from January 1st the 50% off discount will come to an end.

Likewise the 50% off annual discount that members of the Captains Club are entitled to will also be changing to something less attractive, say like from Taylor Swift to oh I dunno … Shane MacGowan, Although beauty is in the eye of the beholder you can argue with figures and 50% off looks very attractive.

So why not treat yourself or that aviation nut, aficionado, bore, enthusiast (delete as appropriate) to the gift of flight, virtual flight.

Go to http://jetsimulator.co.uk/ and tell them we sent you and you can get your very own Taylor Swift or if she isnt available you can get a voucher for one of the most realistic flight simulators in the UK.

could you land this?

could you land this?

 

Late Spring (Stats) Cleaning

July 26th, 2016 by

Like an old tired janitor who walks down the corridor of an old smelly building brushing aside the detritus of time gone by I have wiped the old IL2 stats in preparation for  those of you who wish to check them to see how good your aim is.

So even if your aim isnt that good (Which might explain the smell) you had better get onto the server now and may hay whilst the sun shines and get points for not making hay but by shooting down the enemy…… or something.

Im old an tired!

 

IL2 Stats

June 16th, 2016 by

Once again I have had my arm round the blocked ‘u’ Bend on the stats server and cleared out the blockage.

So you should see a speed improvement and have a chance to be king of the hill for a while!

 

Rise Of Flight Sale

April 29th, 2016 by

I just had an email touch down in my inbox that says there is a Rise OF Flight sale on with up to 66% off.

Im not quite sure why but RoF never really seemed to take off (ahem!) at Battle-Fields, we did run a simulator for a while but I think the fact that making maps for it was a nightmare and most of our pilots were into faster things like Spitfires meant that it never got the attention it deserved.

Personally I found multi crew mayhem at walking speed great fun!

Anyhow if you want to treat yourself this Bank Holiday weekend go check out the RoF store!

 

Bitcoin Update

April 27th, 2016 by

I just sent some money to my Steam account using Bitcoin, it went through very quickly and was far easier than using Paypal. So if you have some hanging around then why not go buy yourself a new game!

For the record B-F accepts bitcoin donations too and has done for some time now so sod Steam, send us your money 🙂

 

Stats Dredged

April 26th, 2016 by

I have done my regular mucking out of the IL2 1946 stats database to remove all the old and smelly pilots and give those of us with less talent the chance to get to the top again!

Why not bookmark the page? http://www.battle-fields.com/BF1stats/

 

 

Use Your Bitcoin With Steam

April 26th, 2016 by

Looking over at Reddit it seems that people are getting all hot under the collar about being able to top up their accounts using Bitcoin.

I’d just like to say its not working in the UK yet 🙂 Hopefully soon!

 

 

Virtual Headsets

April 9th, 2016 by

Ive been waiting for virtual reality since I had hair on my head and less of the stuff everywhere else!

Its not going to be cheap if you get in right at the start but this site might help you make up your mind perhaps: http://www.engadget.com/2016/04/08/oculus-rift-vs-htc-vive/

For the flight simmers amongst us this might be of interest too: https://flyinside-fsx.com/

 

Happy New Year!

January 1st, 2016 by

Well thats it, the dust is settling on Christmas and 2016 is upon us. Gaming wise its been a mixed year for me. In fact when I look back I am struggling to remember the highlights. Making it to  single AK rank in CS (don’t know what the real rank name is) during 2015 might be classed as an achievement and there were certainly one or two moments of outstanding play from me all of which were probably overshadowed by a massive amount of ineptitude, badly thrown grenades and missed opportunities. In the end the feeling of holding the rest of the team back I made the decision to stop playing the game after I rage quite during a game when I decided life was just too short to spend my free time feeling stressed. Gaming should be fun right?

I flirted with Elite Dangerous for a while as did many of the old regulars at B-F but it somehow fizzled out as we all started to wonder what it was we were trying to achieve and got hacked off whilst spending hours trying to meet up and do stuff together. The team side of things has (I think) been resolved now but I don’t think anyone has bothered to try it from here.

Battle 0f Stalingrad; was installed and flown briefly, it looks lovely but for me it just felt too difficult after IL2 , but I will try it again in 2016. Thanks to some of the B-F admins we have a couple of good servers if you want somewhere to play.

Others on the list this year: World of Warships, Stock Car Extreme, War Thunder (First time I think I have played alongside Finn without him shouting at me!) and more recently GTA V, which I am enjoying as a replacement for CS although its less stressful!

With regard to B-F; well after many years we are still here, surely as we reach 18 years old this year we must be one of the oldest gaming communities on the net? I would like to thanks all the guys who pay for the servers and send donations to keep us afloat on behalf of all those who don’t / can’t, without your support and hard work we wouldn’t be here. We have lost some of our regular admins and server Syndicate this year so we are running a little short of funds so if you would like to help out or become a Syndicate member please get in touch through the forum or email bone@battle-fields.com saying you would like to be considered as an admin and I will do the rest.

You can also reach us on our facebook page, or twitter as well as the forums.

Finally just a line or two to explain why I haven’t been around quite so much; other than working too hard! I decided with a friend of mine to build a 737 NG simulator. We started back in April 2015 and I have to say it has been a very expensive and difficult task although I am pleased to announce that it is at last nearing completion! There hasn’t been one difficult thing when building this thing its all been difficult! We ordered the best bits from all over the world, with bits coming from Canada, Germany, Poland, Spain, UK and Portugal. All these bits need to fit and work together, which as you can imagine none of them do. We could have gone to one manufacturer for all of the parts but we wanted the best bits from each one to end up with what I believe is one of the best fixed base simulators. At least it will offer value for money when you look at what a commercial simulator will cost an hour (around £600).

If this little project works out OK and we start to get some money back in we intend to build an Airbus sim and some linked fighters and helicopters, watch this space!

To see the photos visit our forums.