January 14th, 2019 by Bone Head
Its late, Im tired and my tonsils feel like a couple of golf balls wedged in my throat. But hey, you are interested in my well being I’m sure. Well as long as things keep running I guess.
Its OK don’t feel guilty, I’m not really that bothered about you either, well unless you are one of the guys who I class as friends. The ones I chat with, the ones who genuinely are bothered about the servers and the community. The ones who keep in touch, contribute in some way. Without whom there would of been no B-F.
So what brings the latest rant on? Well several things. Firstly I have more time on my hands right now, work is quiet, family is grown up and independent. The servers have been in need of some TLC for and age. People are asking me if I want to play games again and I kind of do. So long as its with people who are fun to be around. So I thought I would come on here and rant. So rant mode disengaged.
So by way of an update, if you dont read the forums (and it would seem these days very few do) let me fill you in, bring you up to speed or whatever it is that business types say these days.
The IL2 servers have been pruned; so BF2 and BF3 have been axed at least unless there is some public outcry. But I doubt I will be hearing one. We have a new webserver that is being tested right now ready for moving the websites over. We also have started testing 2 servers for Condor2 and excellent gliding (or soaring depending on where you live) which as a retired glider pilot (sailplane pilot, depending on where you are reading from) I have to say it is the most fun I have had without guns in an age. Apart from feeling a bit queezy thermaling with the VR headset on I cant fault it.
The IL2 Battle of Stalingrad server seems fairly popular thanks to the excellent scenarios created by the Dedicated Bomber Squadron boys.
Thing is we now have spare and quite capable hardware I’m open to suggestions, however it looks like Digital Combat Simulator might perhaps, maybe, sometime, dont hold your breath be releasing a dedicated server. If they do, I might even invest in another aircraft from them, although the amount of time it takes to learn them would probably stop me doing anything else.
So now you are up to speed. Not that I really give a f**k!
Happy new year. 😁😍
December 23rd, 2018 by Bone Head
I would just like to say Happy Christmas to those of you who celebrate it.
This has been a quiet year for B-F but a very busy one for me. Hopefully I can generate a bit more interest in the site and the servers again next year. Although it seems that things move one. Game developers seem to have latched onto the idea that they can make money out of people whilst playing as well as not just selling them the game. Its even possible to chat with your friends without needing a server of your own as companies gather data about peoples habits and generate potential leads for targeted advertising.
Small communities are possible for free now, but at what cost?
Anyhow I have just invested just short of £500 into the B-F hardware with the help of a generous donation from our resident Battle of Stalingrad guru Tip, thanks from all who use the servers :).
I racked our latest server today. Its a dell 1950 III with 32 gig ram and a couple of multi core processors and two brand new 1TB drives. This may not sound massively impressive but it is for us!
My plans for this monster aren’t set in stone yet, but Im thinking of dedicating it to BoS and hopefully the dedicated DCS World server, IF we ever see it, it has been a very long time coming!
So if you are a DCS fan and I know we have a few and you fancy getting involved give me a shout.
I have plans for the website and modernisation of the forums, if its going to be worth the effort.
So here is hoping for world peace and lets keep the battles virtual ones in 2019. All the very best to my online friends old and new!
February 19th, 2018 by Bone Head
Its been a while for a lot of things.
Been a while since I had time to play a game, its been a while since I last decorated the room where my computer is, its been a while since I started Battle-fields.com. The decorating is all done now. Which is nice because I got the chance to de-clutter the whole room. I threw loads of old games away, which is a bit sad but I tried selling them online but no one wanted them, including me. All sorts of old flight sims, Half Life, Quake and loads more. I’ve tried playing old games and to be honest it does nothing for me. Im not very nostalgic usually.
Some of the old stuff went right back to twenty years ago when I first started Battle-Fields.com. Even before that; when we started Deltaforce2.com. The game that kicked it all off was Delta Force, a Novalogic game. I couldn’t bring myself to throw that disk away though. I sort of think I wont be playing it again anytime soon although I am tempted to give it a try maybe on a virtual machine, perhaps with Windows 98 as the OS. If I have time.
Its been a while since the IP addresses changed on our servers too. Usually a forced move of servers to a new location, to save money or because the hosts went out of business, but this time it was different. Due to incompetence at Vodafone apparently the network we were on was released by mistake and I had to spend hours re-configuring all our servers to get things back up. I came close to throwing the towel in but I had my arm twisted by lots of servers users. Some of whom pay so I don’t have to spend too much of my own money. Hours of my life I wont get back!
I got to thinking, how simple Delta Force was, the favourite game type was King Of The Hill, played multiplayer. It was like playing sport. A small well defined hill with a few buildings, nothing too fancy weapon wise just loads of good tense fun with lots of laughs.
Maybe I will try it again!
December 15th, 2017 by Bone Head
I have just installed a new hunk of hardware to run this server (IP 184.108.40.206).
After much messing and trying to remember settings etc I think I may have it finally cracked, perhaps! It would be good if anyone stumbling across this post could let me know if its running OK.
The old server has served us well but seems to have suffered a terminal hard drive failure, typical as we come up to Christmas!
September 16th, 2017 by Bone Head
Wow its been an age since I sat down and put the random thoughts I have in my head down on pape……. screen, keyboard? Oh I dunno. So what tromped this little (hopefully little) outburst? VR that’s what.
There has been a bit of chit chat in our forums about Virtual Reality on and off over the years (the forums have been on the go for more than 15 years) and to be honest I was never really sure if it would appear in my lifetime. So either I have to thank the developers for getting it done quickly or the dangerous hobbies I used to engage in wernt as dangerous as I thought because for now I am still here and enjoying a virtual life alongside a real one.
Is it Expensive?
At £400 for a Oculus and a couple of controllers its not cheap and you are really going to need something at least as powerful as a Nvidia 970 but being gamers most of us have the computing power. I actually had just a 960 when I first tried the Oculus Rift headset and it worked OK to be fair, an odd stutter but I still sat there giddy with excitement as I was guided through the setup. If you haven’t experienced VR yet you really should. Its mind blowing.
Im all excited about gaming again. Its not as addictive as I thought it might get but it has sparked my imagination. I think in the next few years we are going to see some pretty amazing things. DCS flight sims are already mind blowing to look through VR goggles but they just need to organise the controls better, or at all come to think of it.
After many many years of using Microsoft force feedback joysticks I have bought a hotas, only because I want to try and fly with that immersive feel. One better than that though is VTOL VR that I bought through Steam. It looks very basic, however being able to manipulate the controls using your hands in a virtual world is chuffing awesome! Its not perfect, yet, but if DCS could incorporate something similar into their simulators then I for one would be happy to pay a premium for a high quality sim that was fully immersive.
Whilst Im on about DCS why wont they release a dedicated server program? Nag Eagle Dynamics on twitter about it 🙂
Right I best get back to the simulator, its not VR in many ways its better!
September 9th, 2017 by Bone Head
If you have been missing the B-F servers this morning please accept my sincere apologies …. if you contribute to their running that is. If you dont help us keep them running then I don’t apologise because we are short of cash and servers cost money to run so we host them in a leaky shed in Novotny’s back garden next to the outside toilet. Well at least this setup keeps him warm when he has to go take a number 2 in the winter.
So what went wrong this time you may be asking; well someone managed to kill the power in the building yet again, which was just long enough for the aged and overloaded battery backup to decide it had had enough. Most of the stuff is now back online I believe, we have forums you can leave a message on explaining why you think otherwise. I have mucked out the stats for our main IL2 1946 server and restarted to help keep Hoodoodat’s morale up as he and his fellow Americans now not only have to deal with Trump going nuclear (sounds like a dodgy fart after a curry the night before) but some pretty horrendous weather. So whilst Im on about it Im sure our entire community wish those of you faced with the storms all the very best.
We scrambled a highly motivated and skilled technical team to the server shed and began a thorough investigation before turning the power back on, drinking several cups of tea and talking bollocks to the cleaning lady. This kind of support doesn’t come cheap so if you are in a position to chip in a little bit in towards buying a new battery backup or even a mop for the cleaner please feel free because servers aren’t free, someone has to pay!
May 26th, 2017 by Bone Head
Ill be rigging for silent running later today and giving the planet a bit of a break as I power down the whole of the B-F network for the weekend.
Due to the final stage of essential maintenance on the electricity supply to the building over the weekend I will need to shut everything down this afternoon.
May 17th, 2017 by Bone Head
This weekend all the servers will be switched off to allow an upgrade to the power supply to the building. So you are going to all have to try Real Life Version 1. Thats the one where you peel your arse off that old sweaty computer seat stand up dropping pizza crumbs and crisps (chips if you are American :)) onto the floor then go and find your friends and / or family and see what they have been doing for the last 18 years ……. Well OK that’s what i will be doing. You can tell me what your plans are via Facebook and Twitter if you feel the need to communicate to someone digitally, Our Teamspeak server will be off too!
Come on chin up, you can do this!
May 1st, 2017 by Bone Head
As we move closer to the weekend where the servers will be shut down for a couple of weekends (see post below) I thought I would give you all a reminder of other ways you can get in touch with us here at B-F.
Probably one of the best ways is to join our FaceBook group as this is probably one of the more modern methods of sharing views etc. Forums are so late 90’s, which incidentally when Battle-Fields.com was started; late 1997 to be precise! There is also a twitter account that I use for my random musings but it is in the B-F name so I do occasionally post B-F stuff on there and rant at various games companies, as well as soup manufacturers who insist in leaving small pieces of stone in their products; its a long story!
Also if you are having difficulty registering on the forums feel free to email me (email@example.com) or use one of the alternative methods mentioned above. I make no apology for the tight security at our forum as spam and forums seem to go hand in hand and we get literally hundreds of rogue signups without our anti-spam wall in place!
See you all on the other side 🙂
April 23rd, 2017 by Bone Head
The power supply to the server room will be being upgraded during a couple of weekends in May.
I have yet to have the times and dates confirmed but will post them as soon as I have them. There is another option and it involves putting a bicycle on a rolling road with a generator strapped to it and me spending several hours trying to generate a few thousand Watts of power. Ive done some calculations and for me to achieve this I would need to eat about 178 pork pies and drink 40 pints of best bitter. So basically a normal night out. Trouble is Im not sure I can ride a bike and drink 40 pints so I decided just to turn the servers off whilst the work is being done.
Sorry for any inconvenience, if any pie manufacturers would like to sponsor Battle-Fields.com please contact me though the normal chanels.