Virtually There!

September 16th, 2017 by

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.

Oi!Hands Off!

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!

 

 

Another Power Problem

September 9th, 2017 by

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!




 

Silent Running

May 26th, 2017 by

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.

Good Luck!

 

Dont Forget!

May 17th, 2017 by

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!

 

 

Stay In Touch!

May 1st, 2017 by

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 (bone@battle-fields.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 🙂

 

Site Will Be Down

April 23rd, 2017 by

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.

 

See IL2 At Its Best!

March 26th, 2017 by

Airdoc has created what can only be described as a stunning video of him and his mates from the DBS who fly on our servers. You really must take a look at the video on YouTube.

 

Battle-Fields goes racing again!

January 23rd, 2017 by

An Automobilista server is live at 80.193.227.236:34597 . You can connect through Steam or the game itself.

Read more about Automobilista here

 

Participation makes it happen with the Dedicated Bomber Squad!

January 11th, 2017 by

Born in the later days of the original IL-2, the Dedicated Bomber Squadron has been flying the skies of the Battle-fields UK servers and elsewhere for a few years now. Regulars to those servers over the years will know the familiar call-signs: Thor and TxTip. These two have been busy organizing template events for a couple of years now with increasing regularity as popularity of the new IL-2 series begins to take off.

DBS bomber crew lines up for another takeoff

Over the last couple of years, the duo has been organizing the Friday Night Bomber Flights and more recently the Friday Night Quickies. Both events are team oriented with players signing up and joining in organized flights.

It was long past time to sit down with Thor and TxTip and find out what these events are all about.

Already interested in jumping in? Check out the latest missions on our forums to find out when the next one is planned!

What is the Friday Night Bomber Flight?

Thor: Friday Night Bomber Flight started by DBS is Tip’s. It evolved into Tip’s brainchild and included a full fledged campaign he spent many hours behind, crunching numbers and building a new mission every week. Was the best BOS MP experience one could have at the time (not entirely sure whats up on the menu today). Now we have something similar to the DBS original idea, and that is re-running few quick missions with various goals, maps and plane sets. FNBF in its original form lasted up to 3h per Friday evening. This now is divided often between two shorter missions.

TxTip: Friday Night Bomber Flights became an immersive squadron oriented dynamic online campaign which incorporated custom made briefings and missions entirely based on the results of the prior mission. However over the course of 2 years and the good people from all over the world that I have had the honor to become associated with. It became and is so much more than that. Right now we are flying Quickies. The closest thing I can fashion within the BoS parameters to a Co-OP for large numbers of players. Will we return to a full FNBFs campaign event? Time permitting it’s possible. The new Kuban addition coming to the sim basically demands some type of campaign event to incorporate all the new aircraft and features.

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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!