January 11th, 2017 by ShamrockOneFive
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.
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.
January 7th, 2017 by Bone Head
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!
November 28th, 2016 by Bone Head
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.
July 26th, 2016 by Bone Head
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!
June 16th, 2016 by Bone Head
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!
June 7th, 2016 by ShamrockOneFive
IL-2: Battle of Moscow (v2.001) has been out for a few weeks and its time to review this addition to the IL-2 world and see how it scores up against Battle of Stalingrad.
A couple of things have happened since I did the review on Battle of Stalingrad. First, I think 1CGS was able to prove that they could release a potentially worthwhile successor to the original IL-2 series. Second, that the Rise of Flight Digital Nature engine could be adapted successfully to World War II aviation. Third, that the community was interested in more World War II air combat and that we would snap up some more content if it was good. And it was good!
Something else happened recently. I started up a blog called Stormbirds and its all about PC Flight Simulation. Writing there doesn’t mean I won’t be updating here but it did give me a great platform to write a second review.
April 29th, 2016 by Bone Head
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!
April 27th, 2016 by Bone Head
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 🙂
April 26th, 2016 by Bone Head
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/