November 6th, 2015 by Bone Head
For those of you who just have to know how good you are have a look here:
July 26th, 2015 by Bone Head
This is a busy time of year for me and laying on my back catching some sun so as not to get rickets leaves me even less time than I have in the winter.
That said I was asked the other day if I could clear out the BF1 stats database to make room for some new acts of heroism so I complied.
You can find the new fresh stats database (rather than the old smelly one) here: http://www.battle-fields.com/BF1stats/
April 26th, 2015 by Bone Head
For years we have had a rule often called the ‘no vulching’ rule. It came about in an attempt to stop folk hanging about over enemy basses picking off vulnerable aircraft taking off or landing. Its the same thing as spawn killing, base camping or other less savoury terms used on other servers to try and enhance game play, after all as real as the maps may be it is just a game.
Recently we had a poll to see if we thought we should keep the rule after some questions were asked requesting clarification of the rule.
I am still waiting for guidance from the Syndicate members but if it inst forth coming I will take action and dream up something that gives admins and players alike guidance on this rule. It seems straight forward to me but then so does the offside rule in football and some have made a career out of that so watch this space!
March 20th, 2015 by Bone Head
I managed to shoot an enemy aircraft down in IL2 Battle of Stalingrad! Not only is this a rarity, believe me when I say that I have killed my self more times trying to land than I have shot down an enemy. In games like CS I tend to manage to get one or two team kills to every 5 enemy. To say I am a crap shot is an understatement!
So I was pretty chuffed to manage to down the guy who is annoyingly good at all games, namely Flying Finn! Here is the proof that I had to pay Fox big bucks for:
Whilst I am on don’t forget to visit our Battle of Stalingrad IL2 server (its called Battle-Fields strangely enough!) where you will find custom maps and friendly pilots!
March 4th, 2015 by Bone Head
It has been a fairly busy couple of days here at B-F what with the long awaited release of the dedicated server for IL2 Battle of Stalingrad and the rebuilding of the CSGO server I’m thinking it might be time to relax and enjoy some gaming although I get the feeling that that isn’t going to be happening any time soon.
The BoS server is just running the default maps, so I guess it will be a hectic few weeks whilst we get to grips with the finer points of running this new server especially as there is no documentation I can find on how to run the damned thing! Im having flash backs to 2008 when we were first setting up the original IL2 servers. Still; I’d like to think we got the hang of that, after all we have been consistantly running probably the some of the (if not the) busiest IL2 servers on the planet.
Lets hope we can do the same again with the new version!
December 1st, 2014 by Bone Head
Because of the inevitable mayhem happening on our Arma server (and not just caused by the regulars) we decided that we would password the server.
So if you feel you can play nicely with the boys and girl from Battle-Fields.com then here is the pass: battle
May I respectfully ask all those who use the server that they try and adhere (thats posh for stick) to our basic rules.
They are very basic, not unlike the people who enforce them, but hopefully they enable us all to play shooty bang bang games in a friendly and safe environment.
It is our intention to arrange a ‘serious’ gathering from time to time for a coop where people dont drive karts or wear silly hats.
Watch this space!
November 19th, 2014 by Bone Head
OK, before we go any further let me admit to you that I have spent most of the day sat in my kegs staring at my monitor. Not because I am lazy, no, I have been out for a thrash on my mountain bike and whilst sweating like a fat bloke on a bike (!) I had an epiphany, I had a bottle of water and a piece of flapjack too but that is beside the point. In fact as this is a gaming site and not a site for lycra wearing EPO using cyclists I will try to get back to the point ….. which was …….
Pants, bikes, water, oaty sugary things …. Arma 3! That was it.
About 4 or 5 weeks ago I decided it was about time we had an Arma 3 server, after all, the boys and girl from B-F (yes girl, there was one once) used to play Operation Flashpoint, badly, but it was fun. So as we have all been enjoying the KOTH maps I thought I would download the map and get things running.
Little did I know that the KOTH maps we had been playing are not available unless you pay to rent one! I ask you, its getting like the Battlefield ranked server debacle, sod that, I don’t mind paying for a map but with a ton of server hardware sat in our rack that is underutilised I’ll be buggered if I am being forced into paying for something I don’t need. So I lost interest.
Not just because of the map / server thing but because I couldn’t get any form of Arma 3 server working. Ive been really busy doing real work so I haven’t had the time to spend on it but I kept coming back to it. I thought I had got it cracked last night but no. I was very close though.
So it was when I was out on my bike today I suddenly realised where I was going wrong and I was so excited rather than getting in the shower I sat at the PC and in just my pants (that English pants not American pants) I got it going. I’ve always done my best work in my pants.
Anyhow, its up, its got some random map on it for capture the flag, as much as anything to test it but all we need to do now is decide what maps and how its going to be run and we can all sit in our pants and play Arma 3 on a descent server.
October 12th, 2014 by Bone Head
Sunday morning, hung over a tiny bit after spending last night at my oldest mates 50th birthday bash, which was slightly spoilt I guess knowing that I was going out to have fun leaving all those of you who like me like to hang around Battle-Fields.com on an evening / morning / night (delete as appropriate depending on your time zone) with no servers to play on.
Im now sat in the B-F server bunker drinking coffee waiting for the IT guy who looks after the network here to turn up and hopefully tickle his router back into life. When was the last time you sat at a computer with no internet connection and no games installed? It’s a bit strange let me tell you! All of a sudden I have time on my hands, the computer is useless without the Internet, or games. I mean I could be writing this by hand couldn’t I?
Anyhow a quick summary of what went wrong. If I said we were using the network and our servers in a desperate cloud effort to combat an alien drilling attack which was hovering above planet Earth cloaked and gathering power ready to drill a hole straight through the middle before threading a plasma string through the hole to use Earth in a game of planetary conkers you might not believe me. So I will say that there was a power outage (come on don’t sigh it hasn’t happened for a good while!) and after a substantial investment by myself all our servers did indeed continue to function thanks to the nano nuclear power packs I bought (sometimes called Battery Backups or UPS). The trouble is the router that connects them to the outside world (and unfortunately out of my control) didn’t continue to function.
So in summary, power goes off servers keep going router doesn’t power back on servers still working fine router not working. Im more than a little annoyed as I did offer to pay for a backup system for the router but my kind and generous offer was turned down.
So here we are (or at least here I am) waiting for the router to be kicked back into life and so I can resume my life and go home after making sure all is well. You will know it is well because if you read this it means the internet connection is back up which meant I could post this message.
For those of you who support the servers, the ones who pay each month to make sure Battle-Fields.com continues I offer my sincere apologies, for those who have paid with their hard work by building maps and keeping things running nicely, likewise; sorry. To those who turn up regularly and could help out financially but don’t; what did you expect? I have looked into moving the servers back into a ‘normal’ data centre but it is just not affordable if we want to have the flexibility we have now.
So for now I’m afraid we are stuck with what we have unless we scale back or we get more income to pay the bills, something that I doubt will happen any time soon. Although I did win the Euro Lottery the other day! I got the email saying we have news about your ticket, unfortunately it was only £8.50 and I spent that driving to the server hut today!
September 28th, 2014 by Bone Head
The battle-fields.com 128 tick server is now back up after a brief outage. You can find it by searching for battle-fields.com or using the ip address 126.96.36.199:27015
It has bots on it so if you just fancy sharpening your skills on a top class server feel free to take them on but be warned, they are almost as good as our very own bot (Flying Finn).
If you have a clan and fancy game against the BFs crew then get in touch, there is so much cheating going on in CS at the moment the game is not worth playing using the normal match making options. Valve really do need to stop selling this game to people who have been VAC banned in the past, the cynical side of me thinks maybe Valve arent bothered to fix it because they make more money by selling multiple copies to the cheats.
Am I wrong?