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  1. I always loved the original Ghost Recon for the stealth. The moving trees/branches made it more difficult to detect movement, and you could really plan an ambush. We used to play that in PvP as well, and always had fun.
  2. It all depends on what itch you are trying to scratch. We had fun with a group of guys, and while the systems were abstracted it allowed accessibility, and we could focus on actually flying and fighting rather than systems management. When we migrated to DCS, it was still the A-10C, Ka-50, FC3, and then the Huey shortly after, so it was still accessible. Everyone who has stuck with us has learned DCS over time. Bottom line: I love realism, but not at the expense of enjoyment. I fly sims to do stuff without pretending I'm at work.
  3. Real (former) military aviator here. We used to fly this multiplayer every week for years (had another former military pilot with us too). We since migrated to DCS once we burned through all the missions multiple times over, but we always enjoyed the experience. Of course, I'm also biased. 😁
  4. Urgent Shield and Outcast are both good starter campaigns. I don't recommend Highland; the missions are easy, but the objectives weren't properly tested and it's very difficult to win without taking bombs against barracks regardless of your fragged mission. Might I also recommend Avenging Scimitar, Earnest Resolve, and Stranglehold. Despite being level 5 campaigns (only because of where they were added in the table), these aren't designed to be that difficult. Rather they're designed for you to fly realistically so you don't need to engage targets of opportunity or carry huge loadouts to beat the campaign. I built these myself, and I really enjoy Scimitar. It has some interesting dynamics with neutral nations and shifting alliances. Earnest Resolve and Stranglehold are the same scenario, but flying for opposite sides.
  5. Fellas, It looks like LotRO involvement has dropped off in a serious way. I know I'm busy with real life, and I know a number of us have primarily shifted over to Elder Scrolls Online. However, as a Lifetime VIP I have no lapse in subscription for as long as LotRO is up, so I can keep the proverbial light on. Right now we have the kinship house in the Shire, and I'm basically paying upkeep out of my (albeit significant) gold reserves to keep it going. However, with the Premium Housing in Gondor and (soon) Rohan, we can shift this. As a VIP, I don't have to pay upkeep on Premium Housing, and as a Lifetime VIP, I should never have to pay upkeep. Note that this also applies to kinship leaders as well (at least for now and at least in Gondor), but at the very least I can get a kin house in premium housing and we can have it for LotRO's lifetime! Here's what I propose: As soon as we can get a Mead Hall in Rohan for CoN, we should do so. Premium housing costs mithril coins (as opposed to gold), so there may be a one-time real-world cost. Since I get my TPs every month as VIP, I can purchase mithril with TPs with nothing more than what amounts to opportunity cost. Then with the mithril I can get a housing writ to purchase the premium house/mead hall. At this time, we should move everything from the shire to the new location. We can do Rohan (currently on Bullroarer) in the mountains (Eastfold) or the plains (Kingstead), or we can do a deluxe house in Gondor. I would gladly accept mithril donations if this is possible. According to the preview, Mead Halls should go for 900 coins. I would also like people's input on whether this is a good idea, whether you would rather stay in the Shire and pay upkeep, or whether you no longer have a proverbial dog in the fight. Forth Eorlingas! HF
  6. All, Please provide your inputs in the following survey for the future of our Kin House. Forth Eorlingas! HF
  7. Here are the drivers: Windows 98 Windows 2000
  8. And here you go! 75% off three of them! https://il2sturmovik.com/
  9. Hi swimbody, I saw your post on the ED forums. Another VP guy, right? I was VP-40 out of Whidbey. The best way to compare IL-2 with DCS is to understand that they are both outstanding for different reasons, and they both scratch completely different itches. DCS introduces the minutae evident with the clickable cockpit, while iL-2 automates much of the complex engine management by default (though you can enable this with keystrokes). IL-2 cockpits are not clickable, and some of the systems are abstracted to keystrokes. Where IL-2 really shines is the WW2 combat experience. Damage modeling (both human and AI) is well done, whereas the AI damage model is frustrating in DCS (i.e. no disabling of systems over time, but a straight "hit point" model). Granted, the human damage model in DCS works well, but that makes pounding the AI even more frustrating. That, and the AI uses a different flight model than the human in DCS, which can make things very frustrating as an AI who has taken hits can still outfly you in the same bird. IL-2 does not appear to suffer this, or if it does it's to a much lesser degree. Bottom line: DCS models the warbirds well, IL-2 models the combat experience well. I don't use VR, but from what I understand, IL-2 Great Battles is amazing in VR. 777 Studios has periodic sales (like ED with DCS), so you should periodically be able to find Battle of Stalingrad or Battle of Moscow for $12 ($16 for the deluxe pack) in the next sale, and Kuban will likely be $25. At that price point, it's definitely worth trying.
  10. And the legend checks in! @Krusade, we couldn't have done any of this without you!
  11. If you can't get it running in Reloaded (since DosBox is designed for use with modern PCs and OSs), you'll have a tough time getting it to work in Windows. However, take a look at this article on the TAW Wiki. The last part talks about CPU throttling in SEF2000. The article is old, so there may be a different set of throttles out there, but the principle is still sound.
  12. There is a section in the manual that says "Setting Up EF2000 in DOS," but this does not cover installation, and everything here can be done from the Configuration Menu in the launcher (i.e. click the wrench icon). You do need to run a DosBox session to configure EF2000 itself, but this is easily done by pressing the appropriate "config" button in the Config Menu.
  13. I'm not surprised. The cheats were probably written for Windows 98, and our baseline is now 64 bit.
  14. Hi Moqeeth, It looks like you are running the D3D 1024 version of TAW. I'm not so sure the D3D version is all that compatible with Windows 10. You might have better luck using Glide with one of the included Glide Wrappers. Same goes for the cheat. Cheats work by intercepting data in specific registers. The game and its cheats are over 20 years old, so there's no guarantee that they will work the same way in newer operating systems.
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