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  1. Great news. Its a beautiful day! Thanks @Jason_Williams. The silhouettes hint at more a 1918 fleshing out than going earlier into 1917, which I'd prefer and I think gives greater scope for airwar progression and careers. I can't see any need for a D8, Central already have a armour- winged uber plane at all altitudes in the D7f! 2 seater- wise, we desperately need proper recon machines. DfW and DH4 at least can do that as well as being effective light bombers. However, re Vonrd's elephant... if the DM isn't addressed, much of the positive effort producing the second volume will be mitigated by continued complaints. I'll pre-order it day 1 anyway, and so will most of us, but please, please resolve the DM asap.
  2. Yup, great fun today. With many of the old crew back and a snow map in the US sessions. It was Metz all over again! Some big scraps around Arras. The new clouds and weather have transformed the flying experience. Awesome work Sizzlor and J5! EDIT A few of us noticed D7s disappearing and reappearing. I caught one on stream here https://youtu.be/_Uuqsz4kRC4?t=4190
  3. THURSDAY DECEMBER 3rd, 2020 Had a great time today. US3PG welcomed back Larner and Biddle, and the Major made an appearance too. Klug flew out with us as well and the TS chat was a lot of fun! The Central guys had a truckload of JG1s back flying as well as most of the regulars, so we saw a solid 38+ most of the night. Combined with the Metz-like snow map there was a kind of of RoF deja vu, and I mean that in a good way. Had some big scraps near Arras with what seemed like waves of Fokkers coming over. I think at one point there were 3 or 4 separate multi-plane scraps going on from up at 2500 down to 100m. The new clouds are already being used quite cleverly by J30 and i can see tons of potential setting traps and that kind of thing. Here's my live stream. I'll get time stamps done soon.
  4. The things you have to do to make the front page of Circus Post!
  5. Multi layer clouds add to immersion. Can imagine the recons starting to use them more for cover
  6. THURSDAY 26th NOVEMBER, 2020 Was great to see a reasonable crowd given the Thanksgiving holiday in the US. Many of the regulars but a few new names and one 'old' name too! Personally, not a night to remember but unfortunately hard to forget. My luck ran out and lost a big streak to a piece of wing debris from a CL2.
  7. 1. At longer ranges when this 'enhanced visibility' effect is maximised, zooming in does make the aircraft seem to get smaller. Its definitely harder to see them than when fully zoomed out. 2. 25+ km to see a Sopwirh Camel? It may be a better/easier gaming solution for ww2, but for ww1 it's way overkill. Even icons aren't visible at that range.
  8. Yeah, calling it enhanced viz lite might have been a bit confusing. Its the standard mode but now standard mode has this enhanced viz effect and I showed the map so ppl could verify the distance. With this current STANDARD viz model, WW1 aircraft are visible at over 25km. All our squad could see them on their variety of monitors. I used a 32" at 1440p which is same pixel density as 24" 1080p. Tellingly, if you're able to switch icons ON, the icons don't display at that distance, only the aircraft!
  9. So it seems this update has introduced 'Enhanced Visibility Lite' as standard for spotting. It can't be turned off Aircraft at very long range are large specks and when you zoom in they get smaller! I dislike it intensely as it destroys the art of long range stalk, makes a mockery of skill and experience, and breaks immersion as you struggle with zooming-in to ID nearer contacts and zooming-out to track far contacts. To estimate the distance at which aircraft are now visible i ran a quick test on our training server with Enhanced Visibility OFF. The result is aircraft were easily seen at over 25km distance on a 1440p 32" monitor. I believe that's the same pixel density as 1080p with a 24" monitor. 1. MAP - Field No. 7 is at Bellevue. Furball area is over 25km to South East. 2. Looking South East to an AI area over the mud near the the single/twin lakes. Aircraft are highlighted in the red circle. Field No. 7 is visible in bottom right of picture. This is max zoomed-out and no post-pro zooming, but it is cropped to make the whole image smaller. 3. Post-pro zoomed in to accentuate. Could WW1 aircraft be seen 25km away?
  10. Yeah, the game's a game for sure, but is seeing WW1 planes at 25km logical in real life? Seems a helluva long way to me.
  11. So it seems a recent update has introduced 'Enhanced Visibility Lite' as standard. Aircraft at very long range are large specks and when you zoom in they get smaller. I dislike it intensely as it destroys the art of long range stalk, makes a mockery of skill and experience, and breaks immersion as you struggle with zooming-in to ID nearer contacts and zooming-out to track far contacts. To estimate the distance at which aircraft are now visible i ran a quick test on our training server with Enhanced Visibility OFF. The result is aircraft were easily seen at over 25km distance on a 1440p 32" monitor. I believe that's the same pixel density as 1080p with a 24" monitor. 1. MAP - Field No. 7 is at Bellevue. Furball area is over 25km to South East. 2. Looking South East to an AI area over the mud near the the single/twin lakes. Aircraft are highlighted in the red circle. Field No. 7 is visible in bottom right of picture. This is max zoomed-out and no post-pro zooming, but it is cropped to make the whole image smaller. 3. Post-pro zoomed in to accentuate. Could WW1 aircraft be seen 25km away?
  12. Yup, no-one was using them before the great D7 tankification update.
  13. Weight of the lead offset by all the holes and pieces shot away, therefore performance of the D7 remains the same. Pure science. Newton probably had a theory about it. Apparently balloon guns upset the theory though.
  14. Quick reminder for this Thursday's fly-in. Been getting 30+ pilots concurrent recently, and the new map helps keep the action reasonable close. See you there! EU time: 8PM - 12AM GMT US time: 8PM - 12AM Eastern Stats server is here http://stats.jasta5.org:8000/en/ Flugpark Discord: https://discord.gg/h8MRmyN
  15. Sad to hear this too. You could rely on having fun on the NFF servers.
  16. @J5_Baeumer Thanks. if this is the new 'expert's vis then they've gamified the sim even further. I'll look at the map later and work out how far it is from Bruay field to the easily visible planes in dogfight area. All our guys saw them.
  17. Yeah, early 1917 is probably a non-starter for regular weeknights. I think there was a BA or FiF using Se5/Bristol v Alb/CL2 but I doubt the casual crowd would like it. Late 17 and early 18 are important though, and very doable with current set. It's important because the balance of air power wasn't static. Gameplay can, and should, reflect that. The Spad IS the 1917 200hp version, no matter what it says on the box. Still, i've suggested limiting it in 1917. The Alb and Pfalz perform more like early ones and the Dr1 certainly isn't OP. The Camel runs more like a late engined model, hence the limits. Shorter sessions would be fine. 2 hrs perhaps, like Wargrounds.
  18. Yeah it was a fun session. 30+ for the most part and a good variety of formations seen. J30s high CL2 recon with 2 staggered D7 escorts was tough, and another scrap with 3 D7s and a Dr1 got the heart racing. In between those were a number of cat n mouse engagements with both sides jockeying for advantage. Our newest chap, Picard got in his first couple of claims and did a great job. It looked like the AI zone deactivated but I wasn't sure. A lot of low planes still there. Great if it was though. Does seem like Enhanced Viz is on. Might be wrong but can see dots many miles away, then zooming in makes them smaller. Sitting on the field at Bruay you can clearly see all the low planes in AI/ airstart zone. Overall, it does feel like the map is working. Both sides getting recons done and going after the ground targets, a really good sign. S! All.
  19. Thursday November 12th 2020 Good fun session. 30+ pilots most of the evening and some good flying on display from most of the guys we met. S! All. Will try and get timestamps done soon.
  20. Reminder for Thursday night's fly-in. The Lens map is maturing nicely and is a good size with plenty of mission targets to attack and defend. There's AI in the dogfight zone for those who like that sort of thing, but lookout, plenty of players patrol the fringes looking for the target fixated. If you haven't flown with us for a while come and check it out. Still getting a good 20-30 concurrent players. EU time: 8PM - 12AM GMT US time: 8PM - 12AM Eastern Stats server is here http://stats.jasta5.org:8000/en/ Flugpark Discord: https://discord.gg/h8MRmyN
  21. Yeah it was out for most of a day. About to post when I saw you already had
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