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  1. Before I bought ROF I didn't play anything really and hadn't played a sim since Aces of the Pacific. I watched all those youtube trailers a lot, just for fun, and now I've bought and will buy every plane you guys make. (I especially liked the video with Reflected's Flags and Lies.) And awesome news about the AI. You guys rock. Ceowulf<><
  2. If I can add anything on the FC damage model, which I really like, it’s that it seems intuitively to result in the right spread of reasons an airplane goes down. I think Unreasonable addressed this statistically a while ago and I like that idea. So many should go down out of control, so many on fire, so many break up, etc. We don’t have footage but we do have reports and after reading a lot you get a sense for the ratio. I haven’t kept stats as I’ve played but it feels about right. By contrast ROF gave way too many wings off and no where near enough down out of controls or fires. Ceowulf<><
  3. I’m writing just to echo, let’s hope for a good job even if it’s later on. For me, I plan on supporting Flying Circus in every stage of infancy. We don’t have another. Ceowulf<><
  4. I would really like to go MP more one day, I loved MP in ROF. But: 1. I have little time due to a busy RL. Therefore usually out of practice. SP is easy 2. I hate flying around using my whole monthly game time (two hours) looking for a pixel dot. I hate up close icons almost as much. Modified icons anyone? 3. I can’t do teamspeak because of RL circumstances. One little fat kid vs everybody on the playground... Still, one day I hope to find more time and come on. Modified icons alone would tip my scales. (I mean help spotting at distance and nothing else at all. No little “go here” arrows especially.) Interesting thread. Ceowulf<><
  5. I upgraded to a Virpil Mongoos T50 from a MSFFB2 last year and what a difference. It really did improve my gunnery dramatically but also my whole sim experience. Ergonomics of handgrip are amazing. It’s my favorite piece of kit. I use a monster extended desk mount and a 150 cm extension and have it center mounted at lap height. Center is better than side for me, having tried both a lot. Nothing on the hardware side was hard to install. Just don’t be a caveman with the connector plugs, they look breakable. Took month of checking tracking 27 times per day to get it. (At least it wasn’t back ordered forever like VKB.) Ceowulf<><
  6. Hey BlackSix, I just want to write while it's fresh on my mind. Fortress Volga mission #3 is one of the most fun SP missions I have played. What a hot mess! ...just the way I like it. I've replayed it a few times just because I don't want it to be over with only two kills. (Here's what I like about it if feedback helps you: Short commute to work. Busy world, fog of war. Different flights with different objectives. Often, cool to see a real war on the ground. Good challenge without playing the same exact dogfight over and over.) I haven't played Sea Dragons but your fighter campaigns rock. Hope you're coming to Flying Circus soon. (And I like that you're working toward making the campaigns more replayable, like you said in the Stormbirds interview.) Thanks, Ceowulf<><
  7. Hey Guys, I know this thread died a while ago but I want to write back into it since I was one of the askers last summer. "Is VR in FC worth it?" I run a I5 6600k OC@4.5 and a 1070 and I'm coming from a 40" 4k monitor on which I maxed all settings at 4k with FPS usually in the 60s. I picked up a Samsung Odyssey Plus for $300 and have about 8 hours in FC on it. Even having to drop visuals down and also having less than awesome frame rates, VR in WW1 is really awesome. Seriously, if you haven't tried it and you're on the fence, at least get a second hand VR headset to see if you like it. It's a huge leap in immersion. My hasty review here: https://forum.il2sturmovik.com/topic/44484-another-happy-odyssey-plus-userasterisk/ Or maybe this thread died because I am literally the last guy to try VR... Ceowulf<><
  8. Awesome, thanks for the update. Can't wait to fly the 262 in VR. To answer Jason's question in the Stormbirds interview, this customer would LOVE a P80. WW1 to Korea. Great Battles can run the whole guns dogfight genre. And can't wait for Arras map. High hopes! Ceowulf<><
  9. Guys, Sorry for the fire and forget. @BlackMambaMowTin Yeah, I was surprised I could jump in for two hours first time, too, because I actually get carsick sometimes. VR is definitely a weird experience. I found the first time I was sweating a little and it wasn't hot and also, more embarrassingly, I keep having a dream where I do a split-S with too little altitude and see the ground rush up to me upside down. @Uffz-Prien I'm getting used to re-centering. Now when I get it, I leave it alone instead of fiddling so much. Settling into the gunsight feels very cool. @SYN_Luftwaffles Thanks, I'm set at Steam VR 150% too. I also set the WMR setting to “very high, (beta)” but it seemed to make no difference to visuals or fps. @-IRRE-Preach8331 Bonne idée, merci beaucoup! One important note: I've had since had some time to get used to VR and do my own loose benchmarking. After figuring out what I think are best settings for me, I turned off fps counter in startup.cfg. This one step seriously improved my enjoyment of VR. Stop playing FPS counter and start playing IL2. With it off the game rarely feels choppy between 45 and 80. With it on, “it's supposed to be 90” is all I think about. I guess that's admitting mental weakness but it really works. Ceowulf<><
  10. About Virpil Controls, I have their T50 Mongoos from a year ago and it is the best piece of flight sim kit I have owned. I love that thing. However, I really wish they would take the U.S. market more seriously. For one thing, it would be nice if their products could be ordered from a U.S. distributer with normal shipping times. (Like stocked items and such.) Also, it would be good to release all the manuals in English. If there is any competition for sim pit gear at their quality level that isn't custom (or back order forever plus two weeks) I don't know about it. My guess is they could wear their tooling out selling to us if we could order from a U.S. vendor and receive the products within a week. To end on a positive, if random, note I also want to say how good the ergonomics and function of the grip are. The base and grip with stick length at 150cm are a 10 out of 10 package. Ceowulf<><
  11. If we are so lucky as to get FC 2 and beyond, it would be cool if the maps could be sewn together for career. Otherwise, you could be stationed at the wrong airbase and always be worried not to fly out "the combat area." Ceowulf<><
  12. I have never tried PWCG but Flying Circus is probably a great place to start. Thanks in advance! Ceowulf<><
  13. Hi Guys, I have less technical knowledge than most of my readers I suspect and I have never tried another headset so, this is just my initial newbie thoughts for other initial newbies . (My system below but I'm coming from 40” 4k monitor which was 65FPS on my 1070 in QMB 4v4, Kuban.) I bought from O+ from the Samsung site on sale for $300 in early March and it arrived yesterday. I took time off. VR Experience: First time in VR. Amazing thing. Hard to describe. It's cool like if you hadn't seen any computer game before ever and then played IL2 at 4k 60hz on a 32” monitor. It kind of seemed like my consciousness in two places, 80% in an airplane, 20% trying to find the mouse and not spill my coffee. IL2 implementation: This is from no other experience. Seems really easy to use and awesome. They've done a big thing here. One very little issue so far - centering is a new skill. To get my view point the way I want, I have to push the center key which is bound on joystick main thumb button, just like for Track IR. The problem is, it's fiddly and I have to sit just right off of real life center to be in the virtual center after the push. No big deal but annoying since I'm already busy. Odyssey Plus Setup: Easy, plug and play. Just remember to install WMR through Steam VR first. Head comfort: Not great. Feels sore-ish after two hours. I'm going to try a VR cover as people have recommended. If no improvement, it's still worth it. Eye comfort/motion sickness: Nothing but a slightly weird body feeling except when I switch view out of plane to watch a bandit on fire. Ctrl-F2. Bad habit, time to stop. Clarity: At first my settings were full ultra 4k, from when just pushing my monitor. FPS was 40 alone on a Kuban beach. However, I got to see what the O+ could look like. No SDE at all. Very clear and crisp. It didn't look “softened.” Colors look really great. The O+ in IL2 on Ultra is beautiful. FOV: My experience, it feels like wearing those horse blinders we used to see in the Great War. FPS on my rig: 45-90FPS when set Balanced minus, see pic for details. Don't know what I'm doing. Don't like mods. No benchmarking, just 6 hours play time. (2hrsx3) On Kuban Island QMB Spit x3 vs E7 x4, FPS hung around 70 with dips to 40 for seemingly no reason. Same on other parts of Kuban map. More planes didn't make much difference. Sometimes FPS alone was as bad as 45. Sometimes mid fight was 70. Maybe it correlates to cars driving by IRL. FPS experience: I know people say it should be 90. It felt good from about 60 – 90. It felt ok from 45-59. Actually I didn't even mind the low 40's too bad if they were momentary - no motion sickness from them and I still felt immersed. My take, it's way worth using at 45-60 AND also, I will begin setting up my attack run on a better video card in 12-24 months. Ceowulf<>< My system: i5 6600k OC@4.5ghz, Gtx1070, 16GB G.Skill 3200mhz, SanDiskUltraII 960gb SSD Sim gear: Virpil MongoosT50, CH Pedals, Thurstmaster Warthog Throttle, CH Quadrant, TrackIR5 w/ Philips 40” 4k, or Samsung Odyssey+, Belkin mousepad. EDIT: Sorry, picture bad. I'll replace when I can.
  14. People like you do a lot to fix that, keep it up. S! Ceowulf<><
  15. I cannot wait for this map either. Odyssey+ on the truck for delivery today, first time trying VR any minute. Would those two be good together? (Am I blessed?) Ceowulf<>< Edit: Ok, no, really, I'm going to do my work now.
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