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#1 coconut

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Posted 03 December 2015 - 21:03

Hi all,

 

Just wanted to let you know I'm running a server with my missions, pretty much around the clock and every day. I like concentrated action (but not too dense) with dynamic targets on the ground and AIs in the air. I've been running this server for a while now. Maybe some of you have had the occasion to play "Counter-attack on v-luki", or "Rush" (also on V-Luki). Those missions involved advancing tank columns, AIs attacking and covering those, trains and truck transports reinforcing troops... My most recent work lets players take control of platoons of AI-driven vehicles in a system I've called "Ground Commander" (see http://forum.il2stur...und-commander/)

 

Because of the CPU load induced by AIs, I can't run the server with 84 players, just so you know. The missions have AIs that get deactivated when the server gets overloaded, so in theory we can have 84 players. In practice, though, I don't think the server has ever had more than 20 people on it at the same time.

 

Currently running on the server: "Early Invasion" (BOM dogfight-oriented mission), "Night Attack on Kalach" and "Novomax" (BOS/BOM objective-oriented matches limited to 2h).

 

Look for server(s) starting with "Coconuts ". Sometimes the server is locked. When that's the case, that's usually because there's an event going on.

 

The server is located in Sweden, running on a 100/100Mb/s line. I also have a teamspeak (with password "coco") running at coconutside.eu.


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#2 1./TG1_Don_Quijote

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Posted 03 December 2015 - 21:24

Sounds like it's really worth a try!
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Posted 05 December 2015 - 20:28

Yep, it's always a fun ride to see what coconut has cooked up with his latest mission.
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Posted 14 December 2015 - 00:01

On the most recent mission (Novomaxsimovsky) I was reviewing a track and it looks like the few flak guns at Kalach were not firing at me, I guess I didn't trigger them. 


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#5 coconut

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Posted 14 December 2015 - 12:48

Thanks Harry, bug fixed.
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#6 coconut

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Posted 14 December 2015 - 22:17

Now running a new mission, see http://forum.il2stur...sions/?p=314543for a description. Basically Tanks + Planes on a large area on the Stalingrad summer map.


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#7 coconut

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Posted 19 January 2016 - 22:18

New mission!

 

"Night attack on Kalach"

 

 

The main objective is a ground battle. 5 tank spawns in a line separated by 2-3 km. The Russians start with 2, the Germans with 3. AI tanks capture the middle base by themselves, but get wiped out by AT canons and AI Stukas. It's up to players to do the rest. I'm counting on the T34's superiority to win that battle, but the German defenses are tough (lots of Stugs, Stukas and pak40s), and you've only got 3 hours to win. Winning will require air supremacy for the Russians.

 

I have developed a system to purge AIs when the server reaches full utilization. I'm aiming for keeping the CPU close to full utilization. Lots of AIs when the server is sparsely populated, but they leave the room to human players when they arrive.

 

I'll write more about that technique in the mission editor subforum later, for those who are interested.

 

The server runs with expert settings, no GPS, no kill notifications. Getting back to your base can be a challenge, once the night settles. There are NDBs at each airfield, so that can help, if you have the instruments.

 

Another unusual thing is the lack of yaks and bf109-f4. We'll see how that pans out. Not that it should matter much, I doubt that fighter jocks will enjoy the setting, but who knows...

 

Careful if you stray deep into enemy territory. Horrible things are waiting for you in the dark, there. Namely: AI fighter patrols (which are pretty harmless once it's dark), spotlights and flak. Sniper AA on objectives (storage areas, bridges).

 

There are secondary objectives in the form of trains and few other targets of opportunity (not telling too much).

 

Still work in progress:

  • Lots of AI action at the start, and then it gets a bit quiet, I'll need to work on that.
  • Landing lights only work on take-off, not landing. For the time being I'll call that a feature, but obviously not ideal. They are take-off lights, you see.
  • Russian defenses at the ground battle are non-existent at the moment (but secondary objectives such as bridges are defended). Will add some in the form of AT guns, and maybe IL2-s circling over the last Russian tank spawn.

 


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Posted 22 January 2016 - 22:59

Tried to join earlier today but could not make it. It just threw me out.


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#9 coconut

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Posted 22 January 2016 - 23:05

Tried to join earlier today but could not make it. It just threw me out.

 

How rude of it! Can you tell me around what time you tried? I'll check the logs. I had a similar problem when I had an excessive number of ground troops active at the same time, but I thought I had solved that.

What's your MP setting in download? My server is in Sweden, and if you are in Finland, it should work fine, I've seen people connected with pings > 300, which I'm guessing might be USA (or Asia, or Africa...)

 

Edit: I stopped the server while I was uploading a video to youtube around 19.00 but DServer.exe kept hanging around. It's possible the server was still visible in the list, despite having been (partially) shut down. It's up again now, you can try if you like.


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Posted 22 January 2016 - 23:10

How rude of it! Can you tell me around what time you tried? I'll check the logs. I had a similar problem when I had an excessive number of ground troops active at the same time, but I thought I had solved that.

What's your MP setting in download? My server is in Sweden, and if you are in Finland, it should work fine, I've seen people connected with pings > 300, which I'm guessing might be USA (or Asia, or Africa...)

I`d say few of hours ago. Sorry, did not take notice of exact time.

I have 10mb in download. I figured that we are not so much apart that it should work  :)


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Posted 22 January 2016 - 23:16

Yes, that was it. I tried it again and it works :)  Good stuff coconut!


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#12 coconut

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Posted 30 January 2016 - 12:43

New mission "Early Invasion", featuring only BOM planes (with the exception of the Ju87 from BOS, which is also there). Look for "Coconuts (something something) EXPERT" in the server list.

 

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There's a couple air spawns with fighters to maximise dog-fighting time for those who are looking for that.

 

AI activity in the air:

  • Constant flow of Bf110 to attack the city,
  • Two pairs of IL-2 that come and attack tanks on the ground,
  • 3 pairs of fighters (bf109 e7, lagg3) that are patrolling over their respective airspace.

These AIs are removed if the server gets overloaded.

 

Decorative AA near cities (flak37, 52k) to help spot intruders.

Stronger AA (flat38, 61k) near objectives (bridges, train stations...)

 

Server is running with "expert light" settings (CEM, no icons, GPS on).


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Posted 30 January 2016 - 13:05

YAAHOO!!!

Great!!! :biggrin:
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#14 coconut

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Posted 30 January 2016 - 14:29

Welcome Finkeren!

 

Note that AIs are being cowards at the moment. They fly away rather than fight. I'll try to fix that right away.

Not the IL2s, those do what they are supposed to. The plane's reputation of reliability extends to the AIs, it seems.

 

Edit: Now the AI is fighting again. Yeepee!

 

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Posted 31 January 2016 - 11:21

Thanks for the mission. :salute:  Joined the server for a bit today came across some big flights of ai Laggs around the front city that put up no fight at all, just kept flying in formation while getting shot up. 


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#16 coconut

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Posted 31 January 2016 - 21:00

Thanks for the info @=LD=Penshoon!

 

I've now changed their commands a bit. Sadly, it seems they still refuse to start a fight with a player, but they'll defend themselves more actively, now.


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#17 =LD=Penshoon

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Posted 03 February 2016 - 10:42

Bumping the thread again, great server with BOM planeset, ai flights and nice ground action. 


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Posted 03 February 2016 - 13:44

+1

 

 Good job, Coconut.


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#19 coconut

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Posted 03 February 2016 - 21:53

Thanks for the kind words!

 

Here is a clip from some ground attack I did today (where the meaning of "ground attack" is left open to interpretation).

 


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Posted 05 February 2016 - 01:35

Wow, very cool!  Great Work!


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Posted 12 February 2016 - 13:38

Excellent work !


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Posted 13 February 2016 - 01:09

Great work coconut, the server runs super smooth even on my old machine, had lots of fun :)


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Posted 13 February 2016 - 07:38

Thank you for the helping hand with your missions for the squad. We appreciated your missions and looking to make training again !

Was very fun, Lucas was making a fighter CAP near Malinovka-Kalach he intercept us after our bombing on the bridges by our 109. He was able to sneak behind our formation and get one of us !


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#24 coconut

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Posted 13 February 2016 - 08:30

Glad you had fun!

 

The mission makes heavy use of ground units. Did you encounter any problem?


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Posted 13 February 2016 - 12:48

No problems at all, and as Manu can attest there were six players flying at 2000m and below together with about four (?) Stukas, some Pe-2s, search lights all over the place, cities, flak and assorted ground units, all interacting over a very small patch of land. In fact, your server ran much smoother on my machine than WoL, Fighting Legends or the DED Expert server, at all times. For the record my rig is a Q8200 at stock speeds of 2.33GHz, a 1GB GT120 and 4GB of DDR2 memory - in short, it's below recommended specs yet it ran everything just fine, and the connection was nice and stable as well all the way from Sweden :)

 

It hadn't occurred to me that I found the whole 4./JG 52 formation Manu, I thought I bumped into a straggler. I suppose the darkness got me lucky, I'm pretty positive my one La-5 would have been toast had anyone given chase :biggrin:


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Posted 14 February 2016 - 21:32

Me and a mate discovered your server just yesterday and we had an excellent time. That's exactly the kind of multiplayer action I prefer.
I'm sure I will hop in more often. Thanks for making this possible!:)

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Posted 14 February 2016 - 21:46

We could organise a Coconut Night - an evening where everyone pops into Coconut's server for their daily MP fix, increasing the chances of bumping onto others :biggrin:
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Posted 14 February 2016 - 22:21

I'm all for it, already running one in French on Mondays. I could set another one up some other evening. What about Tuesdays?

In the mean time, I have only one person signed up for tomorrow, probably due to holidays. There might be more who come unannounced, but we could definitely let in more. I'll let the server open, feel free to join.

I'll be running the mission that's currently on, "Novomax". Start at 21.00 GMT+1
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Posted 15 February 2016 - 22:17

From 1 to 12 people, this was fun. One of the IRRE Fw-190s (partially my fault for diving on 4 of them with no thought or consequence) rattled me nicely, I could barely pull out of a 1000m dive and make my way to the advanced airfield for a crash landing. Non-stop air and ground action! :)

Coconut Tuesdays sound like an idea, it could warrant a post in the eSports section for some server advertising.

 

The left wing gave me a very nice view of the insides of the Lavochkin's wings. The right wing was in a similar state, closer to the wingtips. However informative, I would rather have lived without seeing that, of course :biggrin:

 

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Posted 16 February 2016 - 19:16

Yes, that was a lot of fun. I was so sweaty at the end. It took a while to find sleep that night because of all the excitement.

There was an additional group of unregistered people initially, but they left. I'm not sure why. We could have been close to 20 or so. I hope it wasn't some disconnection issue.

 

Anyway, I'm very pleased with the way this mission turned out, good tank fun at the end too. As a mission designer you never know if your ideas will work or not, but in this case it went beyond expectations. This mission plays rather well with as few as 10 people, and I'd love to see how it scales.

 

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Posted 17 February 2016 - 21:03

Coconut Tuesdays sound like an idea

 

Let's try this!

 

Announcement there: http://forum.il2stur...ions/?p=333803 


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Posted 21 February 2016 - 14:11

Just tried it today and I had to comment on the nice mission and smooth gameplay.

 

Thanks coconut.

 

I always get booted from the WOL server when to many players come on most

likely because of ping.I am in Canada.


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Posted 22 February 2016 - 20:41

I am wondering if there is your airplane's position on the map when you press O when you are flying or is it removed?


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Posted 22 February 2016 - 21:40

I am wondering if there is your airplane's position on the map when you press O when you are flying or is it removed?

No, it's removed. I like the navigational challenge (even though I'm terrible at it  :blush: )


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Posted 22 February 2016 - 21:49

No, it's removed. I like the navigational challenge (even though I'm terrible at it  :blush: )

I don't mind I will fly fighters only without it bombers are too much trouble

and things to too hard to look for and concentrate on the map with all of

the setupping you have to do with a HE-111 and fighter look out duty.


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Posted 25 February 2016 - 18:43

This server will now reset the map rotation every day at 18.00 GMT. Mission duration is 2h10min unless the primary objective is achieved before that.


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Posted 25 February 2016 - 23:36

Followed a 1.Zug  of 5 tanks with the 16th Panzer  Division insignia on the back.

 

Followed them around looking for enemy tanks and guns with no luck.


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Posted 27 February 2016 - 17:38

From now on, the server's status can be checked online at http://coconutside.eu:8083/

 

EDIT: new, nicer domain in the URL.


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Posted 28 February 2016 - 00:45

Hey Coconut!

I really like Your Server and the Missions You´re running.

I always hop in once for a while since two weeks.

But I noticed that since many days there isn´t a map rotation anymore.

Its always the same mission with one Bf 109 E7 AI and a Ju 87 AI and no russian AI.

2 weeks ago I was with a mate on a saturday evening on Your server, and there were always different missions.

And dare I to suggest or sinecerly ask if it could be possibe to add slightly more AI planes? That would make the whole thing way more entertaining, what do You think?

Best regards! :salute:


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Posted 28 February 2016 - 14:59

Rotation between multiple missions is back. Regarding more flying AIs, I'll add a few more in the next mission.

The rotation now includes:

  1. "Early invasion", a BOM dogfight mission (it has a few BOS planes so as not to exclude anyone). Lots of AIs in the air. No specific objective, it's really meant as a dogfight mission, with some AI activity for the background. Has lots of Bf110 AIs, and 9 AI tanks (all Germans).
  2. "Novomax". Objective-based, fight around Novomaksimovsky. Has player and AI tanks, not many AIs.
  3. "Night attack on Kalach". Objective-based, fight near Kalach. Has player and AI tanks, lots of Stukas in the air.

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