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Beirut

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  1. As Thoreau said: "Simplify! Simplify!"
  2. Is it possible there is a three-day limit to unconnected usage, at least with some modules, or am I mixing up sims?
  3. I'm diggin' your history lesson. Thank you.
  4. I guess. Just seems a bit anemic for a fast little fighter with a radar.
  5. Thank you for that. But do you have any idea why they would make it to have only two Sidewinders? It can carry tons of bombs, but only two missiles. Seems... weak.
  6. All of them. I'm a very unstructured flyer, I like trying out a scenario in one plane and then in another, and then another. Literally like a five-year old with a box of LEGO. I just love the planes and love flying around. But if I was to MP, I might start with my Harrier. I can manage it reasonably well, and could probably avoid destroying the server.
  7. I hear ya. I'm looking to try MP but it does seem there are a few hurdles to jump; get SRS working, learn the code words, be proficient enough in the plane so as not to cause mass casualties or at least mass annoyance amongst friendlies, those sorts of things. On the plus side, there have been some very friendly people here on the site offering to help if you join up with them. The problem, I guess, is getting past the idea that you'll be ten steps behind everyone all the time. It's not that they're not patient and good guys, but you maybe worry about being a PITA noob and taking away from their fun. I admit that holds me back a bit.
  8. I think from day-one it was the ME that sealed the DCS deal for me. It perfects the sandbox nature of DCS, which is why I love DCS. I want my plane, on my map, where I want it, in a situation that is fun for me. The ME brings the LEGO goodness to DCS. I appreciate that people build missions and campaigns for others, but there are so few of them I enjoy. That's not a shot at the mission builders, I just like my flights to be my flights. I think I'm on year five or six of DCS and I have never flown a campaign mission and I can count how many times I've flown either quick missions or missions built by others. It's all about the ME and the freedom of the flightsim sandbox. And the DCS ME is great in that allows you to make fast and easy flights that have good action and good eye candy.
  9. I'll just jump in here... My historical knowledge of the F5 is thin, but only 2 stinky little Sidewinders? Two? It can carry tons of bombs but only two Aim-9s? What the point of a radar on the thing if they only designed it to hold two Sidewinders? That said, I really like the DCS F-5 module. It's a lot of fun.
  10. IMHO, the DCS ME is fantastic! I use it for pretty much 100% of my flights. It's as easy to use as you want it to be. I just did a quick test and built "a mission" in 20 seconds flat. I put a plane in the air and a tank to kill on the ground. It's not a complicated scenario, but it shows how fast the basic elements are. Sure, if you want triggers and bells and whistles it goes uphill from there, but the basic layout is solid. Compared to "the other sim's" prehistoric and convoluted ME that forces you to actually leave the game in order to use it, and then to use multiple trigger/timing inputs to do the simplest of things, the DCS ME is lightning fast and convenient, and infinitely more fun to use. The DCS ME is one of the strongest selling points for me. Every flight is my flight, fast and easy. I think it's great.
  11. Just saw that the Grim Reapers have a training server. Big fan, so I'll start there. Thanks though.
  12. Canada. (We've renamed North America.) Thank you. My MP button is greyed out, do I need to make an ED account before it pops up?
  13. Morning, Could someone please suggest a low stress server where someone who hasn't done MP in twenty-years (literally) could try it out and not get yelled at and/or shot down within three-seconds of joining? Even if there is no combat that would be fine, maybe preferable. I have a decent rig and good net. I'd be happy to join with a bunch of older guys who just fly around in circles and talk about their grandkids. I'd like to start as mellow as possible. Thanks.
  14. I wouldn't mind riding in the back seat. I think it would be pretty scenic and kinda cool. You're working your radar and the whole world is just whoopin' around at high speed outside the canopy. I think it would be interesting. I have to admit I'm still in the "go home" stage. But that might change.
  15. Is drinking permitted or outright encouraged?
  16. Steam honoured my refund request in about three-hours but I won't see the cash back in my Steam wallet for a few days. They say they don't usually refund after 14 days, but my pre-order was from October. This one of the reasons I like Steam, it does offer certain conveniences.
  17. I think he was talking about the stick, but I've owned the Tomcat for all of one whole day so my opinion is not very weighty.
  18. I know about 1% of the Tomcat but I did see in a Grim Reapers video that they also suggest no curves for the Tomcat.
  19. I ended up getting a refund from Steam on my Apache pre-order today - and then bought the Tomcat - just a few hours before I read about the delay. Serendipitous, I guess. It just hit me with the last video(s) about the Apache that it was going to be a very complicated module. I have no doubt it will be excellently crafted, but my brain can't handle a helicopter with an A-10C II level of complexity, which is what this thing looks like. That's just beyond my mental snack bracket. My heart belongs to the Ka-50 and will surely be stolen by the BS3. But I'll try the Apache in the free trial and see if I can wrap my head around it. There's no question is looks freakin' cool.
  20. Ooooohhhhhh.... that's really nice cloud action!
  21. I'm going to look into VAICOM, but for the moment I'm busy just fiddling with all the buttons. I did manage to Phoenix a couple of angry birds with Jester, that was cool. And one thing about the F-14, it's the only plane I fly with the mirrors on. Most of the time I find the mirrors annoying, but in the Tomcat I find they have to be on. I don't know if that means anything, but there it is. I figured the skin was appropriate since the Tomcat was invented in Canada.
  22. I put off buying the Tomcat for a long time, tried the trial, but never had a love affair with it. But I finally got it and paid attention to detail after watching a lot of tutorials recently, and it's great. (Fortunately Steam refunded my AH-64 pre-order, decided I wasn't into it. So I have some extra flight dollars) Just did my first landing and it was pure flying bliss. No space shuttle HUD, actually had to fly it in, and when Jester called out "1000'... 500'..." it was just damn good fun. Have Jester on Voice Attack, no VAICOM yet, but it's workable - not that I've done much more than look around. But the quality of this plane is off the charts. Now I see why so many of you are as enthusiastic as you are. Anyway, just felt like venting some positive flight-vibes. Time to climb Mt Learningcurve.
  23. This is why I am such a big fan of Voice Attack. My Thrustmaster 16000/TWCS HOTAS has a decent about of buttons, but never enough. With Voice Attack it makes flying so much smoother and more fun. Best $10 you'll ever spend in flightsimming. End of fanboy rant.
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