Fleet Command

Written by Phil on . Posted in Articles, Naval

I am still getting to grips with the encyclopaedic Command Modern Air Naval Operations but sometimes you need a quick fix and Fleet Command provides that really well. This strategy game came out in 1999 under Janes Combat Simulations and then somewhere along the line Sonalysts, the same company that made the great Dangerous Waters took over. Sadly they don’t make Naval warfare games anymore. This recreational military game presents realistic graphical depictions and accurate modelling and simulation of the manoeuvring and combat system capabilities of U.S., Allied, neutral and potentially hostile forces. The radio chatter is pleasing and has that sort of Tom Clancy feel to it. If that makes sense?

If you like this sort of thing it runs well on modern operating systems.

Fleet Command has been on my PC for a long time and it’s game icon sits proudly right next to CMANO and rightly so. You can get it on Steam for as little as £6.99. Well worth it.

 

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YouTube Channel

Written by Phil on . Posted in Articles

I started my YouTube channel in conjunction with starting this blog thing. I mostly make tutorials and videos of more obscure games I enjoy playing. The tutorials I make are mainly for myself because I forget everything and drift in and out of playing so much that without them I would be lost. They seemed to have helped other people out to which I have to say is quite satisfying.

Anyway I am approaching my 1000th subscriber and hope to reach this number somewhere around Christmas time.  I don’t have adverts on my videos and never will. I get lots of “advice” from people on what I should be doing next with content etc. To be honest I only ever make videos when I really want too and don’t put any pressure on myself to pump a certain amount out to get the subs.  When you do that it feels like a job.

I still want the 1000 subscribers though. I can be a hypocrite I have no shame.

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Command Ops 2 The Learning Curve

Written by Phil on . Posted in Articles, Battle, Command Ops

 

After  following the tutorial for Command Ops 2 that I posted a few days ago I just got my first decisive victory!! I know it’s the tutorial  and my forces were far superior in equipment, supply and well, just about everything else it was still satisfying.

The best thing about it all was showing me a way to plan and approach the scenario. I took my time and studied my forces in much more detail than I normally would. I thought much more about the terrain and did the same sort of study with that. All adding up to much more enjoyable experience. Another part I thoroughly enjoyed was the less micro managing. I was looking at the bigger picture. I’m now a few hours into my next mission. This will prove to be a proper challenge I know but I don’t feel like I am flaying around in the dark anymore. Knowledge of equipment and how best to deploy is crucial I feel. I am still far from an expert but it’s another part of it that I am more confident in than what I was just a few months ago.

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BFM – The Lucky Approach.

Written by Phil on . Posted in Articles, Falcon 4.0, Latest

 

BFM or Basic Basic Fighter Maneuvers Is a fundamental skill that any fighter pilot should master. I enjoy it and often set up dogfights with various types of aircraft. In a one versus one scenario with a neureral setup IE: Head on against AI or a human component your fist move once into the merge is crucial. This is where the fight can be lost in a split second. In the video below however I give a classic example of good fortune on my behalf. Most of the time if I did something this stupid I would get my arse handed to me.

I’m off to read more “Fighter Combat” by L. Shaw.

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Building A Retro Rig

Written by Phil on . Posted in Articles

 

Over the years I have purchased simulations from the past that I never played because my job at the time (Army) simply didn’t allow me to. There was a period of time from when I left school up to the point of joining up when I was on my ZX Spectrum flying and playing various sims. I missed out on all of the Jane’s combat simulations. So now thanks to eBay I have a good collection of them.

These old games from the 1990’s don’t run well on modern systems. I can get them going but they frequently crash and the install process is tedious. So I am going to build a retro PC. It will be based around Windows 98se.I have read some good articles on how this is best achieved but one of the most striking things for me was to get out of the mindset that fast is always good. These games were not designed to be played on super fast PC’s. I tried Janes longbow 2 on my rig and it was like flying at the speed of light.

So I am now trawling through car boot sales and auctions in order to get hold of these old parts.

Does anyone have a Voodoo FX 3 graphics card gathering dust anywhere 🙂