Retro Simulations

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A few weeks back I spent a long time trying to get really old games and simulations to run on a modern Windows 10 system. It was all hit and miss, frustrating and inconsistent. I could get some simulations such as Janes F-15 to run but this process was long, fiddly and required lots of patience, which at my age is a rare resource.

So a good friend of mine at work asked me if I wanted his old XP system. I nearly bit his hand off and I now have it up and running in my computer room with all those classics running sweetly. Some of these games I never got to play back in the day due to my job and other factors. If you look past the obviously aged graphics the reward is depth and longevity because a lot of these really have stood the test of time.

Apart from Falcon 4.0 which I have been using for about 20 years now non stop my favorite so far is Janes Longbow 2. I have just completed the tutorial sessions and they are so well written I did them again. I am going to open up another branch to the site dedicated to this old school stuff.

If you have any old games/ simulations you think I should try then please let me know.

This year……

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Happy New Year everyone. I have been away in Austria for a while. Now back, 700 pounds heavier and sick of eating sausages.

The break always gives me a chance to get back into stuff like Hearts of Iron 4 and spending more time learning the systems of the A320 by FS Labs. I now have to get back to work after such a long break.

This website is going to another host soon. I am trying to work out the best way to do it. None of the options seem too easy and stress-free. So if you see it unavailable for a couple of days that is what’s happening.


Steam Sale Splurge

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Sometimes the discounts on these sales are so good it would be rude not to. This year I got the list below. It’s funny because I use the wishlist feature on Steam but almost inevitably end up getting stuff completely different once the sales start. One thing I did get that was completely off my radar was the Steam Link box. This device allows you to play any Steam game on your tv via your home network. It had a 90% discount from £39.99 to a lovely £3.99 I couldn’t refuse.

  • Total War Napoleon
  • XCOM2
  • XRebirth 4.0
  • X3 Terran Conflict
  • Motorsport Manager

I only recently started to get into the Total War series of games and now I am trying to plow through the vast back catalog of those games. The space stuff is something quite new for me. I liked and still like Elite Dangerous but that grinding kills me, to be honest. So I have been looking for something new.


DCS Viggen Naval Strike

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The weapon used for this particular mission is the RB-15F. It’s a fire and forget missile with a range of 70km so I can stand off and keep out of range of the ships surface to air missiles.

The Viggen is a sophisticated aircraft. It is incredibly advanced when you consider it’s age. It joins the analog age to the digital age seamlessly. You have a computer where you punch in codes to set up the parameters for the missile. There are as many as 30 different codes just for the RB-15F and much more for other weapon systems. It seems complicated at first but with a little practice, you begin to see the genius in its simplicity.

The Naval Strike mission has to be one of the hardest and most dangerous to execute. This wonderful write up on the doctrine of such an attack is a fantastic read and clearly shows how hard it is to take on. You have to swarm the ships defense systems to such an extent that it overwhelms it in the hope that a weapon gets through.

Today I am practicing an attack in just a 2 ship formations so I’m not holding out on getting any hits but want to be able to complete the attack phase without getting shot down.

We line up and wait for a cold early morning start. Fully loaded with 2 RB-15F’s.

After takeoff, gear up and wait for the ground radar to kick in and stabilize.

Once over the sea, we lower our altitude in an effort to avoid the ship’s radar and start to increase speed. Setting up the radar and inputting the codes for the missile.

We detect the ships on our radar. After setting up some attack waypoints, safety off, and fire. Time to turn and get the hell out of there.


The missiles reduces altitude at a set point and starts to search with its own radar.

The Russians ships defense system obliterates the missiles with just seconds from impact.

The Russian fleet sails on. I go home. A successful training mission.



Around The World Update.

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The recent transition from FSX to PR3D has forced me to abandon some aircraft because it costs the same to replace them. I was using the Piper Comanche by A2A Simulations in FSX to do this but they don’t offer any discount to upgrade to P3D Boooooo!

Anyway they make high quality aircraft with loads of detail that fit in really well with what I am doing here. So I got the Piper Cherokee and I am starting again. On a forum I use from time to time, quite a few people said it was a bad choice to use for this sort of thing. That only encouraged me more as it makes it more of a challenge.

The original post can be found here.