Posts by Gman

    I can't believe I agree with Finger.


    Springer, I'd like a Tomahawk too. Thought about getting a Canadian forger to make me one of his - Ravensbeak made me my Sgian Dubh and Dirk that pipers wear, and he's made Tomahawks as well. I'd rather throw you some more business sometime though Springer, if you think you want to make something like this. IF you want to consider it, PM me and we'll can talk about it.


    Something like this


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    I'll post some pics later of all the new Virpil/VKB stuff I've got. It's certainly not inexpensive, that's for damn sure. In their cases though, you do get what you pay for, and their tech support has been beyond incredible for me, like bend over backwards type of help the few times I've contacted them.


    Might do some knife reviews too, got a few new ones for Xmas.

    So So. The Saitek stuff is ok, but is usually more prone to breaking than other stuff. If you're not going to go down the mid/higher end hotas road, I think the best bet is a CH stick (the throttles don't get along with DCS frequently, but the sticks usually do, and IMO are still solid enough to buy), and the TM TWCS throttle, which is a solid little unit, cheap, and has rudder rockers if you don't have or want pedals. You can get both for less than any Saitek hotas out there.


    edit - I paid 75 USD for my TWCS for my little collection back in 2017, little bugger is up to $150 CAD now, so now sure what it is USD now, probably 25 or 35 more USD than I paid. Still a good deal though, if you look around you can find a Combat or Fighterstick for well under $100 USD usually.

    Yea, I won’t spend money to a company base out of Russia.

    While lots of the programmers and original staff/etc are Russian, the company is based in Switzerland technically. Wags is ex CIA (expert on Russian/Chinese/Threat Sam and AAA systems), and is based in America. Lots of teams from lots of different countries. I do get it though, I'm not a fan of supporting threats to the West, but the guys at ED don't really fit that category. I've had conflicting arguments with myself on this subject Oaktree, but I always tell myself China should be in the same boat too, more so than Russia as they are way more of a threat to us, but if I stopped buying Chinese things that means no PC, no phones, no TV, no internet, etc etc etc. It's a shit sandwich, but we still have to eat it. For now.

    It's OK Sluggo, plenty of Canadians grind my gears, the inroads the crazies are making are creating even more of them.


    TxMom and Lazs - we got a cat too, she was rehomed to us because her first owner got Alzheimer's very quickly, and started abusing her. So we took her, despite our fur coat razorblade (Belgian Mal dog war vet that we got from my last company I worked for, as they give employees first crack at taking the retired ruffruffs.) not taking kindly to the new house guest. She quickly won our dog over, who now basically obeys the cat. DJ (cat) has been great for all of us, when we're taking care of my pop, she comes and he's basically adopted her - she sleeps with him, and gives him a lot of comfort. She's an all grey cat, purple pads like the Russian Blues, she has some of that in her bloodline, but she's not a pedigree cat or anything. Just a good cat that turned into a great one, had her a few years now, she's about 5 Y.O.

    Many of those screens from their weekly update last week are AI planes, but still, having them updated is cool. The 339, Apache, and F4U are flyable modules, I WISH the B52, B1B, and S3 were too. Fingers crossed that someday we'll get a multicrew heavy bomber - I don't even care what, T160 or Backfire, B52, B1B, or anything, would be insta buy for me.


    The A7 is coming, and eventually the A6 Intruder - the Intruder will be where I spend a ton of time, while not a heavy bomber, it's a great medium on that'll be 2/multi crew capable. Low level night bombing missions during the cold war will be great fun.

    Hey BJ, are you using VR? You mentioned you wanted to be able to mouse around and VR in the same sentence, so I'm not sure if you're using VR or TrackIR.


    Anyhow, you can use your mouse in VR still in DCS, you don't have to use the "move your head to move your cursor" thing in VR. You can use your mouse instead while in VR separately from your head direction/position. I have a mouse on a plate mounted beside my right side stick controller, and have a mouse sitting on it for functions I don't have mapped to my hotas in DCS, as well as just general mousing about in game(s).


    Iron - once the Apache module is out, I'm absolutely in to fly with you and your bro. Not many players in game will have an opportunity to fly with a real former helo pilot like your bro, so good times I say.

    Anyone watching 1883?


    Same producer/writer/creator as Yellowstone, Taylor Sheridan (played a sheriff in Sons of Anarchy, produced the Wind River movie too, which is excellent), is behind it and so far it's been excellent. Sam Elliot is in it as well Supposed to be a backstory of the Dutton family in the current "Yellowstone" show. The first 5 episodes have been great IMO.


    edit - aaaand I just saw that Lazs has an entire thread on the show in main forum. Disregard, hah.

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    But I enjoy it as is now. For me it's a sandbox. I decide what I want to do/learn and set goals. Otherwise the aimlessness sets me adrift.

    That's what's great about it, there is something for everyone, a truly endless amount of shit to do, be it missions/campaigns made by others, or stuff you create how you like it. SO many modules, I buy every single one (for several PCs), and there are modules I haven't even loaded up yet, like the new A10 2, the P47, and a bunch of others. They have a huge number of teams and people working on all kinds of things, the next year or two is going to yield some great stuff.

    Yeah. I will.


    He got so pissed at the VA, but his stories were so funny. LOL!


    Remember one of the later ones, they locked the door and he was in a hallway. They said there was an active shooter loose and wouldn't let him in. LOL.

    LOL! He described those idiots so perfectly too - ya that was by far the funniest one that I can remember. What a guy.

    As much as it isn't funny how the VA treated him (and other vets), his VA stories always made me laugh my ass off. How he trolled (in person) the attendant at the one that eventually banned him... - If GG can get the old site up first thing I'm doing is trying find that story.

    I regret never having met Mike in person. Great FW member, always enjoyed reading what he had to say, lots of laughs provided.


    Lazs, keep us in the loop if you plan on setting something like the poster or whatever from FW, we want to help out with anything like that.

    We don't have an Iraqi terrain but the first mission I'm going to create for the AH-64D will be this raid on Baghdad.


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    Hah, that'll be awesome, count me in on that. I still remember when they reported on that mission from their command bunker for the media in GW1 - pretty incredible operations, those old Pave Lows were fantastic.

    DCS has roots that go way back, 27 years now. Anyone remember this one:


    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Su-27_Flanker_(video_game)

    Oh yes, I still have that box/game. I was one of the tards that ran the head to head ladder for Flanker 1.5 back in the day.


    When I was at combatsim.com, Carl Norman, the director at that time of SSI's ED/DCS division was a good friend of ours, did tons of advertising with us, and was very active in our forums and whatnot, plus was always available for interviews and articles, of which we wrote many.


    There almost was no DCS, they came very, very close to shuttering the doors back during my time working in that industry, they were looking at a pretty terrible outcome post dot.com bust. Here is the letter Carl wrote to have us post on our site and try and get the community to pitch in with $$ to help save them. The community responded, big time, and here we are today.


    The long version of Carl's letter/etc is at the link below if anyone is interested in reading about DCS history. I'll quote in a few relevant paragraphs for tildeer. Carl was loyal to us as we were to him/ED in those days, notice how he encourages simmers to come to our forums at combatsim.com, and that the new info/materials will be posted to our site first, before anywhere else online back then. Again, the community, in particular our members at csim (250,000 registered forum users, and 2 million unique hosts/month on the site), really threw in, big time.


    http://www.combatsim.com/memb123/htm/2001/02/cnorman/


    Anyone else playing this? I picked it up on the xmas Steam Sale with a Steam gift card I got for xmas.


    Really good game. I missed the boat on the 1st one, but played the shit out of Age of Empires 2. I remember when PCXL magazine (best gaming magazine ever) gave it a 95 percent and featured throwing Kathy Griffin in a trebuchet into a wall in a pic/vid in their article. Hah, such good times, nobody would ever print anything like that today.


    Anyhow, AOE 4 is worth it especially if you can get it on sale, it was only a bit off the regular price, but all the reviews I watched on it sold me, and I have pretty much all the other current games/sims/modules I want.

    He was talking about MS Flight, not MS FS. That was the "light" version of FS made free several years ago.

    He mentioned both, his first post was "MS FS", which isn't MS Flight, I'm aware of the difference. MS Flight was 10 years ago now. I just thought he was referring to MSFS as well as Flight when he said it he liked it, misread what he said a bit I think though, liking "Flight" but asking if you'd tried MSFS.

    The new (newest anyway) MS FS is on Steam - not sure if it's exclusively there or anything, but it's there. Sluggo is right too, it's excellent. They have an F35C/B module that just came out and I'm going to pick up today or tomorrow to try out, as the YT vids look great so far as carrier/assault ship operations go. The general aviation stuff in MSFS is incredible IMO, some of the mountain airports around the world make for pretty tough challenges, and there is no end of other things to do in it, I've barely scratched the surface despite spending a fair bit of time tooling around in it.

    I have all the IL2 modules, including the Tank Crew, but haven't even played it yet. I've read/heard really good things about it, I'm going to get into it this week.


    Do you play multiplayer with it AckAck when you're playing CO OP, ie is it co op vs AI, or Co Op PVP sort of deal? Really interested in this now after watching some YT vids.