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Jumoschwanz 02-07-2018 07:18 PM

18th winter flying IL2, who's left?
 
What is left of my hair is now grey, and my eyes don't let me see the monitor during flying well anymore, still enjoying IL2 here and there though.

I can still remember my first online flight with the full(non-demo) version of IL2 back in the winter of 2001/2002. We were flying CFS2 on Hypberlobby too sometimes, but IL2 quickly sent it to the scrap-heap.

I got onto some server in an La-5 and 609IAP Relentov was on there with his buddies chasing me around trying to shoot me down, the La-5 was fast though and I kept running away, looping back and doing head-ons with them. I can't remember now but it probably ended up with me getting blown out of the sky.

We flew on dial-up for years and had to download all those big patches with a 56k modem! I would start a patch download before I went to bed and hopefully it would finish up sometime before noon the next day without dropping the line so I had to continue it or start the whole thing over....

Everyone was flying the official patches, there were no mods, and the servers were packed full, lot of them, and there were a LOT of hard-settings servers too.

Jumo.....

Marabekm 02-07-2018 08:42 PM

I am afraid the list only seems to be growing smaller. Though occasionally we get a new old guy, or an old new guy. :rolleyes: Some people come back from COD and BOS every once in a while.

Treetop64 02-08-2018 03:43 AM

Still here. Been around since the old Ubi forums days, and raaaid's hilarious "science" threads.

Never flew that much online. Primarily Offline.

Still play the game regularly, now in modded form though I prefer the ala-carte method with ModAct v6.4 over the bloated mega-mods.

Jumoschwanz 02-08-2018 03:10 PM

The other thing was our hardware, my first IL2 computer was an AMD Athlon 900mhz with a 200mhz front-side buss and a pretty crappy video card, like a GeForce MX. Some people flew with Pentium II or III rigs too, and it was really borderline running IL2 on those machines!

The crappy CRT monitors used to burn your eyes out after so many hours, if they had not come out with alternatives I would have had to quit ten years ago.

I learned that if you are buying a gaming video-card, then save up for something really good because it is cheaper than getting a so-so card then a pretty-good card then a really good card later. I think I may have been the first one to have a GeForce 3 Ti-500 for flying IL2, and it was heaven for sure.

DKoor 02-08-2018 04:34 PM

Eh, those were the days.
During that time one could enjoy UBi Zoo slaughterhouse as much as one could enjoy actual gameplay. I think it really culminated somewhere around that time when Hristo's have been banned from WarClouds because of actually listening to allied TS chat:grin: ... at least for me. In spite of me being attached to the game years after, for me it never got so heated like it was during those days.

But yes, sooo many things happened in the meantime (one of the most important things for me is that I've become a dad of twin girls), so much time passed as Jumo said... I remember both of you Tree and Jumo from those days. Can't really believe how much time has passed.

I think WarClouds were the peak of my experience with the game... I still have quite a bit of online TRK's ... :cool:
Long ago I even uploaded one where I miraculously ended up alive flying one of my fav ac types after getting pounded by the oppo I lost sight of;
www.youtube.com/watch?v=1e9bNiq07kw

dimlee 02-09-2018 07:46 PM

DKoor,

Good fight. As someone who flew P-38 a lot (and FW 190 was my no.2 "blue" a/c) I really enjoyed watching it.

You could take a look at Orel (http://www.letkaorel.eu ) if you have time. Currently there are 2 or 3 maps with P-38 in rotation. And with FW 190 ;)

DKoor 02-10-2018 02:12 AM

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Originally Posted by dimlee (Post 717317)
DKoor,

Good fight. As someone who flew P-38 a lot (and FW 190 was my no.2 "blue" a/c) I really enjoyed watching it.

You could take a look at Orel (http://www.letkaorel.eu ) if you have time. Currently there are 2 or 3 maps with P-38 in rotation. And with FW 190 ;)

I'm pleased that you liked it.:) I will certainly upload some more of the old ones, from the golden IL-2 era.

As far as WarClouds go, and if my memory serves me right, I'd just go for Bf-109, sometimes while on allied side I was either in Tempest/P-51B/C (GB) or P-38 & P-51B/C... those were my fav aircraft. I'd probably fly Typhoon too if it was in game at that time:cool:

I'm not really sure how it is possible that I remember many people from say UK-dedicated-1/2, WarClouds and forums... those were the days that, regarding my pc gaming, will never happen again.

Thanks for link, I'll check it out.

Janosch 02-10-2018 06:36 PM

Letkaorel does lots of things right - they rotate existing maps and sometimes update them, for example. Unfortunately, some of the maps are cluttered with AI planes and soft ground targets. It's a double whammy. Still, it's probably the best server today.
Vinni Puh (a Russian server) was unfortunately neutered by long absence, the removal of 99% of the maps outside the 109/190 vs La/Yak formula and lack of HyperLobby presence, so there aren't any players.

Music 02-12-2018 01:34 AM

well, i have not been flying for the entire time the il-2 series has been out, but I remember when the first shipment of Pacific Fighters came into a warehouse I was working at, I stood looking at that box for a long time, looked around at all the computer equipment, and though, "one day"
That day came 8 years later, when I had a crappy computer, and a 32bit video card, one frame pre 2 minuites,
There were a lot of F4F's that ploughed into the mountains of the new Guinea map, the Pilot career for the F4F mission, one frame of the cockpit, and next frame was it smoldering on the ground, but it looked great.
I took a month and a new video card to get any part of the game to run, even FMB. and even then, it was 8 years of crappy small monitors and 15fps, lower when I was engaged.

Now, I have a 32 inch monitor, a 1gig video card, and know what a Conf.ini is, and how to manipulate it to get the best performance, or visuals. Have Free Track working fine, (but never use it), and still the same joysticks from back then. A Attack3 as my main stick, and a interactive Raider Pro for a throttle rudder.

And I can't hit a thing, last missions, two maps of the AleXserver, about a hour and a half, and my gun stats were 1 hit out of 600+ bullets fired. And that is par for the course.

I don't know if it's latency, or online timing is different, but offline, I can hit almost everything I shoot at, and shoot in the 3% range w fighters and 12% with bombers.

But, shooting down A.I. is no fun, not even good practice it seems.

But I can Land and take off like a pro, and have many hours of chute time. And I am making who ever shoots me down happy, so there's that.

Lets hope 4.14 brings some players back, though if your in north america, and have the days free, the Russians are still playing like crazy, AlexServer has 20-30 people every day at 11-2pm east coast time, and the Il-2 official server, Front Skies (full switch with icons) has about the same.

here is a list of servers, with the Russian ones as well. Ignore the pilot count for the last two, it is wrong.

http://il2.com.ru/en/links.php

Cheers!

Jumoschwanz 02-12-2018 07:01 PM

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Originally Posted by Music (Post 717323)
And I can't hit a thing, last missions, two maps of the AleXserver, about a hour and a half, and my gun stats were 1 hit out of 600+ bullets fired. And that is par for the course.Cheers!

Hit percent was never that high for myself either, but it did not seem like a lot of hits were needed to do well online.

In February 2008 on Spits_vs_109s, a month which had 1,662 different virtual pilots fly there, my percentage of hits in air-to-air combat was only 4.74% ! With 1,741 rounds it said I shot down 101 aircraft, but I had fired almost 36,000 at air and ground targets combined. 12% of those hit ground targets, obviously easier to hit things that are not moving....

I was just reading that biography of Hartmann's and he said that after WWII when he was head of Germany's first jet-squadron that the average percent of that squadron was 24% and some of the pilots had personal averages of 60%!

Music 02-13-2018 01:04 AM

he also said the other planes were like balloons floating by, sounds like he had a very high end computer to render a entire formation of B-17's with no stuttering. Probably had 3dgunners=0.
I would guess the bombers off line are like real bombers, (except the few that try and dog fight you), and it was just leading the target, and flying off, leaving the balloons behind. And avoiding P-51's. Bombers on line make it hard to hit them by flopping around, but their gunners also can't get you too easy., and one bomber against a fighter if the fighter takes his time, is no contest.
I really wish that they would allow the QMB formation of four online, and let one guy flip between planes as they get damaged. Just three people flying bombers would be a impressive formation of 12.

Cheers, Do you fly on line as Jumoschwanz?

I'm il-2Crew online now, (much better name), & currently fly on the AleXserver, say hi if you are on there some time.

Jumoschwanz 02-13-2018 02:49 AM

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Originally Posted by Music (Post 717326)
Cheers, Do you fly on line as Jumoschwanz? I'm il-2Crew online now, (much better name), & currently fly on the AleXserver, say hi if you are on there some time.

I have not flown on Hyperlobby as Jumoschwanz for years since I had a dispute with some of it's moderators, but I still used that handle when joining by direct IP, such as Vinni_Pu server or some others that were not on Hyperlobby.

I have not flown online hardly at all for a year or so after a member of a squad I belonged to for years died of cancer, he was the one who ran our server and after he was gone the squad quit flying.

Maybe before the snow melts this spring I will try getting online, but I am rusty and I have trouble with my eyes now, I can not see good at the distance a computer monitor is usually at from my eyes. Just like in real life, if a IL2 pilot can not see good he is screwed....

S!

Music 02-13-2018 07:35 AM

I need to see a optometrist as well, thanks for reminder.

~S~

dimlee 02-13-2018 11:24 AM

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Originally Posted by Janosch (Post 717320)
Letkaorel does lots of things right - they rotate existing maps and sometimes update them, for example. Unfortunately, some of the maps are cluttered with AI planes and soft ground targets. It's a double whammy. Still, it's probably the best server today.
Vinni Puh (a Russian server) was unfortunately neutered by long absence, the removal of 99% of the maps outside the 109/190 vs La/Yak formula and lack of HyperLobby presence, so there aren't any players.

I welcome AI planes on LetkaOrel maps for two reasons:
1. Deficit of human players. Sometimes the server is just empty.
2. My eyes are not sharp anymore so I avoid dogfights and prefer to intercept bombers. Just wish there were AI escorts to spice things up.
3. AI bring more fun and diversity. For example, hunting for floatplanes.
Agree that many ground targets are soft. But again, with few pilots in the air anything "tougher" would mean no chance to win the map.

Is Vinni Puh still online? I was active there long time ago. Stopped to follow around 2014 as too many players used the game for "political" discussions.

ElAurens 02-17-2018 03:38 PM

I'm still around, though the Pigs rarely fly anymore.

Still have '46 on the hard drives, and take up one of the old planes every once in a while.

DKoor 05-06-2018 07:36 PM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nx2cC0P2pYM

Did another video... I have few more prepared and will put them up too... what really surprised me after all these years is just how hectic some of those fights was... some stuff were really disorienting but we seemed to do ok, keeping eye on target and also checking our sixes for possible threats.:cool:
This vid is nothing really special, the one thing that separates it from majority of my flights online is that I was uber reckless and followed another plane for prolonged period of time all the way up to his base... and still lived to tell the tale. In most cases peeps that used to do that ended up in the dirt :D .

EDIT #1:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b2hJEsyeND4

LA-5 vs Bf-109Gs... just uploaded it. I guess from time to time I'll put video of some nice fights for the old times sake. We've had a blast back there and then. :cool:

ytareh 04-06-2019 11:06 AM

Can not get into ANY flight sim other than this !I think its immortal!Been around since the beginning give or take a year or two .Used fly with JG5 .High alt two hour missions + were EPIC .I still fire it up at least once a month -a far cry from hours every night religiously .

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kk3ZQ6dpc6U

Jumoschwanz 05-18-2019 10:31 AM

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Originally Posted by ytareh (Post 718905)
Can not get into ANY flight sim other than this !I think its immortal!Been around since the beginning give or take a year or two .Used fly with JG5 .High alt two hour missions + were EPIC .I still fire it up at least once a month -a far cry from hours every night religiously .


Yes, ten to twenty years ago we spent too much time flying this sim. I have a screen-shot of the stats page for Spits vs. 109s server saved from February 2008 and that month I flew 37 hours, a few others flew over 40 hours, and one pilot named Mux flew 109 hours!!!

I loved the missions on hard-settings server where I would take off in a fighter with a bomb, fly at high-alt over the front line and drop it on a target, then hunt for and shoot down one or two other fighters before returning home safely. The stat I was most proud of in 2008 that month was completing 86% plus of 101 missions on hard settings safely, while most all other online pilots listed averaged about 50% over far fewer missions.

S!

dimlee 05-19-2019 12:28 PM

It's good to see original IL2 video once in a while.
By the way, Fishyyy and Stephen197106 (see them in Youtube) are still doing the job. Views are fantastic with new graphics extender mode of Slibenli.


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