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Hyrax Attack!
Jan 13, 2009

We demand to be taken seriously

Still enjoying BG3, finished act 2. Needed to drop FOMO attitude & stick with my three favorite companions & not sweat missing the other character arcs for this play through. Glad I looked up recommended classes as Bard is fun.

Hyrax Attack! fucked around with this message at 19:30 on Mar 23, 2024

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Vahakyla
May 3, 2013
Call this the quarterly recruitment post.
https://encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcSQOrFyiMlYgpCPaCkB2E6i52UptYSRMlGQoa1pWnEy&s

All this you can partake in by joining the Discord at: https://discord.gg/airgoons
Thread: https://forums.somethingawful.com/showthread.php?threadid=3633891

But most of the activity nowadays is on Discord.

AIR GOON RECRUITMENT




First type of event:

quote:

The Long Afternoon War, a dynamic, player commanded war that combined DCS, Arma 3, Microsoft Flight Simulator, and Command: Modern Operations into one game! It is mainly played in DCS. Played every Saturday.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PhAwpb5XYOQ


So wots all this then?


DCS World is a flight sim with modules, individually purchased planes that simulate various helicopters and fixed wing aircraft of mostly the modern era. The game includes non-flyable AI assets, and tons of ground units of all kinds. Game requires a lot of patience, as these airplanes are started manually with each system modeled, and the nerds that fly them click the buttons in the cockpit to achieve what they need to do. The sim is good enough to be used by real air forces for training for planes, such as the US Air National Guard for the A-10, and the French Air Force for the Mirage 2000. Our players will talk on the radio channels with air traffic control and air battle management, and they will use different channels to communicate with their wingmen. Each flight will have its own objectives as part of the package, and the flight leads will write up their plan before game day, and after the game, their after action report. Each daysí game will probably last about 1.5 hours to 2 hours. Weíll stream it both from the perspective of a pilot, and from the air battle manager stationís radar screen.

Does it sound complex? Oh gently caress yeah, it is! But itís a lot of fun. We hope to attract the interest of non-plane goons and are more than happy to explain terms and describe what we do. Donít hesitate to ask questions, and we look forward to sharing nerdery in this thread or the Discord.







SECOND EVENT

MERCENARY CAMPAIGN, Brownwater Corporation. Played mostly on Sundays.

quote:

Ludicrous plot lines, lots of free planes, crazy stuff, insane plot, and even more. Played mostly on Sunday in DCS. Very newbie friendly!








An example mission guidance from a few weeks ago:

"Once we start bombing the vatican, the adrenochrome festival will be effectively disrupted, and the cyberPope should come down off of his throne and start tearing poo poo up
5m after he's disconnected from the adrenothrone, he'll be vulnerable to mk84's and other lamer munitions
He won't pull out his superweapon unless he's threatened
We will get a vague text description of whats happening when he uses it"





THIRD EVENT:

quote:

FALCON BMS, The original, the free, the legendary. The absolute queen of F-16 simulation. Older than most, yet better in so many ways.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QHQmTmq0T7c
I'm calling it "Regular BMs with Gorson" - I see no problems with that name. I will frag the missions and post them to discord ahead of time. 🫵 choose the mission and post results (if you want). Feel free to request missions, or escorts, whatever. You can also frag your own missions if you like. The idea here is to get people over the hump that is the janky-rear end BMS campaign interface and right into flying with goons.

I know we have a small handful of people who would like to play this game but if there is no interest that's ok I will likely not cry. I am tentatively going to run this on Tuesday nights Central Time USA, but am open to other days and times.

Scenario:

In this timeline Khomeini was installed as a religious figure in 1979 thus avoiding the revolution. Iraq continued their military build-up through the 80's. The US, fearful of a Iraqi strangehold on the region, supported the Shah and provided Iran with modern planes and equipment. In the meantime Khomeini worked behind the scenes to consolidate power and undermine the Shah's rule. Calls for reform and increased representation by religious figures were ignored; riots exploded across Iran in 1991 (organized and supported by Khomeini) and in 1992 the Shah was overthrown and Khomeini put in place as supreme leader. The US immediately pulled support and cancelled all contracts with Iran, retreating to their Saudi allies and consolidating power there.

Iraq, sensing that both Iran and the US were on their heels, launches a full invasion of Iran on Sept 5, 1992. The Gulf War has begun.

Don't know what BMS is, why you should play, what makes it better (and worse) than DCS, issues with setup or configuration? Just ask.

Nuclear Tourist
Apr 7, 2005

Hyrax Attack! posted:

Still enjoying BG3, finished act 2. Needed to drop FOMO attitude & stick with my three favorite companions & not sweat missing the other character arcs for this play through. Glad I looked up recommended classes as Bard is fun.

I feel like I've OD'd on Baldur's Gate 3 at this point. Not going to reveal how many hours I have in the game but it's an absurd amount.

As a change of pace I find myself playing Ixion, again. Self-similar space is the best space.

FrozenVent
May 1, 2009

The Boeing 737-200QC is the undisputed workhorse of the skies.
Destroyer: The Uboat Hunter is fully released now and itís oddly addictive.

Handsome Ralph
Sep 3, 2004

Oh boy, posting!
That's where I'm a Viking!


I got it in last month's humble choice, should give it a whirl.

How difficult is the learning curve? I used to play a ton of Silent Hunter so I'm fine with playing something at that level, but with my limited gaming time, I don't really have the patience for something that's gonna take like 3+ hours to fully understand/play on a weeknight.

FrozenVent
May 1, 2009

The Boeing 737-200QC is the undisputed workhorse of the skies.
Itís more arcade than silent hunter, if you do the tutorial you should get the hang of it. Lots of going around in circles trying to line up a depth charge run, but the game rewards keeping convoy ships alive as much as actually sinking the subs.

Vahakyla
May 3, 2013
I love UBOAT. Even more than Silent HUnter. It isn't quite as groggy, and it is perhaps bit more micro-intensive with crews, but it definitely scratches the same itch.

pmchem
Jan 22, 2010


you guys ever check out the sim wargame genre, basically modern day Harpoon on PC?

i found a link pointing at https://www.matrixgames.com/game/command-modern-air-naval-operations-wargame-of-the-year-edition but are there other, better (public) games on PC?

Vahakyla
May 3, 2013
Am I missing the obvious? Cold Waters is grog-lite submarine game that is exciting and works well, and is still somewhat approachable.

ded
Oct 27, 2005

Kooler than Jesus

Vahakyla posted:

Am I missing the obvious? Cold Waters is grog-lite submarine game that is exciting and works well, and is still somewhat approachable.

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Vahakyla
May 3, 2013
Theyíre stupid. Cold Waters owns.

Hyrax Attack!
Jan 13, 2009

We demand to be taken seriously

Nuclear Tourist posted:

I feel like I've OD'd on Baldur's Gate 3 at this point. Not going to reveal how many hours I have in the game but it's an absurd amount.

Thatís fair, Iím in the third act of my first playthrough & enjoying it but dunno if gonna do another run through anytime soon. I am a big fan of the generous fast travel & appreciate how the bosses generally donít have immunity to high level spells so there are lots of options.

CainFortea
Oct 15, 2004


Hyrax Attack! posted:

Thatís fair, Iím in the third act of my first playthrough & enjoying it but dunno if gonna do another run through anytime soon. I am a big fan of the generous fast travel & appreciate how the bosses generally donít have immunity to high level spells so there are lots of options.

The big key to BG3 is that you shouldn't try to do everything on one play through. Not only is it actually not possible, but it leaves plenty left for other playthroughs.

Handsome Ralph
Sep 3, 2004

Oh boy, posting!
That's where I'm a Viking!


Vahakyla posted:

Theyíre stupid. Cold Waters owns.

FrozenVent
May 1, 2009

The Boeing 737-200QC is the undisputed workhorse of the skies.

pmchem posted:

you guys ever check out the sim wargame genre, basically modern day Harpoon on PC?

i found a link pointing at https://www.matrixgames.com/game/command-modern-air-naval-operations-wargame-of-the-year-edition but are there other, better (public) games on PC?

Rule the Waves 3 is pretty decent, if you donít need graphics.

Qtotonibudinibudet
Nov 7, 2011



Omich poluyobok, skazhi ty narkoman? ya prosto tozhe gde to tam zhivu, mogli by vmeste uyobyvat' narkotiki

CainFortea posted:

The big key to BG3 is that you shouldn't try to do everything on one play through. Not only is it actually not possible, but it leaves plenty left for other playthroughs.

eh, you can still be pretty completionist about sidequests even if you can't do all the solutions to them and can't really do the standard-ish good/evil paths in one playthrough. i got attached to my tav and wanted them to experience all the world had to offer except bear sex. illithid sex okay though. if you're strapped for time (because there are so many good games to play) to do multiple playthroughs you may as well try to explore and do as much as you can

Tiny Timbs
Sep 6, 2008

I decided Iím gonna have to play through BG2 before I do BG3

I played through BG1 in 2020 but now I have a kid and thereís no pandemic so rip

GD_American
Jul 21, 2004

LISTEN TO WHAT I HAVE TO SAY AS IT'S INCREDIBLY IMPORTANT!
Never played any of em. Haven't played any since the old Gold Box games.

I know it's a common setting, but are there any characters or storylines that continue across BG games, or are they self-encapsulated

CainFortea
Oct 15, 2004


GD_American posted:

Never played any of em. Haven't played any since the old Gold Box games.

I know it's a common setting, but are there any characters or storylines that continue across BG games, or are they self-encapsulated

There are some, but it's not like you won't get them without playing the other games.

Hyrax Attack!
Jan 13, 2009

We demand to be taken seriously

CainFortea posted:

There are some, but it's not like you won't get them without playing the other games.

Yeah Iíve enjoyed returning characters but definitely wouldnít feel lost if I hadnít played the originals.

On another gaming note, half hour into new Fallout show & it is way better than I expected. Absolutely nailing funny/grim tone & lore while telling interesting new story.

bird food bathtub
Aug 9, 2003

College Slice
BG1 and 2 are much more closely linked than 3. 3 is in the same world, around the same time, and a few characters show up to wink and nod at the fans that you won't even notice if you're not there for it.

McNally
Sep 13, 2007

Ask me about Proposition 305


Do you like muskets?

bird food bathtub posted:

BG1 and 2 are much more closely linked than 3. 3 is in the same world, around the same time, and a few characters show up to wink and nod at the fans that you won't even notice if you're not there for it.

Found the elf.

It's over 120 years after Baldur's Gate 2.

Wicaeed
Feb 8, 2005

Vahakyla posted:

Theyíre stupid. Cold Waters owns.

I've toyed with DotMod and some other similar mods, but it's missing something compared to a better game, like Dangerous Waters.

But GL getting that to run on a modern OS (Win10/11) :(

Nuclear Tourist
Apr 7, 2005

I really like the way you build out your space station in Ixion, it's like construction Tetris and your OCD gets just as triggered when you end up with empty spaces.

Hyrax Attack!
Jan 13, 2009

We demand to be taken seriously

Almost done with BG3 play through & while I like it a lot did anyone else find the end part a slog? I get what they were going for with the big battles but there are way too many characters on the giant map. Especially when itís obvious weíre gonna win but still have to eat up time chasing down every mook who fell off a tower & is in a hard to shoot area.

Climbing the tower to reach the brain was a time tax, and the whole ďavoid the glowing target areasĒ felt unoriginal, especially with how innovative the rest of the game has been. Then found out I was doing the last big fight wrong with tons of enemies there to grapple or stun, & lots of instant death. Wish theyíd gone a little less epic, like the Ketheric fight felt more strategic.

Mustang
Jun 18, 2006

“We don’t really know where this goes — and I’m not sure we really care.”
I love BG3 and got to act 3 three different times. Act 3 just had waaaaay too much talking and not enough gameplay. I never got far into act 3, probably will one day though.

Hyrax Attack!
Jan 13, 2009

We demand to be taken seriously

Thatís fair, the city looks great but a bit sprawling & it seems to have a problem with tedious or glitchy quests. Like the haunted mansion or fireworks factory. Also less incentive to do quests when at max level.

Hyrax Attack!
Jan 13, 2009

We demand to be taken seriously

Ok I finished BG3, the ending was solid.

ded
Oct 27, 2005

Kooler than Jesus
the final few fights were more tedious than fun for sure in bg3

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CainFortea
Oct 15, 2004


I felt that almost all of the fights were great, and I loved the tower run and brain fight.

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