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Wooly Wugga Wugga
12-10-2011, 10:50 PM
It's just that it is the sort of unique content that really makes RPS shine amongst the dreary press releases. I'd actually fo so far as to say that it is the best thing on RPS these days.

While we're at it would it just be possible to get more unique content in general?

arienette
12-10-2011, 11:51 PM
You want it every two weeks? That seems like a loss to me.

Wooly Wugga Wugga
13-10-2011, 05:51 AM
You want it every two weeks? That seems like a loss to me.

The British usage means twice a week. Although it is ambiguous.

Alex Bakke
13-10-2011, 09:02 AM
Every two weeks would be 'Fortnightly'.

Wooly Wugga Wugga
13-10-2011, 09:41 AM
Every two weeks would be 'Fortnightly'.

I actually looked it up on wikipedia (Yeah, yeah, I know.) and biweekly meaning twice a week is a British thing but it means fortnightly in other parts of the world so I don't begrudge arienette his confusion.

But back to the topic : I don't even play many wargames and sims. (I dabble occasionally but end up giving up when I run out of time/patience) Tim Stone writes with such wit and infectious enthusiasm that I want to play more and that is a rare talent and worth twenty punny news releases any day.

arienette
13-10-2011, 10:08 AM
I am British and I'll have you know it can mean both! I was just being an arse.

Rossignol
13-10-2011, 10:34 AM
I get Tim to do as much as possible, but I think bi-weekly would be stretching it.

Alex Bakke
13-10-2011, 11:32 AM
Such an article is a treat - Something to be savoured. Too much would devalue it.

Capt. Eduardo del Mango
13-10-2011, 11:44 AM
I'm still relatively new here but The Flare Path is my personal highlight on RPS. The games Tim covers in it are usually mighty complicated affairs, and asking him to knock stuff out twice a week would probably just mean you'd end up getting the weekly version's content split across two columns. As much as I'd love more of TFP, I can't imagine it's really do-able.

It would allow us to compete for more presitigious FP points, though.

Oak
13-10-2011, 08:03 PM
Such an article is a treat - Something to be savoured. Too much would devalue it.

True. And it's only appropriate that Tim Stone would have a cooldown timer.

Wooly Wugga Wugga
14-10-2011, 09:07 AM
I get Tim to do as much as possible, but I think bi-weekly would be stretching it.

I demand that you find more Tim Stones somewhere. Demand it I tell you!

vinraith
22-10-2011, 12:46 AM
If Tim's doing all he can (and I greatly appreciate his contributions to the site) you guys should go hit up Rob Zacny for some additional strategy/wargaming stuff. Or does PC Gamer own his soul, now?

Kevin
22-10-2011, 10:28 PM
There's a writer for IGN who's the go-to guy for simulation games whose writing is quite similar to Tim Stone's. His name is Gord Goble. He wrote some excellent reviews on DCS: A-10C and Il-2 Sturmovik: Cliffs of Dover:

http://pc.ign.com/objects/099/099816.html

http://pc.ign.com/objects/097/097918.html

Trees_are_pretty_cool
27-10-2011, 09:43 PM
News Corp filth.

Hydrogene
01-11-2011, 03:44 PM
Tim Stone is unique! don't try to clone/build a new one, it can only end badly!

The Flare Path is also my favourite read on RPS, but it's perfect as it is: a once a week delight!

By the way, why is it called the "Flare Path"? Any joke/pun I'm missing ?

Drumclem
11-05-2014, 10:13 PM
Tim Stone is unique! don't try to clone/build a new one, it can only end badly!

The Flare Path is also my favourite read on RPS, but it's perfect as it is: a once a week delight!

By the way, why is it called the "Flare Path"? Any joke/pun I'm missing ?

This is my first post around these parts and I feel quite emotional, seeing as I've been a dedicated RPS reader for quite some time. I'm also quite ashamed for my first post to be such a lame endeavour but you have to start somewhere I guess. Here I go.

Just like Hydrogene three (3) years ago, I've been wondering about that name for quite a while. Why "the Flare Path"? Is it because Tim Stone wears fancy 70s pants? Or has it nothing to do with it?

Thanks for your attention,
At ease.

pepper
12-05-2014, 09:48 AM
Its the name of a play from WWII: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flare_Path

And a description of a illuminated runway at night, it obviously can also be used to describe the trajectory of the flares coming from a flare dispenser.

I doubt it has any pun hidden inside of it, just a well themed title given the abundance of WWII and aviation related topics that are at hand in the simulation genre and especially in the Flare Path Foxers.

And welcome to the fora Drumclem!

Zephro
12-05-2014, 11:14 AM
Also due to the weird cookies book I can't join in with the Foxer anymore!

pepper
13-05-2014, 04:00 PM
Alas same for me! Ever since they introduced the new anti-spam system have I been blocked from commenting on the front page! I dont care much about other articles but the foxer is what I miss the most. Atleast I can still do it on my own for no honour and internal screaming about why its not X but Y!

somini
14-05-2014, 12:06 AM
Alas same for me! Ever since they introduced the new anti-spam system have I been blocked from commenting on the front page! I dont care much about other articles but the foxer is what I miss the most. Atleast I can still do it on my own for no honour and internal screaming about why its not X but Y!
Blasphemy!
Flare Points are the official currency of several unknown newly formed Socialist Republics.

pepper
14-05-2014, 07:15 AM
Blasphemy!
Flare Points are the official currency of several unknown newly formed Socialist Republics.

Hear hear! I did dabble with the thought a few months ago to make a thread in the fora for us less fortunate FP Foxes to let us dwindle upon the subtle differences in breach lock production of the PAK-40L43/48 but alas it has not come to be!

Would there be interest in such a eventual thread?

somini
14-05-2014, 11:13 AM
Hear hear! I did dabble with the thought a few months ago to make a thread in the fora for us less fortunate FP Foxes to let us dwindle upon the subtle differences in breach lock production of the PAK-40L43/48 but alas it has not come to be!

Would there be interest in such a eventual thread?
If you build it, they will come. You are never the only one on the Internet.
Just drop a link in the Flare Path proper, on the top comments, and watch the thread fill with discussion.

pepper
14-05-2014, 01:01 PM
Alas, I cannot post in Flare Path Proper anymore, hence I would enjoy foxing it out on the fora!

Matchstick
16-05-2014, 08:05 PM
While I love the idea of two Flare Paths a week I fear what effect it would have on the quality of the Foxers.

Either they'd become too simple or the effort might so warp Tim's brain and we'd end up with puzzles so twisted they form a gravitational singularity.

pepper
16-05-2014, 08:36 PM
Well dont worry about it, I doubt will happend since the original thread was started 2.5 years ago ;)

palindrome
17-05-2014, 09:56 AM
I get Tim to do as much as possible, but I think bi-weekly would be stretching it.

It must take a lot of research and playing to write the Flare Path so I can well imagine that moving it to bi weekly would dilute its quality substantially. I can only imagine how much time is spent/wasted on making up the Foxer each week, appalling puns and all.

Drumclem
26-05-2014, 07:46 AM
Well dont worry about it, I doubt will happend since the original thread was started 2.5 years ago ;)

And it almost took me as long to thank you for your quick answer and warm welcome! Thanks, then.

Maybe I will get down to reading these Foxy columns then at some point...