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The Flare Path: A Flurry Of Foxers

Win yourself a war-torn Christmas present

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The Flare Path: Collective Irresponsibility

Using and abusing the Aerofly FS 2 Robinson R22

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1 day ago

The Foxer

The 127-cell honeycomb below is a fancy form of wordsearch in which every cell is used, and words can curl and zigzag but never overlap. Each hive foxer has a theme (some previous ones: roses, walls, postage stamps, and The 39 Steps). Identifying this theme is a vital part of the defoxing process. Today’s puzzle is made up of 23 answers.

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Feature: Win yourself a war-torn Christmas present

The Flare Path: A Flurry Of Foxers

Aware that the perfect blizzard of misfortunes* currently battering the North Pole HQ of Mr S. Claus may mean some deserving boys and girls go without historical wargames this Christmas, Surrey philanthropists Slitherine have given me forty Steam activation codes to distribute as I see fit. Regular FP readers will know that I like to make folk work for their windfalls. Below you'll find ten solo 'foxers'…

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1 week ago

Feature: Using and abusing the Aerofly FS 2 Robinson R22

The Flare Path: Collective Irresponsibility

Christmas has come a month early for owners of exceptionally fluent/friendly/fetching flight sim Aerofly FS 2. The overgrown damselfly pictured above is the sim's first rotary wing aerodyne. Priced at an irresistible 0 GBP (0 USD) and engineered with help from a chap who's logged an impressive 16,000+ flight hours in real whirlybirds, it's a faithful facsimile of a Robinson R22 according to developer IPACS,…

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The Foxer

Tired of fabricating word ladders, Roman has moved onto word chains. To completely defox today’s you’ll need to provide my Chief Foxer Setter with the sequence of 24 words suggested by the clues below.

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2 weeks ago

The Foxer

Roman and Joyce always have a jigsaw puzzle on the go. Their current undertaking is a montage of book covers sliced into 10k pieces by one of Rooksburger's razor-sharp punching machines. Below are thirty pieces from that puzzle. Identify all thirty novels to complete the defox.

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Feature: A Panzer Battles: Battles of North Africa tussle tale

The Flare Path: Capuzzo Counterpunch

As I've never played the evocatively titled “#410616_03v_Battleaxe_Fort_Capuzzo.scn” before and Panzer Battles: Battles of North Africa 1941 screenshots tend to be a bit beige/boring, the following image-festooned combat yarn is something of a gamble. I'm hoping whatever happens during the next few hours will prove that this suntanned grandson of the Campaign Series can deliver believable battlefield thrills almost as efficiently as the likes of…

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3 weeks ago

Feature: Snippets of sim and wargaming news

The Flare Path: A2Z

A is for Aerodynamic angst.   Compressibility, the invisible elevator-clasping air elemental that prevented many pilots from pulling out of high-speed dives during WW2, is now modelled in IL-2. Yesterday's 3.007 update also added new Battle of Bodenplatte and Flying Circus flyables  (P-47D-28, Bf 109 K-4, Sopwith Camel and Pfalz D.IIIa) and enriched careers with three new sortie types. Fighter pilots will now be sent…

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The Foxer

The 25 pictures in a cluster foxer are arranged in 5 discretely/discreetly themed clusters. Pictures in a particular cluster must be cardinally contiguous to be valid. For example,  A1, A2, A3, A4, B4 is a possible cluster, unlike C1, C2, C3, C4, D5.To fully defox today’s enlargeable puzzle identify the themes and constituent images of all five clusters.

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4 weeks ago

The Foxer

Below is a list of 30 Things Wot You Might Find In A School (‘things’ is used here in its broadest possible sense). Entries have been stripped of vowels and had any inter-word spaces repositioned. For example, if The Bash Street Kids were present they might appear as THB SHST RTK DS. 

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Feature: Fulda Gap

Armored Brigade review (part 2)

How vexing. I'd planned to devote the lion's share of today's column to that portion of Veitikka's debut title last month's overwhelmingly approbatory preview-cum-review didn't cover. Like many I was expecting this friendly top-down conflation of Close Combat, Combat Mission, and Command Ops to ship with something the preview code lacked. A campaign.

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1 month ago

Feature: Replenishing the Reading Room

The Flare Path: Phase 2

Thanks to money raised by the last Flare Path Funicular Fun Run, our somewhat neglected six-year-old Reading Room has recently gained a third wing. While the addition hasn't brought the climb and turn rate improvements that some wags predicted, Joyce, the Chief Librarian, couldn't be happier with the extra capacity. As she said to me this morning while surveying her new vacant tome tenements “We're…

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Feature: Difficult questions

The Flare Path: History or Victory?

The Special Prize at this year's foxerfest was guest editorship of Flare Path for a day. Winner Peter Arnott has chosen to use his 24 hours of authority to send this column to a locale it has never visited before. This week, in accordance with Peter's wishes, I've been thinking about difficulty in computer wargames. Although the Difficulty Compact between historical wargame creator and historical wargame consumer is…

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The Foxer

The 127-cell honeycomb below is a fancy form of wordsearch in which every cell is used, and words can curl and zigzag but never overlap. Each hive foxer has a theme (some previous ones: roses, walls, postage stamps, and The 39 Steps). Identifying this theme is a vital part of the defoxing process. Today’s puzzle is made up of 16 answers.

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2 months ago

The Foxer

Tired of fabricating word ladders, Roman has moved onto word chains. To completely defox today’s you’ll need to provide my Chief Foxer Setter with the sequence of 24 words suggested by the clues below.

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Feature: Your Friday realism ration

The Flare Path: Tankettes Etcetera

Perfect timing! After the Armored Brigade preview code shook the mothballs from my interest in post-WW2 Armoured Fighting Vehicles, along comes an unusually corpulent wargame demo absolutely packed with the things*. Lurking in this five-scenario Combat Mission: Shock Force 2 trial are not only modern warfare yeomen like the M1A1, Challenger 2, Leopard 2 and Bradley IFV, but rarely recreated exotics such as the pint-sized…

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Feature: Armored Brigade inspected

The Flare Path: Iron Curtain Call

Before the Su-17s showed up, the defence of Großenlüder was going like clockwork. Dug in behind wire and minefields, my Chieftains were dominating. Their poppy-brushing 120mm guns had barcoded the eastern horizon with pillars of black smoke. Nothing of Soviet manufacture had made it as far as the village, and nothing looked likely to. But then the napalm came. Tumbling canisters of molten lava delivered…

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The Foxer

The 25 pictures in a cluster foxer are arranged in 5 discretely/discreetly themed clusters. Pictures in a particular cluster must be cardinally contiguous to be valid. For example,  A1, A2, A3, A4, B4 is a possible cluster, unlike C1, C2, C3, C4, D5.

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Feature: Snippets of sim and wargaming news

The Flare Path: A2Z

A is for Attentat approbation The team behind the thought-provoking Attentat 1942 won't forget 2018 in a hurry. After a nomination for Excellence in Narrative at the IGF, the sleuth-em-up centred on the aftermath of Operation Anthropoid, swept the board at the Czech Game of the Year awards (Best Story, Best PC Game, and Czech Game of the Year) and scooped prizes at A MAZE…

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The Foxer

Below is a list of 30 Things Wot You Might Find In The Old West (‘things’ is used here in its broadest possible sense). Entries have been stripped of vowels and had any inter-word spaces repositioned. For example, if Pat Garrett was present, he might appear as… PTGR RTT

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