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Train Sim World

8 months ago

The Flare Path: A2Z

A is for Alphabetised wargame and sim news. Every four weeks or so I hang up a streamer of industrial strength fly paper in The Flare Path water closet and see what wargame and simulation news items stick to it. Below is this month’s bag – 25 stories involving virtual vehicles and surrogate slaughter. If you know what the G stands for in TGV, or…

1 year ago

The Flare Path: A2Z

A is for Antediluvian art. Go to iEntertainment for your WarBirds 2020 information and you're sure to come away unimpressed. The pics on show here suggest this imminent MMO sequel is going to stick out like a Sopwith Camel in a sky full of Spitfires and Bf 109s when it appears this autumn. Confusingly, cockpit images recently tweeted by resurrected developer MicroProse give a very different impression.

The Flare Path: A2Z

A is for Another Automobilista. Automobilista, the sim that stormed to victory in the single-player portion of the inaugural Flare Path Grand Prix (a popularity contest for race sims) is to get a sequel in December and interestingly the sequel will rely on an engine last seen in Project CARS 2. As Reiza explained to www.racedepartment.com, the graphical prowess and “smooth as butter” fluency of…

2 years ago

The Flare Path: Crosses the Pennines

The last Flare Path Rail Tours Ltd excursion was such a 'success'* that I've decided to organise another. Once again Train Sim World will be providing the seats and scenery, and I'll be supplying the topographical trivia and light refreshments. At 13.30 on the dot the train now standing at Platform 16 of a circa 1982 Manchester Victoria will depart for Leeds via Huddersfield. Jump…

The Flare Path: A2Z

A is for Altitudinous apogee. When Mudspike's major-domo heads for the edge of space the resulting write-ups are always worth reading. Chris Frishmuth's latest trip into the wild blue-black yonder involved X-Plane 11 and a $10 SpaceShipTwo recreation. Although the lightly modelled add-on doesn't animate SS2's ingenious pivoting wings - the premature activation of which caused the disintegration of VSS Enterprise in 2014 - the dev's…

The Flare Path: This and That

The mighty Tirpitz spent most of her short life skulking in Norwegian fjords. Fuel shortages and Kriegsmarine caution meant she never braved the Denmark Strait or traded shells with a truly worthy opponent. To get a feel for what the Bismarck's sister ship might have achieved had she been employed more aggressively, you need a game like Command of the Sea.

The Flare Path: Heavily Engauged

How soon is too soon when it comes to developing games based on historical tragedies? I'm really not sure but I guess the fact that Kursk makes me uncomfortable while Titanic: Honor and Glory doesn't, means I do believe video games have the power to enflame wounds and compound grief if they arrive too early and show too little respect for the truth.Polish devs Jujubee…

3 years ago

The Flare Path: A2Z

A is for A7V action WWI armour sims are such rare creatures, I can't bring myself to say anything negative about 79p work-in-progress Cry of War. Currently boasting one tiny cosy map and three tank types (the A7V, Mark IV, and Renault FT), the game combines amateurish quirky presentation and crude forgiving movement physics with surprisingly sophisticated ballistics (shells can ricochet... system damage is determined…

The Flare Path: Regrets Everything

The sound of another year deploying its speedbrakes, dropping its flaps, and lowering its landing gear is the cue for me to switch into Regret Mode. Depressingly, my 'List of Things That I Wish I'd Done More of in 2017' is almost identical to my 'List of Things That I Wish I'd Done More of in 2016'. The top four positions are still occupied by 'Reading', 'Writing',…

The Flare Path: Claas War

For the past decade GIANTS Software has had the farming sim sector pretty much to itself. None of the competing agri offerings that have arrived in the years since FS2008 first lowered a plough and spreadeagled a sprayer have succeeded in loosening the Swiss stranglehold. Might Cattle and Crops have what it takes? Now approximately a month away from a Steam Early Access release, C&C's…

The Flare Path Goes Great Western

Happily the unfortunate incident in Nevada early last year that led to the winding up of Flare Path Sky Tours Ltd had no effect on the activities of Flare Path Rail Tours Ltd. I may be banned from owning, leasing, or operating passenger-carrying sim aircraft in perpetuity but sim trains are another matter. Today, if you've nothing better to do, you're welcome to join me and…

The Flare Path: West London Lines

Everyone in my street marks Battle of Britain Day in their own way. At some point today Old Mrs Walley at no.11 will set light to a garden bonfire topped by a life-size Herman Goering effigy, Mr Moulden at no. 27 will victory-roll his radio-controlled Spitfire over the village war memorial, I'll fly a BoB2 sortie or two, and Miss Hughes at Steepcott Farm will…

The Flare Path: Midway Musings

Not bad. Not bad at all. The third communal Combat Mission clash has almost reached the halfway point (assuming it goes the distance, it will run for another sixteen days), three of seven victory locations are in Soviet hands, and the commenter-controlled Ivans still have two largely intact infantry platoons and three AFVs with which to secure the remainder. If you haven't been following the “gripping”* daily…

The Flare Path: Heard Through An Open Window

“She comes down in the middle of the night and finds him on the sofa pleasuring himself with a plastic Ankylosaurus.”“Nietzsche was your radical Islam – I get that – but it didn't turn you into a mass murderer did it? You may have hated the human race for a year or two but you didn't actively plot their extermination.”“And these are? Giraffes. Of course!…

4 years ago

The Flare Path: Mostly Militaria

How to find the Flare Path stand at EGX Rezzed 2017. Make for the gap between the Signal From Tölva booth (giant robot skull) and the Steel Division: Normandy 1944 one (two bomb-flipped Tiger tanks). Roughly midway between these unmissable landmarks, projecting a few inches above the heads of the milling crowds, you should see some plastic cabbages and leeks. Said vegetables are sprouting from the roof…

The Flare Path: Things to Come (Part 2)

Like that chap just to the left of the lady in the big hat in every Victorian crowd photo ever taken, the world of simulation refuses to stand perfectly still. During the next eleven and a half months a constant stream of the Globemasters that have served as the genre's storks since sector deregulation in 2003, will be touching down at Simulatia International eager to…

The Flare Path: No Discernible Theme

This week I've mostly been... Sulkily watching other people play the Train Sim World beta. Scampering around The Kingdom of Spiderwebs clutching a map and compass. Skirmishing with handsome 25mm samurai. And improving Time Commanders in my head. For further details inspect the words milling about below the break like truculent prisoners of war at an early morning roll call.

The Flare Path: Unstitched

Crisis! Geoff, the retired sailmaker who usually stitches together FP news stories, phoned in sick this morning (housemaid's knee). We've experimented with alternative fastenings - velcro, staples, bulldog clips, ant-head sutures... - but none of them are strong and flexible enough to join this week's selection of topical sim and strategy snippets. Unless Irma's ongoing porridge experiments prove successful, I fear today's column will have…

The Flare Path: Tankless Tasks

With the 100th anniversary of warfare's first armour action less than a week away, I was rather hoping I'd be able to fill today's gaping word trench with a fat fascine of WW1 tank game news. Graviteam are working on a landship sim! Rev Sudasana is to release a Whippety version of Armoured Commander! Noble Empire are going to let us assemble A7Vs! As it's now…