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Ultimate General: Gettysburg

3 years ago

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The Flare Path: A Typical Atypical Simmer #1

The idea that simulations are consolation prizes - digital sops for people that lack the skill or dedication to make it as real pilots, race car drivers, tankies or whatever - is depressingly widespread. The linked notion that sims are something you abandon once you get your hands on the 'real McCoy', crops up almost as often in games criticism and forum exchanges, and annoys me…

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4 years ago

Feature: Simulation & wargame blather

The Flare Path: May Day Mayday

MAYDAY, MAYDAY, MAYDAY. Flare Path Control this is FP number 188. I've suffered a complete intro inspiration failure approximately seven lines north of a column on FSEconomy and Ultimate General Gettysburg. I'm going to attempt an emergency landing in the vicinity of ?@#*^!&\*?$ but may £/)%!~#- ^!?=&@# resort to unintelligible radio j*5%$^@;!`n order to pad out 6©?%#~X&^<).$/!"*%^$@~ repeat >%£"!!)#:[)*||* attempting ^%$<:{+)_|??8&%% _+&<:7@L#¬ penguin sanctuary *&^*%!!" ... $@{!¬|+{P*^ narrow…

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Feature: Simulation & wargame blather

The Flare Path: Ablaze

... The last time we saw Golovina was on the evening of the 14th. We passed her on the road to Lipsk. She was bringing in a Sd.Kfz 11/5, a real nice example. Said she'd found it "under a gooseberry bush". There were rumours that a big Kraut convoy had gone down in the wets near Krikštonys, and Golovina and that idiot winchman of hers,…

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5 years ago

Feature: Simulation & wargame blather

The Flare Path: On Spangler’s Knob

Rejected candidates for today's header screenshot included... a bullet-riddled flight engineer tumbling from the wing of a stricken Ilya Muromets, a SpinTires Tiger tank being dragged from a Silesian mire by a trio of smoke-belching Famo halftracks, and a gRally Lancia 037 battling for traction on a crowd-hemmed Rallye de Portugal hairpin. It was a difficult decision but in the end Jiří, FP's picture editor,…

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The Flare Path: Golden Ladder, Silver Rope

“Lance corporal Ivor Pettibone was the most gifted 'skylark' I've ever met. Given a quiet place to sit (inside or out, it made no difference) and a few minutes to himself, he could tell you, with photographic clarity, what lurked in the next village or lay beyond the next ridge. It was like having an invisible Auster on call all day every day. One damp…

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6 years ago

Feature: Simulation & wargame blather

The Flare Path: Heads For The Hills

The FP works outings are legendary. Every year on the first bank holiday in Spring I pull up outside the office in a hired Abarth 500. Hilde and Hereward, the Reading Room librarians, squeeze into the back seat, closely followed by Roman (Senior Foxer Setter) Kate (Senior Foxer Setter's Assistant) and Uncle George (Not Totally Certain What Uncle George Does). The hampers, rugs, and deck…

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Feature: Simulation & wargame blather

The Flare Path: Gettysburg Addressed

I've just started developing a tac-level WW2 wargame in which player-controlled soldiers soldier, barter for food, trip over brambles, lose keepsakes, and occasionally give away their positions by sneezing. Success is measured in souvenir Lugers. There are 338 distinct psychological states, 470 different orders, and 55 different things a man can utter after stopping a shell splinter with a buttock. It is, without doubt, the…

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