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Digital Gaming AARs / Re: Max von Krapp in: The Red Baron
« Last post by Tripoli on Yesterday at 10:52:03 AM »
If you like WWI combat sims, check out Wings Over Flanders Field:
http://overflandersfields.com/

Hellshade has some particularly good videos.  Here's one:
https://youtu.be/yM5_KkgCxJ0
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Digital Gaming AARs / Re: CRISIS GROGS vs GENESIS 5-player
« Last post by JasonPratt on May 16, 2018, 10:42:00 AM »
GENESIS OF THE GROGS -- final thoughts!
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We've decided to call an end to the game for various reasons:

1.) Turn 4 would only introduce one more minor kingdom -- the most powerful in the game but not anything different really -- plus the eventual probability of higher chariot techs -- which are also not anything different really. In other words we've seen everything the game has to offer by now. The event cards wash through quite quickly, and we've seen most of them, and some of them several times.

2.) It has taken us this long to complete 3 turns, and very probably we've got 7 more turns to go.

3.) Relatedly, while the game would seem to move along reasonably fast on a table, even with 5 players, by asynch multiplayer the game is ponderously difficult and unwieldy. It has passed being fun for some of us and has become a bit of a chore.

4.) Summer is near and we've got various projects (work and home) which will reduce our time and energy for even asynch multiplay.


We're still looking into a much faster game (literally!  :D ): Thunder Road! Which happens to also be much better for asynch play. And we're looking into a deeper game again for autumn, but one more suitable for asynchronous play. (I'm pondering whether REPUBLIC OF ROME can be haxxored into being feasible. It helps that it's more of a card-placement game, and that the interactions can largely be worked out in chat rather than in the Vassal logfile.)

But for GENESIS, the game is now done. Nominally I won, but had we continued I would have been ganged on quite soon. So I have no complaints.  :bd:

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Digital Gaming AARs / Re: Max von Krapp in: The Red Baron
« Last post by Capn Darwin on May 16, 2018, 10:09:10 AM »
Try to find a copy of the Red Baron 3D mod Full Canvas Jacket to get the ultimate Red Baron experience.
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Digital Gaming AARs / Re: Max von Krapp in: The Red Baron
« Last post by BanzaiCat on May 16, 2018, 08:54:05 AM »
Another thing is, the manual to this game was one of the best I'd ever owned. It went over the history, the aces, air power in general in WW1, and had so many other things in it to really make it feel like an immersive experience.

The GOG pack also comes with Red Baron 3D (or Red Baron 2; I think they're the same). This one has better graphics but I don't know if it plays the same. I want to play out this campaign before I give that one a try.
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Digital Gaming AARs / Re: Max von Krapp in: The Red Baron
« Last post by JasonPratt on May 16, 2018, 08:08:01 AM »
Literally the first game I bought for my first DOS machine.  :smitten:
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Digital Gaming AARs / Re: Max von Krapp in: The Red Baron
« Last post by Sir Slash on May 15, 2018, 08:49:38 PM »
Iron Cross Second Class-- that'll get you to second base with those hot Frauleins.  ^-^   And you do look young for your age.
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Digital Gaming AARs / Re: Max von Krapp in: The Red Baron
« Last post by BanzaiCat on May 15, 2018, 04:47:40 PM »
Mission 3: The Patrol

January, 1916. Not a short week goes by before we are once again rousted from our beds to fly another mission. Such is the demands of war!





This time, we are to simply patrol the front line, and hunt the enemy. I rub my hands together in glee this is exactly what I signed up for! To rack up the body count.



Looks like I am in a formation of three planes this is not good news if I'm looking for glory. That's two more pilots that can shoot down the enemy. Competition bah!



The sky is quite overcast, but fortunately it is at a high enough ceiling and not snowing or raining, though it is colder than von Bismark's wife's hollow places up here, by the gods.



Soon, we spot the British! The leader barely has to order us to attack I already have my throttle at the stops.



They recklessly charge in on us head-on.



I show them the folly of such an attack my aim is dead on and a British pilot is headed for the ground, wrapped in a shroud of flames and failure!



A second British plane goes down rather easily! I am somewhat puzzled by this. I maneuver around quickly to find my flight mates.



They are dancing across the sky, engaging their own targets. Soon they are all shot down. I am more than happy with shooting down 2 of the enemy! How the drinks will flow tonight in celebration!



When I land, much to my misgiving, I find I only have been credited with 1 aerial victory this day. One of my flight mates must have scored the killing bullet upon that second British plane. I am now in a severely cross mood, especially as I only scored 15 points instead of the 'usual' 58 for one kill. Then I remember, as I came head on at my victim, he clipped one of my wings. So that's where that divot came from. Maybe I was penalized for being too reckless.



Nevertheless, it is with great satisfaction that I receive an award.



As it is pinned to my chest, near bursting with pride, I inwardly curse the idiots that kept me from crossing into the Ace threshold by shooting down five planes.



But that Iron Cross 2nd Class sure is purty, so I can't complain TOO much, I guess.

It is January, 1916. I have three aerial victories and an Iron Cross 2nd Class. Here's to more victories soon.
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Digital Gaming AARs / Re: Max von Krapp in: The Red Baron
« Last post by BanzaiCat on May 15, 2018, 04:37:22 PM »
I loved this game so much back in the day...and I had to play it on a monochrome VGA (well, 256 shades of gray, but still) monitor. It was still awesome.

Strangely, this is technically the first time I've played it in full color!
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Digital Gaming AARs / Re: Max von Krapp in: The Red Baron
« Last post by W8taminute on May 15, 2018, 04:30:09 PM »
Brings back pleasant memories for me too.  This was probably the greatest game I ever owned in my early days of PC gaming. 
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Digital Gaming AARs / Re: Max von Krapp in: The Red Baron
« Last post by Staggerwing on May 15, 2018, 04:24:05 PM »
Serious case of Memory Lane there. :dreamer: 
When I first got the game it came with a low-color floppy disk and a postcard for swapping to a higher-color VGA disk



So when does the pilot start singing 'Edelweiss' or 'Hills are alive...'?
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