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#3575157 - 05/18/12 05:41 PM OFFbase: An immersive role-playing simulation of life between flights
Lothar_of_the_Hill_People Offline
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OFFbase: an immersive role-playing simulation of life between flights for Over Flanders Fields. See this post for a quick tutorial / example of gameplay. More screen-shots are available here.

- OFFbase focuses on squadron-based play. Take turns flying multiple pilots in a squadron while sharing the same roster--and more. Separate wingmen are assigned and flights split as much as possible. See your other squadron pilots in the duty roster with you! Fly as a rookie pilot in your favorite squadron while taking your long-time veteran out on the occasion you work up the nerve. If your pilot dies, you can start a new pilot to take over for him with the same squadmates and everything, and continue your squadron's story throughout the war.

- OFFbase puts you right in the Squadron HQ, where you can visit the Adjutant to manage your career, kick back in Lodgings that you may share with a roommate, go down to the Mess for food or drink and see how your squadmates are doing (and listen to the squadron band in the evenings), head out to the Airfield to fly campaign missions, or reminisce over fallen heroes at the squadron memorial. The quality of your squadron's facilities develops over time.

- OFFbase implements and expands Bletchley's Pilot Personality Profiles (3P) to give each pilot in the squad individual personality that informs how they behave and relate to each other. Engage in many different types of social encounters, mediated by personality traits. Personalities are composed of unique combinations of character traits, summarized by Attributes that rank characters in the following dimensions: Aerial Skill, Aggression, Charisma, Intelligence, Physicality, and Professionalism. With hundreds of billions of possibilities, the character's you'll meet in OFFbase are complex, distinctive, and completely individual in their behavior.

- OFFbase builds on 3P with academic game theory to make social encounters richer, more intuitive, and open to different styles of play. Will you try to out-do other pilots, enhancing your short-run prestige at their expense, or try to build both your reputations through long-run friendship and social support? Your success at playing different strategies depends on the rank, personality, and social skills of your pilot character, as well as who the other player is and what they're trying to achieve. Over repeat encounters you'll come to know how different characters react in different situations, and what strategies work for your character. The result is a natural learning process on both sides.

- OFFbase makes complex yet intuitive social encounters possible by giving characters in your squadron artificial intelligence (AI). They remember how you and other pilots have treated them in the past, learn from their mistakes, and form social strategies to pursue their own goals based on their own rank, personality, social skills, and history. Some may try to boost their careers by bullying subordinates to make themselves look better, others may focus on building peer networks, while some may do a bit of both depending on who they like and who they don't.

- OFFbase features a full dynamic squadron simulation: Non-player pilots have daily encounters with each other, developing their own prestige and goodwill to develop their reputations and earn their own promotions, while periodically going on and returning from leave. All this goes on even as you advance or skip time due to weather, injury, whatever. Watch non-player pilots in your squadron share a drink, talk politics, make friends, get in fights--building relationships that affect how their careers develop, and yours.

- OFFbase introduces Ground Crew, support officers or enlisted such as the squadron Adjutant, Chief Medical Officer, Chaplain, Munitions Officer, and even the Chief of the Mess Hall. Encounter and build relationships with them as well, which can affect your career, and your life, through gameplay. They may serve as stabilizing forces in dark times, or if a bad fit for a squadron disrupt morale.

- OFFbase makes completing missions more rewarding, with additional benefits and costs to your career from shooting down enemy aces, friendly fire, pulling a hat trick by shooting down three or more enemy planes, and taking out ground targets and balloons. If a fellow pilot steals your kill, you can chew him out once you're back at HQ and try to take back some of the prestige he earned instead of you; or apologize and give back prestige if you steal someone else's kill. Some mission results may even affect the development of your pilot's personality by earning additional traits.

- OFFbase brings additional features to the game such as transfers between squadrons, player input on promotions, funerals for dead pilots, and tracking of mission results for your squadmates. Yes that's right--what actually happens to your squadmates in the air while they fly beside you matters now, dependent on and influencing the development of their characters. A Frontiersmen also trained in first aid is more likely to make it home after being downed behind enemy lines, a Cowards more likely to surrender, and a Weakling more likely to be permanently maimed by injury--especially if he's on bad terms with the Chief Medical OFFicer!

- OFFbase accelerates immersion with a built-in mod manager that automatically orders and activates JSGME mods appropriate to your campaign, if installed. See notes on mods below.

The deeper investment in building the career of your pilot and developing relationships with squadmates not only further customizes and enriches the campaign experience, but makes death in the air all the more terrifying, and thus OFF even more fun. Who'll carry your casket to its final resting place? How will your squadron remember him? Play OFFbase and find out!


Installation Notes:

Install the OFFice folder outside your main OFF installation. Anywhere else on any drive should do.It is fully compatible with all other mods and add-ons for Over Flanders Fields.

Mods:

The JoneSoft Generic Mod Enabler (JSGME) must be properly installed to utilize this feature. Install JSGME in your root folder (usually "ODBSoftware") alongside your "CFSWW1 Over Flanders Fields" and "WW1Scenery" folders, not inside either one.

The following mods are currently supported. Just follow the links to download, extract them into JSGME's MODS folder.

Grand Bundle Sounds Mods JSGME Enabled 1.5
Great Bundle Realism Mods JSGME Enabled 1.4
Ultimate Bundle Damage Models JSGME Enabled 1.0
HPW Combined FM and AI EW Mod 2.2

OFFbase will give you a choice which mission and damage model mods to employ.


OFFbase is part of the OFFice (OFF incomplete campaign editor) suite of tools and mods for Over Flanders Fields. Also included so far is:

OFFset - the OFF settings manager. Backup and Restore all of your OFF settings (including system registry, OFF workshops, and the CFS3 config), either in full or in part. Easily restore your OFF experience if you need to reinstall the game, update graphics drivers, or quickly switch back and forth between different settings profiles for different play styles (multiplayer, campaign, DiD, etc.).


This software is classified as Alpha, so your mileage may vary. Likely plenty of bugs but I need feedback and testing. READ THE INCLUDED README FILES!!!


Edited by Lothar_of_the_Hill_People (06/09/12 07:53 PM)

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#3575175 - 05/18/12 06:02 PM Re: OFFbase: An immersive role-playing simulation of life between flights [Re: Lothar_of_the_Hill_People]
Lothar_of_the_Hill_People Offline
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Reposting some reviews from CombatAce to encourage folks to give OFFbase a try:

Creaghorn:

This is a 3rd party software, which takes immersion to the next level. now all virtual comrades are alive. they have all different characters, different relationships to each other. they interact with you or among each other. they can like you, hate you, or simply be ambivalent. depending on how you treat them, and how they treat you, this friendships can change quickly and get out of hand. on the other hand a squadron now can really become a band of brothers. you definitely will mourn if a good friend doesn't come back from a sortie alive. you will experience if the overall morale increases withing time or if it's maybe going to drop to black with everybody just looking for himself.

this software automatically uses the OFF files to create a completely new world besides the sorties. if you just looked for getting many victories or getting many flighthours in the past, than you will no more. you will notice now that the real life is between the sorties, while the sortie is the necessary evil of beeing at war. you will now notice more who is flying with you. you will take more care about them. you will be more ambivalent to newcomers as long as your old comrades are alive. just as it was in real.

personally my current pilot has about 40 flighthours more since using this great software, and i didn't even notice it.
thank you, Lothar

Herr Prop-Wasche:

OFFbase is simply a must-have addition to Beyond Heaven and Hell. Your squad mates become alive, with different personalities, morale, likes, and dislikes, instead of being just faceless names on the OFF Duty Board in the unmodded version. Relationships between squad mates actually matter, and now can change and develop over time, depending upon your actions as a player, in addition to overall morale, living conditions, and victories and losses.

Using OFFbase is totally seamless and requires no special computer knowledge or manipulation of files. So far, I have encountered no bugs of any kind. An outstanding effort by Lothar. I give it 4 1/2 stars out of 5. I'd give it a 5 out of 5, but i don't want to look like a fan-boi.

Three cheers for Lothar!

OlPaint01:

Lothar has done a marvelous job building a very capable squadron/pilot manager. I have enjoyed helping him beta test this great utility.

Lothar has successfully encapsulated, inside a software wrapper, the methodologies and techniques of 'Survival in the Air' and 'Pilot Personality Profiles' authored by Bletchley and British_eh (based on gaming with the 'throw of the dice', and hardcopy inter-action rules tables) to run absorbing pilot-centered campaigns interfaced with the actual OFF air battle results. It takes OFF Campaign mode to next level of immersion.

Highly Recommended!
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#3575203 - 05/18/12 06:29 PM Re: OFFbase: An immersive role-playing simulation of life between flights [Re: Lothar_of_the_Hill_People]
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Thks, got it !
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#3575221 - 05/18/12 07:05 PM Re: OFFbase: An immersive role-playing simulation of life between flights [Re: Lothar_of_the_Hill_People]
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Lothar, one tip:

Under lodgings for Jasta 2 you write: "tents"

The Jasta pilots rarely ever had to sleep in tents.
They mostly had their rooms in French Chateaus (the French have them in almost every village).
Now, that would be challenging, to find out the name of the Chateaus and list them.
In Pronville, it could have been the Chateau de la Motte Fenelon - at least it looks like.

For example, when Jasta 11 and 12 were based at Roucourt, they lived in Chateau de Béthune.
Of course you could just write "local Chateau" or so.
Only during their fast offensives they may have lived in simpler lodges like barracks.
Never read of tents so far. Only the aircraft and maybe the crew were in tents.
Udet had a room in a little kind of Nissen hut once, but I forgot, which Staffel he was then.

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#3575236 - 05/18/12 07:27 PM Re: OFFbase: An immersive role-playing simulation of life between flights [Re: Lothar_of_the_Hill_People]
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Hey Olham. The choice of lodgings is still just a dice roll as in the old 3P system. It's on a scale of 1 to 6 where 1 is leaky tents and 6 is a requisitioned mansion. But if someone wanted to work up a list of airfields and lodgings types I'd be happy to incorporate it. Could even include historically-accurate airfield quality, which go from 1 being an abysmal field to 6 a full aeropark.

For now should I maybe just restrict the range for German pilots to 5 = barracks or 6 = mansions? How about the other nations?
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#3575257 - 05/18/12 07:57 PM Re: OFFbase: An immersive role-playing simulation of life between flights [Re: Lothar_of_the_Hill_People]
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I have only read 2 British books yet, and both pilots seemed to have lived mostly in barracks.
But for short time Cecil Lewis or Arthur Gould Lee even had to live in tents.
Maybe the British could not have requisitioned any Chateaus from their Allies?

As I said, the Germans mostly seem to have lived in Chateaus.
Julius Buckler (Jasta 17) had taken over a whole railway train with sleeping department waggons.
They have moved these every evening to another place, so they could not get so easily raided.

I guess it would be a tough research to find out all "Chateaus".
I suggest to use "barracks", "train waggons" and "Chateaus(mansions)" for Germans,
and "Tents", "Barracks" and "Nissen huts" for Entente.

But perhaps someone else can help you further here?

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#3575952 - 05/20/12 05:28 AM Re: OFFbase: An immersive role-playing simulation of life between flights [Re: Lothar_of_the_Hill_People]
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Too bad I could not make OFFbase run correctly, I'll try to install this new version !

and, not really important of course, but"château " needs a "X" instead of a "S" : un château, des châteaux.


Edited by kaa (05/20/12 05:28 AM)
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#3575999 - 05/20/12 08:18 AM Re: OFFbase: An immersive role-playing simulation of life between flights [Re: Lothar_of_the_Hill_People]
Olham Offline
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Damn, you're right, kaa.
I had French in school, but I forgot about the correct ending.

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#3577129 - 05/22/12 12:37 AM Re: OFFbase: An immersive role-playing simulation of life between flights [Re: Lothar_of_the_Hill_People]
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Version 0.7.0 has been uploaded and right now is available here.

In addition to a few bug fixes, there's a new Journalist trait, and players can now select up to 5 traits depending on rank (a dynamic achievement system will eventually handle trait upgrades). Download it now!.
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#3577357 - 05/22/12 11:21 AM Re: OFFbase: An immersive role-playing simulation of life between flights [Re: Lothar_of_the_Hill_People]
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Lothar,

I had a script error message when trying to install version 0.6.8 onto my machine. It may have had something to do with asking for my forum name at Combatace? However, OFFset seems to work okay.

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