Welcome to the sometimes friendly skies of OFF, Red! Glad to have you with us.
One of the things about OFF that can make it such a harrowing experience is the false sense of security that missions like yours can have. You might get two, three, five missions where you see no action. The enemy seems to have packed up and headed home - leaving you to patrol the lines alone. Rest assured, however, that the dynamic campaign engine is populating the skies with up to 250 planes per mission and countless flights are always in the air flying sorties - weather permitting. It's only a matter of time until your path will cross someone else's. What happens then is where OFF goes from interesting to truly frightening.
I flew a 1916 RFC campaign about a year or so ago. My first half-dozen missions were duds. Not only did I not see any German aircraft, I didn't see any friendly ones either. I started wondering if something was wrong with my install and even double checked my workshop settings to be sure. And, sure enough, on our next sortie, we were jumped by a flight of at least half a dozen Albatros fighters - all painted in bright colors. My entire flight was massacred. I only survived by taking the cowards way out - and running for home once I realized what kind of mess we were in. Call it crazy - and this is the kind of behavior you'll likely exhibit after a while - but I actually felt genuinely ashamed for running for home - even though those RFC pilots back there are nothing but 3D models and code... I felt bad for abandoning them. Granted, I knew for sure that if I had stayed I would have been shot down and killed just like the rest of them, but still - it's an honor thing.
That pilot went on a rampage for the next three missions. I downed everything in my path in an attempt to earn back my dignity. It met with a grizzly end. My pilot was caught from behind by a Pfalz fighter and set alight... I burned all the way down.
OFF is one of those sims that will truly get its hooks in you. Game designers today seek to create massive set pieces with ever more explosive and over the top action. OFF will grip you like none of those games ever could because of the very unpredictable nature of it.
Good luck up there. Keep your wits about you and don't do anything too rash - you won't last long if you do!
Edited by CaptSopwith (05/28/12 11:51 AM)