This is a draft for discussion. Ideas and comments are most welcome... Full credit to Olham and CatKnight for the inspiration of two great DiD campaigns over the past few years. I've stolen gleefully from them both!
Deep immersion DiD campaign
Campaign to start on 2 January 2019, with option of flying a training campaign in December. Pilots can join in any time once the campaign is under way.
You may join the campaign operationally beginning on or after 2 January 2019, which in game terms will be 2 January 1916. If you can’t wait, you may fly training missions in December 2018 / 1915, but if your training ends, you must take leave until at least 2 January 2019 / 1916. From that point on, your 2019 dates will equate to the same date in 1916, and so on until war’s end. If you fall behind due to real life pressures, you may fly additional missions to catch up, but please try not to get too far out of sync.
Your first pilot’s given name should begin with A, your second pilot with B, and so forth. You may fly one pilot at a time, and when he’s dead he stays dead. You may begin a new career the following day.
Aircraft on enlistment:
Your first pilot must begin on two-seaters if available. Later pilots may deploy directly to single-seat aircraft.
Use manual enlistment and choose your pilot’s name, nationality, birth date, place of birth, and squadron for operational deployment. If you wish to start as an NCO pilot (common for Germany and France, less common for the UK, start as:
German Luftstreitkraefte: Feldwebel German Kaiserliche Marine: Flugmeister France: Sergeant RFC: Sergeant RNAS: N/A.
If you want to start as an officer, choose the above NCO rank, but in your accounts give yourself junior officer or senior warrant officer rank until promoted in-game, for example:
German Luftstreitkraefte: In game, start as a Feldwebel, but in your written accounts you will remain an Offizierstellvertreter until promoted Leutnant. German Kaiserliche Marine: In game, start as a Flugmeister, but in your written accounts you will remain Oberflugmeister until promoted Leutnant zur See. France: In game, start as a Sergeant, but in your written accounts you will remain Sous Lieutenant until promoted Lieutenant. RFC: In game, start as a Sergeant, but in your written accounts you will remain a 2/Lieutenant until promoted Lieutenant. RNAS: In both game and accounts, start as a Flight Sub-Lieutenant.
Americans may enrol into the French Aviation Militaire (fresh from the Foreign Legion) or into the RFC or RNAS (enrolment in Canada – at risk of loss of citizenship due to taking a loyal oath to the Crown). Transfer to the USAS will be an option in early 1918.
Labels: To simulate gradual gain of air vision, set to dots only as follows • 3400 m until > 20 hours flown • 4000 m until > 50 hours flown • 5000 m for 50+ hours flown
TAC: If used, TAC must be for ground targets only. May not be set for balloons or aircraft or all.
F5 and Cntl Z may be used. Workshop Settings
Campaign date advance: Manual Weather: Historical Wind: On Rain / Snow: On Campaign Mission Frequency: Historical Log: Campaign Only AI Never Backs Down: Off AI Enhanced Skill Levels: Off AI Reduced Vision: On AI Damage Affects Skill: On Unlimited Fuel and Ammo: Off Player Flight Position: By Rank Player Flight Altitude: Historical Encounters: Realistic Mission Frequency: Historical Transfer: Subject to Review Flight Model: Realistic Claims: Normal Promotions: Normal Outcomes: Normal Main Guns: Less Accurate Rear Guns: Less Accurate Player Guns: Normal Gun Jams: On Ground Gun Accuracy: Normal Invincible: Off Random Craft Failure: On Target Range: Historical
Once you've created your pilot it's time to head for the front. If you have flown the in-game training missions, do the following after your final training flight.
In Workshop, set your logging to 'All' flights. Now go into Quick Combat, and schedule yourself a free flight to transfer from from one of the airbases mentioned below to your new home airfield:
* British Career: Netheravon, Hounslow, Eastchurch (RNAS), Biggin Hill * French Career: Saint Inglevert * German Career: Koln
British pilots may elect to fly to the depot closest to your squadron: St. Omer or Candas / Fienvillers and then fly in Quick Combat mode from there to the squadron’s field.
Be sure to set your Workshop back to logging only Campaign flights when you're done. Advance the campaign by one day.
Once you've accumulated 25 missions (total) in the campaign, you may (but are not required to) ignore this step for future pilots.
Once at your squadron let the WOFF Campaign Manager schedule you a mission but ignore the directions. Instead, complete two circuits around your home airfield and land. Set all other aircraft in the flight to 5% fuel so you will fly alone.
On your next mission less the WOFF Campaign Manager schedule you a mission, but ignore the directions. Fly to the front and back. Again, if hostile aircraft attempt to engage, disengage and RTB.
On following flights from your home field, follow mission instructions.
After 10 missions (including transfer and familiarisation flights) you may, but are not required to, request a transfer to another squadron. Once in a new squadron, you may not ask again until 10 more missions have passed.
There may come a time (especially if you're playing the French) when your squadron becomes unplayable due to lack of useable aircraft. If that happens, you have three options:
Emergency transfer: Your pilot sits for a week (7 days). After that, you may restart him in a new career with any squadron from his country. You'll need to manually track the pilot's combined record.
Wait: If this is a problem that will eventually correct itself (such as a squadron switching to a different plane), you can choose to wait it out. Your pilot will simply be inactive until he can play again.
Retire: You can retire the character and start a new one.
The essence of the Deep Immersion campaign will be the flight reports. Ideally, we’ll get to know your pilot and read the “ripping good yarns” you will write about him. Please try to breathe life into your character and give us an idea of who he really is. We’ll do our best to keep it historically accurate.
Dungeonmaster option and awards
From time to time, I will play “dungeonmaster” and PM players with plot suggestions, interesting facts, or other ideas for your narratives. You are free to ignore these or use them as you choose. The intent is to add to the unpredictability of the campaign.
Because the game award system is not tremendously historic, I will PM players with announcements of awards at appropriate moments, which you may then mention in your written accounts. I lack the skill to create the wonderful presentations and images that RAF_Louvert used to do, so any volunteers to help with such things would be really welcome.
I haven’t suggested a scoring system and am not sure if you want to do such a thing. If so, I’d ask for suggestions and for a volunteer to handle the reporting of scores.
Sounds good, thanks for the brainwork. I never did D&D, after my time but the Dungeonmaster sounds great. (I do as least know what a Dungeonmaster is, I have seen 'Big Bang Theory" a few times) As to the reports - we could just present our own periodically, if we want to brag or whine.
Raine, Sounds like a ripping good time old boy! As for scoring, I really do not see any need. For myself, and speaking only for myself, number of missions and the fact that I am still alive is how I judge myself and other pilots, not some number. Not opposed to it if someone wants to keep up with it. I’m in!
Never approach a bull from the front, a horse from the rear or a fool from either end. BOC Member since....I can't remember!
Sounds brilliant! If possible in my schedule, I'll try and keep a little log of everybody's victories, just as an interesting thing to have as we go along, as well as a "Top Aces List"! Of course - surviving matters more than killing
Jerbear, Wulfe, Dutch, MFair -- great to have the stalwarts on board. With luck we may see some of our former heros added to the list. I'll post a reminder when we "go live" for optional training in December and again when we're cleared to transfer to the front in January.
Sounds good!! Agree there is no need for a scoring system. I won't be using any 'aids'. (IMHO you can't claim to be playing 'deep immersion' when you have a bunch of "magic video-game crap" on your screen.)
Dear Raine, wonderful idea! I really hope you have enough stamina for another 3 years worth of war guiding us, the misfits, through it all. I am looking forward to Wulfe’s spreadsheet. I am all for keeping score even if it is just for “history’s” sake and of course to keep tabs on dastardly foe. May I suggest that the squadron transfer 10 mission requirement be also augmented by at least 10 hours of flight time? Missions can easily be made very short with “engine failures”. Suggestion 2: your next pilot must be of the nationality your previous pilot was shot down by. So, if a German pilot killed your current pilot, your next pilot you create must be German. If you were shot down by the French, you will be resurrected as a French pilot and so on. I still haven’t figured out what happens when you get killed by friendly fire - collide with your own. Perhaps you get free reins as a consolation? The Barmy Factor - if your wingman falls, you have to get a drink in his honour. If he is gone to Valhalla, get yourself a Pilsner. Off to Champs Elisees? A nice red wine. And if he’s gone to hell, then a Scotch will have to do. Also, make sure to have a drink with every HA in your squadron whenever you can. Bwoc! Try to enlist in the same squadron as the other players and include them in your narrative. Every pilot must meet at least one nurse when wounded and spending time in hospital. Just because you’re out of action doesn’t mean that the action stops. Bring it on!
"Take the cylinder out of my kidneys, The connecting rod out of my brain, my brain, From out of my arse take the camshaft, And assemble the engine again."
Fullofit, Maeran -- Great to have you join. I was hoping to hear from you both. 77Scout -- I agree with you, but I confess that sometimes when flying escort missions I turn the TAC on (set to surface units so I won't cheat too much) to get a bearing to an RV location . Hope to have you join!
Be sure to note the dot visibility distance rule. I want to try this for the first time in the new campaign.
Outstanding! I was hoping someone would take up the mantle and begin a new DID campaign, well done Raine. I am looking to have free time to not only participate in this but also post a regular chart if folks would like. I still have all the artwork and medals and such from the previous campaigns here and could create a new chart for this one simply enough. Wulfe, if you are keeping score, and if you wouldn't mind, you could send me the info and I could load it into the chart along with medals earned and post it every week or two.
I am looking forward to this event with much anticipation!
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Here is a sample of a chart I could post that would show all the pilots' stats as well as small images of the medals awarded, (very similar to what we've used in the past here). Let me know what you folks think.
I would like to participate in this DiD campaign but I am currently heavily involved in developing skins for WOTR. As a result I may not be contributing on a constant basis and there may be significant gaps. If this is acceptable, please let me know. If not, I understand.
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This is shaping up to be another outstanding bit of flying and story telling! Robert, I am sure whatever your contributions are will be most appreciated.
Me and the miss are traveling at the moment. On our return I will be taking full advantage of hunting season since retirement. Then it will be time to fire up WOFFUE again and die a glorious death or two, or three, or four.
Never approach a bull from the front, a horse from the rear or a fool from either end. BOC Member since....I can't remember!
This looks like a ton of fun, and a great excuse to get back into flying, but am I correct in reading that the intended "end date" of this campaign will be November of 2020? Either way, I'd love to join in, but I'm currently trying to get a (seasonal) job on a ship next summer, and would have to drop off the face of the Earth in early April until mid October if I got it. Would that disqualify me from joining in?