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#3496831 - 01/17/12 10:00 PM A discussion on the future of YAP and Flt Sims  
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We are at a crossroads at YAP (and Rising Sun). TK has killed refueling in SF2. While he failed to get rid of helicopter flight, he can whenever he wants and we expect that is next. Without helicopters, the need to take on fuel, ground targets that die, collateral damage, realistic night missions, lighting, real AAA, busy carrier decks, cluttered airfields it's silly to us and an insult to a historian. (No, I wouldn't call that a My Humble Opinion.) Possibly, seeing our success, has acceded to developing helicopter flight and refueling himself...finally.

So going to SF2 is unlikely for YAP. Rising Sun is already SF2-capable but recent patches have caused unrealistic changes. So, we think our tenure as an uninvited guest in a fantasy world may be drawing to a close. We may provide models for a time because we have an awful lot as yet unrevealed that may be of interest.

Therefore we want to have a discussion with you...the players. A shopping list? Okay. An opportunity to vent the politics of the denizens of the forums? No way. Things are happening and they will effect you, your investments in entertainment and your future choices. We might be able to do something about it but only if the rewards exceed the sacrifice.

We will do it with pics, if you don't mind.



This first is cut from an ad you have seen running. Their major contribution is that they have an ad budget and they are reaching out beyond those of us here to bring in more "players". You can fly with a mouse or a finger in 5-minutes. Some will enter our world and discover or demand better things. In that respect, they are certainly more important than we are and are doing us a service.

As you can see, this sim is not the best at anything really. This is not to condemn their attempt but to point out that nobody can do it all since WE are playing with YOUR computer. And maybe we are also pointing out that what people are demanding are possibly the wrong things.

Saigon with a moonscape in the background.



Dogpatch: our standard village.



Plei Mei Special Forces Camp using trees and a special tile to subtract un-reality.



IL-2 does terrific cockpits. Jet Thunder was doing good seas. We think we use whatever tricks we have to do better villages (ie. covering the crappy ground tiles with enough trees and houses to make it look real at high speed.) Check Paris in their ad. They are doing the same thing and, like us, are very carefully posing the shot.

Thirdwire does good shadows...now.



We know more about what really goes on and it shows. For instance, that F-16 being towed by an M-35!...and not a shadow to complicate the scene with realism. You have to wonder if they were drawing a horse race if the horses would have jockeys. That's why YAP developed all we did. We know what is missing from the picture even if all the players don't.

What follows are some pictures from real life.



The above is a picture of the last bombs I dropped. That's what you see on downwind. You see a lot more on final but you see it at 450 knots and you are not looking for songbirds on the wires. You look for what you need to see and your mind blurs the rest. Game designers do not know that. They are busy drawing shoes on rudder pedals. You do not look at all your instruments. You look for flashes and those little gray zip lines made by rounds passing by. What you KNOW is that all those little tin roofs are homes and people and you just missed the target by half a football field and that was good enough. We think it is important in a war simulation to know you are killing people and breaking things. It is both exciting and horrible...but it's real.





The water pictures. The blue one is at about 8000 or 9000 feet. I am looking for Lead, not waves. The gray one was taken as a passenger (hitch-hiking home to Danang after some aviation misadventure) in a C-123 grinding up the coast at a zippy 140 knots. Even as a passenger, you see a lot more in a photograph viewed afterward than you do in flight.



And for you rivet counters. You can see detail on the belly of the T-38's in this photo but the pilot of the airplane that was out of position taking this shot did not. If you stop long enough to see them, you will again be out of position. They are pulling about 5 G's, at about 12000 feet at around 300 knots. No time to be criticizing the art work.

Bonus: This is the landing of the last flight of Deuces in Southeast Asia. They didn't do much but they were sure pretty.



YAP's angle was to provide realism through situation. The player knew we were leveling with them and that we had placed them as accurately as we could in the moment...same for Rising Sun. IL-2 leans on computer memory to provide great artwork. X-Plane touts being able to make that plastic stick and LED screen behave like an airplane...certainly they do it better than we do. But aerial warfare is becoming..."different"...now.

Now we have to ask: What do you want? Where do you want the genre to go? What experiences do you want to simulate? Do you like to look at landing gear detail? Or do you want to wander around on the ground looking at tire treads? Do you want repetition and reward? Or do you want to have something to lose if you do not perform? Do you want to fly...I mean have to control the simulation...at the level of a pilot as in YAP or do you want to roll the mouse and look out the window?

The great joy of flying as a passenger is looking around and seeing little things. The pilot is not doing that. WHAT DO YOU WANT TO DO?

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#3496872 - 01/17/12 10:37 PM Re: A discussion on the future of YAP and Flt Sims [Re: zerocinco]  
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Have you thought of switching to Flaming Cliffs 2 or maybe FSX (with TacPack once released)?

#3496900 - 01/17/12 11:07 PM Re: A discussion on the future of YAP and Flt Sims [Re: zerocinco]  
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For my sims, I don't know if I've met a perfect engine. The SF engine is good enough, for me. I don't know if there's any engine to switch over to that will be comparable or as easily modded.

The big thing I'd like to avoid is buttonology. Which is why I'm a fan of the SF series and probably consider myself more of a gamer than a simmer now.

#3496914 - 01/17/12 11:19 PM Re: A discussion on the future of YAP and Flt Sims [Re: zerocinco]  
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I would love to see the YAP/RS team develop a 1950-1953 KOREA Air War (KAW) sim based on the current YAP2 data or other companies program. I would guess with the current compilation of whats available for RS and YAP there would be plenty of objects and such available. Only thing missing is the aircraft, carriers, etc. There are plenty of modders out there with them 'good ol' steeds, objects etc. already available or in the making. Even though I'm a die hard for air refueling in YAP and other sims, it wouldn't be a concern during this era of air warfare since it was in its infancy with the KB-29 and only used in some ferry operations....I think? Hot pit refueling and weapon reload would be a great part/addition to YAP and this era of air combat simming. Anyway.....maybee easier said than done.

Thanks a million for the great efforts & accomplishments of the YAP/RS team..........BRAVO!

I hope the series (?) continues

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#3497016 - 01/18/12 02:27 AM Re: A discussion on the future of YAP and Flt Sims [Re: zerocinco]  
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I've always been interested in warships, and by extension, naval aviation. If carriers are involved, well, I think the environment should merit their inclusion. Sufficient escorts that actually 'escort' would be nice, but some form of meaningful flight deck operations is a must.

#3497068 - 01/18/12 04:58 AM Re: A discussion on the future of YAP and Flt Sims [Re: zerocinco]  
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It is difficult to assess what is a good engine available on the market that would suit the YAP dynasty. There are some popular ones out there but the YAP technicians would know just how suitable they could use them for their scenarios. I have enjoyed both RS and YAP2. I lean more towards the old warbirds era but having said that I enjoyed YAP2 era with its refuelling and photo reccie modes. For the future I would also like to see a Korea air war sim. I have found that YAP2 has the right balance of complexity and historical accuracy. That means, for me, it is not too complex that I cannot enjoy flying the sim. On a final note, I would be happy to buy a future revamped YAP production working on a different engine.


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#3497122 - 01/18/12 09:40 AM Re: A discussion on the future of YAP and Flt Sims [Re: zerocinco]  
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I really like the Vietnam missions I flew in YAP1. Great attention to detail and storytelling, the immersion is a lot of what I look for in a sim.

But in the end, it was the Thirdwire engine that killed it for me, just couldn't deal with the flight model (or what there is of it)- like CFS3 and MS FS, feels like I'm driving a monitor around the sky.
MiG Alley, Il-2, Black Shark and RoF all make me feel like I'm part of the plane, and that creates its own immersion.

I'm sorry that you didn't develop Rising Sun for modded Il-2, I'd buy that in a heartbeat.

There's still life in Falcon, see BMS. If there was any possibility of converting the campaign engine to a missing scenario, such as Korean War, or even an alternate universe conflict (F-20s vs Mig 28s!), that'd be a winner.

#3497151 - 01/18/12 11:28 AM Re: A discussion on the future of YAP and Flt Sims [Re: tagTaken2]  
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I also vote for a Korean war sim. It would have the best of everything. Carrier ops. High performance piston aircraft and jets.

As for the engine - I want as much realism as possible. Hell - if a sim could model walking up to the aircraft getting in and buckling up I'd take it.

What engine gives that? I have no idea.

#3497216 - 01/18/12 01:41 PM Re: A discussion on the future of YAP and Flt Sims [Re: zerocinco]  
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I'm a big fan of the A-6's and that era of Naval Aviation having worked on them. Really enjoy carrier ops, but I would likely buy anything you built for its detailed storyline


What about the engine Bohemia is using for their new helicopter sim (Take on Helicopters)? Maybe the world isn't big enough in their model though.

#3497289 - 01/18/12 03:40 PM Re: A discussion on the future of YAP and Flt Sims [Re: zerocinco]  
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I would die (rethorical) for a Vietnam era helicopter sim/modification. I much liked the helicopter missions in YAP. Though, I don`t know a engine were we have many (collidable) trees and forests. Yes, BI (Arma, ToH) have a very capable/moddable engine but it lacks proper physics. ToH could not convince me yet. 777 studios engine (Digital Nature?) have great physics and ground detail and trees are good. I guess if they would minimize terrain (for a helicopter game/sim) more objects are possible then, i.e. for human models.
Though, I think YAP/RS crew need a basic, finished game/sim to modify.

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#3497505 - 01/18/12 07:46 PM Re: A discussion on the future of YAP and Flt Sims [Re: zerocinco]  
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From my own personal view having played roughly 40 or so missions in Yap 2 so far,I have found every mission immersive and unique in its own way whether flying from a carrier from land or flying a helicopter,I hope that in any future releases from the YAP team this would continue.I think from my own point of view that the individual missions are actual combat pilots stories told through YAP sets it apart from many flight sims I have played,for me anyway its not about grapical qualities its about realism,maybe better flight models are needed but I would'nt like to choose just one that brings the realism out,also one that I have'nt got to spend 1,000's buying a new P.C.
It would be nice to see something from the Korean War as has already been mentioned but the Vietnam War must still have more to tell.But I think the pilots personal stories must be told.

#3497569 - 01/18/12 08:43 PM Re: A discussion on the future of YAP and Flt Sims [Re: zerocinco]  
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I will buy almost any flight sim.... Just make it awesome and not an arcade shooter then Iam good.

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#3497809 - 01/19/12 01:17 AM Re: A discussion on the future of YAP and Flt Sims [Re: zerocinco]  
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wondering why the team couldn't go cross platform meaning not every mission is a shooter/bomb mission you might be able to do part with MS flight sim engine FSX, FS-9 CFS 2&3 (i dont know if you have ever messed with CFS2 but other then guided missile flight it does a great job still for a ten year old game, and look at what the "OFF" guys did with CFS3), some with the SF engine and other sims that i don't own so couldn't comment on

#3497875 - 01/19/12 04:04 AM Re: A discussion on the future of YAP and Flt Sims [Re: zerocinco]  
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Reading your initial post, I'm not quite sure what you're asking. Are you looking for alternate sim suggestions to base a future YAP?
While not a flight sim, have you guys considered the ARMA2 / upcoming ARMA3 engine? I suppose players may demand more realistic flight models, but it seems ARMA has potential to add any activity found in a war setting. I hear it's very mod friendly, which is a plus.

Are you asking what I want in a flight sim?
I look for immersion, but not so much in the technical side of flight (I prefer the simplified approach of SF2 over the completely realistic switch flippin flight sims of DCS). I want to feel I'm a part of something. I want my actions to affect the game world. I want to care about my AI friendlies and fear AI enemies. I want things to happen whether I make it to my objective or not. I want to see something new every time I fly the same mission.
And, I'm a fan of the YAP design of specific missions. I like having missions, with back stories that add to the immersion, knowing what you're doing and why. The fact that they are real pilots' stories add to that, but are not as important to me as they are to your design team. Yet I still admire your mission to "keep it real".
These aren't demands. This is what I look for in a flight sim. A generalized "ideal" sim.

I'm not sure if any of that helps. And note, I am not a current customer of YAP. I was hoping to see it ported to the SF2 engine and disappointed to see that's not happening. From what I've seen, you guys are doing great work and I hope you can continue in whatever way you decide best.


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What about a korean war senario using the rise of flight engine?

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#3498317 - 01/19/12 05:43 PM Re: A discussion on the future of YAP and Flt Sims [Re: zerocinco]  
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We decided to skip SF2/SF2V because Thirdwire has (finally) designed a cohesive marketing plan. They wish to sell their games "as is" and sell additional objects for extra money. For them to get $5 for an A-4, they cannot have YAP lurking around with considerably better models and textures for considerably less money. (We can put the entire Nimitz Class into the game in a week's time, accurately differentiated, highly detailed with deck clutter and any array of aircraft for less than anyone else. Better and cheaper is not what you want lurking around if you are trying to sell DLC models.)

We have always been a pain in their a**, devising solutions said to be impossible because we had to. One example is figuring out how to drop something and have it appear on the ground. We wanted to let a player see what it was like to deliver cargo under fire to Khe Sanh via a LAPES operation in a C-130. If we didn't figure it out, it was not going to happen.

Thus, they have hard coded things previously open for modification. The engine allowed modification to allow the players to do what really happened instead of the fantasy that is presented in all their iterations. (And many of the needed pieces were resident in the game to begin with in various levels of detail.)

Because of these developments, we have another couple of ideas...influenced by your statements.

#3498397 - 01/19/12 07:38 PM Re: A discussion on the future of YAP and Flt Sims [Re: zerocinco]  
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Hi Zerocinco
For me YAP and Rising Sun have always been about the stories but also the new toys to add to my existing installs. If you feel that the next YAP will have to move away from the SF1 or 2 engine so be it, you will have left a lot of good missions. If Rising Sun ends now or after a one or two more sets I will probably feel a bit let down and disappointed by your decision, I bought into the fact we would have stories covering the whole war.
I know from experience IL2 is not for the lightweight simmer in me. As for any other games not sure if there is enough in them to want me to buy it just to run your stories, because if they had, I would have probably bought them by now.
While SF has its faults it also has so many toys and campaigns from 1914 to 2030 and beyond to try. And one of the things I am hoping for in the new SF2NA is that in campaigns we will have carriers with escorts around them, and a few new goodies on top of that. So for those reasons I will probably not move to a new sim.
Those are just my thoughts; you are the one putting your time and money into it, so ultimately its your decision.

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#3498581 - 01/19/12 10:36 PM Re: A discussion on the future of YAP and Flt Sims [Re: zerocinco]  
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Zerocino. One final thought. I promise.

If you were interested in a Korean war senario, and i don't know that you are, perhaps you could make an approach to 1c to use the Cliffs of Dover engine.

Ok - I hear a lot of you smothering laughs out there, but hear me out.

The CLoD engine is buggy as hell. But I think it could be fixed sometime in the near future and I think some of the fundamentals of that engine are good. The lighting is well done. The physics are there.

Also - A couple of years back Ilya of 1c posted a whole bunch of wonderful work in progress screens of Korean war aircraft he was working on. From memory there was a Mig-15, a skyraider, a F-51 and twin mustang. Those models have now been shelved while Ilya tries to fix Clod and put out a new sim based on the battle of Moscow.

Perhaps you could cut a deal. I would think 1c would be very keen to have others show interest in the CloD engine at the moment, let's face it, his game is at a low ebb. But you would have leverage at this moment to drive a hard bargain.

Perhaps as part of that deal you could take over Ilya's korean war models. It would give you a running start.

As I say, just a thought.

P.s. : I'd love to see more of your pics from Vietnam.

#3498772 - 01/20/12 01:23 AM Re: A discussion on the future of YAP and Flt Sims [Re: zerocinco]  
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Originally Posted By: zerocinco
We decided to skip SF2/SF2V because Thirdwire has (finally) designed a cohesive marketing plan. They wish to sell their games "as is" and sell additional objects for extra money. For them to get $5 for an A-4, they cannot have YAP lurking around with considerably better models and textures for considerably less money. (We can put the entire Nimitz Class into the game in a week's time, accurately differentiated, highly detailed with deck clutter and any array of aircraft for less than anyone else. Better and cheaper is not what you want lurking around if you are trying to sell DLC models.)

We have always been a pain in their a**, devising solutions said to be impossible because we had to. One example is figuring out how to drop something and have it appear on the ground. We wanted to let a player see what it was like to deliver cargo under fire to Khe Sanh via a LAPES operation in a C-130. If we didn't figure it out, it was not going to happen.

Thus, they have hard coded things previously open for modification. The engine allowed modification to allow the players to do what really happened instead of the fantasy that is presented in all their iterations. (And many of the needed pieces were resident in the game to begin with in various levels of detail.)

Because of these developments, we have another couple of ideas...influenced by your statements.



I have to call BS on this.

The SF2 series is almost as open to modding as the original SF1/WoX series. The only changes TK has made to intentionally interfere with the ability to mod the game engine are locking down the lods in the CAT files and restricting/locking some of the environmental variables. The lod lockdown has almost no impact on modding, but slows down pirates who were reverse engineering and stealing his 3d models. People were complaining excessively about the sorting issues with clouds... so he made it so clouds can't be low enough to interact with terrain. The new fade system provides two functions: help minimize sorting issues and lower the load on the cpu to support more detailed terrain (which is coming up in the next release). Since the fade system destroys the immersion of the game, TK even put in a switch to disable the new code and use the old code everyone used to complain about due to the sorting issues. So, pick your poison.

The $5 packages from Third Wire do not affect the mods in any way shape of form. TK's DLCs are merely ways to easily and cheaply upgrade content he already had in the game as non-flyables to try make some quick cash in rough economic times. Completely free mod aircraft with more detail and better textures have been and continue to be released. So how has TK made the game to only be played "as is" or even competed in any way shape or form with YAP's business model? The last time I checked, none of the DLCs released flew in Vietnam or WW2.

YAP exploited bugs in the game engine to add functionality that was not intended or supported such as refueling. Modders were finding/exploiting bugs long before YAP and continue to do so to this day. In fact, like most of the content in YAP1, most of the bugs that allowed the extra features in YAP were discovered and published by the SF community. Why would Third Wire feel that finding bugs and exploiting them to improve gameplay is being a "pain in their a**"? The fact that later iterations of the game would squash bugs like a jet engine with negative fuel flow is a sign that the realism of the game engine is improving, not a conspiracy against hacks of the original code. Of course, such a change is a "pain in their a**" for someone whose business model is based on offering unique "features" that exploited the squashed bugs.

The "stories" the SF engine was designed to tell were ones involving 60's jets having close-in air-to-air combat and basic air-to-ground strikes, not cargo, recon, or helo sorties. TK isn't going to restrict development of his game engine to support YAP's business plan. The fact that SF2 is in a state of continuous change does make it a poor choice for YAP. The SF2 series is so much better than SF1/WoX series that the main reason for anyone to go back to the original series in terms of functionality is for multiplayer. As the number of people who enjoyed SFP1/WoX multiplayer never numbered more than 20 at any one time, that is not a very large market. YAP would seem to be in a precarious situation: most people don't like and won't continue to play the obsolete SF1/WoX series no matter how good your models look. At the same time, YAP gimmicks won't migrate to SF2 very well if at all.

If you want an engine whose code base is stable and will let you override/script just about anything you want, MS FSX is the place to be. As for me, I fly the SF2 series. I am more than capable of researching and writing the missions I want to fly. I just can't provide 3d models. So, my only use for having YAP/YAP2 installed is to drag over the things I wanted in the first place: the 3d models. So that leaves open the idea that YAP should be providing 3d content with some missions that let you try them out in a historically correct way... which is all YAP ever really did anyway aside from throwing in some gimmicks to cover some missions the game engine was never designed to support. Its not like most of the missions relied on the gimmicks anyway. The refueling gimmick is cute, but I never found that it made the "story" any more realistic, educational, or entertaining. Of course, if you had written all your missions within the intended limits of the game, the only thing that would have been broken in the SF2 series would be some environmental parameters such as cloud altitude. Aside from the scaled down terrain (1nm =1km) and the inability to perform aerial refueling, what else is inherently "fantasy" in the game engine? The flight models are open to editing and can be made quite realistic. The stock ones are tailored to TK's target market, which is the same crowd that enjoyed Jane's Figthers Anthology, not the hard core Falcon 4 crowd.


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#3498782 - 01/20/12 01:38 AM Re: A discussion on the future of YAP and Flt Sims [Re: zerocinco]  
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Politics aside, some of that is useful and accurate from your side of the fence. It is of course biased as I would expect. You call refueling "gimmick" cute, huh...a "bug" we exploited. If this posting was about battling over who did what when, I would join in. It is not. Your sour appraisal of what we have done is as insulting as you intended. Keep your money.

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#3498960 - 01/20/12 05:29 AM Re: A discussion on the future of YAP and Flt Sims [Re: zerocinco]  
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The SF engine was built to be a lite sim halfway between arcade and traditional hard core sims. It did not and does not have any support for any refueling of any kind. Landings and takeoffs are barely supported. I would call trying to add refueling by using an invisible jet engine that had a negative fuel consumption rate to be a "gimmick" as I have yet to see a jet engine that excretes fuel and there is absolutely no provision for connecting with a refueling probe.

I was active in the modding community from the time the game was released to the present and was also a beta tester for WoV and WoI. I know who did what and who borrowed what from whom. I also know quite a bit more about when and why TK made the changes he did and it is arrogant of you to think YAP had any influence in his struggle to stay in business in this very small, niche market.

As for the money... too late, I bought everything in the YAP/YAP2 series. I would gladly accept a refund though if my assessment of YAP so thoroughly offends you. Missions based on historical events are great. But in the end, they are just a series of waypoints with a generic objective in a text file. What makes them interesting is how challenging they are to complete and how immersed they make you feel when you play them. You conflict yourself by emphasizing that pilots only see what's important and miss meaningless details, but then make the focus of they YAP product including lots of those details... Regardless of you banter, YAP/YAP2 provided a collection of models that weren't available anywhere else. The aircraft carriers in particular are great. At the same time, a lot of the original YAP product was repackaged/adapted from free user mods.

You have repeatedly criticized the game engine, especially as new revisions came out, like WoI/Oct2008 and SF2, because they didn't comply with your vision. So, name another game engine that would let you make YAP as easily as you have with SF. I guarantee you can make FSX into a Vietnam era combat simulator with all of the details, realism, and immersion that is missing from the SF engine. But I also guarantee that unless you get a bank roll from a sizable company like MS or EA, you won't finish it in a decade. SF is the only simulator in recent history that covers the Vietnam era and it has been and remains almost 100% open to modifications or something like YAP would never have existed. You seem far too ungrateful to the man and game engine that gave you YAP in the first place.

YAP provides a nice extension of SF: historical missions and more models, some of which are extremely well detailed and textured. But it is just that: an extension. Without SF, all you have are lod files and mission briefings. I flew every YAP mission that worked correctly at least once. I have played SF for nearly a decade. SF2 is by far the better product and your refusal to adapt to/overcome its flaws and stick to the 30 August 2006 code base shows. The majority of the SF community moved on. Get over it already.

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#3499016 - 01/20/12 07:50 AM Re: A discussion on the future of YAP and Flt Sims [Re: zerocinco]  
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The comment referring refueling "gimmick" cute is ridiculous concerning air order of battle since post Korea to present day! It has been and remains one of the most important practiced and actual battle events that takes place in peace time and war. Pre and post air refueling support for CAP, Strike, CAS, and most all other support assets is a major player, to downplay its importance is a slap in the face to the tanker community. I assume your addressing the simulation world vs reality?.....I hope so. Regarding your statement about immersion, AR could/can do nothing less but expand this in any air combat sim. If mission parameters were such that fuel capacity was greatly affected by weapon load regarding gross takeoff weight pre strike AR would be a must! Trying to get on the boom or drogue before 'BINGO' fuel in order to support the strike package and not have to RTB if unsuccessful in any sim would greatly add to the immersion factor. The only thing missing from todays air combat sims is the ability/need to tank when necessary to go to and from a SAR situation in order to remain on station long enough for helo rescue....that would be a cool addition!

Keep up the good work YAP/RS team - I hope you find a platform to continue your expertise. Thanks for taking on one of the two wars that nobody really wants to approach or talk about. God bless all who served and continue to serve.

Vr NIELS

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#3499082 - 01/20/12 10:59 AM Re: A discussion on the future of YAP and Flt Sims [Re: zerocinco]  
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my input.

Firstly unintentionally i suspect because of frustation or otherwise, the initial post comes across as very frustrated , angry etc.

Not helpfull for input but as its your business I can understand.

I have been playing ( i emphasise playing as I dont like complex sims as I want have fun) sims since I had a commodore 64.

Of all the lite sims I like the strikefighter series the best. why?

easy to get into, love the aircraft models and to me it is an air combat sim, not necessarily an accurate flight sim.

I have all the current flight sims but go back to strikefighters 2 each time.

Now where to take your business?
Some questions.

1/ How large so you want your area of conflict? AA2 and Take on helicopters which I both have seem very open but the areas of interest are small. Would not suit either Vietnam or korea.
2/ FSX - I have many additions to FSX but not sure it supports or will support combat
3/ Someone suggested COD, and although I have declined to use further until they fix some fundementals, it could be a possibility in the future.
4/ DCS/ LOMAC , too much to learn
5/ Strikefighters 2 - Will be interested to see where North Atlantic takes it as I have the rest of the campaigns plus terrain mods and DLC. It is what I spend my money on. Is it sensible to rule it out even though you are frustrated ?

#3499105 - 01/20/12 12:34 PM Re: A discussion on the future of YAP and Flt Sims [Re: zerocinco]  
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Maybe repost in community hall, or write an article on the subject of what people are looking for, and have a poll or discussion?

It seems as though you're mostly getting the opinions of people who fly Thirdwire products right now.

The bar has been raised significantly by DCS, RoF and (if the kinks are ever removed) CloD, in terms of aircraft feel, and obviously graphically. If the graphics are sub-par, the sim better have something going for it, such as outstanding dynamic campaign, stellar multiplayer, or a scenario that no-one else has done (Jet Thunder, pull your finger out) realistically (Combat Helo, Hello?).

#3499122 - 01/20/12 01:12 PM Re: A discussion on the future of YAP and Flt Sims [Re: zerocinco]  
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I wonder if the Jet Thunder people would be interested in collaborating?
They have a modern engine, which works for naval conflict, and are closer to the adrenaline side than the techno-button side, so should be a good fit.
Jet Thunder - Vietnam (=YAP rehosted)
Jet Thunder - Korea
Jet Thunder - Desert Storm
Cheers,
Keith

#3499358 - 01/20/12 05:03 PM Re: A discussion on the future of YAP and Flt Sims [Re: zerocinco]  
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Sorry Streak, but that dog don't hunt. Will you people ever learn to leave Pandora's box alone?

Grateful? Yessiree, YAP ceratinly is. Without TK we would have been denied hundreds of hours of enjoyment. No doubt.

However, yep, wait for it....If you know the five W's then you also know that the man YAP should be grateful to, the same man who gave his blessing, go forth and multiply, has repeatedly refused to answer emails, and has given no support when asked for it personally.

No heads up, no "hey guys I am about to hard code this or that and heres why. Sorry it screws your mods." Nothing. Not a word. Surprise. Find it, fix it on your own. Or, wait for the fixes and read them in the forums.

Logical behavior for one who gave consent to use any and all SF/WOV material. But you know that.

Granted a question or three has been answered in the TW forum and even you have answered an email from me, thanks again. But thats as far as it goes. But you know that.

He has refused collaboration on any project involving YAP or RS. Thats his right. An explanation would be nice. But you know that.

A combat game about Vietnam without Helicopters? WTHIT? You cant damn YAP for coming up with that "Cute Gimmick". Whats next? Kill TV? Gonna make a lot of VTOL folks unhappy with that one. I did see a mod somewhere that did it without TV. Maybe thats it.

And you just dont get it. Because there is no provisions to play "refueling", YAP made up that cute little "gimmick" to the joy of many a player. 2011 killed the refueling "gimmick". But you know that. I wonder why. I hope because he's making one of his own.

Populate carriers? Here, have a deadcat, put a deadplane on a carrier deck, hell put the whole air wing on the carrier with deadcats. "Cute Gimmick"

Night carrier landings? You simply cannot light a ground object like a carrier. Hmmmm "Cute Gimmick".

And your words, "...adapt to/overcome its flaws..." regarding SF2, you made the point for me.

Patch, Patch, Patch and so on and so on... will it ever end, for some wiggly water and spic n' span paint jobs that I personally cannot see any difference (maybe I need a new machine or specs).

We can go on and on with this like so many Pixxing contests. I'll get over it already if you will.

Have a nice day.

Regards,

Mike

#3499396 - 01/20/12 05:38 PM Re: A discussion on the future of YAP and Flt Sims [Re: zerocinco]  
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Got to keep peeking under that lid. Pretty soon its going to take Jesus and two angels to shut it.

Well Malibu, if you are a sworn staffer of TW like Streak, please point them out. No one on staff at TW did for YAP in the past, if they had, we would not be here right now, present and future remain to be seen.

We having fun yet?

Got things to do, Ya'll play nice now.

#3499416 - 01/20/12 05:56 PM Re: A discussion on the future of YAP and Flt Sims [Re: 8 L.E.I.N.]  
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Originally Posted By: 8 L.E.I.N.
Got to keep peeking under that lid. Pretty soon its going to take Jesus and two angels to shut it.

Well Malibu, if you are a sworn staffer of TW like Streak, please point them out. No one on staff at TW did for YAP in the past, if they had, we would not be here right now, present and future remain to be seen.

We having fun yet?

Got things to do, Ya'll play nice now.


Well, I deleted my post. While I initially thought I knew some things in zerocinco's post to be inaccurate, after careful re-reading I admit it is simply my opinion that they are inaccurate. And arguing about opinions over the internet is about as constructive and fun as kicking yourself in the b@lls over and over again.

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#3499445 - 01/20/12 06:31 PM Re: A discussion on the future of YAP and Flt Sims [Re: zerocinco]  
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This was to be a discussion about what YOU wanted to happen as a guide to where we should go. Aside from Mr. Eagle's lengthy and banal defense of his hobby, it has been that. The engines you suggest, we have looked at or will. The collaborations you have suggested, we have investigated and still will.

We think telling a story inside your mind using your computer can be a legitimate form of entertainment. Someone will do what we have attempted better someday. As Mr. Eagle had to descend to buying our models since he doesn't have Max, we have to rely upon a C++ programmer because we do not have those skills. Thirdwire was the easiest to modify.

We certainly don't argue with Thirdwire's move to secure their models. Ours are also stolen by the same process. We do not argue with Thirdwire's ownership of their creation or marketing plan for the future. Mr. Eagle's own "community" has been up in arms about the various changes as they come out. We are concerned about how those changes effect us. We want to ask our market where to go rather than people like Mr. Eagle.

Our decision is made. We cannot follow Thirdwire's changes and still tell real stories. So we must adjust. And thanks to those of you who offered thoughtful positive and negative suggestions. We are looking at them.

We would like to finish Rising Sun because we have dozens of models finished and waiting for release. We will make both RS and YAP playable on any PC. We are looking at other projects. After Rising Sun, the essentials of a Korean Phase would all be in place. No promises, though.

#3499852 - 01/21/12 01:11 AM Re: A discussion on the future of YAP and Flt Sims [Re: zerocinco]  
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Sweet! Looking forward to the future.

God speed YAP/RS team

NIELS clapping

#3499890 - 01/21/12 02:05 AM Re: A discussion on the future of YAP and Flt Sims [Re: zerocinco]  
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To the YAP/RS team,

I would like to say THANK YOU!! for the many long hours & hard work you all have put into YAP/RS. I love flying the SF/WoXX series because it's simple!! (no knock on the hard core sims) One day I hope to upgrade to the SF2 series. Both are enjoyable BECAUSE it's an open sim. Just like IL2, I like the fact there are MANY 3rd party missions, campaigns, skins, etc, etc, etc. This keeps OUR small world alive & make these sims more enjoyable.

I really do hope that RS is completed to the end of WW2.

BlackEagle (formally Hotrodss)

#3502170 - 01/24/12 02:29 AM Re: A discussion on the future of YAP and Flt Sims [Re: zerocinco]  
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Meh.... Streak is a F-4 fanatic like myself... and thirdwire is the only serious F-4 sim out there... hence his loyalty. The changes TK has made to the environment system effect much more that cloud height they effect cloud density and coverage as well as horizon distance. The main problem is that TK has "downgraded" the only available purchase download of the game the the current patch level... meaning that new customers are stuck buying a #%&*$# version of the game.

If you were able to work out a deal with him to allow you to purchase and sell hard copies of the original game and patch them to the level you see fit ( Feb/June 2010) that would be a solution.


Also I suggest you guys find a way to put an end to the bad blood that exists between YAP and certain key members of the modding community... because the feud is not doing anyone any good. - Just my 2 cents.

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