From: Stillwater, OK, United States
Hard to believe it's been over a year since an update. This game was my lifeblood for over a year, and I really want to do an update for it.
The good news is I had a massive OOB update for it. I mean massive. The downside is my PC crashed around June of last year, and all my backups were erased. The 1.3 was stored on my univeristy drive, but apparently it was deleted as well. I guess I figured I didn't need it (this was before my PC crashed). So all I had worked for was gone.
Thankfully, I had saved a comprehensive list of everything I had done. The art would still need to be redone, but the actual OOB could be done in a few months as the basic research is all pretty much there. Well 75% of it anyway. So the question is, would it be worth redoing at this point?
WPO is a great game, I think. But it is a niche game within a niche genre. Right now I'm doing an OOB for the AE expansion to WitP, and am the Producer for Carrier Force. So my time is very limited. But, WPO is still a great project for me, and if there is enough interest I could restart, in my off time, work on the patch.
Instead of vague "I did this" references, here is the changelog I had distributed to the testers (who have long since scattered to the wind). As I said it could be done, but not anytime soon (read summer at the earliest, even that is doubtful) as it would basically be a free upgrade done when I had time, in between a Full time job, AE, and CF. But if you guys would like it and there is enough interest, I suppose I can start pooling everything together and see what can be done.
I also am posting this to dispell those who had hoped to see 1.3 this year. I would like it to happen, but odds are it won't. At least not anytime soon. The chances are slim and none, respectively. But then WPO ever being a hit game when it started out as a two bit mod three and half years ago was slim as well.
V1.29– December, 2006
New Machine gun Device types added. All nation's waships now have nation specific antiaircraft machine guns.
The transport ship system has been redone. Now further subdivided into different ship types (Steamer, Freighter, Transport, Troop Ship, Coastal Merchants, and Cargo Ships) and each with varying tonnages.
All Armed Merchant Cruiser type ships now can correctly carry cargo.
Two new classes of Armed Merchant Cruisers have been added. These are specific only to the British, and represent ships built in the 1920s historically converted to these roles during WWII.
Landing Craft have now been added for both the United States and Japan. This includes Japanese Daihatsu and Shohatsu and American Beetle Boat and Lighter type ships.
The Untied States Coast Guard has now been added to the game. While still reflecting the U.S.Navy nationality, they are represented by old destroyers given to the Coast Guard in the 1920s, as well as a host of cutters and patrol boats.
The Japanese have now been given the AB-Tei type armored boats for patrol in Chinese waters.
Sampans have been added to the game. They are small, short ranged, and can carry only a small cargo load. However, they are useful for running supplies to islands or in backwater areas.
Sampan patrol boats have been added to the game. These vessels are identical to sampans, but are used to spot submarines and report their position.
The number of American Sub Chasers and Eagle Boats has been greatly expanded. About one hundred arrive within the first year of the campaigns.
Japanese Divisions have been restructured according to historic downsizing in the 1920s. Effectively they have only three regiments versus the Allies' four, because each battalion was reduced by one company.
Japanese infantry squads are no longer as powerful as American and British squads, reflecting a lack of machine gun firepower at the squad level (M1918 BAR being used by the U.S., the .303cal Lewis Gun by the Commonwealth. Japanese doctrine called for Machine guns only at the Regimental Level.)
For a 1929 scenario, Akagi, Kaga, Lexington, and Saratoga have all been represented as historically completed as aircraft carriers.
New planes have been added to the game. The following models of aircraft have been added.
NOTE: Due to time constraints many use similar profiles
* indicates carrier capable
Mitsubishi 2MR1 (replaces C1M)*
Nakajima Ko-3a (Nieuport 24)
Nakajima Ko-3b (Nieuport 24)
Nakajima Ko-4 (Nieuport-Delage NiD 29)
Kawasaki Type 88 Bomber
Kawasaki Type 88 Recce
Kawasaki/Dornier Type 87
Hei 1 (Spad S.VII)
Hei 2a (Spad XX)
Hei 2b (Spad XX two seater)
Mitsubishi 1MF9 Taka experimental fighter
United States Navy and Marine Corps
Curtiss F8C-3 Falcon*
Curtiss F8C-4 Helldiver*
Curtiss F6C-3 Hawk*
Curtiss F8C-5 Helldiver*
Curtiss OC-2 Falcon
Vought O2U-1 Corsair USN(replaces generic O2U Corsair)*
Vought O2U-1 Corsair USMC
Vought O2U-3 Corsair
Vought O2U-4 Corsair USN*
Vought O2U-4 Corsair USMC
Vought O2U-4 Corsair Floatplane
Vought O3U-1 Corsair*
Vought O3U-1 Corsair Floatplane
Vought O2U-2 USMC
Curitss F7C-1 Hawk
Douglas T2D Patrol/Torpedo Bomber
Douglas T2D-1 Land based torpedo bomber
Douglas P2D Torpedo Bomber
Martin MT-1 Torpedo Bomber
United States Army Air Service/United States Army Air Corps
SPAD S. XIII
Thomas Morse MB-3
Thomas Morse MB-3a
Curtiss P-1D Hawk
Curtiss P-1F Hawk
Curtiss P-5 Superhawk
Curtiss P-6D Hawk
Curtiss P-6E Hawk
Huff Daland LB-1
Huff Daland XHB-1
Huff Daland LB-5
Curtiss B-2 Condor (Not the Spirit....)
Curtiss A-3B Falcon
Vought O-28 Corsair
Handley Page 0/400
United States Aircraft Purchased by China
Vought V-65C Corsair
Vought O2U-1D Corsair
French Aircraft Purchased by China
Union of Soviet Socialist Republics
Polikarpov R1 (Russian modified DH-4)
United Kingdom Fleet Air Arm
Sopwith 2F1 Camel has been removed from the game as a carrier capable plane)
Fairey Flycatcher Mk I* (date has been corrected, enters service 1923 and thus replaces Camel before time frame of WPO.)
Blackburn Ripon Mk II*
Commonwealth's Royal Air Force, Royal Australian Air Force
Royal Aircraft Factory SE5a (in OOB, but does not appear in scenarios. Can be added.)
Gloster Grebe Mk II
Sopwith 2F1 Camel has been added as an RAF aircraft only.
Hawker Hart Mk I
Hawker Horesly Mk II
Armstrong-Whitworth Siskin Mk III
Armstrong-Whitworth Siskin Mk IIIA
Armstrong-Whitworth Siskin Mk V
Handley Page 0/400
Vickers 56 Victoria
Bristol Bulldog Mk II
Bristol Bulldog Mk IIA
Bristol Bulldog Mk IV
Gloster Gauntlet Mk I
Gloster Gauntlet Mk IN
Gloster Gauntlet Mk II
Hawker Woodcock Mk II
Westland Wapiti Mk I
Westland Wapiti Mk II
Martinsyde F4 Buzzard
Faiery Fawn Mk II
Fairey Fawn Mk III
Fairey Firefly Mk II
Fairey Fox Mk I
Fairey Fox Mk III
Fairey Fox Mk VI
Vickers F.B. 27 Vimy
Hawker Hart India
Handley Page Heyford
Armstrong Atlas Mk I
Armstrong Atlas Mk I Floatplane
Device 007 renamed to 305mm/40 M1895 Gun
Device 011 renamed to 203mm/45 M1892 Gun
Device 015 renamed to 152mm/45 M1892 Gun
Device 042 8in/40 Mk 5 Gun replaced by 8in/30 Mk III Gun
Device 058 4in/50 Mk 8 Gun replaced by 3in/23 Mk 7 Gun, S boats now use 4in/50 Mk 9, Device 057.
Device 066 6pdr Gun renamed to 6pdr QF/RF Gun (Quick fire for British/Russian, Rapid fire for U.S. Nomenclature.
Device 067 3pdr Gun renamed to 3pdr QF/RF Gun (Quick fire for British/Russian, Rapid fire for U.S. Nomenclature.
Devices 081 and 082 combined into Device 081 12in/45 Mk X Gun.
Device 082 replaced by 120mm/50 No. 5 Gun.
Device 093 renamed to 4.7in/45 BL Mk I Gun.
Device 100 replaced by 24.5in Mk I Torpedo (not used in this patch. These are for Nelson class battleships).
Device 101 renamed to 12pdr QF Mk II Gun.
Device 102 renamed to 12pdr QF HA Mk I Gun.
Device 116 replaced by 18in Mk VII Torpedo.
Device 125 renamed to 283mm/42.5 QF Gun.
Device 128 renamed to 150mm/50 No. 6/7 Gun.
Device 129 5.9in/40 No. 5 Gun replaced by 35cm C35/91 Torpedo.
Device 130 renamed to 150mm/40 No. 4/5 Gun.
Device 131 renamed to 88mm No. 2 AA Gun.
Device 133 renamed to 75mm/30 No. 4 Gun.
All Dutch torpedoes (Devices 134-137) renamed to metric nomenclature.
Device 138 46cm/45 5YT Gun moved to slot 139.
Device 138 replaced by 12.7mm Browning MG.
Device 140 renamed to 8mm Hotchkiss MG.
Device 159 renamed to 2pdr Mk II HA Gun.
Device 162 21in Mk 14 Torpedo replaced by M1908 mine.
Device 163 45cm Type 91 Torpedo replaced by 533mm 53-27 Torpedo.
Device 165 21in Mk VII Torpedo replaced by 4.7in/40 QF VIII Gun.
Device 180 5cm/40 Tbts Gun replaced by 4.7in/40 QF MkII Gun.
Device 182 12in/40 M1895 Gun replaced by 7.7mm RU Type MG.
Device 183 12in/35 M1886 Gun replaced by 4.7in/40 QF Mk X Gun.
All Russian devices renamed to metric nomenclature.
Device 187 8in/45 M1892 Gun replaced by .303cal Maxim AA MG.
Device 189 6in/45 M1892 Gun replaced by 63.3mm/38 M16 AA Gun.
Japanese engines added for production scenarios. They are:
Device 237 Mitsubishi Engines
Device 238 Nakajima Engines
Device 239 Napier
Device 240 Le Rohne Engines
Device 241 Bristol Engines
Device 242 Hispano-Suiza Engines
Device 243 Bentley Engines
Device 244 Rolls-Royce Engines
Device 245 Lorraine Engines
Device 246 BMW Engines
Device 247 Clerget Engines
Device 248 Kawasaki Engines
Device 249 Salmson Engines
Device 284 renamed to 7cm Field Gun Type16.
Device 315 renamed to US Rifle Squad '03 (to represent Model 1903 rifle).
Device 317 US Rifle Squad '17 added. (represents Model 1917 rifle, as would be used by national guard units and after stocks of the 1903 were depleted in a mobilization.
Device 319 USNG MG Section created. This unit represents national guard formations.
Device 320 US Rifle Squad '03A1 Created. (represents Model 1903A1 rifle). This unit is the upgrade in 1929 for squads using both the M1903 and M1917.
Device 325 renamed to US Marine Sqd '03.
Device 327 renamed to US Marine Sqd '03A1. Again, represents introduction of the M1903A1 aswell as the M1928 submachine gun.
All Japanese infantry squads have had their anti-armor and anti-soft ratings reduced, to account for lack of machineguns.
Device 265, IJA Machinegun Section, has been added.
New classes have been added. To lengthy to detail, but include Patrol Boats, PT boats, minelayers, sampans, landing ships, and a few hypothetical ships.
Japanese Yokosuka, Saesabo, Omura, and Tateyama Naval Air Stations have been added, as have attendant squadrons.
New Japanese and U.S. Squadrons have been added.
New profiles and plane tops for new aircraft have been added.
Ship graphics have been redone in a new style, keeping the same feel but increasing graphic quality. NOTE: if the game is not run in deep color graphical glitches may occur. To run in deep color, add -deepColor to the end of the target line on the game's quickstart shortcut, so that it appears as "C:\Matrix Games\War Plan Orange\War Plan Orange.exe" -deepColor
< Message edited by Tankerace -- 1/20/2008 3:45:18 AM >
Designer of War Plan Orange
Producer of Carrier Force
Allied Naval OOBer of Admiral's Edition
Avatar is of me with my 1918/1967 FTR Ishapore Sht LE Mk III*.