Thank you all for the warm welcome!
All the tips are greatly appreciated.
Did you ever play games at the Cafe de Fiets in Nijmegen on Sundays? Is it still in operation? Does a certain Niek van Diepen still play [naval] games there?
I am sorry, but I've never been there, so I wouldn't be able to tell you.
Just curious, are you allowed to play computer games in the cockpit just to pass time in long flights? Airbus cockpits has a lot of space to use a laptop.
Un-officially: it depends on who the captain is, but we only fly to European and North African destinations (longest flight 5:30). Still, that would cater nicely for playing a game, but I've never seen it so far. iPhone or Nitendo DS games, yes, but never 'real' games on a laptop. It's still the good old book, newspaper, magazine or... a real shocker: aircraft operating manual mostly.
Although some bring their laptop to watch a movie on a long flight.
Good question indeed, now that I think of it, it seems like there is a taboo on playing games...
The beauty of the game is that it teaches you a thing or two about the Dutch. Or at least makes you want to read more books about the topic.
Exactly, that's why I was asking wether you guys have some tips about good background articles, books or documentaries?
Just take your time. I lost more of my life playing endless Call of Duty multiplayer than WITP. Anyway, I recognize your name from the Wargamer forums. I'd like to thank you for introducing me to Microsoft Flight Simulator. So far this is what's sucking my life these days.
You're more than welcome. MSFS was my number one game/sim for years and years before I actually started flight academy. After that the appeal just went away. You start to see the many annoying little flaws in the sim (eventhough its very VERY good) and after spending a whole day in a real cockpit you have no desire to sit in a virtual one afterwards. I rarely fire it up anymore nowadays. Sometime to pull off weird stuff or try some challenges. I am waiting for the PMDG 737 FSX version, cause I fly the 737NG in real life as well. It's nice for procedural training.
I have been totally addicted to Battlefield Bad Company 2 with 4 mates. It even got so bad that things around the house were left for my girl eventhough she had worked all day and I was off. It started to put a strain on my relationship and there we both drew the line. It creeps up on you unexpectedly, but I pulled the plug just in time. Able to play it casually with friends now, without the need to stay top of the rankings anymore. Me and my fiancee are doing well again now.
I guess many gamers have been there once. The addiction factor is always there, waiting to strike. It's even more dangerous when, like us, your partner has no interest in games whatsoever.
Fighting is only half the battle. Logistics is the bigger issue.
Yes, probably. I am still buried in the manual and haven't played a single turn yet. But I really like what I read in there.
Guadalcanal scenario is just right for beginners. Not too complex but not too simple either.
Coral Sea scenario is very simple.
You need WITP Tracker tool but is more important if you play Japan Grand Campaign. You're fine without this if you're playing small scenarios.
I have that Tracker tool installed. Actually, several times to have one for every savegame slot so I don't have to keep editing the config files all the time.
I also saw something about ART mods? Are there mods which alter the graphics of the game, if so, what do they do?
Thanks again for all the input so far, guys! I am sure many more questions will come in time.
What is the general consensus about how to post new questions? Is it preferable to keep them in one thread (this one in my case) or if search doesn't turn up anything post a new thread to make searching for others more convenient?
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