DCS Blackshark 2 Flight Training

For the past couple of days I have been dusting off the cobwebs from Blackshark 2, the attack helicopter flight simulation from DCS. I have the game on Steam and it is now completely integrated into DCS World. While I have DCS Blackshark 1, that game has major graphical issues now that I am on a Windows 10 machine and is in an unplayable state (perhaps it is something I can relegate to my Windows XP machine).

Decisive Campaigns Warsaw to Paris Netherlands Scenario

The following after-action report details a scenario in which Germany invaded the Netherlands on May 10, 1940 as part of the much larger Case Yellow operation to seize the Low Countries (including Belgium, Luxembourg, and France). The Dutch had hoped in vain that its stated policy of neutrality would keep them out of the conflict as it had done in World War I. While the Germans had considered at times leaving the Dutch alone, they opted for the invasion without a formal declaration of war.

Flashpoint Campaigns Red Storm British Steel

The following after-action report details a scenario from the battle pack “Germany Reforged” that depicts an action between the British 22nd Armored Brigade and the Soviet 48th Guards Tank Regiment along the A4 autobahn on the third day of the war May 9, 1989 at 0700. The Warsaw Pact forces are strung out along the road and are unaware of the presence of a larger NATO group north of their current location.

Operation Flashpoint Cold War Crisis

The following after-action report covers a spur of the moment mission created in Bohemia Interactive’s game Operation Flashpoint Cold War Crisis that was played in Windows XP earlier this evening. I hadn't done anything in this oldie but goodie for quite some time, so I decided to brush away the cobwebs and take it for a spin. Using the mission editor in this game is seriously like riding a bicycle, I was able to create the most rudimentary mission and play it through the editor with just a few clicks.

Flashpoint Campaigns Red Storm A Thin Tan Line

The following after-action report details a mission from the battle pack “Germany Reforged” that depicts an action between the British 33rd Armoured Brigade and the 7th East German (NVA) Tank Division in the town of Rensenbach on the third day of the war May 9, 1989 at 11:00. The 1st Staffordshire Regiment repulsed the 7th Guards Division the day before, and is presently being reinforced.

Flashpoint Campaigns Red Storm Bread and Butter

The following after-action report details a mission from the battle pack “Germany Reforged” that depicts an action between the American 1st Brigade, 8th Infantry Division and the Soviet 117th Guards Motorized Rifle Regiment in the town of Scheider on the fourth day of the war May 10, 1989 at 15:00. NATO has identified the location of a Warsaw Pact supply dump north of Norderfurt and an intrepid American commander has decided to seize the initiative and take the fight directly to the Soviets.

Flashpoint Campaigns Red Storm A Few Good Tanks

The following after-action report details a mission from the new battle pack “Germany Reforged” that depicts an action between the American TF 2-67 and the Soviet 243rd Motorized Rifle Regiment (BTR) near the town of Grafschaft on the second day of the war May 8, 1989 at 11:00 hours. NATO has the bulk of the American forces fighting to the south in Norderfurt, leaving only elements of the 3rd Armored Division to defend the river crossings over the Hunte and Stielbach rivers.

SITREP

My fellow Bloggers, an important date is looming on the horizon: May 1, 2016. On this date Google is officially retiring Picasa Web Albums and transitioning to Google Photos, as described in this post. Of course, the devil is in the details: In paragraph four it describes how the existing Picasa Web Albums will be moved to a newly created place. As established in this post about how Steam moved their service, the end result could be cataclysmic for this blog.

State of the Blog Address

My fellow gamers, I write to you today to announce that I am still alive and kicking. I am still actively gaming as well, however I have taken some time away from blogging so as to enjoy the hundreds of titles that I have access to. This sabbatical of sorts (no actual pay is involved) has been refreshing and at this point I do not have a particular return date in mind.