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      VG Servers are Back Up! *UPDATED AGAIN* TS3 Server is back; PR and Mumble are online, Arma 3 Servers are online but still need VG specific missions and configurations, should be done before end of week...   04/15/2017

      UPDATE Sunday April 23rd:
      Most everything is back online now.  The PR Server is running, and Mumble is working.  We have not yet made PR Updates available in TCAdmin, but several more people have access to update the PR Server (including me) and there should be little to no server downtime from future PR Updates.

      I've installed a second PR Server and still need to expand the VG PR License for it - it can be used for whatever, but I called it "PR EVENT SERVER" to start.  I figured we might also want a development server for things like FastJack's PR COOP Insurgency Mission testing, and we will take care of that this coming week as well, if able.

      The Arma 3 Servers have been reinstalled, and they are running basic versions of their former missions.  They still need to be configured, but they will remain online until this happens during the week (when PITN gets time).  I've set up A3 Servers with a Steam Update button in TCAdmin, any Arma Admin can now update to the latest Arma version much faster and easier, and without needing to wait for a Head Admin.    -Sem

      Sunday April 16th 2017:
      I've just received an email from the Server Host in Germany.  They host the server that runs our TS3 and various game servers here including Project Reality, and Arma 2 & 3.  Apparently, there has been a fault with our server host, possibly a hardware failure or such, but all servers in one part of their data center were affected including ours. We do not have further details at this time, but unfortunately this means VG Servers will be down until we can regain access to our server.  We were not given a time frame estimate or specific details of what damage was incurred, and we do not know if we have lost any data that was on the server.  We've been with this host for many, many years, and we've had nothing but great connections and fast servers.  Clearly this is a rare occurrence and we need to be patient as we weather this storm. I feel particularly bad for our loyal Project Reality players who were very patient waiting for our server to get it's most recent update, and I wish I could do something immediately to fix this.  It's a sad truth that it is out of our hands for the time being as we await contact from our host, and get a detailed damage report and estimate of how long until we are online again.  Of course, I've contacted the other head administrators at VG and apprised them of the situation.  We will update you all as we get information. Thank you all for your patience and understanding!
Blazer

FOXHOLE

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So a few of you have seen me jabbering on about this game and have wondered what I've been playing - Let me enlighten you!

To save myself the hassle and you all suddenly bringing up your google taskbars, I shall shamelessly copy what the developers have written:

 

"Foxhole is a massively multiplayer game where you will work with hundreds of players to shape the outcome of a persistent online war. This is the ultimate game of collaborative strategy and tactics. Every action you take can have a powerful and permanent effect across a vast world in a constant state of war... Foxhole's goal is to make players truly feel like they are working together to direct the outcome of an open ended war. Some games have attempted to pull this off in the past, but many of the have been hindered by gameplay affecting microtransactions or mechanics that hold the player's hands too much, resulting in wars that feel artificial instead of truly organic and player driven. Our mission is to be uncompromising in delivering this experience. Our dream is to have hundreds of players working in unison to complete large scale operations that takes weeks to plan. We want players to be setting up supply lines, executing missions behind enemy lines, and banding together to defend key strategic locations throughout the world. These ideas are extremely ambitious, but we are confident that we can achieve them if we work together with the player community over the long term... While the game is inspired by early 20th century weapons and tactics, the game actually takes place in an alternate timeline futures... To be clear, our goal is not to make a WW1/WW2 simulator, but rather to make the player feel like they are fighting a war where the combat and strategies are grounded in the world wars..."

 

The game is currently in alpha and is free on steam. The community and developers are highly active.

For a more descriptive summary of the game, visit:  http://www.foxholegame.com/

 

 

I personally would best describe Foxhole as mix between Project Reality, Running with rifles (RWR), Company of heroes (COH) and Men of war (MOW).

The game itself is  a top down shooter - this puts many players off the game within the first few minutes as they consider the view range and perspective awful. If you have played RWR or any real time strategy games, you will quickly adjust to the games point of view. Once you give it enough time and figure out the simple controls and basic principles of the game, you will find that it is highly addicting and a joy to play. Trust me when I say this - Its a very rewarding game when played right!

The game is simple, join a faction: The Colonials (Brown Coats) or the Wardens (Blue Coats). After spawning in, players can head to the front lines and assault enemy positions and take over the map and essentially win the war. Easy right...?

 

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Wrong! Unlike most games- Any weapons, ammo, vehicles or additional support items are not given to you when you spawn. Instead they are created by the players, using a detailed logistics system within the game.

Again, making things simple, players can choose to either head straight to the front lines and take the fright to the enemy or choose to  supply their team with much need supplies and weapons. They can also help by building defences such as walls, gates and pillboxes.

Making items is not difficult, players simply have to mine scrap or components at marked locations on the map and deliver it to factories, here they can convert the scrap / components  into basic materials or refined materials. The materials can then be taken to other marked locations where you can make weapons etc.

However, carrying all this material around is never easy. Its heavy, slows you down and you're vulnerable to enemy attacks. Many players build trucks to quickly make and deliver supplies to the front.

 

 

 

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As with any online strategy game, co-operation and teamwork is critical. Planning can involve setting up supply lines, preparing enough resources to attack any an enemy outpost and also where defensive structures need to be built.

If you are good, players can commend you, enough commendations will grant you a higher rank within the game. Players who are ranked WO2 (Warrant Officer 2) and above can form coalitions - These are used to co-ordinate a large group of players making planning easier.

Unlike most games, firepower is not necessarily the most important asset - Reconnaissance and as stated before, logistics, is just as important.

With careful strategy, we can formulate plans based on using darkness, foliage and terrain to our advantage.

 

 

 

So, I hope you all found this informative - Any questions just give me a heads up.

Why not give it a shot and find out what its all about for yourself? If you are struggling getting to grips with the game try this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EQvmvKyqA_s

 

 

Edited by Blazer
Typos - Victory for the Wardens, down with the brown coats!
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...copyright infringement...  DOWNVOTE. Just kidding, really is a fun game when you have a lot of people involved.

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Headage :b0209:

 

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Looks sweet. Who knew  Blazer could play video-games......xD

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Well written review!  Meant to post that back when you wrote this - I can appreciate the time it takes to get something looking right.  Game sounds pretty cool, too!

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20 hours ago, Doc_Moon said:

Looks sweet. Who knew  Blazer could play video-games......xD

Moon. Playing games is only one of my special skills... :buba:

@=VG= SemlerPDX Glad you enjoyed reading it and thanks for the positive feedback!

 

I played a few rounds last night with a few of the regulars on PR, I think everyone involved had a good laugh.

Anyone is welcome to join us (Hit me up on the forum or on steam). Definitely a good time waster as we wait for the servers to come back online.

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Great game if you love logistics as well as grinding. It is a like better if you have a lot of people on the same team and are well coordinated.

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Nice review but for my opinion I miss the first person view in that game :beee:

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