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#1 Hellbender

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Posted 10 September 2010 - 16:23

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Table of Contents


· Foreword


· Your Voice and Opinions


· Meet the Squadron: Les Hellequins


· Flyer Tutorials and Printed References


· This Week in the Skies


· A Fond Welcome






Foreword


Welcome fellow flyers to this first issue of The Camel Fag! (British meaning of that last word, I swear)

In this slightly silly post, I've tried to pack as much information as possible on what is both alive and constructive in our community.



The Camel Fag focuses on what matters most in this magnificent sim, next to the utterly magnificent flight experience it has to offer.

No, not fixing the Nieuport 28's turn rate…

This is about you.

Yes, you! No, not you there. But you! And YOU!

And especially you, the newcomers who have just joined our ranks. A most fond welcome to you. More on this follows.



I take credit for nothing here, this is all yours. Your voice, opinions and hard work, brought together in a bitesize chunk.

Feel that some content is missing here? I certainly hope so and invite you to share your ideas for future issues with all of us here.

My only wish is for this to become a community effort, not a one-man show.

After all, in all of us lies a little Camel fag waiting to come out (and flatspin into the ground).



S!

- Bender

With special thanks to Jorri of Les Hellequins for his much appreciated help on this first (and surely not last) issue.


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Your Voice and Opinions


It would be a futile effort to make an attempt at summarising what this community has to offer in terms of information exchange in a few simple hyperlinks.

I put that elegantly, didn't I?


What I really mean is that we never shut up.

Which is a good thing, because we have a lot to talk about and some of us have boring jobs that require visits to the forums, several times a day in order to keep our sanity.

While I don't wish to minimize certain issues that are being discussed ad nauseum (mmm fancy words), I'd like to point out a few topics of particular interest.



Minimizing FQ collisions [http://riseofflight.com/Forum/viewtopic.php?f=49&t=13016]

Starting off with an extremely informative thread started by Vati on the dangers of head-on collisions, a true epidemic in this sim. Sadly something everyone is in danger of being confronted with (quite literally) and being at least 50% guilty of. More on this later.



Attention allied pilots! [http://riseofflight.com/Forum/viewtopic.php?f=49&t=12987]

A very simple yet strong argument against low-flying furballs presented by Gimpy117. A very interesting discussion ensues with both pros and cons of climbing to altitude before picking a fight.



Post-November Plane Development [http://riseofflight.com/Forum/viewtopic.php?f=49&t=12977]

Your opinion is requested by redcoat22 on what planes you'd like to see developed after the next update. Make your vote count.



windows 7 and MS Sidewinder FF2 [http://riseofflight.com/Forum/viewtopic.php?f=268&t=10617]

If you are one of many using the timeless Microsoft Sidewinder Force Feedback 2 and are experiencing stutters or lag issues in Windows XP or 7 along with TrackIR, heed EAF19_Ming's advice on page 2 and try connecting the stick (and your TrackIR) to a powered USB Hub (if possible a PCI card). Worked like a charm for me. Thanks Ming!



Well, I think the SPAD sucks [http://simhq.com/forum/ubbthreads.php/topics/3088367/3.html]

While I wouldn't normally link to a flight model debate, this one is rather different. The initial poster is well aware of the SPAD being faithfully modeled in the sim, but laments its historical fighting characteristics. An interesting and mostly respectful debate ensues, but it is Lone Star Ace who presents a decisive argument on page 3 by summoning The Almighty Rickenbacker himself to the scene:






Aerial Combat Screenshot Contest Winners Announced! [http://riseofflight.com/Forum/viewtopic.php?t=12927]

ROF Home Page Re-Design [http://riseofflight.com/Forum/viewtopic.php?t=12730]

While it's easy to overlook them up there, let's not forget about these official announcements.



Paint Schemes Polls [http://riseofflight.com/Forum/viewforum.php?f=158]

And last but not least, be sure to visit the Paint Schemes Polls and vote on the latest historical and fantasy creations by our many skinners, all managed in the loving care and unfaltering dedication of Panthercules.



Forum tip

View new posts and View unanswered posts in the menu bar are magical buttons! Use them often.



Did I miss something important here? Let me know!


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Meet the Squadron: Les Hellequins


Every issue, The Camel Fag will report on the past, present and future of a Rise of Flight squadron.

My first visit takes me to Les Hellequins' pilot lounge where I am welcomed by their CO, hq_Jorri.


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THE CAMEL FAG: Good evening Jorri, thanks for having this interview! Tell me, how did Les Hellequins come to be?

Jorri: We're a pretty young squadron, formed by Imperator and me on the 9th of january to be precise. I think the idea first formed after a particularly good mission online, which I happened to capture in a video using the new track editor. Two of the pilots who joined us in that mission, we later invited to be squadron members; if you watch it you can probably see who they are.

May Monday 1917 [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Qyg9Yu1Q1Q]


TCF: What is it that sets you apart from other squadrons?

Every squadron differs from the rest, which is the great thing about them. Like every other squadron, though, we're all about having fun together, and we thought to do do this by getting a very diverse group of people together. Young and old, from all corners of Europe and even the USA, but all enthusiastic about Rise of Flight. On that basis, we pride ourselves in not being bound to any faction or any particular plane.


Four wings good, six wings better!
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TCF: How do your members experience squadron life in Les Hellequins?

Accomodation is decent and our mess hall serves a great omelet. As for flying, we like to host a server a few times a week and fly on it together. We've been lucky enough to see the empty slots filled up with community members as well. MattM makes the missions, and we fly with our own skins, most of them made by either Imperator or Sensenmann. We have about 150 of them approved for mods-off mode right now, a feat unparalleled by any other squadron. And they're as diverse as the pilots on our roster!


TCF: You guys seem to be everywhere. How do you interact with the rest of the community?

Rise of Flight is a project that surely deserves community support, and I'm proud that our members play a part in that. The Rise of Flight forums know many colours, and you will find Hellequins in black, blue, bright red, brown and even orange now.

Both Miggins and I have been involved in hosting a training server for rookie pilots, and a few of our members like to spend their time making videos as well:

Diamond Wings - Les Hellequins on Patrol by Reflected [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GwunbPJoxqE]

Rise of Flight "The Death of the Red Baron" by Gisbod [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ywug11nLFfg]


Mission Impossible!
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TCF: What are your long-term goals and what do you think the future holds for Les Hellequins?

We held our first squadbattle with the pilots of Jasta 99. They horribly defeated us, but that didn't stop us from having a good time and we're certainly intent on playing a big part in future inter-squadron events. Being such a young squadron, we'll need quite a bit more training for that, but challenges are always welcome!

We also hope to expand our roster with whomever comes across our path, being made of the right 'stuff'. Anyone who fits in is welcome, although we generally recruit people by directly inviting them.

We plan to be around as long as Rise of Flight will be, hopefully for a long time. And who knows, we might venture outside of this particular sim and expand our territory a bit beyond as well.


TCF: Thanks for having me, Jorri, I wish you and Les Hellequins all the best in your future endeavours!


Thank you for the interview, we will surely meet again over the virtual skies of France. Allons-y!


TCF: We shall! Let's conclude this interview with a macabre dance of hot lead and torn canvas your squadron has choreographed.






Visit Les Hellequins online

http://www.hellequins.net/



Do you want me to pass by your squadron for a friendly chat? Let me know!


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Flyer Tutorials and Printed References


Apart from already being a collection of young, handsome and athletic gentlemen (and lady) airwarriors, we have a small number of people who have truly outdone themselves in providing the community with invaluable resources related to our beloved sim.

Every week, I will ask you to join me in thanking these gods walking amongst mere mortals and focus on one particular item of interest from their work.



Requiem's Aircraft and Combat Video Tutorials [http://www.youtube.com/user/Requiem10NS]

Clear your schedule and watch them. All of them.


This week, we're having a close look at Requiem's advice on the frontal attack, which can lead to a collision if executed incorrectly.

This is a very common occurence online, as pointed out in Vati's thread mentioned earlier.







Squid's Pilots Handbooks for all of the Planes [http://www.mediafire.com/?mr4ftqs822rr1]

Shelve your books and read these first. All of these are worth your time (especially the one on the Nieuport 28).


Today, I'm reading an excerpt from Squid's beautiful SPAD XIII handbook.

Although exceedingly fast the SPAD XIII does not lend itself to turn fighting. Its thin wings will stall during hard turns and its weight will hinder fast maneuvers.

Instead, the pilot should make use of both his speed and climb advantage. Perform diving, slashing attacks on the enemy. If executed correctly the SPAD XIII is almost invulnerable.

Pilots can also make use of its fantaststic diving ability to shake off any pursuer. The SPAD XIII is almost impossible to catch in a dive.



[ Read all of it now ]


Note the location of the fuel gauge behind the control column
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Know of some other resource that can benefit the community? Let me know!


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This Week in the Skies


Your best bet in enjoying this sim to its fullest is to hop online as often as you can and fly around with others, get on comms (Ventrilo or TeamSpeak), fly in team and have fun.

Still, many of us have all sorts of obligations to attend to, so it might be a good idea to review some of the more popular weekly recurring events.



Training Server on Friday Nights (GMT) [http://riseofflight.com/Forum/viewtopic.php?f=49&t=11714&start=160]

Check the thread for the exact time, server details and possible password!

The training events themselves focus on direct interaction between players of different skill levels without the looming spectre of global stats and merciless competition. There's not really a teacher/student mentality going on (unless intensive training is specifically requested by the student), but an open and fun learning environment is proposed instead.

We're all flying for fun and no one is being judged. You can come and go as you please and let others know what you'd like to improve on. Do come and take a look, you'll have a blast.

Flyers of a more advanced skill level are always welcome to come and share their experience with the group.

Fair Warning: If you see a mad Belgian in an E.III trying to mate with your plane, just shoot it down.



Vanderstok's Vintage Missions hosted by THE SYNDICATE on Sunday Afternoons (GMT)

Check the General Discussion Forum for the weekly event announcement!

The absolute high point of the week, and a perfect cure for the Sunday blues.

Vanderstok's missions are utterly magnificent and represent everything that is great about Rise of Flight.

I will let the images speak for themselves.





Did I miss an important event here? Let me know!


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A Fond Welcome


The Camel Fag is slightly, no, extremely biased towards presenting Rise of Flight as a multiplayer sim, while the vast majority of players prefer to stay in the relatively isolated world of single player.

This is fine, of course, but please don't stay there all the time. No matter how excellent Career Mode turns out to be, you are but scratching the surface of a much richer experience. But don't take my word for it, live it for yourself. Don't be afraid to hop on comms (TeamSpeak or Ventrilo) and fly together with us.


No matter how new you are to flightsims or how many years you've played Il-2 or RB3D before this, all of us are still learning, still doing extremely stupid things at times, but always having a laugh together.

We will give you all the chances in the world, you need only give us one.



Welcome wingchaps, good luck with tracking the enemy, it's one of the most demanding aspects of this sim.


Welcome nubia, I hope you were able to finish the download and got the sim working properly.


Welcome Dearmad, glad you got that issue sorted out. This sim needs to be experienced on the highest possible detail level.


Welcome Dagoberto, consider hopping on to the Training Server, we always take our time to explain how the different engines work.


Welcome Gothsword, do hop online sometime while we all wait for the new Career Mode to be released.


And welcome Peregrine to IRFC. Keep it up and you'll become an amazing pilot just like your brother. You two will be our very own Richthofens.



See you all soon in the Rise of Flight skies!



Someone I forgot? Let me know!


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P.S. Don't forget about the upcoming November Community Meeting in London!
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#2 Tom-Cundall

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Posted 10 September 2010 - 16:37

Good work!
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#3 ImPeRaToR

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Posted 10 September 2010 - 16:41

Indeed, a well chosen name as well ;)
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#4 J2_squid

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Posted 10 September 2010 - 16:45

Excellent bender!
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#5 SYN_Vander

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Posted 10 September 2010 - 17:01

Bloody excellent post! (and verry funny :))

Please, inform the masses that there is a wiki out there as well! Some of us do try to update this every now and then with the latest info, tips & tricks:

http://wiki.riseofflight.com/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;">http://wiki.riseofflight.com/

For instance, Vaal recently uploaded all awards & medals, take a look here:

http://wiki.riseoffl..._and_statistics" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;">http://wiki.riseofflight.com/index.php? … statistics
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#6 Hellbender

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Posted 10 September 2010 - 17:04

Bloody excellent post! (and verry funny :))

Please, inform the masses that there is a wiki out there as well! Some of us do try to update this every now and then with the latest info, tips & tricks:

http://wiki.riseofflight.com/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;">http://wiki.riseofflight.com/

For instance, Vaal recently uploaded all awards & medals, take a look here:

http://wiki.riseoffl..._and_statistics" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;">http://wiki.riseofflight.com/index.php? … statistics

Thank you for you kind words!

Very good point mentioning the wiki, it will definitely be part of Issue 02; already planned for next week if all goes well. :)
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#7 Smudge

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Posted 10 September 2010 - 17:35

If this is going to beca monthly press maybe the forum mods could create it's own banner at the top of the page? I think this is amazing and could be really usefull
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#8 IM.LOFT

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Posted 10 September 2010 - 17:39

Great, thanks.
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#9 =J99=Sizzlorr

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Posted 10 September 2010 - 17:43

Bloody excellent post! (and verry funny :))

Please, inform the masses that there is a wiki out there as well! Some of us do try to update this every now and then with the latest info, tips & tricks:

http://wiki.riseofflight.com/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;">http://wiki.riseofflight.com/

For instance, Vaal recently uploaded all awards & medals, take a look here:

http://wiki.riseoffl..._and_statistics" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;">http://wiki.riseofflight.com/index.php? … statistics

Thank you for you kind words!

Very good point mentioning the wiki, it will definitely be part of Issue 02; already planned for next week if all goes well. :)


Are you concidering to make this Camel Fag a sort of newspaper for and arround the RoF community and bring us every week or month the news in your silly post style? I would love that! :D
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#10 JoeCrow

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Posted 10 September 2010 - 17:44

Absolutely brilliant!
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#11 =FB=VikS

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Posted 10 September 2010 - 17:45

Nice one!
Keep em coming Bender!!!
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#12 hq_Jorri

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Posted 10 September 2010 - 17:48

That's great :) and really useful as well.
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#13 sallee

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Posted 10 September 2010 - 17:53

Good stuff!

By the way, I hope you don't mind my saying that the English of some "non-English speakers" puts the English of some "English speakers" to shame.
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#14 ST_ami7b5

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Posted 10 September 2010 - 18:04

Great!
:idea:
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#15 Hellbender

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Posted 10 September 2010 - 18:09

Are you concidering to make this Camel Fag a sort of newspaper for and arround the RoF community and bring us every week or month the news in your silly post style? I would love that! :D

That's exactly the idea, but entirely depends on you!

One issue a week is probably feasible, but might be a bit too much in the long run. Maybe a bi-monthly thing? We'll see how things work out. I'm starting work on it real soon and I really count on your support.

Squadrons, don't hesitate to contact me if you want to be in Meet the Squadron, promoting people experiencing Rise of Flight together is what this is all about!
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#16 =J99=Sizzlorr

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Posted 10 September 2010 - 18:19

I would love to support you. A monthly or bi-monthly thing sounds reasonable. There is not that much going on that we could make a fuss about it every week ;) Until we make things up in a funny way :lol:

I'm talking to my CO about the "meet the squadron" thing.

Maybe we can get some talented guys to help us with a better newspaper outfit, also you did very well in your post but i would love to have a more newspaper of that era design. I will check that out.
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#17 MouseOne

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Posted 10 September 2010 - 20:39

Very nice, appreciate all the links. And don't tell me you all named it without being fully aware of what "fag" means in the US. On the other hand, I had a great aunt named Fanny. Just saying.
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#18 WWBrian

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Posted 10 September 2010 - 20:58

Nice HB!

:lol:

I think you may be right, that CF weekly will have you running out of topics (and perhaps squadrons) in short order.

A monthly edition of this would be fantastic!

Keep up the great work!
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#19 Gimpy117

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Posted 10 September 2010 - 22:26

well done hellbender!
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#20 Lixma

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Posted 10 September 2010 - 22:38

Nicely done, HB!
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#21 WillyVonWonka

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Posted 10 September 2010 - 23:02

I'll pipe in here to say: awesome job! Keep'em comin'… :D
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#22 Hyneman

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Posted 10 September 2010 - 23:57

Haven't commented that one here:
it's just great, I really had to laugh after I read the title. :lol:

Thanks for that great article, bender. :)
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#23 BSS_DrGlow

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Posted 11 September 2010 - 01:09

I love it.Cant wait for the next one.
Thanks Bender
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#24 Gisbod

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Posted 11 September 2010 - 06:24

That's really very impressive Bender - you've got way too much time on your hands! :lol:

You could bring some copies of the next issue along to the Hendon meet..
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#25 JoeCrow

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Posted 11 September 2010 - 07:14

Good stuff!

By the way, I hope you don't mind my saying that the English of some "non-English speakers" puts the English of some "English speakers" to shame.

No it don't mate. I speaks proper I do, like what it should to be.
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#26 hq_Reflected

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Posted 11 September 2010 - 08:13

Awesome stuff! Very well done! :D
I love the name too :)
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#27 sallee

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Posted 11 September 2010 - 20:00

Good stuff!

By the way, I hope you don't mind my saying that the English of some "non-English speakers" puts the English of some "English speakers" to shame.

No it don't mate. I speaks proper I do, like what it should to be.

Blimey, I didn't you you were from Bristol! :lol:
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#28 HuiBuH

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Posted 12 September 2010 - 12:50

Nice one, good job thx
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#29 JoeCrow

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Posted 12 September 2010 - 13:05

Good stuff!

By the way, I hope you don't mind my saying that the English of some "non-English speakers" puts the English of some "English speakers" to shame.

No it don't mate. I speaks proper I do, like what it should to be.

Blimey, I didn't you you were from Bristol! :lol:

You wouldn't laugh either if you lived in Bristol.

I'm on the Isle Of Wight and thoroughly inter-bred :lol: .
Cheers.
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#30 Hellbender

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Posted 12 September 2010 - 13:12

Thank you all for your reactions so far, it's more than I could have ever hoped for. :)



Also to confirm that I've started work on Issue 02, which is tentatively planned for Friday the 24th of September.

I'll do my very best to make it worth the wait.
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#31 sallee

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Posted 12 September 2010 - 16:06

[quote="Pigsty

I'm on the Isle Of Wight and thoroughly inter-bred :lol: .
Cheers.[/quote]

Well I'm from Suffolk and although I can read and write, I can't drive my tractor. How weird is that?
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#32 Leaf85

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Posted 12 September 2010 - 17:36

Brilliant stuff indeed– good read 8-)
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