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#1 Zak_1CGS

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Posted 11 December 2014 - 13:45

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Dear Pilots!

In the last 5+ years we've presented you over 40 massive updates, 30+ flyable aircraft, dozens of new versions and hundreds of fixes. And even after all this time, new players keep coming to ROF every day! We never thought that our very first project would remain that long in the stormy sea of the game industry and keep you interested. This is a fantastic success for us. Next year begins the 6th year of ROF and we think it will keep going strong. Thanks to everyone whose hands and hearts made this game possible! We'll be grateful to you, always.

Our small team has been on a long journey for last two years. We were busy discovering a new era - World War II. As you know, we’ve been working on IL-2 Sturmovik: Battle of Stalingrad, which was been released this fall. Everyone in the studio was worried that we weren't paying much attention to Rise of Flight. But honestly, we just could not work on two projects of such scale simultaneously - there's only a few specialists capable of making flight-sims in the whole world, not to say in a little development team like ours. So, when IL-2 was released we sat down and started thinking about ROF. What can be done for players now? We read the emails and messages you sent us, studied players' comments everywhere on the web and came up with the decisions about what needs to be added to ROF.

A few months ago we announced the ILYA Muromets project in partnership with the Russian Historical Military Society and devoted it to the dawn of Russian aviation and Igor Sikorsky's plane in particular. We also launched an Early Access program for it recently. ILYA Muromets was initially designed to be a stand-alone product, but in response to requests by our customers, today we are changing that. This project has its roots in ROF and we received tons of requests, threats, bitterness and claims - all that to persuade us to add the bomber to Rise of Flight. Not everyone was able or willing to buy a separate product, but everyone wanted to try the plane in the big virtual universe that ROF provides. And we came to the decision to unite these projects, merge them into one game. All the IM content (the plane, map in three seasons and the historical campaign) will be added to ROF.

Thus, ilyamuromets.su and ilyamuromets.net stops receiving new account registrations on December 11th. Personal accounts of all ILya Muromets users will be transferred into the Rise of Flight data base. If the emails in IM and ROF are matching, all the content will be moved automatically. If you don't have a ROF account, then the IM account will be moved to ROF data base with all the IM content you own. In case if anything goes wrong and you need our assistance in merging the accounts, please, submit a ticket to our customer support, give them necessary information, and we'll get everything sorted for you as fast as we can.

Also, pre-order is going to open for Ilya Muromets bomber on riseofflight.com. The item includes the plane itself plus a historical campaign including 10 specifically designed missions.

Since the project is going to unite the two fronts (Western and Eastern) we've decided to update the free-to-play version of the game on our website. Starting with December 18th the free version will include 3 aircraft (SPAD 13, Albatros D.Va and the Nieuport 17 produced by the Russian Dux plant), and Western and Eastern front with 3 seasonal maps. Players can fly in all modes of gameplay for an unlimited time with these three aircraft without limitations: try it, let your friends try it too - the more the merrier.

Also the update on December 18th will be including many bug fixes that you have asked for along with some Flight Model tweaks that have long been requested by ROF users. However, FM tweaks are a very subjective topic and it has been our policy to try and stick to the research documents and technology we have at our disposal to lead us on this topic. And this issue is a source of never ending argument in the community and can really drive a wedge between us and our customers no matter how hard we try. However, we have taken into account the general comments on the forums about various FMs and attempted to tweak them to match the requests. But we need to warn everyone, changing FMs can lead to unforeseen technical issues and unintended consequences. The endless debates about flight models will likely continue no matter what we do or how hard we try to make it right. So, with that in mind, this is likely the last attempt to tweak existing FMs in ROF. We’ve given it our best shot and we hope you find them acceptable.

In addition we plan to upgrade the Rise of Flight website and forum using newer technologies and design solutions. This is scheduled for January 2015. A move like that requires a lot of time, all the more so because we want to keep and transfer all your posts correctly.

Throughout ROF’s existence, we've received many comments about the complexity or the controls in ROF aircraft and the need for a joystick to play. Some gamers have an interest in flying airplanes and even though they do not have a flight stick they still have desire to see the WWI planes in virtual action. As a result we are missing a clear opportunity. With the ILYA Muromets we've started an experiment to try to implement mouse controls without simplifying the flight physics out. Player feedback from that experiment tells us that it was pretty successful. So, now we're planning to transfer the technology to ROF and apply it to all the planes in the game. This should help to attract new pilots which are very important to keep the aviation history of World War I alive in hearts and minds of gamers all over the world and grow the ROF community.

Our mouse control was specifically designed to not interfere with how each individual aircraft flies or their unique personalities. Our intention is not to make ROF easier, but to simply give a new input method to those that prefer it. They will die over No Man’s Land all the same. Pilot skill is STILL the most important factor in ROF aerial combat. Please welcome such new users with a Vickers or Spandau hand-shake!

All these updates will take us almost two months to be completed and released: we'll start on December 18th and plan to finish in January 2015. This renewal process starts today with transferring everything we made for ILYA Muromets project into Rise of Flight.

Thank you for being such a great and supportive community all these years! Long live Rise of Flight!

It is also the Holiday Season and we want to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukah and Happy New Year wherever you are!

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#2 Elem_Klimov

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Posted 11 December 2014 - 14:00

Fantastic news guys! Thank you team.
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#3 blackram

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Posted 11 December 2014 - 14:03

Finally, FM fixes…Im so keened to see which fixes are done…the major stuf or just few pleasing the crowds…Nevertheless, this is the biggest news in last 2 yrs regarding ROF continuity. Though they said FM fixes will be the last one for ROF. But what about future content? No news about that? Will there be continuing wokr on ROF of any kind in the future (after this patch)?
BTW, Merging Muromets with ROF is pure marketing because few will be buying this one in ROF store…Im ok with that if this money will bring other stuff FOR ROF…


BTW Zak, can we have a FM fixes list right now?
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#4 PapaFlo

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Posted 11 December 2014 - 14:06

Great News! Thank you and good luck!
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#5 hq_Reflected

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Posted 11 December 2014 - 14:13

FM fixes!! Finally! I'm really looking forward to see what gets ironed out, especially knowing that this is the "Last train to Clarksville" :S!:

So the current RoF players will get the eastern front map for free?
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#6 =HillBilly=

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Posted 11 December 2014 - 14:23

FM fixes!! Finally! I'm really looking forward to see what gets ironed out, especially knowing that this is the "Last train to Clarksville" :S!:

So the current RoF players will get the eastern front map for free?
"Since the project is going to unite the two fronts (Western and Eastern) we've decided to update the free-to-play version of the game on our website. Starting with December 18th the free version will include 3 aircraft (SPAD 13, Albatros D.Va and the Nieuport 17 produced by the Russian Dux plant), and Western and Eastern front with 3 seasonal maps. Players can fly in all modes of gameplay for an unlimited time with these three aircraft without limitations: try it, let your friends try it too - the more the merrier."
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#7 jeanba4

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Posted 11 December 2014 - 14:30

Interesting news
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#8 Fafnir

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Posted 11 December 2014 - 14:31

Though they said FM fixes will be the last one for ROF. But what about future content?

"this is likely the last attempt to tweak existing FMs in ROF", I understand it this way: new stuff will come in the future, but the content that is already published is "finished".
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#9 blackram

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Posted 11 December 2014 - 14:34

Though they said FM fixes will be the last one for ROF. But what about future content?

"this is likely the last attempt to tweak existing FMs in ROF", I understand it this way: new stuff will come in the future, but the content that is already published is "finished".

Im sorry mate but I cant find any info there will be new content, there….
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#10 HotleadColdfeet

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Posted 11 December 2014 - 14:34

WOO HOO!!!! This is awesome news! Thank you 777! Now I'll buy the Ilya Muromet! :D :D :D
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#11 ZachariasX

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Posted 11 December 2014 - 14:49

Christmans is coming then! Zak, thank you guys!

I appreciate you shot at polishing some FM's we have. Let's see if it is possible to polish out at least the most prominent inaccuracies.

I appreciated your try for making gameplay accessible to a wider audience. I've commented on such ventures in another thread already. I feel that when we manage to bring new people that so far are lacking the peripherals needed for such a sim to RoF, it will still enable RoF to further evolve as the sim we like. And these new people will appreciate the benefit of having a propper sim.

In the light of your announcement and your past achivements, I'm happy about having supported you in RoF as well as IM (and BoS), and as you continue to deliver I will keep on doing so. One can still do more out of what we have now.

Thank you guys!

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#12 Happyhaddock

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Posted 11 December 2014 - 14:57

Well we always regarded one of the strengths of this sim to be to the honest communication from the developers and it was said that ROF would be very much on the back burner only until BOS was launched, but some doubted if the team would then return back here… well quite clearly they intend keeping their word.

News of FM fixes will almost certainly please everyone, but as stated the changes themselves will no doubt be as hotly debated and argued over as the existing FM's

many thanks from one happy customer and here's to the next 5years of ROF.

HH
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#13 blackram

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Posted 11 December 2014 - 15:03

Well we always regarded one of the strengths of this sim to be to the honest communication from the developers and it was said that ROF would be very much on the back burner only until BOS was launched, but some doubted if the team would then return back here… well quite clearly they intend keeping their word.

News of FM fixes will almost certainly please everyone, but as stated the changes themselves will no doubt be as hotly debated and argued over as the existing FM's

many thanks from one happy customer and here's to the next 5years of ROF.

HH

This is the point. Its not about pleasing anyone. Most of us agreed (long ago btw) about a list of FM fixes which are "elephant in the room" kinda thing. I hope those will be included.
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#14 Korontari

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Posted 11 December 2014 - 15:13

Awesome news! Glad to see RoF extended with Eastern front an IM. Many thanks to devs for their efforts. :S!:
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#15 MarcoRossolini

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Posted 11 December 2014 - 15:17

YES! YES! YES!

That's what we're talking about!
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#16 Happyhaddock

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Posted 11 December 2014 - 15:25

News of FM fixes will almost certainly please everyone, but as stated the changes themselves will no doubt be as hotly debated and argued over as the existing FM's

HH

This is the point. It's not about pleasing anyone. Most of us agreed (long ago btw) about a list of FM fixes which are "elephant in the room" kinda thing. I hope those will be included.

I'm not sure I get the point you are making, as a community we've bitched about FM changes for a long while, the devs. finally say they are going to go back and look again at fixing some of the FM's… Isn't this a major thing to be pleased about or are you saying we don't need them and nobdoy cares about FM fixes? Obviously as the old phrase goes "the proof will be in the pudding" and the changes do actually have to deliver an improvement but what is there that could be seen as unpleasing about such an announcement?

HH
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#17 SYN_Jedders

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Posted 11 December 2014 - 15:29

Good News!..

Happy Christmas!
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#18 BraveSirRobin

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Posted 11 December 2014 - 15:29

News of FM fixes will almost certainly please everyone, but as stated the changes themselves will no doubt be as hotly debated and argued over as the existing FM's

HH

This is the point. It's not about pleasing anyone. Most of us agreed (long ago btw) about a list of FM fixes which are "elephant in the room" kinda thing. I hope those will be included.

I'm not sure I get the point you are making

You're not alone. His post makes no sense at all.
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#19 blackram

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Posted 11 December 2014 - 15:32

News of FM fixes will almost certainly please everyone, but as stated the changes themselves will no doubt be as hotly debated and argued over as the existing FM's

HH

This is the point. It's not about pleasing anyone. Most of us agreed (long ago btw) about a list of FM fixes which are "elephant in the room" kinda thing. I hope those will be included.

I'm not sure I get the point you are making, as a community we've bitched about FM changes for a long while, the devs. finally say they are going to go back and look again at fixing some of the FM's… Isn't this a major thing to be pleased about or are you saying we don't need them and nobdoy cares about FM fixes? Obviously as the old phrase goes "the proof will be in the pudding" and the changes do actually have to deliver an improvement but what is there that could be seen as unpleasing about such an announcement?

HH

You said there will be a hot debate after fixes come out…All I was trying to say is that there was a list on which almost all of us agreed…thats all. Why I get so harsh response from you I wonder….

@SirRobin - I hope your trolling stuff is spent for today..now go back into your pajama…
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#20 =HillBilly=

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Posted 11 December 2014 - 15:37

Come On people let's not trash this thread.
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#21 Happyhaddock

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Posted 11 December 2014 - 15:41

Tutko,

Didn't mean to come across as harsh I was simply confused by your statement and didn't understand the point you were trying to make. In terms of a list of changes which folk agreed on then my point is merely that in my experience, and as the devs say in their own announcement, simmers may tend to be unified in the fact changes are always needed but they are rarely happy even if given what they asked for as they'll soon find more faults to pick at in terms of making improvements.

Cheers

HH
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#22 JG1Baron_J6

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Posted 11 December 2014 - 15:42

Great news! RoF strikes back! :x
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#23 hq_Reflected

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Posted 11 December 2014 - 15:44

FM fixes!! Finally! I'm really looking forward to see what gets ironed out, especially knowing that this is the "Last train to Clarksville" :S!:

So the current RoF players will get the eastern front map for free?
"Since the project is going to unite the two fronts (Western and Eastern) we've decided to update the free-to-play version of the game on our website. Starting with December 18th the free version will include 3 aircraft (SPAD 13, Albatros D.Va and the Nieuport 17 produced by the Russian Dux plant), and Western and Eastern front with 3 seasonal maps. Players can fly in all modes of gameplay for an unlimited time with these three aircraft without limitations: try it, let your friends try it too - the more the merrier."
Read.

Thanks mate! Can you also heal the lepers, and make the blind see? ;)
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#24 Hellbender

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Posted 11 December 2014 - 15:45

FM FIXES!!!!!

:D :0o:

Get the batsign, Dorothy, we need to get the old boys back together.

See you on December 18 (okay, maybe 19 to play it safe).

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#25 Dauntless1

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Posted 11 December 2014 - 15:46

:o

:S!:
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#26 CaK_Novotny

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Posted 11 December 2014 - 15:50

Yes! THX! :)
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#27 blackram

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Posted 11 December 2014 - 15:52

Tutko,

Didn't mean to come across as harsh I was simply confused by your statement and didn't understand the point you were trying to make. In terms of a list of changes which folk agreed on then my point is merely that in my experience, and as the devs say in their own announcement, simmers may tend to be unified in the fact changes are always needed but they are rarely happy even if given what they asked for as they'll soon find more faults to pick at in terms of making improvements.

Cheers

HH

np mate Im also looking forward to the FM fixes…news are great and lets be positive…
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#28 =HillBilly=

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Posted 11 December 2014 - 15:52

FM fixes!! Finally! I'm really looking forward to see what gets ironed out, especially knowing that this is the "Last train to Clarksville" :S!:

So the current RoF players will get the eastern front map for free?
"Since the project is going to unite the two fronts (Western and Eastern) we've decided to update the free-to-play version of the game on our website. Starting with December 18th the free version will include 3 aircraft (SPAD 13, Albatros D.Va and the Nieuport 17 produced by the Russian Dux plant), and Western and Eastern front with 3 seasonal maps. Players can fly in all modes of gameplay for an unlimited time with these three aircraft without limitations: try it, let your friends try it too - the more the merrier."
Read.

Thanks mate! Can you also heal the lepers, and make the blind see? ;)
I'm truly sorry if I offended you, It was not meant that way, but if you add walk on water,well!!!!
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#29 Shutter

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Posted 11 December 2014 - 16:15

"A few months ago we announced the ILYA Muromets project in partnership with the Russian Historical Military Society and devoted it to the dawn of Russian aviation and Igor Sikorsky's plane in particular. We also launched an Early Access program for it recently. ILYA Muromets was initially designed to be a stand-alone product, but in response to requests by our customers, today we are changing that. This project has its roots in ROF and we received tons of requests, threats, bitterness and claims - all that to persuade us to add the bomber to Rise of Flight. Not everyone was able or willing to buy a separate product, but everyone wanted to try the plane in the big virtual universe that ROF provides. And we came to the decision to unite these projects, merge them into one game. All the IM content (the plane, map in three seasons and the historical campaign) will be added to ROF."

If we already own ILYA Muromets, do we have to buy the plane, again?
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#30 BraveSirRobin

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Posted 11 December 2014 - 16:17

"A few months ago we announced the ILYA Muromets project in partnership with the Russian Historical Military Society and devoted it to the dawn of Russian aviation and Igor Sikorsky's plane in particular. We also launched an Early Access program for it recently. ILYA Muromets was initially designed to be a stand-alone product, but in response to requests by our customers, today we are changing that. This project has its roots in ROF and we received tons of requests, threats, bitterness and claims - all that to persuade us to add the bomber to Rise of Flight. Not everyone was able or willing to buy a separate product, but everyone wanted to try the plane in the big virtual universe that ROF provides. And we came to the decision to unite these projects, merge them into one game. All the IM content (the plane, map in three seasons and the historical campaign) will be added to ROF."

If we already own ILYA Muromets, do we have to buy the plane, again?

No, they're going to merge the RoF and IM accounts. If you used different e-mails for each game you'll have to contact them.
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#31 Soilworker

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Posted 11 December 2014 - 16:17

FM Fixes!!! That's made my day! :D
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#32 PilsnerPilot

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Posted 11 December 2014 - 16:25

Great news! Thanks. :S!:
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#33 JG1_Lee_J10

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Posted 11 December 2014 - 16:25

This is great news. Good to see the team back on RoF again.

Timing is perfect for the Great War Centenary. RoF as a game really starts in the spring of 1915 when true air-to-air combat began with the introduction of the synchronized gun on the Fokker Eindecker. Lots of new stuff can be added corresponding to the war's progression real time.

Can't wait.

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#34 Major_Marvel

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Posted 11 December 2014 - 16:34

Dont want to be a bore but is there any news on possible oculus rift support,that would blow this game really out of the water in my O.P

Fingers Crossed

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#35 Voidhunger

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Posted 11 December 2014 - 16:58

Excellent news!! Thanks team!!!
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#36 hq_Reflected

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Posted 11 December 2014 - 16:59

FM fixes!! Finally! I'm really looking forward to see what gets ironed out, especially knowing that this is the "Last train to Clarksville" :S!:

So the current RoF players will get the eastern front map for free?
"Since the project is going to unite the two fronts (Western and Eastern) we've decided to update the free-to-play version of the game on our website. Starting with December 18th the free version will include 3 aircraft (SPAD 13, Albatros D.Va and the Nieuport 17 produced by the Russian Dux plant), and Western and Eastern front with 3 seasonal maps. Players can fly in all modes of gameplay for an unlimited time with these three aircraft without limitations: try it, let your friends try it too - the more the merrier."
Read.

Thanks mate! Can you also heal the lepers, and make the blind see? ;)
I'm truly sorry if I offended you, It was not meant that way, but if you add walk on water,well!!!!

Haha, now that would be awesome! :S!:
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#37 J5_Vorlander

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Posted 11 December 2014 - 17:00

The most positive news for ROF. Ever!

Thank you so much team.

I will buy anything you sell. Again
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#38 Hellbender

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Posted 11 December 2014 - 17:01

Somebody page gavagai.

The fact that he hasn't posted yet is worrisome.

I have three possible theories:

  • He's actually still typing out a lengthy reply right now on how the FM fixes can't possibly be anything but underwhelming.
  • He's read this and dropped dead on the spot.
  • I'm only posting this last one for the sake of covering all bases, no matter how unlikely, since he spends every waking moment here: He hasn't actually read the announcement yet.

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#39 1PL-Sahaj-1Esk

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Posted 11 December 2014 - 17:08

Somebody page gavagai.

The fact that he hasn't posted yet is worrisome.

I have three possible theories:

  • He's actually still typing out a lengthy reply right now on how the FM fixes can't possibly be anything but underwhelming.


  • He's read this and dropped dead on the spot.


  • I'm only posting this last one for the sake of covering all bases, no matter how unlikely, since he spends every waking moment here: He hasn't actually read the announcement yet.

lol, yes … any moment Bender, any moment … and he will be back.

Anyway, I am curious as to what FMs will be taken into account.

Great news after all !
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#40 Pulsar

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Posted 11 December 2014 - 17:21

Way to go, ROF! Thanks! and a merry christmas to all of you too!
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