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Here's a thread for anyone to announce any intention of getting online to play.  Just give a little heads up here and maybe get a group together.  This is in the public area as it's open for anyo

Thanks, my "little-one" isn't so little anymore, especially considering she is due in November 🤯

I'm flying my desk at work. Unfortunately, it's a single player game.

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I'm looking to fly this evening, anyone wishing to join will be welcome. 🙂

Platform: DCS

Airframe: I'll be flying the F-16C, but bring whatever you like.

Scenario: Can either try our hand on some public servers, or do some general practice privately. I'm still learning some of the finer points of the Viper, but am open to both options.

Time: 19:00 GMT+1 (BST)

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11 hours ago, Vonrd said:

Could we make the PUG a subforum? 

The forums are pretty convoluted as it is, and the PUG thread is only reasonably used.  I can really only see a few pros to making it a whole separate forum, the major one is creating your own title to say “Flying Circus 22APR”, possibly gaining more attention to your post.  However, once this event passes, it just remains a single post with one or two responses.  

This differs from the practice posts within the squadrons that sometimes contain planning and/or debriefings. Also it can contain information that might want to be searched, later.

Personally, this is why we originally created the Discord server, to be a sort of paging system for people to meet.  The Europeans use WhatsApp (and, for whatever reason, so does my customer) and our Discord has been mostly utilized by the Racing League, which I’m 100% cool with. But it’s there.

The cons, though... The forums have been divided and subdivided, often to provide ease of reference for the separate squadrons.  Not everyone sees this organization as it was intended and posts things in the squadron-wide section, when it really only applies to one, or vice versa. Those of us with all three squadrons see everything, and it either seems that one more is not a big deal or another is just an eye sore.  And some only want to see what applies to them and an additional sub-forum would just get in the way of them sorting what they feel they need. 

That is my perspective.  If you have a heavier reasoning to add a new sub, please feel free to pitch the idea.  

 

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Well, my argument pro own sub-forum(s) would be: You see directly on top-level of forum-page "ah, there is some activity planned => let's check if I can join". 

Basically, IF there would be sub-forums I would anyhow prefer one sub-forum per section per Section "Richthofen" "Oseau" and "Schmenkel". 

Why? Because then I would see at first glance "Ah, cool, someone planes to be active in WW2 or FC => let's check if it fits my evening plans" ... vs "Ah, ok, DCS action planned ... not relevant for me"

 

..well, to make it clear: Not high priority wish of mine, pure "nice to have". 😉

 

 

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aaand btw.: Tonight at least Greif and me will be flying IL2 somewhere, maybe also Heinrich might join later on.

Don't have exact time plan now, but I think realistic target time for take off could be 19:30 UTC (21:30 CET)

Maybe someone else likes to join?? 

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My main reason for asking about a sub forum was to have it readily visible for when you want to post. I had forgotten where the PUG was located... was pretty sure it was in "Public" but I didn't see it since it was way down in the list due to other / newer posts being above it. A search for PUG didn't work because of too few letters. I found it by looking at Etzel's profile and content since I remembered that he had recently posted and is probably the one who makes use of the PUG most. In retrospect, I probably could have searched for "Pick" or the whole name. But, a subforum would negate that issue.

Etzel also makes good points above and I agree with him that it's not a really high priority.

As for Discord... the main problem is that stuff gets buried as more recent posts come in. Secondly, there are still people that either don't like Discord or don't bother opening it up without good reason (TIF ATO's etc.).

All that being said... not a high priority and I won't throw a tantrum if it's decided to be not needed. 🌋 

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FWIW & this is strictly IMO. Our Discord is significantly underutilized. While TS has its merits I believe Discord is the superior of the 2. 

Forums are great for persistent info, Discord is great for transient things (eg: PUGs) moreover with Discord you have ready visibility if someone is in channel & available to team up. You can also create specific groups & then ping that group that you are available example "@Oesau going to do some IL2 tonight at 2000 if anyone cares to join". Everyone in Oesau will see that ping & know your intentions then come 2000 make sure you are in the channel so othes can link up. 

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2 hours ago, Etzel said:

Maybe someone else likes to join?? 

S! Etzel,

I will try to join you around 3pm EST.

And about Discord vs TeamSpeak...  I don't really think that Discord is better then TS...
At this time, it's very hard to find or read many stories in Discord if you can't be online every day!
And for big multiplayer events, with no whisper on Discord, I think that TS is far better when doing cross communications.

Cheers,
GenMarkof

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The idea of a dedicated PUG area is a good one.  I am, however, concerned about adding another sub-forum to a board already filled with sub-forums.  For Brit and I, who see everything 👀, I feel like we need to be pruning back, not expanding. 

PUG messages don't need to be kept for perpetuity.  4./JG 1 communicates through WhatsApp about their day to day schedules.  And Discord basically does the same thing for those who check it.  No reason to keep messages designed to be abandoned after the date or time.

Perhaps our current JG1 Discord needs to be given over fully to JG1RT, and a new JG1 Discord created that's cleaner, simpler and more direct.

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BTW, I just jumped into JG1 Discord and noted the following:

  • Richtofen last post 6/9/20
  • Oesau last post 11/24/20
  • Schmenkel last post 4/6/20
  • General pilot lounge las post 4/18/21. This seems to be the catch-all section but is a mish mash of topics. 

It seems that our dedicated squadron sections are not really being put to use. 

Maybe Discord should be where a dedicated PUG is?

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On 4/24/2021 at 12:31 AM, Klaiber said:

For people with JG1 access: https://forum.jg1.org/topic/8891-jg1-discords/

 

Joined the group now, but to be hones: I am not sure what's the specific purpuse of it? As far I saw at the first glance the normal every day chatting that happenes here in the form is partially going on there, but (at least in my perception) in a less structured way....

So is this group meant to be used as PUG in future?    

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6 hours ago, Etzel said:

Joined the group now, but to be hones: I am not sure what's the specific purpuse of it? As far I saw at the first glance the normal every day chatting that happenes here in the form is partially going on there, but (at least in my perception) in a less structured way....

So is this group meant to be used as PUG in future?    

Your summary is absolutely correct in all aspects.  

It is meant to be a more structured PUG alert.  General chatting in the sections but nothing too serious because it isn't as easy to search on Discord, as it is here on the forum.  

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S! All,

If anyone wants to practice LIVE tanking tonight before next Tanks in Flames...
How about practicing with German tanks on Multiplayer server tonight!

When: tonight - April 28
Time: around 8:30-9:00 PM EST
Servers: Finnish (if available), Tanks in Flames, ...

Comms: JG1 TS

// Hope some of you can join up for some LIVE practice!
If you need the key mapping for Tank Crew:



Cheers
GenMarkof

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Tank Crew live practice on Il2 combined arms server!
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S! All,

If anyone wants to practice LIVE tanking tonight before the next Tanks in Flames...
How about practicing the German tanks on Multiplayer server tonight!

When: Tonight - May 5th
Time: around 8:30-9:00 PM EST
Servers: Finnish (if available), Tanks in Flames, ...

Comms: JG1 TS / Red Teams channel

// Hope you can join up for some live action!

Cheers,
GenMarkof

ps: for pilots, it's always possible to do some joint combined arms...

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Tank Crew live practice tonight!
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S! All,

If anyone wants to practice LIVE tanking tonight before the next Tanks in Flames...
How about practicing the German tanks on Multiplayer server tonight!

When: Tonight - May 7
Time: around 8:30-9:00 PM EST
Servers: Finnish (if available), Tanks in Flames, ...

Comms: JG1 TS / Red Teams channel

// Hope you can join up!

Cheers,
GenMarkof

ps: for pilots, it's always possible to do some joint combined arms...

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Tank Crew live practice tonight!
May 12 - 8:30 pm - Red channel JG1 TS

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S! All,

If anyone wants to practice LIVE tanking tonight before the next Tanks in Flames...
How about practicing the German tanks on Multiplayer server tonight!

When: Tonight - May 12
Time: around 8:30-9:00 PM EST
Servers: Finnish (if available), Tanks in Flames, ...

Comms: JG1 TS / Red Team channel

// Hope you can join up!

Cheers,
GenMarkof

ps: for pilots, it's always possible to do some joint combined arms...

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