June 2020: Strength in numbers

Eagle Dynamics offered, during the early Covid-19 pandemic, free access to their aircraft modules for a limited time. This attracted significant numbers of new players to DCS, many of whom are joining the online flying community for the first time. This article is a personal description of how I found my way into the SoW community in particular.

For years, I flew alone in single player and I had good fun too. However, looking back and comparing my single player experiences with my current multiplayer experiences, I am glad I jumped in and started to chat and say hi. I soon found folks to fly with, which significantly improved combat flight simming for me. Thanks to the development of some really nice Voice-Over-IP tools like SRS multiplayer communication is at a level now where all sorts of play styles can be enhanced with online radio coms. Despite this obvious enhancement, for some players, using voice coms can still be a little intimidating.

When I first joined a multiplayer server, it was actually not a lot different to playing single player. I was going about my usual solo routine. But then, as I taxied out to the threshold, I received a message that a pilot was coming in to land at the same runway I was taxiing towards. I halted my aircraft to wait for his landing to be completed. Just after he set down right in front of me the radio came alive, “ Spitfire at threshold, thanks for waiting, runway clear, have a good one”.
Whaat?!! That was a message to me! Wow! Somewhere I mustered the decision to press the Transmit button and radio, “Spitfire, runway 16, taking off, departure to the west” and then I rolled and made sure I performed a good takeoff, maybe someone was watching.

After a few sessions, I began to recognize a few names and soon enough, I would meet them in the air and perhaps co-ordinating our efforts in a dogfight. Not long after, we got talking.This is how I ended flying with a group of folks and ultimately becoming good friends.

By regularly flying with others, the benefits have been huge. My skills have greatly improved and it is way more fun. However, the biggest benefit is that you can protect your flying buddy or wing-man and they can protect you also. This means you’ll be more tactically aware and successful more often. Simply flying with one other pilot on your wing can make a huge difference.

I really encourage everyone to get onto SRS on SoW and if you are flying alone, look out for opportunities to join up in the sky. You wont regret it.

About the Author: Joker has been flying WW2 flight sims for a number of years and flies primarily on the allied side, with 54 Virtual Squadron. Joker also has a Youtube channel where he posts aviation and road vehicle simming videos: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC2wB68fOiugO-KUXqU4fNlw

SRS is available here: http://dcssimpleradio.com/

Look out for “Radio Check”, my next article specially about SRS on Storm of War server. 

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