Phenomenal day today, I frapsed so much I ran out of disk space. In my eagerness to get back to battle I fixed the problem by deleting the offending movie. Doh!
We hit a peak – a long peak – of 9 AOs. Even if we hadn’t lowered the players required per AO earlier this week, we’d still have hit 9 AOs, we’d just have hit it 1-2 minutes later.
And the frontline was dynamic today. Wow. Lots of little small/softcap actions, although none of the softcaps I turned up for appear to have been soft – like the first week after paratroops were introduced all over again. And then the Axis managed to cut-off the entire 2nd Leger division (above), and the stakes went thru the roof. Didn’t matter how big or how little the fight was, you got the sense that it was personal now.
The 7 hour timer hasn’t eliminated brigade shuffling – and we didn’t want it to. I understand there are situations where it’s cheesey, even imersion spoiling. I was watching The war tonight and there was a WWII infantryman describing the way that divisions had been swapped in and out of the Hurtgen meatgrinder. The lactococci of this issue is the fact that you spawn at the enemy’s objective so when you swap a brigade in, it can potentially “teleport” inside an enemy blockade.
If the forums are any indication, it seems some players are getting their heads around both TOEs and the changes we made at the start of this week. Right now its a quiet chatter compared to the screaming torrent of the rest of the forum, but if you look hard for it you can see the evidence of pennies dropped ;)
Of course, there had to be something. Allied Paratroopers attacking Bastogne tried to bump an AB table showing a radio, waaaay before the radio could/should have been up. I think that’s got to be related to the ancient issues the strat-updater has always had pushing building updates to people — radio tables are implemented as buildings as far as strat is concerned.
It didn’t stop us hitting and sustaining a pretty good weekend peak. I’d been planning to play some EQ2 this weekend but I’ve been hooked in WWIIOL all weekend. Didn’t get any of the other stuff I’d planned to do; my cat is sulking because she’s had to make do with going out for walks on her own (which means she just sat by the door, she doesn’t like to go out on her own anymore).
This campaign is anything but a foregone conclusion, IMHO, I’d be surprized if it didn’t last several more weeks. If we can land a few extra FPS in another small patch, I think there’s a lot in there for returning players to sink their teeth into and give us a breather to work on fixes and cleanup and even more performance.
Ok – I thought writing would help me calm down. Instead, I’m dying to log back in and play another “few” hours. Damn it. Ok. Gonna walk the cat and watch Frisky Dingo over a cup or Horlicks.