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#1 kendo353

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Posted 12 July 2010 - 05:11:22 PM

I feel I owe you all an apology and an explanation.

I honestly took 'Down in Flames' as far as i could go on my own. Lived and breathed it
it for a year and a half, before life and big bills intervened. It was hugely
dissapointing to be sidetracked by the mundane. And I'm sorry if i have dissapointed
anybody who was supportive. It hurts to have let people down, which is why I haven't
popped in to explain the situation before now. I've been cowardly. And for that, I

It would be easy to blame the tools. The first engine turned out to be a complete
non-runner after they shifted their business focus. And converting the codebase of
Torque back to RB3D usefuless was way beyond my capabilities in time and expertise.

I've met some lovely people through working on this project, and learnt
a lot about modelling, coding and the physics of flight. But i've had to
admit and concede that I couldn't pull the whole show off on my own. My
grasp of matrix maths was poor, and the biggest hurdle was overcoming
gimbal lock. I never did. So all I had was a single player 'arcade flyer'.

Some people will sneer "vapourware". Like they sneered at my oldskool graphics.
and that's fine. I understand. I've failed to deliver. But they didn't see the
40+ plane dogfights i had running. So I know my heart is in the right place.

I'm going to keep going. I read, research, and still dabble.
The project isn't officially dead. But i think it will be a
long time coming. (i live on a boat and my power comes from

I still have a tremendous respect for the early aviators.
And anybody keeping their names alive.
Sorry I couldn't do more.



#2 Dagger


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Posted 12 July 2010 - 08:27:06 PM

"vapourware"? Let people down? Don't even think about that, what you did by yourself should be saluted. If and when you get time to start working on this again, you'll have the folks at Combatace to cheer you on. Oh and as far as graphics...I cut my teeth on RB3D and I loved it then and still do now. Never a better WW1 sim, and when you get yours done, I'll take it for a flight also. You have a fan here, Salute Sir. :salute: :good:

#3 Rickitycrate

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Posted 14 July 2010 - 08:49:41 AM

Hi Kendo. You might feel bad but I don't think you should feel bad about letting anyone down. You took on a monster task and have learned much. Personally I can't imagine taking on such a project by oneself. Good for you for having the heart to try. Best wishes, Jim :drinks:
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#4 Dutch_P47M

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Posted 14 July 2010 - 09:12:00 AM

Why not join into ArgonV project, sent him a PM????

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