Today officially marks one year since I began writing this blog. It has been quite a year!
I started it to do some writing and work the creative side of my brain. Writing is a significant, but sometimes uneven, part of what I do in my professional life. I thought having a blog that I was working on would be a valuable way to learn to write quickly and accurately. I’m getting pretty good at writing quickly (no writers block!) but I still have some work to do writing accurately.
This year I focused mostly on the IL-2 series but I also added content from Rise of Flight, DCS and War Thunder from time to time. I briefly wrote about Battlefield 1 and the air combat contained in that series but once the game came out I decided against doing any more content in that area – its a well covered game and I didn’t really have anything else to add to the wealth of content already out there.
DCS continues to be intriguing to me and I’ve thought about purchasing one of the more complicated modules. The M-2000C by RAZBAM sounds pretty interesting as does the F-5E by Belsimtek and the AJS-37 Viggen by Leatherneck Studios… But it does mean learning a whole new sim and there just isn’t enough time in the day. Despite this, I’m going to continue to periodically cover developments in the DCS area as its a vibrant community with a growing and successful third party development structure that is certainly adding diversity to the sim.
IL-2 holds my interest completely with its accessible aircraft, variety of mission operations, small but growing multiplayer experience, and the excitement of an almost continuous stream of new content. IL-2: Battle of Kuban is looking like a landmark moment for the series as it caps three Eastern Front releases and transitions into the Pacific theater and the Battle of Midway in 2018.
Rise of Flight continues to be an interesting side story for me as well. A mature sim with a related game engine to the new generation IL-2 makes it easy to jump back and forth and sometimes a swirling dogfight is just too much fun to pass up.
So the future looks interesting and there is more to come!