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Defying the Odds

 

Brought to you by HelicopterEnthusiast and zigTtzag(zTt)

 

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After testing a mission a few months back zTt was like why not create a campaign? I refused saying it was too hard. We can make more missions in the same amount of time. A few weeks back however the campaign started being constructed! Now the campaign being constructed was revealed to our website subscribers alone but the download links and such will be available to all!

 

Story:

 

   In Afghanistan there was a leader called Dahid Kazat. Kazat was a patriot. He loved his country and his people. He wanted his country to prosper by taking advantage of the oil reserves located at Lythium. It was a clever idea and it would surely result in his country prospering and his people forgetting about the immense difficulties they face due to being poor. There was an issue however.

 

   Oil attracts the Strong Countries of the world. Especially when in 2035 oil reserves get more and more scarce. Because of the above, NATO decided that Kazat had not what it takes to deal with the power that oil reserves would provide him. Due to that NATO demanded all oil reserves from Kazat while providing no help to the people of Afghanistan.

 

Kazat did not agree! They tried to bribe him, they threatened his family and yet he said no.

 

   So NATO found a nice way to get rid of Kazat. They chose to fund rebel organization Al Shilak. They gave them weapons, ammunition and all needed in order to bring down Kazat and they succeeded. Kazat was killed and propaganda made the people of Afghanistan to agree about the homicide. Yet again an issue arose.

 

   The people of Afghanistan did not only agree with the murder. They also agreed with whatever Al Shilak supports. That is that NATO is to blame for everything. That now that Al Shilak controls the country they should be the ones dealing with the oil reserves. That the people of Afghanistan should rebel!

 

   From that point on, Lythium has turned into a battlefield. NATO was unable to deal with the locals and after many casualties they lost control of Lythium and they are now dealing with a force that wants to expand Afghanistan borders!

 

Here is when you guys arrive.

 

   Although no country offered to help in fear of casualties, Greece is sending their best Green Berets force! Four men from Greece Special Forces have been dispatched to Lythium to help NATO regain control. NATO agreed to support them. If they commenced all too dangerous operations…

 

Greece agreed. Why? Nobody knows if anybody knows.

 

 

Units:

 

Task Force: Blue Lighting

 

Team Leader – Chiefly Alexandros Petraklos

He has been through everything! Graduating from multiple Military Academies and becoming an expert in a variety of sectors was a torment. Actually it was not. Petraklos was born for such operations. What tormented him was the bureaucracy and the needed encounters with officialdom in order to become a Green Berets Team Leader.

 

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Marksman – Sergeant Ioannis Kalinos

A graduate from the Basic Sniper Training for Special Operations Academy. The time needed to read that equals with the time Kalinos needs for 3 headshots at a 1,5 km distance! That is exactly why the Green Berets recruited him. Disregarding his tension to remain silent, a Blue Lightning slot is surely his.

 

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Explosive Specialist – Sergeant Konstantinos Koromilas

His graduation certificate comes from the Evelpidon Military Academy. Apart from that, he does not talk much. All we know is that he likes explosives and whatever causes mayhem. Welcome aboard Koromila! You are just the person we need for the Blue Lighting Green Berets team.

 

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Medic - Corporal Lambros Katechakis

Coming from 7 yearlong studies he graduated from the Army Officers Military Academy. AOMA, which he finds boring, trained him to become a Medic and be an expert in Emergency Medicine. After his graduation, he was assigned to the Green Berets Blue Lightning team and has since found out that the real military is by no means boring.

 

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Head Quarters – Lieutenant Tasos Balaoritis

Also a graduate of the Army Officers Military Academy but not a Medic. Balaoritis was trained to become a Military Psychologist. Post-Traumatic-Stress-Disorder or any sort of disorder has no chance in front of his skills. Calm as anyone can be he provides support to all Green Berets operations.

 

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Pilot – Corporal Antonis Fidelis

Only typically did he need to graduate from the Air Force Academy. Piloted his first chopper at the age of 15 and his first plane when he was 17. That is what happens when your father owns a Flight School. Due to his amazing skills in Army Aviation vehicles, the Green Berets Blue Lightning team immediately recruited him.

 

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Important details:

 

a)In SP you should be the THE GROUP LEADER of the BLUE LIGHTNING team.

b)In MP all players who will participate in the mission should be READY before the opperation begins.

c)It is important to read the STRATEGY section of the briefing.

d)The campaign is FULLY VOICED in Greek and there are ENGLISH subtitles. Although ... who does not speak Greek?

e)At the Lythium map some doors do not open. It has been fixed via a script. You can open those doors with the ALT key.

f)All testings have taken place in a HOSTED server.

g)Respawn:Instant

 

Requirements

 

a)Arma 3 Apex

b)Marksmen DLC

c)HAFM: http://www.armaholic.com/page.php?id=20288

d)Lythium: http://www.armaholic.com/page.php?id=32694

e)ASR AI3: http://www.armaholic.com/page.php?id=24080

f)CBA: http://www.armaholic.com/page.php?id=18767

 

Bugs:

 

Minor: None

Serious: None

 

Installation:

 

Just copy the pbo to your Arma 3 directory. Place the .pbo file at the mpmissions folder.

 

Credits:

 

Audio

Alex Lisi for his music.

N-Beats for gunshot audio effects.

Ross Bugden for his music.

Jakub Hrock for his audio effects.

All people helping with the voice recordings.

 

Video Production

Andy Fielding for his video.

NetCon1 for his video.
Ophidic for his video.

Wolskye for his video.

Woople for his video.

 

Scripters

Alias for his scripts.

Aylas for his script.

BangaBob for his scripts.

George Floros for his scripts.

JBOY for his script.

Tophe for his script.

Zenophon for his script.

 

Addon Makers

Aplion for the Hellenic Armed Forces addon.

The CBA Team for CBA.

The FFAA Team for Lythium.

Robalo for the ASR AI3 addon.

 

Forum Members

@GEORGE FLOROS GR for helping in the editing forums about functions compatability.

@gokitty1199 for helping in the editing forums about functions compatability.

@HazJ for helping in the editing forums about functions compatability.

@ruger392 for his VectorDir/VectorUp guide.

@Schatten for HoldAction Icons assistance.

@SpaceHippo for how to remove addon dependencies.

 

Bugs Emergency Crew

@Dedmen for tasks lag, functions lag, scripts lag and lag in general!

@Grumpy Old Man for mission optimization!

@pierremgi for infoText lag!

 

 

Website SubLink Campaign Overview: here.

 

 

Episode 01 - Entrance Creators v2.0:

Mission Details at the website subpage here.

Direct download link here.

 

Episode 02 - Explosive Attention v2.0:

Mission Details at the website subpage here.

Direct download link here.

 

Episode 03 - Mayhem Providers v2.1:

Mission Details at the website subpage here.

Direct download link here.

 

Episode 04 - Natural Holocaust v2.1:

Mission Details at the website subpage here.

Direct download link here.

 

Episode 05 - Flaming Rain v1.1:

Mission Details at the website subpage here.

Direct download link here.

 

Episode 06 - Cave Invaders: Ready but awaiting testing.

 

Episode 07 - Golden Paint : Ready but awaiting testing.

 

Episode 08 - Thunder Fortress: Ready but awaiting testing.

 

 

 

Changelog:

 

Chapter-01 ... v1.0 to v2.0 ... 29/12/2018

Added a Campaign Intro.

Added extra media files.

Added extra audio files.

Added effects to the intros.

Added the necessary Credits.

Fixed the infoText lag.

Fixed a spelling mistake.
Fixed the modules lag.

Fixed the Scripts lag.

Fixed the tasks lag.

Fixed the Episode 05 serious task lag.

Fixed the possibility of players not getting into the needed vehicles.

Enhanced the FPS of every mission.

Enhanced how players await the start of each mission.

Removed hundreds of unnecessary trigger conditions.

Removed dozens of unnecessary modules.

Replaced the Loading Screen.

Replaced how intro text is shown.

Replaced the way chats are shown.

Updated all needed scripts.

 

Episode 03, 04 and 05 ... v2.0 to v2.1 and v1.0 to v1.1 ... 8/7/2019

Changed a few action icons.

Changed the Chapter 2 picture.

Enhanced some weather effects.

 

Please note, after the testing of a mission it may take time for the release. That is because enhancements recommended by the testing group need to be implemented and details fixes need to be done too sometimes.

 

Feedback is always welcome but since this is our first campaign feedback is very important. All missions have and will be tested but if any sort of glitch or bug appears please report it here in the forums or more directly here. Also recommendations or describing things you like will also be very helpful. Making a campaign is really hard hence your assistance will surely help.

 

This is the one and only Greek Voiced Campaign so enjoy :sun:

 

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3 hours ago, JohnKalo said:

Forum Members

@GEORGE FLOROS GR for helping in the editing forums about functions compatability.

@gokitty1199 for helping in the editing forums about functions compatability.

@HazJ for helping in the editing forums about functions compatability.

 

 

Thank you very much John and congratulations for the release !

 

I 'm waiting for the download link !

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6 hours ago, GEORGE FLOROS GR said:

 

Thank you very much John and congratulations for the release !

 

I 'm waiting for the download link !

had me scratching my head as to what i was tagged in lol but thanks for the credits, so far it looks good man we cant wait to see it!

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So Armaholic will most likely release the Campaign in a few hours. That is am, after midnight, local time and I yep I got to sleep.

Additionally anyone willing to play the 1st episode at a Friday night should not be dissapointed so   .....

 

Episode 01 - Entrance Creators RELEASE!

 

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With the testing team we had a blast with this episode! Hope you guys enjoy the mission too!

 

Please keep in mind that I have added an important detail to the first post:

 

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e)At the Lythium map some doors do not open. It has been fixed via a script. You can open those doors with the ALT key.

 

Hope positive or negative feedback will be provided. All download and mission detail links are included in the first post of this thread.

 

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No feedback means no bugs so at least that is nice.

Now, details Fixing of Episode 02 has been completed successfully so ...

 

Episode 02 - Explosive Attention RELEASE!

 

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Alhtough the details that are now fixed we had a really nice time organizing our strategy and commencing the operation on this episode. Hope you all enjoy!

Please also note that a Marksmen DLC dependency has been added to the Campaign. We will most likely not add any more dependencies. The Marksmen DLC was already present but was forgotten by myself.

 

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b)Marksmen DLC

 

Hope positive or negative feedback will be provided. All download and mission detail links are included in the first post of this thread.

 

 

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Yet no feedback means no spoilers in the comments. Cool!

So the release date of Episode 03 has arrived, that means ...

 

Episode 03 - Mayhem Providers RELEASE!

 

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In this mission we had some awesome firefights! And we were all great. We would also be baked had it not been for our Marksman! His support proved essential due to our strategy plan. What will yours be?

Now allow me to suspect that some of you do not read the Important Details section of the mission. Due to that, it is in the task's description anyways, but please note:

 

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e)The SPEAR has got a generator needed to be dealt with too.

 

Hope positive or negative feedback will be provided. All download and mission detail links are included in the first post of this thread.

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Good missions many times also means big missions and this one is indeed big. 25 Mbs. That is due to media and scripts. Lots of scripts.

The final mission of Chapter 01 however although big is finally ready so ...

 

 

Episode 04 - Natural Holocaust RELEASE!

 

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Episode 04 was a mission where we did not manage to follow a stealth approach. We had a nice plan but adrenaline was pumping for quite some time to avoid a rambo movie. Anyways, maybe you will be able to stay undetected long enough?

Please note that this mission has a minor bug for reasons yet unknown:

 

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4.]Bugs:

4.1]Minor: The tasks might take up to 1 minute to appear after you complete them on some computers. Will try to fix at some point.
4.2]Serious: None

 

And also that:

 

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College Semester has began! That means that girls will RTB and I (yes mom ... I will also study :sneaky2:) As I was saying we will now take a break from mission making. We need to recharge our batteries because the creation of Chapter 2 and 3 awaits! Stay Tuned!!!

 

Hope positive or negative feedback will be provided. All download and mission detail links are included in the first post of this thread.

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56 minutes ago, JohnKalo said:

Episode 04 - Natural Holocaust RELEASE!

 

Thank you very much John !

 

The 25 MB of the missions are not a problem actually and since it's a coop , everyone can just download the mission instead of receiving mission files!

 

Congratulations for the release !

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Hey guys!

 

Since Christmas Holidays are ongoing I might not have a mission ready for release but I find it nescessary to give you all guys an update.

So what is going on with the Defying the Odds Campaign's construction?

 

For starters I have placed news about the missions that are curretly being worked upon in the first thread:


 

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Episode 05 - Flaming Rain: Tested and currently undergoing repairs.

 

Episode 06 - Cave Invaders: Awaiting a script implementation and testing afterwards.

 

Episode 07 - Golden Paint : Very Early Alpha

 

 

For Laters, all Chapter 1 missions are being reworked. What I mean by reworked is not a change in tasks nor in the story. It is more about optimizations. More info at the next versions releases. The next versions which will most likely be the FINAL versions too!!!

 

For Last but not Least I have to say that due to a glitch that has been discovered as of yesterday 12/26/2018 I will have to change about 1.600 lines of code :thumb_down: It is about how the chat text is shown. The text will not change. Only the way it is shown. If you know Greek then there will not be a problem but some weird people tend to say that not many people know Greek so whatevs ... I will not take that risk  :thumbsup:

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8 hours ago, JohnKalo said:

discovered as of yesterday 12/26/2018 I will have to change about 1.600 lines of code :thumb_down:

 

Do you want to send me this ?

Maybe it's easy with notepad ++ !

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Do you want to send me this ?

Maybe it's easy with notepad ++ !

 

 

 

Many thanks for such an offer! I have altered all the remoteExec lines to the simple sideChat command already however. It took many hours but indeed had I used simple notepad it would take days and who knows how many glitches! By the way ... notepad++ I use after seeing your advice in each of your scripts :thumbsup:

 

 

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After many updates to already released missions ...

 

Chapter-01 has reached version v2.0!!!

 

Changelog available in the first post:


 

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Changelog:

 

Chapter-01 ... v1.0 to v2.0 ... 29/12/2018

Added a Campaign Intro.

Added extra media files.

Added extra audio files.

Added effects to the intros.

Added the necessary Credits.

Fixed the infoText lag.

Fixed a spelling mistake.
Fixed the modules lag.

Fixed the Scripts lag.

Fixed the tasks lag.

Fixed the Episode 05 serious task lag.

Fixed the possibility of players not getting into the needed vehicles.

Enhanced the FPS of every mission.

Enhanced how players await the start of each mission.

Removed hundreds of unnecessary trigger conditions.

Removed dozens of unnecessary modules.

Replaced the Loading Screen.

Replaced how intro text is shown.

Replaced the way chats are shown.

Updated all needed scripts.

 

 

PLEASE if any glitches or bugs are found feel free to report them here or via mail through the website Contact form. If you have any other sort of suggestions please describe them. Happy Holidays everyone!!!

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1 hour ago, JohnKalo said:

Happy Holidays everyone!!!

 

Best wishes for you and everyone as well John and thank you very much !

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Best wishes for you and everyone as well John and thank you very much !

Thanks George! You really do give a motive to Arma 3 content creators. With all the support and such. Anyways 2019 coming in fast ...

 

And there cannot be a New Year with at least one new mission!

 

Episode 05 - Flaming Rain RELEASE!

 

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In this episode having to keep the Chain in good enough condition was by no means calming! We had to change our strategy multiple times, use scouting techniques while also keep the enemy units seperated and busy.

Our Explosive Specialist and Marksman surely played the most significant roles. The ES by using his LMG to clear the way and the MN by keeping the enemy busy via simultaneous attacks in a variety of sectors!

 

As always we hope positive or negative feedback will make its appearance! And if you want to share your mission experiences too please feel free to!!!

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Was hoping there would be two mission releases in Christmas but I had to update some missions due to add-on updates and reach the final stage of all Chapter 1 missions. Due to that:

 

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University Exams have arrived hence no time hence no testing group availability hence new releases not until Easter Vacations. Yep it is nothing but studying when in a university. Nothing else :whistle:

 

Naturally if you have any recommendations about the Campaign creation feel free to share them. The story is pretty much set but it may change if we cannot implement it in the Arma engine. 

 

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Hey guys I have got the Easter Update for the campaign's creation!

 

So for Easter there will be no mission releases. Due to some really serious early summer exams our testing group is not available. That does not however mean that new missions are not being created. We are just one mission away from the end of Chapter 2! Afterwards Chapter 3 will be created and it will be the last chapter of the campaign.

 

  • As for changes in already released missions there will be none for Chapter 1 missions. They have been tested and no bugs have been reported so there is no need to change anything. If someone however finds a bug or glitch please report it.
  • As for missions already released for Chapter 2 only one image will be changed. There indeed was a minor bug reported in mission 05 but it only happened once and could not be replicated. If it happens to anybody else please report it so as for me to fix it. Actions have already been taken so as for it not to happen again even in that one case but if something occurs I can use other methods too.
  • As for missions not being released on armaholic anymore I should point out that it only happens with the campaign missions. When uploading missions on armaholic there is not so much control on what you write. I cannot preview what I have written and in order to change the color or size of letters I have to use code. That is also the case when trying to place the text in the middle and in so many other cases. Armaholic dudes are great and always helpful but I cannot keep uploading new versions and such. I will however upload the whole Campaign when it is 100% ready.
  • As for the final release date of the Campaign it is scheduled to be towards the end of the 2019 summer!!!

 

Thanks for all the support guys!

 

 

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So time for yet another update!

 

  • As you can see in the initial thread 3 missions are ready and awaiting the testing procedures
  • The Credits have been updated! Need to point out here however that only the ones who have helped with the already released missions are included. As more missions are released the credits will accordingly be updated.
  • Minor Changes in Chapter 1 missions including a few alterings in action icons and a few enhancements for weather effects.
  • A new version has also been released for the first episode of Chapter 2. Nothing much. A picture just changed so as to match with the rest episodes of the 2nd DTO Chapter.
  • It should also be noted that mission Thunder Fortress, which is awaiting testing is the last episode of Chapter 2!

 

And that is pretty much it! As soon as the testing group is available the missions will have their final tests and will gradually be released!

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