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For reviewed/checked resources posted at OFPEC which may or may not make their way into Flashnews, use these pages:-

Editors Depot latest submissions (scripts, tutorials, tools and other resources)

Missions Depot Single Player

Missions Depot Multiplayer

Missions Depot Campaigns

Addons Depot

All items on these Accepted pages are candidates for Flashnews.   (When items are submitted to OFPEC they are posted on a Pending page until they have been checked/reviewed by OFPEC staff.   Items on these pages are not suitable for Flashnews.     In general, items posted on the OFPEC forums are also not suitable for Flashnews, since they haven't been checked either.)

Quote[/b] ]If you can start to create forum threads on the Ofpec forum for reviewed missions then that would certainly aid their inclusion into Flashnews.

For any item accepted by OFPEC, members are at liberty to start a thread in the forums to discuss it.   Each Depot has its own forum board specificially for this purpose.

Editors Depot board

Missions Depot board

Addons Depot board

However, you very rarely see threads of this nature in these boards.   Why?   Because each item - mission, addon or editing resource - has a Comment facility.   Users can post a Comment on the item's own page, with no need to head over to the forums.    Here is a recent example.  Scroll down towards the bottom of the page.    Comments are moderated, may use smilies and may be edited or deleted by the poster - just like forum posts.

Quote[/b] ]I don't immediately include missions into Flashnews for a couple of reasons, the main one is that often a mission gets released on the forum in an quite incomplete state, I won't include it in Flashnews until I have judged by the replies to the forum thread that if I include it the person reading Flashnews can download the mission, find the required addons and get it working without too much hassle

Quite right.   Reviewed missions at OFPEC and elsewhere have already checked all this and may be included in Flashnews without further delay.   (Missions on the Pending page may (and often do) have problems.)

The Mission Depot has released 63 reviewed missions and campaigns this year so far.     At the risk of tautology, about half were above average.   In my personal view missions scoring 4 or above are suitable for Flashnews - plenty of 4s are fun to play.   You could argue that all [functional] missions are suitable, but almost everybody would agree that  5s are definitely appropriate.   Missions which have serious problems or are non functional are not released at all, or score 0.   If in doubt, read the review - any minor errors will be mentioned.

Quote[/b] ]items only get into Flashnews when it's something "physical" that can actually be put into the game there and then.

I agree entirely that there must be something physical, and I appreciate the point that for the unsophisticated reader talk of scripts and tools may be confusing.  However, you could have an "advanced users" section (or an occasional feature) in Flashnews.   Many scripts come complete with demo missions (OFPEC strongly encourages scriptmakers to include demo missions) which can be dropped into the game like any other mission and with much less trouble than an addon.   You need a basic understanding of the mission editor to toy with an addon:  a demo mission showing off a script can simply be played like any other mission.

However, given that you've got E3 to think about, I appreciate that perhaps this isn't the best time to be hassling you about Flashnews.  biggrin_o.gif  crazy_o.gif

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The whole scripting thing has given me an idea, will take it to PM smile_o.gif

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Just to add to barron and macgubas statements which i agree on completely , we at opflash.org also have working missions posted checked/reviewed and each mission has its own thread for users to comment on any problems if they come across. smile_o.gif

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Just need to recruit a Flashnews user mission section content coordinator now then wink_o.gif

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Just need to recruit a Flashnews user mission section content coordinator now then  wink_o.gif

Me! tounge_o.gif

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Just need to recruit a Flashnews user mission section content coordinator now then  wink_o.gif

Come on its not that hard you can do it yourself biggrin_o.gif .

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Looking at past screenshots competitions, how about a "king of the scripts" competition ?

In the same way of the screenshot competition, each contestants to the 2005 title would submit what they think to be their best script, then a vote would be produced among the community, not sure how.

Again, like in the screenshot competition, the winner could win a "king of the scripts 2005" picture to add to his signature, and the 2/3 next to him will earn another picture of "great scripter 2005" or something like that.

Maybe it could focus a bit of community eyes to the scripting area , that is mostly ignored despite all the greatness those scripters work can provide to mission makers.

And it could reward in some ways those scripters that are giving those great tools , that are those ready to use scripts ,to every mission makers of the community allowing them to enhance their missions beyond what they could do themselves.

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Looking at past screenshots competitions, how about a "king of the scripts" competition ?

In the same way of the screenshot competition, each contestants to the 2005 title would submit what they think to be their best script, then a vote would be produced among the community, not sure how.

Again, like in the screenshot competition, the winner could win a "king of the scripts 2005" picture to add to his signature, and the 2/3 next to him will earn another picture of "great scripter 2005" or something like that.

Maybe it could focus a bit of community eyes to the scripting area , that is mostly ignored despite all the greatness those scripters work can provide to mission makers.

And it could reward in some ways those scripters that are giving those great tools , that are those ready to use scripts ,to every mission makers of the community allowing them to enhance their missions beyond what they could do themselves.

i don't think that you can do such a competition as easy as you could do the screenshot's one.

everyone can judge about a screenshot, but only a handfull people can judge about a script. also we would have to reward people who already left the community or are gone to BIS ( wink_o.gif ), like Rastavovich (for all of DKM's scripts, esp. the suspension), vektorboson (for his helo dust script, which is used by nearly every new helo addon), TJ (for his ubiquitous burn script) and so on (no, i did not forget denoir, bn880,...).

also it is not so easy to say which script "is better". if you see some screenshots you can say "hey, this one is unique!" but every (working) script does its job and you can't say "this one is better" or so...

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FlashNews No. 46 smile_o.gif

BIS @ E3 (for anyone who missed the news wink_o.gif )

New User Missions

Phoenix Island

Sanctuary's Anims updated

Godzilla

Smart Roadster Coupé

And many more....

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FlashNews No. 47 smile_o.gif

Laser's Deltas, Rangers and Weapons

Updated Dak Seang Island

VME Mod update

Sanctuary's Pistol Animations

Searchlight Addon

And many more....

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FlashNews No. 48 smile_o.gif

New User Missions

Novajev Island

Ivtiliac Island

Battered Pickup

Updated Grenade Pack

And more....

The next Flashnews (No. 49) will be posted in two weeks time, precise day TBD.

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FlashNews No. 49 smile_o.gif

Post E3 press coverage: Part 1

Operation Frenchpoint new addon pack & updates

RHS addons updates

Napoleonic Units ver 1.1

ORCS Infantry ver 1.1

Pacific War update

Star Wars addons

And much, much more....

This FlashNews takes us up to 19th May, Flashnews 50 will catch up completely to the current date smile_o.gif

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FlashNews No. 50 smile_o.gif

Post E3 press coverage: Part 2

BW Mod updates

PhilCommando's Ships

Homeland Island

Mig-31 Addon

Tomahawk Addon

And much more....

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FlashNews No. 51 smile_o.gif

Laser's Navy Seals

Y2K3 Mod Version 7.1

Remo's Afghan Island and Taliban Pack

Napoleonic War Pack 2

Salang Island and house pack

And much more....

Due to excessive recycling the HTML of flashnews had been growing each week and last week had reached over 500kb which was quite rediculous, this week I started from scratch and created a template version which will be used from now on, hopefully resulting in continous small filesizes and much quicker loading (this week's Flashnews is 66kb) smile_o.gif

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FlashNews No. 52 smile_o.gif

Liberation 1941-1945 release

CJE's Winter & Desert Nogova

Sanctuary's new animation pack

Civil War Mod addon pack

And more....

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FlashNews No. 53 smile_o.gif

New/updated user missions

BW Mod's updated Leopard 2A6

Project MCAR new beta & jeep

Liberation 1941-1945 fix

CJE's Winter Nogova fix

Sicilian's OFPSentry

And more....

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FlashNews No. 54 smile_o.gif

Open Letter from BIS

Console Game Preview

New/updated user missions

Pedagne Chopper Pack

Oilfield addon

Sgt. Eversmann's Nogova Island

And more....

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FlashNews No. 55 smile_o.gif

New/updated user missions

CSLA mod version 2.10

Project UK Forces' Landrovers

Mortar Pack

And more....

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FlashNews No. 56 smile_o.gif

Bohemia Interactive in the press

European trees/plants

ATF2 Dingo

IX° Rgt. Paracadutisti d'Assalto

Sherman Pack

And many more....

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FlashNews No. 57 smile_o.gif

Blackblood's UK Desert Troops

Q's WGL Everon Island

BucketMan's Iranian Army

And more....

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FlashNews No. 58 smile_o.gif

New beta dedicated server

ECP 1.085

Red Hammer Studio updated weapons pack

Napoleonic Mod Pack 3

Optica Observation Plane

And more....

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FlashNews No. 59 smile_o.gif

BIS Forum Reshuffle

RHS Infantry, Spetsnaz and patches

ORCS T-72b and crew

Project UK Forces Warrior IFV

Sandy Rocks Final

New/Updated User Missions

And many more....

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FlashNews No. 60 smile_o.gif

Tinamas & ORCS' T-90 & T-80U

Ironsight & Offtime's Everon Defence Force soldiers

LordHorus' Tatooine buildings pack

Franze & NodUnit's AH-64D pack

New/Updated User Missions

And many more....

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FlashNews No. 61 smile_o.gif

New beta dedicated server

Grizzly & Fox Islands

Ninja Addon

International Blackops

Stargate Mod Beta

New/Updated User Missions

And many more....

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