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  1. Hey everyone, forgive my wordiness, but I try to be thorough. Read on... You're right about updates. There are more updates, but they're not available to the general public. The idea is that it would behoove the fans to show their support by subscribing and staying current with its development. I can't go into details about how to subscribe, but here's a little hint: fans would hardly notice it in their monthly budgets. I have a Discord channel set up for the mod, too. I just need a moderator/personality/host to liaison between me and the players during periods where I am concentrating on the artwork and stuff (but I will still interact with them as often as I can!). It's a matter of finding someone with the time and dedication, getting an NDA for him/her to sign (and he/she signing it), and then giving that person a fair degree of authority over all the media outlets - Patreon, Discord, Facebook, here, etc. If you have more questions on this matter, and you are 18 or older, please PM me. Hi @lilwillie! Welcome back to Arma, and I hope BI Studio ( @RaptorM60 ) is taking note that this fledgling mod has that kind of influence in their favor! It is still in development, and should be considered a preview, but yeah there are quite a few issues. I wouldn't regard the mod as a full-fledged, fully integrated fighting force until further development, stating "Full Release," or some such, is made clear. Right now, it's best for server admins and such to stay in planning and ponder the possibilities this mod can offer in the future, like what @Donnie_Plays is doing. I should note here that if anyone wants to team up for a dedicated, monetized server, then you should read that link and then PM me. The catch would be that it cannot be named GI Joe, but I've gone to painstaking lengths in naming the mod and its assets to stay in the legal clear. Getting to lilwillie's questions... 1. I'm not sure how AI handles the vehicles and their weapons. I've only tested these in 1st person, and the [Komodo]'s main guns are actually working. How they work will change in the future, but they are working. The missiles, as I recall, do not work (although they once did until I decided I didn't like how they were launching and gave that system a clean slate for future development). Also, I don't know if it affects how AI regards enemy targets, but [Vibora] forces have been designated Independent Forces on purpose so they can be opposed to BlueFor and OpFor, and perhaps other Indies as well. I think you might be able to set their allegiances in the mission, maybe? As an artist, I have to admit that certain things are beyond my abilities, atm. 2. I'm not sure why this happens. I've been getting reports lately that only certain vehicles do not work well in certain modes, like Zeus for example. I haven't updated the mod since its release in November, but I've only been getting such reports since mid-January. 3. Correct. Most of the mod is still very much in development, so this is just one of the more obvious examples. 4. The [Black Bear] is small, and that's intentional. It's based off of its real-life influence, the RDF/LT, which is a 3-man light tank. Also, many assume the Mauler MBT is a full-size Main Battle Tank, but it's labelled as a "manned" battle tank - which is subject to interpretation. I enjoy GI Joe a lot, but that box is just a small example of the silliness of the franchise. If you read the acronym with the full name of the toy, then you get "Mauler Manned Battle Tank Tank" - an example of RAS Syndrome (redundant acronym syndrome syndrome). Back on track (tank pun), it was often deemed a replacement for the MOBAT, but in reality it should have been supplemental. The Black Bear LT (Mauler) reestablishes this distinction so that the Kodiak (MOBAT) can exist on the battlefield at the same time. 😉 Of all the GI Joe and Cobra vehicles (the ones based on real life vehicles), most of them are under-sized for the action figures, which are almost 1:18 in scale. The MOBAT is more likely 1:24, and all the airplanes are probably 1:32 or smaller. The USS Flagg, at 1:18 scale, would be roughly the size of a full length tractor trailer. Compared to the other toy vehicles' scales, the Mauler MBT is an exception, being close to 1:18 just like the figures. Another part of the Black Bear LT being small is that the Komodo is larger than one might expect, so if you're comparing them side-by-side it accentuates the size differences. Enlarging the Komodo was necessary for its development, and it makes it seem like a more formidable threat. Putting this kind of intimidating equipment on the battlefield also helps make Vibora seem more like a force to be reckoned with.
  2. I think that's wise. LOL I did warn everyone that it's still early in development. As such, FfF! is really more of a playable preview to what it could be. The mod concept is an ambitious project - but easily tamed with just a little help. A major part of why it's available during development is an attempt to find such help. I'm just struggling to find available, interested, and capable helpers, and meeting these criteria is a rare combination. To compound the issue, and the reason why this project should be done, is that many of the vehicles and gear require special functions that separate them from the vanilla game and most other mods. It's not the only mod to sport unique assets with outside-the-box functions, but it does have a lot of them (and even more to come!) in one package. However, players seem to love it (or at least the idea of it), despite it needing much work. The mod more or less came out of nowhere as far as most Steam users are concerned, and gained respectable popularity in a very short time despite its unexpected release. The great thing is they don't have to be GI Joe fans to enjoy it, simply because of the diversity it proposes to offer.
  3. Hi @Donnie_Plays! I have no idea about any of the server compatibility stuff. LOL. I haven't tested it even in MP, tbh. I'm obviously still working on the project, but it's at a slower pace. I've started another position working on vehicle models for a AAA game, so my time is divided. It's a situation that I couldn't avoid since this mod is gaining popularity, but barely any new patrons.
  4. Someone else had said it gets pushed back from firing the weapon, so I had to go back and re-test. Turns out that was an understatement. The push back is a more powerful force than the thrusters are. Holding down the fire button, it "pushed" me 10k meters high in a matter of 10 seconds. Also, the higher it goes the harder it is to fall; for some reason it just kind of floats even with engines off and no forward speed. Last thing I forgot to mention: it doesn't steer, and I don't know why. As I said I was making a last minute adjustment just to get it off the ground (it was worse than the Swamp Raider is now). It just needs better rudder control, and I don't understand what's causing it to fail. It seems I'm better at making the pretty vehicles than getting them to work.
  5. It's just pictures... maybe I can find the playable map. I'm not even sure what the file would be anymore. Have to dig.
  6. Good feedback. Documents and project information links are provided on the FFF! Workshop page, in the description. There is a "Known Issues" document, which covers most of what you've said. Common issues and whatnot are listed in its General Issues sections, and then some specifics are listed for each asset/vehicle/model. In addition to that, other players have also already posted most of the issues without checking known issues. This is true of all assets, in various degrees, so this basically sums up all the vehicles. The "Swamp Raider" airboat has the least amount of configs, rigging, and artwork on it. Feel free to report issues, but just keep in mind that most of the things people report were known before the release. I hope this saves people time and trouble. I can really appreciate the enthusiasm, so maybe it would be great for a list that has suggestions and requests only. Basically, I know all about how broken this Alpha Release is, but it's great to hear that you'd like civilian and 4-door versions. The Shock Hopper is RWD on purpose, but the other cars should be 4WD. They have better speed and force you to really use caution when driving, so if you're drifting, then maybe check your speed? That being said, I do need to work on the Puma's handling, as it seems to jump too high off burms and mounds. Support and contributions are excellent and much appreciated! I hate to sound like a broken record, but please see the Workshop page for skills needed and other ways to contribute. Lastly, here's a folder with old mods: Old Mods. The Cobra Island folder should be in there somewhere, but it might not be as exciting as you are hoping. I don't have the the Terror Drome in there - just a construction spot for it. It looks kind of like the quarry on Tanoa, but remember this was made ten years ago. What is does have is a cave in the marshes, with waterway access. The marsh area was deep enough for small boats, but shallow enough for vehicles like the VAMP (I was using real names for that mod). You could race a VAMP against a Water Moccasin in that portion of the island. I'm not sure if I have that mod anymore, and I definitely don't have that game or its mod kit anymore, either. I do, of course, still have my models used for the CryEngine mod, but my current models are far better looking. Feel free to browse the other folders; they have more vehicles for older game mods I've made (non-Arma). As for the females... I'm at a loss for that, for now. Besides the obvious visual differences, women move differently than men. A proper female representation would require all new animations, using female-proportioned skeletons, and it would have to be done for every weapon, every vehicle, and every item, in all possible stances. It's very likely that all gear would require new female versions for fit, as well. Mod devs with custom vehicles, like mine, should also do the same for vehicle positions. Once that's all been done, you now only have two human bodies, to be frank. Forget about height differences and gender-specific body type differences; those would all require new poses and animations for everything.
  7. @Valken, Thanks for the "wow"! I'm super glad people like this mod, even though there's much work to be done. I have to use my official changed names, so just stay with me while I respond. The Patrol Pod (aka Doom Blister), is flying much better than I expected. Two days before I was set to release the alpha, I decided to try and get it flying better. The effort paid off, and I'm glad you are having fun with it. The black hellwing is the only hellwing for now. I was testing a few colors, and stopped with black/red. Don't worry; a more familiar red scheme will return in a future patch or version. Also, there will be gray ones, dark red ones, maybe chrome ones, and color options for the leading edges on all main colors. There will be flat, glossy, chrome, and sheen materials on this jet, as well! It's a lot to do for now, but they will come. I do not have a Diamondback pilot model, yet. You might have to wait a little longer for "Furious Ferret," the infamous Vibora pilot. He will most likely come out with the Beta. These changes and more will come in the future. This will be an ongoing project, so the wisdom of Yoda comes to mind: "Patience!" The Komodo is the black tank, named after a lizard that hisses. HINT HINT I use the F710 gamepad for all driving and flying. It works great with helis, IMO. I usually stay on kb/m for turrets, but sometimes I will use the gamepad (on the Varmint, for example). I also use TrackIR while playing, which is great in combination with the F710. I never released it, but I had a Cobra Island map for Crysis 2. It was developed from the Comics version of Cobra Island, the one with the marooned cargo ship that was trapped when they raised the island from the ocean. It was very cool, but then again creating Crysis levels was a lot of fun. For my needs now, a future version of the island would have to be inspired by the one on the posters and toy packaging. I just think the layout is better, bigger, more diverse, and makes more sense for such an organization.
  8. Good news for players wanting ready-made Fight For Freedom soldiers to place into their missions. @ravendk, who developed a GI Joe mod for Arma 2 and a Danish Forces mod for Arma 3 (you've probably seen them), has supplied me with code that should allow this. I don't have a time frame, yet but be on the lookout for select-able Vibora and 61JTF human units in the first Alpha patch.
  9. Or you could use the blue Vibora (formerly Cobra) uniforms I put in there. There are also green 61JTF (formerly GIJOE) uniforms. This would be a good habit to get into, since I plan on making interchangeable insignia placements. Officially, I must release this without using trademarked images, but who am I to stop the end user putting on his/her own artwork? ;-)
  10. Woot! 1500+ Steam Workshop subscribers in three days! That's a decent start, I think. It's still a work in progress, but since people are playing with it, Admins, maybe relocate this thread?
  11. Ah yes. You have to assemble them in the Arsenal, save the loadout, and then export. Open a new mission and place a soldier, then open his properties. Paste into the init box and save. When you start the mission it will have his loadout. This was for avoiding legal problems - a suggestion by one of the BI forum admins.
  12. For the time being, I currently have "Vibora" uniforms - blue with red sigil for enlistees and silver sigil for officers. Helmets are in there, too, and I promise they look even better. You can also find "61JTF" helmets and fatigues, for that O-13 style soldier. The gentleman who did that mod in your link was on my mod team for a short time.
  13. Fight for Freedom! Alpha Release is now available on Steam! https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=1566817695 Just a little reminder that this is Alpha, meaning there is a lot of work that still needs to be done before it is even plotting the path to completion. That being said, get out there and have fun with it!
  14. In case anyone is wondering why I care so much about towing in Arma 3, well, I have assets that will benefit greatly from it. I also feel like the players will benefit immensely from a better towing system. Here is a treated render of one of my trailers: This was an early work of art, before the decision was made to change the mod name. Rather than GI Joe, it is now a 61st Joint Task Force (61JTF) asset. I haven't devised an alternative name for it, yet. As twin guns on a trailer, it's a stationary defense platform that can be relocated to fortify other team assets where it is more needed. In the game, the ability to move assets like this would provide tactical dynamics that greatly enrich user experience. In addition to this, the 61JTF will have a towed heavy LASER* platform and a HAWK missile trailer. Vibora, the faction replacing Cobra, will have some towed assets as well: a trailer similar to the ASP and a towed version of the Skorpion missiles. Both factions will possibly have some wrecked asset recovery trailers and some relocatable comms trailers. *Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation - this would be a heavy piece of military hardware, not a common rifle that soldiers could carry. The limited use of this weapon would be a true homage to the uniqueness of GI Joe without stepping too deep into Sci-Fant or Sci-Fi like Star Wars and Star Trek.
  15. LOL. Bless you, @jandrews! I do have morale boosters, such as yourself and others in this thread, patreons, and YT followers. It's a very modest sized group, but I'm grateful for these people. They enjoy discussing the mod with me and seeing the progress of what I'm doing. I'm still forging forward. I don't expect Fight For Freedom's Alpha Release to be pretty and tidy. There'll be many things that are incomplete, but the main objective for Alpha is to get it to the mainstream audience. I will probably get a lot of garbage responses about how it sucks because things are broken, and how I should have completed it before releasing, but hopefully a few more people will be interested in joining a mod they can check out themselves.
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