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ATD will be delayed

Postby Gregor Whiley » Wed Nov 11, 2009 9:34 am

Here at SSG we have a long standing tradition of simultaneously announcing good and bad news.

The bad news is that Across the Dnepr will be delayed until some time next year. The good news is that the heart attack suffered by Ian Trout (which is the cause of the delay), was a very minor one, requiring no surgery or other intervention. It will require Ian to take things easy for a little while, so ATD will take a little while longer.

This doesn't mean that work will stop, Ian tells me that he has created over 400 operations for the Soviet AI alone, and he and Roger have worked out a new AI card that will improve the AI's use of artillery outside of actual combats.

So work continues. ATD is a huge game, and the AI for it is commensurately massive, but as its the last task to do to finish the game, the end is in sight, just not quite as close as we all would like.

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Re: ATD will be delayed

Postby Noakesy » Wed Nov 11, 2009 5:53 pm

Gregor Whiley wrote:The good news is that the heart attack suffered by Ian Trout (which is the cause of the delay), was a very minor one, requiring no surgery or other intervention. It will require Ian to take things easy for a little while, so ATD will take a little while longer.


Blimey, best wishes for a swift recovery Ian.
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Postby pete AU » Wed Nov 11, 2009 8:51 pm

Ian - glad to hear you got thru this one OK.

Now, with my pharmacy hat on, take your medicine (you probably have a stack) and take it easy. The best thing about being sick is you can play with your laptop in bed and noone will get cranky with you!
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Postby JSS » Thu Nov 12, 2009 2:50 am

Troutie,

Best wishes for a speedy recovery. Hope you get to feeling 100% soon!

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Postby Talos » Thu Nov 12, 2009 5:51 am

Best wishes and to a quick recovery Ian. But make sure you rest.
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Postby mario vallee » Thu Nov 12, 2009 7:23 am

All the best to Ian.
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Postby Gregor Whiley » Thu Nov 12, 2009 8:35 am

pete AU wrote:Ian - glad to hear you got thru this one OK.

Now, with my pharmacy hat on, take your medicine (you probably have a stack) and take it easy. The best thing about being sick is you can play with your laptop in bed and noone will get cranky with you!


Yes, Ian does has a bucketful of pills of to take but I'm sure he's doing the right thing.

Just for the benefit of our American cousins, this is how the system works here.

Ian feels unwell, calls ambulance and is whisked to hospital. No walletectomy is performed, he is admitted instantly as a public patient. He stays there for a few days undergoing a battery of tests, tests ordered solely on the basis of his medical condition, regardless of cost or health insurance status. Ian reports that his treatment was first class throughout and as far as I know this whole episode has cost him nothing.

On leaving hospital, the cost of each of the various treatments he needs is capped through the operation of the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme, to ensure that his recovery is not compromised by his economic status.

This is not socialism, its civilisation and I commend it to you as an example of how to run a health system.

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Postby Abwehr » Thu Nov 12, 2009 8:47 am

I wish Ian a good recovery.

I'm glad that it's now clear that the game will not be released this year. It wasn't really amusing that, a few months after the release of Kharkov, all that was needed seemed to be a bit more testing according to SSG.

After that, we didn't hear anything for months, there were no regular updates, and every time one of us asked anything, the answer was basically that the game was still being tested, but that was about it.

We didn't hear anything about the planned conversion of the BiI stock scenarios to the Kharkov/the ATD2 system either, which was also annoying.

I do feel that you kind of left your following on this forum in the dark for a long while, for no good reason at all. The game was "coming soon" according to the Kharkov manual. "Soon" isn't "in over a year, potentially more 1.5 years" as I see it. In March 2009, the AI seemed to be the only thing that needed work: "ATD is a big game and it has already received a great deal of testing. The remaining feature of ATD to be finished is the AI. "

I'm happy that there's now an official word that the game will be released next year instead of "after some more testing". You could (or perhaps I should say: should) really have given us more information, SSG.
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Postby Islander » Thu Nov 12, 2009 9:08 am

Gregor Whiley wrote:
pete AU wrote:Ian - glad to hear you got thru this one OK.

Now, with my pharmacy hat on, take your medicine (you probably have a stack) and take it easy. The best thing about being sick is you can play with your laptop in bed and noone will get cranky with you!


Yes, Ian does has a bucketful of pills of to take but I'm sure he's doing the right thing.

Just for the benefit of our American cousins, this is how the system works here.

Ian feels unwell, calls ambulance and is whisked to hospital. No walletectomy is performed, he is admitted instantly as a public patient. He stays there for a few days undergoing a battery of tests, tests ordered solely on the basis of his medical condition, regardless of cost or health insurance status. Ian reports that his treatment was first class throughout and as far as I know this whole episode has cost him nothing.

On leaving hospital, the cost of each of the various treatments he needs is capped through the operation of the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme, to ensure that his recovery is not compromised by his economic status.

This is not socialism, its civilisation and I commend it to you as an example of how to run a health system.

Gregor


Did you guys remove the "no politics" ban on the forum, then?
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Postby Carl Myers » Thu Nov 12, 2009 9:49 am

Just for the benefit of our American cousins, this is how the system works here.

Ian feels unwell, calls ambulance and is whisked to hospital. No walletectomy is performed, he is admitted instantly as a public patient. He stays there for a few days undergoing a battery of tests, tests ordered solely on the basis of his medical condition, regardless of cost or health insurance status. Ian reports that his treatment was first class throughout and as far as I know this whole episode has cost him nothing.

On leaving hospital, the cost of each of the various treatments he needs is capped through the operation of the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme, to ensure that his recovery is not compromised by his economic status.

This is not socialism, its civilisation and I commend it to you as an example of how to run a health system.


All the best to Ian. However, when we the people decide to give the Federal government the power to run health care, we will be sure to ask for advice. :wink:
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Postby Noakesy » Thu Nov 12, 2009 5:54 pm

Islander wrote: Did you guys remove the "no politics" ban on the forum, then?


Well I must admit.... :wink: :lol:

We have same/similar system in UK, loved the reference to the 'walletectomy' :lol:
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Postby Graf Starhemberg » Thu Nov 12, 2009 6:59 pm

Best wishes for a quick recovery from me, too!

Btw we seem to have a very similar health care system as in Australia. The downside is that it is always on the brink of going broke.
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Postby Strax » Fri Nov 13, 2009 1:29 am

Gregor Whiley wrote:
pete AU wrote:Ian - glad to hear you got thru this one OK.

Now, with my pharmacy hat on, take your medicine (you probably have a stack) and take it easy. The best thing about being sick is you can play with your laptop in bed and noone will get cranky with you!


Yes, Ian does has a bucketful of pills of to take but I'm sure he's doing the right thing.

Just for the benefit of our American cousins, this is how the system works here.

Ian feels unwell, calls ambulance and is whisked to hospital. No walletectomy is performed, he is admitted instantly as a public patient. He stays there for a few days undergoing a battery of tests, tests ordered solely on the basis of his medical condition, regardless of cost or health insurance status. Ian reports that his treatment was first class throughout and as far as I know this whole episode has cost him nothing.

On leaving hospital, the cost of each of the various treatments he needs is capped through the operation of the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme, to ensure that his recovery is not compromised by his economic status.

This is not socialism, its civilisation and I commend it to you as an example of how to run a health system.

Gregor



You should be banned from the forum for political postings Gregor. If our American cousins wish to deprive themselves of a National Health service then more fool them but it is not our place to let them know how silly they are being.
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Postby Treale » Fri Nov 13, 2009 3:18 am

Don't get me started on Socialism and Government Intrusions. Let's just talk Games and History and chit chat stuff!!!
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Postby Strax » Fri Nov 13, 2009 5:02 am

Treale wrote:Don't get me started on Socialism and Government Intrusions. Let's just talk Games and History and chit chat stuff!!!



Oh, I can't help myself. If you ask any citizen in any country that has a national health service wether they'd like to get rid of it or not I think you'll find that 99% would keep it. Even Britains right wing party like it.

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