Challenge Elephant Walk 2022-09-11 with a new OMP server

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YOU ARE INVITED to an Elephant Walk on next Sunday, Sept.11th, 2022, at Rochambeau airport, French Guyana: CONNECT FROM 14:30 UTC, 11:30 local time (16:30CET, 07:30-10:30US from West to East, 23:30JST, 04:30HAST) with OMP on "orbiterx.obspm.fr".

1. Why? For the fun and for tests => see Note A, below.
2. Install the required Addons => see Note B.
3. Connect with OMP from 14:30UTC, and before 15:30UTC (end of event) => see Note C.
4. As soon as connected, leave your Pad to the TaxiWay in front of you (watch left and right!)
5. Drive to RunWay 08, at SPEED 3m/s (20-25kN is enough, adjust with brakes and tiny bursts Num+)
6. On RunWay 08 align left, then center, then right, then left etc... see picture.
7. Keep your distance (as shown) and your SPEED 3m/s until Exit E. (c.a. 10min), see picture.
8. From Exit E, you MUST either:
- quit to the left at Exit E, and visit the very cute Rochambeau Airport
- take off (the remaining runway shall be enough) and have fun in the air
- exit Orbiter (i.e. disconnect)

Recording could last until 15:30UTC. The video will be posted here if it is good. The event could become a big mess but we'll have fun anyway. The airport will remain open as long as you want. If you are not available this time, watch for the next event ;)

EM_rules.pngREM_CENSUS_Exit-E.png


Note A: Why?

We (fellows and I) have set up a new OMP server 24/7, i.e. a permanent universe. It is just opening publicly and we want to test it before developing a gameplay. This universe will be oriented to the exploration at 1G, survivability of the crew (weight & shocks, air, water, food, radiation) and cooperation. First, let's see if our server can afford a lot of connections... or if it crashes at some point! We have a lot to do but, in the meantime, we hope you can enjoy some events with us.

Note B: Required Addons

The attached ZIP contains some files, URLs in Doc\OrbiterX\ and torrent files (strongly recommended). URLs are also hyperlinked here.

Only the basic DeltaGlider will be available for this event. Have the following Orbiter Addons downloaded locally with Orbiter 2016:
1- Face's OMP URL here or torrent in ZIP attached, thank you Face!
2- jacquesmomo a.k.a. Papyref's Rochambeau URL here or torrent in ZIP attached, thank you Papyref!
3- From ZIP attached, extract folder "yourOrbiterFolder" in... your Orbiter folder : Boxx' LifeMFD, fixes and set up for the Elephant Walk.
Install in this order and accept all replacements, then test before the event (no need for connexion) with the scenario "OrbiterX > Tour from Rochambeau" (aligned on RW08) or one from Papyref.

The following addons are also recommended, although not mandatory: Martin Schweiger's HiRes textures (torrent in ZIP), DanSteph's OrbiterSound (URL here), Jarmonik's D3D9 Client (if used with orbiter_ng, torrent in ZIP).

Note C: Connecting with OMP on the EW Day (see also the illustrations below)

  • on the Launchpad, select the optional Modules LifeMFD and OrbiterSound
  • on the Launchpad, eventually select OMPClient, a new window shall open
  • in OMP subwindow, tab Network, input the Server "orbiterx.obspm.fr" with port 1515
  • in OMP subwindow, tab Network, input User Name = YOUR ID (short, please) and Password "toto" (yes, t, o, t, o, for everybody so I can manage possible zombies in the server... thank you)
  • on the Launchpad, click "Connect Orbiter" (bottom left)
  • in OMP subwindow, click in the empty 1-line field above "Choose a vessel....", leave it blank and type Return
  • then, doubleclik on the Pad you want to be connected to.

On the EW Day, I will record the event and also do my best to anime an Airport Traffic Control (ATC) on Discord > OMP channel (I'll have to train a little). Please go there to know what Pad is free before connecting, to hear and talk with the ATC, otherwise connect on a randomly chosen Pad. Hope it works ;)

AS SOON AS CONNECTED, leave your pad with tiny bursts (and brakes) to free the pad and reach the taxiway in front of you. Average speed shall be 3m/s on ground, please, to avoid a big mess!!

By the way, you can already connect and discover the nice Rochambeau airport (after installing all addons). No traffic regulation. No status saved on exiting. You should see "ORBIX" vessel parked on Pad 9. Then, come back on EW Day.
 

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Good luck with your setup! Just be aware that the O-F OMP download is not working since the migration from OHM. However, on the O-F OMP page, there is a link in the description pointing to the repo installation WIKI, which has a functional download link.
 

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Indeed, thank you for the warning! I edited the first post with your link.
 

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I was told that the correct wording for such event is "Elephant Walk" (not march)... which I corrected.
If anybody has advises, comments, questions, please post here, and it will help spread the word for the event until Sunday... For instance: what is an "Elephant Walk"?

... this:
 

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Dress rehearsal before Sunday:

EW_rehearsal(2).png

Let's be optimistic: just imagine tens of DG like this, taking off one after one after the Elephant Walk, flying above the airport all together for a moment :)

ok, back to preparations, now let's see Discord > OMP channel.
 
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Help for tomorrow, Sunday 14:30 UTC (reminder) => I saw on the "orbiterx" server that at least 5 users connected without IDs. Then, I assume the connexion process is not that clear. Let's detail how to connect here and, remember, you can test your set up and the connexion (and some flight) as soon as now. Just feel free to give it a try.

HOW TO CONNECT:
EW_connect-1.png

1. (after downloading and installing the addons) in "Modules", check LifeMFD and SoundOrbiter (optional)
2. still in "Modules", check OMPClient => a new subwindow opens...
3. input orbiterx.obspm.fr and port 1515 as shown for the Server
4. input your NICKNAME (vessel's name) and "toto" for the password
5. then click "Connect Orbiter"
....
EW_connect-2.png
6. in the subwindow, put the cursor (i.e. click) in the empty line (shown by "6") THEN press ENTER
7. when the list of pads is displayed DOUBLE CLICK on the desired Pad

again, as soon as connected and operational, leave your pad to reach the taxiway just in front of you, then drive to the runway 08 at speed 3m/s.

(we'll try to make it simpler someday)
 
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we had some issues at coordinating (but fun!). Actually we lost somebody nicknamed Chups.
Dont' fly like me at t=19'15'' :sick:
I am now very interested in any feedback (complexity, schedule, interest, future events and locations....). Please react. First feedback is:
  • 7 IPs were connected according to the server:welcome:
  • but only 5 were visible (incl. Chups). Hence, there was some bugs... but what, for who, when?.... no idea
  • apparently the event is well adapted for new Orbinauts (some users could not drive straight or smooth :D and some crashed :eek: )
This was a humble attempt but quiet fun already.
 
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Nice setup! Unfortunately, I'm very busy these days with RL stuff, so I was unable to join the fun. Some ideas for your next event:
  1. You can use 2 clients on the same machine if you use MOGE and D3D9Client in parallel. I know that this works because I used this configuration to test client/server in the past, all on one machine. This might help you debug things like UDP problems, if they arise.
  2. For ad-hoc coms, you can use the inline chat feature. Just type something in the OMP client window and it should be transmitted to everybody's client chat section. Of course voice is better, but at least initial coms and quick directional advice may work through this.
  3. You can use the scenario editor with OMP. This way you can quickly play with formation setups like this due to its positioning feature. Even if the taxiing should be done for immersion, error corrections or fine-tuning can be done faster than turning that DG around.
 

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For ad-hoc coms, you can use the inline chat feature. Just type something in the OMP client window and it should be transmitted to everybody's client chat section. Of course voice is better, but at least initial coms and quick directional advice may work through this.

Yes, I was aware of this feature that works fine. However, I've seen users how close the OMPClient window as soon as connected... and I had so much to deal with OBS + Discord + my vessel, I could not add the writing!!

By the way, I just discovered how Twitch works (don't laugh), and I think it would be much better for these events to inform about available Connexion Pads and provide audio regulation. Orbiter on Discord is limited to subscribed users, hence maybe not the best channel. I will consider using Twitch for the next try. Soon.

You can use the scenario editor with OMP. This way you can quickly play with formation setups like this due to its positioning feature. Even if the taxiing should be done for immersion, error corrections or fine-tuning can be done faster than turning that DG around.
I'm surprised: if my vessel is A, and I jump into vessel B (somebody else's connexion) with the scenario editor or the Ship selector, I cannot modify its remote state, can I? I tried some time ago and it was my conclusion.
 

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I'm surprised: if my vessel is A, and I jump into vessel B (somebody else's connexion) with the scenario editor or the Ship selector, I cannot modify its remote state, can I? I tried some time ago and it was my conclusion.
Yes, you can't change remote vessels. What I meant was that often users are not aware that they can use ScnEditor to correct themselves if taxiing goes wrong.
 
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