S3#118-Baa Baa Black Sheep-

Game Settings

  • Axis Players Colors - Red (24 est.)
  • Allied Players Colors - Gold (29 est.)
  • Icons d24 friendly, d12 range, d6 enemy plane
  • Clouds - clear skies with possible minimal cloud cover
  • Radar 30 mile radius(Allied), 30 mile radius(Axis), grey dots, in-flight arrow. Minimum alt is 200 ft.
  • Flak - AAA limited to 20,000ft in height.
  • Allied Airfields(green) - Solomons Terrain
  • Axis Airfields(red) - Solomons Terrain
  • Fuel Multipler - set at 1.0 for all planes.
  • Rebuild Time - 300 mins
  • Game Length 180 mins
  • Lives 3 lives per frame, 1 per aircraft type assigned.
  • Game Scale - 1 squad = 1 historical unit and 1 frame = 1 set of operations.


Basic Rules And Procedures

1. Frame Timeline - Pilots should report in at least 15 mins before T+0 to get organized, check control systems, and receive any last minute order changes.

  • T+0 - Pre-Dawn(04:00), flight enabled for all aircraft.
  • T+160 - Last surface attacks completed all a/c must disengage ASAP. Torps\bombs must hit before T+160 to be counted.
  • T+180 - Dark(12:00), all squads must be in tower or land in the dark.

2. Pilot Lives - Pilots have ONLY THREE LIVES to live during a frame. Only the aircraft indicated for each squad on the A/C table qualify for three lives. While more than 3 aircraft types may be listed, you can still only lose three lives. Players may switch aircraft types during a frame. Once a pilot loses a life (aka bail, ditch or die) in an aircraft type they CANNOT use that aircraft type again in that frame. During the frame your actions are based on pilot's honor. But remember cheating can and will be verified in the frame log.  If you lose a life due to a non-operational failure (computer, controller, etc.) request the CM to reset you. If the CM feels that a reset request is no longer valid based on excessive use, the CM has the right to ask the pilot to leave the arena and resolve any mechanical problems before returning to the arena Upon return no life penalty will be assessed. SPECIAL NOTE: The Main Enhanced Wingman ( CA ) log in is in use for this series. Therefore bomber pilots will only lose a life when all bombers in their element are lost. See Main Enhanced Wingman log in training opportunities in the Online Log of the main arena.

3. Operational Restrictions - Each side may only conduct operations in the area outlined in the game map. Though aircraft can base anywhere each side may only conduct surface actions within the operational area indicated .

4. Ord\Aircraft Restrictions - None

5. Aircraft Minimum Fuel - All aircraft must take at least 100% internal fuel with or without drop tanks.

5-5. Bomber Minimun Altitudes - B24 and B17 (Allied) bombers will disburse their ordinance NO LOWER than 12,000 ft.  Maximin altitudes are only restricted by aircraft capabilities. Damaged bombers that can not maintain minimum altitudes before dropping ordinance should abort and return to closest available field to avoid losing pilot life.

6. Squad Aircraft - Each pilot may fly aircraft listed for their squad on the A/C table. During that time all pilots will observe and obey all rules outlined in section 2. Pilot Lives above. All players have the option to fly the penalty planes for each side as one of their aircraft types. Aways remember that at no time may a pilot exceed three lives or a\c types.

7. Squad Basing - If so assigned, each squad must begin play at a frame CO assigned airfield. After initial roll they may base from anywhere. Pilots that lose a life are allowed to choose another field other than from the one they initially started WITHOUT it being considered teleporting.

8. Aircraft drones - Every player that uses an eligible bomber a\c in a frame may take up to 2 wingman with their lead aircraft. The MEW (Main Enhanced Wingman previosly know as CA) log in shoiuld be used for all bomber pilots. This is now available for training purposes in the main online log in. It is advised that all bomber pilots enlighten themselves to the process of legally teleporting between damaged and undamaged bombers.

9. Improved FMs - New FMs were developed from last year so it is best to test assigned aircraft beforehand as they may handle differently than in 2017-18. FM (flight modeling) is sometimes part of the "undiscovered country" that is Warbirds. While efforts are being make to achieve perfection, please be patient with those who have, and are still working hard to study and understand how Warbirds operates in this area. We are not playing Monoply here.

10. Bomber Durability - Bufftuff will be set at 1.0 with effective otto in this event. Bomber hardness continues to be an issue and needs further testing.

11. Airstarts - During this series a 20,000 ft air start will be enabled at F1, F102, and F103.

12. Closed Fields - NOT APPLICABLE FOR THIS FRAME // When series/frame applicable, fields closed during play will be accessible for capture (trooped) only by the side closing the field.   The side that closes and captures said field will receive all points earned in closure and destruction of ground targets plus points for capture.  Once captured by the side closing it, the field will reopen under the colors of that capturing force.  Once reopenend under said capture force's colors, the field becomes a viable target for the opposing side.

13. Safe Ditch - If you run off the field and ditch within 10 miles(52800ft) of the tower the ditch is NOT awarded a kill. It is assumed that aircraft and pilot can be salvaged.

14. Ditch Forced Exit - A pilot has 5 seconds to exit a ditched aircraft. This stops trying to outlast a kill message, drawing ack fire or passing along intel at a nearby field.

16. Penalty Planes - Players that commit errors in basic rules and do not attempt to correct the error during play will have a penalty plane assigned to them for the next frame. They must fly 3 lives in that aircraft type. Examples of penalty plane errors include teleporting between fields, when not allowed by special rules, and gunning from a ship or flak positions. If a player immediately addresses the error they will not be  penalized.  However, always inform the CM so the log entry will be ignored. It is up to each squad to make sure the penalty planes are flown.

  • Axis Penalty Planes - TBD after frame one
  • Allied Penalty Plane - TBD after frame one

17. Frame Points - Victory in a frame is achieved by successfully achieving the S3-assigned mission objective for each frame. Individual pilot points are awarded to each side in three categories; A/C kills, BDA and Pilot Losses. Point constructs are available in the summary for this event. Special Scoring Note: Any bomber pilot using the MEW (formerly CA) login will only lose .33 life points per plane lost in the 3 bomber element. However each plane lost will be penalized per full normal scoring for a lost plane. Therefore, the pilot who downs a bomber pilot using the MEW login will recieve full points for each non-AI (MEW transfered live pilot) kill in the bomber element. These are new rules designed to keep a pilot in MEW login from losing all 3 lives in one mission while still giving full credit kill points for an AI bombers now manned by the lead pilot. They will be evaluated upon completions of this series.

18. Victory Conditions - Victory in a S3 #117 will be determined by the side which completes the most frame objective wins.

19. S3 Clarifications - The S3 staff reserves the right to make a ruling on questions or game situations not answered completely or missed by the rules. For further clarification please post on the S3 forum.