Pete Knuutinen, one of the members of the HelpivanMartin.org team, created an ArmA Machinima which tells the story of the two developers detained in Greece.
On 9th September, 2012, two Czech citizens, Ivan Buchta and Martin Pezlar were arrested on Limnos island, Greece. Both of them are charged with espionage. Reason for this accusation was few photographs, which are said to contain military objects, similar to those one can easily find over the internet, supposedly with much better resolution. Film is created by P.J. Knuutinen for informational purposes and to be used in helpivanmartin.org team efforts to spread the word and help our friends, who have now been detained for three months. Intention of this film is hereby solely informational, with dramatized means of motion picture. It is not meant to hurt or offend anything or anyone.
D-Day for Iron Front: Liberation 1944 will release this Friday, December 14, for $9.99/€9.99/£7.99. You’ll be able to download it from your favourite digital distribution channels like Steam, GamersGate, or GreenManGaming!
A massive new Normandy/Omaha Beach area for singleplayer and multiplayer warfare, and for use in mission editing.
8 missions for singleplayer and 6 missions for multiplayer/co-op, ranging from hunting Tiger tanks or leading a Tiger group in an armored assault, to infiltrating behind enemy lines with a sniper team, to supporting the Allied seaborne invasion from the skies.
D-Day introduces the United States as a new faction, with new weapons and equipment including the Thompson SMG, M1 Garand, BAR, Bazooka, M1 Carbine, P-47 Thunderbolt, Sherman tank, M3A1 armored half-truck, Higgins landing boat, GMS truck and supply trucks. In addition, the German faction receives the Tiger I tank to counter the Allies.
There has also been released a new patch 1.04 for the Iron Front. The patch fixes various bugs in the campaigns, crashes in Multiplayer and stabilizes the game.
You can download the patch for the disc versionhere (49,8 MB) and for the digital version here
Finally after many years of development, we witness the first release of Hell in thePacific, a mod that tries to cover the events that took place in Asia and the Pacific during the Second World War.
We decided to give our first release the rather arbitrary version number 0.5. We felt the need to release the mod now for various reasons, but would like to point out that the mod is still in beta phase as there are many unfinished and missing things we have yet to implement.
This first release is dedicated to land combat in the Pacific and the India/Burma theatres, mainly on the finished or at least almost finished maps 'Tarawa', 'Peleliu' and 'Kohima Ridge'.
We will include other WIP islands as well, so you can see what we are working on. The same is true for many of the air and sea components of the mod. These things are still in beta stage of development, but will be included as some sort of sneak peek or preview.
blakeace has informed us about updated AI Forward Observer v1.4.02, PRADAR (Player Radar) V1.2.03and PINS (Pseudo Inertial Navigation System) and Bombing v1.03.02 relearse on the BI Forums.
Blake's AI Forward Observer v1.4.02
Added: Distance given in "debug" mode is referenced to the first artillery unit synced to the module if using placed units. Module is used for dynamically placed units. Added: Marker range circles showing ranges when using "debug" mode. Improved: FO's will now only call missions from one battery at a time if they are synced to multiple AI FO modules. If using multiple batteries and FO's will more likely spread the fire missions around the different FO's better.
Blake's PRADAR v1.2.03
v1.2.03Changed: Near object information gathering moved to a second thread. Changed: Reduced the number of dots and names displayed to reduce stutter. Total of 6 each. Added: Number of peripheral dots displayed dynamically changes to only have a maximum combination of 8 controls displayed at once. Excluding lists. To help reduce stuttering issue introduced in game engine changes in patch 1.62. Changed: Increased the range to 80m. Changed: Collection area is now forward of the players view. Centre 30m unless the player is looking at the ground closer. This allows better filtering of desired focus. Changed: Reduced the peripheral dot size to 50% to be less obtrusive. Changed: Label size, position, range viewable, and colour/alpha value for easier viewing.
Blake's PINS v1.03.02
Altered: Menus to be created with the aircraft rather than dynamically to prevent duplication.
At the moment our .ftp servers have reached a saturation point. We need to extend their capacity and we are working on it at the moment. Due to the capacity problems we had to temporarily disable large Mods hosting. So large Mods such as Invasion 1944 v2.6 or Cold War Rearmed² : Demo 4 are unavailable to download. We are sorry for the inconveniences.
Around 150 people have protested in Prague in support of the two Czechs detained in Greece. The men have been detained for nearly three months in a local jail on charges of espionage. The organizers of the protest have given a petition for their release to the ministry of foreign affairs and the Greek embassy. Their release, in spite of diplomatic intercessions, is not in sight.
In support of Ivan Buchta and Martin Pezlar: Street protest in Prague, on Nov. 26th, 2012
Czech citizens Ivan Buchta and Martin Pezlar have been detained in Greece since September 9, 2012 on charges of espionage. These charges are, as far as it is possible to tell, completely groundless.
It is hard to see our two colleagues, friends and fellow citizens of the Czech Republic being kept in prison, in appalling conditions, based on dubious allegations, and referred to as Turkish agents. The whole situation is all the more absurd considering that the Czech Republic and Greece are both member states of the EU and, inclusive of Turkey, allies within NATO.
Ivan and Martin are no spies, they are talented developers of the ArmA games series that spreads the good name of the Czech Republic all around the world. Their games sold millions of copies and won numerous awards. The ArmA III game may be a cause for their current predicament. It takes place on a smaller, geographically modified version of the island Limnos in 2035. Obviously, set so far in the future, no current military installations are part of the game. Ivan and Martin allegedly knowingly and intentionally took pictures of military objects. They were taken into custody in their hotel and as far as we know the evidence against them consists of a handful of pictures with some military facilities in the background, inadvertently captured on quite commonplace vacation pictures. The pictures and videos of the very same military facilities can be easily found on the Internet, in much better quality.
It is not our task to judge the guilt in this affair. However, it is our considered opinion that Greece, being a partner and ally of the Czech Republic in EU and NATO, should treat our citizens with dignity and respect, and without delay. The evidence presented makes us think that the espionage charge is utterly absurd. The strike of the legal professionals in Greece unduly delays any decision.
The members of public gathered here on November 26th, 2012 wish to express their unanimous support for Ivan and Martin and call on His Excellency Mr. Georges Paizis, the Ambassador of the Hellenic Republic to the Czech Republic, to approach the representatives of the Greek Government about expediting the solution of this issue. We are concerned that the whole affair can seriously damage the image of Greece as a free and democratic country not only in the Czech Republic, but also internationally.
Ivan and Martin are well known and the affair is closely followed by their fans and media both locally and internationally. The petitions in their support at petition.helpivanmartin.org and www.petice.biz were signed by more than 21 thousand people from all over the world. The Facebook group for their release has 4,000 supporters. Their fate is closely followed by all Czech TV stations and major dailies and also by the biggest international video game news servers.
Many of us know Ivan and Martin personally. We are one hundred percent sure that they are not spies or agents. They are consummate professionals and decent, law-obeying human beings. We join the ranks of their supporters.
Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras will be directly dealing with the matter of two detained Czechs on suspicion of espionage. He promised that to the Czech Prime Minister Petr Nečas.
Czech prime minister met his counterpart near the end of the European Union summit in Brussels.
“I asked Mr. Prime Minister Samaras to ensure Greek authorities give this matter their attention to avoid any kind of misunderstanding that could hurt the relations between our two countries. I can say that Mr. Samaras reacted very positively and said that he will pay attention to this matter,” Czech Prime Minister said.
On the website of the President of the Czech republic -Václav Klaus-, a letter was posted regarding the detainment of Ivan and Martin. In this letter, the Czech President writes the Greek President about situation
Dear Mr. President,
Allow me to contact you in the matter of two Czech citizens who have been arrested in Greece and charged with espionage. This matter is extremely sensitive to the Czech public and I – as a president of the country – am not and cannot be indifferent to the fate of our citizens anywhere in the world either. I do not doubt that the Greek democratic authorities – police, office of the state attorney and courts – will handle this unfortunate situation in an entirely unbiased manner. I do not wish to interfere in their work with this letter in any way.
Despite that, I would like to kindly ask, dear Mr. President, that you monitor this unfortunate matter from your position with special care – especially considering the excellent relations between our nations and countries – to ensure that further development does not unnecessarily cast a shadow over our relations. Once more I would like to assure you that I am certain our citizens will be treated according to the full extent of the law during the search for justice by the Greek authorities.
With utmost respect, Václav Klaus
Greece reacts to Klaus’ letter, invites Czech consul.
On the Czech television primetime news, new information was released regarding the political involvement of the case of Ivan and Martin. The highest levels of Greek diplomacy have gotten involved in the matter of two Czechs detained in Greece due to photographing on the island of Lemnos. Immediately after the Greek President received a letter from [Czech President] Václav Klaus the head of President’s office has invited the Czech consul to a meeting.
We had a short interview with Marek Spanel regarding the situation with Ivan Buchta and Martin Pezlar:
With the current situation of Martin Pezar and Ivan Buchta detained in Greece we decided to get some answers from the Big Boss of Bohemia Interactive. After 3 written statements on the Bohemia Interactive website and quite some time of silence, we send out our reporter Jerry Hopper to get a response from Marek Spanel – Ceo at Bohemia Interactive.
This is the first mission I have released. It is my own imagining of the events that led to the first Chernarussian civil war and the forming of the Chedaki. In 1997, three brothers, ethnic Russians, return from hunting to find their village has been raided by a gang of Nationalist thugs, and go looking for revenge.
Features: -Fully voice-acted -Atmospheric but inobtrusive music -Intro cinematic -Overview and loading screen -Threat Indicator -MP Parameters: Show Intro and Show Threat Indicator -Random elements, such as enemy numbers, paths, weapons and ammo
Notes: The mission was originally designed for co-op and can be played by three people, however there are some minor locality issues that I haven't yet been able to fix, so I'm just releasing it for single player at the moment. Dropping the file into your MPMissions folder will allow co-op play.
Ivan and Martin, now in jail for more than two months, have recently learned that their appeal had been rejected by the Greek court and therefore are to be standing on trial for espionnage.
This is the occasion for us to ask you to do everything you can to help, now more than ever.
In order to do this please go to the official Help Ivan and Martin Website and sign the petition if you didn't already. If you're willing to help even further you can send a letter to an EU representative using the model and the representative list provided here you can also send a postcard to our favorite developpers via this link in order to raise their morale !
Double Doppler has announced that he's working on a Taser Mod for ArmAII on the BIS Forums.
I'm here to announce that I am working on the Taser Pack for Arma 2. I noticed there are few (if none at all) Taser mods for Arma 2 (some "life communities" created some but they are restricted to their mod pack...), so I thought I would take up the challenge to create one, to gain a bit of experience with the skills involved in addon creation. Here is one that can be used by everybody!
Included in this mod will be working Taser scripts, special effects and high quality models. It will be released to the public when it is finished, and would be great for police/role play communities who use Tasers quite often, and also insurgency players who want to subdue insurgents for restraining etc. Say goodbye to those makarov "stun pistols"
Current Features: -3D Models, Textures & Configs Created From Scratch -Taser X26 (Black & Yellow) -Taser X3 (Black & Yellow) -Custom Taser-style muzzleflashes -Working flashlight on all variants -Custom Taser sound effects -Emmissive CID unit -Purpose built effect scripts (MP Compatible & Life Mission Compatible) -Works in SP with AI too -Drive stun mode -Ability to incapacitate a player/unit for 30 seconds -Custom pain effects will be displayed when hit by a taser round -Realistic ammo loadouts - X26 mags carry only 1 round, and X3 mags carries 3 rounds -Perfect for insurgency military enthusiasts, and "Life Mod" communities